Paris designated third worst town in Maine

Paris was rated the third worst place to live in Maine by RoadSnacks.net. Town officials disagree, but others don't and want to make it a better place to live and work.

PARIS — Could Paris really be the third worst place to live in Maine? It is according to the “infotainment” website, RoadSnacks.net. While town officials have offered tongue-in-cheek responses — which they say is how the designation should be taken — others have taken it to heart and want to make the town a better place to live […]

Norway resident Jordan Kaulback takes his music from Maine and brings it back

Norway musician Jordan Kaulback hit the road last week to play some gigs across the country before returning to Maine next week to open up for Max Creek at the Green Love Festival in Starks.

NORWAY — A small musical group from Norway decided to go on the road again, this time heading clear across country for two weeks to play some gigs before returning to Maine to open for the headliner at a local festival next week. Twenty-five-year-old Jordan Kaulback embarked on his longest journey to date with his sister, […]

Michael Kelley gets a lift from ‘Down East Dickering’ TV stars

Michael Kelley, sitting, with the cast of "Down East Dickering" and his younger brother after trying out the Action Track Chair his family and the cast want to buy for him. In back from left, are Tony Bennett, Duke the Jack russell terrier, "Turtle," Matthew Kelley and Roland "Yummy" Raubeson .

GRAY — Just after his 25th birthday, Michael Kelley will celebrate in style with some of his favorite reality TV stars from “Down East Dickering” at a benefit that will help give him freedom and mobility he’s never before experienced. At least 10 cast members from the now-canceled History Channel show — which focused on Mainers wheeling […]

Gov. LePage takes center stage in ‘craziest politicians’ book

Norm Chung's caricature of Gov. Paul LePage illustrates one of the governor's crazy moments chronicled in Brian O'Connell's book, "The Fat Boy with the Bomb and 299 more of the world's craziest politicians."

By Ann Wood What do Gov. Paul LePage, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford have in common? They are among the politicians journalist-author Brian O’Connell considers “downright dangerous leaders, as well as just plain stupid lawmakers from around the world,” and are featured in his new book, “The Fat Boy with […]

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 […]

Buckfield students get musical with ‘Beauty and the Beast’ this weekend

Maurice, played by Buckfield High School freshman Andrew Warren, speaks to his daughter, Belle, portrayed by sophomore Laney Randolf, during last week's partial dress rehearsal for the upcoming production of "Beauty and the Beast," set for the first two weekends in April.

BUCKFIELD — Roughly 40 students crowd around elongated clothing racks, searching for their outfits, as one high schooler walks by, carrying his shirt and proclaiming in a British accent, “I need pantaloons.” It’s a normal Friday afternoon in the Buckfield High School cafeteria, where the cast ranging from first through 12th grade is gathered for a […]