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$33.9 million budget approved at budget meeting 3

July 26, 2017 • Category: Features

FARMINGTON – Residents approved $33.9 million in expenditures at a three-hour-long budget meeting Tuesday evening, with a number of written ballots and amendments leading to an increase of $24,970 by the conclusion of the meeting. The budget now proceeds to a validation vote on Aug. 3. The $33,929,507 budget approved Tuesday represents a $1.18 million […]

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South Strong Road Crew and Friends to perform at North Church on July 29 (0)

FARMINGTON – The North Church Arts Center will present the South Strong Road Crew and Friends for a return concert of traditional New Orleans style jazz, Saturday evening at July 29 at 7 p.m. The regular members of the Crew—Sherry Walrath on vocals, Doug Walrath on keyboard, Andy Buckland on bass and Scott Dixon on […]


Matthew Foster earns national certification for parks and recreation (6)

FARMINGTON – Matthew L. Foster was recently certified as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional by the National Certification Board and the National Recreation and Park Association. The CPRP certification is granted to individuals employed in the recreation, park resources and leisure services professions who meet the eligibility requirements—including a combination of higher education and/or […]


Maine writer schedules book talks across Franklin County (0)

Vietnam War veteran Paul Betit will talk about his books and how they came to be during a series of author talks during the month of August at three libraries in Franklin County. The Maine writer will hold book talks at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Rangeley Public Library, at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. […]


Theodore ‘Ted’ Lefebvre (1928-2017) (8)

FARMINGTON – Theodore “Ted” Lefebvre, 89, of Farmington, passed peacefully, surrounded by his family on July 23, 2017, as the Lord called him into His eternal care. He was born in Lewiston on May 5, 1928 to the late J. Léonidas and Alexina O. (Lefebvre) Lefebvre. He attended Jordan Grammar School in Lewiston, and later […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: Dirty rotten past (7)

Let’s say you wanted to liven up your next party by featuring a Donald Trump impersonator. Your budget doesn’t allow for hiring the likes of Alec Baldwin. Johnny Depp would drink all your booze and punch out your guests. Donald Jr. might do, but he probably has a scheduling conflict due to an appointment with […]


An abundance of nature (10)

Warmer weather is finally here and Franklin County’s many talented photographers are here to bring readers the best shots of nature and those who live in it. The basis for the Sunday collections goes back to March 2011, when author and photographer Jane Naliboff of Chesterville began sending a few pictures each week. Other photographers […]


Results from the Spandits! Summer Fest races (0)

FARMINGTON – Results for the Spandits! race on July 22 can be found below, organized into the 5K, 1 Mile fun run and 1 Mile kids’ run categories. An asterisk (*) denotes a female racer.