Category archive: Features

MSAD 58 board sends $9.76 million budget to the voters

PHILLIPS  – The Maine School Administrative District 58 school board unanimously approved sending a $9.76 million budget to district voters Thursday evening, with a district-wide meeting scheduled for May 28. The $9,758,214 budget for fiscal year 2019-20 includes $17,620 for adult education. The K-12 budget, at $9.74 million, would represent an increase of $329,578 in […]

Phillips officials discuss flood safety

PHILLIPS – Local officials are asking residents to keep an eye on the Sandy River and associated streams this spring, as a heavier-than-typical snowpack has led to concerns about potential flooding. Regional Emergency Management Agency personnel met with town officials recently to discuss the issue, which remains a potential issue, rather than an active one. […]

New Vineyard man sentenced to 13 years on drug, firearm charges

BANGOR – A New Vineyard man that fatally shot an intruder two-and-a-half years ago at a Rangeley residence was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison on drug and firearm charges in U.S. District Court yesterday. Jordan Richard, 26 of New Vineyard, had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, a Class C felony, and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to and in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, a Class A felony. Those guilty pleas were entered in June 2018, relating to a shooting incident that occurred in July 2016 in Rangeley on Main Street. According to a court document detailing the U.S.

Snodeo 2019: It takes loose screws

RANGELEY – Snowmobiles outnumbered cars this weekend with thousands of spectators, racers, jumpers and their families filling downtown Rangeley. The annual Snodeo weekend celebrated 36 years on Saturday, highlighting all things snowmobile with races, stunts, perfectly groomed trails, local sales and more. Organized by the Rangeley Lakes Snowmobile Club and the Rangeley Chamber of Commerce, […]

Snodeo bringing all things snowmobile to Rangeley later this month

RANGELEY – The region’s premier snowmobiling event kicks off later this month, with races and exhibitions scheduled for Jan. 24 through Jan. 26. Events on Thursday, Jan

Boston Post Cane awarded to former Phillips Town Manager

PHILLIPS – The Boston Post Cane has a new owner this week, after the former town manager and 96-year-old resident received the walking stick Friday afternoon. Laura Toothaker, 96, received Phillips’ Boston Post Cane in recognition for being the town’s oldest resident. Several hundred of the walking stick-styled canes were given to towns across New […]

Phillips man sentenced to 10 years for unlawful sexual contact

FARMINGTON – A Phillips man received a partially-suspended, 10-year prison sentence Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court, having previously pleaded guilty to having unlawful sexual contact with two juveniles. Michael Harriman, 28 of Phillips, pleaded to two counts of unlawful sexual contact, both Class B felonies, on May 7. That arranged plea included a jointly-recommended […]

Fourth annual Rangeley Regatta draws 150 students to Outdoor Heritage Museum

RANGELEY – On Sept. 28, more than 150 students converged on the Outdoor Heritage Museum to compete in the 4th annual Rangeley Regatta. The morning began with a slight rain falling which ended by the time Hebron Academy held off Gould Academy squad to claim their second consecutive Indian Rock Trophy as champions of the […]

Commissioners discuss scenic turnout in Madrid

FARMINGTON – County commissioners discussed the possibility of creating a scenic turnout in Madrid at Tuesday’s board meeting, a proposal that potentially incorporates driver safety, river bank stabilization, a single-lane bridge and the demolition of existing structures. The site in question includes a narrow parcel of property between Route 4 and the Sandy River, at […]

08/26/2018 – "Picnics and Shore Lunches," new exhibit

Picnics and Shore Lunches Exhibit at Outdoor Museum is Sure to Satisfy Visitors


Oquossoc- The old-time cartoon character Yogi Bear had a famous line that was often shared as he and his “little buddy”, Boo Boo, raided campsites which became his standard by-line; “Hey Boo Boo what’s in da pic-a-nic basket?” Visitors to the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum will soon be better able to answer that question for themselves about how picnickers of the past enjoyed dining outside thanks to a brand-new exhibit. Picnics and Shore Lunches set to open at the popular museum in Oquossoc on Friday June 30 th. The new exhibit will share how folks in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries cooked and dined outdoors, through a collection of unique vintage equipment and photos. And yes, there might just be an old bear marauding bear disrupting the delicious “meal” of an exhibit that is sure to satisfy. All the artifacts and images all have backgrounds in the region and have been collected over that past two years by the museum’s staff. “Dining outdoors was a big part of how folks enjoyed the outdoors and occupied their vacation time here in the region and that is still true today of course, but perhaps to a lesser degree”, shared Museum Director, Bill Pierce.

The exhibit was touted in the May issue of Downeast Magazine as being something “that will appeal to not just outdoor enthusiasts but also to Foodies”. The Historical Society hopes that the new exhibit might inspire visitors to perhaps enjoy a few more meals out of doors this summer? It features an interesting mix of vintage equipment including early coolers, nifty folding tables & chairs, picnic baskets and a cookware set for preparing “shore lunches” that was once owned by local legend Capt. Fred Barker. The exhibit also shares a series of vintage images of various shore lunches that took place between 1905 and 1915 along the Upper Magalloway for guests of the Parmachenee Club. The charming images from glass plate negatives have not seen the light of day for over 100 years!

The premiere marks the sixth new exhibit the museum has opened thus far this season. “We are pleased that three out of the six new exhibits were aimed at folks who may not hunt or fish at all, because the history of the outdoor experience in this region is quite diverse and we feel that this exhibit shares another aspect of that”, added Pierce.

The Rangeley Lakes Historical Society is a 501c3 Non-profit operating the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum as well as the Rangeley History Museum to help preserve and share the region’s iconic history. The Society’s programs and exhibits celebrate the region’s unique character and heritage through the dedication of its volunteers, generosity of its members and without tax-payer support. The Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum is open 10-4pm, 7 days a week in July and August. The Rangeley History Museum opens June 29th from 11 to 4pm Tuesday-Sunday. For more information, please call: 207-864-3091 or log on to: