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The Pancakery: Free brunch and the bigger picture 3

October 23, 2017 • Category: Features

FARMINGTON – Cinnamon roles, date bars, fruit salad and yes, pancakes, have hit Main Street with a purpose thanks to the Jr. Youth Group of Old South. When the group needed a project to focus on, organizer Jodie Gunther started brainstorming. She wanted something the fifth through ninth graders could manage on their own, and […]

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Isle of Man award winning trio Barrule return to Maine (0)

FARMINGTON – New England Celtic Arts will present Barrule from the Isle of Man at 49 Franklin’s Celtic Cabaret in Rumford on Wednesday Oct. 25, and at Old South Church Concert Series in Farmington on Thursday Oct. 26. Curtain times are 7 p.m. at both locations. A jam session will begin at 6:15 p.m. in […]


SeniorsPlus Receives Meals on Wheels Funding (0)

LEWISTON – SeniorsPlus, Western Maine’s designated Agency on Aging, has received a $40,000 grant award from the Walmart Foundation to help support the organization’s Meals on Wheels program. The grant award was administered through Walmart’s State Giving Program, which supports organizations that create opportunities so people may live better. Grants are awarded to programs that […]


Joseph L. Campbell (1958-2017) (1)

NEW SHARON – Joseph L. Campbell, 58, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 26, 1958 , the son of Lester Campbell and Janet Snell. He was raised in Phillips with his dad and his mother, Marie Campbell. He married Alyce M. Hyde in Farmington, May […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: Bottom of the barrel (2)

There are currently ten Democratic gubernatorial candidates. Which is about nine and a half more than necessary. That’s less of a problem than it seems, because the majority of these pols aren’t actually campaigning for the Blaine House, but engaging in a bizarre form of ego gratification that somehow finds fulfillment in making speeches to […]


Perfect place, perfect time. (10)

With fall settling in, 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 have since […]


Mt. Blue field hockey tops Bangor 8 – 0, advances through first round (1)

FARMINGTON – Mt. Blue High School hosted the opening round of the field hockey playoffs against Bangor High School. The Rams (7-7-1) traveled to the Den to face the Cougars (12-3) and their tenacious defense. Mt. Blue wasted no time in the contest, immediately piling shots and pressure on the visiting side. The Cougars were […]