A peek into this week – March 13, 2014

The paper hits the stands right in step with another bout of wintry weather. Schools are closed, offices delayed – what a better time to put aside the pre-spring gloom and read about your favorite community?

Today’s icy roads won’t last (summer does exist) and that has the Oxford Fire Department worried about another type of car catching safety. This a song Ice and Fire – easy there, Game of Thrones’ fans – heats up as the Oxford Plains Speedway came under fire this week over safety concerns on the race-track. Read up on what they’re asking for for raceway officials.

Safety risks unsurfaced in another part of town as the DEP released a report last week recommending SAD 17 make changes to its oil tanks and adopt a comprehensive plan for dealing with future spills.

The future looks bright if you ask Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who was the keynote speaker in the chamber of commerce’s annual community awards banquet, praising the region’s hardwork and ingenuity.

Politicians weren’t the only notables dropping into town; Maine artist Robert Shetterly, famed for his portraits of activists featured in a traveling “Americans Who Tell the Truth” exhibit, stopped by the Oxford Hills Middle School to help students with their brushstrokes.

Speaking of, Student Art Month rolls on, property assessments in Paris roll out, and a delayed decision on demolition in Oxford can be found in this week’s edition of The Advertiser Democrat.