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 […]

Paris Revitalization Committee wants input Wednesday, April 1

PARIS — Following approval of the Strategic Plan for Market Square by the Paris Selectboard, the Paris Revitalization Committee has met to begin to prioritize the many projects in the plan for implementation. Committee members are exploring funding opportunities to build a boat launch on the Little Androscoggin River at 1 Paris Hill and the […]

Bats in the belfry: Historic Bell Meetinghouse gets a facelift

Ken Bartow, clerk of the works for the Bell Hill Meetinghouse ceiling project, stands in the belfry of the meetinghouse looking at the 1860 bell made by Meneely's Bell Foundry in West Troy, N.Y.

OTISFIELD — The ceiling is coming down at the historic 1839 Bell Meetinghouse on Bell Hill. The $70,000 project that is being undertaken by the Bell Hill Meetinghouse Association will remove a decades old ceiling and uncover and restore the original lathe and plaster ceiling. This week, an 11-foot-tall rolling platform was erected over the pews […]