Shaners’ auction in Paris draws hundreds

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PARIS — Just two months after closing doors which had stood open to the public for three decades, hundreds turned up to an auction at Shaner’s Restaurant on Tuesday. The April 1 auction featured over 500 items, from plates, pots, and pans, to full range grills, mid-century cash registers, industrial meat grinders, signs and mementos […]

Hampton Inn groundwork begins across from casino

Site work on a four-story, 90-room hotel with an attached 5,000-square-foot restaurant across from the Oxford Casino along Route 26 in Oxford began Tuesday. The project has been pushed back by delays in town's sewer project as developers want to tap the hotel into the pipeline.

By: Christopher Crosby OXFORD — Earthwork on the site of a 90-room Hampton Inn hotel with an attached restaurant across Route 26 from the Oxford Casino began last week, as developers hope to time the project to coincide with the the town’s sewer system coming online later this fall. Hotel construction on the farmland previously […]

Sen. Susan Collins’ speech at the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce

SENATOR COLLINS SPEECH TO OXFORD HILLS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Collins outlines 7-Point Plan for Maine Jobs               SOUTH PARIS, Maine – The following is the text of Senator Susan Collins’ address to the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce as prepared for delivery.   “I’d like to offer my personal congratulations to the businesses and individuals you honor tonight.  Oxford Federal […]

Shaner’s to make way for Family Dollar

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   Owner serves three decades of food, memories By: Christopher Crosby PARIS— Last week, Jack Shaner, owner of South Paris landmark Shaner’s Family Restaurant, confirmed what had been widely rumored about since October: the property and building had been sold to Family Dollar. The decision has been complicated for Shaner. Though a choice “any businessman […]

Owners worry local Norway landmark, restaurant, could close


By Christopher Crosby NORWAY—The Norway Trolley House has a unique history among stops in Western Maine. The passenger rail once slowly plodded from Norway’s and Paris’ residential neighborhoods, electric lines powering its passage, as it brought workers to the booming manufacturing jobs around town. With the rise of automobiles and only a small population to draw […]

ecomaine seeks nominees for 2014 eco-Excellence Awards

PORTLAND — ecomaine, southern Maine’s leader in single-sort recycling and Waste-To-Energy (WTE) operations, is seeking nominations for the 2014 ecomaine eco-Excellence Awards, honoring individuals, organizations and business who demonstrated a strong commitment to environmental sustainability during 2013. “With the eco-Excellence Awards, we are looking to recognize champions of sustainability, innovators in either the public or private […]

Chamber Beat

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By John Williams Four hundred businesses, profit and non-profit, are members of this Chamber of Commerce here in the greater Oxford Hills, which is the umbrella for 13 towns. For the next 52 weeks, I’ll list at least eight of those members in this column each week. This week we’ll recognize Members in good standing […]

Responsible Pet Care receives grant for dog trainer

PARIS — Pat Ingersoll, APDT, PSI recently joined the staff of the Responsible Pet Care Shelter and Adoption Center in Paris, as Canine Program Director. This was made possible by two generous $10,000 grants received from the Maine Community Foundation and the Doree Taylor Charitable Foundation. Pat brings with her over 25 years of experience training […]