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

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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 […]

Birthday bash means more dickering to reality TV stars

(From left) Tony Bennett and Chris "Codfish" Cordwell take break from filming the History Channel's reality TV show "Down East Dickering" in Bridgton on Monday, as Duke the Jack Russell terrier blows a raspberry at the camera. The trio is having an all-day birthday bash beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Oxford Plains Speedway on Route 26 in Oxford.

By Erin Place OXFORD—Three local stars of the History Channel’s “Down East Dickering”—Tony Bennett, Chris “Codfish” Codwell and Duke the Jack Russell terrier—couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate their birthday than with their fans at their birthday bash this Saturday at the Oxford Plains Speedway. The trio hails from Bethel and is in […]

Woodsmen will tear it up at the Oxford County Fair

By Erin Place OXFORD—Competitors are sharpening their axes, gassing up their chainsaws and dusting off their log-rolling boots for the Oxford County Fair’s 39th annual Woodmen’s Field Day competition set for Friday. The competition kicks off at 9 a.m. at the 4×4 Arena at the Oxford County Fairgrounds, 68 Pottle Road, Oxford. Roughly 40 people […]

A festival in plein air

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By Amanda Johnson NORWAY—”It’s not just the art show,” says Lisa Moore, a committee coordinator of the Norway Arts Festival, adding that there are plenty of different kinds of art —from music to theater to readings— that are showing this year. Thousands of artists, art observers, performers and locals are expected to flock to the 47th […]