A proposed business next to McLaughlin Gardens raises concerns

The drive down Route 117 south heading toward South Paris from Buckfield is vintage Maine. The landscape is spliced by rolling hills with older houses and quaint farms, white picket fences and an occasional lawn ornament, all neatly nestled along the Western Foothills along this part of Oxford County. It is a picturesque experience, the […]

Katrina: Eight years ago today, Americans couldn’t believe it

Mainers, as did most decent Americans, sat in disbelief on Aug. 29, 2005. As they watched news reports of American citizens dying before their eyes on national television, a colletive gasp circulated throughout the United States. We all watched as thousands of New Orleanians found themselves marooned on individual islands of isolation. They were on […]

Sometimes we have to do more than smell the coffee

It’s an old axiom that life often imitates art. In recent weeks, some things have become all too self evident of that notion. It appears that the inner sanctums of the unfairness of life are alive and well, both in film and in the real world. Take the case of David Marsters, the man from […]

Try the train, enjoy the fair, walk the bridge

All aboard! The sound of the conductor barking boarding orders could soon be a reality in Western Maine if plans to bring passenger rail service back to the area are successful. This past week, representatives from the Androscoggin, Oxford and Coos Counties Corridor Committee met in South Paris to unveil plans for the Golden Eagle […]

Driving doesn’t have to be such a burden

An automobile in Maine is pretty much a prerequisite to life here. People can walk from Norway to Paris or Paris to Oxford. After that, things can get tricky, or, at the least, a little more far out. Which makes the driving experience here even more intriguing. In recent weeks, various towns have had to […]

Colors and one month don’t always capture the pain

Maine enjoys a luxury only a few New England states can claim. We have colors. We have an abundance of trees, rolling hills and endless vistas. We have the topography to tease the soul. There’s something about October that freezes the imagination. Maybe it’s the reality that summer is behind us, the little humidity we […]

When did we decide to recognize domestic violence? Probably not soon enough

One of the criticisms often lodged toward Black History Month is that February doesn’t have enough days to do it justice. Twenty-eight days – 29 in a leap year every four years – cannot encapsulate centuries of African-American contributions to U.S. history. That is true. October, in addition to being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is […]

Junkyard debate harbors intolerance

Life can be unfair. Ask anyone if they want to live next to a junkyard and the answer is a resounding no. Ask someone where do they go when their aging vehicle needs a part, and they’re likely to describe a junkyard. Forget the NIMBY approach to life, which stands for “Not In My Backyard.” […]