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 […]

Growing delight: Edible Main Street starts planting in downtown Norway

Volunteer Megan Blaney of South Paris measures wood to be cut Friday afternoon for planters as part of Edible Main Street, a new collaboration project between Center for Ecology-Based Economy, Alan Day Community Garden, Healthy Oxford Hills and Stephen's Community Healthcare Foundation.

NORWAY — Collaboration is the name of the game when it comes to downtown Norway’s tasty new community project, Edible Main Street. Edible Main Street focuses on growing edible plants, flowers and herbs inside planters along Norway’s main drag. “We’re all about collaboration. Every project we do here, we have some kind of collaboration,” Center for […]

Paris Police Chief Michael Madden’s OUI apology accepted by town

Paris Police Chief Michael Madden apologizes to town residents during the Board of Selectmen meeting at the Paris Town Office on Monday.

PARIS — An apology from Paris Police Chief Michael Madden for Operating Under the Influence in November was good enough for Selectmen and the few residents who addressed the chief during Monday night’s meeting. He teared up at the beginning of his comments after he saw that every full-time employee in the department — sans […]

Hartford, Sumner and Buckfield students enjoy a doggone good read

Nine-year-old Gabrielle, who has selective mutism, reads to Jasmine as part of  Hartford-Sumner Elementary School's Reading Education Assistance Dogs program, which helps improve children's communication and reading skills.

SUMNER — It’s hard to tell that 9-year-old Gabrielle —who’s reading “Pony Pals: Pony to the Rescue” out loud with ease —has selective mutism and sometimes can’t speak at school or in other social settings because of a childhood anxiety disorder. It’s late Friday morning and Gabrielle sits cross-legged on top of a blanket on the […]

Otisfield Store Keeping History Alive

OTISFIELD — Last year, Tony Bennett and Chris “Codfish” Codwell of History Channel’s “Down East Dickering” wandered into Day’s Country Store in Bolsters Mill looking for a copy of Maine’s venerable Uncle Henry’s Swap or Sell It Guide. “They said, ‘We love little country stores like this. Can we do a video shoot here?” Meredith Day, […]

Oxford County prisoners’ get dinner fit for a restaurant

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By Christopher Crosby PARIS — Just prior to mealtime rushes at Market Square Restaurant, cooks prepare food for a very different sort of place: the jail. The restaurant has cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner for the inmates of the Oxford County Jail since 2009, when a relationship was born out of budget constraints and convenience […]

Buckfield students get musical with ‘Beauty and the Beast’ this weekend

Maurice, played by Buckfield High School freshman Andrew Warren, speaks to his daughter, Belle, portrayed by sophomore Laney Randolf, during last week's partial dress rehearsal for the upcoming production of "Beauty and the Beast," set for the first two weekends in April.

BUCKFIELD — Roughly 40 students crowd around elongated clothing racks, searching for their outfits, as one high schooler walks by, carrying his shirt and proclaiming in a British accent, “I need pantaloons.” It’s a normal Friday afternoon in the Buckfield High School cafeteria, where the cast ranging from first through 12th grade is gathered for a […]

Michaud to deliver the OHCHS commencement address

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PARIS — Former Congressman Mike Michaud, D-Maine, intends to tell the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School Class cf 2015 that there are no limits. “I want to encourage graduates to go after what ever they want,” Michaud said in a telephone interview Friday. “Don’t let the naysayers say you can’t do anything. You can do anything […]