Garments are praised by volunteers and those in need in Paris

South Paris resident Deb Billings checks out some of the new arrivals at Garments of Praise, in the basement of the South Paris Baptist Church, after dropping off donations one Tuesday afternoon.

PARIS — The sun was shining Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 3, and the break in the weather allowed South Paris residents Deb Billings and Glen Newell to walk past the gently waving flag that reads “Garments of Praise” and into South Paris Baptist Church to drop off donations and check out new arrivals. They were heading into […]

Paperwork not filed in Paris police chief OUI arrest

Paris Police Chief Michael Madden

PORTLAND — The Cumberland County Sheriff’s deputy who pulled over Paris police Chief Michael Madden nearly three months ago and summoned him to court for operating under the influence never sent the required paperwork to suspend Madden’s driver’s license, according to Chief Deputy Naldo Gagnon. He said Sgt. Andrew Feeney could face disciplinary action if […]

Norway celebrates its snowshoe history with a festival this weekend

Brenda Melhus
Competitors try to race across the finish line during last year's Snowshoe Wife Carry - the only of its kind in the world - during the Norway Snowshoe Festival

NORWAY — A candle-lit snow-filled trek, a three-legged race, musical chairs and a wife carrying contest, all of this and more can be done for free — and on snowshoes — as part of the fifth annual Norway Snowshoe Festival this weekend. The three-day event is organized by the Norway-based Western Foothills Land Trust with help from Norway […]

Roberts Farm open for school vacation week

NORWAY — The Roberts Farm Preserve warming hut will be open – with cross country skis and snowshoes available to borrow – from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 16 through Feb. 20, for school vacation week. It will continue to be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. […]

Bringing Chad home: Sumner mother starts fund to help with van purchase

Maureen 'Mo' Libby checks her son, Chad's, blood sugar before feeding him through a tube on Sunday afternoon at their Sumner home.

SUMNER — “I made a promise. It was time to come good,” Maureen “Mo” Libby wrote on her shared living provider application for the state when she decided to bring her wheelchair-bound and mostly nonverbal son, Chad, home. Before the two could live together again in the three-story barn-turned-home on Butterfield Road in Sumner, Libby had […]

Oxford Plains Dragway meeting heats up the crowd

It was standing room only on Sunday afternoon as roughly 150 people attend the racers meeting for the Oxford Dragway.

OXFORD — If attendance at Sunday’s meeting was any indication, Oxford Plains Dragway is revving up for a spectacular 2015 season. It was standing room only at Oxford’s Anderson Staples American Legion Post 112 on King Street with the roughly 150 people in attendance spilling over into the vestibule. Oxford Plains Dragway owner Jeff Shock and […]

North America’s largest apatite found in Maine

This 65.5 carat purple apatite is cut down by South Paris business owner Dennis Creaser for a Connecticut mineral dealer, which Creaser says is the second largest ever mined in the world.

PARIS—To the untrained eye, the purple ridged gemstone that landed on the faceting machine of South Paris jeweler Dennis Creaser appears small, but not only did it break a state record, it is the largest piece found in North America to date, he said. On Tuesday, Creaser—who owns of Creaser Jewelers on Main Street—showed off […]

Domestic violence is a community issue, educator says; presentation at Mechanic Falls Town Office on Tuesday

MECHANIC FALLS—Hosting the upcoming discussion on domestic violence is one way Safe Voices Community Educator for Androscoggin County Julia Teitel helps shed light on what she calls a “community issue” by not keeping the once taboo subject behind closed doors. Teitel will be on hand from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at […]