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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

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.

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

Michaela Marie Morgan (2005-2021)

FARMINGTON – Michaela Marie Morgan, “Mickey” 15, of Phillips, died Monday evening, Feb. 1, 2021, shortly after arrival at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Sandy River Plantation. She was born in Lewiston on Aug. 5, 2005, as a preemie, a daughter of Michael David and Tanya (Marie) Brewer Morgan.

Foot and Paddle: First snow hike of the season – Saddleback

Awaited news arrives! A fast moving fall storm, drops heavy rainfall on Southern Franklin County – but up to 7” of snow above 2000’. More good news – clearing skies by daybreak. I load my daypack with food, water, and winter hiking essentials.

Border Patrol arrests fugitive sex offender, returns missing woman to family

RANGELEY – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rangeley Border Patrol Station tracked and arrested a convicted violent sex offender fugitive from Virginia and a woman, who was reported missing and the subject of a nationwide endangered person alert, was returned to her family. On Thursday, Nov. 19, Border Patrol agents received information from an […]

More than 70 Rangeley business take pledge for community health

RANGELEY – Every summer, Rangeley’s population swells as seasonal residents and visitors from across the country flock to the mountain community. Recognizing the potential for COVID-19 transmission, more than 70 Rangeley businesses have taken a pledge to protect the health of the community, employees, and customers by following safety guidelines and responding to community input. […]

Phillips man injured in Main Street crash

PHILLIPS – A local man was transported to the hospital with head injuries this morning, after his vehicle crashed into a utility pole on Main Street. According to Sheriff Scott Nichols, a 2015 Toyota sedan struck a utility pole on Main Street Tuesday morning. Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Lt. David Rackliffe and Chief Deputy Steve […]

MSAD 58 School Board sends proposed budget to voters July 14

PHILLIPS – The Maine School Administrative District 58 Board of Directors presented their proposed budget for the 2020/2021 fiscal school year by way of virtual meeting on Tuesday evening. That budget will go to Strong, Kingfield, Avon and Phillips voters on July 14. The proposed budget for the 20/21 fiscal year is $10,352,500. As compared […]

Foot and Paddle: Saddleback to Reed’s Mill on skis

One of my favorite point-to-point ski treks is over a 15-mile route from the north side of Saddleback Range to Reed’s Mill in Madrid. Two trail developments, new in the past decade, have drawn my attention to the opportunity to ski a half-circle around the western end of the range, and continue by slabbing the […]

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