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Dee Menear is a staff writer for The Franklin Journal. She has reported local news in Oxford and Greater Franklin counties since 2013 and has a passion for connecting with local people and communities. Dee covers community and school news with a focus on Regional School Unit 9 and the Town of Wilton. She enjoys coffee, fly fishing, frequent trips to Seattle, learning local history, exploring the mountains of western Maine, and live music. If The Mallet Brothers Band or Ghost of Paul Revere are playing nearby, she is most likely in the front row. Dee earned her associate degree at Central Maine Community College and has won several Maine Press Association awards.

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  • Published
    March 27, 2020

    Rustic Elegance: Custom home decor

    WILTON — Tricia Johnston of Wilton has been in the business of “creating and making” since her teen years. “It was a way to supplement income by doing craft shows and having pieces in other shops,” she said. “I love home design and making spaces beautiful and functional.” It was out of necessity that she […]

  • Published
    March 27, 2020

    Maine 200 grants awarded locally

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Bicentennial Commission (Maine200) recently awarded its second round of Bicentennial Community Grants, disbursing a total of $432,290 among 133 successful applicants, many of them from the greater Franklin County area. The grants support bicentennial festivals and projects throughout Maine. Locally, grants were awarded to: Ancient Ones of Maine, Livermore; Town of […]

  • Published
    March 27, 2020

    Packet pickup at Mallett

  • Published
    March 27, 2020

    Area farms selling directly to consumers

    REGION —With so many businesses closed and everyone social distancing, area farms have stepped up and are making their produce and wares available directly to the public as follows: •Berry Fruit Farm Market and Bakery, Livermore Falls, milk, cream, ice cream, vegetables, apples, berries, full bakery, soups, salads, 6 a.m-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. […]

  • Published
    March 27, 2020

    RSU 9 meal pick up location added

    WILTON — Starting Friday, March 27, families can pick-up healthy, pre-packed meals at Bishop Park weekdays from 10:50-10:55 a.m. Friday meal packs will include breakfast and lunch meals for the weekend. All meals are free for anyone under 19 years old and children do not need to be present at meal pick-up.

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    March 27, 2020

    Gulf workers help Kingfield troop with cookie overload

    When coronavirus concerns shut down cookie sales, Girl Scout Troop #54 was left with a pile of cookies and no way to sell them. A trio of oilfield hands stepped in to save the day.

  • Published
    March 25, 2020

    Stuck at home: Coping with changes and uncertainty

    We reached out to readers to see how they are handling new routines and new concerns in these uncertain times.

  • Published
    March 25, 2020

    Wandering: Spring

    “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn,” wrote nature author Hal Borland. I start hearing those nine words in my head about mid-February. They repeat with growing intensity with every winter day. By the time mid-March rolls around they are repeated over and over like a broken record. Last winter certainly seemed to last forever. We […]

  • Published
    March 20, 2020

    Keeping school connections strong

    NEW SHARON — Cape Cod Hill School students may not be in the classroom right now but, thanks to technology and the internet, they still have a way to feel connected to their teachers and school community. Schools in Regional School Unit 9 are closed to students and the public through March 27 in response […]

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    March 20, 2020

    Wilton town buildings closed

    WILTON — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, town buildings have been closed to the public, Town Manager Rhonda Irish announced Wednesday afternoon, March 18. This includes the Town Office, Public Safety building, Recreation Department buildings, Highway Department garage and Wastewater Plant buildings. “At this time, all staff will continue to work at their various […]

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