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Barclaycard’s $5 million facility renovation, 100-150 job expansion applauded 0

June 30, 2015 • Category: Features

WILTON – Town and state officials celebrated the competition of Barclaycard’s $5 million renovation and expansion of its customer call center on Wednesday with speeches and a ribbon cutting. The renovations to the former G.H. Bass facility on Weld Road will allow the credit card company to expand the local workforce from the current 355 […]

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International Night celebrates Cuba July 8 (0)

RANGELELY – The Rangeley Friends of the Arts will present International Night, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8 at the RFA Lakeside Theater. “Primo Cubano,” a five-member band, will offer their unique style of Cuban Salsa. Included in the ticket price, concert goers will enjoy A Taste of Cuba – complimentary snacks with a Cuban flavor […]


Chesterville’s historic Meeting House: A community center success (1)

CHESTERVILLE – A June 12 fund-raiser concert at the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House was a spectacular success, according to organizers, with a full house and a total income of over $500. The event featured local musicians Ellie Buckland, Mali Obamsawin, and Southern Maine native Isa Burke performing as The Wiles on guitar, fiddle and […]


Natural science summer programs at Wilhelm Reich Museum (1)

RANGELEY – Inspired by Wilhelm Reich’s interest in the natural environment, the Wilhelm Reich Museum began its Natural Science Program in 1989. Today this program provides year-round environmental educational and recreational activities for all ages, available free of charge to the general public. Throughout the summer, naturalists and environmental educators utilize Orgonon’s 175 acre property […]


Western Maine Family Health Center welcomes new provider (0)

LIVERMORE FALLS – Western Maine Family Health Center in Livermore Falls will be welcoming Elizabeth Mehr, FNP to the medical team in July. Mehr recently completed a Master of Nursing degree at Regis College, Weston, Mass. Previously she obtained undergraduate degrees in nursing (Regis – 2013) and psychology (Smith College, MA – 2008). Her clinical […]


Annie Norton (1922-2015) (0)

FARMINGTON – Annie (Boies) Norton, 92, of Farmington, passed peacefully in her home on the evening of June 27, 2015. Annie was born on Aug. 28, 1922 in Parkers Ridge, New Brunswick, Canada, one of 11 children of James and Mary (Taylor) Boies. She was educated in the schools of Fredericton and Boiestown, New Brunswick, […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: Addicted to bad ideas (5)

I’m not opposed to bold concepts and fresh thinking. Without creative types stretching their imaginations in new directions, we wouldn’t have fine craft beers, dozens of channels of satellite radio and venison cheeseburgers cooked over a wood fire. These advancements in civilization have made life more pleasant. But not all innovation produces such positive results. […]


Loon yodels, kingfisher plays and the damselflies get creative (11)

By Donovan Buck
Damselfly art on the water.

This week we feature the fine work of photographers Deelight Zitzelberger, Jane Naliboff, Kelly Smith, Tom Oliver, Jane Knox and Donovan Buck.


Cougar Classic Girls Basketball Tournament results (0)

FARMINGTON – The results of the Franklin Savings Bank Cougar Classic Girls Basketball Tournament hosted at Mt. Blue High School on Saturday are as follows: Oxford Hills 43 vs. Leavitt 37 OH – Erin Morton 14 points and Julia Colby 11 points Leavitt – Liz Goulette 12 points and Allie Belaire 12 points Fryeburg 35 […]