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Lightning strike displaces 13 people in Farmington 1

July 23, 2014 • Category: Features

FARMINGTON – Another structure fire caused by lightning drew more than 40 firefighters from across the county Wednesday evening, displacing 13 people from four apartments. According to Deputy Chief Clyde Ross, dispatchers received an emergency call at 4:48 p.m. from the Blueberry Hill Apartments housing project, located off of North Street. At that time, Farmington […]

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Trout and salmon exhibit opens at the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum (1)

OQUOSSOC – Rangeley was transformed from a rural farming community in the mid 1800s, when word of the huge wild brook, trout that were found here, spread throughout the angling community. Until then, the Adirondacks produced the largest brook trout known to exist, but they seldom reached 4 or 5 pounds. All that changed when […]


Chamber ribbon cutting, Business After Hours in Wilton Thursday (0)

WILTON – The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce is holding two events on Thursday, July 24. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held 10 a.m. at Hammond Lumber’s new Wilton store. All are encouraged to attend the festivities at 946 US Route 2 E. Following the ribbon cutting, Hammond Lumber Co. will be hosting an […]


United Way of the Tri-Valley Area announces 4th annual Days of Caring (0)

FARMINGTON – The United Way of the Tri-Valley Area will kick off their 4th annual Days of Caring in August, hosting four projects aimed at engaging hundreds of volunteers. This year UWTVA hosts four diverse projects and is excited to announce that Cabot Cheese and the Farmers’ Gratitude Grille will be on hand for one […]


Roy Donald Franzose, Sr. (1927-2014) (0)

SKOWHEGAN – Roy Donald Franzose, Sr., 87, passed away July 19, 2014 at Redington-Fairview General Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born on April 20, 1927, in Mercer, the son of John and Vena (Brann) Franzose. He was a veteran of WWII and Korean Conflict who proudly served his country in the U.S. Army […]


Upward Bound: Spectacular theater, inspiring stories (0)

By Michael Hilton The last few weeks at Upward Bound, on the University of Maine at Farmington campus, have been full of engaging activities. Recently, we went to Monmouth Theatre and saw a Shakespearean play called, As You Like It. Going to see a play during the summer is a long-standing Upward Bound tradition. For […]


Visitors at the bird feeder & other surprises (9)

By Jane Knox
A beautiful face popped up far away in the field at dusk. The sun turned the deer’s coat into an almost bright red.


Franklin County Stars softball team takes state championship (4)

RICHMOND – In an undefeated run at the Babe Ruth state softball tournament held in Richmond on July 5 and 6, the Franklin County Stars U12 Softball team came away as State Champions. The Stars, comprised of 11 girls, ages 11-13, have been playing in tournaments across the state since early May. “The girls were […]