Buckfield Rescue Department needs relief after chief quits

By Ann Wood BUCKFIELD—Nearly three weeks after voters at Special Town Meeting saved the Buckfield Rescue Department by reinstating its $186,585 budget, the department is in trouble once again—this time it needs personnel. After 20 years with the Rescue Department, Chief Lisa Bennett will call it quits as of Monday. Her terse letter to the […]

Birthday bash means more dickering to reality TV stars

(From left) Tony Bennett and Chris "Codfish" Cordwell take break from filming the History Channel's reality TV show "Down East Dickering" in Bridgton on Monday, as Duke the Jack Russell terrier blows a raspberry at the camera. The trio is having an all-day birthday bash beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Oxford Plains Speedway on Route 26 in Oxford.

By Erin Place OXFORD—Three local stars of the History Channel’s “Down East Dickering”—Tony Bennett, Chris “Codfish” Codwell and Duke the Jack Russell terrier—couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate their birthday than with their fans at their birthday bash this Saturday at the Oxford Plains Speedway. The trio hails from Bethel and is in […]

Hebron builds itself a winter home

By Ann Wood HEBRON—For the first time in almost a decade, the town of Hebron has broken ground on a municipal building. This time around, it’s not fit for humans. Rather, it’s a 50-by-100-foot concrete shed for sand and salt. The excavation for the sand and salt shed at 13 Depot Circle, by the town […]

Paris wants its back taxes

By Erin Place PARIS—Letters went out this week to property owners in South Paris who owe back taxes which, in addition to the recently enforced sign ordinance, is another step in the administration’s bid to enforce its policies. At the selectmen’s meeting on Thursday, Aug. 25, Paris Town Manager Amy Bernard told the board there […]

People plan to make Paris pretty

PARIS—Ideas started flowing Tuesday night during the first of two public meetings regarding the strategic plan for South Paris, after those gathered were informed it was a session to help move the town forward and not lodge complaints. The brainstorming session was led by Sandy Swett, a local business owner who was hired by the […]

Famed quartet’s concert mimics ‘The Sounds of Autumn’

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By Erin Place   PARIS—“The Sounds of Autumn” will fill the walls of the First Baptist Church of Paris—complete with notes mimicking birds and mosquitoes—on Sunday, Aug. 31, when the DaPonte String Quartet plays its second concert in the historic building. The concert with commence at 4 p.m. at the church, 500 Paris Hill Road, […]

Taking care of business

NORWAY BUSINESS STORY

Norway hopes to attract  more stores By Amanda Johnson   NORWAY—The most challenging time for small businesses in Norway are the spring and winter months when summer residents and vacationers have returned home, and the cold and slippery roads make it difficult for people to drive, John Williams, executive director of the Oxford Hills Chamber of […]

Sobriety checkpoint in Paris Friday night

Staff Report PARIS—The Paris Police Department, with assistance from the Oxford County Sheriff’s office, the Oxford Police Department, Norway Police Department, and the Maine State Police, will conduct a sobriety checkpoint beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, on Route 26 in South Paris. The checkpoint will be in place until 3 a.m. Saturday, […]

Medical office building planned for former mill property

COMING ATTRACTIONS—A new Stephens Memorial Hospital Medical Office building will be built on property it owns on Main Street in Norway, behind Cafe Nomad.

By Amanda Johnson NORWAY— Barbara Allen, head of community relations at Stephens Memorial Hospital (SMH), confirmed Tuesday that the hospital will construct a new medical office building on land that it owns behind Cafe Nomad on Pikes Hill in Norway—at the site of the former Cummings Mill. This could put a halt to Otisfield resident […]