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RANDOM ACTS OF PHILANTHROPY IN RANGELEY, MAINE 

Hight Family of Dealerships, Skowhegan Savings, Kyes Insurance, and Saddleback Maine team up.

Franklin County, Maine- Sam Hight, of Hight Family of Dealerships pulled together a group of local partners in an effort to support the demographic most impacted by COVID in Franklin County- children. Together with Skowhegan Savings Bank, Kyes Insurance, and Saddleback Maine, Hight was able to quickly raise $16,500 which will be donated to four different non-profit youth programs throughout Franklin County-Rangeley Alpine Ski Club, Rangeley Health and Wellness Kids' Program, Little Mountain School, and Titcomb Mountain. 


Early in 2020, the Hight Family of Dealerships supported Main Street Skowhegan's technical assistance program (TA grants). Hight also spearheaded the newly formed Somerset Economic Resource Council to provide community grants to small businesses impacted by COVID. In total, $120,000 in grant funding was raised to help local businesses keep their doors open. 


"In 2021, it is important to remember who ultimately and undeservingly takes the biggest hit in times like these-our children-the ones we can all learn from. Whether it is their kindness or acceptance of others, or doing their best, not knowing otherwise," Hight said. 


Beginning in late 2020 Hight along with other local businesses supported the ToyRiffic Toy Drive and Sweet Dreams project in Skowhegan- offering toys, pajamas and gifts to local children, local food programs, and gift programs sponsored by Rangeley Fire Department. 


"We are pleased to team up with these businesses and organizations who are like-minded in developing initiatives that help make our communities a better place to live and work," said David Cyr, president and CEO of Skowhegan Savings Bank. "Sam and The Hight Family of Dealerships really stepped up to drive these programs, supporting them is one more way that Skowhegan Savings can help our local communities during these difficult times."


In September, Saddleback Mountain and the Hight Family of Dealerships announced a newly-formed a partnership to help drive a growth in jobs and services for the Rangeley Community. "Rangeley has taken my family in as one of their own, I've wanted to give back to kids' programs which will offer better accessibility, learning opportunities, and focus on healthy outdoor lifestyles, no only to support but as a thank you. I am thankful to have partners that care and are willing to help support this initiative," said Hight. 


Our youth are quickly becoming a "nature deficit" generation," said Andy Shepard, General Manager at Saddleback Mountain. "This generation has prioritized time in front of a screen over time outdoors, and the implications that has for the emotional and physical health of our youth is concerning." "Saddleback is committed to providing year-round opportunities for children to grow up surrounded by outdoor recreation and education." 


According to Leslie White, Executive Director of Rangeley Health and Wellness, "Our children's

programs are designed to promote holistic wellness and health of each child. We incorporate

components of physical activity, creative expression, and nutrition into our programs which

encourage growth and development in a proactive way. Now more than ever, we believe that

encouraging healthy behaviors, curiosity and resilience within children is essential for them to

become strong community members."


"There are obviously many organizations that deserve the added support. We also cannot

forget the local businesses and individuals that have supported these programs for many

years," said Hight. "We felt that now was a critical time to help the efforts. Our goal is to raise awareness of these wonderful programs to be good neighbors, and do what you can-give, volunteer, be part of the common good."


Similarly, Kate Philbrick, from The Little Mountain School echoed these sentiments, "Little

Mountain School provides an excellent educational foundation for the future of our children.

The Rangeley community has been incredibly supportive of our organization, especially as we

navigate through uncharted territory."

 
HIGHT FAMILY OF DEALERSHIPS
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MEMORABLE HOLE-IN-ONE
Sangerville man wins car with memorable hole-in-one, gives it to his mother…

 
ON RAMP: WHY BUY FROM HIGHT?
A great vehicle selection, and commitment to customer service have been the keys to 107 successful years.

UMF ALUMNI AND FRIENDS HONORED AT RECEPTION
FARMINGTON -- Four University of Maine at Farmington alumni and friends were recently honored for their significant contributions to the University, the community and the state of Maine at the annual UMF Alumni Awards Reception. Presentations were made by Ryan Low, class of 1997 and UMF vice president for administration, in the new Emery Community Arts Center to Charlotte Warren, mayor of Hallowell; Chandler Woodcock, commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; Alison Hagerstrom, executive director for Greater Franklin Development Corporation; and Lou Hight, area businessman.
 
LOCAL CAR DEALER DELIVERS BBQ FIRST TO LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS
October 2020 (WABI)- Last year, Hight Motor Group here in Skowhegan invited area first responders for a big barbecue celebration to thank them for their hard work. This year due to the pandemic they brought the barbecue to them.

"So what we decided is called Barbecue to go. So I reached out to 19 agencies across Franklin and Somerset County and offered basically a tool kit to have your own barbecue," said Sam Hight

 
SKOWHEGAN CHAMBER HONORS WALTER HIGHT WITH 'MOST DIGNIFIED' AWARD
Skowhegan - The Alton W. Whittemore Award for outstanding service will be presented to Hight along with awards to others at the Thursday night banquet. 

 
LOCAL BUSINESSES DONATE GOODS TO OFFICERS INVOLVED IN MANHUNT
…"A lot of these guys are friends, customers, and they're just good people," Sam Hight, of the Hight Family of Dealerships said. "We just wanted to do whatever we could to help out in a time like this when they shouldn't have to think about eating."

 
SKOWHEGAN SELECTMEN DEDICATE 2017 ANNUAL REPORT TO KIRBY HIGHT
Hight lived on the same street for 102 years, grew the family's automobile dealerships and supported community organizations from Little League to one-act play competitions.
HIGHT FORD AWARDED THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY PRESIDENT'S AND ONE FORD ELITE AWARDS
August 2020 - Hight Ford is proud to announce that they were awarded the Ford Motor Company President's Award and the One Ford Elite Award for 2019. This recognition places Hight Ford amongst a cohort of only 1% of all dealers in the country who won this combination of awards. Hight Ford also won the President's Award in 2016.

HIGHT FAMILY SHARES 70-CAR COLLECTION OF RESTORED ANTIQUES
Display commemorates the 200th anniversary of the fair. 

 
POSTCARD JACK TRAINS AS SADDLE HORSE AFTER WINNING SKOWHEGAN RACE CAREER
The winningest standardbred horse in Maine state history was named after John Garbarino, who sent thousands of postcards over three decades to a Madison restaurant.

 
SKOWHEGAN ANNUAL REPORT 2018
Samuel Kirby Hight, to whom this Town Report is dedicated, exemplifies what is right about business and family in Skowhegan. 


 
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Sam Hight led the way for Hight Chevrolet of Farmington to donate $100 per vehicle sold in October to the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care! The Hight family has been supporting their community since 1911, and we are thankful they choose to support the HACCC. Sam, along with his wife Amanda, daughter Hadley and pup Somerset, presented a check for $2,000!