Open house highlights higher education for everyone

Farmers used to show off their produce and bakers their pies in this building, but with the loss of farms and manufacturing in the area it has become the home to higher education in Western Maine.

By Ann Wood PARIS—Yellow buses carry kids to school, but a certain yellow building can carry teenagers and adults to college and beyond—right here in Western Maine. The Oxford Hills School District has moved its administrative offices into the building that the University of Maine System and the Central Maine Community College share, which has […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]