A peek into the week – May 15, 2014

A morning riddle:Empires covet it, but may rue the expense; It allows growth,  but is not growing; People inherit it, but cannot take it with them.

In Maine, it changes moods four times.

Okay, Bilbo and Gollum may take offense to our nerve  – the answer is an obviously painful ‘land’ – but while our riddling skills may need to be dusted off, our coverage o n land issues was spot on this week.

In Hebron, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection says half of the oil spilled there in December has been removed. While officials are happy with results, they’re coy when the cleanup will be done.

A finish date for Paris’ controversial zoning ordinance has been pushed back after selectmen voted to begin the process for striking out a clause that doubles the minimum lot size for new parcels. Not everyone’s happy voters weren’t allowed to have their say first; find out who said what and why in our front-page story.

A little thing like land – and the construction of a 90-room Hampton Inn on it – isn’t going to deter farmers at Crestholm Farms in Oxford. Despite the construction (the Hall family recently sold a portion of their farm land to developers) Suzanne Hall says this year’s farm stand is in full swing.

Ground breaking on a new Fire-Rescue Station in Buckfield may begin soon after selectmen said they’ll ask voters for an additional $132,500 for the project, ending – or perhaps just delaying – a long dispute between the town and engineers over the project being over budget.

A West Paris man was issued a summons for shooting a neighbors dog, the same town’s selectmen find a spot for a salt shed, we climb into one man’s mountain retreat in Real People, and – with town meetings around the corner – ask People on the Street how they’re involved in the community.

All this and more in this week’s edition of the Advertiser Democrat.