Rowe students get their own food pantry

NORWAY — Healthy eating promotes academic success, say local advocates of a new school-based food pantry for students and parents at Guy E. Rowe Elementary School. With a soaring rate of students eligible for free or reduced meals at the elementary school and other Oxford Hills district schools, Rowe Elementary School nurse Heidi Darling and Norway General […]

Paris wants to get business friendly

PARIS — The town wants to join other municipalities across the state and be “open for business” as part of the ongoing effort to help revitalize Paris. Selectmen are expected to form a committee at their next meeting to earn Paris the designation as a Business Friendly Community, which is a program run through the state’s […]

Creation Completed Reunites to save Opera House


NORWAY — One is a local medical doctor. Another an educator of an international school in South Korea. Another a former music teacher. Yet another served as a Harrison selectman and still another is a retired postal worker. But in the late 1960s, they were young musicians tearing up the stage at the Norway Opera […]

Paris budget talks start, slowly

PARIS — Selectmen Vice Chair Mike Risica wants to get the budget cuts ball rolling but. right now, his colleagues won’t give it a kick. At last week’s meeting, selectmen decided to host a joint workshop with the Budget Committee to keep the momentum going surrounding budget discussions. Risica moved to close the Town Office one […]

Valeri comes clean about his drug addiction

Twenty-year-old Patrick Valeri of Otisfield is a heroin addict and in the process of kicking his habit and he wants to help others along the way. He's seen here with dog, Rosie, at his family's home, overlooking the White Mountains.

OTISFIELD — Patrick Valeri didn’t mean to become an advocate for himself and others struggling with heroin and opiate addiction — it happened through a mother’s love. His mother, Barbara, woke him up in the late afternoon of Aug. 6 and dragged his groggy butt out of bed, telling him they had to go. His mother wanted […]

Plowing continues on possible private road in Norway

By Ann Wood Staff Editor NORWAY — Selectmen did not heed Town Manager David Holt’s warning: If the town continues to plow Rye Knoll Drive, it can be inferred that a portion of the road is a public, rather than a private, way. On Thursday, Aug. 6, the board voted 4-1, with Selectman Warren Sessions […]

Paris designated third worst town in Maine

Paris was rated the third worst place to live in Maine by Town officials disagree, but others don't and want to make it a better place to live and work.

PARIS — Could Paris really be the third worst place to live in Maine? It is according to the “infotainment” website, While town officials have offered tongue-in-cheek responses — which they say is how the designation should be taken — others have taken it to heart and want to make the town a better place to live […]

Norway resident Jordan Kaulback takes his music from Maine and brings it back

Norway musician Jordan Kaulback hit the road last week to play some gigs across the country before returning to Maine next week to open up for Max Creek at the Green Love Festival in Starks.

NORWAY — A small musical group from Norway decided to go on the road again, this time heading clear across country for two weeks to play some gigs before returning to Maine to open for the headliner at a local festival next week. Twenty-five-year-old Jordan Kaulback embarked on his longest journey to date with his sister, […]