Oxford County prisoners’ get dinner fit for a restaurant

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By Christopher Crosby PARIS — Just prior to mealtime rushes at Market Square Restaurant, cooks prepare food for a very different sort of place: the jail. The restaurant has cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner for the inmates of the Oxford County Jail since 2009, when a relationship was born out of budget constraints and convenience […]

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 […]