Support YOUR local food pantry challenge is ON

RIVER VALLEY- November 4 is a big day, not only will you be out to exercise your right to vote for the people and issues that matter most to you, but you will also have an opportunity to show your fellow citizens that you care for their well-being by donating to your local food pantry. […]

The Rock Room opens

Kalob Noyes is seen here playing the drums as his mom signs him up for lessons with Justin Hamner at the Greater Rumford Community Center.

RUMFORD- The Rock Room hosted an open house last Tuesday in their downstairs space of the Greater Rumford Community Center and allowed children signing up to make a little music of their own while their parents filled out paperwork. Justin and Amanda Hamner were on hand to answer questions and chat it up with the […]

CC’s Outdoor Journal; Making a Left Turn to the AT

Left Turn makes her way across the Tableland after passing Thoreau Spring after summitting Katahdin and completing her 2,185-mile walk.

What pushes each person to take on such an undertaking as hiking the Appalachian Trail? What kind of drive and determination does it really take for them to choose to put themselves at the mercy of the elements for upwards of six months? I’ve read over and over again how each person makes their hike […]

CC’s Outdoor Journal; ATC Family Hiking Day

Ilse and Mitch Dunbar are seen here during a hike on the Appalachian Trail to Piazza Rock near Saddleback. (Photo submitted by Ilse Dunbar)

On Saturday the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) invites families to take a hike on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) ATC invites people of all ages and hiking abilities to get outside and experience the adventure of being active on the Trail. Held on National Public Lands Day, Family Hiking Day is an opportunity to introduce your […]

Warrior Hike reaches Katahdin

Warrior Hike founder, Sean Gobin, stands behind the Katahdin sign in celebration with the four servicemen who completed their 2,185-mile walk of the Appalachian Trail to help walk off the effects of being in combat. (Times photo by Cherri Crockett)

BAXTER STATE PARK- What began as a wet and gray journey for the veterans of Warrior Hike at Springer Mountain in Georgia on March 17 ended under beautifully brilliant skies and sunshine at Katahdin on September 12. Four veterans; Todd Rogers and Cecil Thayer, U.S. Marine Corp, Jesse Swensgard, U.S. Air Force and Matt Donnelly, […]

Road is paved to River Valley Grill

Bob and Kathy Knowles of the River Valley Grill are seen here with long-time patron, Avis Orino, in their new location in Rumford Center. The River Valley Grill is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. (Times photo by Cherri Crockett)

RUMFORD CENTER- If you’ve been traveling Route 2 west of Rumford lately, you’ll have noticed the road is in the process of being paved, but it’s just about complete, all the way to River Valley Grill in Rumford Center. Now, whether this is a coincidence or not, I’ll leave that up to you, but one […]

Peak-A-Week hikers descending on their 30th season


STORY AND ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARSHA MCKENNA What began as four to six hikes per summer, has evolved to 26 hikes from spring to fall. The Peak-A-Week hiking group, also referred to as PAW, is now in it’s 30th successive year. The River Valley community has something very special that most communities in the […]

Healthy Living; Hiking; Good for mind, body and soul

“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” Sir Edmund Hillary

Have you ever thought about taking up hiking as a way to see more of nature, learn what your physical and mental limitations are, or even just to experience the emotions a wooded trail can bring? Recently, four of us made our way to Baxter State Park to hike the Hunt Trail, also known as […]

Worthley Pond Memories Part II

Kathy Hussey captured this rainbow from her camp following a summer storm.

PERU- Over the years many changes have taken place at Worthley Pond with people moving in and out, stores opening, closing, trading ownership, homes being built, but one constant remains, it is a place for memories to be made through the generations. Kathy Hussey, a life-long resident of Peru, shared, “I wanted to live on […]