Soft road maintenance class, GPS training offered April 22

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FARMINGTON – Learn about basic road building and maintenance techniques and be introduced to a “do it yourself”

road maintenance tool called the Front Runner at a special training session at the University of Maine, Farmington on Wednesday, April 22 from 8 am to 12:30 pm.

Sponsored by the Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation Service, FCSWCD, the training consists of a short morning classroom session, followed by a hands-on demonstration in the field

The Front Runner grader/rake is an attachment that fits onto the front of ¾ ton pick-up trucks utilizing a snowplow mount. It is used for road grading, maintenance, site cleanup, landscaping, finish grading, and snow removal on soft roads. The entire attachment forms the configuration of a miniature road grader. It is controlled by the truck’s snowplow hydraulic hoist.

Cost of the class is $55. Preregistration is requested. To register, contact FCSWCD at 107 Park Street, Farmington, 778-4279.

GPS Training April 22

FARMINGTON – Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District is hosting an Intro and Advanced GPS Class on Wednesday, April 22 at the University of Maine, Farmington.

Participants do not need to have previous GPS experience for the beginning class. The beginning class is set for 8 am. The advanced class begins at 1 pm. Cost of one class is $20 per person.

Patty Cormier of the Maine Forest Service will conduct the training. Garmin GPS units will be provided for the hands-on learning about how to overcome some common challenges in the field.
The workshop cost is $20. Pre-registration and payment are requested in advance.

For more information, contact FCSWCD at 778-4279 or log on to

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  1. The Wilton highway dept needs to attend the first course. Many shoulders and ditches fixed last year didn’t even make it to spring.

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