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  • Published
    February 2, 2019

    Andover pupils offered incentives to get outside

    ANDOVER — Being outdoors during the cold Maine winter is nothing new for Andover Elementary School students. However, they’ve had extra incentive lately because of the WinterKids program, for which they were selected to participate in during the month of January. The school was one of two in Oxford County selected by the nonprofit organization […]

  • Published
    January 29, 2019

    RSU 10 looks to grant to continue after-school program at elementary schools

    MEXICO — An after-school program that allows students to sign up for classes in robotics, engineering and math, improvisational acting, cooking, art, graphic design and photography might end this year unless Regional School Unit 10 receives another grant to help pay for the program. The 21st Century grant is in its fifth and final year and Miki Skehan, director […]

  • Published
    January 28, 2019

    RSU 10 grade proposal 'disruptive,' parent says

    MEXICO — More than two dozen residents attended the Regional School Unit 10 board meeting Monday night to express concerns about moving elementary students at two schools. Meroby Elementary School in Mexico and Rumford Elementary School each have grades pre-kindergarten to five. Because kindergarten and fourth grade classes are overcrowded, the board is proposing having all pre-K […]

  • Published
    January 28, 2019

    RSU 10 sets forum on moving students to ease overcrowding

    RUMFORD — Regional School Unit 10 will hold a public forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on a proposal to house pre-kindergarten through second grades at Meroby Elementary School in Mexico and third to fifth grades at Rumford Elementary School. The forum will be in Muskie Auditorium at Mountain Valley High School. Now, both schools have […]

  • Published
    January 24, 2019

    RSU 56 finances ‘excellent’ in first year

    DIXFIELD — Regional School Unit 56 finances for its first year ending in June 2018 were “excellent,” an audit company representative told the board of directors Tuesday. “By the sounds of this report it sounds like we did quite well,” Director Bruce Ross of Dixfield said. “Financially you guys are in great shape,” Casey Leonard, the audit […]

  • Published
    January 22, 2019

    Dixfield district may add hour to school days

    DIXFIELD — The RSU 56 board of directors on Tuesday voted to extend school days by one hour after school vacation in February if students lose more school days to stormy weather from now until vacation week. So far this year students have lost four school days because of storms, Superintendent Pam Doyen told the […]

  • Published
    January 16, 2019

    New circulation desk at Rumford library a model of efficiency

    RUMFORD — The new circulation desk at the Rumford Public Library is a “godsend” for the staff, Circulation Supervisor Christy Bates said Tuesday. “It helps us serve the public faster and more efficiently, absolutely more efficiently,” she said. “It was just a godsend,” she said. With thousands of materials from all over the state of […]

  • Published
    January 15, 2019

    Contract extended, pay increased for RSU 10 superintendent

    RUMFORD — The Regional School Unit 10 board of directors Monday night extended Superintendent Deb Alden’s contract to 2022 and gave her a 2 1/2 percent pay increase. “The board felt she did a good job doing what we want (a superintendent) to do,” board Chairman Jerry Wiley said Tuesday. Alden opted not to accept […]

  • Published
    January 11, 2019

    Gift or loan: Canton Historical Society question going to voters

    CANTON — The Canton Historical Society has been advised to prepare a petition for the June town meeting for voters to determine whether $60,000 given to the group in 2017 was a gift or a loan from the town. The issue was debated at the selectmen meeting Thursday night when society member Phyllis Ouellette said […]

  • Published
    January 8, 2019

    Rumford Hospital welcomes first baby of 2019

    RUMFORD — Scarlett May Pingree is the first baby born at Rumford Hospital in 2019, arriving at 2:15 a.m. Sunday. She is the first child of Tyler Pingree and Cheyenne May of Rumford and weighed 8 pounds and measured 19½ inches. The family received a bag filled with newborn essentials and a onesie with the […]