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Local bookstore owner nominated to national board 11

March 24, 2017 • Category: Features

FARMINGTON – A local business owner has been nominated to the board of directors of a national bookselling organization. Kenny Brechner, owner of Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers, has been nominated to serve on the American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors. One of three candidates selected by the organization’s nominating committee, Brechner is believed to […]

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Improv Comedy Mud Bowl is March 31 (0)

FARMINGTON – Last year, Mother Nature took it easy on Western Maine, but Old Man Winter came back with vengeance. All the more reason to laugh the ice piles away. Improvisers from all over Maine and as far away as Rhode Island arrive in the Bjorn Auditorium on the Mt. Blue Campus, Friday, March 31 […]


Jerry Ireland to address Soil & Water Conservation District on April 7 (0)

FARMINGTON – The public is invited to hear a presentation by Jerry Ireland, U.S. Army veteran, representing the United Farmer Veterans of America. Ireland and others will be at the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual meeting on Friday, April 7 at the W.G. Mallett School off Middle Street. The doors will open […]


MSAD 58 students participate in public speaking contest (1)

STRONG – The Regional Public Speaking contest was held at Strong Elementary School on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 with students from local schools in Grade 5 through 8 performing. Natalee McKenzie, Cameron Arner, Bradley Frost, Isabella Fernandez, Justice Whiting Gracie Mae Fargo, Abi Wilcox, and Maggie Swain entertained and impressed the audience with their oratory […]


Chaplaincy program welcomes new volunteers at FMH (0)

FARMINGTON – The chaplaincy program at Franklin Memorial Hospital welcomed its newest volunteers, Gretchen Legler of Jay and Jon Olson of Mt. Vernon, in a ceremony held at the hospital chapel on March 8. Legler and Olson join 10 other trained volunteers who visit with patients and families weekly under the direction of the hospital […]


Philip Harris Walters, Jr. (1919-2017) (6)

FARMINGTON – Philip Harris Walters Jr., 97, passed away peacefully March 21, 2017 with family members around his bedside. Philip was born in Wilmington, Delaware, on Dec. 1, 1919, the eldest of eight children born to Philip Harris Walters Sr. and Katherine Sawyer Walters. He graduated from Granville High School in New York State in […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: Give the credit where it’s due (3)

Here’s a rule they don’t teach in economics classes: It’s not just about lower taxes. It’s really about paying less in taxes than the competition. Allow me to use myself as an example. Years ago, I developed a successful scheme to reduce my tax bill: I decided to make my living as freelance political columnist, […]


Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District announces 2017 Big Tree Contest (0)

FARMINGTON – For the fourth year, the Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District is asking local residents to be on the look out for big trees. The Franklin County Big Tree Contest runs from May 1 through Oct. 15. The goal is to find really big and really old native trees, including lesser-known trees […]


Harlem Superstars come to Mt. Blue on March 29 (2)

FARMINGTON – A dream team of Mt. Blue senior boys and girls will take on the Harlem Superstars Comedy Basketball team on March 29. Featuring comedian Kevin “Showboat” Jackson and dunk specialist Roosevelt “Rolex” Lee, the Harlem Superstars’ game begins Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be bought in advance at Shelly’s Hometown […]