Paris Revitalization Committee wants input Wednesday, April 1

PARIS — Following approval of the Strategic Plan for Market Square by the Paris Selectboard, the Paris Revitalization Committee has met to begin to prioritize the many projects in the plan for implementation. Committee members are exploring funding opportunities to build a boat launch on the Little Androscoggin River at 1 Paris Hill and the […]

Bats in the belfry: Historic Bell Meetinghouse gets a facelift

Ken Bartow, clerk of the works for the Bell Hill Meetinghouse ceiling project, stands in the belfry of the meetinghouse looking at the 1860 bell made by Meneely's Bell Foundry in West Troy, N.Y.

OTISFIELD — The ceiling is coming down at the historic 1839 Bell Meetinghouse on Bell Hill. The $70,000 project that is being undertaken by the Bell Hill Meetinghouse Association will remove a decades old ceiling and uncover and restore the original lathe and plaster ceiling. This week, an 11-foot-tall rolling platform was erected over the pews […]

Plans in the works to revitalize Paris

PARIS — The ad hoc Paris Revitalization Committee wants to keep the momentum going with the town’s recently adopted Strategic Plan and asked town officials last week which projects the town would take on and which the committee and volunteers should tackle. A handful of business owners and committee members attended the selectmen’s meeting on Monday, March […]

Ayuh, it’s spring and snow be darned, Mainers are plantin’

Alan Day Community Garden Coordinator Rocky Crockett looks for the best to plant the kale he started from seeds in his outdoor greenhouse at his South Paris home last week.

It’s not easy being green in Central and Western Maine. After months of being buried under several feet of snow, seeds aren’t ready to start sprouting anytime soon. But home gardeners can give nature a boost and get ahead of the state’s short growing season by starting seedlings indoors. Rocky Crockett, Norway’s Alan Day Community […]

Workshop focuses on protecting Maine’s habitat

Emerald Ash Borer

PARIS — Stay native. That’s the message two conservation and forestry groups want to send out when they hold a public workshop next week to talk about invasive pests and plants that are threatening Maine’s forests, vegetation and water bodies. The Thursday, March 19, workshop sponsored by the Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District and […]

Paris Police Chief fights license suspension

AUGUSTA — Almost four months after his arrest for allegedly Operating Under the Influence, the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) issued a driver’s license suspension notice for Paris Police Chief Michael Madden. However, he will be able to continue to drive at least until an administrative hearing is held, which his lawyer requested on Tuesday. […]

Bobcats stalk birdfeeders for prey in Norway

Thelma Denlinger photo

Norway resident Thelma Denlinger was able to snap this up close and personal photo of a male bobcat when he came up on her back porch recently.

NORWAY — For the past two weeks, it’s been the same routine almost every day. A brown and black spotted ball of fur sits patiently in the shadows of the trees, with his small black ear tuffs pointing straight up, as his hazel eyes intently watch the active bird feeders in John McCormack’s snow-covered back yard. […]

Searching for a stream of gold: Proposed regulations would close some Maine waterways to motorized mining

Mark Folk photo 
Phillip Moulton and Harry Blake, members of the Central Maine Gold Prospectors, search for gold. Proposed regulations would not allow for motorized prospecting equipment in certain waterways in the state.

Some recreational gold prospectors aren’t shouting “eureka” at Maine’s Land Use Planning Commission’s proposed changes that would close off certain bodies of water to motorized equipment used in mining the mineral. The commission voted at its Jan. 14 meeting to post the proposed Chapter 10 revisions to the National Recreation and Park Association’s Consistency and […]