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 […]

Army lieutenant’s own words resurrect him

A photograph of Army Lt. Daniel F. Dullea II, with his Purple Heart, and a lamp created by Pat Pulkinnen's daughter to chronicle Dullea's meeting with the Queen of England during WWII.

By Steve Moore SOUTH PARIS—Pat Pulkkinen didn’t realize it at the time, but by going through a notebook full of letters written to her mother and grandmother more than 70 years ago, she was able to bring a beloved uncle back home. U.S. Army Lt. Daniel F. Dullea II was killed in England during a […]

Film hopes to keep Mainers growing local

Photo courtesy of Seedlight Pictures

Farmer Ben Marcus in a scene from 'Seeding a Dream,' one of three vignettes in the film 'Growing Local.'

By Steve Moore NORWAY—One-third of the farms in Maine will change hands in the near future as farmers grow too old to continue farming. If communities want to see farming continue into the next generation, how these farms are supported during this transitional time is critical. These are some of the issues raised by a […]

Road fix proposal in the works in Otisfield

By Steve Moore OTISFIELD—Do Otisfield residents want to pay to put new tires and shock absorbers on their cars each year or make the hard financial decision to improve town roads? That was a question raised by Road Committee Chairman Quentin Henderson to Otisfield residents who attended an informational meeting on Thursday, Oct. 23, to […]

Candidates for state Legislature take a stand

By Ann Wood PARIS—It was a quiet Great Debate at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, as nine candidates for state Legislature touted their points of view. The forum, sponsored by the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce, drew only about 25 folks and a cable television camera, and the candidates’ prepared stances on casino expansion, health […]

Harrison Selectmen talk taxes tonight

HARRISON—Town Manager George “Bud” Finch said he’ll be looking for guidance from Harrison selectmen regarding the preparation of the fiscal 2016 budget at tonight’s meeting. The current mill rate is $10.95 per $1,000 of assessed value. This equates to a 25 cent, or 2.3 percent, increase over the previous tax rate, Finch said two weeks […]

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 […]

Nuns look to resurrect old farm in order to help women

The nuns at the Community of the Resurrection on Poplar Ridge Road in Otisfield want to build a new chapel and conference room off the back left side of their old farmhouse.

By Erin Place OTISFIELD—A mile down a dirt road, one side of woods gives way to a large open field with mountains as the backdrop and a looming white farmhouse with an almost equally as impressive attached barn. Inside the house, silent prayer requires four trips to the chapel daily. Outside in the former cattle […]