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Budget committee approves $6.21 million budget 0

June 22, 2017 • Category: Features

FARMINGTON – The Budget Committee unanimously approved a $6.21 million budget Wednesday evening, incorporating approximately $20,000 of stipends for non-union employees. Commissioners set the tax commitment earlier this morning. The $6,215,668 budget, which includes expenditures for both general county operations as well as the Franklin County Detention Center, is up from last year’s $5.88 million […]

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Sandy River Ramblers return for Stratton Concert on July 8 (0)

STRATTON – On Saturday, July 8, the Sandy River Ramblers will return to Stratton for a concert of Bluegrass music, featuring many original songs about Maine. The Ramblers’ 2016 show was very well- received, and they’re excited about going back. The band features the excellent banjo playing of Madrid’s Bud Godsoe, who learned to play […]


Bangor Savings Bank collects more than 12,000 jars of PB&J for food pantries (0)

BANGOR – The 2017 Bangor Savings Bank Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive recently piled up more than 12,000 jars of PB&J for food pantries throughout Maine. Peanut butter and jelly donations were collected during the month of May at all 54 Bangor Savings Bank branches. Bangor Savings contributed an additional two jars of peanut butter […]


United Way of the Tri-Valley Area receives AmeriCorps grant (0)

FARMINGTON – United Way of the Tri-Valley Area has received a $27,657 AmeriCorps grant from the Maine Commission for Community Service to support two AmeriCorps members who will work with area food pantries to increase the number of volunteers serving, train these volunteers to connect individuals to additional community resources, establish a food pantry network […]


SeniorsPlus offers Tai Chi in Farmington (0)

FARMINGTON – Are you looking for an accessible low-impact exercise program? Are you interested in managing pain or improving your balance? If so, Tai Chi for Health is a program for you. Tai Chi provides a low-impact exercise that improves muscular strength, flexibility, and fitness. Increasing your muscular strength supports and projects your joints which […]


Earl Lauris Luce, Sr. (1925-2017) (1)

FARMINGTON – Earl Lauris Luce, Sr., 91, of Farmington passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on June 19, 2017. His greatest enjoyment in life was caring for his wife, Geneva, and having family close. He was born in Farmington on Nov. 27, 1925, the son of Wesley C. and Lora […]


Letter to the Editor: Let’s support solar legislation in Augusta this year (0)

Last year our representatives in Augusta fell just short of passing a law that would have established a coherent policy to support the solar energy industry in Maine. For years Maine has been limping along at last place in New England for solar. But this year, the LePage-appointed Public Utilities Commission issued a ruling that […]


Mt. Blue field hockey kicks off summer with Hot Stix tourney championship (2)

WATERVILLE – Summer break for most high school or middle school students is the time to sleep in and relax. Not the case for Mt. Blue High School and Middle school field hockey players. The Cougars took 30 athletes to the “Hot Stix” tournament at Thomas College this past weekend for a bright and early […]