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Local farm receives federal grant 1

August 22, 2014 • Category: Features

FARMINGTON – Thanks to some local ingenuity and a federal grant, Hotties may be coming to a store near you. The pastries, containing locally-grown ingredients baked inside homemade bread, are now the primary product of Marble Family Farms, owned by Andy and Sarah Marble. The pair, both of whom have degrees in biology, began farming […]

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Teachers Lounge Mafia brings comedy to Sparrow’s Nest (0)

INDUSTRY – Summer is winding down but there’s still time to get in a few more laughs before school starts and the snow plows roll. Join Teachers Lounge Mafia Improv for a family-friendly show at Industry’s Sparrow’s Nest Theater on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. Audiences can expect the same degree of ridiculousness from […]


Free ‘Meet the Lenders’ workshop is Tuesday, Aug. 26 (0)

FARMINGTON – The Small Business Administration along with the Franklin County Chamber and CEI are presenting a “Meet the Lenders” workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the University of Maine, Farmington campus.  The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A continental breakfast will be provided courtesy of Franklin Savings Bank. […]


LEAP’s 8th Annual Golf Benefit & Silent Auction a big hit (0)

NEW SHARON – Last Saturday’s sunshine could not have been any more perfect for the golfers and bidders at LEAP’s 8th Annual Golf Benefit & Silent Auction held at Sandy River Golf Club. LEAP is a Farmington-based nonprofit, actively supporting adults with developmental disabilities in western and central Maine communities for more than 33 years. […]


Practical issues for women during wilderness expeditions (0)

FARMINGTON – The Wilderness Medicine Collaborative is offering a free workshop for anyone interested in learning more about non-pregnant medical conditions encountered by women traveling in remote wilderness locations on Monday, Sept. 22 from 5:30−7:30 p.m. in the Bass Room at Franklin Memorial Hospital. The workshop will be an interactive discussion with the audience on […]


Sam H. Nichols (1960 – 2014) (29)

NEW SHARON – Sam H. Nichols, 53, of New Sharon, died in the early morning hours of Thursday Aug. 21, 2014, of natural causes. He was born Sept. 20, 1960, in Farmington a son of Leon and Maxine (Hatch) Nichols. He was a 1979 graduate of Mt. Blue High School. Sam will long be remembered […]


Letter to the Editor: Missile Defense project a bad idea for Franklin County (16)

It is hard to imagine a worse idea for western Maine than the Missile Defense project proposed for the Redington Region of Franklin County. By any measure, economic, environmental, and strategic, this project does this make any sense and the concept should be nipped in the bud as quickly as possible. Strategic: Thus far we […]


Pang and McDaugald lead AJGA Coca Cola Junior Championship after Round 2 (0)

CARRABASSETT VALLEY – With favorable weather and friendly course-conditions, low-scores were in ready-supply during today’s second round of the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Coca-Cola Junior Championship at the Sugarloaf Golf Club. In the Junior Championships, Nelson Pang moved into the lead for in the boys’ division, following a second-round 79, while Brooke McDaugald took […]