Jobs on the line if recycling goes single-stream

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A HEAVY DUTY—Norway/Paris Transfer Station worker Brett Leighton uses a forklift to pick up heavy compacted pieces of paper and stack them on to a 20-foot pile.

By Amanda Johnson NORWAY/PARIS—If Norway and Paris chooses to jump on the single-stream recycling bandwagon, three employees that separate the recycling will lose their jobs. A single-stream recycling program introduced by Oxford County Regional Recycling will be starting at the beginning of 2015. Norway has not made any decision yet as to whether or not […]

Sheriff’s deputies want contract, wage increase

By Erin Place PARIS—Gray skies were the backdrop Tuesday morning as Oxford County Sheriff’s deputies picketed in front of the superior courthouse in South Paris, bringing to light stalled contract negotiations with county commissioners and other points of contention they have with the sheriff’s office. Around 8:30 a.m. at 26 Western Ave., eight deputies were […]

A festival in plein air

By Amanda Johnson   NORWAY—”It’s not just the art show,” says Lisa Moore, a committee coordinator of the Norway Arts Festival, adding that there are plenty of different kinds of art —from music to theater to readings— that are showing this year. Thousands of artists, art observers, performers and locals are expected to flock to the […]

A gem of a rock show opens Saturday

Erin rocks

By Erin Place   BETHEL—From slabs with dark to lime green outer rings surrounding vibrant pink centers to deep dark brown scepters with swirling whiteish-crystal innards to jagged purple clusters forming cave dioramas and light blue to almost turquoise facets—all of these natural wonders and more can been seen at the 53rd Western Maine Gem, […]

Rain impacts Route 118 fix

By Amanda Johnson   NORWAY—It’s a bumpy ride across Norway with many roads in poor condition, but those driving down Route 118 will eventually find a smooth ride ahead—despite a recent stall in a project that means to repair it. For the past few weeks, the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) has been working on […]

Christmas Child isn’t only in December

FILLED WITH LOVE—Kathleen McInerny,  a volunteer for the branch of Operation Christmas Child in Cumberland, York and Oxford counties, stands with some of the children in the Philippines who received shoe boxes filled with toys and necessities.

During November, the Samaritan’s Purse sets out Operation Christmas Child, a program that targets children in countries around the world, bringing them shoe boxes filled with toys, hygiene items, school supplies and more. Since it’s inception 20 years ago, volunteers have gone to more than 130 countries to deliver the donated boxes, and this year […]

A sweet idea may help to eradicate a sour disease


OXFORD—Carlee-Mae and Alyson Cash never had any experience with running a business, which isn’t surprising considering they’re only in elementary school. The two sisters from Norway, who live part-time in Otisfield, had an objective for last week’s Fun Dog Days at the Oxford Fair Grounds—to create and run a successful lemonade stand. What was different […]

Buckfield says no to rescue dept. increase

BUCKFIELD—Residents determined to stay within the budget amended the nearly $186,000 proposed budget for the rescue department down to $135,000. Resident Darrell Harvey recommended the decrease because, he said, the town needs to stay within its budget. Harvey said that in the past the department has been able to get along fine with $135,000—the amount […]