A peek into this week – Jan. 23, 2014

As the polar vortex descends and temperatures freeze towns across Maine have been feeling the squeeze – sorry for the rhyming – Otisfield joins the chorus of voices worrying over shrinking sand and salt piles. Sand and salt aren’t Otisfield’s only road worries. The town has hired an engineer to come up with a solution […]

Paris zoning ordinance gets public hearing date

By: Christopher Crosby PARIS— Selectmen have scheduled a public hearing to hear citizens’ comments on a proposed land-use ordinance for Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Paris Fire Station on Western Ave. The original public hearing scheduled for Jan. 6 was cancelled due to inclement weather. On Jan. 14, selectmen rescheduled the meeting. The […]

Otisfield one step closer to fixing Cobb Hill Road

By: Amanda Johnson OTISFIELD— Selectman Rick Micklon confirmed that he has recently spoken to engineer Ross Cudlitz about the current condition of Cobb Hill Road. He informed the rest of the selectboard about an update at their recent meeting. For the past month, Cudlitz has been working with the town of Otisfield to fix the […]

Otisfield is another town to see sand/salt pile depletion

OTISFIELD—For many towns in Maine, sand has been in short supply with all of this year’s treacherous weather. Otisfield has felt the same freezing sting of sand quickly running out during a winter that feels like it will never end. Sand and salt is made available for the people of Otisfield, and residents have been […]

Commemorative T-shirts for Hebron students


AGAPE— Students at the Hebron Station School collectively murmur as SAD 17 school officials unveil shirts commemorating students’ week-long relocation to classes at the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School after an oil spill closed the school down. The free shirts read “I survived high school 2014” and will be given to each of the school’s […]

Hebron oil spill cleanup status “changing daily”

Crews work to collect oil believed to be in the ground below Hebron Station School

ABOVE, BELOW— Even as students return to classes, in a concrete bunker below Hebron Station School’s gymnasium, Maine DEP officials work with subcontractors to pump oil residing beneath the school’s foundation. Crushed rock is being poured into testing holes bored to look for the oil, which Hazardous Materials Responder Sheryl Bernard says has been difficult […]

Foundation praises SAD 17 efforts to boost college enrollment

OXFORD— District efforts to boost the enrollment of college-bound high school graduates from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School were praised by a higher education loan provider. Wendy Ault, director of the Maine Educational Loan Marketing Corporation Education Foundation, told SAD 17 directors Tuesday night that the district initiatives to improve enrollment in post-secondary education were […]