Garments are praised by volunteers and those in need in Paris

South Paris resident Deb Billings checks out some of the new arrivals at Garments of Praise, in the basement of the South Paris Baptist Church, after dropping off donations one Tuesday afternoon.

PARIS — The sun was shining Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 3, and the break in the weather allowed South Paris residents Deb Billings and Glen Newell to walk past the gently waving flag that reads “Garments of Praise” and into South Paris Baptist Church to drop off donations and check out new arrivals. They were heading into […]

Norway celebrates its snowshoe history with a festival this weekend

Brenda Melhus
Competitors try to race across the finish line during last year's Snowshoe Wife Carry - the only of its kind in the world - during the Norway Snowshoe Festival

NORWAY — A candle-lit snow-filled trek, a three-legged race, musical chairs and a wife carrying contest, all of this and more can be done for free — and on snowshoes — as part of the fifth annual Norway Snowshoe Festival this weekend. The three-day event is organized by the Norway-based Western Foothills Land Trust with help from Norway […]

Roberts Farm open for school vacation week

NORWAY — The Roberts Farm Preserve warming hut will be open – with cross country skis and snowshoes available to borrow – from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 16 through Feb. 20, for school vacation week. It will continue to be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. […]

Bringing Chad home: Sumner mother starts fund to help with van purchase

Maureen 'Mo' Libby checks her son, Chad's, blood sugar before feeding him through a tube on Sunday afternoon at their Sumner home.

SUMNER — “I made a promise. It was time to come good,” Maureen “Mo” Libby wrote on her shared living provider application for the state when she decided to bring her wheelchair-bound and mostly nonverbal son, Chad, home. Before the two could live together again in the three-story barn-turned-home on Butterfield Road in Sumner, Libby had […]

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 […]

Ice fishermen are a special kind of fish out of water

David Billings, of Otisfield, holds a 21.5 inch togue, or lake trout, he caught while ice fishing on Thompson Lake on Sunday.

OTISFIELD—David Billings steps outside of the shanty his grandson built and immediately points his finger to the orange flag that’s tipped up from the hole in the ice just 15 feet beyond. He quickly walks over to the edge of the ice, bends down and looks at the line. “I think he stole my bait,” […]

Dunham, and WW II, made Norway America’s snowshoe capital

Photo courtesy of Sidney Gordon

From the late 1940s until the 1980s, this 16-foot tall giant snowshoe stood at the entrance of Norway, which was dubbed 'Snowtown of America.'

NORWAY—The giant snowshoe that once stood at the entrance of town greeting residents and visitors alike and dubbing Norway the “Snowshoe Town of America” is a lot like Elvis, says the curator of the Norway Historical Society. That’s because there’s been sightings of the iconic sculpture, but not proof that it exists, since it disappeared […]

Harrison wants more money for capital improvements

HARRISON—When Harrison Town Manager George “Bud” Finch offered a glimpse of the town’s economic standing at last week’s Selectmen’s meeting, he stressed the importance of allocating more money for capital improvement projects and purchases as it heads into the budget season. At the Thursday, Jan. 8 meeting, Finch told Selectmen that Harrison has upped the […]