Category Archives: Mountain Messenger

Free Introduction to Spreadsheets Dec. 7 class at Rangeley Public Library has openings

RANGELEY — Introduction to Spreadsheets, The final class in the free technology series at the Rangeley Public Library will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7.

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.

Rangeley’s Mountain Holly Days begin Dec. 7

RANGELEY — The Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce will hold the 14th annual Mountain Holly Days Thursday, Dec. 7 through Sunday, Dec. 10, in the villages of Rangeley and Oquossoc.

There will be shopping and dining specials, refreshments, horse-drawn wagon rides, Christmas carolers, special festivities, family activities, tasting events and contests.

Rangeley Public Library annual fundraising drive underway

RANGELEY — The Rangeley Pubic Library has started its annual fund drive, seeking support from area residents as well as seasonal visitors.

The library is a private non-profit organization, but even with town and plantation municipal contributions that it receives through local taxes, the RPL organization still has the daunting task of raising, on its own, about half of what is needed just to keep the library up and running.

Rangeley Community Chorus to perform holiday concert Dec. 15

RANGELEY — Rangeley Community Chorus will present their annual Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at Church of the Good Shepherd, 2614 Main St.

The chorus will perform classic Christmas music and original holiday works from the full chorus, as well as soloists and small group selections, poetry and readings. The RCC is under the direction of Erin Smith and accompanied by Robert Ludwig.

Breakfast With Santa at Wilhelm Reich Museum is Dec. 2

RANGELEY — Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves will visit the Wilhelm Reich Museum again this year, from 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 2.

The center is on Dodge Pond Road in Rangeley. Santa’s helpers will prepare a breakfast of chocolate chip, blueberry or plain pancakes served with syrup, sausages and a beverage.

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.

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.