Mason works to toughen texting laws as Lowe awaits a decision

DAY IN COURT—(From left) Twenty-one-year-old Kristina Lowe of Oxford, sit with her defense attorneys, Chelsea Peters and James Howaniec, as they listen to the state's argument in Lowe's appeals case last week.

By Erin Place PARIS—While Gerrold Mason again awaits the fate of the Oxford woman—who a jury in May said was responsible for the death of his daughter and another passenger—to be handed down this time by a judge, he’s busy setting up educational opportunities highlighting the dangers and sometimes deadly results of texting and driving. […]

Breau plays the town green Friday

NORWAY—Singer-guitarist Danny Breau will play a First Friday event at the Norway Town Square, across from the Opera House, on Friday, Aug. 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The local guitar and singing sensation will entertain the crowd with his consummate guitar playing and warm and inviting voice. The public is invited to the […]

Paris Police drop complaint and prepare parking tickets

By Erin Place   PARIS—The Paris Police Department’s union has dropped its grievance with the town, Town Manager Amy Bernard announced at the selectmen’s meeting on Monday night. Town attorney Geoff Hole told Bernard the union, which is represented by the teamsters, issued a grievance over a couple of articles in the contract about two […]

State says it is pursuing transition to work for the mentally ill

People who are able-bodied but have a psychological condition such as depression will need to work, volunteer or undergo job training for at least 20 hours a week to continue receiving benefits from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly referred to as food stamps, Mary Mayhew, the commissioner of the state Department of […]

Advertiser Democrat atrium work starts Monday

Work will be done on the office beginning Monday so customers will not be able to enter the building. If you come to the furthest window on Pikes Hill Road toward Canal Street we will be happy to help you. Please call us with any questions or concerns at 743-7011. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Jobs on the line if recycling goes single-stream

Amanda Johnson photo
A HEAVY DUTY—Norway/Paris Transfer Station worker Brett Leighton uses a forklift to pick up heavy compacted pieces of paper and stack them on to a 20-foot pile.

By Amanda Johnson NORWAY/PARIS—If Norway and Paris chooses to jump on the single-stream recycling bandwagon, three employees that separate the recycling will lose their jobs. A single-stream recycling program introduced by Oxford County Regional Recycling will be starting at the beginning of 2015. Norway has not made any decision yet as to whether or not […]

Sheriff’s deputies want contract, wage increase


By Erin Place PARIS—Gray skies were the backdrop Tuesday morning as Oxford County Sheriff’s deputies picketed in front of the superior courthouse in South Paris, bringing to light stalled contract negotiations with county commissioners and other points of contention they have with the sheriff’s office. Around 8:30 a.m. at 26 Western Ave., eight deputies were […]

A festival in plein air


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, […]