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Rachel Vitello is a staff writer for the Northern Forecaster, covering Falmouth, Yarmouth, Cumberland and Chebeague Island. She is a Keene State College graduate where she majored in journalism and minored in gender studies. She is originally from Weymouth, Massachusetts.

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  • Published
    July 6, 2022

    North Yarmouth Academy students dig in at school construction site

    With the goals of teaching the importance of skilled trades and giving students a stake in the project, Hebert Construction hires teenagers for the renovation of the Travis Roy Ice Arena. It’s also donating $25 back to the project for each hour individual students are on the clock.

  • Published
    July 5, 2022

    Annual Loon Count coming up

    Maine Audubon’s annual loon count will be held from 7-7:30 a.m.  July 16. Volunteers for the annual event, which has been held for about 40 years, head out in skiffs, kayaks, and pontoon boats to tally the number Common Loons they see the half hour. Last year, volunteers counted 328 loons on Maine lakes. Maine […]

  • Published
    June 28, 2022

    Falmouth Police recovery coaching program going strong

    Officer Kathleen Oelschlegel, the recovery coach, assists those seeking recovery from substance misuse, their family members and their loved ones, get the help they need.

  • Published
    June 28, 2022

    Local schools have more job openings than usual

    SAD 51 is facing an ed tech shortage ahead of summer hiring, Yarmouth saw double the usual number of resignations and retirements during the 2021-2022 school year and Falmouth has more than 20 vacancies.

  • Published
    June 28, 2022

    Conservation project includes farm stand, restaurant in Cumberland

    A farm stand, farm-to-table restaurant and a new forest trail will be coming to Cumberland, thanks to the protection of the LongWoods Preserve off Route 9. The conservation easement, purchased by the Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust and Maine Farmland Trust, has protected 54 acres of forest, farmland and habitat near wetlands. Sixteen acres of […]

  • Published
    June 28, 2022

    Yarmouth music center nears end of fundraiser

    The 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth raised $8,600 as of June 28 towards its goal of $15,000 in 15 days by June 30, according to Lisa Frates of 317 Main. Frates said she was confident the goal would be met. The donations will help fund the music center’s Partnership Program, which works with […]

  • Published
    June 27, 2022

    Falmouth honors Citizen of the Year, Legacy Award winner

    Richard “Ranger Rick” Bicknell was named the  2021 Citizen of the Year at Falmouth’s annual Municipal Recognition Ceremony June 22. Carol Iverson Kauffman received the Legacy Award for her work as a longtime volunteer. Bicknell serves as vice chairperson of the Conservation Commission and as a member of the Recycling and Energy Advisory Committee. His […]

  • Published
    June 27, 2022

    Falmouth publishes New Neighbor Guide

    Falmouth has created a New Neighbor Guide for people who have recently moved to town or those looking for a comprehensive guide to local services and information. The content includes a short history of the town, information about local government, municipal services, recreation and emergency services and a list of contacts. The guide also has […]

  • Published
    June 23, 2022

    Summer Guide: Farmers markets offer more than just food, with expanded access to more people

    While traditionally conjuring up images of fresh produce piled high in tiers of wooden boxes, farmers markets have evolved to also offer handcrafted goods, food trucks and entertainment – even fight climate change – and organizers are also making a concerted effort to reach out to more people. Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets is working […]

  • Published
    June 21, 2022

    Yarmouth looks to place historic schoolhouse on the market

    The town plans for the sale of the West Main Street School building to come with preservation guarantees.

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