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Welcome

to Franklin County, in Western Maine. Here are some of the many reasons to visit, recreate, live and work in Franklin County: Photo courtesy of Scott Landry

RECREATION & BEAUTY • Located in the heart of Maine’s beautiful lakes and mountains region. • More than one hundred lakes and ponds, including those in the stunning Rangeley Lakes region. • Pristine lakes and ponds offer quiet solitude at sunrise accompanied by the call of the loons who inhabit these bodies of water. • The Sandy River meanders its way through Franklin County. • Wilson Lake in downtown Wilton and Clearwater Lake in Industry offer some of the area’s best fishing, even in the winter when you’ll see many ice shacks dotting the landscape. • The Appalachian Trail crosses through Franklin County, coming within one mile of the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain. • Stratton holds the Bigelow Preserve Public Reserved Land, with over 36,000 acres of public land.

• West Peak, one of only ten Maine summits over 4,000 feet in elevation. • Mt. Blue State Park--Maine’s largest state park--is located in Weld, with over 8,000 acres surrounding Webb Lake. • Stellar hiking, trail riding, swimming and picnic spots.

EDUCATION & HISTORY • Franklin County is the premiere four-season destination of Maine offering a variety of cultural and historical attractions and activities for all ages. • Farmington’s historic downtown area is vibrant and bustling with small shops and unique eateries. • Farmington is home to the University of Maine’s second largest campus, the University of Maine at Farmington. UMF is known as one of the top public liberal arts colleges in the nation. • Outstanding school systems throughout Franklin County including new facilities

for the Mt. Blue Campus and Mallett Elementary School. • Franklin County has a rich heritage and history which can be learned when you visit the museums and historical sites in the area. These include the Nordica Homestead, The Farmington Historical Society, Old North Church, and the Octagon House, all located in Farmington; the Stanley Museum, Kingfield Historical Society, and the Ski Museum of Maine in Kingfield; and the Wilton Farm & Home Museum in Wilton. The Chamber of Commerce publishes this guide annually as an important resource for visitors and residents alike. Enjoy perusing the pages of the guide as we highlight the attractions and natural beauty of the area we call home. We look forward to sharing with you the beauty of the landscape as well as the people throughout all of Franklin County. ––Glenn Kapiloff, President

Address: 615 Wilton Rd., Farmington, ME 04938 • Mailing: P.O. Box 123 Farmington, ME 04938 Phone: 207-778-4215 • Fax: 207-778-2438 info@franklincountymaine.org • www.franklincountymaine.org Serving the towns, townships, and unorganized territories of Greater Franklin County Executive Board: President: Glenn Kapiloff, Foster Technology Center; Vice President: Greg Patterson, Farmington Walmart; Membership Chairperson: Shannon Smith, Wilton Blueberry Festival; Treasurer: Pam Dixon, Franklin Savings Bank; Secretary: Susan Atwood, Wilson Lake Inn; Member at Large: Kenneth True, Wiles Remembrance Center; Executive Director: Penny Meservier Board of Directors: Chuck Ellis, Key Bank; Heidi Elliott, Bangor Savings Bank; Peter Osborne, University of Maine at Farmington; Tammy Hutchinson, Comfort Inn & Suites; Patty Ladd, WMCA Career Center Services; Chrissy St. Laurent, Franklin Savings Bank; Rhonda Irish, Town of Wilton; Jodi Cordes, Franklin Community Health Network

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our towns

Six towns that showcase Franklin County, each with something unique to offer

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recreational activities

There’s plenty to do and see in Franklin County all year round

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arts & culture

Learn why Franklin County has been called a cultural oasis

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chamber events

See what the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce has been up to this year

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education

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health care

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event calendar

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business directory

Franklin County encourages life-long learning from Pre-K to undergraduate and beyond

We’ll take care of you here

Plenty of fun events to fill up your calendar

2016 Members of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

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Our Towns

Farmington

Photos courtesy of Kaitlin Frost

Photo of Ira Mountain courtesy of Penny Meservier

Photo courtesy of Kaitlin Frost Art Galleries | UMF | Summer Fest | Downtown Shopping | Chester Greenwood Day

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armington, the county seat and largest

Stops along the walk include: Downtown,

residential and woodland areas of Farmington,

town in Franklin County, is known for its

University of Maine at Farmington, Farming-

Wilton, Livermore Falls, and Jay, the trail is also

four-season recreations, retail district, and a

ton Public Library, Meetinghouse Park, North

available to ATV’s and snowmobiles.

vast array of cultural and educational offer-

Church, Abbott Park, the Depot, and

ings. The town has a broad selection of retail,

the Cannery.

Kayaking and canoeing are available on the Sandy River. There are multiple pick up and

specialty shops, art galleries, restaurants, cafes, ice cream shops, a multi-screen movie

Farmington’s location in the western mountain

drop off locations available for short trips. If

theater, bookstores, lodging, and a busy col-

foothills makes it easy to find outdoor activi-

you would like to make a longer excursion, you

lege campus. You can spend the day shopping,

ties in which to participate. Whether you enjoy

can start in Strong and paddle the 11 miles to

or enjoy the local culture at the University of

a leisurely stroll, a more vigorous hike, biking,

Farmington. Titcomb Mountain offers afford-

Maine at Farmington’s Art Gallery, take in a

kayaking, canoeing, ice or open water fishing,

able family-oriented winter fun with 16 alpine

performance by the Sandy River Players, or

skiing, ATVing, or snowmobiling you have ac-

trails and 16 kilometers of cross-country trails.

visit the Nordica Homestead Museum.

cess to it all in Farmington.

No matter the time of year, Farmington has a

There are several different options for walking

also a great place to have a business. In 2015

reason to celebrate. Festivals in the downtown

in town with many trails from which to choose.

Farmington was designated “Certified Busi-

area occur every season offering fun, food, ac-

Flint Woods, located on Anson Street, features

ness Friendly” by the Maine department of

tivities for people of all ages, and discounts at

a nature trail with well maintained hiking trails

Economic and Community Development. For

local merchants. Mid-September brings food,

and offers opportunities to spot wildlife. The

more information on Farmington or things to

carnival rides, livestock, truck/tractor pulls and

Whistle Stop Rail Trail, located off Farmer Lane,

do in Farmington, contact the Franklin County

the demolition derby as the annual Farm-

features more advanced hiking and moun-

Chamber of Commerce.

ington Fair gets underway. In May through

tain biking opportunities. Winding through

Not only is Farmington family friendly, it is

October you can buy locally grown and locally made produce and products at farmer’s markets in the downtown area off Front Street and Main Street. If you would like to explore downtown Farmington, take a “Walk Around Farmington”. The walking tour signs will lead you through some significant areas in the town’s history. Signs display photographs and historical site information and offer directional guides to help visitors access Farmington’s historic resources.

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Did You Know? • Farmington is also known as the “Shiretown” of Franklin County. • Home to the University of Maine at Farmington, the Nordica Memorial Auditorium, the Homestead, and the annual Farmington Fair. • Seth Wescott, first Olympic gold medalist in Snowboard Cross, was born in Farmington. • Chester Greenwood, the inventor of earmuffs and the whistling tea kettle was also born in Farmington. Photo courtesy of Penny Meservier

Photo courtesy of Scott Landry

Photo courtesy of Scott Landry

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Our Towns

Wilton Wilton

Photo courtesy of Susan Atwood

Wilson Lake | Swimming | Fishing/Canoeing | Blueberry Festival | Golfing

W

ilton opens its front door to you with

ation organizes an ice fishing derby every year

Make time to explore the Wilton Farm and

the breathtaking scenic beauty of Wil-

in February. Now let’s not forget snowmobil-

Home Museum, located at 10 Canal Street

son Lake. The town is located at the junction of

ing and the ITS 82 trail along Pond Road at the

in downtown Wilton, open Saturday 1-4pm

Route 2 & 4 in the foothills of Western Maine’s

head of the lake which insects with ITS 89.

in July and August and by appointment. The museum is on the National Registry of Historic

lakes and mountains region and is known as a “great place to live, work and play”. It is the

Along the shoreline of Wilson Lake, you can

Places. It is a fascinating museum with exhib-

home to the annual Wilton Blueberry Festival,

experience the hospitality of the family owned

its on G. H. Bass, it’s shoe making operations,

a two day event celebrated each year on the

Wilson Lake Inn. Play golf on the “Best Nine in

diverse collections of unusual items used in

first full weekend in August.

Maine”. Swim and play on the sandy beach at

daily domestic life, tools used in crafts and

the town’s 63 acre Kineowatha Park on High

trades such as farming, shoe making and

Come and discover four seasons of recreation

Street, which provides a variety of activities

blacksmithing. The museum also features the

on Wilson Lake’s 563 acres of clear pristine

and recreational opportunities as well a space

Wilton born “Maine Giantess”, Sylvia Hardy, an

waters. Enjoy kayaking and canoeing around

for family reunions and/or company events.

8-foot-tall, 400 pound woman who was a star

the headwaters of Wilson Lake which will

Enjoy walking trails, tennis and basketball

of P.T. Barnum’s famous traveling show.

provide you with wonderful photographic

courts, a large playground and even a winter

opportunities and a wide variety of wildlife.

ice rink. Take a stroll on an easy walking loop

Looking for lunch or dinner? Located in the

The lake’s depth of 88 feet offers good fishing.

on the Foothills Land Conservancy trail (Pond

former Bass Shoe factory building, is a great

You can catch salmon, lake trout, small-mouth

Road) with great wildlife viewing along fields

locally owned Italian restaurant - Calzolaio

bass, and chain pickerel. If you need fishing

leading to the northern inlets and wetlands of

Pasta Co. with homemade pasta sauces, gluten

supplies stop by the Wilton Hardware store on

Wilson Lake. On Lake Road, at the foot of

free and vegetarian dishes sure to delight!

Main Street. The Wilton Fish and Game Associ-

Wilson Lake is Bass Park. It offers a large

Steve’s Market, a deli and convenience store,

grassy area where children of all ages can

offers terrific sub sandwiches and pizza.

play on the swings, see-saws, slide or climb-

The Dutch Treat restaurant and ice cream

ing structure. There are tables for picnics and

stand is a warm weather option at 291 US

across the street there are steps down to the

Route 2. You cannot miss the windmill

lake for swimming. It is a great spot for photo

marking its location!

opportunities of Wilson Lake and fabulous sunsets over the mountains.

If you are just visiting, lodging accommodations are available at the Comfort Inn and

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For a short loop drive along the lake take High

Suites and Wilson Lake Inn, both have been

Street until it intersects with Route 156- Weld

awarded the 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of

Road. Turn left and follow 156 until you reach

Excellence. Whether you plan to visit on vaca-

the Pond Road. Make another left and Pond

tion, or are planning to move, Wilton has many

Road will take you either back to Route 2 or if

experienced people and companies to assist

you want to continue your drive around the

you along the way and make your experience

lake, veer left onto the Lake Road.

the best it can be.

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Photo courtesy of Susan Atwood

Allied Realty will find you that perfect house or rental. Upright Frameworks are contractors specializing in reducing heating costs through weatherization and ultra-efficient structural insulated panel construction for residential and light commercial customers. Bass Hill Gardens & Gifts features affordable, hardy, Maine-grown perennials for your gardens. Expenet Technologies specializes in both residential computer repair and business IT management and repair. Planning a wedding or special event, Memories by Melissa welcomes the opportunity to capture your story through photographs to create your lasting memories.

Did You Know? In 2003, 20 hand-painted loon sculptures adorned public spaces throughout Franklin County in celebration of Loon Maine-ia, the Wilton Blueberry Festival and Wilton’s bicentennial. The loon shape was chosen because of the many loons that swim and fly over Wilson Lake.

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Our Towns

Phillips

Photo courtesy of Bob Troup Monson #3 on lease from MNGM

Photo courtesy of Alana Ranney

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad | Celtic Concert Series | Historical Collections | Arts Society

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hillips, rich in history, is one of the gems

The Fly Rod Crosby Trail, an 11-mile wood-

ganizations, a farmers’ market, Antique shops,

of the High Peaks Region. Maine’s first

land path runs from the town’s old car barn

cafe, a hardware store, a large supermarket,

registered guide, Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby

to Rangeley’s Saddleback Mountain. Within

and one of the best historical society collec-

was born in Phillips; the town once boasted

minutes of the town center is Mount Blue’s

tions in the state.

the only newspaper in the county; and it also

challenging trail to the summit, Smalls Falls’

served as the headquarters for the state’s

tumbling series of cascades, and Daggett Rock,

The town supports dozens of small home-

longest narrow-gauge railroad.

the state’s largest glacial erratic.

based businesses, skilled artisans and a variety

On summer weekends, visitors ride the Sandy

Phillips hosts a summer series of Celtic Con-

of-the way place, perhaps, but Phillips shows

River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad under their

certs by internationally known bands, its fa-

daily proof that the spirit of community and

rebuilt steam engine Monson #3 on lease from

mous fall “Scarecrow Reunion,” and the town’s

love of home is alive and well in the mountains

MNGM. You can also visit the old station and

signature event, Old Home Days, a week of ac-

of Western Maine.

car repair barn— both serving new functions—

tivities in August that attracts several thousand

which can be found on Depot Street. Avon,

people to the town.

of service providers. A small town and an out-

Phillips’ neighboring town, has its own airstrip, Lindbergh Airport, named after the famous

The Phillips area has a library, a community

aviator who landed there and spent a night.

center, an active arts society, several civic or-

Photo courtesy of Alana Ranney

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experience

Moose watching Photo courtesy of Tom and Cheryl Snyder

multi-year restoration efforts on Finally our Monson #3 are complete. For you re-

turning visitors to the beauty of Franklin County we are sorry the promise of steam in 2015 did not come true. But those issues are behind us and do stop by for a great steam train ride. We restore and have reconstructed a collection of original 19th century railroad equipment, built a replica steam engine and this season Monson #3 with its renewed Monson #3 on lease from MNGM boiler, fresh paint and all, will be back puffing and whistling again! Come and take time for a memorable visit and ride the “Sandy River Two Foot Line”. Follow this link to see video of Monson #3’s first run in Portland

youtu.be/s7ppw9SQIK4 128 Bridge Street Phillips, ME 04966

Rangeley

22mi

Kingfield

16mi Phillips

55mi Augusta

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No trip to into the mountains of Maine would be complete without spotting one of our favorite forest friends, the Maine moose. Moose are most likely spotted during late spring to mid-summer and the month of September. Early morning and evening and noon to 2 p.m. seem to be the best times of day for spotting these large animals while they eat a diet of woodland and aquatic vegetation (up to 40 to 50 pounds a day!) During your search, keep in mind the fact that a moose does have poor eyesight, but a very keen sense of hearing and smell. Also remember to stay away from cows (females) with calves in tow, and bulls (males) during “Rutting Season” as they are likely to charge the unwary tourist!

Mating season (rutting) runs mid-September to mid-October. Moose shed their winter coats (molting) between May and late June, giving their coat a very ragged look. Moose usually stay within a range over a two to four square mile area and can travel up to 35 mph! Some of the best moose-watching spots in Franklin County include: • Route 4 - Phillips to Rangeley • Route 16 - Rangeley to Stratton • Route 16/27 - Stratton to Carrabassett Valley • Route 27 - Between Eustis and the Chain of Ponds • Route 142 - Between Phillips and Weld 9

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Our Towns

Rangeley

Photo courtesy of Scott Landry

Snowmobiling | Skiing | Golf Course | Boating/Fishing | Biking | Hiking

R

angeley is a four season recreation

If winter is your favorite season, you will not

If you are not an outdoors enthusiast there

destination. Whether you live locally or

be bored in Rangeley. The Rangeley Lakes

is still plenty for you to do in the area. Main

are traveling to the area, Rangeley and the sur-

Snowmobile Club maintains 150 miles of well-

Street, Rangeley is home to shops, restaurants,

rounding towns offer a wide variety of leisure

groomed trails that connect to 12,500 miles of

a grocery store, small movie theater, bowling/

activities. You can enjoy fishing, hunting, boat-

international circuits throughout Maine and

arcade, and more. Also keep your eyes open

ing, kayaking, hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoe-

Canada. Downhill skiing is available just a

for home tours, sporting days, musical perfor-

ing, snowmobiling, and ATV riding. If you want

short distance from downtown Rangeley at

mances, arts and crafts festivals, parades, and much more.

help setting up these adventures, Rangeley offers numerous rental businesses, outfit-

Saddleback Mountain and if you don’t mind

ters, and guides who make it easy to enjoy the

the extra drive you can get to Sugarloaf Moun-

If you are just driving through, make sure to

outdoors and experience everything the area

tain in just over a half hour. The Rangeley

visit the Height of the Land off Rt. 17 as part

has to offer.

Lakes Trail Center, located near the base of

of the Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway.

Saddleback Mountain, is known for some of

This trip is renowned for its fall foliage, spring

There are over 110 lakes and ponds in the

the best Nordic skiing in New England. In addi-

lupine display, and numerous scenic over-

region, as well as a number of the tallest

tion to skiing, the trail center offers snowshoe

looks.

mountains in Maine. The Appalachian

trails as well. You can also enjoy ice skating

Trail runs through the region and can be

under the lights on Haley Pond and sledding at

Visit the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Com-

picked up roadside off Rt. 4 approximately 9

the Wilhelm Reich Museum in Rangeley at the

merce’s Events Calendar at www.rangeley-

miles south of Rangeley in addition to running

Mingo Springs Golf Course.

maine.com or call 1-800-MT-LAKES.

across the summit of Saddleback Mountain. The area offers a variety of hikes with canyon and rock formation, mountain top, and waterfall views for all experience levels. Mountain biking is also available in the region. For an easy ride go to the Spencer Pond trail (approximately 12 miles south of Oquossoc off of Rt. 17), if you would like more of a challenge access the Railroad trail (just south of the Rangeley Inn on Depot Rd) or East Kennebago Mountain (approximately 16 miles from Rangeley off Rt. 16). The Rangeley Lakes Trail Center can also be utilized when the snow melts to explore Saddleback Lake, and local rivers for hiking or mountain biking.

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kingfield

Photo courtesy of Scott Landry

Art Walks | Museums | Ira Mountain | Hiking | Narrow Gauge Pathway | Kingfield Pops

K

ingfield is a charming little historic town

Maine. The Stanley Museum honors the Stan-

of events, arts, and music, which celebrates

nestled in the foothills of the Bigelow

ley twins who invented and manufactured the

the community and living in Kingfield.

and Longfellow mountain ranges along the

famous Stanley Steamer automobile. Exhibits

Carrabassett River and Route 27 in northern

include family history, paintings, photography,

Outdoor recreational activities are a large

Franklin County. The town has a selection of

and steam car exhibits.

part of living in Kingfield, whether you walk, run, bike, hike, golf, snowmobile, ski, paddle,

retail and specialty shops, galleries, restauThe Ski Museum of Maine includes a great

fish, or hunt. Kingfield’s close proximity to

collection of skiing and snowboarding memo-

the Carrabassett Valley gives you easy access

The first Friday of the month, Kingfield hosts

rabilia, Maine-made products, a history of

to Sugarloaf—the largest ski area east of the

an Art Walk. There is music in several venues,

Maine’s ski areas, and prominent Mainers

Rocky Mountains.

often photo contests, book readings, book

from past and present who are involved in the

signings, a drawing contest and art every-

skiing and snowboarding industry.

rants, cafes, lodging, schools, and churches.

Also found in the Carrabassett Valley is an entry point for the Maine Huts and Trails system.

where! Painters, sculptures, illustrators, photographers, wood carvers, and stone artists

If you are visiting during late June, you may

Whether you are on foot, bike, snowshoes, or

will be joined by multi-media artists, weavers,

be able to take in the Kingfield POPS, which

skis, this year-round trail system gives outdoor

and knitters.

celebrates the upcoming Independence Day.

enthusiasts a chance to explore the outdoors

A performance by the Bangor Symphony Or-

and offers four locations to stay if you decide

Explore pieces of Kingfield’s history by visiting

chestra highlights this festival. Later in July, the

to extend your day trip.

the Stanley Museum or the Ski Museum of

town holds Kingfield Festival Days, three days If you enjoy maneuvering the lakes and streams, the Kingfield area offers many opportunities for boating and fishing. Guided fishing trips are available through Western Mountain Fly Fishing and Kingfisher River Guides. While enjoying the seasonal activities, you are sure to see some of the abundant wildlife in the area. It is not unusual to see moose, deer, wild turkeys, fox, and other wildlife along the roadsides or hawks and eagles soaring through the sky.

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Weld

Photo courtesy of Mark Gibson

Mt. Blue State Park | Swimming | Cross-country Skiing | Hiking | Webb Lake | Snowmobiling

W

eld is nestled in a valley created by Mt.

walks and picnics on Center Hill. Mountain

visitors are welcome year round. Park hours

Blue, the Tumbledown and Jackson

bikers, equestrians, and ATV riders can experi-

are 9 a.m. to sunset. Earlier openings vary

mountains. This scenic area is home to Mt.

ence 25 miles of challenging, multi-use trails.

with the season; call ahead for these and

Blue State Park and Webb Lake. The town,

In winter, the park’s extensive trail system

campground hours.

located 20 minutes from downtown Wilton,

supports snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and

has a population of 419 and the total area of

cross country skiing. Families also come to sled

Advanced reservations are recommended

the town is 63.0 square miles.

at Center Hill and skate on an outdoor ice rink

for the campground. Contact the State Park

at park headquarters.

Reservations Office: 800-332-1501 in Maine; 207-624-9950 from outside Maine; or make

Located in the mountainous region of western Maine off Route 156, Mt. Blue State Park

Adjoining Mt. Blue State Park is more than

your own reservations online at

offers four-season outdoor recreational op-

10,000 acres of state-owned public lands

www.campwithme.com.

portunities with trail enthusiasts, anglers, and

and state-held easements encompassing the

campers enjoying this region through warm-

Tumbledown Mountain Range. Tumbledown

For a complete listing of hikes go to

weather months, followed by snowmobilers,

Mountain, with an alpine pond near the sum-

www.mainetrailfinder.com.

cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and ice-

mit, is the most popular hike, but surrounding

skaters in winter. Enjoy a day relaxing on the

lands offer many other attractions as well.

sandy beach at Webb Lake or try a strenuous hike up the 3,200-foot summit of Mt. Blue.

Mount Blue State Park is open and fully staffed from May 15 through Columbus Day, but

Mt. Blue State Park is Maine’s largest state park, encompassing approximately 8,000 acres in two sections separated by Webb Lake. A campground in the Webb Beach section has 136 wooded sites. Abundant outdoor recreational opportunities abound as visitors can swim, launch and rent boats, and walk on trails near the lake. During summer months, park staff routinely offers canoe trips, walks, and nature programs; along with a Nature Center featuring hands-on exhibits and displays. Across the lake from the Webb Beach section is the centerpiece of the park, 3,187 foot Mt. Blue, a popular day hike. Visitors also enjoy

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Strong

Photo courtesy of Alana Ranney

Sandy River | Fishing | Canoeing | Porter Lake

S

trong’s historical records say that Pier-

Porter Lake and Beanie’s Beach are popular

Strong Historical Society’s fascinating and well

pole, a Native American, moved to the area

summer destinations. The 527-acre lake offers

organized display of artifacts and memorabilia,

in 1780, with his wife, Hannah Susup, and their

landlocked salmon, varieties of trout, and a

including the town’s saga as the “Toothpick

six children. Settlers followed, and by the late

dozen other species. Both salmon and brook

Capital of the World.” For more information,

1700s, they asked to be incorporated. The

trout are frequently stocked, making a day on

visit the Strong Historical Society’s Facebook

town, named after Governor Caleb Strong, of

the lake very satisfying and enjoyable for the

page or www.strong.mainememory.net

Massachusetts, held its first town meeting on

whole family. The clean, sandy beach has a

April 6, 1801.

safe wading space for the youngsters, a boat ramp, parking lot, changing station and

The town has been home to some well known

clean restrooms. Get your picnic lunch

figures, including Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby

from the Country Delight or the White

(1854-1946). A fly fisherwoman extraordinaire,

Elephant Restaurant.

she was Maine’s first Registered Guide. As a writer with an international readership, she

Water enthusiasts also can swim in the Sandy

marketed Maine as a destination for early

River at Blue Ledge or launch a canoe or

tourism. Crosby is buried in the Strong

kayak at the American Legion field next to the

Village Cemetery.

bridge. History and genealogy buffs will enjoy

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activities

Recreational Activities

BDN photo by Aislinn Sarnacki

at the Outdoor Center, has very little climbing, offers a smooth trail and some great views. Loop: From the Outdoor Center start West (to the right looking at the pond) on Moose Bog Loop (103). Stay on the tread around the pond

Biking

The unspoiled mountain vistas, placid lake shores and majestic forests of Western Maine offer cyclists plenty of opportunity for sightseeing, museum visits and hiking. How Earmuffs, Stanley Steamers, the Narrow Gauge Railway, lumber, mountains and moose all contribute to the diverse and colorful heritage of Franklin County is explained at the many museums and historical societies along the route. This rich heritage, combined with worldclass scenery, make these rides unforgettable.

Strong-Phillips-Weld-Wilton Loop

to the carriage road and head left back to the

This 54-mile loop, which is mainly in the Sandy

Outdoor Center.

River Valley, has challenging hills with rewarding scenery.

Level: Beginner - Start/End: Sugarloaf Outdoor Cautions: Heavy traffic in Farmington; narrow

Center - Ride Time: 60-90 minutes

roads with no shoulders; logging trucks on ME

Overview: This loop will give a dose of twisty,

4 and ME 2. Watch for moose and deer. There

turning trails through the woods, some views

are long stretches without services, so carry

of the Carrabassett River and some open

spare parts and plenty of food, water, and

single track with great flow. This is a great op-

warm clothes for changeable weather.

tion once you’ve mastered the basics.

Starting point: Rides originate (except 16-mile

Loop: Across the parking lot from the Outdoor

option) from Maine Department of Transporta-

Center find the Snail Trail Loop (101). Start

tion park and ride lot at the intersection of ME

around in either direction but take the Route

Road Biking

4 and US 2 in Farmington. Some spaces are

27 Connector (102) across Route 27 (use

It is a 16 to 107-mile route through hilly ter-

designated for overnight parking. The 16-mile

caution crossing the road). Proceed over the

rain, is best for intermediate to experienced

ride begins at the junction of ME 142 and ME

bridge and left on the Narrow Gage (200). Old

cyclists. The loop is ideal for a multi-day

156 in Weld village.

Gage Trail (204) cuts the corner and gets you

Franklin Heritage Tour Loops

exploration of the lakes, mountains and heritage of Franklin County. This trail winds through Mt. Blue State Park, the Sandy River

Carrabassett Valley

into the woods. Proceed on the Narrow Gage and around the Grassy Loops (201). There is

Off-Road Biking

an inner and outer loop to explore. Return

Valley and Rangeley Lakes Railroad. Enjoy

These are some bike loops in Carrabassett

to the Outdoor Center via the Narrow Gage,

wildlife habitats along the way as well as

Valley suggested by the folks that ride our

Route 27 Connector and Snail Trail.

many museums and historical societies.

trails. The ride time is based on the average for a rider of the ride’s ability level. Trail numbers

Speed Up, Flow Down

Webb Lake Loop

are in parentheses. Ask around at the Car-

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

This 16-mile loop is moderate terrain, hilly

rabassett Bike Shop for more details on these

Start/End: Sugarloaf Outdoor Center - Ride

for intermediate cyclists. It leaves from the

rides or for other options.

Time: 45-60 minutes

village of Weld and leads you right to Mt.

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Grassy Loop Excursion

Overview: Once you’re feeling your skill grow a

Blue State Park that has magnificent

Round the Pond

bit this fun loop will give you a cardio boost on

mountain scenery.

Level: Beginner - Start/End: Sugarloaf Outdoor

the way up and introduce you to some inter-

Center - Ride Time: 20-30 minutes

mediate technical riding on the way down.

Strong- New Vineyard Loop

Overview: This introductory ride is perfect for

This 29-mile loop is moderately hilly with one

the brand new rider who is getting the feel of

Loop: Proceed east on the dirt road portion of

flat section along the Sandy River Valley.

a mountain bike. It circumnavigates the pond

the Moose Bog Loop (103). Stay on the dirt

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The two trail loops are Tom’s Challenge and

Whistle Stop Trail

and climb up past the warming hut on your

the Maze, both of which leave from the back

Jay, Wilton, Farmington

left. Continue this ride past the lower entrance

of the campsite lodge. Both trails are also are

14 miles one way, four season, multiuse trail

to T.O.A.D. (126) on your left and Fifty (116)

marked with white blazes (or posts along the

connecting Jay, Wilton, and Farmington, this

to the upper entrance to T.O.A.D. Catch your

edges of fields) and are one way trails. They

section of the former broad gauge Androscog-

breath and enjoy the ride down T.O.A.D. back

wind along a single track over an old cross-

gin Railroad (later the Maine Central) has been

to the dirt road. Scoot down to the warming

country ski trail system, through the woods,

converted into a multi-use, four-season rail

hut and proceed right onto Jaba the Hut (110).

and around the campground.

trail for everything from walking, biking, snow-

Then take the dirt road back to the Outdoor Center.

experience

road (Moose Bog will veer right off the road)

shoeing, and cross-country skiing to horseback The Maze is the easier of the two loops and it

riding, dog sledding, ATVing, and snowmobil-

weaves primarily around the camp buildings

ing. Following the gentle curves and slopes of

Hut-to-Hut Loop

and tent sites. The upper loop, Tom’s Chal-

the railroad bed, the trail is generally wide and

Level: Intermediate/Advanced - Start/End:

lenge, ascends a more challenging hill which

flat making it ideal for easy walks or for travel-

Huston Brook Trailhead (by the airport) Ride

provides spectacular vistas in the spring and in

ling long distances.

Time: 4-6 hours

the fall when the leaves change color. Because

Overview: This loop ride will take you to two

the trails utilize the old cross-country ski trails

The trail traverses a variety of landscapes

of the Maine Huts & Trails backcountry huts.

as well as single track through forested areas,

including scenic views ,Western Maine’s foot-

These facilities, which are a unique aspect of

they can vary in width ranging from a wide

hills, forested wetlands, and rural farmland.

biking in the Carrabassett Valley region, serve

cross-country trail immediately to a narrow

Closely replicating the historic railroad setting,

snacks and beverages through much of the

path. The trailheads and ends for the loops are

the trail also features several trestles span-

season and offer a place to rest and refill

located close together, making it easy to create

ning tree-lined streams and rivers. In Jay, old

water containers. Do one or both individual

a longer three-mile loop.

granite walls and culverts remain as testa-

loops in this figure-eight ride.

ments to both the railroad’s legacy as well as The owners of the Troll Valley Campground

to the nearby quarrying heritage of North Jay.

Loop: Proceed across the bridge from the

maintain these trails free of charge to the

A way-side exhibit details additional informa-

trailhead and turn left on Houston Brook

public, but ask that visitors check in at the

tion about Maine and New Hampshire Granite

Road. In a very short distance, head right on

main lodge before and after using the trails for

Company that operated the quarries until

the CRNEMBA Trail (302). Cross the Carriage

safety reasons.

the turn of the century. For more information

Road to Poplar Stream Trail (304) proceed up,

about the quarries visit the nearby North Jay

up, and up to the Poplar Stream Falls Hut. Rest

White Granite Park.

up at the hut and then proceed down the hut access road to the Sticky Trail (305). Enjoy the rolling single track and fantastic views to the Carriage Road. Turn left back down into the Valley and right back onto the CRNEMBA Trail (302). You can stop at your car for supplies and then head up the Narrow Gauge (200) or the Caboose (209) to the Bypass Trail (307) to Cromits Overlook (309). After a long steady climb, turn right on Newton’s Revenge for a short climb to Stratton Brook Hut. Enjoy the views and get refreshed because the ride down Oak Knoll (310) will be a treat you’ll not soon forget. [Exit Oak Knoll to the right on the bottom section of Newton’s and reconnects with the Narrow Gage] Enjoy the bliss with an easy ride down the Narrow Gage or sample the many short single track trails that loop off the Narrow Gage. Turn right at the bridge and back to your car.

Troll Valley Biking Trail 136 Hagen Lane West Farmington, ME The Troll Valley Campground offers two loop trails especially designed for mountain biking but are also suitable for walking and hiking.

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ville, is a Public course. From the back tees, the course plays over 1393 yards. Sandy River Golf Course opened in 1975.

Sugarloaf Route 27; Sugarloaf Access Rd. Carrabassett Valley Sugarloaf/USA Golf Club is a spectacular championship golf course. The awe-inspiring 18-holes that make up the Sugarloaf Golf Club & Golf School have proven, for so many golfers, an unforgettable experience. An experience punctuated by the rugged, demanding terrain that is the hallmark of mountain golf.

Wilson Lake Country Club 320 Weld Road, Wilton Wilson Lake Country Club, often called “the Photo courtesy of Susan Atwood

Golfing

Golfing in Franklin County includes country clubs and public golf courses that cater to every style of play. Some courses are encircled by lakes and rivers while others are nestled in the mountains with dramatic views.

Evergreen Golf Course

Best Nine in Maine”, was created in the early 1930’s, by the great golf architect Wayne Stiles.

many newer courses, is challenging for even

It was created the classic nine-hole layout

the longest hitters because it rewards

that still sits today by the shores of Wilson

accuracy over power, at least most of the time.

Lake in picturesque Wilton, Maine. The course

The front nine is more open than the back, but

opened on August 6th, 1932 and has been a

it’s also much hillier. There is challenging and

favorite amongst both local golfers and friends

enjoyable golf to be had at every turn.

from “away” ever since. More than a few who have experienced Wilson Lake Country Club

Sandy River Golf Course

comment on how it has retained much of

154 George Thomas Rd. Chesterville

its original Stiles character across over eight

Sandy River Golf Course, located in Chester-

decades of play.

522 Dallas Hill Road, Rangeley The Evergreen Golf Club in Rangeley, Maine is a championship quality 9 hole course designed and owned by George Buck. Evergreen features 5 sets of tees on each hole to match any golfer’s ability, practice greens, a driving range, full pro shop and affordable rates. Offering golfers 9 holes, group and private lessons from a PGA member with over 25 years’ experience, the course offers golf cart rentals, a driving range, practice area, putting green, and custom fitted golf club sales and is open during the summer.

Mingo Springs 43 Country Club Road, Rangeley Welcome to Mingo Springs. Situated in the beautiful Rangeley Lakes Region of Western Maine, Mingo Springs offers 18 holes of scenic golf, challenging and enjoyable for beginner and scratch player alike. Mingo is best played by angles, not by length. The course, while relatively short compared to

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the Height of Land, and New Hampshire’s Mount Washington in the White Mountains.

explore

Saddleback Mountain, Elephant Mountain,

This trail is especially popular in the fall when the autumn colors are in full swing and moose and deer are commonly seen crossing the forested slopes. Follow ME Route 4 about a mile west of its intersection with ME Route 17 in Oquossoc Village, Rangeley. Near the end of ME Route 4, turn left onto Bald Mountain Road. Continue on Bald Mountain Road for about 0.5 miles. Signs and parking for the trailhead will be on the left. The trail leaves from the parking lot. Summit height: 2,443 feet

Blueberry Mountain Trail Township 6 North of Weld, 2.6 miles This hike is an uphill, often steep, climb to the top of Blueberry Mountain where hikers are rewarded with 360 degree views of the Maine High Peaks Region from Blueberry Mountain’s summit. At 2890 feet in Photo courtesy of Kaitlin Frost

Hiking & Walking

Come and play in our backyard - We have a mountain of possibilities in Franklin County, home to 10 of Maine’s 4,000 foot mountains! Hiking and walking is a great way to explore, discover and experience nature. It can be an experience you share with others or something that you do all alone. It is a year round activity. In fact, being able to hike in different conditions is one of the activity’s most appealing and challenging factors. Autumn leaves, the winter snow, the new green of spring and the heat of summer - you can go hiking during any season and enjoy breathtaking views throughout Franklin County.

Appalachian Trail to Piazza Rock and Saddleback Mountain Rte. 4 Sandy River Plantation

elevation, Blueberry Mountain is one of the the majestic Saddleback Mountain Range.

lesser known and hiked trails in the Weld

More experienced hikers will pass through the Piazza Rock site focused on the summit of Saddleback Mountain, a 4,130′ summit, or the Horn, a 4,041′ summit beyond. Beginning from the parking lot on ME Route 4, the trail crosses the road and enters the forest opposite the parking lot. On your left, just prior to reaching the Piazza Rock Lean-To, is a 200 yard side trail which leads to the actual Piazza Rock. According to the geological notes about this area “The granite of Saddleback is jointed into huge building blocks. An unusually large one has slid out of its place in the mountain side and, instead of breaking and skating down the slope like the others, has balanced across another block to create one-half of a cantilever bridge, forming Piazza Rock.”

ME Route 4 crosses the Appalachian Trail in Sandy River Plantation, 30 miles north of Farmington or 9 miles south of Rangeley. Park in the lot situated west of the highway. This is a

Bald Mountain Rangeley/Oquossoc A great hike for families! Picnic tables are locat-

popular moderate hike with interesting rock

ed at both the top and bottom of the trail. The

formations to explore at the end of the jour-

Bald Mountain Trail is within the Bald Moun-

ney. This is a nice introduction to the outdoors

tain Public Reserved Land located between

and the Appalachian Trail for families and

the historic Rangeley and Mooselookmeguntic

children to experience as an all-day outing.

Lakes. It is only a mile from the trailhead to

The overall elevation gain is about 450’ with

the summit. Hikers can enjoy panoramic views

most of the work done in the beginning third

of the surrounding Rangeley, Cupsuptic and

of the hike. Piazza Rock sits at the base of

Mooselookmeguntic Lakes as well as Maine’s

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region. However, the summit offers some

Bonney Woods Walking Trails

of the best views of the Maine High Peaks

Farmington

seen from several places along the trail includ-

Region. On a clear day hikers can see the

From ME Route 4/ME Route 27 (Main Street) in

ing the picnic area and Center Hill Ledges. A

nearby peaks of Jackson, Tumbledown,

downtown Farmington, turn onto Anson Street

self-guided nature trail and fantastic views

Bald, and Mt. Blue, as well as more distant

on the north side of the Franklin County Court-

make this a unique, worthwhile, and family-

peaks including, Saddleback, Spaulding, Mt.

house. Continue on Anson Street 0.3 miles up

friendly experience. Picnic area and parking

Abram, North and South Crocker, Sugar-

Anson Street Hill to the parking turnout on the

open hours are 9:00 am to sunset.

loaf, and on very clear days the Bigelow

right marked with a green sign.

Mountains, Mount Blue, and Weld Lake can be

Dogs must be leashed, and owners must clean

Mountains Range and Mt. Washington in Easy walking trails weave through giant trees,

up after their pets. Pets may not be left unat-

around a vernal spring at the center of the

tended. Mount Blue State Park Manager: 299

From South: At the intersection of ME

stand, and over fern covered undergrowth in

Center Hill Road Weld, ME 04285 Phone: (207)

Route 142 and 156 in Weld, head north

the spring and summer. These trails are used

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on ME Route 142 toward Philips about

frequently by community members, and it

3.8 miles until you see a sign on the left

is not uncommon to see “fairy” homes built

Cascade Stream Gorge Trail

indicating the entrance to the Blueberry

by locals or nature classes from the nearby

Rangeley

Mountain Bible Camp (a dirt road). Turn

elementary school and university using the

on to this road and drive uphill for almost

woods. These trails are particularly attractive

This short trail leads into the 90-foot deep

1.5 miles. The road ends at the Bible camp

in the morning and evenings when sunlight

gorge of Cascade Stream providing access to a

buildings (look for Diradoudian Lodge)

slants through the trees highlighting much as

series of waterfalls and chutes. The trail leaves

where there is plenty of room to park

columns in a cathedral. In the winter, snow-

from the south side of the parking area and

your car.

shoers and cross country skiers often will

is marked by white blazes. There are several

break out paths for walkers.

good viewpoints of the stream and falls along

New Hampshire.

Bonney Point Trail

the trail which at several points follows the

Rangeley

Center Hill Nature Trail

Bonney Point Road off Rte. 16

Weld - Center Hill Road

away from the stream offers a loop opportu-

The Bonney Point Trail is an easy one-mile

The Center Hill Nature Trail is an easy half mile

nity. Picnic tables can be found at the parking

loop; a short side trail leads to Smith Cove

loop and self-guided nature trail in the heart

lot and at the power line. The stream itself is

on Rangeley Lake. There are several picnic

of Mount Blue State Park. Leaving directly

often used in the summer months to cool off

spots and it hosts diverse habitats for song

from the picnic area, this trail loops through

and escape the summer heat.

birds, wading birds, amphibians, beaver,

mature soft-wood, oak, and mixed forest

bear, deer and more. In late summer, the

stands before returning back to the parking

One mile loop trail offers excellent scenery,

fields produce an abundance of wildflow-

area. Breathtaking views of the Weld region,

wildlife viewing, and picnicking opportunities

ers and berries.

including Tumbledown, Blueberry, and Jackson

as it follows the gorge of Cascade Stream to a

bedrock on the side of the gorge. A higher trail

series of beautiful waterfalls. Route 4 North. At the intersection of South Shore Drive and Cascade Road with ME Route 4 in Sandy River Plantation. Take a right onto Cascade Road. After about 100 yards the road ends at a T-intersection with Town Hall Road (the town hall is straight ahead). From here, take a left and then and almost immediate right (look for a Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust marker in trees). Go up the steep driveway, bearing right, to the parking area and trailhead.

Cathedral Pines Eutis/Stratton Cathedral Pines Pathways offers easy hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing through magnificent towering pines and a boardwalk which traverses a bog with spectacular views of the Bigelow Range. The trails pass through a grove of mature red pines Photo courtesy of Susan Atwood

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that—in contrast to the low and sparse under-

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growth—lend a cathedral-like quality to the

miles from ME Route 156 and Main Street in-

Park is approximately one-half mile on High

forest. The trails are marked only at intersec-

tersection in downtown Wilton). Follow Pond

Street on the left.

tions by colored boards but are easy to follow;

Road approximately 300 yards. Parking for the

most are well-worn or follow unused logging

Foothills Land Conservancy will be on the right

Mt. Blue State Park- Mt. Blue Trail

roads or, in a few cases, ATV trails.

and the trailhead will be on the left.

Weld

From the Intersection of ME Routes 27 and 16

Kineowatha Park

in Stratton Village (Town of Eustis), drive about

Wilton

mountains surrounding Weld and Webb Pond.

3.5 miles north on ME Route 27. The parking

Kineowatha Park’s trails wander through old

This is a poplar hike in any season including

and trailhead for Cathedral Pines Pathways is

pine forests, along the shores of Wilson Lake,

winter. About a mile from the trailhead a

on the left at the intersection of ME Route 27

and connect the various recreation areas in

former fire warden’s cabin provides a place

and Eustis Ridge Road.

the park. This short network of trails provides

for rest and shelter. The remains of an old fire

easy and relaxed walking as well as picnick-

tower are also at the summit. At the top of

ing and swimming. The trails are not marked,

Mount Blue, the summit provides many great

Farmington, Easy 4.5 miles

but are well-worn and are easy to follow.

views of the picturesque Weld area. At 3,187

This network of forest trails offers easy to

The southern loops leave from the parking

feet, Mount Blue is not the tallest mountain

moderate terrain for year-round, non-motor-

area near the picnic tables and empty onto

in the Weld area, but it is probably the best

ized use. Explore the many trails to find old

the beach. The northerly loop exit the beach

known peak in the region. Visible for many

wells, vernal pools, scenic overlooks and more,

beyond the docks and curl behind the

miles to the south, it is surrounded and pro-

only a few blocks from downtown Farmington.

athletic fields.

tected by Mount Blue State Park.

as fall foliage drops to reveal views of Mt. Blue,

From the intersection of Route 2 and Route 4

From South: At the intersection of Route 156

its surrounding northwest foothills and the

in Wilton, drive about 0.5 miles west on Route

with Route 142 in Weld, proceed easterly onto

Sandy River valley. Sunsets from the Box Shop

2 to Main Street. Turn right onto Main and

Center Hill Road. Center Hill Road takes a

Hill summit area can be spectacular.

drive about 0.3 miles into downtown Wilton.

slight left about 0.5 miles from the main roads;

Just after the Civil War monument in the main

follow the signs for the Center Hill Trails and

Flint Woods Walking Trails

The Mount Blue Trail offers a challenging 2.8 miles hike with rewarding scenic views of the

Scenic overlooks are impressive and multiply

From Route 4/27 (Main Street) in downtown

square, turn left onto High Street. Kineowatha

Farmington, turn right onto Anson Street on the north side of the Franklin County Courthouse. Continue on Anson Street 0.5 miles up Anson Street hill to the parking area turnout on the left, which is marked with a green sign. You will also spot a larger, yellow Powder House Hill Trails kiosk including a map and information. Flint Woods and Village Woods are about an eighth of a mile beyond the Bonney Woods parking area which is on the right.

Foot Hills Land Conservancy Wilton The Foothills Land Conservancy offers an easy walking trail one mile loop with great wildlife viewing along fields leading to the northern inlets and wetlands of Wilson Pond. Trail walkers can continue around the edge of the southern field to make a walking loop with a total distance from the kiosk and back of about a mile. Visitors are welcome year round. The parking area is plowed during the winter and while the foot trails are not groomed, they may at times be packed by skiers or snowshoers. Skiing is also possible on the ITS snowmobile trail which intersects the foot trail at the trailhead. Route 156 in Wilton, follow ME Route 156 north 3.5 miles to Pond Road on the left (2.4

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for parking. Continue past the park headquarters and Center Hill Picnic Area for another 3.0 miles on Center Hill Road until you reach another fork in the road. A sign indicates Mount Blue Trail and parking by bearing right onto Mt Blue Road. Follow this road for about 2.5 miles—bearing right at the logging road roughly 1.8 miles from the main fork—to the end where the trailhead and parking are located.

Tumbledown and Little Jackson Weld Moderate/Advanced, 10.6 miles trail network in the Weld region of Maine accesses some of the most interesting features and most spectacular views of the Western Mountains Region of Maine. The Tumbledown Mountain and Little Jackson Mountain trail network is composed of six trails and two official trailheads and provides advanced hiking to some of the most unique features in Western Maine. Tumbledown Mountain is not the highest mountain in this area, but with three peaks, 700-foot cliffs and a pond (or mountain tarn) near the summit; Tumbledown stands out amongst its taller rivals.

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Several trailheads begin on Byron Road

Little Jackson Mountain is part of the same

From East: From the intersection of ME Routes

near Weld and views include Crater Lake

range as Tumbledown Mountain, but its higher

156 and 142 in Weld, follow ME Route 142

just below the summit. Outdoors writer

elevation and ledges offer a different perspec-

north 2.3 miles and turn left onto Byron Road.

Josh Christie talked about Tumbledown in a

tive. From the 360-degree view on the summit

Shortly after the turn, Byron Road is unpaved;

story for the Portland Press Herald: “Many

one can see Saddleback and Sugarloaf to the

continue to follow Byron Road approximately

of Maine’s hikes allow access to dramatic

north, Mount Blue and Webb Lake to the East

5.6 miles (past the Brook Trailhead) to the

cliff faces, Alpine ponds, bald ridges and

and to the south, some 600 feet directly below

Loop Trailhead pullout which will be on the

closely-clustered peaks. One reason that

the peak, Tumbledown Pond. Each trail may

right. (Byron Road changes its name to Weld to

Weld’s Tumbledown Mountain is my favor-

be explored separately as a day hike, although

Byron Road.)

ite hike in the state is because it offers all

many experienced hikers prefer to string sev-

these features in one place.”

eral trails together into a larger loop.

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Ice Skating

Enjoy another great part of winter in Maine: ice skating! Weather permitting. Community outdoor skating presents the perfect opportunity to enjoy the winter season in a small town setting of Wilton and Farmington. Both rinks are open to the public free of charge. Ice skaters of all

Wilton Recreation Department Ice Rink

Central Trail (0.5 miles, marked in yellow):

Kineowatha Park - High Street, Wilton

nects to all others, except the pine trail. It

Located in the beautiful Kineowatha Park, this ice rink is open – weather permitting - from December 25 through February 16. The warming shack features a heated restroom, benches, skates available to rent, free for kids and adults, hot chocolate and first aid supplies. For hours or to book an event call Frank Donald, the Recreation Department Director, at 207-645-4825.

Hippach Field Skating Rink: Intervale Rd. Farmington

leaves the parking area through an apple orchard and follows an old power line for a short distance, Birch Trail (2 miles, marked in blue): Leaving the Central Trail, the Birch Trail crosses the road into a wood yard, and then loops around a ridge through hardwood and evergreen forests.

ages and abilities are welcome.

Farmington Recreation Department Ice Rink

Starting at park headquarters, this trail con-

Skiing (Alpine & Nordic) Mt. Blue State Park

Maple Trail (10 miles, marked in red): This extensive trail traverses a wide variety of terrain and passes through fields, old farmlands, and several types of forest. Plan ahead

This versatile skating rink is open between

Center Hill Road, Weld

December 26th and January 1st lasting until

Mount Blue State Park’s cross-country ski

loop, or use the suggested turnaround points

approximately February 14th. The Field House

trails give you an opportunity to see some of

for shorter trips.

features a heated restroom, microwave, hot wa-

the more remote areas of the park in winter’s

ter percolator and a cold water cooler/dispenser.

splendor. Six trails ranging in length will take

There are a variety of accessories, games and

you through forests, fields, and old farmlands.

sports equipment available including stacking

Ranging from a half mile to 10 miles in length,

nects with the Moose Trail. It traverses a sec-

crates to assist a person learning to skate, flores-

the Mount Blue State Park Ski Trails offer a

tion of old farmland now grown up into trees.

cent cones for skating games, Pillo Polo sticks,

wide variety of groomed classic track for cross-

indoor games and more.

county skiers of all abilities. Below each trail is described; colors correspond to on the ground

For more information contact the Farmington

markers and to colors on the brochure avail-

Recreation Department Office at 207-778-3464

able at the Center Hill parking area trailhead.

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and allow plenty of time to complete this long

Fox Trail (0.5 miles, marked in orange): This short loop off the Central Trail also con-

Moose Trail (1 mile, marked in green): Leaves and returns to the Central Trail. The Moose Trail tours a harvested hardwood forest and a red pine plantation.

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40 restaurants and shops including: grocery stores, ski and snowboard shops, specialty shops, real estate offices, a laundromat, two health clubs, and an art gallery.

Titcomb Mountain Ski Area 180 Ski Slope Road, West Farmington, ME The 750-foot slope features 16 alpine trails for all skill levels, from beginner to expert, including a terrain park for skiers and riders. It offers a great beginner trail with a handle tow and a gentle slope. The snowmaking covers 70 % of the alpine trails and night skiing is available on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Titcomb offers over 10 miles (16 kilometers) of Photo courtesy of Alana Ranney

beginner to expert. The trails are groomed

Pine Trail (1 mile, marked in brown):

Rangeley Lakes Trails Center

Two short loops that leave from the Moose

524 Saddleback Mountain Rd, Rangeley

from fields through woodlands. The bog loop

Trail. Travel in a clockwise direction to

Located beside Saddleback Mountain, Range-

is lit for night Nordic skiing.

avoid steep grades.

ley Lakes Trails Center has 34 miles of mapped

for both classic and skate skiing and meander

trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoe-

Titcomb Mountain Cross-country ski trails are

Maine Huts & Trails

ing. In winter, the ski trails offer the full spec-

groomed for both classic and skate skiing and

Carrabassett Valley (Kingfield Office at 496 Main Street, Kingfield)

trum of ability levels and plenty of terrain to

meander from fields through woodlands and

enjoy a day on the trails without getting bored!

up to the top of the ski mountain. A day pass

Maine Huts & Trails offers one of the most

or a seasonal membership is required to use

unique Nordic and backcountry skiing

There are dedicated single-track trails that

the trails. Equipment rentals are available on

experiences in the northeast. Maine Huts

offer a scenic day of snowshoeing as well.

site. For information on ski rates, hours and

& Trails grooms over 45 miles of cross-

Picnic tables are placed in strategic spots, as

current conditions, please visit the website or

country ski trails for both classic and skate

noted on the map, for resting and refreshing

contact the ski area.

skiing. Skiers are invited to come into a hut

in all seasons. In winter, dogs are welcome on

for lunch or plan a multi-day hut-to-hut

weekdays and only on the Geneva Bog trail.

adventure.

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beautiful cross-country trails for all levels from

Directions: From the intersection of US Route 2 and Route 43 in West Farmington, follow

Sugarloaf/USA

Route 43 West. Continue straight at the four-

Maine Hut Trail is groomed for backcoun-

5092 Access Road, Carrabassett Valley, ME

way intersection; another 0.3 miles after the

try skiing. Grooming is not intended to be

Sugarloaf is Maine’s second highest peak at

intersection, turn left onto Morrison Hill Road;

touring center quality. Trail may only be

4,237 ft. and offers the only lift serviced above-

follow it for 0.6 miles. Turn left at the Titcomb

groomed once per week. Conditions can

tree line skiing in the East. With an impressive

Ski Area sign and access road. Continue on to

be particularly challenging during or within

2,820 ft. vertical drop, it rivals many of the

the parking area at the end of the road.

24 hours of a snowstorm. Backcountry

Rocky Mountains. Sugarloaf/USA also boasts

skis with edges are recommended. Skate

129 trails and glades (one that stretches 3.5

and classic skis are suitable only when trail

miles), snowmaking on most of the mountain

conditions allow.

and 15 lifts. Nestled at the foot of Sugarloaf/

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Snowmobiling

Each year, many snowmobilers find winter adventures on the Maine snowmobile system. Explore the state and enjoy the many winter festivals and events by using this system. You’ll find over 300 miles on the Black Fly Loop, which circles all of Franklin County.

Sunday, January 31, 2016. This allows for all le-

ers should take note not to tread on the

gally registered New Hampshire, and Vermont

skiers’ smooth, parallel tracks.

snowmobiles to be operated in Maine without

Leave No Trace

a current Maine registration. This also allows for all legally registered Maine snowmobiles to

soc and New Hampshire, east to Carrabassett Valley, Kingfield and New Portland and south to Farmington, Wilton and Weld. The Black Fly Loop has the widest variety of trails available in the east. These uncrowded trails wander through stands of pine and climb majestic mountains. Maine’s snowmobile trail system now includes over 14,000 miles of trail, including 3500 miles of primary trail known as the Interconnected Trail System (ITS). The ITS trails connect across the state and with decent snow a rider may

• Pack out whatever you pack in, and leave only footprints behind.

be operated in New Hampshire and Vermont

• Respect plants and animals.

without being registered in either of those

• Stay on the designated trail; trekking off

states as well. Non-residents may register

trail can cause irreparable damage to

snowmobiles online: www10.informe.org/ifw/

the terrain.

atv-snow/ or call (207) 287-8000.

Those trails reach North through Eustis, Jackman and the Forks, west to Rangeley, Oquos-

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Snowshoeing

Cathedral Pines Pathways Stratton Village (Town of Eustis) (2 miles network) The trails at Cathedral Pines provide easy family-friendly hiking and cross-country skiing

Snowshoers are a special breed of winter hikers. Find yourself a simple pair of snowshoes and come explore our Maine winter wonderland. You will enjoy touring through our pine-scented forests, silent white meadows and trails running parallel to frozen lakes and rivers.

and snowshoeing along groomed paths during

Trail Etiquette: Share the Trail with Cross-

easy to follow; most are well-worn or follow

Country Skiers • Snowshoers and cross-country skiers often

the winter. The trails pass through a grove of mature red pines that—in contrast to the low and sparse undergrowth—lend a cathedrallike quality to the forest. The trails are marked only at intersections by colored boards but are unused logging roads or, in a few cases, ATV trails.

travel the same trails. If possible, snowsho-

head out from anywhere on the ITS and ride to any other location that is reached by the system. We welcome all safe, responsible snowmobilers to the trails. Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont have entered into an agreement allowing for a reciprocal snowmobile riding weekend in all three states which includes the preceding Friday. The dates are Friday, January 29 through

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Flint Woods and Village Woods Farmington (4.5 miles of network) Main trailhead on Anson Street/Titcomb Hill Rd. Trails range from the many easy, well-worn improved trails on relatively level terrain (like most of the Flint Woods trails) to some newly developed single track paths in Village Woods (near Box Shop Hill) on moderately steep slopes. These moderately difficult trails include the western end of Ridge Road, Switchback, Sideshot and parts of Low Traverse.

Maine Huts and Trails Kingfield/Carrabassett For a truly unique experience, visit the Maine Huts and Trails system, an off-thegrid adventure of trails connected by four backcountry eco-lodges. This section of the Maine Huts trail network includes over three miles of groomed ski trail in the winter (usable for mountain biking in summer) and over three miles of excellent hiking or snowshoeing trail.

Mingo Springs Trail & Bird Walk Rangeley (2 mile loop) The trail at Mingo Springs winds around the “back 9” of a golf course offering a relatively easy walk through various forest types with excellent wildlife viewing.

Mount Blue State Park

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Center Hill Road Weld (2.6 miles network) There are two snowshoe trails in Mount

this non-motorized trail in all seasons. The trail

walls and culverts remain as testaments to

Blue State Park: Rock Lookout Trail and

has a gentle grade that increases upstream

both the railroad’s legacy as well as to the

Center Hill Trail. Both trails lead to scenic

from the Carrabassett Valley Town Office. In

nearby quarrying heritage of North Jay.

overlooks that even the most advanced

the winter the trails are groomed for both

snowshoe enthusiast will enjoy. Both trails

classic and skate style cross-country skiing and

start at the Center Hill Parking area next

snowshoeing.

to the park headquarters. At the trailhead, there is an outhouse, information board

Rock Pond Trail

with maps and descriptions of the winter

Sandy River Plantation (1.6 miles – network)

trails, and an ‘iron ranger’ for depositing

This small network of trails provides access to

the entrance fee (check website or call for

Rock Pond, Midway Pond, and several scenic

current rates). Both trails start at this point

overlooks while gaining little elevation along

and follow the same route for about the

the walk.

first 1,000 feet passing near a deer wintering area in the park.

Narrow Gauge Pathway

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Whistle Stop Trail 14 miles through Jay, Wilton and Farmington The trail traverses a variety of landscapes in-

Carrabassett Valley (6.6 miles one way)

cluding scenic views Western Maine’s foothills,

The Narrow Gauge Pathway is a rail trail

forested wetlands, and rural farmland. Closely

which hugs the east bank of the scenic

replicating the historic railroad setting, the

Carrabassett River. Visitors may access the

trail also features several trestles spanning

trail at three different trailheads and enjoy

tree-lined streams and rivers. In Jay, old granite

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If you’re new to the area, it might be beneficial

Water Adventures

Come and discover the many treasured, pristine glacial lakes, ponds, rivers and streams throughout Franklin County. You will find yourself immersed in a world of tranquility, beauty and adventure and every season offers you an abundance of new opportunities.

Fishing

to find a guide service to take you out. However, if you’re the adventurous type, you’ll find some information here about fishing spots in the area. Some of the locations listed have specific regulations, so be sure to check out the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website at www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/

Photo courtesy of Alana Ranney

index.htm before heading out.

Paddling - Canoe or Kayak

Tour the many ponds and lakes throughout Franklin County. In Wilton, spend the day on

From novice to expert, there is no better

Wilson Pond often called Wilson Lake or head

Summer or winter, in the lakes or streams,

way to explore the region then paddling the

over to Industry and explore Clearwater Lake,

from the shore, in waders, on a boat or

many shorelines by kayak or canoe and leave

or head out Rte. 156 to Weld and enjoy Webb

through a hole in the ice, Franklin County’s

the hustle and bustle behind. The forests,

Lake at Mt. Blue State Park. In Rangeley you

lakes afford limitless opportunities to catch

mountains, and lowlands are laced with a vast

can explore the coves and islands of any of

“the big one.” Franklin County has a rich fishing network of watersheds. Bring your camera so you can capture the beauty and wildlife! history. The lakes, streams, and ponds here

their many lakes. There are seven lakes in the Rangeley chain: Rangeley Lake, Moosel-

used to be the playground of well-known local guides like Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby, Herb Welch, and Carrie Stevens. This county’s many streams and waterways offer, perhaps, the finest wild brook trout population in America. Smallmouth and largemouth bass, as well as perch and sunfish, are also fun to catch in this region. Fishing around here certainly isn’t just reserved for the summertime! Our lakes become frozen gathering places to catch pickerel, bass, salmon and trout. Bring your warm clothes and good friends. Ice fishing can be enjoyed on virtually any Maine lake or pond as long as the ice is thick enough. Landlocked salmon and trout are some of the best fish to catch in Maine. Wilton Fish and Game will have their annual “Fishing Derby” in February on Wilson Lake in Wilton. Photo courtesy of Scott Landry

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ookmeguntic Lake, Cupsuptic Lake, Upper & Lower Richardson Lakes, Kennebago Lake, and Umbagog Lake. Don’t forget Flagstaff Lake, Maine’s fourth largest lake, located nearby in the Stratton – Eustis area.

Swimming & Beach Areas There are freshwater sandy beaches abound throughout Franklin County in Maine. What is there not to love about an easy refreshing dip in the pristine lakes, ponds and rivers amidst the lush green forest? Carrabassett Valley - Riverside Park off Rt. 27 A popular spot is located by the Carrabassett Valley’s Riverside Park off Route 27. This spot features a natural water slide, small beach area, and lots of good wading spots. The maximum water depths are three to four feet. The bottom is somewhat rocky, so it is recommended that one wear

the intersection of Routes 2, 4, and 27 by the

are several sandy swimming beaches, along

water shoes when in this area.

bridge in Farmington It has a canoe put-in and

with some picnic areas.

picnic area. The put-in is a rock staircase, with Farmington- Sandy River

many steps to the river, and is not a ramp. The

Industry-Clearwater Pond: Rt. 43 Industry Rd.

The Sandy River has several sandy beach

other location is on Front Street - Located near

Clearwater Pond has a clear, clean lake featur-

areas enjoyed by many. One is located at

the University of Maine athletic fields there

ing a soft, sandy bottom and beautiful views.

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Rangeley- Lakeside Park: Main St. (Route 4) Lakeside Park is free and features a sandy beach and a dock with a slide Lifeguard (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting during the summer months), boat launch area, swings, covered picnic tables, a changing/restroom building and a large, newly-landscaped lawn area. Swimming lessons are given at the park each summer as well. For more information, call the Director of Parks and Recreation at 207-864-3326. Strong– Porter Lake -Strong Public Beach (Beach Road) The Strong Public Beach is an ideal spot for family summer fun with a sandy beach that has two docks (one of which has a high diving board) and also a boat launching ramp, picnic tables and grills.

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Follow Route 234 out of Strong towards New Vineyard, then make a left turn onto Pond Road. Look for the Beach Road sign, 1/2 mile on the right.

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Weld– Webb Beach - Mt. Blue State Park (187 Webb Beach Rd) The sandy beach is almost completely surrounded by mountains, Mount Blue, Little Jackson Mountain, and Tumbledown Mountain, making it noted for its scenic beauty. The swimming area is run by the state of Maine located in Franklin County. It offers bathrooms, a changing area, boat launch, amphitheater, and nature center. Mount Blue State Park is open year-round. Park hours are 9:00 a.m. to sunset unless otherwise signed at the gate. To reach Mount Blue State Park in Weld, follow Route 156 from Wilton. To reach the Webb Beach and Campground, proceed 2 miles north

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past Weld Village and bear left on the West Road at Webb Corner. Continue 4 miles to Webb Beach Road, which leads down to the lake and campground. Wilton– Wilson Lake: Kineowatha Park (High St.) Kineowatha Park is a 63-acre town park offering swimming with a wonderful shallow sandy beach area. Visitors can also use the picnic and barbeque areas. The park has a large playground area and a lodge on the premises offering food,

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Parks & Picnic Areas

Riverside Park

Park-by-the-Bridge

Kineowatha Park

Route 27, along the Carrabassett River in Carrabassett Valley

Route 149, Phillips Picnic area, grills, swimming hole

High Street Entrance, Wilson Lake, Wilton

holes, tennis courts, basketball court,

Eastman’s Park

tennis, basketball, playing fields, horseshoes,

playground, covered picnic area, volleyball

Route 142, Phillips

children’s area, volleyball and picnic/BBQ

court, bathroom facilities, grills,

Picnic area, swimming and wading holes,

areas, trails, lodge with indoor games, food

softball field

sandy areas, playground

and drink

Cathedral Pines

Rangeley Lakeside Park

Bass Park

Swimming pool, wading and swimming

Route 27, Cathedral Pines Campground, Eustis Public sandy beach, Flagstaff Lake, play-

Downtown Rangeley on the shores of Rangeley Lake Large lawn area, public sand beach and

ground, dock, changing room, nature trail

swimming area, dock, restrooms, swings,

Abbott Park

basketball courts

Adjacent to the UMF Roberts Learning Center, Farmington

Rangeley State Park

Rollo Pond, stone bridges, remnant woodland trails, a portion of the University’s arboretum

Hippach Field Route 2 in Farmington

Smalls Falls Rest Area South of Rangeley Scenic waterfall, colorful gorge, swimming

Lance Corporal Scott Paul Memorial Town Park

Curve Street, Kingfield Playground, basketball court, picnic area, large grassy lawn

Precartin Park Park Street, Phillips Picnic tables, small playground

Route 149, Burbank Hill Road, Strong Picnic area, grills, horseshoes, bathroom facilities, playground

Center Hill Mt. Blue State Park, Weld at the Junction of 142 and 156 Picnic area with views of Mt. Blue, Tumbledown, and Webb Lake, covered picnic tables, rest rooms, walking paths

For maps and more information on local park and picnic areas, visit the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

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of Wilson Lake and mountains

Picnic area, walking trails

Walton Mills Pond

Kingfield Town Park

Gazebo, picnic tables, play area, scenic views

South Shore Drive, Rangeley

holes, picnic areas

Picnic tables, open green space

Lake Road, Wilton

covered picnic tables, boat launch, tennis and

Playground, ball field, tennis courts

West Farmington

Town park with public sandy beach, swimming,

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State Parks

Come explore, discover and experience our gorgeous, scenic state parks that offer a wide array of fun and unique vacation adventures. Mt. Blue and Rangeley state parks offer access to hiking and biking trails for all athletic abilities. Photo courtesy of Penny Meservier

Mt. Blue State Park

Adjoining Mt. Blue State Park are more than

The Moose Country Corridor Trail is a 0.7 mile,

299 Center Hill Road, Weld

10,000 acres of State-owned Public Lands

easy hike, and runs from just past the control

You will find stellar hiking, trail riding, bik-

and State-held easements encompassing the

station on the left, back onto the entrance

ing, swimming and picnicking in the Western

Tumbledown Mountain Range. Tumbledown

road. This trail has nice, lush, green mossy

Mountains. Trail enthusiasts, anglers, and

Mountain, with an alpine pond near the sum-

undergrowth, surrounded by large stands

campers enjoy this region through warm

mit, is the most popular hike, but surrounding

of white and yellow birch with intermingled

weather months, followed by snowmobilers,

lands offer many other attractions.

spruce and fir trees. Enjoy the peace and quiet

cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and iceskaters in winter.

away from the campground and take in the Mount Blue offers extensive trails and winter

many sights and sounds of the surrounding

recreation opportunities, including winter

forest.

Mt. Blue State Park is Maine’s largest state

camping, miles of snowshoe trails, groomed

park, encompassing approximately 8,000 acres

and ungroomed cross-country ski trails, and

The Shoreline Trail is 0.9 mile in all, flat terrain

in two sections separated by Webb Lake. A

snowmobile trails, as well as an ice skating

with many exposed roots, travels along the

campground in the Webb Beach section has

rink, sliding hill, and warming hut on

lake shore. Starting from the campground

136 wooded sites a short walk from a sandy

Center Hill.

loop, the trail takes hikers on a serene walk

beach and picnic area. Visitors can swim,

through the woods and comes out at the

launch and rent boats, and walk on trails near

Rangeley Lakes State Park

the lake. During summer months, park staff,

South Shore Drive, Rangeley

ular view across Rangeley Lake and Saddle-

routinely offer canoe trips, walks, and nature

Rangeley Lake State Park covers 869 acres in

back Mountain. Continue straight back into

programs. A Nature Center features hands-on

the heart of Maine’s Western Mountains. Visi-

the woods where there are large birch trees to

exhibits and displays.

tors enjoy hiking, picnicking, camping, wildlife

your right and the clear lake waters off to your

watching, photography, winter sports, and the

left. The trail ends at the park’s boat launch

Across the lake from the Webb Beach section

long established traditions of hunting and fish-

which is a great way to end a hike, sitting along

is the centerpiece of the Park, 3,187-foot Mt.

ing. The lake’s cool, clear waters extend nine

the shore and enjoying lunch while overlook-

Blue, a popular day-hike. Visitors also enjoy

miles and support world famous populations

ing the pristine lake waters and surrounding

walks and picnics on Center Hill (see Trails sec-

of Landlocked Salmon and Brook Trout.

mountains.

riders can experience 25 miles of challenging,

The Park also offers two short hiking trails, al-

The campground at Rangeley Lake State Park

multi-use trails. In winter, the park’s extensive

lowing visitors to experience the natural world

offers 50 campsites close to the beautiful lake

trail system supports snowmobiling, snow-

around them. While hiking the trails, be on the

shore. In addition, there is a picnic area, play-

shoeing and cross-country skiing. Families

lookout for wildlife living in and around

ground, and a boat launch with finger docks

come to sled at Center Hill and skate on an

the park

for both day users and campers. The park is

park’s swimming area lawn, offering a spectac-

tion). Mountain bikers, equestrians, and ATV

outdoor ice rink at park headquarters.

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Bigelow Preserve Public Reserved Land W Flagstaff Rd, Stratton Located in western Maine just east of the village of Stratton about 40 miles north of Farmington, Bigelow Preserve includes over 36,000 acres of public land. The preserve encompasses the entire Bigelow Range, which includes seven summits. The highest of these at 4,150 feet is West Peak, one of only 10 Maine summits over 4,000 feet in elevation. Bounded on the north by 20,000-acre Flagstaff Lake, the preserve offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation. This is a popular three-season recreation area, with spring being the only time when there are few visitors. Fall foliage can be viewed from the roads and trails. Hunting and trapping opportunities range from easy vehicle access to foot access only in the backcountry areas. Fishing is plentiful in many small ponds and brooks. Winter visitors enjoy snowmobiling and cross country skiing over 20 miles of designated trails. Activities: areas for fishing, swimming, camping, cross country skiing snowmobiling, hunting, trapping Photo courtesy of Alana Ranney

Scenic Attractions

Coos Canyon - Swift River Rte. 17 Byron Coos Canyon is a roadside park carved out of the Swift River. Erosion has chiseled steep cliffs on both sides of the river. There are pools to swim in, flat rocks to sit on while you sift for gold, 15-foot cliffs to jump from, smooth rocks to slide down.

Angel Falls Bemis Road off Rte. 17, Township E.

boulder), then continue following red blazes

Angel Falls is a 90-foot waterfall on Moun-

on an old dirt road. Shortly, the trail reaches

tain Brook in Township D – northwest of

Berdeen Stream, which must be forded. Use

Houghton – in the White Mountains of

caution when crossing streams during high

Franklin County, Maine. Angel Falls, one of

water as stepping stones are often submerged

Maine’s tallest and most unique waterfalls.

or very slippery. After crossing Berdeen Steam,

Angel Falls has a 90-foot “hanging” plunge

the trail continues left on a dirt road, and then

and is comparable in height with Moxie

proceeds up through the woods to Mountain

Falls in Forks Township. In high water, the

Brook. The trail follows Mountain Brook up-

cascading water creates the shape of an

stream and crosses three times on rock hops

angel’s wing giving the falls its name.

(use caution), then rises sharply on the south bank immediately before arriving at the falls.

ning, photography, meandering along the shore

Height of Land Scenic Overlook Rte. 17, Rangeley A fantastic scenic overlook not to be missed! Stunning views of Mooselookmeguntic and Upper Richardson lakes, Toothaker Island and the richly forested mountainsides. Travelers search for moose that frequent the region’s roadsides feeding on tender grasses, leaves

From the parking area, walk north along

Length: 1.4 miles,

Bemis Road a short way. The trail leaves

Round Trip

and branches. This is also an excellent route

and descends along a dirt road into a gravel

Activities: areas for swimming, hiking,

surrounding mountainsides are painted vivid

pit. Walk through the gravel pit (past a large

picnicking, restrooms

Bemis Road at a sign marking the trailhead

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Activities: Swimming, cliff-jumping, gold pan-

for viewing foliage in the autumn when the orange, yellow and red.

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Smalls Falls - Rest Area

ably wider than the width of water that flows

It is roughly bounded by State Route 4 to the

Rte. 4, Sandy River in Township E.

over the four sets of falls at Smalls Falls.

southwest, State Route 16 to the northwest,

Smalls Falls, a scenic waterfall, colorful gorge,

State Route 16/27 to the northeast and State

and fine swimming holes. Part of a small

The bottom of Small Falls consists of a 3-foot

Route 142 to the southeast. The region con-

rest area off of the scenic byway part of Rt 4

cascade falling into a 20-foot wide circular

tains eight of the 14 Maine 4,000-footers and

between Madrid and Rangeley. It features a

pool. The next waterfall up is a 14-foot fanning

includes 21,000 acres (85 km2) above 2,700

picnic area with grills, public restrooms, and

horsetail with a deep oblong-shaped pool

feet (820 m).

a 0.1 mile unmarked uphill trail beside some

people tend to jump into from above, a stunt

beautiful waterfalls on the Sandy River.

that is highly dangerous. Even further up the

The Appalachian Trail runs through the High

It does not take much water flow to make this

trail, you will find a 25-foot segmented water-

Peaks, unbroken by roads for more than 30

waterfall impressive enough to please all its

fall, with a plunge on the left and segmented

miles. The High Peaks offers nearly unprec-

visitors. Just a tiny stream can create a false

horsetail on the right. The top waterfall is a 12-

edented opportunities to really get away

sense of whitewater power. This is attributable

foot horsetail and slide. Beyond the final falls

from it all.

to the fact that the river upstream is consider-

of Small Falls lies tiny plunges and cascades

discover

High Peaks Region

with equally clear and beautiful water. All four sets of falls are found within a one of most colorful and beautiful gorges in the region. Its colors consist of beiges, oranges, greens, blacks, browns, gold, and ivory. There are plenty of places to sit along the gorge walls and bask in the beauty of the wide open area.

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Wilton Blueberry Festival Many events take place in Downtown Wilton, which is located one mile west of the Routes 2 & 4 junction, 45 minutes from Auburn, Augusta, and Rangeley; 2.5 hours from Bar Harbor; and 1.5 hours from Bangor, Portland, and New Hampshire’s White Mountains

For a complete schedule, visit www.wiltonbbf.com Debbie Myers

EP Rock Elvis impersonator

International Recording Artist and Two-

EP Rock is a solo act Elvis Tribute Art-

Time Winner at the Maine Academy of

ist with many years of musical expe-

Country Music Awards as “Best Female

rience. He has competed in some of

Vocalist” and “Entertainer of the Year.”

the most prestigious Elvis competi-

Take Characteristics like style, class,

tions in the Northeast and recently

charm and poise, add extensive musi-

placed in the Lake George Elvis Fest

cal versatility and total professional-

2014 and was a special award recipi-

ism and you’ve got one tremendous

ent at Reflections of the King 2013.

Country Music singing talent. Debbie

He does a wide range of Elvis music

grew up in the industry and came to

and does all era’s. Being a performer

appreciate the pure prideful sound of

who is a trained vocalist with excel-

Maritime Country. True to her roots

lent musicianship you’ll get a very au-

she carries a bit of her musical heritage

thentic show that is beyond a typical

with her whenever she walks out on

karaoke style performance.

stage.

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Our Towns

Come Check Out: • • • • • • • • • • • •

Maine blueberry products Artisans & vendors Parade Antique Tractor Pulls Boat Tours Fireworks 1-mile, 5K, and 10K Races Blueberry pancake breakfast Stock cars Road races Hunting Live music and entertainment including EP Rock Elvis imper- sonator and Debbie Myers Flag folding by Farmington Emblem Club #460

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museums

Photo courtesy of Bridget Flaherty

Franklin County: A Cultural Oasis

F

ranklin Couny is rich in arts and cultural

For the youth of the area, our schools are

events. The epicenter of this activity is

alive with activity. Mt. Blue High School (RSU

the shiretown, Farmington and in particu-

9) is known for a strong music curriculum with

lar the University of Maine at Farmington.

an acapella group, chamber and show choir,

UMF has the new Emery Community Arts

band, jazz band, orchestra, as well as the

Center and the historically significant Nor-

Franklin County Fiddlers. In the summer, stu-

dica Auditorium for art exhibits, folk music,

dents may learn and perform with the Sandy

classical quartets, theater performances,

River Players and the Mt. Blue Music Boosters

cabaret, lectures, poetry, dance, and much

Summer Theater camps. The Maine Jazz Camp,

Local groups perform at restaurants, grange

more.

in Farmington for two weeks in July, draws stu-

halls, churches, and festivals. Contra dancing

dents from all over North America and offers

regularly takes place at the West Farmington

daily faculty concerts free to the public.

Grange, and square dancing in nearby Wilton,

Overseeing many of these events is the

Photo courtesy of Penny Meservier

sponsored by the Friendship Squares.

community-based Arts Institute of Western Maine. This hard-working volunteer group

Kingfield hosts the annual Kingfield POPS, a

continually strives to broaden the universi-

summer art festival that culminates in an out-

How will you know what’s happening and

ty’s involvement with arts in the communi-

door concert that brings people from around

when? The Maine High Peaks Arts & Heritage

ty. For seniors, the UMF-affiliated Gold Leaf

the state and beyond to enjoy a family-friendly

Loop map features cultural events, galleries,

Institute provides courses and excursions.

evening of music and entertainment with the

trails, museums, and historic attractions to

Bangor Symphony Orchestra. Kingfield is also

help better navigate your way around Franklin

There is an active community theater

home to several art galleries and the High

County. You can also find local events listed

group, The Sandy River Players, that stage

Peaks Artisan Guild which features a collec-

on the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

performances at UMF’s Alumni Theater and

tive of artisans from Western Maine spanning

website and check the local media services

as well as other local venues. The Old Crow

many mediums.

listed in this guide’s directory.

Band, a community based band, is busy throughout the summer. The Teachers Lounge Mafia, an improvisational comedy group, livens up many area gatherings. Upcountry Artists is a non-profit group dedicated to encourage, support, educate artists and develop public awareness of the arts in Western Maine, has a gallery and learning center in Farmington. They sponsor the county’s most significant Art Show at Sugarloaf Mountain on Columbus Day weekend and offer scholarships to local students.

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experience

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Museums

Dead River Area Historical Society Museum 171 Main Street, Stratton, ME 04982 Dead River Historical Society preserves and promotes the history of Flagstaff, Dead River Plantation, Coplin Plantation and Eustis/Stratton. It displays manuscripts, photographs, china, glass, a church organ, furniture and a collection of old carpentry and logging tools, china, glass, a complete schoolroom, a memorial room to the lost towns of Flagstaff and Dead River, the lineage of several native families, and a host of memorabilia from native homesteads. Open weekends: July – August 11 AM - 3 PM

Farmington Historical Society’s Titcomb House 118 Academy Street, Farmington, ME 04938 Built c. 1846, the Titcomb House is the Historical Society’s home museum and research center. Filled with thousands of artifacts, documents, maps and books pertaining to Farmington’s history, the Titcomb House is a time capsule of the town’s history. www.farmingtonhistory.org Open: July – August, Wed & Sat 1-4 PM www.farmingtonhistory.org

Kingfield Historical Society

Europe for her power and artistry. At the mu-

The Kingfield Historical House retains much

seum, one can see costumes Madame Nordica

of the detailed signature work of the Victorian

wore in her productions and memorabilia of

era and its Scotch Firetube Steam Boiler is

her career. There’s a wealth of musical history

one of a very few still in existence. The house

in this small building, as well as info on the

is filled with 19th and 20th century furni-

incredible life and tragic death of this super-

ture, dishware, photographs and paintings,

star of the early 1900s. The building was listed

tools, school yearbooks, and collections from

on the National Register of Historic Places in

families abound. The Mercantile, located on

1969. It is open to the public between June

the first floor of the barn, is complete with a

and October.

country store, barber shop, pharmacy, and

Open: June 1st - Sept 15th 1-5 PM Tues - Sun

post office. A working forge is located in the

www.lilliannordica.com

basement area, under the kitchen. A large, high quality textile collection is located on the

Red School House Museum

second floor.

292 High Street Farmington, ME 04938

Open: June–Sept, Wed from 10 AM-2 PM & 2nd & 3rd Sun of July & August 1 PM-4 PM

The Little Red Schoolhouse, also known as Briggs

www.kingfield.me/historical-society

ington, Maine. The one-room wood-frame school-

Nordica Homestead Museum 116 Nordica Lane Farmington, ME 04938 Giglio Nordica (1857-1914), born Lillian Norton in Farmington, was the most glamorous American opera singer in history, and the first to attain true international prominence. One of Farmington’s most famous citizens is commemorated in the Nordica Home¬stead Museum, the family home. As Lillian Nordica, she became an opera star at the turn of the century. She was one of the first Americans

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to become a world-class diva recognized in

45 High Street, Kingfield, ME

Schoolhouse, is a historic schoolhouse in Farmhouse was built in 1852, was used for classes until 1958. Today the Museum is displayed as the original schoolhouse with some of the original desks, books, and other memorabilia. It originally stood on the Wilton Road (Maine State Route 4) at Red Schoolhouse Road. It served Farmington as the Briggs District school until 1958, and is one of the community’s few surviving district school buildings. It was then used as a space for special needs students before being finally closed in 1969. It was moved the Franklin Agricultural Society fairgrounds on High Street in 2007. It

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museums

Maine Paper & Heritage Museum

underwent restoration and officially opened

ing and photography, violins and examples of

to the public during the annual Farmington

Stanley steam cars from 1905, 1910, and 1916.

Fair. The building was listed on the National

The famous “Stanley Steamer” automobile

Paper & Heritage Museum was established

Register of Historic Places in 1972.

was invented by Francis Edgar Stanley, who

with the common goal of capturing the cultural

Open weekends: July – Aug 11 AM - 3 PM

manufactured it with his twin brother. Their

heritage of the paper-making towns and mills

sister, Chansonetta, was a photographer who

Ski Museum Maine

along the Androscoggin River. It is an exciting

captured life in rural America in the turn-of-

interactive museum where visitors can experi-

256 Main Street Kingfield, ME 04947

the-century.

ence life in a paper-making community and

The Ski Museum of Maine was established

Open: June - Oct, Tues - Sun 1 - 4 PM, Nov May, Tues - Fri 1 - 4 PM or by appt.

showcase the area’s distinctive heritage.

in 1995 to preserve and publicize the business of skiing in Maine while celebrating Maine’s ski history and heritage. More than a decade has been spent collecting and preserving ir¬replaceable documents and

22 Church Street, Livermore Falls, ME 04228

www.stanleymuseum.org

Open: Sat 10:30 AM- 2:30 PM or June- Oct by appt. www.papermuseumofmaine.org

Madrid Historical Society

Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum

1 Schoolhouse Rd. Madrid Twp., ME 04966

8 Rumford Road, Oquossoc, Maine 04964

The Madrid Historical Society was founded in

A visit to the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Mu-

2000 by a group of residents with a mission

seum (OSHM) is sure to capture the imagina-

to collect and preserve the memories and

tion and spark a greater interest in Rangeley’s

heritage of Madrid along with historical and

unique and intriguing outdoor history. The

www.skimuseumofmaine.org

genealogical records, property and artifacts

museum offers several important artifacts in

that remind us where and how the Township

its extensive historical collections that cre-

Stanley Museum

of Madrid came to be. This is the heritage

atively share the region’s colorful history. The

which has shaped our lives, our town, and

Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum is located

generations of local traditions. By preserving

in the nearby village of Oquossoc and was re-

these artifacts and memories of our past, we

cently named by Yankee Magazine as the “Best

ensure our future generations will be able to

Sporting Museum in New England”

appreciate the people, families, and spirit of

Open: July - Aug 7 days a week 10 AM - 4 PM; Sept: Wed - Sun 10 AM - 4 PM Oct: Sat & Sun 10 AM - 4 PM

artifacts, and cata¬loguing those valuable materials. Exhibits change approximately every four months. Open: Daily 9 AM - 5 PM

40 School Street Kingfield, Maine 04947 The Stanley Museum is a historical museum located in the beautiful Georgianstyle Stanley School built in 1903. The Museum commemorates and preserves the heritage of Stanley family genius. The exhibits cover all facets of Stanley family history and memorabilia — airbrush paint-

the generations that came before them. We encourage and support interest in, and study of, the history of Madrid, Maine.

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a bookstore, two rental cottages, and a system of woodland nature trails. Visitors to the Orgone Energy Observatory are introduced to Reich’s life and work with a half-hour documentary video, exhibits, Reich’s inventions and scientific apparatus, his library and study, and personal memorabilia including his paintings and sculpture. Annual Summer Conferences are held in the Conference Building on various aspects of Reich’s work and their significance

for current social, medical and scientific issues. Open: July & Aug: Wed-Sun 1-5 pm Sept: Sat 1-5 pm www.wilhelmreichtrust.org/museum.html

Wilton Farm and Home Museum 10 Canal Street, Wilton Maine 04294 Built in the mid-1860s, the building was used between 1910 and 1945 as a boarding house for G.H. Bass employees. The build¬ing was deeded to the Wilton Historical Society in 1987 and soon after was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are four floors to this impressive building. The basePhoto courtesy of Penny Meservier

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad

Norlands mansion built in 1867, the 1853

128 Bridge Street, Phillips, ME 04966

plays about the Washburn family, the 1828

In 1970 a group of local rail fans at the Phillips

meeting house, a farmer’s cottage, and a barn

Historical Society formed a project to docu-

with farm animals. The barn and farmer’s

ment the SR&RL. This group eventually formed

cottage burned down in April 2008 but the

a separate non-profit organization to preserve

Farmer’s Cottage was rebuilt and reopened in

remaining equipment from the railroad. The

early 2011. As of July 29, 2012, the barn has

non-profit now operates a short heritage

yet to be rebuilt. The Norlands is home to a

railroad on the track bed of the original SR&RL

number of collections; including Washburn

at Phillips. At the station site, you can examine

family papers, photographs, artwork, historic

exhibits in the Sanders Station and purchase

clothing, books, furniture, and more. www.norlands.org

tickets and souvenirs in the Phillips Freight House. During Phillips Old Home Days (starting

schoolhouse, and the 1883 library with dis-

the third Friday in August), the SR&RL runs on

Weld Historical Society

Fri¬day, Saturday, and Sunday. The Railroad

P.O. Box 31, Weld, ME 04285

Room of the Phillips Historical Society is open

The Weld Historical Society is a group of 500

on that Saturday and contains an extensive

members committed to preserving the history

collection of SR&RL artifacts.

of their small community.

Open: July 5, 19 Aug 2, 3, 16, 17 Sept 6, 7, 19, 20, 21 Oct 3, 4, 5, 17, 18 Train times are 11 AM, 12 Noon, 1 PM, 2 PM, and 3 PM

Open: May - Sept

www.srrl-rr.org

Washburn-Norlands Living History Center 290 Norlands Road, Livermore, ME 04253 Washburn-Norlands Living History Center is a 19th-century period farm with living-history demonstrations. The buildings include the

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ment level features farm and shoemaking tools. It also includes the working Canal Street Forge, where a local blacksmith gives lessons on the art of blacksmithing. The main floor, in addition to the general meeting and display room and kitchen, has the restored parlor. The second floor has rooms devoted to homemaking, military uniforms, ladies’ clothing, bedrooms, and the extensive bottle and Wilton Academy collections. Exhibits featuring giantess Sylvia Hardy are in the Academy Room. The third level includes a scouting exhibit and two bedrooms. www.thewiltonfarmandhomemuseum.org

Wilhelm Reich Museum 19 Orgonon Circle, Rangeley, ME 04970 Orgonon was the home, laboratory and research center of Wilhelm Reich, M.D., a pioneering psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and scientist. Open to the public as the Wilhelm Reich Museum, Orgonon now comprises 175 acres of fields and forests, the Orgone Energy Observatory, the Conference Building & Office,

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chamber events Photo courtesy of Scott Landry

Photo courtesy of Scott Landry Photos courtesy of Scott Landry

Chester Greenwood Day Saturday December 3, 2016

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ark your calendar for Saturday

fun while shopping, enjoying food from the

December 3, 2016 as the Frank-

wonderful eateries, or enjoying a scenic horse

lin County Chamber of Commerce, local

and buggy ride through the downtown area.

businesses, and residents celebrate the

You may even run into one of Chester’s family

40th annual Chester Greenwood Day. The

members, as many make the trip to Farming-

Chester Greenwood Day brings thousands of

daylong celebration includes an hour long

ton each year to participate in the parade and

people to the area to watch and/or participate

parade through Farmington’s downtown,

visit with relatives who still live locally.

in all the events scheduled for the day. In

chili and gingerbread house contests, horse

2015, warm temperatures brought out one of

drawn carriage rides, craft fairs, historical

The Farmington Rotary’s Festival of trees

the largest crowds. But don’t worry about the

open houses, a 5k run/walk, the Farmington

includes an all-day viewing of trees decorated

cold temperatures that can be had this time of

Rotary’s Festival of Trees, and the annual

by local business and organizations in a theme

year – pack your earmuffs and warm up at one

Polar Dip at Clearwater Lake in Industry.

of their choosing. In the evening the trees are

of the many indoor activities planned. Contact

auctioned off at a gala event with trees going

the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce for

The first Saturday in December marks a

to the highest bidder. The trees are then deliv-

more information on daylong activities or to

daylong celebration of Chester Greenwood,

ered, decorations and tree stand included, to

register for the parade, the chili contest, or the

a Farmington native who is best known for

each recipients home.

gingerbread house contest.

inventing earmuffs. Chester was fifteen years old when he designed his first pair of ear protectors out of wire, beaver fur, and cloth. At the age of nineteen, he acquired a U.S. patent and by the time he was 28, the Chester Greenwood and Company factory was producing and shipping his champion ear protectors worldwide. In its busiest year the company produced 400,000 pairs of earmuffs. As you stroll through the downtown area, you will see people of all ages having great Photo courtesy of Scott Landry

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2015 Chamber Annual Awards Dinner F

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ranklin County Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting was held October 28, 2015 at the UMF North Dining Hall. The Chamber was pleased

to announce the winners of the 2015 Businesses of the Year Awards. Awarding the businesses of the year is a process that begins in October when the Chamber sends out nomination forms. The winners are nominated both by Chamber members and members of the community.

Large Business Winner E.L. Vining & Son

Large Business of the Year nominees included LEAP Inc., E.L. Vining & Son and Franklin Printing. E.L. Vining & Son was named Large Business of the Year. E.L. Vining & Sons, Inc. is a solid business providing excellent work and employment in Franklin County. They are an active member in the community that is often overlooked because of their consistent willingness to help where needed. They are more than willing to donate time and equipment to help with local causes and have provided support to restoring the Red Schoolhouse Cemetery.

Medium Business Winner Hammond Lumber

Medium Business of the Year nominees included Hammond Lumber Company, Hight Chevrolet and Douin’s Market. Hammond Lumber was named Medium Business of the Year and was recognized for their business expansion in Franklin County and the excellent customer service found at all of their locations. They are generous in donating time and money to the local community including providing materials for a fence around the Red Schoolhouse Cemetery.

small Business Winner Wiles Remembrance Center

Small Business of Year nominees included the Wiles Remembrance Center, Robin’s Flower Pot and Tumbledown Brewing LLC. Wiles Remembrance Center was named the Small Business of the Year. and was nominated for their active involvement in the community including donating benches to the community. They are a caring family that show compassion and give extra attention loved ones in their time of grief. Wiles has a special way to work with children who have lost a loved one.

Non-Profit Winner Buttons for Babes

The Nonprofit of the Year nominees included the Franklin County Animal Shelter, Buttons for Babes and the Western Maine Play Museum. Buttons for Babes program was selected as the Nonprofit of the Year. Buttons for Babes found a creative way, through the sale of button bracelets, to help children in need. Over $40,000 has been raised to help children in crisis by providing beds, clothing, special equipment needs, therapy programs and much more. They support the lives of children and their families through involving the greater community in their project.

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chamber events

Home and Leisure Show Saturday March 19, 2016

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he home and Leisure Show is one of

The event allows for community members

The Chamber would like to thank our business

Franklin County Chamber of Com-

to visit around 70 different business and talk

partners that helped us to sponsor this yearly

merce’s signature events. The 2016 Home

directly with the business owners about what

event; Franklin Savings Bank, Skowhegan

and Leisure Show will be held at the Mt.

they have to offer. The event has drawn as

Savings Bank, Hammond Lumber, Walmart

Blue Campus in Farmington, Maine on

many as 1,000 visitors from around the area.

and Dead River Company. The chamber looks

March 19, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ad-

This gives vendors an ample audience to

forward to registering more businesses from

mission is $1per person.

showcase their products. An assortment of

all over Franklin County. To reserve a space,

entertainment and several drawings add to

call the Chamber office at 778-4215.

The Home and Leisure Show has become

the event along with local radio station WKTJ

a great event showcasing a variety of area

broadcasting live throughout the day.

businesses, including building suppliers, realtors, media, health care, florists, garden and landscaping services. Attendees will enjoy entertainment and many giveaways while seeing some of the best businesses and organizations that Franklin County has to offer. “We are pleased to be continuing to host this signature event at the Mt Blue Campus. Each year, it proves to be a fantastic event with a great turnout,” said Glenn Kapiloff, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce President and committee chair for the event. “This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase one’s business.”

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experience Photo courtesy of Scott Landry

Scholarship Golf Classic 14th Annual Seth Wescott and Franklin County Chamber Scholarship Golf Classic - September 30th, 2016

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he Franklin County Chamber of Com-

tinuing higher education for Franklin County

merce is once again teaming up with Seth

residents through financial assistance.

Photo courtesy of Justin Meservier

Wescott to host the 14th Annual Golf Classic. This event will be held on September 30th at

The Level Field Fund strives to bridge gaps

day including a hole in one, closest to the pin,

the beautiful Sugarloaf Golf Course in Carra-

in funding for uniquely talented athletes, fol-

great raffle prices and more!

bassett Valley.

lowing the belief that opportunities to pursue

Proceeds from this signature event support

excellence in sport should not be limited by an

We hope to see you next year at the 14th an-

athlete’s financial situation.

nual golf classic. For more information on this fantastic event or to register a team, contact

both the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund and Wescott’s Level

This exciting day of golfing concludes with a

the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

Field Fund. The purpose of the Chamber’s

lunch at The Rack with awards and fun! Vari-

office at (207) 778-4215 or info@franklincoun-

David Robie Scholarship is to encourage con-

ous contests will be ongoing throughout the

tymaine.org

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education

University of Maine at Farmington E

stablished more than 150 years ago

care center on campus and the campus is con-

as the state’s first public institution of

veniently located in the heart of the local K-12

higher education, theUniversity of Maine at

school district.

Photos courtesy of Kaitlin Frost

Farmington (UMF) is Maine’s nationally-recognized public liberal arts college.Rooted in

Located in downtown Farmington, the 1,800

of the region. UMF offers concerts, lectures,

a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF of-

student campus adds a vibrant college town

debates, films, readings, comedy nights, and a

fers quality programs in teacher education,

atmosphere. An example of its community

wide range of other cultural and educational

the arts and sciences, health and human

partnership is the UMF Fitness & Recreation

offerings year-round. If athletics are of inter-

services and pre-professional studies.

Center which is open to area residents year-

est, UMF is the place to be. Farmington’s youth

round, seven days a week. The facility features

soccer program and area sports camps are

UMF has earned a national reputation for

a fully-equipped weight room; a cardio fitness

held at UMF’s Prescott Athletic Fields and at

excellence. Rated one of America’s Best Col-

area with the latest machines and equip-

UMF’s Fitness & Recreation Center. The public

leges by U.S.News & World Report 18 times

ment; three multi-purpose courts; a 1/ 8 mile

is always welcome to cheer on UMF’s baseball,

since 1998, UMF was also named a “Best

walking-jogging track; and a 6-lane 25 yard

basketball, cross-country, field hockey, golf, la-

Bang for the Buck” college by Washington

swimming pool. The UMF Fitness Center offers

crosse, alpine & Nordic skiing, soccer, softball,

Monthly Magazine, a Top 100 School by Edu-

Franklin County residents countless fitness

rugby and Ultimate Frisbee teams.

cate to Career, a “50 Great Affordable Eco-

classes, professional trainers, swim lessons for

Friendly College” by Best Choice Schools.

all ages, children’s and senior’s programs, and

UMF’s Gold LEAF Institute Senior College pro-

com and was featured as a Newsweek.com

programming for those with special needs.

vides lifelong learning opportunities for area

Great Teaching School. Five of the past eight

Through its Mainely Outdoors program, the

adults age 50 and older. The program offers

“Maine Teacher of the Year” recipients were

facility offers residents and UMF students the

invigorating classes, lectures, presentations,

UMF Education graduates.

opportunity to participate in all sorts of out-

field trips and social interaction. The Univer-

door activities: evening bike rides, kayak and

sity’s newly renovated Mantor Library is open

UMF student-teachers work in K-12 schools

canoe trips, moonlight snowshoeing, Nordic

to the public year-round. Residents of Franklin

throughout the Franklin County and

skiing, trail hikes and more.

County are welcome to use Mantor Library’s

beyond, with mentoring provided by UMF

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Internet access, browse its periodicals collec-

faculty and a mentor-teacher in the field. In

The UMF campus helps to establish the Frank-

tion and make use of its other holdings and

addition, UMF has an early childhood child

lin County area as the arts & cultural center

spaces, including its new first-floor coffee bar.

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Mt. Blue Campus M

t. Blue Campus provides students and

the National Certifications and college credits

adults in the Greater Franklin County

that can be earned through our programs.

area with a facility that meets the needs of

The center offers 18 different programs that

many learners. Featured as a ‘community

range from the traditional such as building

building’, this complex is the location of many

construction, automotive technology and weld-

educational and civic events. The Mt Blue

ing to the new and emerging technologies of

Campus (MBC) houses three major organiza-

Composite manufacturing, Biotechnology and

broad band internet can change and enhance

tions; Mt Blue High School, Foster Career and

robotics. Tours of our programs are available

opportunities for the citizens of Franklin

Technical Education Center and Adult Basic

9:30 to 11:30 on the first Thursday of every

County. We have more and more on-line class

Education.

month that school is in session. Please call our

options, video conferencing capabilities and

office to schedule a visit (778-3562).

technology programming than ever before.

to choose to participate in various class levels,

Our Adult Education Programs are vital and

We additionally offer many certificate and

which include Honors and Advanced Place-

important in helping meet the educational

enrichment classes in the community, by the

ment levels in most academic areas. Our main

skill sets of our citizens in Franklin County. We

community, for the community! We have our

goal is to prepare students for college and ca-

provide programming from basic literacy, to

information and catalog offerings posted

reers after they leave Mt. Blue High School. We

HiSET (used to be GED) preparation and test-

on line and send a hard copy of the catalog

will focus on learning targets and standards

ing. We are the only certified HiSET testing site

throughout Franklin County in September and

and will support students in creating a unique

in Franklin County. We also prepare people

January. Please check out our website and

and integrated learning pathway through their

to enter community colleges and universities

Facebook page at rsd9.maineadulted.org or

secondary school experience.

through our very successful College Transi-

contact us at 778-3460. Our exceptional staff is

At Mt. Blue High School, students will be able

tions Program. As an integral partner with the

ready to assist you with your lifelong learn-

We offer World Language and many Visual

Franklin County Community College Network

ing journey and enhancing your quality of life

Performing Arts programs as well. Our caring

we work with local agencies and businesses in

here in the foothills and mountains of western

and creative staff is excited and looks forward

helping prepare adults to have the necessary

Maine.

to working with students. In addition, we offer

skills sets for the 21st century

many extra-curricular and co-curricular activi-

work world.

ties to enhance your learning experiences.

All of the programs at the Mt. Blue Campus work collaboratively with the Franklin County

Many jobs/careers demand high end technol-

Community College Network to expand op-

At Foster Career and Technical Education

ogy skills or literacy for the 21st century. We

portunities for students and adults alike. We

Center (Foster CTE) programs provide students

provide those skills through our programming.

look forward to working with you and your

a hands-on, real world approach to education.

We are the “go to” partner with Connect ME

family during your time on campus and hope

High school students can take advantage of

Authority for information and training on how

to make this a positive learning experience.

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education

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Area Education Franklin County Community College Network

G.D. Cushing School

Kingfield Elementary School

165 Front Street, Farmington, ME 04938 www.franklinnetwork.org

Grades PreK-2 | Wilton

Grades K-8 | Kingfield

207-645-2422

207-265-4132

W.G. Mallett School

Phillips Elementary School

Grades PreK-2 | Farmington

Grades K-8 |Phillips

207-778-3529

207-639-2909

Cascade Brook School

Strong Elementary School

Grades 3-5 | Farmington

Grades K-8 | Strong

207-778-4821

207-684-3521

Cape Cod Hill School

Mt. Abram High School

Grades PreK-5 | New Sharon

Grades 9-12 | Salem Township

207-778-3031

207-678-2701

Through a partnership with Central Maine Community College, higher educational opportunities for students in Franklin County are now readily available, uniquely positioned to fit the particular needs of local people.

Carrabassett Valley Academy 3197 Carrabassett Drive, Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947 www.gocva.com Carrabassett Valley Academy is more than a school. It’s a way of life. Since 1982, CVA has offered a personalized and challenging opportunity for learning. A fully accredited coeducational boarding and day school with an extremely supportive culture as a world-leading snowboard and ski academy with programs that foster the aspirations of student-athletes by providing the op-

Mt. Blue Middle School Grades 6-8 | Farmington 207-778-3511

Mt. Blue High School Grades 9-12 | Farmington 207-778-3561

rsu 9 Mt. Blue Regional School District 115 Learning Lane, Farmington, ME 04938 www.mtbluersd.org

Academy Hill School Grades 3-5 | Wilton 207-645-4488

MSAD 59 Mt. Abram High School

The new consolidated Jay, Livermore and Livermore school system that includes Spruce Mountain High School, a class B school, was and Jay High School combined in 2012. The colors and mascot of Spruce Moun¬tain High School were chosen by students of Livermore Falls and Jay High Schools. The mascot, the

1401 Rangeley Road Phillips, ME 04966 www.msad58.org

Phoenix, symbolizes “rising from the ashes”

MSAD 58 is comprised of five towns: Phillips,

Mountain comes from the ski slope that for

Eustis, Avon, Kingfield, and Strong and encompasses several non-district towns and unorganized territories, spread over 500 square miles. There are four K-8 elementary schools and one high school serving students in grades 9-12. Mt. Abram High School opened in 1969 with the Roadrunner as its mascot.

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31 Community Drive Jay, ME 04239

founded when Livermore Falls High School

portunity to excel, both academically and athletically.

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of the two former schools. The name Spruce generations, students from both high schools have skied at, making it a very appropriate name for the school. A $1.8 million renovation of Spruce Mountain high and middle schools, and the community building, all in Jay, is taking place in the sum-

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mer of 2013 to provide additional classrooms,

Rangeley Lakes Regional School

Fundraising Projects

bathrooms and offices. Other items in the plan

Grades K-12 | Rangeley

Over the years the Farmington Rotary Club has

include a larger cafeteria, a connector between

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sponsored and coordinated many community

the high and middle schools, and technology

events to raise funds for various projects.

and handicapped-accessibility updates.

Some of the more notable fundraising events

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Spruce Mountain Middle School

Farmington Rotary Club

have been the Festival of Trees and the Price is

For the last 90 years Farmington has been for-

has also partnered with the United Way to

Right. These two events bring in over $10,000 a year to support local and international Rotary projects. The Farmington Rotary Club

tunate to have the Farmington Rotary Club in

collect backpacks for local school children and

Grades 6-8 | Jay

our community. Following the Four-Way Test

the Children’s Task Force to collect pajamas

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of “Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned?

for children in need. These and other projects

Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

have greatly contributed to the community

And Is it Beneficial to all concerned?” This or-

we live in.

Livermore Elementary School Grades PreK-5 | Livermore

ganization has enhanced the quality of life for

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citizens of Franklin County and around

Student engagement

the world.

In partnership with our local schools, the

Jay Elementary School

Farmington Rotary Club has sponsored youth

Grades K-5 | Jay

Approximately 50 members meet weekly from

organizational groups of Rotary from 1st grade

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7:00am to 8:00am at the North Dining Hall at

to college. We may be one of the few Rotary

the University of Maine at Farmington. This

Clubs woldwide to have this type of student

breakfast meeting includes a weekly presenta-

involvement. These groups keep us moving

tion of local business or nonprofit organiza-

and keep us young. These young people are

tions, community and international project

the future of the community we live in.

Rsu 78 43 Mendolia Road Rangeley, Maine 04970

updates, and much fellowship.

www.rlrs.org The Rangeley Lakes Regional School is located in the picturesque mountains and lake region of western Maine. RSU #78 includes the towns of Dallas Plantation, Magalloway Plantation, Rangeley, Rangeley Plantation and Sandy River Plantation. Rangeley Lakes Regional School is home to students in grades kindergarten through grade 12, all under one roof. This unique facility provides for a close-knit, nurturing and supportive environment for students to grow, learn and develop to their fullest potential.

207.778.4215

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education

Libraries Carrabassett Valley Library 1234 Carrabassett Drive Farmington Public Library 117 Academy Street www.farmington.lib.me.us Franklin County Court House Law Library 140 Main Street, Farmington Jay-Niles Memorial Library 983 Main Street, North Jay Jim Ditzler Memorial Library 37 Library Road, New Sharon www.newsharon.lib.me.us New Vineyard Public Library 20 Lake Street Phillips Public Library 96 Main Street www.phillips.lib.me.us Rangeley Public Library 7 Lake Street www.rangeleyme.com/library

Photo courtesy of Kaitlin Frost

Great Service

Stratton Public Library 88 Main Street www.stratton.lib.me.us Strong Public Library 14 S. Main Street

...you get the idea.

Webster Free Library 22 Depot Street, Kingfield Weld Public Library 25 Church Street Wilton Free Public Library 6 Goodspeed Street www.wilton-free.lib.me.us

Visit one of our branches or open your account online at ucu.maine.edu! 154 High Street Farmington, ME 04938

ucu.maine.edu

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experience

Photo of FCHN courtesy of Jill Gray

unit and community outreach efforts appear in every town and corner of the region, offering screenings and health information.

NorthStar Emergency Medical Services 111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington www.fchn.org/NorthStar 779-2770 NorthStar is a full service, regional emergency ambulance transport service. NorthStar is dispatched out of five base locations strategically positioned throughout the service area, and responds to more than 5,000 calls a year.

Franklin Health Multi-Specialty Medical Group www.fchn.org/franklin-health Franklin Health is a multi-specialty group practice sponsored by Franklin Memorial Hospital, which includes 9 medical and surgical practices. Franklin Health is the largest provider of

Healthcare

health care services in the region, and is one of the largest and finest medical practices in Maine. The practices are linked together by technology, an integrated medical record, and a common concept of family-centered care.

Franklin County boasts some of the best medical care in the state of Maine. Our medical care is exceptional and comparable to care received in urban areas.

pital is fully qualified and accredited to handle a broad range of medical, surgical, pediatric, women’s care, and diagnostic services. Top quality specialty care is additionally offered including: cardiology, oncology and hematol-

Franklin Community Health Network 111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington www.fchn.org Franklin Community Health Network combines sophisticated medical expertise and facilities, with strong community values. Our mission is to work cooperatively with other concerned individuals and organizations to achieve the highest level of health and wellness possible for the people of Greater Franklin County. Franklin Community Health Network affiliates include:

Franklin Memorial Hospital

ogy, occupational health, pain management,

• Franklin Health Dermatology: 779-2410

physical rehabilitation, pulmonology, vascular services, sleep disorders, sports medicine, wound care, and more. The hospital is a mem-

• Franklin Health Farmington Family Practice: 778-3326

ber of the MaineHealth system.

Evergreen Behavioral Services

• Franklin Health Internal Medicine: 778-4922

131 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington www.fchn.org/ebs 779-2843, Crisis Hotline: 1-888-568-1112

• Franklin Health Livermore Falls Family Practice: 897-6601

The agency provides 24/7 emergency mental health response and community outreach

• Franklin Health Orthopaedics: 778-9001

services in Greater Franklin County.

Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County

111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington

105 Mt. Blue Circle, Suite 1, Farmington

www.fchn.org/fmh

www.fchn.org/hcc

778-6031

779-3136, 1-800-525-3136

Franklin Memorial Hospital is a progressive,

The Healthy Community Coalition sponsors

not-for-profit community hospital whose mis-

programs and events to support healthy

sion is to provide high quality, cost-effective,

lifestyles that prevent disease and improve the

patient-centered health care. The 65-bed hos-

quality of life. The organization’s mobile health

207.778.4215

• Franklin Health Behavioral Services: 778-0035

• Franklin Health Pediatrics: 778-0482 • Franklin Health Surgery: 778-6579 • Franklin Health Women’s Care: 778-6394

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Events

Photo courtesy of Shannon Smith

March

april

March 19, Farmington

April 2, Farmington

22nd Annual Home and Leisure Show

Price is Right

The Home and Leisure Show is a Franklin

The Farmington Rotary Club hosts it annual

County Chamber of Commerce annual

Price is Right night.

event that showcases area businesses. It also features food, music, giveaways, and activities for all ages at the Mt. Blue Campus in Farmington from 9am-2pm. FMI: www. franklincountymaine.org or 207-778-4215

Rangeley Moose Dash Snowshoe Race

May

Fiddlehead Festival May 7, Farmington

Come to the University of ME – Farmington Campus from 10am – 4 pm and celebrate the

March 20, Rangeley

abundance of locally grown foods in Franklin

The Rangeley Lakes Trails Center hosts the

County. This free festival includes fiddlehead

4th annual Rangeley Moose Dash. Races

walks, local food vendors, live music, and

begin at 10:30 with a kids fun run with adult

many demonstrations. FMI: www.mainefiddle-

and senior heats scheduled for later in the

headfestival.com

morning. All racers will be entered into lakestrailscenter.com/events/moosedashss.

Wellness Fair

html or call the Rangeley Lakes Trails Club

The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce is

prize drawings. Visit http://www.rangeley-

at 207-864-4309 for more information or to register for the event.

Maine Maple Sunday

March 27, Maple Valley Farm or Black Acres Farm Enjoy the first sweet taste of spring in Maine! Join maple syrup producers across the state as they open their sugar houses and offer free maple syrup samples and other maple delights as well as demonstrations on making pure Maine maple syrup. Many offer games, activities, treats, sugar house tours, music and more.

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May 7, Farmington hosting its first Wellness Fair at the University of Maine- Farmington from 9am-2pm. FMI: www.franklincountymaine.org

June

Trek Across Maine June 17-19, Newry

Trek Across Maine is a 3-day, 180-mile cycling adventure from Sunday River in Newry to Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast with a layover in Farmington on Friday afternoon. Register online for this year’s event at www.

Annual Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament

June 18, Maple Lane Golf Course, Livermore Held at Maple Lane Golf Course, 295 Maple Lane, the Jay-Livermore-Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce hosts this 18-hole golf scramble tournament to raise funds for scholarships awarded to RSU 73 students. FMI: www. jay-livermore-lf.org or 207-897-6755

Wilton Lions Club Giant Yard Sale

June 17-19, Wilton

Hidden treasures abound at this fantastic yard sale which raises funds for local community. Fri & Sat 8am-4pm, Sun 8-noon.

Eastern Steam Car Tour June 19-25, Kingfield

The Stanley Museum is bringing an Eastern Steam Car Tour to Kingfield. FMI: www.stanleymuseum.org

Family Fun Days

June 24-26, Eustis/Stratton Held in the towns of Eustis and Stratton and on the shore of Flagstaff Lake. Free entertainment, karaoke, yard sales, parade, antique and classic auto show and more. FMI: www.eustismaine. com

Lupine Festival Art & Antique Show

June 25, Oquossoc

Takes place at The Gallery at Stony Batter, Oquossoc. Open daily 10am-4pm.

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Kingfield Pops

June 25, Kingfield The 14th Annual Kingfield POPS presents the Bangor Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lucas Richman. The Orchestra will be complemented by other musical artists and at the conclusion a grand finale of spectacular fireworks ties the evening to an end. Concert start time 4:30pm. FMI: www.kingfieldpops.com

July

Wilton Farm and Home Museum

July 2 - August 27, Wilton

The Wilton Farm and Home museum is open every Saturday in the months of July & August from 1pm – 4pm. FMI: (207) 645-2091 Photo courtesy of Scott Landry

Tri-Town Independence Day Fireworks

celebrate their history. The weekend includes

agriculture and visit local farms throughout the

The fireworks can been heard and seen from

a parade, river activities, kids games, plenty of

state. Many farms will have demonstrations,

music, tradition, contests, great food and much

displays, farm-raised products for sale, barn

more. Kingfield Days is held annually the third

and field tours, milking, hay rides, petting zoos,

weekend in July. FMI: http://www.kingfield.me/

nature trails, beautiful scenery, samples for

events

tasting and refreshments. FMI: 207-287-7620

Farmington Summer Fest

Foreigner Concert

This year’s annual festival includes a farmers’

Multi-platinum rock band Foreigner will

market, food court, artists and crafts people,

perform at the Rangeley Health and Wellness

and musical performances throughout the day

Pavillion overlooking beautiful Rangeley Lake.

and into the evening. FMI: www.downtown-

Tickets will be available at the following web-

farmington.com

sites: www.rangeleyhealthandwellness.com or

July 3, Jay

one of several viewing areas including various parking lots in Jay and Livermore Falls, the lawn in front of St. Rose Church, Chisholm Square, and many homes and front lawns along Main Street. FMI: (207)897-6755

Farmington Rotary Club’s Annual Parade July 4, Farmington

The Independence Day Parade will take place in downtown Farmington

July 23, Farmington

July 30, Rangeley

www.ticketweb.com or by calling 207-864-4397

Carrabassett Valley Independence Day Celebration

Maine Open Farm Day

Events include children’s parade and events fol-

Maine Open Farm Day is an annual family fun

July 4, Carrabassett Valley

July 24, Statewide

Maine Forestry Museum’s 36th Annual Festival and Parade July 30, Rangeley

lowing at the town park. FMI: 207-235-2645

adventure in which farms throughout all 16 counties open their gates to offer the public

Festival includes a Lumber Jack and Jill competi-

Health Care Golf Classic

an opportunity to learn about the business of

tion as well as a Miss and Mr. Wood Chip

July 12 - 13, Sugarloaf Golf Club Franklin Community Health Network’s two-day,

Home Care

two-tournament event is at the Sugarloaf Golf Club to benefit the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center and the Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County. The main event

Hospice Care

is held on Monday July 13th with an option to play on Sunday, July 12th. FMI: 207-779-2750

Kingfield Days

July 15, 16 and 17, Kingfield This weekend long event brings thousands of

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people to Kingfield for family fun. This year Kingfield is celebrating their bicentennial and will have many special events planned to

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Contest and Logger’s Hall of Fame. Saturday’s parade is on Main Street. FMI: www. rangeleymaine.com

August

Frantasia Festival of Arts and Music August 20 - 22, Livermore Falls

A showcase of improvisational & experimental music, poetry, dance, & visual arts at Fitness Stylez. FMI: (207) 212-6288

34thAnnual Wilton Blueberry Festival

Oquossoc Day

More than 60 unique events throughout

Show, a doggie parade, marine activities, boat

August 5-6, Wilton

the weekend including one of Maine’s largest parades Saturday morning, vendors,

Photos courtesy of Shannon Smith

August 20, Oquossoc A town celebration featuring an Art & Antique show, and various food specials at area restaurants. FMI: 207-864-3373

performers, crafters and more with a spectacular fireworks display concluding it. FMI: www.wiltonbbf.com

september

Wilton Lions Club Annual Blueberry Festival Pancake Breakfast

Trail Town Festival

Takes place under the tent at the Key Bank

at Haley Pond Park and Pond Street with exhib-

August 6, Wilton

Parking Lot Downtown from 6am- 10am

Antique Car and Tractor Show August 6, Kingfield

Kingfield will be hosting an antique car and tractor show. FMI: www.facebook.com/king-

September 5, Rangeley

4th Annual celebration of the Appalachian Trail its, games, vendors, music, food and more from 10am-7pm. FMI: 207-864-2771

Farmington Agricultural Fair September 18-24, Farmington

Event includes a large midway, exhibit halls,

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livestock exhibits, animal pulling events, rides,

Phillips Old Home Days

ton Fairgrounds on High Street in Farmington.

A fun-time, small-town festival with contests,

778-6083

August 16-23, Phillips

and harness racing. Will be held at the FarmingFMI: www.farmingtonfairmaine.com or 207-

races, photo contest, duck derby and more. Always falls on the third full weekend in August.

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annual Apple Harvest Festival featuring 20+

As with most small towns, there seems to be a

vendors, prizes, children’s activities, fresh ci-

ghost story attached to every old building and

A cultural celebration and harvest festival held

der, bake sale, an all-day logger’s breakfast,

residence. This event will celebrate these his-

apples and more. FMI: 207-864-3939

torical places with ghostly stories, followed by

on the last Saturday of September in Livermore Falls. The Festival highlights the rich cultural, agricultural and industrial heritage of the area

Halloween-like events such as pumpkin carving,

Mind Body Spirit Festival

with vendors and craft artisans, agricultural

October 1, Farmington

products, historical items, seasonal decorations

The Mind Body Spirit Festival features ho-

and plenty of food all day long.

listic health practitioners, massage therapy,

14th Annual Franklin County Chamber and Seth Wescott Golf Classic

Reiki, crystals, gems and jewelry, readings from psychics and mediums, animal communicator, medical intuitive, a variety of

a scarecrow contest and the reenactment of the Pumpkin Freshet.

Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner and Meeting October 26, Farmington

Chamber members attend for the annual meeting and dinner with entertainment. The event

September 30, Sugarloaf Golf Course

workshops and a lot more. 10am-4pm at

Join the Franklin County Chamber of Com-

the UMF Student Center. FMI: www.mind-

merce and Seth Westcott for a day of golf that

bodyspiritfestival.org

and also includes business of the year awards

Pumpkin Festival

FMI: 207-778-4215

are split between the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Program and Seth

Bring the family and enjoy a fun day of ac-

includes teeing off on one of Maine’s best golf courses, food, and a silent auction. Proceeds

Wescott’s Level Field Fund. FMI: www.franklincountymaine.org

October

23rd Annual Apple Harvest Festival

October 1, Rangeley

The Maine Forestry Museum hosts its 23rd

discover

Apple Pumpkin Festival

September 24, Livermore Falls

Date to be Determined, Farmington tivities set up along Front Street in Farmington. Activities include face painting, horse and wagon rides, an obstacle race, any many more. FMI: http://farmingtonpump-

is located at the University of Maine-Farmington as voted by chamber members.

December

Chester Greenwood Day

December 3, Farmington

The first Saturday in December marks this

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annual celebration in downtown Farmington.

Ghost Tour and Pumpkin Freshet

town businesses, a dip on Clearwater Lake by

October 26, Kingfield

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Festival of Trees

Christmas at Norlands

Date to be determined, Livermore Celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas in the 19th century. Activities include wagon rides, pe-

February

21st Annual Polar Blast

Date to be determined, Eustis and Stratton Held in the Villages of Eustis and Stratton,

December 3, Farmington

riod crafts, one-room schoolhouse, storytelling,

The Festival of Trees is a fundraiser by the

parlor games, cooking in the farmer’s cottage,

Farmington Rotary Club when area busi-

and tours of the decorated Washburn family

nesses decorate Christmas trees to donate

mansion. FMI: www.norlands.org

from Sugarloaf and Saddleback mountains.

January 2017

Don’t miss Game Night, The Great Polar Silent

for auction. Trees are viewable from noon to 6pm with the auction beginning at 6pm.

Santa Loop

December 10, Farmington

Rangeley Snowmobile Snowdeo Date to be determined, Rangeley

The Farmington Downtown Association

A weekend festivity of snowmobile tricks, a chili

invites families to a free and fun event. En-

& chowder cook-off, snowmobile demo rides,

joy a horse-drawn wagon ride throughout

family rides, radar run, poker run, displays and

downtown Farmington with stops to write

vendors, children’s activities, canoe sleigh rides,

a letter to Santa, enjoy hot cocoa and more!

parade, and fireworks! Starts at 9am

Christmas Through the Ages

Sugarloaf Summit Snowshoe Shuffle

A reenactment of how Christmas was

A charity event to benefit the Maine Cancer

celebrated through the years. Guides wear-

Foundation and Martha B. Webber Breast Care

ing period costumes at five chosen houses

Center. The shuffle route is an hour-long, gentle

including Gov. King’s original home, will

route through trails at the Sugarloaf Outdoor

explain the era, answer questions, and treat

Center, offering views of Sugarloaf Mountain.

December 10, Kingfield

Date to be determined, Carrabassett Valley

Maine, the area is a winter wonderland surrounded by rugged mountains, just minutes Snowmobile over 150 miles of groomed trails. Auction, Bonfire, Crazy Cardboard Sled Slide, Fireworks, Karaoke Contest, 8th Grade Polar Breakfast, Bake/yard sale, Chili/ Chowder/Stew contest and Arnold Trail Snowmobile Club’s Radar Run. FMI: 207- 670-0808 or www.eustismaine.com

Farmington Frolic - Maine State Championship February 20 & 21, Farmington

Dog sled race held in Farmington, FMI: www. desdc.org/race-details/farmington-sprint-sleddog-races Photo courtesy of Scott Landry

guests to a period ‘snack’.

Photo courtesy of Scott Landry

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Maple Valley Farms, Inc. 207-645-2328 1304 Franklin Rd. Jay, ME 04239 Rustic Roots Farm

experience

Photo courtesy of Scott Landry

207-205-2627 www.rusticrootsfarm.org 120 Vipah Lane Farmington, ME 04938

arts, culture & entertainment

DIRECTORY

Arts Institute of Western Maine

2016 Members of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

207-778-4699 www.artsinstitute.org Farmington, ME 04938

accommodations Colonial Valley Motel 207-778-3391 www.colonialvalleymotel.com 593 Wilton Rd Farmington, ME 04938 Comfort Inn and Suites 207-645-5155 www.comfortinn.com/hotel-wiltonmaine-ME056

Cynthia Ferguson, CPA PC 207-778-5005

207-265-POPS (7677)

www.ferguson1.com

www.kingfieldpops.com

155 Main Street

PO Box 365

Farmington, ME 04938

Kingfield, ME 04947

Maine Tax Lady

MG’s Video

207-500-3482

207-778-5540

www.mainetaxlady.com

105 Bridge Street

380 Wilton Rd.

West Farmington, ME 04992

Farmington, ME 04938

Mind Body Spirit Festival

1026 US Route 2 East Wilton, ME 04294 Mount Blue Motel 207-778-6004 www.mountbluemotel.com 452 Wilton Road Farmington, ME 04938 Wilson Lake Inn 207-645-3721 www.wilsonlakeinn.com 183 Lake Road Wilton, ME 04294

accountants Austin Associates, P.A. 207-783-9111 www.austinpa.com Two Great Falls Plaza Suite 5 Auburn, ME 04210

Kingfield POPS

Agriculture & Forestry American Forest Management 207-860-4105 ext 220 www.americanforestmanagement.com 188 Main St.

123 Black Rd. Wilton, ME 04294 Franklin County Agricultural Society 207-778-6083 www.farmingtonfairmaine.com 292 High Street Farmington, ME 04938 Gooley’s Christmas Trees 263 Cowen Hill Rd. Farmington, ME 04938

PO Box 2736 Waterville, ME 04901 Nordica Memorial Association 207-778-2042 116 Nordica Ln

207-491-5443

207-778-2368

www.mindbodyspiritfestival.org

www.liliannordica.com

Farmington, ME 04938 Black Acres Farm

207-649-2386

Farmington, ME 04938 Nowetah’s Indian Museum and Store 207-628-4981 2 Colegrove Road Rt 27 New Portland, ME 04961 Pony Xpress Amusements 207-873-7669 www.ponyxpresszoo.com 1393 Albion Road Waterville, ME 04901 Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad 207-778-3621 www.srrl-rr.org 128 Bridge Street

207.778.4215

Phillips, ME 04966

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Ski Museum of Maine

Franklin Chrysler, Inc.

207-265-2023

207-778-9500

www.skimuseumofmaine.org

www.franklinchrysler.com

256 Main Street

484 Wilton Rd.

Kingfield, ME 04947

Farmington, ME 04938

Stanley Museum

Hight Chevrolet

207-265-2729

207-778-3354

www.stanleymuseum.org

www.hightchevy.com

40 School Street

437 Wilton Road

Kingfield, ME 04947

Farmington, ME 04938

Teachers Lounge Mafia

Pitcher Perfect Tires

207-779-6906

207-778-9699

www.teachersloungemafiaimprov.com

62 Mercer Road

4 Spring Street

New Sharon, ME 04955

Jay, ME 04239 Wilton Blueberry Festival

Pro Service 140 Farmington Falls Rd

www.wiltonbbf.com

Farmington, ME 04938

Wilton, ME 04294

brewery

207-778-5505

207-778-4726 25 Pleasant View Heights

Photo courtesy of Kaitlin Frost

Tumbledown Brewing, LLC www.tumbledownbrewing.com

Randy Keach Auto

805 Farmington Falls Rd.#7

207-778-2007 Wilton Farm & Home Museum – Wilton Historical Society

www.randykeachauto.com

207-645-2091

New Sharon, ME 04955

www.thewiltonfarmandhomemuseum.org 10 Canal Street Wilton, ME 04294

Farmington, ME 04938

138 Mercer Rd.

Business & Professional Services

RLH Enterprise 207-684-4024 www.rlhenterprise.com

attorneys Mills & Mills Law Office 207-778-3521 163 Main Street Farmington, ME 04938

Collins’ Enterprises, Inc. 207-645-3088 www.collinstowingandrepair.com 445 US Route 2 East

A-Copi Imaging Systems

9 Birch Road

207-623-2674

Strong, ME 04983

www.a-copi.com

Sugarloaf Ambulance/Rescue Vehicles 207-650-3090 www.sugarloaf-ambulance-rescue-vehicles.com 411 US Route 2 East, Suite A

Automotive Sales & Service

207-944-0697

Wilton, ME 04294

34 Ag Drive Augusta, ME 04338 Barclays US 800-368-3319 www.joinbarclays.com 128 Weld Road Wilton, ME 04294

Print, Finish, Support. Yes, we do that.

Wilton, ME 04294 Farmington Ford 207-778-3334 www.farmingtonford.com 531 Wilton Rd. Farmington, ME 04938

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Jay, Livermore, Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce

207-491-2752

207-897-6755

www.ceimaine.org

www.jay-livermore-lf.org

165 Front St.

PO Box 458

Farmington, ME 04938

Livermore Falls, ME 04254

Department of Economic & Community Development

Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce

207-624-9800

www.rangeleymaine.com

www.maine.gov/decd 11 Sewall Street Augusta, ME 04333 Franklin Printing 207-778-4801

207-864-5364 6 Park Road Rangeley, ME 04970

communications Bee Line Cable

553 Wilton Road

207-474-2727

Farmington, ME 04938

www.getbeeline.com

Greater Franklin Development Council

Skowhegan, ME 04976

207-778-5887

EZToUse.com

Farmington, ME 04938 Maine PTAC 207-653-8625 www.maineptac.org 403 Hallowell Rd. Pownal, ME 04069 SignWorks 207-778-3822

www.franklin.eztouse.com 93 Main St. Suite #1 Fairfield, ME 04937 FairPoint Communications 207-400-6897 www.fairpoint.com/residential 1 Davis Farm Road Portland, ME 04103

www.mainesignworks.com 680 Farmington Falls Rd

207-779-1744

Farmington, ME 04938

www.verizonwireless.com/stores/maine/farmington/lynn-hom-electronics-inc-331260

Farmington Downtown Assoc. 207-235-6008 www.downtownfarmington.com PO Box 22 Farmington, ME 04938 Flagstaff Area Business Association 207-235-6008 www.maineshighpeaks.com 1216 Carrabassett Rd. Eustis, ME 04936

www.apitechnology.com 127 Broadway Suite 1 Farmington, ME 04938 Aptuitiv 207-860-4040 www.aptuitiv.com Farmington, ME 04938 Expenet Technologies www.expenet.com 145 Main Street Farmington, ME 04938 295 Main Street Wilton, ME 04294

207-238-6265

Lynn-Hom Electronics/Farmington Verizon Agent

Chambers & Downtown Associations

877-582-0888

207-578-0229

P.O. Box 431

165 Front Street

A Partner In Technology

224 Broadway

www.franklinprinting.com

www.greaterfranklin.com

Computers & Technologies

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CEI - Women’s Business Center at CEI: Rural Maine

475 Wilton Rd.

Construction & Contractors Acme land Surveying, LLC 207-778-4081 www.acmelandsurveying.com 108 Fairbanks Road, Suite 5 Farmington, ME 04938 Burns Well Drilling 207-778-3813 www.burnswelldrilling.com 280 Wilton Rd. Farmington, ME 04938

Farmington, ME 04938

E.L. Vining & Son, Inc.

Pine Tree Cellular

www.elvining.com

207-778-9012 www.pinetreecellular.com 191 Main St.

207-778-4875 563 Town Farm Road Farmington,, ME 04938

Farmington, ME 04938

Handyman Plus Inc.

TDS Telecom

303 Porter Hill Road

207-862-9911 www.tdstelecom.com 35 Western Ave.

207-778-3130 Farmington, ME 04938 IEC Inc.

Hampden, ME 04444

207-684-6100

US Cellular

171 North Main Street

207-778-4101

www.iecinc.us Strong, ME 04983

www.uscellular.com 642 Wilton Rd. Farmington, ME 04938

207.778.4215

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Main-Land Development Consultants Inc.

University of Maine at Farmington

Farmington Emblem Club #460

207-897-6752

207-778-7271

207-778-4726

www.umf.maine.edu

25 Pleasant View Heights

224 Main St.

Wilton, ME 04294

www.main-landdci.com 42 Church Street Livermore Falls, ME 04254 Upright Frameworks LLC 207-749-9656 www.uprightframeworks.com

Farmington, ME 04938 Farmington Rotary Club

family, non-profit, & Community

128 Weld Rd

Buttons for Babes

Wilton, ME 04294

207-587-2280

www.facebook.com/Buttons4Babes

Education Franklin County Community College Network 207-491-2752 www.franklinnetwork.org PO Box 2 Farmington, ME 04938 RSU #9 207-778-3562 www.mtbluersd.org 115 Learning Lane Farmington, ME 04938

1911 Mercer Rd Mercer, ME 04957 Community Concepts Inc. 207-795-4065 www.community-cocepts.org 240 Bates Street Lewiston, ME 04240 Fairbanks School Neighborhood Association 207-778-3808 www.sites.google.com/site/ fairbanksnsassoc/home 506 Fairbanks Road Farmington, ME 04938

207-778-4177 www.farmingtonrotary.us Farmington, ME 04938 Franklin County Animal Shelter 207-778-2638 www.fcanimalshelter.org 550 Industry Rd. Farmington, ME 04938 Franklin County Children’s Task Force 207-778-6960 www.fcctf.org 113 Church Street Farmington, ME 04938 Franklin County Relay for Life American Cancer Society 207-240-8128 www.relayforlife.org/franklinme 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300 Topsham, ME 04286 Franklin County Republicans 207-778-4320 PO Box 234 Phillips, ME 04966 Franklin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary 207-778-4726 www.fchn.org/support/auxiliary 25 Pleasant View Heights Wilton, ME 04294 Friends of Wilson Lake 207-645-3716 www.friendsofwilsonlake.org PO Box 560 Wilton, ME 04294 Healthy Community Coalition 207-779-3136 www.fchn.org/hcc 105 Mt. Blue Circle Suite 1 Farmington, ME 04938 LEAP, Inc. 207-778-3443 www.leapcommunity.org 313 Farmington Falls Rd. Farmington, ME 04938

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Skowhegan Savings Bank

207-778-0302 www.skowhegansavings.com 134 Hannaford Drive

discover

Photo courtesy of Kaitlin Frost

Farmington, ME 04938 Staples Life Insurance Agency 207-645-5275 211 White Schoolhouse Rd Wilton, ME 04294 TD Bank United Way of the Tri-Valley Area

Community Concepts Finance Corp.

207-778-5048

207-739-6545

www.uwtva.org/give

www.ccfcmaine.org

232 Broadway

240 Bates Street

Farmington, ME 04938

Lewiston, ME 04240

Veteran of Foreign Wars

Franklin Savings Bank

207-778-4947

207-778-3339

352 West Mills Road

www.franklinsavings.com

Industry, ME 04938

197 Main Street

Farmington, ME 04938 United Insurance Shiretown Agency 207-778-5282 www.unitedinsurance.net/locations/ farmington/55/location/ 166 Main Street Farmington, ME 04938

Western Maine Homeless Outreach www.facebook.com/westernmainehomelessoutreach P.O. Box 831 Farmington, ME 04938 Western Maine Play Museum 207-576-8543 www.westernmaineplay.org 561 Main Street Wilton, ME 04294 Wilton Lions Club 207-491-5996 www.http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/wiltonme PO Box 319 Wilton, ME 04294 WMCA Career Services 207-645-5822 www.wmca.org 20 Church Street East Wilton, ME 04234

finance & insurance Bangor Savings Bank

Franklin Somerset Federal Credit Union

University Credit Union 207-778-4011

207-778-4452

www.ucu.maine.edu

www.f-sfcu.com

154 High St.

485 Wilton Road

Farmington, ME 04938

Farmington, ME 04938 Key Bank

Weber Ins Agency of Farmington

207-778-3300

207-645-6500

www.weberinsurancegroup.com

www.key.com

670 Wilton Road

300 Main Street

Rumford, ME 04276

Wilton, ME 04294 Kyes

Western Mountain Financial Services

207-778-9862

207-778-9779

www.kyesinsurance.com

www.westernmountainfinancial.com

171 Main St.

198 Front Street

Farmington, ME 04938

Farmington, ME 04938

Lukas Lambert, Liberty Mutual Insurance Agent 207-782-7013 www.libertymutual.com/lukas-lambert 36 Allen St., Wilton

Otis Federal Credit Union www.otisfcu.coop

207-779-1899

170 Main Street

www.bangor.com

Jay, ME 04239

funeral homes Adams-McFarlane Funeral and Cremation Services 207-778-3350

Lewiston, ME 04240

207-897-0900

www.tdbank.com 163 Broadway

Farmington, ME 04938 207-779-7609

207-778-6511

www.adamsmcfarlane.com

108 Court Street Farmington, ME 04938 Wiles Remembrance Centers, Funeral & Cremation Service 207-778-5911

177 Main Street

www.wilesrc.com

Farmington, ME 04938

137 Farmington Falls Road Farmington, ME 04938

207.778.4215

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Hardware & Lumber Aubuchon Hardware

Wilton Hardware 207-645-4600

Beltone Hearing Aid Centers

www.facebook.com/wiltonhardwarestore

207-860-7240

343 Main St.

www.beltonene.com

Wilton, ME 04294

628 Wilton Rd. Farmington, ME 04938

207-778-5682 www.aubuchon.com/108 361 Wilton Rd. Farmington, ME 04938 Hammond Lumber 207-778-3518 www.hammondlumber.com 389 Farmington Falls Rd. Farmington, ME 04938

health care Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice 207-777-7740 www.ahch.org 284 Main Street Lewiston, ME 04240

Complete Dentistry 207-645-4994 www.completedentistrymaine.com 7 Thompson St Wilton, ME 04294 Farmington Foot & Ankle 207-860-2817 115 Mt. Blue Circle Farmington, ME 04938 Franklin Community Health Network 207-778-6031 www.fchn.org 111 Franklin Health Commons Farmington, ME 04938 HealthQuest Chiropractic 207-778-5123 www.healthquest.me 383 Wilton Rd. Farmington, ME 04938 Herb & Earth, LLC 207-639-4662 www.facebook.com/herbandearth 112 Marceau Court, Suite 2A Farmington, ME 04938 Sparkes Hearing Services 207-778-9545 www.massaudiology.com/sparkeshearingaids 201 Front St. Farmington, ME 04938

Heating Dead River Company 207-364-3751 www.deadriver.com 275 High Street Farmington, ME 04938

home & Garden Bass Hill Gardens & Gifts 207-645-3311 21 Allen Street Wilton, ME 04294

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Verso Paper

Mount Blue TV

207-778-2045

207-897-1667

207-778-8146

662 Wilton Rd.

www.versopaper.com

www.mtbluetv.org

Farmington, ME 04938

300 Riley Road

224 Main Street

Jay, ME 04239

Farmington, ME 04938

CJ’s Appliance

media

207-778-3375 www.cjsappliance.com

experience

Bouffard’s Furniture and Carpet

Sun Journal 207-778-6772

279 Titcomb Hill Road

Daily Bulldog

www.sunjournal.com

Farmington, ME 04938

207-778-6905

187 Wilton Road

www.dailybulldog.com

Farmington, ME 04938

Robin’s Flower Pot

127 Smiling Goat Lane

207-778-5937

Farmington, ME 04938

The Franklin Journal 207-778-2075

www.robinsflowerpot.com 387 Webster Rd.

Discover Maine

www.thefranklinjournal.com

Farmington, ME 04938

207-874-7720

187 Wilton Rd.

www.discovermainemagazine.com

Farmington, ME 04938

Manufacturing

10 Exchange Street The Original Irregular

Portland, ME 04101

207-265-2773

Maine Wood Concepts 207-652-2441 www.mainewoodconcepts.com 1687 New Vineyard Rd

Morning Sentinel

www.theirregular.com

207-621-5659

239 Main St. #1

www.onlinesentinel.com

Kingfield, ME 04947

22 Leighton Rd.

New Vineyard, ME 04956

Turner Publishing

Augusta, ME 04330

207-225-2076 www.turnerpublishing.net 5 Fern Street Turner, ME 04282

Ready. Set. Save on Kubota’s RTV X-Series utility vehicles.

West Coast Maine Magazine 207-743-8616 www.westcoastmaine.com 272 Pikes Hill Norway, ME 04268-5323 WKTJ 207-778-3400 www.993ktj.com PO Box 590 Farmington, ME 04938

$

0 Down, 0% Financing for 48 Months

*

A.P.R.

Offer ends 3/31/16.

oUTDOOR & rECreational EQUIPMENT Brady’s Snowmobiles

R.S. OSGOOD & SONS

207-778-6563

1101 US Route 2 West East Dixfield, Maine 04227 (207) 645-4934

469 Fairbanks Road Farmington, ME 04938 r.S. oSGOOD & sONS

*$0 down, 0% A.P.R. financing for up to 48 months on purchases of new Kubota RTV X-Series equipment is available to qualified purchasers from participating dealers’ in-stock inventory through 3/31/2016. Example: A 48-month monthly installment repayment term at 0% A.P.R. requires 48 payments of $20.83 per $1,000 financed. 0% A.P.R. interest is available to customers if no dealer documentation preparation fee is charged. Dealer charge for document preparation fee shall be in accordance with state laws. Inclusion of ineligible equipment may result in a higher blended A.P.R. 0% A.P.R. and low-rate financing may not be available with customer instant rebate offers. Financing is available through Kubota Credit Corporation, U.S.A., 3401 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503; subject to credit approval. Some exceptions apply. Offer expires 3/31/2016. See us for details on these and other low-rate options or go to www.kubota.com for more information. Optional equipment may be shown.

207.778.4215

207-645-4934 kubota.com

www.rsosgood.com 1101 US Rt2 West

© Kubota Tractor Corporation, 2016

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photography Memories by Melissa Photography 207-645-9812 mbmphotostudio.com 13 Union Street Wilton, ME 04294

real estate Allied Realty 207-778-9999 www.alliedrealty.net 915 US Rt2 East East Wilton, ME 04234 Coldwell Banker Sandy River Realty Inc.

207-778-6333 www.sandyriverrealty.com 602 Wilton Rd. Farmington, ME 04938 CSM Real Estate 207-265-4000 www.csmrealestate.com 259 Main Street Kingfield, ME 04947 Farmer Rental Properties 207-491-9661

Photo courtesy of Scott Landry

Timeshare Resales from SellMyTimeShareNow

Hannaford, Farmington

877-815-4227

www.hannaford.com

www.sellmytimesharenow.com/timeshare/ Rangeley/city/buy-timeshare/ Rangeley, ME 04970

Foothills Management

Restaurants, food & Convenience Aramark Campus Services 207-778-7358 111 South St. Farmington, ME 04938 Arkay Pizza & Variety Store 207-778-2137 www.facebook.com/ArkayPizza

207-778-0607

172 Farmington Falls Road

www.foothillsmanagement.com

Farmington, ME 04938

223 Main Street Farmington, ME 04938 Palmer Realty

Calzolaio Pasta Company 207-645-9500 www.calzolaiopasta.com

207-778-4444

284 Main St., Suite 1

www.palmerrealtymaine.com

Wilton, ME 04294

380 Wilton Road Farmington, ME 04938 Riverbend Property Management

Douin’s Market 207-778-0500 www.facebook.com/DouinsMarket

207-778-6088

150 Mercer Road

www.riverbendmaine.com

New Sharon, ME 04955

140 Pleasant Street Farmington, ME 04938 Sandy River Property Management 207-778-6333 www.sandyriverrealty.com/property-mgmt 602 Wilton Road

131 Hannaford Dr. Farmington, ME 04938 Java Joe’s - Carrabassett Coffee

172 Farmington Falls Road Farmington, ME 04938

207-778-0434

Dutch Treat 207-645-2145 US Rt. East Wilton, ME 04294

207-265-2326 www.carrabassettcoffee.com 154 Main St. Farmington, ME 04938 McDonald’s 207-778-6213 303 Main St. Farmington, ME 04938 Mosher’s Seafood 207-779-0544 www.moshersseafoodandmeat.com 595 Farmington Falls Rd. Farmington, ME 04938 Ron’s Market 207-778-3344 144 Franklin Ave Farmington, ME 04938 Save-A-Lot 207-778-0620 www.save-a-lot.com 654 Wilton Road Farmington, ME 04938 Steve’s Market 207-645-2954 www.stevesmarketmaine.com 398 Depot Street Wilton, ME 04294

Farmington, ME 04938

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207-778-2202 www.trantens.com 180 Main Street Farmington, ME 04938

Senior Services Sandy river center/genesis health care HCC 207-778-6591 www.genesishcc.com/SandyRiver 119 Livermore Falls Rd Farmington, ME 04938 Senior Planning Center 207-778-6601 648 Wilton Road Farmington, ME 04938 Seniors Plus 207-513-3701 www.seniorplus.org

Enchanted Herbs & Botanicals – Online New England, Inc.

Hanlon Pet Haven

207-860-0318

www.hanlonpethaven.com

www.enchangedherbsmaine.com 156 Main St. Farmington, ME 04938 End of the Rainbow Alternatives 207-778-2884 www.rainbowalternatives.com 249 Farmington Falls Rd. Farmington, ME 04938 Everyday Music 207-778-3483 205 Broadway Farmington, ME 04938 Frost Antiques & Gifts 207-778-3761 www.frostantiquesandgifts.com 1151 Fairbanks Rd. Farmington, ME 04938

207-778-4556

explore

Tranten’s Market

887 Fairbanks Rd. Farmington, ME 04938 Heartfelt cookies 207-778-6133 www.facebook.com/heartfeltcookies 128 Starwood Circle Farmington, ME 04938 Imelda’s Fabric & Design 207-778-0665 www.imeldasfabric.com 5 Starks Road New Sharon, ME 04955 Knowlton Corner Farm 207-778-6520 www.knowltoncornerfarm.com 341 Knowlton Corner Rd. Farmington, ME 04938

8 Falcon Rd. Lewiston, ME 04240 The Pierce House 207-778-4745 www.thepiercehouse.com 204 Main St. Farmington, ME 04938

Shopping & specialty Retail Beebow Family Crafts 207-415-4557 www.beebowfamilycrafts.com 70 Spruce Mountain Rd. Livermore, ME 04253 Calico Patch 207-778-4950 www.calicopatch.com 174 Broadway Farmington, ME 04938 Divine Inspirations 207-778-0303 174 Main St. & 283 Front St. Farmington, ME 04938

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207-265-2400 www.mainehuts.org 496C Main Street Kingfield, ME 04947 Moose Loop (ATVing) 207-246-2922 www.atv-maine.com 146 Main Street Stratton, ME 04982 Northern Lites Snowmobile Club Photo courtesy of Greg Patterson

Lynn-Hom Electronics/All Your Electronic Needs 207-778-5546 473 Wilton Rd. Farmington, ME 04938 Max-Traps 207-645-4423 www.maxtraps.com 189 More Acres Road East Dixfield, ME 04227 Mixed Up 207-778-4616 www.mixedupkitchen.com 442 Farmington Falls Rd. Farmington, ME 04938

Touch of Class - Work First 207-778-4492

Saddleback Maine 207-864-3130

309 Wilton Road

www.saddlebackmaine.com

Farmington, ME 04938

976 Saddleback Road Rangeley, ME 04970

Walmart

207-778-5344

Sugarloaf/usa

www.walmart.com

800-THE-LOAF

615 Wilton Rd.

www.sugarloaf.com

Farmington, ME 04938

5092 Access Road Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947

Spa Azulene Day Spa www.azulene.skincaretherapy.info

207-778-6556

216 Wilton Rd., Unit B,

www.northernlightsmaine.com

Farmington, ME 04938

www.renys.com 200 Broadway

Sports & Recreation Black Fly Loop www.snowmobile-maine.com

Sam’s Club

Stratton, ME 04982

www.samsclub.com/sams/homepage.jsp 45 Market Place

Farmington, ME 04938

Farmington, ME 04938

207-778-3656 www.trollcampground.com 283 Red Schoolhouse Rd. Farmington, ME 04938

294 Titcomb Hill Rd

Good Times Unlimited, Inc. 207-778-3482 www.goodtimesrvsales.com 372 Farmington Falls Rd. Farmington, ME 04938

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West Farmington, ME 04992

207-778-3375

Sugarwood Gallery

248 Broadway

180 Ski Slope Road

Fish-N-Play www.facebook.com/FishandPlayFarmington

www.sugarwoodgallery.com

www.titcombmountain.com

146 Main Street

Augusta, ME 04330

207-778-9105

207-778-9031

207-246-2922

Farmington, ME 04938

207-623-2757

Titcomb Mountain - Farmington Ski Club

Troll Valley Campground

639 Wilton Rd.

207-563-3177

Farmington, ME 04938

20Class.html

Northern Lights Hearth & Sports

Reny’s

Weeks Mills Road

www.workfirstinc.org/Touch%20of%

207-778-2300

Farmington, ME 04938

207-578-8275

Photo courtesy of Kaitlin Frost

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Western Mountain RV’ers

Town of Kingfield

207-778-9515

207-265-4637

430 Industry Rd.

www.kingfield.me

Farmington, ME 04938

38 School St.

tOWN OFFICES Avon

Kingfield, ME 04947 Wilton Fish & Game

Route 4 |207-639-5326

207-778-3690

Town of Wilton

Carthage

www.wiltonmaine.org/town-orgs.html

207-645-4961

703A Carthage Road | 207-562-8874

256 US Rt2 West

www.wiltonmaine.org

Wilton, ME 04294

158 Weld Rd.

Carrabassett Valley 1001 Carriage Road |207-235-2645 www.carrabassettvalley.org

Wilton, ME 04294

Storage General Storage 207-778-5914 www.generalstorageme.com/Secure-Storage-Farmington-ME.html 553 Town Farm Road Farmington, ME 04938

Chesterville 409 Dutch Gap Road | 207-778-2433

Travel Agent

Coplin Plantation 5 Cross Street | 207-246-5141

AAA Travel & Insurance

Dallas Plantation

AAA Travel & Insurance

436 Dallas Hill Road | 207-864-5991

207-622-2221

Eustis/Stratton

www.northernnewengland.aaa.com

88 Main Street | 207-246-4401

20 Whitten Rd., Turnpike Mall

Farmington

Augusta, ME 04330

taxi Town Taxi 207-860-8646 249 Front St. Farmington, ME 04938

153 Farmington Falls Road | 207-778-6538 www.farmington-maine.org

Industry

wholesale Farmington Coca-Cola

1033 Industry Road | 207-778-5050

207-860-7200 www.coca-colacompany.com 282 Farmington Falls Rd.

Jay 340 Main Street | 207-897-6785 www.jay-maine.org

Kingfield

Farmington, ME 04938

38 School Street | 207-778-4046 www.kingfield.me

Town of Carthage

Poland Spring

New Sharon

207-562-8874

207-265-3800

703A Carthage Road

www.polandspring.com

Carthage, ME 04224

120 Poland Spring Dr.

towns

Cape Cod Hill Road | 207-778-4046 www.newsharon.maine.gov

New Vineyard 20 Lake Street | 207-652-2222

Kingfield, ME 04947

Phillips

Town of Farmington

15 Russell Street | 207-639-3561 www.phillipsmaine.com

207-778-6538 www.farmington-maine.org

Rangeley (& Oquossoc)

153 Farmington Falls Road

15 School Street | 207-864-3326

Farmington, ME 04938

Rangeley Plantation South Shore Drive | 207-864-5155

Sandy River Plantation 33 Townhall Road | 207-864-2234

STRONG 14 South Main Street | 207-684-4002

Temple 258 Temple Road | 207-778-6680

Weld 7 School Street | 207-585-2348 www.weld-maine.org Wilton 158 Weld Road | 207-645-4961 www.wiltonmaine.orgPhoto courtesy of Kaitlin Frost Photo courtesy of Scott Landry

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