RANGELELY – Dr. Leonard Bachman has been participating in the Maine Audubon Annual Loon Count for over 20 years, held annually on the third Saturday of July. Even at 97 years old, he loves participating; it has become a family tradition. Bachman has been coming to Rangeley each year from Maryland, and the common loon has always been very compelling to him
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.
RANGELEY – On October 14, Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust will host the dark sky film, Defending the Dark at the Lakeside Theater. The documentary premiered at the 2022 Maine International Film Festival in July with record crowds. Defending the Dark educates viewers on why it is crucial to preserve dark sky areas, emphasizing the unique dark sky environment of the north Maine woods. Defending the Dark uses the designated dark sky areas in northern Maine as examples of natural, dark sky environments to educate the public on why dark skies are essential
PHILLIPS – David Watson Leitch, 86, of Phillips, and Ocala, FL, passed away peacefully on Aug. 12, 2022 with his loving family by his side. Dave was born in Lawrence, Mass., and raised in Weymouth, Mass., where he met his high school sweetheart and devoted wife of 66 years, June Priscilla Badger.
RANGELEY – The Storybook Walk along the Guide’s Tim Baker Nature Trail has been updated for 2022. This year the book is “At One: In a place called Maine” by author Lynn Plourde. The story celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of the wilds of Baxter State Park to the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. The author shares her outdoor camping experiences, her encounters with a bear and twin fawns in the summer, as well as a moonlit cross-country ski in the winter
KINGFIELD – On July 26 Det. David Davol, Det. Stephen Charles and Lt. David St. Laurent conducted a joint investigation with Detective John Bourque from the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office regarding the theft of building supplies from Hammond Lumber in Belgrade as well as Jordan Lumber in Kingfield totaling $21,000
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
Students should be at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to pickup time. These are approximate times. First trip Bus #4, Weld – Colleen Kirksey – Driver. First pick up White School House Rd./ West Side Rd. 5:40; Center Hill 6:03; Chase Corner, Phillips Rd.
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