A peek into this week – Feb. 27, 2014

Ecstasy and agony, bitter and sweet: these words resonated this week for Oxford Hills basketball fans, as both the boys and girls Vikings basketball teams played in the Eastern Championships. With a shot at the state finals on the line, fans cheered as the Lady Vikings dominated Edward Little in a 54-34 win…only to feel jubilation sour as the boys were soundly defeated by powerhouse Hampden. Still, as both coaches reminded us: it’s only a game.

Referees were needed on and off the court this week, as selectmen from Norway and Paris combined their collective heads to discuss what steps to take against the Norway-Paris Community TV board of directors. The board has been rocked by accusations of mismanagement, including flouting their bylaws, verbal abuse, and one particular encounter, come to encapsulate the proceedings, of a physical altercation between two board members.

Paris stopped rerunning of past battles with Janet Jamison, after selectmen approved her a seat on the Budget Committee. Jamison, who was denied a three-year slot on the committee in October, ended a five-month quest in which she and other residents have pressured the board to readmit her.

Local politics weren’t the only signs of mud; Oxford Selectmen announced annual road closures to heavy traffic in anticipation of melting snow and wet roads this spring.

Proving painful memories can be turned into a positive force, this week we met high school senior, Sam O’Connor who’s past hardships have helped inspire his bountiful good deeds.

Selectmen in Buckfield are looking toward the future as they moved  one step closer to finding a new town manager. Touting her experience and dedication, selectmen are eyeing long-time Town Clerk Cindy Dunn as the top prospect for Buckfield’s top job.

Dunn may just be getting started in Buckfield, but the Sochi Olympic games are finally – no apologies – done. Find out what were your neighbors’ favorite memories from the games.

A familiar face talks about her big-city life in Real People, a ski burglar’s crime spree is brought to an end, and Buckfield gets another crack on whether they’ll secede from the school district.

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