Surprise honor for retiring Rep. Briggs


At the conclusion of the veterans recognition ceremony Saturday at American Legion Post 24, retiring State Rep. Sheryl Briggs was honored by State Sen. John Patrick and Vietnam War veteran Dwight Murphy. “Sheryl has always been a fighter. She’s always been dedicated. She’s had a wonderful heart. I will say that I am deeply honored […]

Fortin retires after 35 years as secretary


“There’s one thing you can be sure of is that the sun is going to rise and that Darlene Fortin was going to take care of business.” Those were the words of Richard Greene, the program director at Pennacook Learning Center, about Fortin’s dedication as secretary there over 35 years, including 26 years when it […]

Fire safety at Meroby Elementary

Firefighters and Sparky the Dog from the Mexico Fire Department were at Meroby Elementary School last Thursday to teach students about fire safety. Led by Firefighter Mike Chartier, topics discussed with third graders here included having a home fire evacuation plan, knowing your address in case of emergency, making sure the number on your home […]

Fun at Pumpkin Fest


There was a terrific turnout of people in downtown Rumford Saturday for the third annual event Pumpkin Fest, with numerous events for youngsters as well as adults. The event was sponsored by EnvisionRumford and Gaskyl Productions.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month


The Mexico Police Department and Explorers spent much of their Saturday decorating the Mexico Town Hall with the message about Domestic Violence Awareness Month during October. Donating their time were Chief Roy Hodsdon and wife, Renee, Officer Rob Drouin, Senior Explorer Advisor Brittany Gaudet and Explorer Alyssa Hemingway.

Tyla’s Buddy Bench dedicated


Some 50 family and friends gathered in front of Dirigo High School to honor the memory of Tyla Thibodeau on Saturday, the day that marked his 17th birthday. After singing “Happy Birthday” to Tyla, everyone released black and red (Tyla’s favorite colors) balloons into the air. At the same time, a tarp was removed, which […]

Fundraising effort needed to save Community Dental in Rumford


Lisa Kavanaugh, Community Dental chief executive officer, led a 90-minute meeting Thursday at Rumford Hospital with about 30 community leaders and River Valley residents to gauge community support for sustaining Community Dental’s reopening. The nonprofit dental office, located in the River Valley Technology Center since Dec. 2008, has been closed since July 2 when high […]

Bucket Drop to Benefit Peru Community Center


Korean War veteran Glen Tompkins and Peru Summerfest Chairman Yvonne Allen react to the cold water from the bucket drop fundraiser for the Peru Community Center held on Saturday. The idea for this event was made just that morning, but it was a good one as, at $10 per participant, the bucket drop raised more […]

Walk With a Doc


More than two dozen people participated in the start of the Walk with a Doc program last Wednesday. The free wellness education program, sponsored by Rumford Hospital, takes place at the Hosmer Field track each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. through Oct. 22. Prior to the 45-minute walk, most of the participants volunteered to fill out […]