RUMFORD — Hardly a day goes by when you don’t hear someone talking about what downtown Rumford used to be. And while there remains good things to see and do on The Island, it is in need of improvements. Some 50 people gathered in the Rumford Falls Auditorium on Jan. 29 to set goals for those improvements, with the hope the help for the follow through efforts will be enhanced by becoming a Maine Downtown Network Community. Business owners, residents and downtown shoppers joined selectmen, the town manager and members of Envision Rumford for a presentation by Maine Downtown Center Director Roxanne Eflin, who has invited this town to apply for the program, which stimulates new ideas, develops leaders, and provides common ground for solving problems and advancing issues. Town Manager Carlo Puiia began the two-hour session by noting, “I’ve seen this Envision Rumford group over the last year accomplish a number of items and at every meeting, there’s this nice energy in the room from a dozen people or more. I think everyone here has that same interest; they want Rumford to be better than it currently is. We love what we have, but we know we need to improve it some.” “The people who have been coming to the meetings and talking about this, it’s a breath of fresh air and when you live in Rumford, you always need a little more fresh air, don’t you? Little humor!” he added. (read more at Rumford Falls Times)
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