Author archive: Rangeley News Hound

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office weekly report

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office weekly report for April 10 – 16, 2021: (All persons charged are innocent until proven guilty) 04/10/2021 0851hrs, Deputy Morgan conducted a security detail at a residence on High Street in New Vineyard while a person was removing items from a residence there. 04/10/2021 1054hrs, Deputy Elmes investigated a complaint of a parent providing marijuana to an adult who was under the age of 21 years old in Kingfield. 04/10/2021 1438hrs, Deputy Elmes responded to a 911 call at a residence on School Street in Rangeley. The source of the call was not located. 04/10/2021 1621hrs,

Annual benefit concert for Rangeley Health and Wellness canceled

RANGELEY – Rangeley Health and Wellness has been following the status of the Coronavirus pandemic, and after much thought, research, and discussion, our board has come to the unfortunate decision to yet again, cancel our annual benefit concert. At this time the state of Maine is continuing to restrict gatherings of this size, where social distancing cannot be adhered to. The uncertainty of not knowing what the next four months will bring and the desire to ensure the safety of all, leaves us no choice but to make this tough decision. RHW’s mission is to facilitate and advocate for health

Area businesses team up to bolster programs for children

RANGELEY — A group of local business owners recently teamed up in an effort to support area children and the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on them. Sam Hight, of Hight Family of Dealerships, in collaboration with Skowhegan Savings Bank, Kyes Insurance, and Saddleback Maine raised $16,500 for four different non-profit youth programs throughout Franklin County: Rangeley Alpine Ski Club, Rangeley Health and Wellness Kids’ Program, Little Mountain School, and Titcomb Mountain. Early in 2020, the Hight Family of Dealerships supported Main Street Skowhegan’s technical assistance program and spearheaded the newly formed Somerset Economic Resource Council to provide

Dance academy offers virtual performance experience for students

RANGELEY — The Lakeside Dance Academy will present a Virtual Dance Concert for 2021 – an event that is all about providing a quality student experience but is not open to the public – at the RFA Lakeside Theater in Rangeley on April 10. Each class will have a separate time slot in the theater that day. Each student group will perform their dance with full costumes, lighting design and professional sound. The individual dances will be videoed and made available to a larger audience after the fact. Only limited family members and friends will be invited during each time

Marie Campbell (1936-2021)

PHILLIPS — Marie Janice Campbell, 85, passed away on March 16, 2021 at the home of her son Ruben, where she had resided since January. She was born on Feb. 29, 1936 in Rangeley, daughter of Paul and Charlotte (Lamb) Pillsbury.

Outdoor Heritage Museum hosts 2021 International Fly Fishing Film Festival

RANGELEY – The Outdoor Heritage Museum in Rangeley will host five opportunities to experience the International Fly Fishing Film Festival this year. You do not have to be an angler to enjoy this collection of 11 short films and their award-winning cinematography. The IF4 has honored 11 talented film makers for their all-new series of short films for 2021. These awesome flicks will transport you and your guests to destinations around the world on a true “bucket-list” of sport travel adventures.

Dawn Violetta White Adams (1936-2020)

AVON – Dawn Violetta White Adams, 81, of Avon, passed away on October 22, 2020 at Edgewood Rehabilitation and Living Center in Farmington, with her family by her side. She had resided at Edgewood for the past two years. Dawn was born on January 15, 1936, in Strong, the daughter of Burnham White and Olena Stevens. She was educated in the schools of Phillips. Dawn worked at Farmington Shoe Shop and did housekeeping at Sugarloaf Mountain.

Rangeley’s CASA programs continue with dedicated volunteers

RANGELEY — The Rangeley Friends of the Arts is continuing to offer their free after-school program: CASA – Creative After-School Arts, utilizing a group of dedicated volunteers. The program is open to students in grades 5-12, and meets Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday after school until 5 PM. ; Activities include all types of art projects, no-bake baking, drama, origami, film appreciation and discussion, as well as homework help. CASA is also offering band again this year with band-instructor Mike Schrader, following Covid-safety guidelines for this program. ; FMI about CASA, email the RFA at

Barbara Spiller Lowell (1946-2021)

RANGELEY – Barbara Spiller Lowell, 74, of Allen Street, Rangeley, died unexpectedly, Sunday afternoon, Feb. 14, 2021 at her home. She was born Dec. 3, 1946, in Woonsocket, RI, a daughter of Harold Hubert “Hack” and Gertrude (Shea) Spiller and made her home in Rangeley since 1955

Diary of a Worm Farm: Fixit Farm’s booming business

RANGELEY – At Fixit Farm, owners Paul and Leslie Ferguson have bolstered their livelihood on one of nature’s most fundamental creatures and what many might identify as a less glamorous species. But for the Fergusons, worms are a welcome addition to their farm. The farm is run strictly by the Ferguson family and is “self-sufficient,” even using waste oil from surrounding restaurants and other donors to heat their greenhouses. Leslie herself came from a background of using the natural resources around her for further benefits. “My mother was an organic gardener before it was cool