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Farmington recognizes top officers 3

January 19, 2017 • Category: Features

FARMINGTON – Police Chief Jack Peck has announced the Employee of the Quarter and Employee of the Year for 2016, recognizing two Farmington Police Department officers. Detective Darin Gilbert was recognized as the Employee of the Quarter for the fall of 2016. Peck cited Gilbert’s work on organizing a community fundraising event for the Travis […]

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Recreation Department offering Senior Social events throughout the week (1)

FARMINGTON – The Recreation Department is offering a wide variety of games and activities for seniors throughout the week, in a bid to provide them a place to gather and socialize. The new Senior Social program is a free opportunity for adults to gather at the Community Center for different activities. Tuesdays are designated as […]


January is Stalking Awareness Month (0)

Okay, be honest: how many of us are guilty of doing a little “Facebook stalking” late at night? I know I am. However, there is a significant difference between spending some extra time looking at photos of your friends online and using social media as a tactic in stalking. Technology has provided stalkers with enhanced […]


Raymond Brigham Orr, Sr. (1929-2017) (0)

FARMINGTON – Raymond Brigham Orr, Sr., “Ray,” 88, of Farmington, died on Jan. 17, 2017 at Franklin Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. Raymond was born on Jan. 13, 1929 in Jay, the son of Ellis and Abbie (Hall) Orr. He was a 1948 graduate of Wilton Academy and served in the United States Air […]


The Countryman: Fill the steins to dear old Maine (1)

As a 7-year-old, I marched with my sisters, aged 5 and 3, around the dining room to old records. The records were from the ’20 and ’30s, we were from the ’40s. It was actually just one record that got us into step, a record we played again and again on the Victrola. The Maine […]


Snow, rain, snow, thaw: The cold returns (8)

By Jane Naliboff
Someone wasn’t expecting an up and down, wet and dry, January thaw on Minnehonk Lake.


Park Shark hits local mountains this week (0)

RUMFORD – The legendary Park Shark Challenge Series terrain park snowboarding and freeride skiing series returns to five Maine ski areas, starting Jan. 21 at Black Mountain. Sponsored by The Riders Club and the University of Maine at Farmington, the Park Shark Series is full of progression, sick features, killer tunes and most importantly – […]