Plans in the works to revitalize Paris

PARIS — The ad hoc Paris Revitalization Committee wants to keep the momentum going with the town’s recently adopted Strategic Plan and asked town officials last week which projects the town would take on and which the committee and volunteers should tackle. A handful of business owners and committee members attended the selectmen’s meeting on Monday, March […]

Ayuh, it’s spring and snow be darned, Mainers are plantin’

Alan Day Community Garden Coordinator Rocky Crockett looks for the best to plant the kale he started from seeds in his outdoor greenhouse at his South Paris home last week.

It’s not easy being green in Central and Western Maine. After months of being buried under several feet of snow, seeds aren’t ready to start sprouting anytime soon. But home gardeners can give nature a boost and get ahead of the state’s short growing season by starting seedlings indoors. Rocky Crockett, Norway’s Alan Day Community […]

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 […]

Paris Police Chief fights license suspension

AUGUSTA — Almost four months after his arrest for allegedly Operating Under the Influence, the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) issued a driver’s license suspension notice for Paris Police Chief Michael Madden. However, he will be able to continue to drive at least until an administrative hearing is held, which his lawyer requested on Tuesday. […]

Bobcats stalk birdfeeders for prey in Norway

Thelma Denlinger photo

Norway resident Thelma Denlinger was able to snap this up close and personal photo of a male bobcat when he came up on her back porch recently.

NORWAY — For the past two weeks, it’s been the same routine almost every day. A brown and black spotted ball of fur sits patiently in the shadows of the trees, with his small black ear tuffs pointing straight up, as his hazel eyes intently watch the active bird feeders in John McCormack’s snow-covered back yard. […]

Searching for a stream of gold: Proposed regulations would close some Maine waterways to motorized mining

Mark Folk photo 
Phillip Moulton and Harry Blake, members of the Central Maine Gold Prospectors, search for gold. Proposed regulations would not allow for motorized prospecting equipment in certain waterways in the state.

Some recreational gold prospectors aren’t shouting “eureka” at Maine’s Land Use Planning Commission’s proposed changes that would close off certain bodies of water to motorized equipment used in mining the mineral. The commission voted at its Jan. 14 meeting to post the proposed Chapter 10 revisions to the National Recreation and Park Association’s Consistency and […]

Down East Dickering isn’t done, despite cancellation, star says

Roland "Yummy" Raubeson, center, star of the History Channel's reality TV show "Down East Dickering" poses with fans in September at a birthday bash at the Oxford Plains Speedway. History opted last week to not film a third season.

Uncle Henry’s motto — “You can’t keep a good dickerer down” — is a sentiment the publication’s general manager, local stars and fans are embracing in the wake of the History Channel’s recent decision to cancel “Down East Dickering.” Kevin Webb, general manager of Uncle Henry’s Swap or Sell It Guide, said Tuesday that conversations […]

Garments are praised by volunteers and those in need in Paris

South Paris resident Deb Billings checks out some of the new arrivals at Garments of Praise, in the basement of the South Paris Baptist Church, after dropping off donations one Tuesday afternoon.

PARIS — The sun was shining Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 3, and the break in the weather allowed South Paris residents Deb Billings and Glen Newell to walk past the gently waving flag that reads “Garments of Praise” and into South Paris Baptist Church to drop off donations and check out new arrivals. They were heading into […]

Paperwork not filed in Paris police chief OUI arrest

Paris Police Chief Michael Madden

PORTLAND — The Cumberland County Sheriff’s deputy who pulled over Paris police Chief Michael Madden nearly three months ago and summoned him to court for operating under the influence never sent the required paperwork to suspend Madden’s driver’s license, according to Chief Deputy Naldo Gagnon. He said Sgt. Andrew Feeney could face disciplinary action if […]