Appeals Board to reconsider dock variance Friday

By Erin Place HARRISON—The owner of a marina in Harrison might be able to double the length of his docks on Long Lake if the planning and appeals boards give him the green light. Selectmen held a special meeting on Friday afternoon to discuss Jerry Knapp’s request to lengthen his docks at Gateway Marina at […]

Rabid skunk serves as a reminder to vaccinate pets

By Erin Place HARRISON—A recent case of rabies involving a skunk struck Harrison, prompting the town manager to remind residents to be vigilant when they and/or their animals are outdoors. Game Warden Tony Gray, who covers the South Paris District and is the one who dealt with the case, said that the first week in […]

Kristina Lowe will serve 18 months for manslaughter, but not yet

Kristina Lowe (middle) of Oxford cries during her sentencing hearing on Wednesday in Oxford Superior Court in South Paris as she sits next to her defense attorney James Howaniec (left).

By Erin Place PARIS—Kristina Lowe will spend 18 months in prison and will then be on probation for four years, Active Retired Justice Robert Clifford announced at her sentencing hearing in Oxford County Superior Court on Wednesday—but she will not step foot inside a jail cell until the appeals process is over. The actual sentence Lowe […]

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 […]