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Commissioners discuss strategic plan for county, ARPA funds

FARMINGTON – The unorganized territories featured in the county commissioners meeting on Tuesday. County Administrator Amy Bernard reported back to the commissioners following a meeting with the fire departments in Kingfield, Phillips, Strong, and Salem. This spring, Salem Fire requested funding from the county’s American Rescue Plan Act funds for a number of items, including COVID-19 relief stipends for firefighters, small salaries for three administrative roles in the department, new turnout gear, a well, and a septic system at the station. Bernard has requested documentation from the Salem Fire Department, including copies of all the training records for the last

September events at the Outdoor Heritage Museum

RANGELEY – This September, the Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society’s Outdoor Heritage Museum will host two special events. On Saturday, September 17, the Museum will offer its annual Fall Festival. From 10am to 4pm, the grounds of the Museum will host arts, crafts, and antiques vendors selling unique and handcrafted items.

MSAD 58 to begin school under new configuration August 31

PHILLIPS — As the new school year gets underway in MSAD 58, there are a number of changes facing students, staff, and families alike. In Strong, the newly created Day Mountain Regional Middle School will host students from fifth to eighth grades from across the district. Elementary students from Strong will attend school in either Kingfield or Phillips, based on where they live. Margaret Adams, formerly a middle school English teacher at Kingfield Elementary, is the principal at Day Mountain Middle School.

Memorial bell to ring in honor of Robert Beal

PHILLIPS – Mister Beal’s Bell will ring – again – to begin the Wonderland festival. This year, it hangs in honor in a brand-new bell tower, built by local artisan Ian Reinholt, using old beams from a barn that once stood on the Beal property. Robert “Bob” Beal was a beloved attorney, Susy Sanders said. He had an office in Rangeley but maintained a small office in his home at 43 Main Street where he did legal work and documents for Phillips residents for little to no charge. Beal served in Army intelligence during the second World War and traveled

Phillips Old Home Days honored couple and honored lumbermen

PHILLIPS – The 63rd annual Phillips Old Home Days will take place all next week, beginning this Saturday, Aug. 13. Community meals, friendly competitions, and free activities for the kids will bring hundreds to the area for what has become a favorited local event. This year’s honored couple is Susy and Dave Sanders

Foot and Paddle: Backpacking the Forest Legacy Trails System

Forest Legacy Trails is a 1272-acre tract of land on the west shore of Cupsuptic and Mooselookmeguntic Lakes, in Adamstown Township, west of Rangeley. Managed by the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust (RLHT), Forest Legacy offers nine miles of hiking trails, and five lakeside campsites. I have long wanted to explore this trail system and spend an overnight at one of those sites, and finally do so in this summer of 2022.

Two accidents: one driver injured, utility pole knocked down

AVON – In two separate accidents on Sunday, one driver was injured and a utility pole was struck and needed replacing, according to investigators. In the first incident, emergency crews were called at 1:10 p.m.to the scene of a motorcycle accident on the Rangeley Road in Avon. Sgt. Richards of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene to find a motorcycle in the ditch. According to his report, the operator was identified as Cassandra Tondreau, 53, of Augusta, who was driving a 2019 Harley Davidson southbound with others on motorcycles.

Franklin County’s Fourth of July events

A variety of events across the county will fill the holiday weekend around the Fourth of July this year. In Jay, the Tri-Town Independence Day Parade and Fireworks will take place on Sunday, July 3. Line up for the parade is at 1 p.m. at the Memco parking lot in Jay, and step-off starts at 2 p.m. The parade ends at the cannon by the railroad tracks in Livermore Falls.

Oquossoc woman dies in Oxford County snowmobile crash

LOWER CUPSUPTIC TOWNSHIP – An Oquossoc woman died early Monday afternoon after the snowmobile she was operating crashed into trees in Oxford County. According to Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife spokesperson Mark Latti, Marjorie Davan, 52 of Oquossoc, was driving her 2016 Polaris Pro S 600 snowmobile at approximately 12:25 p.m. on Monday. Davan was traveling with a group of friends along ITS 84 in Lower Cupsuptic Township in northern Oxford County

Tumbledown Brewing shows ski patrol appreciation with new brew

FARMINGTON – For the second year in a row Tumbledown Brewing is raising funds with its special winter blend beer, “In the Horns,” to benefit Maine ski patrol programming. Last year’s proceeds from the fundraiser totaled over $1,500 and went directly to Saddleback Mountain ski patrol, but owner Matt Swan wanted to think much bigger this year. “We decided to donate a dollar per can to the Maine region of the National Ski Patrol, and that is, I guess you could say, the parent organization of all ski patrols in Maine, so every mountain that has a ski patrol reports

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