Oxford Hills

Buckfield to vote on restoring Rescue Department money

BUCKFIELD — Selectmen on Tuesday signed the warrant for a special town meeting next week to appropriate money for the Rescue Department. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Buckfield Junior-Senior High School. Voters at the annual town meeting June 14 sla...

Paris residents brainstorm ideas on downtown's future

PARIS — Poised with the question of how the downtown should be shaped in the coming years to attract new residents and businesses, 20 people brainstormed ideas to help guide its future Monday night. Among the ideas were high-speed wireless Internet service, a public beach and a farme...

Woodstock voters say 'no' to ladder truck repairs

WOODSTOCK — Residents on Tuesday night overwhelmingly voted against appropriating up to $10,000 from the Fire Truck Reserve Account to pay for repairs to the ladder truck during a special town meeting at the Woodstock Town Office.

Oxford deputy says military equipment saves lives

PARIS — Military equipment purchased through the U.S. Department of Defense by the Oxford County Sheriff's Office is primarily used to save lives, Oxford County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Hart Daley said.  Sales of former U.S. military equipment to local police authoriti... 1

Norway, Oxford police have limited military gear

NORWAY — Footage of military equipment being deployed by law enforcement in protests in Ferguson, Mo., has drawn national attention to the increase in heavily armed departments, but local police said battlefield weapons go largely unused by their departments. Norway police Chief Robe... 1

SAD 17 has nearly 50 new staff members

PARIS — Nearly 50 new staff members will be in place when SAD 17 schools open next week, Assistant Superintendent Patrick Hartnett told directors meeting Monday night. On Wednesday, Aug. 27, seventh- and ninth-grade students return to classes. All others will begin Thursday, Aug. 28....

Navy SEALs swimming for Sunshine

CASCO — Character, mental toughness and discipline are the traits four Navy SEALs will use to swim 13 miles in Sebago Lake on Thursday morning to raise awareness and funds for Camp Sunshine. The goal of SEALs for Sunshine is to raise $80,000 to bring 40 military families to a Camp Su...

Police investigate death of Lovell 3-year-old

LOVELL — Maine State Police and the Oxford County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of a 3-year-old girl Tuesday. There is "no indication at this time of anything suspicious," Sheriff Wayne Gallant said. Gallant said Capt. Christopher Wainwright and Lt. Thomas Harri...

DHHS delays, backlogs upset Mainers

Roger J. Bisson's wife waited on hold with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services one day last month for two hours before she heard the telltale "click." "They hung up on us," said Bisson of Topsham, whose severely disabled adult daughter was nearly cut from MaineCare last month... 3

Paving to delay traffic on Route 26 in Oxford

OXFORD — Crews will pave approximately 1.9 miles of Route 26 beginning Wednesday, Aug. 20. The Maine Department of Transportation said paving will begin at the Record Building Supply Inc. and go north to the intersection with Skeetfield Road. Motorists should expect delays with alter... 1

Paris school getting wood pellet heating system

PARIS – Oxford Hills Middle School is preparing for a wood pellet heating system, Superintendent Rick Colpitts told the SAD 17 board of directors Monday night. The oil boiler at the school on Pine Street is being taken out, he said. In June, SAD 17 received a $1.5 million allo...

Man killed in gunfight with police had an extensive criminal past

PARIS — A man found dead after a gunfight with police in Mexico on Sunday had an extensive, violent criminal history dating back over 35 years, according to court documents.  On Monday, Maine State Police identified Steven Piirainen, 52, of Paris as the individual found dead in ...

License issued to embattled mental health facility after review

RUMFORD — State regulators said they found no major problems during their periodic review of a mental health facility accused of cheating the state out of funding. Last week, Oxford County Mental Health was issued a summons by the U.S. District Court in Portland to answer

Mahoosuc Arts Council host free bandstand concerts every Sunday in August

BETHEL — The Mahoosuc Arts Council will hold free concerts at 4 p.m. every Sunday for the rest of the month at Bethel Common Bandstand, according to a news release from the council. The free bandstand concerts began on Aug. 3 with a performance by local ar...

Goose flock shrinks, but remaining goslings grow

And then there were three. My gaggle of geese gives me so much pleasure as I watch them grow, form friendships and create their own groups. They preen, make friends or enemies with each other, honk when a big bird is flying overhead or when they see something in the woods. Their ant...

Oxford County arrest log

PARIS — The following arrests were booked at the Oxford County Jail: * Shawn Andrew Arsenault, 26, Rumford, aggravated assault, probation violation, Aug. 15, 7:40 p.m., Rumford. * David Alan Austin, 47, Norway, three counts of failure to appear in court, aggravated forgery, th...

This week's agenda

Tuesday Bethel: Water District, 7 p.m., Town Office Buckfield: Selectmen, 6:30 p.m., Municipal Center Hartford: Cemetery meeting, 6 p.m., Town Hall Hartford: Road Committee, 7 p.m., Town Hall Newry: Selectmen, 5 p.m., Town Office Paris: Oxford County comm...

Norway mother heads campaign for school supplies

Ruby Morrison, left, of Oxford Hills Middle School, and Allissa Morrison of Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, recently helped Shannon Moxcey select school supplies for needy Norway students.

Woodstock voters to decide money questions

WOODSTOCK — Residents will decide how to deal with $50,000 in overdrafts and a reduction of the town's tax commitment at a special town meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the Woodstock Town Office, Town Manager Vern Maxfield said Friday morning.

Newry cemetery name's origin remains unsolved

NEWRY — One of two mysteries associated with a cemetery along Route 26 in North Newry recently was solved. A new grave was found dug at the Head of the Tide Cemetery, which is near the Newry and Grafton Township line. It is an old cemetery that dates back to the early 1800s, when Mor...