First look at sidewalk reconstruction plan in downtown Rumford


A presentation by EnvisionRumford! regarding the draft master plan regarding sidewalk reconstruction in downtown Rumford took place on Jan. 22. The master plan was prepared by Terrence DeWan & Associates and Main-Land Development Consultants, Inc. Proposed improvements are as follows: 1. New sidewalk patterns with gray concrete and color paving bands; plazas of concrete pavers […]

Giving the gift of life — for the 93rd time


Among the people donating blood at the Red Cross blood drive last Wednesday was Robert Arsenault of Rumford, who turns 83 next month. He has given blood, usually here at Mountain Valley High School or at the American Legion, 93 times. Arsenault can’t remember how many years he has donated, but he does remember that […]

A sweet donation tradition, a half century strong

A sweet donation tradition, a half century strong

Eight members of Knights of Columbus Council 2091 showed up at Hope Association recently for a special presentation — turning over proceeds of their annual Tootsie Roll Drive ($1,497.60) to help fund activities for the clients there. Leo Arsenault, treasurer for Knights of Columbus and co-chair of the Tootsie Roll Drive with Arthur Rouleau, said […]

“What Freedom Means to Me”

"What Freedom Means to Me"

To qualify for the Oxford County Vietnam Veteran Memorial Scholarship, entrants must write a 500-word essay on the topic, “What Freedom Means to Me.” In writing her essay, Mariah Witas, daughter of Christine Murphy and Carl Witas, said, “I hadn’t really thought about freedom. It’s something I took for granted.” But after gathering information from […]

Youths take home awards at karate championships

Youths take home awards at karate championships

On Jan. 3, the annual Maine State Martial Arts Ratings and Totals Championships (SMART) were held at the Alfond Arena in Waterville. Adults and youth statewide who placed first through fourth place during the year were invited to participate and attend. Three young women from the River Valley Area participated and brought home some fabulous […]

Maine Event Battle on Ice on tap

Maine Event Battle on Ice on tap

The fifth annual International Fire, Police & Military Winter Games charity hockey tournament, known as the Maine Event Battle on Ice, will take place this Friday through Sunday. The three-day event will take place at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, 190 Birch St., Lewiston. Teams of first responders, law enforcement and military will all be battling […]

Friday Night Live Five draws near

Friday Night Live Five draws near

Those zany folks from Friday Night Live have been at it again writing all original material and working out some of the funniest local humor that has been seen in this, their fifth show. Many of the skits, and news may be inspired by local people you know but they are all character driven so […]

Post 24 to perform Four Chaplain’s ceremony


The Rumford Napoleon Ouellette American Legion Post 24 will perform their annual ceremony of the 72nd anniversary of the Four Chaplain’s sacrifices at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1. This is open to the public with a light meal to follow. The Four Chaplains Early on the morning of February 3, 1943, the U.S. troop […]

Open house held for future Mexico Explorer members


Six young people, most present with a parent, took out applications to become new members of the Explorer program during an open house on Dec. 30 at the Mexico Police Department. Present and past Explorers joined Police Chief Roy Hodsdon to welcome prospective Explorers, four boys and two girls, and explain what the program is […]

Closing, merging schools to be considered


Following 10 months of study by the Buildings and Grounds Committee, recommendations on closing and merging schools in RSU 10 were released to the public on Dec. 30. There are three different reconfiguation options. All options call for closing Rumford Elementary School, the Pennacook Learning Center (former Virginia Elementary) and the former Dixfield Elementary School […]