Taking care of business


Norway hopes to attract  more stores By Amanda Johnson   NORWAY—The most challenging time for small businesses in Norway are the spring and winter months when summer residents and vacationers have returned home, and the cold and slippery roads make it difficult for people to drive, John Williams, executive director of the Oxford Hills Chamber of […]

Medical office building planned for former mill property

COMING ATTRACTIONS—A new Stephens Memorial Hospital Medical Office building will be built on property it owns on Main Street in Norway, behind Cafe Nomad.

By Amanda Johnson NORWAY— Barbara Allen, head of community relations at Stephens Memorial Hospital (SMH), confirmed Tuesday that the hospital will construct a new medical office building on land that it owns behind Cafe Nomad on Pikes Hill in Norway—at the site of the former Cummings Mill. This could put a halt to Otisfield resident […]

Advertiser Democrat atrium work starts Monday

Work will be done on the office beginning Monday so customers will not be able to enter the building. If you come to the furthest window on Pikes Hill Road toward Canal Street we will be happy to help you. Please call us with any questions or concerns at 743-7011. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Jobs on the line if recycling goes single-stream

Amanda Johnson photo
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 47th […]

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 […]