Oxford woman has a can-do attitude towards business

Crystal Deering-Robichaud of Oxford prepares her home-based products in her licensed kitchen.

OXFORD —  Variety is the spice of life. That’s the motto Crystal Deering-Robichaud lives by, at least when it comes to creating jellies and jams for her home-based business, Beacon Blessings. Deering-Robichaud of Oxford founded Beacon Blessings in November 2014, which is now her full-time gig. She got her kitchen certified through the University of […]

Norway businesses close, but hope remains for others

Passenger's Rail on Main Street in Norway closed its doors recently.

NORWAY —  It’s the end of the line for Main Street’s Passenger’s Rail restaurant, which recently closed, and residents will have to find another spot to buy their gardening supplies since Grow Depot has relocated. South Paris resident Lisa Keisman, who co-owned the restaurant at 237 Main St., Norway, with Tom Turner, confirmed by Facebook […]

Harrison budget burns bridges between Board of Selectmen

HARRISON — Sparks momentarily flew between the newest board member and the chair and vice chair during what was supposed to be a routine presentation of the first draft of the fiscal 2016 budget at last week’s Selectmen’s meeting. Things became tense when Harrison Selectman Richard Sykes asked if there was a list of capital items […]

North America’s largest purple apatite found in Maine

This 65.5 carat purple apatite is cut down by South Paris business owner Dennis Creaser for a Connecticut mineral dealer, which Creaser says is the second largest ever mined in the world.

PARIS—To the untrained eye, the purple ridged gemstone that landed on the faceting machine of South Paris jeweler Dennis Creaser appears small, but not only did it break a state record, it is the largest piece found in North America to date, he said. On Tuesday, Creaser—who owns of Creaser Jewelers on Main Street—showed off […]

Domestic violence is a community issue, educator says; presentation at Mechanic Falls Town Office on Tuesday

MECHANIC FALLS—Hosting the upcoming discussion on domestic violence is one way Safe Voices Community Educator for Androscoggin County Julia Teitel helps shed light on what she calls a “community issue” by not keeping the once taboo subject behind closed doors. Teitel will be on hand from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at […]

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 […]

The town of Harrison goes to court over land division

HARRISON—A former selectman is heading to Bridgton District Court next week for a pretrial conference after the town of Harrison alleged he created an illegal subdivision by selling too many parcels of land during a five-year time frame—and could go to court with the town of Waterford for the same issue. The land in question […]

Buckfield Town Manager’s truck purchase ‘likely permissible,’ lawyer says

BUCKFIELD—The Board of Selectmen again was split Tuesday night on its decision to research other towns’ emergency purchasing policies, after Town Manager Cindy Dunn replaced a plow truck that burned during a nor’easter last month without notifying the board beforehand. The vote was 2-1 with Chairwoman Martha Catevenis and Scott Violette voting for Catevenis’ motion […]