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

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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 […]

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 […]