Maine Summer Nordic Program

DrylandCol

Fred Bailey of the Black Mountain of Maine Summer Nordic Program leads youths Justin Cantin and Stephanie Nicols in roller skiing during a recent dryland training exercise by the Hosmer Field tennis courts. Together with Alicia Bolduc, Megan Morrison and Leela Hornbach, the high schoolers are in a nine-week program to build up their endurance, […]

Hit the Track for Black Mountain 5K run/walk

IMGP0804

RUMFORD — Last year, after learning that their favorite ski hill might close due to a funding crisis, three River Valley youth took matters into their own hands by working to organize a a 5K run/walk to raise money to save Black Mountain of Maine. Curtis Gauvin, 15, of Rumford, and sisters Avery Sevigny, 12, […]

Toodling

1. Benefit for Robert Brown RUMFORD — There will be a benefit for the family of Robert Brown on Saturday at the Eagles, 13 Oxford Ave. A spaghetti supper will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m., followed by a dance from 7:30 to 11:30, with music by DJ Fevah. Cost for the supper and […]

Healthy Living; Feed Me Food Club

Residents of Rumford Island Housing (Muskie Building) are seen here with Sandra Witas, Feed Me Food Club coordinator for River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition, during their recent delivery of organic Maine-grown produce. (Times photo by Cherri Crockett)

RUMFORD- Sandra Witas, coordinator of the Feed Me Food Club through River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition, recently delivered fresh, organic Maine-grown produce to residents of Rumford Island Housing. Every other week, the Feed Me Food Club opens for members to order a variety of fresh, frozen, organic and canned foods from farms around Maine. The […]

CC’s Outdoor Journal; Share the love

On an early summer sleepover on top of Whitecap, I was hoping to wake to an amazing view of the sunrise over the River Valley, but the weather had different ideas. The clouds that blanketed the valley were just as appealing from my vantage point. (Times photo by Cherri Crockett)

My gosh it’s been a very busy beginning to summer and I have to say that I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Before I know it, 2016 will be here and I’ll be heading to Georgia to start my walk home along the Appalachian Trail. So, please forgive me now, but most likely each journal […]

Middle school football joins AYF

IMGP0798.JPGCR

Middle school football at Dirigo and Mountain Valley this school year will become part of a pilot program offered through the successful Area Youth Football (AYF) program. The RSU 10 school board gave unanimous approval of the proposal at their meeting on Monday. The recent approval of the 2014-15 school budget included a reduction of […]

Forest to Mill; Follow the wood tour

Seen here are various shots of the process a tree goes through to get from the forest to your home project. J.D. Irving is the largest mill in the world that sells white pine lumber, and they’re located right in Dixfield. (Times photos by Cherri Crockett)

RIVER VALLEY- Several members of various area tourism outlets recently joined Western Maine Economic Development Council for a tour of western Maine’s working forest industry, which included tours of the Region 9 woods worksite in Mexico and the Irving mill in Dixfield. “This tour was an opportunity to learn how many people and how much […]

Emergency roof repair

IMG_9673

During the severe weather in Rumford late Wednesday afternoon, a microburst that traveled through here towards Skowhegan tore off about 30 percent of the roofing, measuring 80-x72 feet, on the River Valley Technology Center. On Thursday morning, crews were racing the clock to make repairs before more expected severe weather Thursday afternoon. On Thursday morning, […]

Forum focuses on growing desperation in Rumford

IMGP0775 015

With much uncertainty ahead of him, Brian Hutchinson, 28, is trying to turn his difficult life around and push away the desperation that’s been plaguing him for years. Boldly addressing 40 people at a community forum held last Thursday in Rumford Falls Auditorium, he said, “I’ve been sober for two weeks now. It’s 15 days […]