Hale to be Inducted into Rangeley Logger’s Hall of Fame on July 26th

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Richard A. Hale will be inducted into the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum’s Logger’s Hall of Fame on Friday 26 July during the 33rd Annual Logging Festival’s Evening Program which begins at 7pm in the Church of the Good Shepherd, Main Street, Rangeley.

Born in 1921 in Lisbon Falls, Mr. Hale began work as logger around his hometown in 1948. By that time, he had graduated from the University of Maine, Orono, served in the Army, and earned a Master of Forestry from Yale University. He worked in the woods until 1960, also operating a portable circular saw mill. From 1966 to 1990, he taught forestry at the University of Maine, Orono. Many Rangeley area foresters, including Mark Beauregard, Frank Conlon, Pete Johnson, and Trish and Michael Quinn studied with him. In 1967, he married Jan Dumont of Lewiston. Their daughter, Heather Hale-Nivus, son-in-law, David Nivus, and granddaughters, Corinne and Jocelyn, live in Bethel.

Mr. Hale was chosen by a committee of loggers and Museum volunteers, including Joe Haley of M&H Logging and Construction. Peggy Yocom, Museum curator and chair of the Logger’s Hall of Fame committee, welcomes suggestions for future nominees. Please contact her at or 864-3421.

This article was written by Rangeley News Hound