A festival in plein air

Artists___Artisans

By Amanda Johnson NORWAY—”It’s not just the art show,” says Lisa Moore, a committee coordinator of the Norway Arts Festival, adding that there are plenty of different kinds of art —from music to theater to readings— that are showing this year. Thousands of artists, art observers, performers and locals are expected to flock to the 47th […]

A gem of a rock show opens Saturday

Erin rocks

By Erin Place   BETHEL—From slabs with dark to lime green outer rings surrounding vibrant pink centers to deep dark brown scepters with swirling whiteish-crystal innards to jagged purple clusters forming cave dioramas and light blue to almost turquoise facets—all of these natural wonders and more can been seen at the 53rd Western Maine Gem, […]

Rain impacts Route 118 fix

By Amanda Johnson   NORWAY—It’s a bumpy ride across Norway with many roads in poor condition, but those driving down Route 118 will eventually find a smooth ride ahead—despite a recent stall in a project that means to repair it. For the past few weeks, the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) has been working on […]

Christmas Child isn’t only in December

FILLED WITH LOVE—Kathleen McInerny,  a volunteer for the branch of Operation Christmas Child in Cumberland, York and Oxford counties, stands with some of the children in the Philippines who received shoe boxes filled with toys and necessities.

During November, the Samaritan’s Purse sets out Operation Christmas Child, a program that targets children in countries around the world, bringing them shoe boxes filled with toys, hygiene items, school supplies and more. Since it’s inception 20 years ago, volunteers have gone to more than 130 countries to deliver the donated boxes, and this year […]

A sweet idea may help to eradicate a sour disease

CARLEE MAE AND ALYSON CASH

OXFORD—Carlee-Mae and Alyson Cash never had any experience with running a business, which isn’t surprising considering they’re only in elementary school. The two sisters from Norway, who live part-time in Otisfield, had an objective for last week’s Fun Dog Days at the Oxford Fair Grounds—to create and run a successful lemonade stand. What was different […]

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 […]

Electric car charge spot could put Norway ‘on the map’

NORWAY—Just like in the rest of the world, transportation is changing here in Norway. Some cars now run on electricity instead of gasoline. According to Fred Garbo of the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy in Norway, who owns an electric car, having a car charger located in town is a good investment. Garbo says that […]

Snowy owl has a hoot in West Paris

WEST PARIS— Rumor of the snowy owl spread quickly. Inside Western Maine Steel in West Paris, MaryAnne Knowlton could see cars pulling off onto the shoulder of Route 26, blinkers flashing a warning as tractor-trailers about their business roared by, oblivious to the spectacle. She didn’t blame them, even when a procession of cars lined […]