Barlow in need of single story home

Andy Barlow is seen here sliding across the floor to get to this cellar stairs where he has to crawl several times a day to tend to his woodstove. Barlow was born with Spina Bifida and is wheelchair bound. (Times photo by Cherri Crockett)

HANOVER- Back in 2011 I brought you a story about Andy Barlow. You learned of how Barlow, who suffers from Spina Bifida, goes about his daily work with the help of crutches, a wheelchair, his four-wheeler and the help of friends who drive him around. In the past couple years, Barlow has lost strength and […]

Schoolhouse Consignment is open for business

Friends of Peru Elementary School have added Schoolhouse Consignment and a yard sale room to their growing list of services offered in the new recreation center. (Times photos by Cherri Crockett)

PERU- Yvonne Allen and Deb Sharp, along with countless other volunteers of Schoolhouse Consignments, have been busy readying the former library and office in the recreation center for you to come check out the various items on sale. As you enter through the Main Street door, you will be able to find anything from old […]

Student led worship service open to public

Students of the Praise Assembly of God Christian Academy are seen here leading their first open-to-the-public chapel on Friday. They invite you to come share in their worship service. (Times photos by Cherri Crockett)

RUMFORD- What better way to start a weekend than to visit Praise Assembly of God on Congress Street to witness students of the Christian Academy share their calling of faith through song and prayer. Last Friday, the Praise Assembly of God Christian Academy leaped out of their comfort zones by opening their 45-minute chapel service […]

Jeans Day Fridays gaining popularity

Employees of Advantage Insurance, top, and Franklin Savings Bank, bottom, are seen sporting their jeans last Friday to help raise funds for charities each business chose to support. (Times photos by Cherri Crockett)

RUMFORD- Have you frequented a local business lately and found them dressed down in their comfortable jeans and wondered why? Well, More businesses are hopping on board to celebrate jeans Fridays by using the money employees pay for the dress down privilege to help support the ever-growing number of charities looking for support. Advantage Insurance […]

RES food pantry helps behavior, attendance


Since opening a food pantry at Rumford Elementary School last December, Principal Chris Decker has observed some noticeable positive traits with his students. “We don’t have many behavior problems because we have a great staff and we don’t have food insecurities here,” said Decker, adding that he credits the food pantry as part of the […]

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.


1. Holy Savior Christmas Fair RUMFORD — The Holy Savior Catholic School and Parish will hold their annual Christmas Fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Holy Savior Parish Hall. Featured are handmade, hand decorated fresh Christmas wreaths for $20 and handmade Christmas balls for $22. A hot turkey luncheon will […]

Witherell to speak Wednesday on Muskie book

James Witherell, author of Ed Muskie, Made it Maine, will be guest speaker at the Rumford Historical Society meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in the Rumford Auditorium.

RUMFORD- The Rumford Historical Society will host Mr. James L. Witherell, author of Ed Muskie, Made in Maine, The Early Years 1914-1960, tonight in the Rumford Auditorium at 7 p.m., following a brief business meeting of the society. Witherell, currently of Lewiston and formerly a graduate of West Peru Grammar School and Rumford High School, […]

Smiths summit Katahdin after 2,185.3-mile trek

Clay and Lindsay Smith are seen on the Katahdin sign after completing their thru-hike over the summer. Their dog, Hunter, is seen enjoying the view during the southern part of the hike. (Submitted photos)

ANDOVER- On a clear and beautiful September 27, Clay and Lindsay Smith of Andover made their final summit to Katahdin after their five month, three day journey along the Appalachian Trail from Georgia. “For the last week through the 100 Mile Wilderness the topic of discussion throughout our group was if we were in Groundhog […]