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 […]

Residents OK sewer ordinance, selectmen contract for foundation

After questioning standby fees and how much they might cost property owners, voters ultimately approved Oxford's sewer ordinance.

By Ann Wood OXFORD—The town will have its wasterwater treatment facility, following a unanimous vote by the Oxford Board of Selectmen on Tuesday to contract with Sargent Corp., of Stillwater, to install the foundation and outfall pipe for around $2.87 million—about $429,000 less than K&K Excavation’s bid and a whopping $830,000 less than Cianbro Corp’s […]

Medical office building planned for former mill property

COMING ATTRACTIONS—A new Stephens Memorial Hospital Medical Office building will be built on property it owns on Main Street in Norway, behind Cafe Nomad.

By Amanda Johnson NORWAY— Barbara Allen, head of community relations at Stephens Memorial Hospital (SMH), confirmed Tuesday that the hospital will construct a new medical office building on land that it owns behind Cafe Nomad on Pikes Hill in Norway—at the site of the former Cummings Mill. This could put a halt to Otisfield resident […]

Jobs on the line if recycling goes single-stream

Amanda Johnson photo
A HEAVY DUTY—Norway/Paris Transfer Station worker Brett Leighton uses a forklift to pick up heavy compacted pieces of paper and stack them on to a 20-foot pile.

By Amanda Johnson NORWAY/PARIS—If Norway and Paris chooses to jump on the single-stream recycling bandwagon, three employees that separate the recycling will lose their jobs. A single-stream recycling program introduced by Oxford County Regional Recycling will be starting at the beginning of 2015. Norway has not made any decision yet as to whether or not […]

Sheriff’s deputies want contract, wage increase

OXFORD COUNTY PICKET

By Erin Place PARIS—Gray skies were the backdrop Tuesday morning as Oxford County Sheriff’s deputies picketed in front of the superior courthouse in South Paris, bringing to light stalled contract negotiations with county commissioners and other points of contention they have with the sheriff’s office. Around 8:30 a.m. at 26 Western Ave., eight deputies were […]