Growing delight: Edible Main Street starts planting in downtown Norway

Volunteer Megan Blaney of South Paris measures wood to be cut Friday afternoon for planters as part of Edible Main Street, a new collaboration project between Center for Ecology-Based Economy, Alan Day Community Garden, Healthy Oxford Hills and Stephen's Community Healthcare Foundation.

NORWAY — Collaboration is the name of the game when it comes to downtown Norway’s tasty new community project, Edible Main Street. Edible Main Street focuses on growing edible plants, flowers and herbs inside planters along Norway’s main drag. “We’re all about collaboration. Every project we do here, we have some kind of collaboration,” Center for […]

Paris Police Chief Michael Madden’s OUI apology accepted by town

Paris Police Chief Michael Madden apologizes to town residents during the Board of Selectmen meeting at the Paris Town Office on Monday.

PARIS — An apology from Paris Police Chief Michael Madden for Operating Under the Influence in November was good enough for Selectmen and the few residents who addressed the chief during Monday night’s meeting. He teared up at the beginning of his comments after he saw that every full-time employee in the department — sans […]

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 […]