Amanda Laliberte

Amanda Laliberte is currently the Programs & Communications Director at the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, where she develops media, coordinates programs, and mentors youth. Amanda discovered her passion for interpretive design while working at McNenny State Fish Hatchery as their Education Naturalist when she developed a self-guided interpretive walking tour featuring six panels and an accompanying brochure. When Amanda isn't working she is homeschooling her son or reading. Her other favorite pastimes are hiking with her Australian Shepherd, Roamy, and cruising dirt roads to new places. If you want to hire her or discuss a project, you can reach out to her via the contact page.

Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust and the Rangeley Lakes Regional School partnered this spring to teach kindergarteners through 5th and 9th – 10th grades water safety skills and how to canoe. RLRS Physical Education teacher Lindsay Richards and RLHT’s Amanda Laliberte thought outside the box by partnering with RLHT to get over 120 kids on the water.

The 5th Annual Rangeley Birding Festival wrapped up with the John Bicknell Award for Birding Conservation presentation at the Rangeley Inn on June 10. The 2023 John Bicknell Award for Birding Conservation Excellence was presented to Barbara and the late Peter Vickery of Richmond. Together they have done substantial and permanent work to conserve bird habitats in Maine.

Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust is behind a community-driven movement to conserve Rangeley’s night sky.

Rangeley lies in Maine’s Western Mountains, surrounded by 200,000 acres of conserved lands. Vast swaths of uninhabited forest stretch from Madrid Township to the New Hampshire border and extend north to the Canadian border, making our region one of the darkest places left on the East Coast. It’s identified as a globally critical habitat due to habitat continuity and connectivity. 

MILLERSBURG, OH – The National Scenic Byway Foundation congratulates the Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway as a winner of our 2023 Byway Organization Award for Hospitality. This is one of the Foundation’s eight national awards presented annually.

The week of April 15-22 Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust will sponsor daily events celebrating International Dark Sky Week encouraging our community to “Discover the Night!”

“Maine’s night skies are the darkest east of the Mississippi River. Our night sky is celebrated as a shared heritage that benefits all living things internationally, we want to make people aware of the issues,” said Amanda Laliberte, Program Director for RLHT. “RLHT engaging and educating our community with these events to shut off the lights and turn on the stars!”

Robert D. Waterman, Sr., 93, of Monmouth, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, with his loving family by his side after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born in Gardiner on June 21, 1929, the first son of Lola (Mitchell) and Erland Waterman. During the Great Depression Robert lost his father at 9 years old. He, his younger brother Donald, and a long-time employee, Frank Hinkley, helped their mother sustain their dairy farm. A hard-working farm lad, Robert was a brilliant student, skipping three grades in grammar school and graduating from Lewiston High School in 1945 at 15 years old. He continued his education at the University of Maine, graduating in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Husbandry at the age of 19. At UMO he met a host of GIs returning from WWII, including Otto Wallingford of Auburn, his lifelong friend.

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of a true New England original- David B. Tibbetts. A renowned watercolor artist, fly-fisherman, poet, children’s book author, loyal friend and devoted family man, Dave was well-known for his friendly, outgoing personality, down-to-earth sensibilities, quick wit, and caring, generous spirit.

Being somewhat of a local celebrity, people would recognize Dave at once by his full gray beard and Greek fisherman’s cap. Always dressed in a colorful fly-fishing shirt and multi-pocket sportsman’s vest, he was rarely seen without a thermal coffee mug in hand, especially at the local mini-mart. Dave was always ready with a friendly wave or hello as he greeted friends, children, and strangers alike; always with a dog biscuit ready for any of his four-legged fans.

Marie Packard Chabot passed peacefully on Feb. 25, 2023. She was born to the daughter of Theresa Chaisson LeBlanc in Rumford on April 3, 1946.

Marie had many roles in her lifetime, she was a sister, wife, Meme, and Mother. She had a career at Boise Cascade, was a caregiver, and worked as a waitress for sometime.

The 5th Rangeley Birding Festival (RBF), to be held June 9-11, will announce and present the John Bicknell Award for Conservation and Birding. The award honors the legacy of Bicknell, a Rangeley resident who led the effort to get sanctuary designation on the Mingo Springs golf course and has been recognized for environmental stewardship by Audubon International.

I want to thank you for your support and to update you on the Kennebago Headwaters project, especially the river restoration work we began last summer. In parallel with our work on the Kennebago tributaries and main stem, we are also working on a forest management plan to restore and enhance the woods and waters of this region.