1. Easter Services DIXFIELD — The Dixfield Congregational Church will have the following public Easter Services. Good Friday Service 7 p.m. on Friday. Sunrise Service 6 a.m. on Sunday – breakfast to immediately follow. Regular Service 10 a.m. All will be held at the Church on High Street in Dixfield. 1. “Experience the Resurrection” DIXFIELD […]

Celtic music alive and well at Green Church


Close to a hundred people clapped their hands and tapped their feet to the sounds Scottish and Canadian Maritime fiddle champion Mari Black at the Mexico Congregational Church on March 4. Mari, part of a trio, played a variety of different music, all the while sharing what country it was from or a connection to […]

Public events to highlight Maine in the Civil War

Do you have an interest in local history? How about the Civil War? A series of events and resources promoting the Civil War and the area’s local history are on tap beginning in March for the public to participate. Luke Sorensen, director of the Rumford Public Library (RPL), said this is a joint effort of […]

Thrills and spills in Cardboard Box Duct Tape Derby


It was quite a sight watching youngsters march up Black Mountain, many with parents, with cardboard and duct tape creations for the annual Cardboard Box Duct Tape Derby on a nice Sunday afternoon. The final afternoon of the three-day Winterfest at the ski area included 14 imaginative colorful cardboard boxes in various sizes ranging from […]

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 […]