Bustin Justin Hamner to teach music at the ‘stute

John and Kathy Sutton are seen here gathered around their family piano with “Bustin’” Justin Hamner and his wife, Amanda. The Suttons donated the piano along with a $500 check to help the couple get started with their music program that will take up shop at the Greater Rumford Community Center. (Times photo by Cherri Crockett)

RUMFORD- “Bustin’” Justin Hamner has always had an appreciation for music and has never been afraid to teach himself a new instrument. He recently decided to share his love of music through an agreement with the Greater Rumford Community Center to offer a class. Currently, Hamner is reaching out to the community for students who […]

CC’s Outdoor Journal; Take the kids along, too!

Jennie-Mae and Asher Nisbet and Annelise and Sandra Witas are seen here “walking down the street” the short distance between The Roost trailheads in the White Mountain National Forest. The excitement of Asher and Annelise was electric that day as we made our way around the 2.5-mile loop. (Times photo by Cherri Crockett)

Earlier this summer I sat in the beautifully warm sunshine on top of Tumbledown calming my mind and enjoying the presence of so much goodness around me; not just in that moment, but throughout all aspects of my life. It was a moment of pure gratitude and my friend, Jackie, captured the physical moment with […]

Healthy Living; Feed Me Food Club

Residents of Rumford Island Housing (Muskie Building) are seen here with Sandra Witas, Feed Me Food Club coordinator for River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition, during their recent delivery of organic Maine-grown produce. (Times photo by Cherri Crockett)

RUMFORD- Sandra Witas, coordinator of the Feed Me Food Club through River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition, recently delivered fresh, organic Maine-grown produce to residents of Rumford Island Housing. Every other week, the Feed Me Food Club opens for members to order a variety of fresh, frozen, organic and canned foods from farms around Maine. The […]

CC’s Outdoor Journal; Share the love

On an early summer sleepover on top of Whitecap, I was hoping to wake to an amazing view of the sunrise over the River Valley, but the weather had different ideas. The clouds that blanketed the valley were just as appealing from my vantage point. (Times photo by Cherri Crockett)

My gosh it’s been a very busy beginning to summer and I have to say that I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Before I know it, 2016 will be here and I’ll be heading to Georgia to start my walk home along the Appalachian Trail. So, please forgive me now, but most likely each journal […]

Forest to Mill; Follow the wood tour

Seen here are various shots of the process a tree goes through to get from the forest to your home project. J.D. Irving is the largest mill in the world that sells white pine lumber, and they’re located right in Dixfield. (Times photos by Cherri Crockett)

RIVER VALLEY- Several members of various area tourism outlets recently joined Western Maine Economic Development Council for a tour of western Maine’s working forest industry, which included tours of the Region 9 woods worksite in Mexico and the Irving mill in Dixfield. “This tour was an opportunity to learn how many people and how much […]

CC’s Outdoor Journal; Welcome Hiking Season

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  WELD/RUMFORD- When Jennie-Mae and I sat down a few weeks back and planned out a few hikes to prepare for the summer season and to begin conditioning for our lofty hiking goals, we agreed, rain or shine. “I won’t be able to stay inside or sit by a warm fire when it’s raining on […]

CC’s Outdoor Journal; Boots to Birks set off on AT adventure

Clay and Lindsay Smith, along with their dog, Hunter are seen here among their masses of preparation for their 160-day-long journey on the Appalachian Trail. They will be hiking the 2,185-miles northbound from Georgia. (Times photo by Cherri Crockett)

ANDOVER- As you’re sitting down to read this story, Clay and Lindsay Smith will have successfully traversed about 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail. The couple started their adventure from Springer Mountain in Georgia last Wednesday. After dedicating almost ten years of his life to military life, getting blown up while in Afghanistan and suffering […]

CC’s Outdoor Journal; Raising Awareness

Shannon Welch is seen here among friends who snowshoed to the top of Whitecap on Saturday to not only get fresh air and exercise, but to help raise funds for her participation in the Avon Breast Cancer Walk in May. Each person was asked to donate $10 in exchange for a mini-photo shoot at the top.

RUMFORD- Saturday may well have been the best day of the year; with temperatures rising to almost 50, cloudless blue sky for as far as the eye could see, and snow conditions perfect for snowshoeing the nearly 2.5 miles to the summit of Rumford Whitecap. Shannon Welch has been fundraising for the past few months […]