Category archive: Community News

Maine Outdoor Film Festival kicks off Rangeley’s 9th Trail Town Festival

RANGELEY – Start your Labor Day weekend with the Maine Outdoor Film Festival on Friday, September 3, at 7:00 p.m. in Rangeley’s Lakeside Theatre, 2493 Main Street. This year’s films take us from our own Saddleback Mountain to the coastline and north woods of Maine, on to Montreal, and west to Colorado. Admission is $6 for adults, and $3 for Appalachian Trail hikers and children under 12. Refreshments will be available for purchase

RSU 9 bus schedule for the 2021-22 school year

FARMINGTON – Students should be at the bus stop five minutes prior to pickup time. These are approximate times. First trip Bus #4, Weld – Colleen Kirksey – Driver. First pick up Chase Corner, Phillips Rd. 6:12 Old General Store 6:27; Skoolhouse Variety 6:27; School Street 6:29; Weld Road 6:37 – 6:57 transfer Academy Hill 6:57.

RFA’s Jazz in the gazebo

RANGELEY – The Haley Pond Park gazebo was transformed into a jazz club on Aug. 9 as part of the RFA’s Outdoor Concert Series with a performance of Jazz vocalist Sami Stevens accompanied by saxophonist Kazemde George. NYC vocalist Sami Stevens, together with saxophonist Kazemde George, combine Jazz, experimental and classic R&B sensibilities to forge a truly unique sound in original music. The concert was exclusively sponsored by Moose Alley.

Allied Realty opens third location in Rangeley

RANGELEY – Allied Realty recently opened their third office located at 2556 Main Street in Rangeley; the business held a grand opening on Saturday, Aug. 7. New owners Aaron and Melissa Bolster held a cookout with live music and raffle prizes.

Art in August winners announced

RANGELEY – The Rangeley Friends of the Arts’ 41st annual “Art in August” was held August 5th in Oquossoc. Prizes were awarded in both 2-D (wall hung) and 3-D (sculpture and craft) categories. Ribbons and cash prizes were awarded to First- Second-, and Third place winners. Honorable Mention winners received ribbons. Congratulations to the winners of the three Dimensional and two Dimensional categories

A magic and ventriloquy show to be held in Phillips

PHILLIPS – Dana and Friends, a magic and ventriloquist show, will be performing at the Phillips Area Community Center P.A.C.C. at 21 Depot St., Phillips, on Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 3 p.m. Dana’s act has several puppets including a giant bird named Pee Wee who is almost as tall as Dana, himself! In addition to his puppet friends, Dana will present juggling, surprise paper cutting, and mind boggling magic tricks

Rangeley Lakes Region to move forward with broadband proposal

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.

John R. Toothaker, Jr. (1939-2021)

PHILLIPS – John “Duna” Raymond Toothaker Jr., 82, passed away in his home on Monday, July 26, 2021. He was born on May 26, 1939, in Madrid, to parents John, Sr. and Elvie (Dunham) Toothaker. He was the third eldest son of 12, including; June, Bub, Leland, Kendall, Bobby, Bruce, Popeye, Peanut and Baby Girl, all of whom have predeceased him; and his surviving sisters, Polly and Cheryl. At the tender age of 13, Duna was obligated to pause his education and start working.

The Kitchen Table- an evening of storytelling

RANGELEY – The Rangeley Friends of the Arts will host an entertaining evening of personal storytelling on August 7, at the RFA Lakeside Theater, 2493 Main St. in Rangeley, beginning at 7 p.m. The event, entitled The Kitchen Table, is directed by Tim Straub. This event is sponsored in part by Furbish Brewhouse and Eats.

Kaye (Heath) Newell (1959-2021)

KINGFIELD – Kaye (Heath) Newell, age 62, passed away at her home on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. She was born August 15, 1959 a daughter of Charles and Marjory Adele (Buck) Heath and grew up in her hometown of Phillips to two great and loving parents. During her school years at Mt. Abram Highschool she would meet her future husband and partner-in-crime Walter Newell and move to Kingfield