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 […]

Open house held for future Mexico Explorer members


Six young people, most present with a parent, took out applications to become new members of the Explorer program during an open house on Dec. 30 at the Mexico Police Department. Present and past Explorers joined Police Chief Roy Hodsdon to welcome prospective Explorers, four boys and two girls, and explain what the program is […]

Toys needed for Santa’s Helpers


With Christmas fast approaching, Santa’s Helpers is well as its way to helping another couple hundred familes with needed winter clothing and more, thanks to a variety of kind people from the River Valley and beyond. Margaret McNeal, who has carried on her mother’s legacy by running Santa’s Helpers for the past six years, said […]

Go back in time with a live radio play


When was the last time you took your parents or your grandparents out for something? A Dec. 19-21 live radio play to be performed at 49 Franklin may just be the perfect occasion during the holiday season. Step back in time, at 49 Franklin’s Mystic Theater, where you’ll attend a live performance of a radio […]

Church has Thanksgiving giveaway


On Friday afternoon, some 30 volunteers gathered assembly-line style at the Praise Assembly of God Church to put together 88 Thanksgiving baskets before delivering them in the community the following morning. There’s a lot of work involved, both in gathering the food and then putting the baskets together, but the church is very good at […]

MVMS students talk with vets


After exhibiting Quest Civil War projects at their school, Mountain Valley Middle School students traveled to the Rumford Public Library on Nov. 19 where they split into three groups and were joined by military veterans to read and discuss the book Soldier’s Heart. The veterans included teacher Dan Hodge, teacher Anthony Mazza, and Sheriff Wayne […]

RSU 10 earns tech award


Fourth graders were eagerly working their computers in the Rumford Elementary School library learning about a new topic called immigration. The program they were using is called netTrekker, which is now used throughout RSU 10 at all grade levels. For their use of that program, RSU 10 has earned a Digital Learning Award for its […]

Teacher appreciation


The Mexico Walmart, represented by Phoebe Pike recently selected Rumford Elementary School for its Teacher Appreciation program. She presented 20 $50 gift certificates to teachers across various departments, according to Principal Chris Decker, who said the money will be spent for whatever the departments wish to purchase at Walmart.

Honoring local veterans for their service

Honoring local veterans for their service

Ernest H. Holtzman of Rumford Center, WWII, Navy, accepts his Honorable Service Certificate from 2nd Lt. Sarah Oliver of Portland, representing Maine Veterans Services, during Saturday’s Veterans Recognition Ceremony at American Legion Post 24. He is pictured with his wife, Kathleen, and relatives. Ernest, who turns 90 at the end of the month, was one […]