Back to School Fashion Show


Hope Association clients Mary Turnbull and Ray Leblanc, with Moriah Thebarge, got the audience going with “Sweet Caroline” during the Association’s annual Back to School Fashion Show last Friday. The classic songs and enthusiastic audience really got the models dancing, hopping, with a lot of smiles. They were modeling examples of clothing available at the […]

Teaberry Arts Council’s Art Walk


Members of the Teaberry Arts Council and area artists gathered on the Rumford Parks Walking Trail for Sunday’s Art Walk. Some 25 to 30 artists, magicians, performers, musicians and more entertained people during the five-hour event, the council’s first big event since its inception last fall.

Child safety seat inspections in Dixfield


While at the Dixfield Outdoor Market on Sunday with her three-year-old, Gabrielle Cannon of Dixfield saw the sign that read “Free Car Seat Check” and decided to participate. Dixfield Police Officers Anne Simmons-Edmunds and Eric Bernier, along with Jaclyn Witt, recently completed a three-day course to become certified as child safety passenger seat inspectors. They […]

Culture of Compassion


There were a lot of smiles on children Saturday, and sighs of relief for parents and others struggling financially. It was the third annual Culture of Compassion giveaway, put on by 50 volunteers with the Praise Assembly of God Church at the DARE Field across from Aubuchon Hardware. Pastor Justin Thacker noted that it takes […]

Man found dead at Mexico standoff identified


The Maine State Police identified the man who died Sunday evening following a standoff with several police departments in Mexico. The victim was identified as Steven R. Piiranen, 52, of Paris, according to Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland. McCausland added that the two officers who fired at Piirainen were Maine state trooper […]

Friday night concerts a crowd pleaser in Andover

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It was a beautiful evening Friday with another good crowd as the series of free concerts continued at the Andover Town Common. Joe and Tara Robinson of Jarato Screenprinting, along with their four daughters, headlined the two-hour acoustic music performance. Pete Coolidge, who owns Pete’s Hardware with his wife, Wanda, began the every other Friday […]

Bowling them over at age 90


Ralph Hazelton, who turns 90 on Aug. 15, is seen bowling a spare recently. He calls himself a lousy bowler, but still averages around 81 per game. He said he wants to bowl until he’s 100. Oxford Lanes owner Jamie Volkernick noted that Ralph is a bowling legend there.

Pavement grinding on Hancock Street in Rumford

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A Pike Industries crew grinds pavement on Hancock Street in Rumford on Aug. 6. The Maine Department of Transportation repaving contract was awarded to Pike Industries, beginning at the Rumford/Mexico Bridge and going all along Route 2 to the bottom of Falls Hill and then from the top of Falls Hill to a point between […]