Stories about Farmington


RSU 9 budget process to begin Tuesday in Farmington

FARMINGTON — The timeline for developing the RSU 9 budget for 2014-15 has been revised to start Tuesday, April 1. The process was supposed to begin this week, but was changed after the school board moved the referendum validation vote to June 10 to coincide with the state primary ele...


Farmington tenant injured after discarded ashes start fire in trash bag

FARMINGTON — The tenant of a Whittier Road home was treated for smoke inhalation Wednesday evening after a bag of trash in the garage caught fire and caused smoke damage to the garage and attached house. Shane Kemp, the tenant at 697 Whittier Road, tried to get the trash bag out of t...


Soil & Water Conservation District plans pruning workshops

FARMINGTON — Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District invites the public to join Dave Fuller of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to learn how to prune apple trees, young or old. There will be an inside session starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at the E...


RSU 9 directors nix consolidated day-treatment program in Wilton

FARMINGTON — RSU 9 directors voted Tuesday not to support a consolidated kindergarten through sixth-grade day-treatment program at Academy Hill School in Wilton. The weighted vote was 458-291. In the district's case, state law requires each director's vote to be weighted, based on hi...


RSU 9 board approves concept of international student program in mixed vote

FARMINGTON — RSU 9 directors approved the concept of establishing an international student program Tuesday. The weighted vote was 453-357. In the district's case, state law requires each director's vote to be weighted based on his or her town's population divided by the number of dir...


Farmington board waives right to purchase land and building

FARMINGTON — The Board of Selectmen unanimously waived the town's right of first refusal Tuesday, allowing Sandy River Recycling Association to market its building and property. After the association formed in 1990, the town sold 2.94-acre parcel  next to the town's landfill for...


House passes bill with rebates for solar panels, heat pumps

AUGUSTA — A bill that seeks to expand the use of photovoltaic solar panels and is funded through a fee charged to electricity ratepayers passed in the Maine House on Wednesd... 2


UMF police seek public's help finding hoax email sender

FARMINGTON — Police at the University of Maine at Farmington are seeking campus and community help in identifying the person or persons involved in a hoax email. Police Chief Brock Caton posted the request on the campus police's Facebook page Wednesday morning. A hoax email wa...


Farmington voters veto sale of town-owned lot

FARMINGTON — Voters at Monday's annual town meeting indicated the town should keep the property at 411 High St. After having the property appraised last year, selectmen decided to place an article on the warrant asking for authority to sell it by bid or auction. The property, the for...


Mt. Blue High School musicians, singers bring home awards

FARMINGTON — The Mt. Blue High School Jazz Band directed by Karen Beacham and the Mt. Blue High School Chamber Singers directed by Carol Shumway participated in the Worldstrides Heritage Music Festival in Boston on Saturday. The band was awarded a superior gold rating and Outstanding...