PHILLIPS – Parents of students in the MSAD 58 district are rallying against a recent decision to not require face masks this year; the decision was made by the MSAD 58 Board of Directors and was announced to the public several weeks ago. MSAD 58 serves roughly 665 students from Phillips, Avon, Kingfield, and Strong. They are one of six districts in the state that have decided against the CDC’s recommendation of universal masking while indoors. There are approximately 270 districts statewide, and alongside MSAD 58 the districts of Auburn, Calais, SAD 27, SAD 70, RSU 4 and RSU 89
FARMINGTON — The Reed’s Mills Road will be closed to ATV traffic per the Franklin County Commissioners, following a unanimous vote at Tuesday’s meeting. Earlier this summer the commissioners allowed road access at the request of the ATV club when the club lost access to a section of trails heading to Rangeley. the commissioners granted access with the understanding that ATV traffic should behave respectfully and should not pose a threat to other traffic on the road.
KINGFIELD — Green Drinks made its debut at the Maine Beer Shed last week, the monthly gathering will bring folks to enjoy drinks, discuss local environmental issues and concerns, and fundraise for local organizations who are working to support the environment. At the first event, the Beer Shed hosted the Greater Franklin Food Council. One of the council’s project is working with local elementary schools to create or expand a school garden program. Currently they have programs at Stratton School, Phillips Elementary School, Kingfield Elementary School, and Cascade Brook School.
RANGELEY – A multi-year effort by the Rangeley Region Economic Opportunity Committee and the Greater Franklin Development Council to bring reliable and affordable high-speed broadband to all residences in the area is moving forward. The four municipalities have all approved working with a service provider, have begun discussions for the creation of an interlocal agreement, and are working on a grant with the ConnectME Authority. The Town of Rangeley and the Plantations of Dallas, Rangeley, and Sandy River received two regional broadband proposals.
RANGELEY – The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust is putting on a program of family events designed to educate kids and their parents this summer. The mission of the RLHT is to conserve and steward the natural and historical resources found in the Rangeley Region. They build trails for local use, conserve land and provide programs, such as these events, for their community. The events in this program cover many topics relating to encouraging people to get outside to explore and utilize local resources. On Aug
MOUNT ABRAM TWP – Roughly 35 emergency responders assisted with rescuing a hiker on Spaulding Mountain Wednesday night. Maine Game Wardens along with fire departments from Carrabassett Valley, Strong, Eustis, Kingfield, Salem and Phillips were among those that responded. Employees of Sugarloaf Mountain also assisted with carrying the injured hiker from the top of the mountain to the summit of Sugarloaf at which point he was transported down by vehicle. Richard Sullivan was hiking the Appalachian Trail with his son Daniel Archdale when he slipped and fell, breaking his right ankle. The 65-year-old of Archdale, NC was unable to walk
RANGELEY – It’s time for the Little Miss and Mister Wood Chip Contest, part of the Maine Forestry Museum’s Annual Logging Festival. The festival, which was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is back on for 2021. The contest will be held at the Rangeley Inn on July 16, at 6:30 p.m. Children, aged six to eight, may sign up for the contest. Contestants are invited to sing a song or recite a poem
RANGELEY – Approximately 25 firefighters from six departments and the Maine Forest Service responded to a brush fire off the Reed Wilbur Road on Monday, June 14. The fire was called in at 10:39 p.m. and the crews did not clear until 2:30 a.m. Crews were sent back to the scene Tuesday morning to mop up hot spots and ensure the fire was out
RANGELY – The 2021 academic year has been filled with many challenges for both educators and learners because of the pandemic. For many, this has meant rotating hybrid schedules, a variety of distance learning obstacles and adapting to new technologies. For those teaching strictly in the classroom environment, this means mask-wearing and following social distancing guidelines. Winner of the 2021 Franklin County Teacher of the Year award Michelle Laliberte, pre-k teacher at Rangeley Lakes Regional School, reflects on the challenges and rewards of adapting the classroom environment for CDC guidelines. A brand new pre-k program was disrupted and postponed until
PHILLIPS – An article on the town meeting warrant for 2021 will ask if the town will raise nearly $20,000 for preliminary plans and engineering designs for a new fire station. The proposal is to renovate the former elementary school building on Russell Street into a fire station. The town owns the building and lot; it was used as the town office until recently, when the office was moved to the former bank building. Fire Chief James Gould and Deputy Chief Jeremy O’Neil discussed several of the reasons why the department needs a new station