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Portland company expands to Rangeley

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Winona’s Christmas Wish

PHILLIPS — Driving into town, just past the fire station, a flash of red caught my eye. I instinctively slowed down and quickly realized that I’d found what I had driven to town to see: a tall, broad white birch tree down in a little marshy area beside the road, the trunk wrapped in sparkly red garland with a red bow tied at the top.  I’d found Winona’s Christmas wish. Winona Davenport is eighty-six years old. She is one of the gems that lives in rural communities; active and engaged in her community, she is involved with most of the

Rangeley Friends of the Arts to hold Winter DIVA Show: Classic DIVA

RANGELEY – The Rangeley Friends of the Arts proudly presents the Annual RFA Winter DIVA Show! Rangeley’s own Divas will fill your evening with music and dance as local, talented ladies and gentlemen present some of the best music ever heard. This show features music from the 40’s, 50’s, and early 60’s. This will be an evening of non-stop entertainment – a unique Rangeley event not to be missed!

Saddleback preparing for second season since reopening

RANGELEY — Saddleback Maine is preparing for their second ski season since the acquisition of the ski resort by Arctaris Impact Fund. Over the last 18 months, Saddleback has invested $3 million into upgrading the snow making equipment on the mountain. $2 million of that was this summer, with a focus on adding more snow guns and increasing the pump capacity.

School board, MTA principal reach agreement; principal to resign

PHILLIPS — Following an executive session early in the Nov. 18 MSAD 58 school board meeting, board chair Kim Jordan announced that the school board had reached an agreement with Mount Abram High School Principal Michelle Tranten. Jordan said that this agreement included Tranten’s resignation within a week. This announcement was met with cheers from a group of students and parents in the audience. Jordan said that the school board would not comment further and added that the success of the students is important to the district and that they would work to minimize disturbances for students during this time.

Connecticut man dies in ATV crash

MADRID TOWNSHIP – A Connecticut man died yesterday after losing control of his ATV according to a press release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. Sebastian Constantini, 47, was reportedly riding on ITS 84/89 with his brother and a friend heading toward the Saddleback Inn in Rangeley around 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27. Constantini was at the front of the group, heading down a hill and across a wooden bridge when he lost control.

Property tax, personnel matters discussed

FARMINGTON — A property tax abatement appeal between Peter Axelson and Rangeley Plantation was presented to the Franklin County Commissioners during the meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 21. Axelson, a long-time landowner in Rangeley Plantation, stated that a parcel of his property had been overvalued for seventeen years and that he had requested an abatement from Rangeley Plantation for the overpayment of the last three years.

MSAD 58 parents rally against lack of mask mandate

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

Reed’s Mills Road to close to ATV traffic

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.

Green Drinks for the environment

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.