A peek into the week – May 8, 2014

As we inch toward summer, the days have a peculiar way of funneling events together, as though we’re all in a rush to get things done before the  -apologies – winter resumes. So whether you’re  going to a  town election, voting in a selectmen’s contest, weighing in on town and school budgets, or graduating, we encourage you to sit back, and try to soak the sunshine in and  – if you’re snarled in miles of slow moving, tourism induced traffic – say to yourself these  simple words:

Hakuna Matata.

Finding the right words to express condolences is a challenging task. It’s with sadness we report the passing of beloved Guy E. Rowe guidance counselor Lynette Eldridge, who was found unresponsive at her desk last week. Students and teachers mourned her passing with kind words, enshrining her memory with photos, letters, and remembrances.

Paris Police say they’ve identified two Lewiston-Auburn area suspects in connection with the March hit-and-run death of 16-year old Xavier Fuentes, though they do not expect an arrest in the case in the near future.

A controversial zoning ordinance on the minds of Paris residents has a future – a long future – ahead of it, after selectmen said they’re going to make changes to the document. First, selectmen will have to amend the town’s Comprehensive Plan, a process Town Manager Amy Bernard warned could take  a year.

Timing is becoming a concern in Buckfield, where construction of a $1 million fire-rescue station has been downsized and the completion date pushed back over budget woes. Frustrated occupants-to-be and town officials vow to make do with the building and not ask voters for additional funds.

Selectmen elections loom in Paris and Buckfield, Oxford and Norway sign warrants and schedule town meetings, we wonder (and you answer) whether marijuana (medical) should ever make its way to the region, and we get to meet a mademoiselle who delights in Real People.

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