Category archive: Community News

Maine Forestry Museums 40th annual logging festival and parade

RANGELEY -The Maine Forestry Museum is holding its 40 Annual Logging Festival Days on Friday and Saturday, July 16 and 17. The festival is located at our fairgrounds at 221 Stratton Road in Rangeley. On Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the museum will have wonderful artists, crafters and vendors

Brush fire in former Rangeley mining pit

RANGELEY – Approximately 25 firefighters from six departments and the Maine Forest Service responded to a brush fire off the Reed Wilbur Road on Monday, June 14. The fire was called in at 10:39 p.m. and the crews did not clear until 2:30 a.m. Crews were sent back to the scene Tuesday morning to mop up hot spots and ensure the fire was out

Lupine Festival in Oquossoc

OQUOSSOC – The Outdoor Heritage Museum will host the 2021 Lupine Festival Art & Antique Show on the grounds of the museum, in Oquossoc, on Saturday, June 19 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. More than 30 booths will fill the grounds with various vendors offering bargains on antiques, crafts, and works of art making for some great gift ideas to customers. The museum has three new exhibits as well as some amazing newly acquired artifacts on display for the 2021 season. The fishing in Rangeley is now in “prime time” and the Rangeley Region Guides & Sportsmen’s Association are

Kennedy Center musicians present classical concert in Rangeley

RANGELEY – The Rangeley Friends of the Arts will present the Lakeview Chamber Players at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Rangeley on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 7 p.m. Rangeley seasonal residents and violinists Tim and Sarah Maček are joined by their friends Elizabeth Field, Uri Wassertzug, and Zon Eastes in this very special live concert. The Lakeview Chamber Players return to the stage this summer with very special music to mark the emergence from the pandemic.

Eight non-profits receive grants from The Very Basics Fund

FARMINGTON – Literacy Volunteers, American Red Cross, Safe Voices, Rural Community Action Ministry, Care and Share Food Closet, Mission at the Eastward, Western Maine Center for Children and Rangeley Region Health and Wellness Partnership received grants in May totaling $28,429. Funding was provided through generous donations to the fund from individuals, businesses and foundations. United Way is proud to support the efforts of these organizations in our community. Specifically, grants were made for the following: Literacy Volunteers: Improvement of adult learner’s digital literacy and increased access to technology.

Plein Air workshop with artist Michael Vermette

RANGELEY – The Rangeley Friends of the Arts is sponsoring a Plein Air Workshop on August 24 through 27 with established watercolor artist Michael Vermette. The workshop is two and a half days of instruction over a four-day period open to adult artists of all ability levels, utilizing the sites on The Artists Trail. THE ARTISTS TRAIL is a joint project of the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust and the Rangeley Friends of the Arts which designates 15 specific scenic sites to introduce the unique and rugged beauty of the Rangeley Lakes Region of the western mountains of Maine to artists

Vernon G. Bean (1929-2021)

RANGELEY – Vernon Glen Bean, 91, passed away on May 16, 2021 at the VA Hospital in Togus. He was born on Dec. 17, 1929, in Industry, son of Olon and Beulah (Ellis) Bean. He graduated from Flagstaff High School in the class of 1947. Vern proudly served his country in the U.S Army, during the Korean Conflict

Rangeley teacher recognized as Franklin County Teacher of the Year

RANGELY – The 2021 academic year has been filled with many challenges for both educators and learners because of the pandemic. For many, this has meant rotating hybrid schedules, a variety of distance learning obstacles and adapting to new technologies. For those teaching strictly in the classroom environment, this means mask-wearing and following social distancing guidelines. Winner of the 2021 Franklin County Teacher of the Year award Michelle Laliberte, pre-k teacher at Rangeley Lakes Regional School, reflects on the challenges and rewards of adapting the classroom environment for CDC guidelines. A brand new pre-k program was disrupted and postponed until

Phillips to vote on preliminary steps for new fire station

PHILLIPS – An article on the town meeting warrant for 2021 will ask if the town will raise nearly $20,000 for preliminary plans and engineering designs for a new fire station. The proposal is to renovate the former elementary school building on Russell Street into a fire station. The town owns the building and lot; it was used as the town office until recently, when the office was moved to the former bank building. Fire Chief James Gould and Deputy Chief Jeremy O’Neil discussed several of the reasons why the department needs a new station