Category archive: Business

Rangeley Adult Educations seeks instructors for winter classes

RANGELEY – Rangeley Region Adult and Community Education is seeking instructors for winter classes. Of particular interest are instructors with backgrounds in technology and computer application programs. Among the classes we hope to offer are basic and intermediate computers, using the internet, Facebook for beginners, Excel, QuickBooks, Photoshop and InDesign. These classes would begin in

Letter to the Editor: Thank you for your support

We would like to thank the following businesses for their donations to help support the benefit for Sharon Carter that was held on Oct 20: Beals, Geniva Wood Fuels, Sandy River Cash Fuel, Strong Hardware, Town of Strong, Kingfield Elementary School, Poland Springs, Tranten’s, Western Maine Pharmacy, Edmunds, Saddleback Inn, Huhtamaki, Hammond Lumber, Hannaford, Homestead

RFA’s Annual Meeting

As we approach the Holiday season and the end of another year, the Rangeley Friends of the Arts would like to THANK THE COMMUNITY AND OUR CONTRIBUTORS for your past and continuing support.  Because of your support, this year the RFA has been able to provide 17 different events for the Rangeley community, support the students of RLRS with several presentations, and subsidize hundreds of student lessons to enrich the quality of life in our wonderful area.

 As we enter 2013, RFA will be celebrating our 45th Anniversary of bringing the arts to the Rangeley Region.  As we prepare for this celebration, we would like to hear from you.  Do you have a favorite memory or photo that you would like to share?  Would you like to join a planning team or committee for one of our events?  More information about special contests and special events will be coming soon.

 The annual business meeting of the RFA (this is open to everyone) will be held on November 19th at 5:30 PM.  The evening begins with a potluck supper.  Come share your ideas, questions, good food, fun and fellowship as we look at the past, present and future.


Oktoberfest celebrated in Rangeley

RANGELEY & OQUOSSOC — Local businesses in Rangeley and Oquossoc are offering Rangeley Oktoberfest Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 5 to 7. The event will feature food, entertainment and a cornucopia of beers in a unique festival exploring the restaurants, pubs, shops and museums located on the National Scenic Byway from Rangeley to more

Rangeley Lake region businesses announce Oktoberfest on Oct. 5, 6 & 7

RANGELEY – Local businesses in Rangeley and Oquossoc have teamed up to provide an exciting event for Columbus Day weekend in the legendary Rangeley Lakes Region. Celebrate the colors, taste and sounds of fall at Rangeley Oktoberfest in the beautiful Western Mountains of Maine. Featuring food, entertainment and a cornucopia of beers in a unique

Rangeley’s Deer Forage Project Deemed Successful as it Closes

The Deer Forage Project (DFP) community partnership, as planned, will come to a close this summer.   The three-year project was created to address the sharp decline of the area deer herd. The whole community partnered to grow highly-productive food plots designed specifically for Rangeley’s inhospitable soil and harsh climate.

High protein food plots are known to fatten up deer, better preparing them to overcome winter starvation.  Efforts were made to grow plots near deer yards and on south-facing slopes.  Since its inception, over 35 plots were completed in the surrounding Rangeley area in empty log landings provided by two Large Land Owners (LLO); Wagner Forest Management LTD and Seven Islands Land Company.

The Project was conceived and coordinated by Rangeley Region Guides & Sportsmen’s Association (RRG&SA) board member, Marcia Baker.  This project was the first in North America to experiment with wood ash as a sweetener and natural fertilizer of deer food plots.  A specially-designed seed mix, created by Maine IF&W biologist, Bob Cordess, and the LLO’s agreed to replace it with their standard “conservation mix” used for erosion control.

Besides purchasing the new seed mix, Seven Islands and Wagner selected and excavated   appropriate log-landings to be converted to food plots. Community businesses used their heavy equipment to spread the ash and then it was seeded by RRG&SA volunteers.

Marcia Baker would like to thank Stratton’s ReEnergy Biomass Energy that donated and transported the clean wood ash to a central Rangeley depot. M&H Logging devoted many hours of free labor and equipment hauling ash, excavating landings and providing a central ash distribution center.  Trucking was also provided by Mark Beauregard, Doug Burlingame, and Ron Ray.  Michael Koob, Dave Borman and Brian St. Louis of Sunrise Farms, used their Kubotas to spread ash. Rick Baker and Ron Ray of Cupsuptic Fabrication used their ATV’s to seed the plots.  Over 30 RRG&SA volunteers contributed manual labor. Much acknowledgment also goes to the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation Service, U. of Maine Extension Service, and Maine Forest Service for their assistance.

A special thanks goes to Senator Tom Saviello, who introduced legislation so wood ash could be stream-lined as a natural soil neutralizer for use in agriculture and food plots.

Results Gratifying.   There is ample evidence that deer and other wildlife are using the food plots.  Besides deer, other wildlife such as moose, bear, turkey, grouse coveys, and song birds are thriving on the landings.  These plots produce ten times the forage grown without wood ash or lime preparation. This increase tonnage adds confidence to the benefit it has for wildlife sustainability.  A low ph seed mix is now being experimentally seeded on Seven Islands plots, and they have indicated a willingness to use the two new seed mixes in the future.  As RRG&SA steps down, Wagner will continue using ash to remedy the soil intended in the original project.  Two deer plot workshops have been conducted with small land owners, and Baker now consults state-wide to other land owners hoping to grow private deer plots. Another educational workshop is being planned for Farmington in November.  There is an educational blog to further elaborate on the project.  The Rangeley Seed Mix is available for sale at River’s Edge Sports in Oquossoc.

Rangeley’s community partnership serves as a model that is already being emulated by other state areas threatened with deer shortages.

Chris Farmer to join Governor’s Trade Mission on trip to China

Chris Farmer, Saddleback GM and USA Lifestyles President (EB 5), will be joining the Governor’s Trade Mission, with the Maine International Trade Center on a trip to China this September on behalf of Saddleback owners Bill and Irene Berry and family. Chris, who we expect will have mastered the Chinese language with Rossetta Stone on…

Madeira on dean’s list

SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Matthew Madeira of Rangeley, a senior in finance, was recently named to the spring semester dean’s list at Bryant University. Bryant is a student-centered university, focused on providing rigorous academic programs that integrate business and liberal arts to develop the skills and critical thinking essential to every profession.

A sincere ‘thank-you’ for making the festival a success

A special note of thanks to all those who helped make our Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Festival and parade a huge success this year. A two-day event takes legions of volunteers and many hours of behind-the-scenes preparation that often go unrewarded. Add to that the generous donations of materials, sponsorships and other miscellaneous items from area businesses and more