Category archive: Community News

Janet Waugaman Hammond (1959-2022)

DALLAS PLANTATION – Janet Waugaman, loving wife and devoted mother, died peacefully at her home in the Rangeley area on Wednesday, Jan. 5, surrounded by her family. Janet passed after a courageous battle with Multiple Systems Atrophy, a fast-progressing form of Parkinsonism. She was an extremely strong, courageous, and brave woman.

Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust trails open for recreation 

RANGELEY – Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust announced that the trailheads to Hatchery Brook Preserve, Hunter Cove Wildlife Sanctuary, Hunter Cove Uplands, Bonney Point Conservation Area, and South Bog Conservation Area would remain open throughout the winter. At Hatchery Brook Preserve, volunteer Trail Stewards from AJs Fat Bikes will use their groomer to pack the trail and provide a consistent surface for all ages to enjoy. Other properties conserved by RLHT, such as the Rangeley River Conservation Area, Kennebago 3000 Conservation Easement, and Bald Mountain Conservation Area, have historically been the most active snowmobile access routes in Maine. Combined, they host nearly 14 miles of

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office weekly report: A dozen accidental dials

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office weekly report for Dec. 25–31, 2021: (All persons charged are innocent until proven guilty.) 12/25/2021 0834hrs, Deputy Gray responded to a report of a single vehicle accident on the Saddleback Mountain Road in Sandy River Plt. Thomas Sanders (24) of Benton, Maine, was driving a 2011 Subaru Forester westbound when it lost control and ran off the road striking a tree.

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

Leora M. Churchill (1939 – 2021 )

NEW VINEYARD – Leora M. Churchill passed away on December 18, 2021, at the age of 82. She was born on July 25, 1939 in East Madrid, Maine, to Victor and Shirley McLaughlin. Leora attended schools in Phillips and graduated from Phillips High School in June of 1958.

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!

Cecil Kendall (1929-2021)

CHESTERVILLE – Cecil Kendall, 91, of Chesterville, passed peacefully at his home on December 11, 2021. He was born in Farmington on December 18, 1929. Cecil grew up in West Farmington and attended Farmington schools and UMF. On May 25, 1950, he married his beloved wife Ann. Together they raised 6 children while living in Starks and Farmington.

Reta E. Whinery (1929-2021)

WILTON – Reta Elizabeth Whinery, 92, of Wilton, died on Friday afternoon, Dec. 10, 2021 at her home. She was born in Abbot, May 25, 1929, a daughter of Ruel (Baxter) and Hazel Mae (Mayo) Orff, Sr., and graduated from Wilton Academy in 1947. She raised her family in Wilton and Hampden, and when her children were older, attended Husson College for a year and went to work for Bell Telephone in Bangor for 21 years, retiring in 1985 and relocating back to Wilton shortly thereafter

A pointed glance

This buck has an attitude! In Rangeley. (Photo by Jim Knox )

Rangeley Friends of the Arts to host open call for all singers and dancers for classic DIVA

RANGELEY –  Rangeley’s favorite musical event returns to the stage in February! The Rangeley Friends of the Arts will produce a live musical event, “Classic DIVA” in February. The performance will include songs and singers, both men and women, from the 40’s, 50’s and early 60’s.