Category Archives: Franklin Focus

Franklin Memorial Hospital hosts free clinic on ski injury prevention

FARMINGTON — The Franklin Memorial Hospital Physical Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Department is hosting a free ski clinic from 4:45 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, in the Stanley Health Center on the Franklin Memorial Hospital campus.

The clinic will provide instruction on essential exercises for flexibility, strength, and balance to address the major physical components that will help improve a participant’s skiing technique and prevent injury.

Avon children’s shopping day is Dec. 2

AVON — The annual children’s Christmas shopping day for the Phillips, Avon and Madrid area will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Dec. 2, at Avon Townhouse, 1116 Rangeley Road, sponsored by Phillips Community Church.

Children should bring a list of the people and ages (or relationship) in their immediate family, and Santa’s elves will assist them in shopping.

New Hope Baptist Church choirs to perform ‘Christmas on the Air’

FARMINGTON — New Hope Baptist Church will present a special presentation “Christmas on the Air,” a musical drama that tells the story of a live radio broadcast from Bethlehem, Pa.

The performance is 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, and 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, and Saturday, Dec. 23, at the church 268 Perham St. Admission is free.

2017 Chester Greenwood Day is Dec. 2

FARMIINGTON — This year marks the 41st celebration of Chester Greenwood Day Saturday, Dec. 2, beginning at 8 a.m., honoring the Farmington native and inventor of the earrmuff. The theme this year is “Favorite Childhood Toy.” Many anticipated events are back on the schedule this year.

Also returning is the “Taste of Farmington” event. Purchase a passport and visit the participating local eateries on Chester Greenwood Day from noon to 3 p.m. to enjoy a sample of the food downtown has to offer.

Vocal group Northfield to perform in Skowhegan, Farmington

FARMINGTON — Farmington-based singing group Northfield will continue its tradition of seasonal celebrations with performances in Skowhegan and Farmington.

Northfield will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Skowhegan Federated Church, 13 Island Ave., and a3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Nordica Auditorium in Merrill Hall on the University of Maine at Farmington campus. Park in Lot 10 for events at Merrill Hall.

Study shows big arts economic impact on High Peaks Region

KINGFIELD — The nonprofit arts and cultural industry generates $1,755,237 in annual economic activity in the Maine High Peaks region of northern Franklin County, according to a news release from the High Peaks Creative Council.

An Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national economic impact study determined that the impact of 11 organizations in five participating communities provide 46 full-time or equivalent jobs and generates $151,000 in local and state government revenues, the release said. It added that the impact from the 12 organizations that didn’t respond to the study would drive the numbers much higher.

The Maine communities that participated in the study are Kingfield, Phillips, Rangeley, Eustis and Carrabassett Valley.

Pediatrician McCormick named FCH Leadership Award winner annual meeting

FARMINGTON — Michele McCormick, a board-certified pediatrician, was named this year’s recipient of the Franklin Community Health Leadership Award at the health network’s annual meeting Nov. 9.

Approximately 40 community members attended the Nov. 9 annual meeting of the Franklin County Community Health Network. They received a printed annual report, updates regarding new medical staff, programs, successes and challenges. Presenters included L. Clinton Boothby, board chairman; Miriam Leonard, chief operating officer; and Jay Naliboff, vice president of medical affairs.

‘Tech Guy’ will be at Carrabasset Valley Public Library through December

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — The “Tech Guy” will be holding technology troubleshooting sessions Thursdays, Nov. 30 through Dec. 28, at Carrabassett Valley Public Library, 3209 Carrabassett Drive.

Patrick Smith brings 30 years of experience to help people figure out what’s going on with laptops, smart phones and tablets, according to the library. Help will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

MCF to hold free grantwriting workshops for nonprofits in Farmington, Fairfield

ELLSWORTH — The Maine Community Foundation will hold grantwriting workshops for nonprofits in Farmington and Fairfield on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

The Farmington session will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at the University of Maine, Student Center Room CR123, 111 South St.

Rangeley’s ASCENT physical therapy opens Carrabassett Valley office

RANGELEY — ASCENT Rangeley Lakes Rehab, a department of Rangeley Health and Wellness, has opened a satellite physical therapy clinic at the Carrabassett Valley Academy Capricorn Facility, 3197 Carrabassett Drive in Carrabassett Valley.

ASCENT will continue to provide rehab services at its primary clinic at the Rangeley Wellness Pavilion in Rangeley, and is excited about extending its services to Carrabassett Valley and the surrounding area, the clinic said in a news release.