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Chancellor shares vision for UMaine System: ‘We have to change some things’ 0

April 16, 2014 • Category: Features

FARMINGTON – Facing a $36 million budget shortfall with 165 full-time positions projected to be cut in the next fiscal year, University of Maine System Chancellor James Page said all seven campuses will need to work together and promised change is coming. Page, speaking at Lincoln Auditorium filled with mostly faculty and staff on the […]

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PEI Fiddle Camp founder Ward MacDonald & Friends at Skye and Acoustic Artisans (0)

CARTHAGE – New England Celtic Arts will present PEI fiddle master Ward MacDonald and Friends at Acoustic Artisans in Portland on Monday, April 21; and at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in Carthage on Wednesday, April 23. Curtain is 7 p.m. at both locations. A pre-show jam at Skye Theatre will start at 6:15 p.m. […]


16th annual March for Violence-Free Communities (0)

FARMINGTON – Franklin County’s Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services is holding the 16th annual March for Violence-Free Communities on Wednesday, April 30. Participants will gather at the gazebo in Meetinghouse Park on Main Street at 5:30 p.m. Marchers are invited to carry signs, pass out brochures with information about violence and local resources, make […]


Hospital volunteers honored for their service (3)

FARMINGTON – Franklin Memorial Hospital’s Bass Room was the festive setting of a recognition celebration for the health network’s volunteers. The program included a social time and dinner, and spirited entertainment by Sammie Angel who performed old time sing-a-long favorites. All volunteers attending received a gift and certificates in recognition of their volunteer efforts, as […]


Gilbert Allan Ward (1937-2014) (6)

AUBURN – Gilbert “Gil” Allan Ward, 76 of Chesterville,  died on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Androscoggin Hospice House. Born in Milford, Mass., on Dec. 2, 1937, Gilbert was the son of Rev. Edward G. and Ruth (MacMicheal) Ward. He graduated from Wells High School in 1955 and went on to earn his BA from […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: It’s money that matters (11)

The average Maine voter, defined for purposes of this column as someone closely resembling me, has concluded that the current legislative session has been a disaster. Mostly for Democrats. There’s no question Republicans have had their share of screw-ups. For instance, Gov. Paul LePage’s frequent ridiculous comments. The GOP’s outdated stands on women’s issues. LePage, […]


Chickens in a tree; sprouting pops of color (15)

By Maureen West
We have chickens. Three of the girls escaped from their run and decided to roost in a nearby tree on a beautiful spring afternoon on Voter Hill in West Farmington.


Sugarloaf to host pond skimming event Saturday (0)

CARRABASSETT VALLEY – Pond Skimming in the east has become a spring time tradition for resorts big and small. It stands to reason that Sugarloaf, the King of Spring, would host the East Coast Pond Skimming Championships. Following a successful debut last spring, Sugarloaf will host the second annual East Coast Pond Skimming Championships on […]