Franklin Countys First News

Avon man will keep beagles, surrenders puppies to state 0

January 16, 2018 • Category: Features

FARMINGTON – Six dogs removed from a garage in Freeman Township last month will be returned to their owner, who will not be prosecuted, per the terms of a consent order agreed upon by the owner and state. Three puppies previously surrendered by their owner will retained by the state.

Law enforcement became involved with the dogs after an individual living elsewhere on the property contacted police out of concern for nine beagles in a garage on the Freemen Ridge Road in Freeman Township. Deputy Andrew Morgan of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded, reporting to an Animal Welfare Program agent that he had found six adult dogs and three puppies in an unheated garage in separate kennels. The external temperature at that time was recorded at -22 degrees, according to Angela Rogers, the AWP district humane agent.

Full Story»


Set designer at the Lakeside Contemporary Art Gallery (0)

RANGELEY – Leaning against a dragon next to the palm tree lying on a drawbridge, Janice Adler paused to explain her most recent set design: “With so many acts, it has to be very organized… can’t have performers tripping over props. Help me flip this palm tree over. Look! This can be transformed into an […]


Colonial Daughters member honored for service (0)

FARMINGTON – Colonial Daughters Chapter DAR of Farmington recently presented a 50 year “Certificate of Membership” to one of their members, Theo Averill Walker Ross of Harrison. Ross was also presented a lovely pin depicting her 50 years of service to the organization. Ross joined the Colonial Daughters on October 18, 1967, over the years […]


Franklin Memorial Hospital asks for public’s assistance in protecting patients (0)

FARMINGTON – Amid a spike in illnesses, including the flu throughout the region, Franklin Memorial Hospital is asking anyone who feels sick or has a fever, sore throat, or cough to avoid visiting the hospital. This is an important step to protect the hospital’s most vulnerable patients and newborns. Neither should have any unnecessary exposure […]


James Gajarski (1969-2018) (1)

LEWISTON – James Gajarski, 48, of Lewiston, died late Sunday morning, Jan. 14, 2018, at St Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion in Lewiston. He was born in New Brunswick, NJ, Jan. 21, 1969, a son of James and Marie (Pfister) Gajarski and received his education in NJ schools. He worked at Colgate-Palmolive for many years, later at […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: Blowing smoke (1)

It’s a little late, but I’ve finally come up with my New Year’s resolution: Commit more crimes. And not just any crimes. Federal crimes. Kidnapping. Mail fraud. Interstate littering. Engaging in these illegal activities makes so much sense that I expect many otherwise solid citizens to join my gang of novice hoodlums, once I make […]


Carrabec defense, slow start topples Mt. Abram (0)

​​By Cathy Fast SALEM – Strong man-to-man defense by Carrabec and a sluggish start by Mt. Abram led to a 28-7 lead at the end of the half for Carrabec. After half time, the Road Runners came out with renewed energy, closing the gap to 34–20 after three quarters and getting within three points in […]