Articles by Ann Bryant

 
Pinewood Terrace resident Velma Pearson, 107, enjoys life at the assisted living facility in Farmington. She was born Sept. 3, 1905, in New Sharon.

What’s this 107-year-old Mainer’s secret to a long life?

By Ann Bryant on May 30, 2013, at 8:34 a.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — It’s not her diet or any intentional exercise that keeps Velma Pearson thriving at 107 years old. “It’s her positive outlook, seeing something positive in every new day,” Sue Bell, administrator of Pinewood Terrace, suggested. Pearson is from New Sharon and has lived at the assisted-living facility …

Jay town report dedicated to firefighting veteran Lyle LaPlante

By Ann Bryant on May 29, 2013, at 5:42 a.m.
JAY, Maine — Lyle LaPlante thought he might be in trouble when a town official wanted to visit him Friday. When several town officials and fire department members filled his kitchen, LaPlante and wife, Doris, were overwhelmed. They came to give LaPlante the first copy of this year’s annual town …

Wilton man accused of biting two police officers

By Ann Bryant on May 28, 2013, at 1:44 p.m.
WILTON, Maine — A local man was charged with assaulting two police officers, terrorizing another resident in his Weld Road home and refusing to submit to arrest Sunday. The Wilton officers were treated for bites that broke their skin at Franklin Memorial Hospital, said Police Chief Heidi Wilcox. Joseph Gephart, …

Sneeze causes two-car crash in Farmington

By Ann Bryant on May 21, 2013, at 6:22 a.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — A driver’s sneeze resulted in her car crossing the centerline and striking a car on Routes 2 and 4 near the Wilton town line Monday morning, according to Farmington police officer Darin Gilbert. Mykayla Mitchell, 19, of Livermore Falls complained of neck pain and was transported to …

Maine woman investigating how to lessen domestic violence at the hands of war-scarred veterans

By Ann Bryant on May 20, 2013, at 5:51 a.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — The challenge of domestic violence is an issue of concern for the state. It’s also one that affects veterans, according to Dovey Balsam of Industry, who spent a year researching and proposing ways to help veterans and their families. “The stressors from recent continual wars are exacerbating …
Black mold covers the walls of this 199 Red Schoolhouse Road home in Farmington.

Farmington may demolish vacant home ‘taken over’ by black mold

By Ann Bryant on May 14, 2013, at 9:14 p.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — Selectmen were scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday to determine if a 199 Red Schoolhouse Road house is dangerous or a nuisance after black mold covered the inside of the property. The board was set to meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the Municipal Building. …

Wilton police seek truck driver who offered young girl a ride

By Ann Bryant on May 10, 2013, at 6:19 a.m.
WILTON, Maine — Police want to talk with a truck driver who offered a young girl a ride on the Temple Road on Wednesday afternoon. “No crime was committed, but we would like to speak with the operator of the truck,” police Chief Heidi Wilcox said Thursday. Police were called …

Police arrest man accused of breaking into Farmington home, beating occupant

By Ann Bryant on May 07, 2013, at 5:53 a.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — An Industry man sought by police last week was found at a home in New Sharon on Saturday and arrested on felony charges of aggravated assault and burglary and a charge of violation of condition of release. Farmington Police Department asked for the public’s help in locating …

Officials decide on plan to save Farmington road, slow Sandy River erosion

By Ann Bryant on April 29, 2013, at 5:54 a.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — Town, federal and state agencies agreed Friday to pursue a “hybrid” plan that incorporates logs and rocks to stop erosion along the Sandy River that threatens Whittier Road. With a goal of starting construction of about 10 log structures on the bank by July 15, the start …

University of Maine at Farmington 150th anniversary celebration to include town, state

By Ann Bryant on April 26, 2013, at 5:55 a.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — As the birthplace of higher learning in the state, the University of Maine at Farmington plans to extend its 150th anniversary celebration into the community and across the state. The celebration will start in September and last an entire year, UMF President Kathryn Foster told selectmen Tuesday. …

Temple trucker charged with threatening other drivers with pipe

By Ann Bryant on April 23, 2013, at 6:20 a.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — A Temple man who threatened to hit truckers with a metal pipe at Irving Big Stop on Sunday night was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, according to a police report. Truck driver Todd Dalrymple, 27, pulled into the Route 4 business and found the …

Fire destroys trailer in Farmington

By Ann Bryant on April 17, 2013, at 6:17 a.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — A Farmington woman lost her home Tuesday morning when fire broke out in her Sandy River Trailer Park home. Firefighters responded to a 7:16 a.m. report of smoke and visible flame at the home of Debra Ingram on Tuesday morning, Farmington Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Clyde …

Farmington police find two bodies in house

By Ann Bryant on April 15, 2013, at 10:10 a.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — Police say they were called to 202 Maple Avenue shortly after 1 a.m. Monday morning to investigate a possible suicidal person. They found a man and woman deceased at the residence. The names of the individuals involved are not being released pending notification to families, Deputy Chief …

Wilton man charged after assaulting police officer and case worker

By Ann Bryant on April 08, 2013, at 6:50 p.m.
WILTON, Maine — A local man is charged with assaulting a police officer and the man’s case worker Sunday at the police department in the Wilton Public Safety building. Joseph Gephart, 18, first wanted to go to the hospital Sunday. When the staff person with him wouldn’t arrange for that, …

Wilton police investigating theft of $800 in fuel oil from residence

By Ann Bryant on April 04, 2013, at 6 a.m.
WILTON, Maine — Police are investigating the theft of a full tank of oil from a vacant residence on Lyle Hall Road. The property owner notified police Tuesday that his 250-gallon tank containing No. 2 fuel oil was empty, Police Chief Heidi Wilcox said Wednesday morning. The estimated value of …

Mt. Vernon home, business destroyed by fire

By Ann Bryant on March 26, 2013, at 6:03 a.m.
MOUNT VERNON, Maine — The cause of a Sunday morning fire that destroyed a business and home on Bean Road is still undetermined. An investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s office is expected to return to the scene Monday to help determine the cause, said Assistant Fire Chief Tony Dunn. …
Franklin County Animal Shelter volunteers Dwayne Bulick and Danielle Towers help move bags of puppy chow in to storage Monday. People have donated items all weekend to help with the care of 75 dogs recently seized from a Wilton home.

Donations help animal shelter care for 75 dogs seized from Wilton mobile home

By Ann Bryant on March 25, 2013, at 4:30 p.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — Monetary donations from across the state and as far away as Texas, along with bags of dog food, bedding, bleach and toys continued to pour into the Franklin County Animal Shelter on Monday. “The community response has been amazing,” Heidi Jordan, executive director, said. “Someone from Winslow …

Mount Vernon home, business destroyed by fire

By Ann Bryant on March 25, 2013, at 1:01 p.m.
MOUNT VERNON, Maine — The cause of a Sunday morning fire that destroyed a business and home on Bean Road is still undetermined. An investigator from the state fire marshal’s office was expected to return to the scene Monday to help determine the cause, said Assistant Fire Chief Tony Dunn. …
Animals were taken from this 391 U.S. Route 2 West home in Wilton last week.

75 dogs, 24 birds seized from Wilton mobile home

By Ann Bryant on March 22, 2013, at 6:36 a.m.
WILTON, Maine — State officials seized 75 dogs and puppies, 24 birds, including three chickens, at a mobile home on Route 2 after finding some of them sick, emaciated and in unsanitary conditions. The home of Nancy Champagne was searched by state animal welfare agents and Wilton police March 14 …

Driver charged after Farmington crash

By Ann Bryant on March 19, 2013, at 6:34 a.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — A Portland man was arrested on four charges Saturday after he lost control of his vehicle and it landed in a ditch on Perham Street. Michael A. Reis, 21, was charged with refusing to stop for an officer, refusing to submit to arrest, driving after suspension and …
 
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