Hartford historian memorializes War of 1812 soldiers

Richard Dyer and Hartford Historian Lorraine Parsons hang a plaque outside of the Town Hall honoring all 78 of the town's soldiers who served during the War of 1812.

HARTFORD — Daniel Parsons. Chesley Leighton. Job Shaw. Hartford Historian Lorraine Parsons wants to make sure these men are remembered as more than a simple footnote in history. This is why she made sure a plaque honoring the town’s 78 soldiers from the War of 1812 was erected — with the help of resident Richard […]

Harrison ponders drug-free zone

HARRISON — Drug users and dealers beware: Harrison is not open for business. This is the message the Board of Selectmen wants to send those wheeling and dealing in illegal substances through the proposed development of a Safe Zone Ordinance, which could increase penalties for people caught trafficking, furnishing or cultivating drugs within a designated […]

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.”   […]

Norway woman charged with water dumping

NORWAY — A Norway woman was issued as summons for a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits scam known as water dumping after a recent investigation by police and the Department of Health and Human Services. Linda T. Goodman, 57, has been charged with unlawful trafficking in SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) benefits, a Class […]

Norway traffic may yield to medical building


NORWAY —There’s no easy exit strategy for traffic heading onto Main Street that will be created by the future Pikes Hill medical office building, Maine Department of Transportation officials said last week. Steve Landry, Maine state traffic engineer, and regional traffic engineer Dennis Emidy were in town late last week to survey the area as part […]

Spring blooms with butterfly talk at McLaughlin Garden in South Paris this weekend

Pulmonaria, better known as lungwort, is one of the many wildflowers that will be on display this weekend as part of McLaughlin Garden and Homestead's annual Wildflower Festival.

PARIS — Spring has finally sprung here in Western Maine and the McLaughlin Garden and Homestead will celebrate the advent of the gardening season with its annual Wildflower Festival. It will feature an illustrated lecture by Dr. Ron Butler about his work with the Maine Butterfly Survey on Friday afternoon. The Wildflower Festival will be […]

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 […]