Former teacher speaks out against Common Core

Former teacher Diana Holcomb, of Norway, not only wants to get rid of Common Core but the U.S. Department of Education to ensure that decisions regarding education are made locally. She’s one of the speakers at a forum sponsored by Mainers Against Common Core (MACC), which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 4:30 […]

Forger allowed to sell in parking lot, for now

Peddler Troy Ryerson of South Woodstock was told that he couldn't sell mushrooms in the parking lot of Aubuchon Hardware in Norway he's been at for two decades, but will be allowed to continue for now.

By Erin Place NORWAY—With what started out as a misunderstanding between a South Woodstock man selling medicinal mushrooms and the Aubuchon Hardware district manager will have a happy ending. Troy Ryerson, who says his customers know him as “the Fiddlehead Guy,” has been selling the plants on and off for 20 years in the south […]

Warden saves some nutty squirrels

Four squirrels had their tails tangled together by Norway Lake last week.

By Ann Wood NORWAY—Robert Pasireb and Aurora Millwald had never seen anything like it. The tails of four young squirrels were tangled together outside of their home on Lake Pennesseewassee in Norway. Fearing the squirrels would die that way, on Wednesday, Sept. 10, they called Maine Game Warden Tim Coombs, who was on-site in about […]

Residents OK sewer ordinance, selectmen contract for foundation

After questioning standby fees and how much they might cost property owners, voters ultimately approved Oxford's sewer ordinance.

By Ann Wood OXFORD—The town will have its wasterwater treatment facility, following a unanimous vote by the Oxford Board of Selectmen on Tuesday to contract with Sargent Corp., of Stillwater, to install the foundation and outfall pipe for around $2.87 million—about $429,000 less than K&K Excavation’s bid and a whopping $830,000 less than Cianbro Corp’s […]

Oxford County Fair to open with a smash hit

Kevin Bishop, at work at Goodwin Chevrolet, shows off a car he ran in the demolition derby in 1998 at Riverside Speedway in Massachusetts. He's the organizer of the demo derby here in Oxford County and can't wait for it to begin.

By Ann Wood OXFORD—  Attention tough Maine ladies—there’s a demolition derby division calling your name, complete with a $600 first prize and $200 second prize at the Oxford County Fair. You’ve got a good chance of winning the big bucks, organizer Josh Price says, as the only contenders in the ladies division last year were […]

Hebron plans to avoid, or accept, the inevitable

Residents of Hebron came out on Wednesday, Aug. 27, to help plan the future of the town.

By Ann Wood HEBRON—  Small town atmosphere, farmland and open access to land are three things that residents of Hebron said they wanted to retain at a public comprehensive planning meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 27. But as a through-way to Lewiston and Auburn, controversy abounds about whether Route 119 may become a business corridor or […]

Judge upholds Lowe’s manslaughter conviction

By Erin Place PARIS—On Tuesday, Active Retired Justice Robert Clifford denied all three motions filed by defense attorneys for Kristina Lowe—the Oxford woman convicted of manslaughter for the deaths of two West Paris teens in a high-speed crash in 2012—that would have overturned the jury’s ruling. Clifford heard the motions argued by defense attorneys James […]

White-nose syndrome makes environmentalists batty

By Erin Place The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has proposed adding six new species to the state’s Endangered and Threatened Species List, including three bats whose populations have declined at alarming rates due to the deadly white-nose syndrome. Proposed to be added to the endangered status are the little brown bat and […]

Jobs on the line if recycling goes single-stream

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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 […]