SAD 17 receives $1.2 million preschool grant

PARIS — A $1.2 million grant will allow the School Administrative District 17 preschool program to expand from two or three days a week to five days. “I think it is the right direction,” SAD 17 Director Jared Cash of Norway said of the three-year pilot program.  “Absolutely, the children of this community need this.”   […]

Resident fights for abatement on conservation land

The 56 acres in question is a largely wooded lot which extends from Route 121 down to the shore of Thompson Lake on a peninsula known as Long Point.

OTISFIELD — The owner of 56 acres of conservation land will appeal to the state for relief of the town’s appraisal that she says is $267,000 too high. Ethel Bean Turner was denied a tax abatement on the town’s $319,285 assessment of 56 acres of mostly wooded land at Long Point on Thompson Lake. Turner’s appraiser […]

Otisfield Store Keeping History Alive

OTISFIELD — Last year, Tony Bennett and Chris “Codfish” Codwell of History Channel’s “Down East Dickering” wandered into Day’s Country Store in Bolsters Mill looking for a copy of Maine’s venerable Uncle Henry’s Swap or Sell It Guide. “They said, ‘We love little country stores like this. Can we do a video shoot here?” Meredith Day, […]

Michaud to deliver the OHCHS commencement address


PARIS — Former Congressman Mike Michaud, D-Maine, intends to tell the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School Class cf 2015 that there are no limits. “I want to encourage graduates to go after what ever they want,” Michaud said in a telephone interview Friday. “Don’t let the naysayers say you can’t do anything. You can do anything […]

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 […]

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 […]

American Legion to hold discussion on homelessness Monday

OXFORD—More than a half million people have experienced homelessness, according to the State of Homelessness in America 2014 report, compiled by the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the Homeless Research Institute. More disturbing and shameful is that 49,933 veterans in this nation are homeless. “Although some individuals choose to be homeless because they prefer […]

King staffer to visit Norway

NORWAY-The office of U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, announced that a member of his staff with be in town on Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Norway Town Office, 19 Danforth St., as part of his “Your Government, Your Neighborhood” initiative. This gives area residents the opportunity to meet directly with […]

A look back at the Real People of Western Maine

Laurent Brondel

The year 2014 brought 52 fascinating Real People to these pages, all of whom live right here in Western Maine. There certainly are a variety of people here—vets, immigrants, artists, college students, bakers, race car drivers, farmers and more. Though every person is unique they all had one thing in common—a love for rural Maine. […]