Harrison Agricultural Committee wants to grow food for all

HARRISON — When Connie Allen joined the recently formed Agricultural Committee, she envisioned neighborhood gardens dotting the landscape and homes of the 2,700 residents in town. That vision that can come to fruition if that’s what the rest of the group decides to do. The committee met Tuesday morning at the Harrison Fire Station to […]

Paris residents want reassessments reassessed

Jennifer McMahon, owner of Riverside Lodge at 20 Paris Hill Road, is fighting the reevaluation of her business, as her property value and taxes jumped significantly after purchasing the sauna in February.

PARIS — One resident, who saw her property value and taxes almost double during the town’s reevaluation process, is calling on others to express their concern at Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting. Town officials, however, are advising those with grievances to make appointments for hearings with assessors from the company in charge of the process. […]

Paris jeweler recreates historic Maine brooch

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The original George Howe amethyst brooch is seen before it was lost in Boston in 1957.

PARIS — What was lost hasn’t necessarily been found but recreated in its all its dazzling purple, white and gold glory. The noted Howe amethyst brooch has risen from the proverbial ashes of Maine’s mines and has been brought back to life by a local artist. For the past five years, jeweler and mineral collector Dennis […]

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 […]

Oxford County prisoners’ get dinner fit for a restaurant

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By Christopher Crosby PARIS — Just prior to mealtime rushes at Market Square Restaurant, cooks prepare food for a very different sort of place: the jail. The restaurant has cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner for the inmates of the Oxford County Jail since 2009, when a relationship was born out of budget constraints and convenience […]