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Rangeley Winterpalooza winners announced

RANGELEY — The Rangeley Skating Club and the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce have announced the contest winners for the third annual Rangeley Winterpaloozah, held Feb 18.
The club and the chamber teamed up this year to expand the event, which featured all the favorites from past years — all free — including skating, curling, pond hockey, fat tire bikes, snowshoes, kick sleds, horse and cart rides, a marshmallow roast, snow golf, snow kite, snow castle and more.

RLHT acquires 230 acres on Magalloway River

OQUOSSOC — The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust has acquired 230 acres on the Magalloway River in Lincoln Plantation.
Nestled in the hills between Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge and the Dartmouth Second College Grant, the parcel contributes to more than 28,000 acres of functionally contiguous land dominating the headwaters and shore-lands of the Magalloway, Dead Diamond and Swift Diamond rivers.

AJ Cycles owners named Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust volunteers of the year

RANGELEY — Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust has announced its Volunteer of the Year award has been presented jointly to Scott Ash and Andrew Ash of AJ Cycles for their contributions to the organization’s work throughout the year.
“With their noted multiple talents and expertise, the Ashes have assisted RLHT in a variety of ways, including connecting our community to our mission — to conserve and steward the natural resources of the Rangeley Lakes region for the benefit of the community and future generations,” the organization said in a news release.

RFA’s ‘Yankee Doodle Diva’ caberet-style show opens Feb. 23

RANGELEY — The Rangeley Friends of the Arts’ show “Yankee Doodle DIVA – Bob Hope’s USO Show comes to Rangeley,” a cabaret-style evening of music and dance filled with celebrities and poignant Americana, opens on Friday, Feb. 23.
The show features “celebrities” entertaining the “troops,” including Dean Martin, Nancy Sinatra, Kate Smith, Amy Winehouse, Neil Diamond, Joan Baez, Bette Midler, Lee Greenwood, Whitney Houston and many others, as Bob Hope leads the audience through the years at a USO show.

Scholarships available for young musicians in Franklin, Somerset counties

ELLSWORTH –Musicians between the ages of 12 and 30 who reside in Franklin or Somerset County and wish to pursue instruction or musical development are invited to apply to the Uncle Al Fund at the Maine Community Foundation, the foundation announced in a news release.
The Uncle Al Fund supports eligible musicians seeking to expand their understanding of, and skill level on, their chosen instrument(s) through enrollment in a valid program or with approved individual instructors.

IF&W fisheries biologist to speak at Rangeley guides meeting

OQUOSSOC –The Rangeley Region Guides & Sportsmen’s Association will hold its monthly membership meeting Thursday, Feb. 15, at the clubhouse on Old Skiway Road.
A potluck dinner will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting. This month, RRG&SA will welcome David Howatt, the new DIFW regional fisheries biologist for the Rangeley Lakes Region.

Rangeley, Brunswick students Maine winners in Congressional Art Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Seniors from Rangeley Lakes Regional School Brunswick High School are the Maine winners of the 2018 Congressional Art Competion. Three Hebron Academy students and one from Gould Academy in Bethel were also recognized for their work.
Isobel Straub, of Rangeley, won the 2nd District prize for her photograph “Wait.” Galen Gaze, of Brunswick, won the 1st District prize for her illustration, “Toucanana.”

It’s never too cold to be over the moon in Rangeley

By Wess Connally

For a week or so at the end of last month, all the news outlets were announcing the Jan. 31 appearance of what they were calling a “lunar trifecta,” a super blue blood moon.
It would be “super” because of the moon’s closer-than-usual proximity to the earth; “blue,” since it would be the second full moon of the month; and a “blood” moon because there would also be a lunar eclipse, which would give the moon’s surface a reddish glow.

Rangeley Lakes Chamber names 2018 Executive Board

RANGELEY — Joanne Dunlap was re-elected president of the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce, it was announced at the annual meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at the Country Club Inn.
Dunlap, who served on the executive board as pesident in 2017, was elected to another one-year term. Margie Jamison and Karen Seaman, who both served on the Executive Board in 2017, were also elected to additional one-year terms.

Rangeley Friends of the Arts gets King Foundation grant for original play

RANGELEY — The Rangeley Friends of the Arts has received a grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation to write and produce an original play.
The volunteer group of writers, Lakeside Playwrights, includes Janice Adler, Elyse Andrews, Joanne Dunlap, Mary Ellen Simon, Carolyn Smith, Tim Straub and Valerie Zapolsky.