Buckfield says no to rescue dept. increase

BUCKFIELD—Residents determined to stay within the budget amended the nearly $186,000 proposed budget for the rescue department down to $135,000. Resident Darrell Harvey recommended the decrease because, he said, the town needs to stay within its budget. Harvey said that in the past the department has been able to get along fine with $135,000—the amount […]

Norway TM approves $1.2M for road repairs

NORWAY— The town of Norway will share with the state a $1.2 million bond for road repairs, it was decided at Annual Town Meeting this past Monday. The the project will be financed for five years at approximately five-percent from the Maine Municipal Bond Bank. The $1.2 million will cover engineering, oversight, repaving and improving […]

School officials: Second round of laptops a success

OXFORD — Five years after a stuttering attempt to integrate computer technology in classrooms, district officials say the latest round of laptop purchases for students is a success. Addressing SAD 17 School Board Directors on Monday night, Oxford Hills High School Principal Ted Moccia, middle school principal Troy Eastman and technical school director Shawn Lambert […]

$3.81 million budget goes to Oxford voters

OXFORD — Selectmen last week signed the town warrant scheduling the annual town meeting to see if voters will approve a $3.81 million budget for fiscal year 2014-15. On paper voters are being asked to raise $531,013 – 16 percent – more than last year, though town Manager Michael Chammings said the increases are being […]

Additional $24 million needed for Oxford sewer project


OXFORD — A pending application for nearly $24 million in federal funding will determine whether the town expands sewer system construction into residential areas. In an application sent to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Office last week, the town is seeking $23,890,000 in funding to lay sewer pipes into rural areas. The […]

Students flock for funds

A flock of plastic flamingos popped up on the lawn of Signature Salon in Norway, just one of many surprise recipients targeted by the well-intentioned prank. The prank is a fundraiser for high school marketing students, and for a fee, residents pick the birds' next spot.

  By Christopher Crosby OXFORD HILLS — It happens with disturbing ease. With just a phone call or an email, money exchanges hands and unexpectedly they appear. Their cold, blank eyes gaze remorselessly about, and the only explanation that something larger, and more devious is afoot is a brief note encouraging victims to help them […]