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 […]

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 […]