RANGELEY – The Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum will hold its annual fund-raising auction at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at the museum building on Route 16, one mile east of town. Items may be viewed starting at 9 a.m. Auctioneer Stephen Richard will be at the gavel.

Due to the generosity of local merchants, the museum will offer gift certificates, golf passes, ski passes, restaurant and motel certificates, savings bonds and other goods from almost every business in town. Out-of-town businesses have also sent donations. Individual donors have also supported of the museum.

Winona Davenport has donated several pieces of rare Avon circle glass, once made for that company’s champion salespeople. Author William Wegman has given an autographed copy of one of his books.

Local and national handmade crafts, specialties of the auction, will once again tempt bidders. Rodney Richard, the “Mad Whittler,” promises a chain saw carved bear, and his son, Rodney Richard Jr., will also donate a carving. Handmade Zuni turquoise earrings from New Mexico will also be offered to the top bidders.

The kitchens of Rangeley cooks such as Carol Haley, Beverly Hill, Lucille Richard and Audrey Stevens will be busy as these and other women prepare raspberry and strawberry rhubarb pies, doughnuts and other homebaked goods.

To donate to the auction, call Lucille Richard at 864-5595 and volunteers will pick up the items.

Other museum events in this 25th anniversary year will include a knit, crochet and craft sale at 9 a.m. July 23 and the Logging Festival on July 29 and 30. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday and by appointment, call 864-5595.

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