Community comes out to support Air For Ash

In a tremendous showing Friday evening, more than 400 people crammed into the banquet room at the Eagles to support Ashleigh Merchant, a 17-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis. The benefit, put on by her school, Mountain Valley High School, included a spaghetti supper, an auction and dancing. Many people wore purple as this was the […]

Polar Plunge for March of Dimes

MEXICO — In a fundraiser to benefit the March of Dimes, two employees of the Rumford Hannaford dove into the cold of the swimming hole in the Mexico Recreation Park Wednesday afternoon. As a result of the store raising at least $100 for the March of Dimes, pharmacy manager Scott Frasier and meat manager Corey […]


1. Air for Ash benefit dinner/dance RUMFORD — The Air for Ash benefit dinner/dance will take place this Friday at the Rumford Eagles. Cost for the 5:30 p.m. spaghetti Dinner is $8. There will also be a Chinese auction, live auction and a 50/50. Dance tickets are sold out. However, dinner tickets will be sold […]

Celtic music alive and well at Green Church


Close to a hundred people clapped their hands and tapped their feet to the sounds Scottish and Canadian Maritime fiddle champion Mari Black at the Mexico Congregational Church on March 4. Mari, part of a trio, played a variety of different music, all the while sharing what country it was from or a connection to […]

Public events to highlight Maine in the Civil War

Do you have an interest in local history? How about the Civil War? A series of events and resources promoting the Civil War and the area’s local history are on tap beginning in March for the public to participate. Luke Sorensen, director of the Rumford Public Library (RPL), said this is a joint effort of […]

Peru group reschedules open house

The Friends of Peru Elementary School agreed Wednesday evening to move its open house from March 7 to March 22 to coincide with its Maine Maple Sunday pancake breakfast. Chairman Nick Waugh said there were a few reasons why rescheduling the open house would be beneficial for the group. “I heard from someone that Black […]

Thrills and spills in Cardboard Box Duct Tape Derby


It was quite a sight watching youngsters march up Black Mountain, many with parents, with cardboard and duct tape creations for the annual Cardboard Box Duct Tape Derby on a nice Sunday afternoon. The final afternoon of the three-day Winterfest at the ski area included 14 imaginative colorful cardboard boxes in various sizes ranging from […]

First look at sidewalk reconstruction plan in downtown Rumford


A presentation by EnvisionRumford! regarding the draft master plan regarding sidewalk reconstruction in downtown Rumford took place on Jan. 22. The master plan was prepared by Terrence DeWan & Associates and Main-Land Development Consultants, Inc. Proposed improvements are as follows: 1. New sidewalk patterns with gray concrete and color paving bands; plazas of concrete pavers […]

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 […]

A sweet donation tradition, a half century strong

A sweet donation tradition, a half century strong

Eight members of Knights of Columbus Council 2091 showed up at Hope Association recently for a special presentation — turning over proceeds of their annual Tootsie Roll Drive ($1,497.60) to help fund activities for the clients there. Leo Arsenault, treasurer for Knights of Columbus and co-chair of the Tootsie Roll Drive with Arthur Rouleau, said […]