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 […]

Down East Dickering isn’t done, despite cancellation, star says

Roland "Yummy" Raubeson, center, star of the History Channel's reality TV show "Down East Dickering" poses with fans in September at a birthday bash at the Oxford Plains Speedway. History opted last week to not film a third season.

Uncle Henry’s motto — “You can’t keep a good dickerer down” — is a sentiment the publication’s general manager, local stars and fans are embracing in the wake of the History Channel’s recent decision to cancel “Down East Dickering.” Kevin Webb, general manager of Uncle Henry’s Swap or Sell It Guide, said Tuesday that conversations […]

Christmas in Harrison brings Santa to town

(From left) Santa Claus hitches a ride with Tom Thomas as Ernie Field drives Old Engine 1 in the 2012 edition of Christmas in Harrison. The truck had its engine rebuilt last year and the truck will again deliver Santa for this year's parade at 9:30 a.m. Saturday during the Christmas parade.

HARRISON—The town is geared up and ready for tonight’s kick off of the annual four-day Christmas in Harrison event to celebrate Christmas in New England the old fashioned way. The first event of the festival is Soup and Song at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, at United Parish Congregational Church, 77 Main St. April Frank, coordinator […]

Reality stars dicker their way into second season

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By Erin Place BETHEL—Tony Bennett promises the second season of “Down East Dickering” will bring him and his crew into unchartered territory for items to dicker, or barter for, shooting in locations from one end of the state to the other. Bennett, of Bethel, stars in the History Channel reality TV show along with his […]

Film hopes to keep Mainers growing local

Photo courtesy of Seedlight Pictures

Farmer Ben Marcus in a scene from 'Seeding a Dream,' one of three vignettes in the film 'Growing Local.'

By Steve Moore NORWAY—One-third of the farms in Maine will change hands in the near future as farmers grow too old to continue farming. If communities want to see farming continue into the next generation, how these farms are supported during this transitional time is critical. These are some of the issues raised by a […]