Rumford Hospital celebrates fall-free 180 days

Becky Hall, Director of Nursing at Rumford Hospital is seen here presenting the head of the rehab department, Hope Calderwood, with a gift of appreciation. (Times photo by Cherri Crockett)

RUMFORD- Over the past six months Rumford Hospital staff has been working diligently to implement their patient fall prevention program and are happy to report they have had zero incidences in that time. CEO of Rumford Hospital, David Frum, noted, “This is a pretty remarkable accomplishment for a hospital any size. Our staff is changing […]

Mountain Valley Peer Helpers Take Part in National Drug Facts Week With Shattering The Myths: Drug Fact Forum

RUMFORD- National Drug Facts Week was launched in 2010 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. To counteract the myths they get from the internet, TV, movies, music, or from friends, NIDA scientists want to stimulate events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us […]

New Year welcomes first baby at Rumford Hospital

Paxton Leo Rajaniemi surprised his parents, Jocelyn Larsen and Levi Rajaniemi, and his big brother, Asher, by becoming the New Year baby at Rumford Hospital. (Photo submitted by Barbara Rajaniemi)

RUMFORD- Paxton Leo Rajaniemi made a name for himself when he came into the world on January 8, as he was the first baby born in the New Year at Rumford Hospital. Paxton Leo was born weighing a mere 4 pounds and 13 ounces, the perfect size for his big brother, Asher, to hold and […]

Schoolhouse Consignment gaining Paint popularity


Schoolhouse Consignment recently held their monthly Paint & Take at the Peru Rec Center. Fourteen women attended to try their hand at painting and did a fabulous job while enjoying themselves. The next class will be held on February 11 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The class has a fee of $25, and includes […]

Jane Rich retires; Follows path of faith

Jane Rich is seen here with a photograph a friend captured of her in front of the organ at First Congregational Church last summer. A retirement party will be held Saturday, January 31 at the church in Andover from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. (Times photo by Cherri Crockett)

ANDOVER- On January 31, the First Congregational Church of Andover will be celebrating the retirement of Jane Rich, their pastor for the past 23 years. In meeting with Jane at the parsonage recently, she took me on a little visit down memory lane of her time in Andover and how God answered the prayer of […]

No more excuses; Get up and do it

Amanda Hamner and Lacey Gallant are ecstatic to be on the path to better health after deciding to make no more excuses and just get things done. (Submitted photo)

MEXICO- Have you tried time and time again to jump on the weight loss/healthier lifestyle train, but still seem to get off on the first or second stop because the temptations are just too great, you don’t have time to stay on or you’re fearful of what lies ahead? Well, whatever your excuse is, I’m […]

CC’s Outdoor Journal; Where in Maine? Contest

Hike Contest LBKW

Calling all hiking and outdoor enthusiasts! I’m doing something a little different this week. I want to see how well you know our beautiful Maine woods and in return for your correct answers, all four of them, you will secure yourself a three-month subscription to the Rumford Falls Times. Now, take careful consideration before submitting […]

Fueling happiness one toy at a time

Griffin Houghton is seen here with his mom and Rumford Elementary School Principal, Chris Decker, during a recent visit to spread cheer to children with their collection of toys for Christmas. (Photo submitted by K. Houghton)

RUMFORD- Dixfield Discount Fuel has been providing a special to their customers for the last five years. They offer their customers a discount fuel rate in exchange for each toy they collect before Christmas for their annual toy drive. Even if you’re not a customer, you can donate and help one of their accounts receive […]

Dennis Hanson; Always in our hearts

Dennis Hanson's smile could pull anyone out of the darkest of days. He knew the true meaning of unconditional love and expressed it daily. (Photo by Damon Photography)

PERU- “I’ll beat you to the bottom!,” he laughed as we lined our bikes up at the top of the hill. His, a shiny blue store-bought, two wheeled gem and mine a red dump fixer-upper with a yellow banana-seat that hadn’t had the brakes installed on it yet. We were only six and seven years […]