American Legion to hold discussion on homelessness Monday

OXFORD—More than a half million people have experienced homelessness, according to the State of Homelessness in America 2014 report, compiled by the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the Homeless Research Institute. More disturbing and shameful is that 49,933 veterans in this nation are homeless. “Although some individuals choose to be homeless because they prefer […]

King staffer to visit Norway

NORWAY-The office of U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, announced that a member of his staff with be in town on Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Norway Town Office, 19 Danforth St., as part of his “Your Government, Your Neighborhood” initiative. This gives area residents the opportunity to meet directly with […]

A look back at the Real People of Western Maine

Laurent Brondel

The year 2014 brought 52 fascinating Real People to these pages, all of whom live right here in Western Maine. There certainly are a variety of people here—vets, immigrants, artists, college students, bakers, race car drivers, farmers and more. Though every person is unique they all had one thing in common—a love for rural Maine. […]

Oxford County Fair to open with a smash hit

Kevin Bishop, at work at Goodwin Chevrolet, shows off a car he ran in the demolition derby in 1998 at Riverside Speedway in Massachusetts. He's the organizer of the demo derby here in Oxford County and can't wait for it to begin.

By Ann Wood OXFORD—  Attention tough Maine ladies—there’s a demolition derby division calling your name, complete with a $600 first prize and $200 second prize at the Oxford County Fair. You’ve got a good chance of winning the big bucks, organizer Josh Price says, as the only contenders in the ladies division last year were […]

Hebron plans to avoid, or accept, the inevitable

Residents of Hebron came out on Wednesday, Aug. 27, to help plan the future of the town.

By Ann Wood HEBRON—  Small town atmosphere, farmland and open access to land are three things that residents of Hebron said they wanted to retain at a public comprehensive planning meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 27. But as a through-way to Lewiston and Auburn, controversy abounds about whether Route 119 may become a business corridor or […]

Paris wants its back taxes

By Erin Place PARIS—Letters went out this week to property owners in South Paris who owe back taxes which, in addition to the recently enforced sign ordinance, is another step in the administration’s bid to enforce its policies. At the selectmen’s meeting on Thursday, Aug. 25, Paris Town Manager Amy Bernard told the board there […]

State says it is pursuing transition to work for the mentally ill

People who are able-bodied but have a psychological condition such as depression will need to work, volunteer or undergo job training for at least 20 hours a week to continue receiving benefits from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly referred to as food stamps, Mary Mayhew, the commissioner of the state Department of […]

Memorializing their own: Local vets think about service & honor

Ken West and a picture of him that was taken the first day he arrived overseas for Operation Desert Storm.

Ken West and a picture of him that was taken the first day he arrived overseas for Operation Desert Storm. SOUTH PARIS — It’s impossible to miss Gil Turner’s house. That’s not because of its unusual color, a light green, or because it has a pool in its fenced-in backyard. Rather, it’s distinguished by a […]