Man proposes wedding barn to Oxford Planning Board

Erin Place

Norway resident Randy Rawling is looking to purchase the old barn and farmhouse at 429 Robinson Hill Road in East Oxford and turn the barn into a wedding barn.

OXFORD—A Norway man has his eye on an old farmhouse and barn with the hopes of turning the barn into a wedding barn and will meet with the Oxford Planning Board tonight to see if the project is feasible. The Planning Board met last week on Thursday, Dec. 4, and held a workshop on Randy […]

Expansion plans for Oxford dwarf the casino

Oxford Hotel

OXFORD—While there doesn’t look like there’s much activity happening on the acres of farmland across the street from Oxford Casino on Route 26, Casalinova Development Group President Joe Casalinova assured Oxford Planning Board members there’s plenty going on behind the scenes. Building Solutions Vice President Brian O’Donnell and Casalinova met with the Planning Board on […]

Trap Corner Restaurant may yield to big rigs

The Trap Corner Restaurant may soon disappear to make way for trucks if C.N. Brown's plans to purchase the building and expand its diesel operation go through.

WEST PARIS—C.N. Brown is set to buy the Trap Corner Restaurant in West Paris—and then likely demolish it. “We would like to do that but it’s not a done deal,” Jinger Duryea, president of C.N. Brown Company, said by phone last week. The sale is pending, according to Monica LaVerdiere of Barefoot Realty in Oxford, […]

Business supporters don’t want to gamble on third casino

Oxford Casino2

OXFORD—The Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce (OHCC) Board of Directors and management at the Oxford Casino have unofficially teamed up for the upcoming legislative session to let politicians know they whole heartedly oppose another casino opening in the state, which they say will negatively affect Western Maine. The board of directors released a letter on […]

Dollar store war: Store likely headed to West Paris

By Steve Moore WEST PARIS—What could be called “The Dollar Wars” is coming to Western Maine. While the Dollar General is attempting to take over the Family Dollar chain, which Dollar Tree is also trying to buy, it has announced that five new locations are under construction in Maine and a “Coming Soon” sign has been […]

Western Maine rail service project chugs along

Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments

A map of communities committed to the Androscoggin Oxford and Coos County Passenger Rail Coalition, whose goal is to provide passenger rail service to Montreal from Portland, along with commuter service in Western Maine to Portland via Lewiston and Auburn.

By Erin Place PARIS—Members of the Androscoggin-Oxford-Coos Counties (AOCC) Passenger Rail Coalition were recently told their goal of bringing passenger rail service from Portland to Montreal and commuter service in Western Maine to Portland via Lewiston/Auburn is at minimum six to eight years down the track. Patricia Quinn—the executive director of the Northern New England […]

Contentious referendum is a bear of an issue

A black bear with its foot caught in a trap.

By Erin Place To bait or not to bait bears, that is the first question on the ballot for Tuesday’s election. The bear hunting referendum has proven to be a contentious issue this election cycle, with coalitions on both sides of the debate raising millions of dollars for campaigns, spending some of that money on […]

A couple Doughboys take over the Handy Store

David Haskell and Mike Smith, the new owners of the Handy Store in South Paris, stand in front of the business they plan to call Doughboys Variety and reopen to the public at 6 a.m. Friday.

By Erin Place PARIS—When Mike Smith rode his bike down the hill on Highland Avenue to the Handy Store on East Main Street in South Paris to buy penny candy as a kid, he had no idea that roughly four decades later he would purchase the place with his business partner, David Haskell. Smith, who […]

Forger allowed to sell in parking lot, for now

Peddler Troy Ryerson of South Woodstock was told that he couldn't sell mushrooms in the parking lot of Aubuchon Hardware in Norway he's been at for two decades, but will be allowed to continue for now.

By Erin Place NORWAY—With what started out as a misunderstanding between a South Woodstock man selling medicinal mushrooms and the Aubuchon Hardware district manager will have a happy ending. Troy Ryerson, who says his customers know him as “the Fiddlehead Guy,” has been selling the plants on and off for 20 years in the south […]