Hartford historian memorializes War of 1812 soldiers

Richard Dyer and Hartford Historian Lorraine Parsons hang a plaque outside of the Town Hall honoring all 78 of the town's soldiers who served during the War of 1812.

HARTFORD — Daniel Parsons. Chesley Leighton. Job Shaw. Hartford Historian Lorraine Parsons wants to make sure these men are remembered as more than a simple footnote in history. This is why she made sure a plaque honoring the town’s 78 soldiers from the War of 1812 was erected — with the help of resident Richard […]

Harrison ponders drug-free zone

HARRISON — Drug users and dealers beware: Harrison is not open for business. This is the message the Board of Selectmen wants to send those wheeling and dealing in illegal substances through the proposed development of a Safe Zone Ordinance, which could increase penalties for people caught trafficking, furnishing or cultivating drugs within a designated […]

Norway woman charged with water dumping

NORWAY — A Norway woman was issued as summons for a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits scam known as water dumping after a recent investigation by police and the Department of Health and Human Services. Linda T. Goodman, 57, has been charged with unlawful trafficking in SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) benefits, a Class […]

Spring blooms with butterfly talk at McLaughlin Garden in South Paris this weekend

Pulmonaria, better known as lungwort, is one of the many wildflowers that will be on display this weekend as part of McLaughlin Garden and Homestead's annual Wildflower Festival.

PARIS — Spring has finally sprung here in Western Maine and the McLaughlin Garden and Homestead will celebrate the advent of the gardening season with its annual Wildflower Festival. It will feature an illustrated lecture by Dr. Ron Butler about his work with the Maine Butterfly Survey on Friday afternoon. The Wildflower Festival will be […]

Growing delight: Edible Main Street starts planting in downtown Norway

Volunteer Megan Blaney of South Paris measures wood to be cut Friday afternoon for planters as part of Edible Main Street, a new collaboration project between Center for Ecology-Based Economy, Alan Day Community Garden, Healthy Oxford Hills and Stephen's Community Healthcare Foundation.

NORWAY — Collaboration is the name of the game when it comes to downtown Norway’s tasty new community project, Edible Main Street. Edible Main Street focuses on growing edible plants, flowers and herbs inside planters along Norway’s main drag. “We’re all about collaboration. Every project we do here, we have some kind of collaboration,” Center for […]

Paris Police Chief Michael Madden’s OUI apology accepted by town

Paris Police Chief Michael Madden apologizes to town residents during the Board of Selectmen meeting at the Paris Town Office on Monday.

PARIS — An apology from Paris Police Chief Michael Madden for Operating Under the Influence in November was good enough for Selectmen and the few residents who addressed the chief during Monday night’s meeting. He teared up at the beginning of his comments after he saw that every full-time employee in the department — sans […]

Hartford, Sumner and Buckfield students enjoy a doggone good read

Nine-year-old Gabrielle, who has selective mutism, reads to Jasmine as part of  Hartford-Sumner Elementary School's Reading Education Assistance Dogs program, which helps improve children's communication and reading skills.

SUMNER — It’s hard to tell that 9-year-old Gabrielle —who’s reading “Pony Pals: Pony to the Rescue” out loud with ease —has selective mutism and sometimes can’t speak at school or in other social settings because of a childhood anxiety disorder. It’s late Friday morning and Gabrielle sits cross-legged on top of a blanket on the […]