Enrollment begins

PARIS — USDA Maine Farm Service Agency (FSA) Oxford County Executive Director Marcia Hall reminds producers enrollment for Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program or the traditional Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) began Jan. 23 and runs through June 1.

 “Farmers in Oxford County who are interested in enrolling in these programs need to add this important deadline to their list of ‘must-do’ jobs,” Hall said. “Producers should contact the local county office to set up appointments.”

Annual contracts are required to be signed to receive program benefits. All signatures of producers receiving a share in DCP and ACRE payments are required by June 1.

For more information about DCP and ACRE programs or other FSA programs, contact the county FSA office and visit the state FSA website at

Invited to list

FARMINGTON — Farms and area businesses that sell locally grown or produced products are invited to list their businesses in the 2012 edition of “Mabel’s Book: Western Maine’s Guide to Farms and Farm Stands.”

Now in its sixth year of publication, the book features information on more than 80 producers in Oxford, Franklin, Somerset and Piscataquis counties, in addition to articles on when produce is in season and how to store, can and preserve local foods. 

“Mabel’s Book” is available free to the public through town offices, libraries, local businesses and the Western Mountains Alliance, or by visiting the Western Mountains Alliance website.

The deadline for listing in the publication is Tuesday, Feb. 14.  For more information or to download a form, visit the Western Mountains Alliance website at or call 778-3885.

Spiritual class

HARTFORD — Pinpoint of Light Spiritualist Center, Hartford Town Hall, 1190 Main St., will present “Physical Mediumship” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 12.

“Physical Mediumship” is objective in nature because it generally affects physical objects and can be observed by one or more of the five physical senses. Examples include rapping, trumpet speaking, apports, writing or drawing while blindfolded, spirit photography, materialization and transfiguration.

More information is available at, [email protected] or by calling 515-1016.

Pantry open

OTISFIELD — The Food Pantry will be open from from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Spurrs Corner Church, Route 121. The pantry is open the first and third Tuesdays of each month. For more information, call 583-4780 or 627-4329.