A peek into this week – March 27, 2014

Spring!

It’s, well, here. Sort of. Welcome?

Though hesitancy  – not to mention outrage – might be the best way to greet the lackluster change in season, flamingos  (that’s right, flamingos) have ignored the snow and are descending on lawns in flocks found favoriting homes and business all around the area. Stumped? The front page has the answer.

Selectmen in Paris are stumped, not to mention a little miffed,  at the school district’s response to their concerns over the corroded legs supporting a 11,400 gallon oil tank at the Paris Elementary School. While the school awaits word from engineers on what to do next with the tank, fearing oil might spill, drain, and make it’s way into the town’s drinking water, Paris has requested the tank’s volume to be drastically reduced; the school district says it will comply.

The rising heat in Paris reminds us that the future will (has to) bring warmer weather, so while wistfully thinking of the summer to come, we’ve highlighted  women making a difference in their community now. What do a dancer, a health advocate, a business manager, and a chef all have in common? They’re our women to watch for!

Otisfield voters will decide whether they’ll help pay for land conservation after selectmen agreed to put the issue on the town’s warrant. Lee Dasler, Executive Director of the Western Foothills Land Trust, is looking to set aside a 3.5 mile, 252-acre stretch of land along Crooked River, and needs help with its $1.1 million price-tag. She’s asking voters spend $5,000 to permanently reserve the land for hunting, fishing, trapping, horseback riding, walking and snowmobiling.

Buckfield builds a budget and gives a special cane to one of its finest, oldest residents, Sumner’s budgeting for bridges, Russia invades People on the Street (not to mention Crimea), and two ruby slippers click their heels together for a magical Real People.

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