Category archive: Features

Phillips Old Home Days honored couple and honored lumbermen

PHILLIPS – The 63rd annual Phillips Old Home Days will take place all next week, beginning this Saturday, Aug. 13. Community meals, friendly competitions, and free activities for the kids will bring hundreds to the area for what has become a favorited local event. This year’s honored couple is Susy and Dave Sanders

Foot and Paddle: Backpacking the Forest Legacy Trails System

Forest Legacy Trails is a 1272-acre tract of land on the west shore of Cupsuptic and Mooselookmeguntic Lakes, in Adamstown Township, west of Rangeley. Managed by the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust (RLHT), Forest Legacy offers nine miles of hiking trails, and five lakeside campsites. I have long wanted to explore this trail system and spend an overnight at one of those sites, and finally do so in this summer of 2022.

Two accidents: one driver injured, utility pole knocked down

AVON – In two separate accidents on Sunday, one driver was injured and a utility pole was struck and needed replacing, according to investigators. In the first incident, emergency crews were called at 1:10 the scene of a motorcycle accident on the Rangeley Road in Avon. Sgt. Richards of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene to find a motorcycle in the ditch. According to his report, the operator was identified as Cassandra Tondreau, 53, of Augusta, who was driving a 2019 Harley Davidson southbound with others on motorcycles.

Franklin County’s Fourth of July events

A variety of events across the county will fill the holiday weekend around the Fourth of July this year. In Jay, the Tri-Town Independence Day Parade and Fireworks will take place on Sunday, July 3. Line up for the parade is at 1 p.m. at the Memco parking lot in Jay, and step-off starts at 2 p.m. The parade ends at the cannon by the railroad tracks in Livermore Falls.

Oquossoc woman dies in Oxford County snowmobile crash

LOWER CUPSUPTIC TOWNSHIP – An Oquossoc woman died early Monday afternoon after the snowmobile she was operating crashed into trees in Oxford County. According to Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife spokesperson Mark Latti, Marjorie Davan, 52 of Oquossoc, was driving her 2016 Polaris Pro S 600 snowmobile at approximately 12:25 p.m. on Monday. Davan was traveling with a group of friends along ITS 84 in Lower Cupsuptic Township in northern Oxford County

Tumbledown Brewing shows ski patrol appreciation with new brew

FARMINGTON – For the second year in a row Tumbledown Brewing is raising funds with its special winter blend beer, “In the Horns,” to benefit Maine ski patrol programming. Last year’s proceeds from the fundraiser totaled over $1,500 and went directly to Saddleback Mountain ski patrol, but owner Matt Swan wanted to think much bigger this year. “We decided to donate a dollar per can to the Maine region of the National Ski Patrol, and that is, I guess you could say, the parent organization of all ski patrols in Maine, so every mountain that has a ski patrol reports

El Salvador man arrested in Rangeley last month was deported in 2019

RANGELEY – A citizen of El Salvador previously deported from the United States in 2019 was arrested earlier last month by U.S. Border Patrol agents after they investigated a truck he was operating that was partially impeding traffic. Per a press release from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, agents approached a Penske truck in Rangeley that was blocking traffic on Feb.

MSAD 58 going to optional masking in schools on Feb. 28

PHILLIPS – The MSAD 58 school board voted, 7-5, to make masking optional within schools. This motion will go into effect on Feb. 28, following the February break. During the monthly board meeting on Feb. 17, Superintendent Todd Sanders referenced a “whirlwind” of changes in guidance from the Maine Center for Disease Control and changes to the Standard Operating Procedures for schools.

Wildlife habitat and birding trails on Perham Stream secured for public access

MADRID TOWNSHIP — Recently, Maine’s High Peaks Alliance closed on an 80-acre parcel called the Perham Stream Birding Trail in Madrid Township. The parcel rests in the valley between Saddleback Mountain and Mount Abraham (Mount Abram), and boasts a half mile of frontage of Perham Stream. The birding trails and wildlife habitats were created and fostered by Carson Hinkley, a fifth-generation landowner of the property. Hinkley has traditionally allowed public access through his property, which is listed on Maine Trail Finder and Maine by Foot.

Closures and cancellations for Tuesday, February 8

The following is a list of closures and cancellations for Tuesday, February 8. There will be no school in RSU 9. There will be no school in RSU 73. There will be no school in MSAD 58