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 […]

Voters will be asked to sell some West Paris trees

By Ann Wood WEST PARIS—Voters will be asked whether the town will be allowed to take bids from lumber companies to chop down some trees in the 130-acre town forest, the proceeds of which would be held in the wood lot revenue account which will be later appropriated at Annual Town Meeting. The Special Town […]

Appeals Board to reconsider dock variance Friday

By Erin Place HARRISON—The owner of a marina in Harrison might be able to double the length of his docks on Long Lake if the planning and appeals boards give him the green light. Selectmen held a special meeting on Friday afternoon to discuss Jerry Knapp’s request to lengthen his docks at Gateway Marina at […]

Open house highlights higher education for everyone

Farmers used to show off their produce and bakers their pies in this building, but with the loss of farms and manufacturing in the area it has become the home to higher education in Western Maine.

By Ann Wood PARIS—Yellow buses carry kids to school, but a certain yellow building can carry teenagers and adults to college and beyond—right here in Western Maine. The Oxford Hills School District has moved its administrative offices into the building that the University of Maine System and the Central Maine Community College share, which has […]