Paris Revitalization Committee wants input Wednesday, April 1

PARIS — Following approval of the Strategic Plan for Market Square by the Paris Selectboard, the Paris Revitalization Committee has met to begin to prioritize the many projects in the plan for implementation. Committee members are exploring funding opportunities to build a boat launch on the Little Androscoggin River at 1 Paris Hill and the […]

Plans in the works to revitalize Paris

PARIS — The ad hoc Paris Revitalization Committee wants to keep the momentum going with the town’s recently adopted Strategic Plan and asked town officials last week which projects the town would take on and which the committee and volunteers should tackle. A handful of business owners and committee members attended the selectmen’s meeting on Monday, March […]

Oxford Plains Dragway meeting heats up the crowd

It was standing room only on Sunday afternoon as roughly 150 people attend the racers meeting for the Oxford Dragway.

OXFORD — If attendance at Sunday’s meeting was any indication, Oxford Plains Dragway is revving up for a spectacular 2015 season. It was standing room only at Oxford’s Anderson Staples American Legion Post 112 on King Street with the roughly 150 people in attendance spilling over into the vestibule. Oxford Plains Dragway owner Jeff Shock and […]

North America’s largest apatite found in Maine

This 65.5 carat purple apatite is cut down by South Paris business owner Dennis Creaser for a Connecticut mineral dealer, which Creaser says is the second largest ever mined in the world.

PARIS—To the untrained eye, the purple ridged gemstone that landed on the faceting machine of South Paris jeweler Dennis Creaser appears small, but not only did it break a state record, it is the largest piece found in North America to date, he said. On Tuesday, Creaser—who owns of Creaser Jewelers on Main Street—showed off […]

Man proposes wedding barn to Oxford Planning Board

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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

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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 […]