School officials: Second round of laptops a success

OXFORD — Five years after a stuttering attempt to integrate computer technology in classrooms, district officials say the latest round of laptop purchases for students is a success. Addressing SAD 17 School Board Directors on Monday night, Oxford Hills High School Principal Ted Moccia, middle school principal Troy Eastman and technical school director Shawn Lambert […]

A peek into the week – May 15, 2014

A morning riddle:Empires covet it, but may rue the expense; It allows growth,  but is not growing; People inherit it, but cannot take it with them. In Maine, it changes moods four times. Okay, Bilbo and Gollum may take offense to our nerve  – the answer is an obviously painful ‘land’ – but while our […]

West Paris man accused of shooting neighbor’s dog

WEST PARIS — A local man is charged with cruelty to animals for fatally shooting his neighbor’s dog that came onto his property, town Animal Control Officer Ozzy Hart said. Steve McCann, 45, of 31 Smith St. was given a summons to appear in a Paris court on June 12, Hart said. If convicted, McCann […]

$3.81 million budget goes to Oxford voters

OXFORD — Selectmen last week signed the town warrant scheduling the annual town meeting to see if voters will approve a $3.81 million budget for fiscal year 2014-15. On paper voters are being asked to raise $531,013 – 16 percent – more than last year, though town Manager Michael Chammings said the increases are being […]

Pregnant woman uninjured after car crash with husband


NORWAY— A pregnant woman was sent to Stephens Memorial Hospital as a precaution after her husband accidentally rear-ended her car off the road. According to police, Norway resident Jenifer Shepard was driving northbound on Route 117 around 11:55 a.m. last Saturday when she noticed in her mirror that the bindings lashing a mattress to the […]

A peek into the week – May 8, 2014

As we inch toward summer, the days have a peculiar way of funneling events together, as though we’re all in a rush to get things done before the  -apologies – winter resumes. So whether you’re  going to a  town election, voting in a selectmen’s contest, weighing in on town and school budgets, or graduating, we […]

Venue change boosts career fair attendance

PARIS — Summer job seekers and professionals in the midst of a career change were among more than a hundred people who attended the annual Oxford Hills job fair last week.  Lodged in the cafeteria of the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, more than two dozen local and regional employers, met with future potential employees… […]

Local insurer Goodwin’s sold to regional company

NORWAY — After providing insurance coverage for a century and a half, familyr un Goodwin’s, Inc. Insurance has been sold to a Bridgton-based company.  Operated since 1865, the locally owned company has remained in the Goodwin family since current owner Stuart Goodwin’s grandfather purchased the company in 1912. Two weeks ago it was sold to […]

A peek into the week – May 1, 2014

We apologize for skipping last week’s teaser into the stories happening around town. We got busy, then we got sidetracked and, before you could snap your fingers and ask, “Where’s spring?” the week was gone. In due consideration for making up for the loss, we jump right into this week’s edition with a question: how many […]