Birthday bash means more dickering to reality TV stars

(From left) Tony Bennett and Chris "Codfish" Cordwell take break from filming the History Channel's reality TV show "Down East Dickering" in Bridgton on Monday, as Duke the Jack Russell terrier blows a raspberry at the camera. The trio is having an all-day birthday bash beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Oxford Plains Speedway on Route 26 in Oxford.

By Erin Place OXFORD—Three local stars of the History Channel’s “Down East Dickering”—Tony Bennett, Chris “Codfish” Codwell and Duke the Jack Russell terrier—couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate their birthday than with their fans at their birthday bash this Saturday at the Oxford Plains Speedway. The trio hails from Bethel and is in […]

Woodsmen will tear it up at the Oxford County Fair

By Erin Place OXFORD—Competitors are sharpening their axes, gassing up their chainsaws and dusting off their log-rolling boots for the Oxford County Fair’s 39th annual Woodmen’s Field Day competition set for Friday. The competition kicks off at 9 a.m. at the 4×4 Arena at the Oxford County Fairgrounds, 68 Pottle Road, Oxford. Roughly 40 people […]

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

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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 […]

Oxford to post roads against heavy trucks

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OXFORD— Certain town roads will be closed to heavy truck traffic for a few months this spring to prevent damage to the roadbed. Selectmen last Thursday announced restrictions on select roads to all vehicles weighing 23,000 pounds and over. The measures will be in place from March 3 until May 15. By law, Maine town’s […]