River Valley

Mexico officials shopping for sidewalk plow

Mexico looking to purchase sidewalk plowMEXICO — Selectmen have authorized Town Manager Jack Gaudet and Highway Foreman John Blais to go to Ottawa, Ontario, to...

Natural gas project scaled back in downtown Rumford

RUMFORD — Town Manager Linda-Jean Briggs said Thursday that plans to install a natural gas pipeline along River and Congress streets this summer have been...

Rumford receives downtown project update

A Sargent Corp. worker begins saw cutting along the sidewalks Thursday on Congress Street in Rumford. The machine cuts past Good Karma Health Foods...

Learning science through slime and rockets

Diane Johnson, left, and her grandson, Bode Fournier, 8, work Wednesday afternoon with Isaiah Taylor, 8, and his mother, Kelley Taylor, all from Rumford,...

Carthage to begin paying volunteer firefighters

Veteran First Selectman Steve Brown of Carthage, shown in 2016, received a $4,000 raise at the annual town meeting July 9. The increase brings...

Author and illustrator reach their goals and dreams

When Diane Taylor-Moore Hines decided to write her second children’s book, “Daniel Olaf Dragonfly,” ideas just popped into her head, she said. Hines, 68, is...

This week's agenda

Monday Bethel: Selectmen, 6 p.m., Town Office Casco: Open Space Commission, 6:30 p.m., Casco Community Center Jay: North Jay Water District, 6 p.m., Town Office Jay: Jay Village...

Rumford selectmen deny request for recount of all warrant articles

Chris Brennick, right, chairman of the Rumford Board of Selectmen, presents the 2018 Citizen of the Year Award to Brian and Diane Mitchell on...

Franklin County advised to develop strategy for broadband funding

WILTON — In hopes of increasing broadband internet connections in rural Maine, members of two organizations informed community leaders in Franklin County how to...

Rumford school gets grant for student health services

RUMFORD — Regional School Unit 10 has received a $200,000 grant to provide social, emotional and mental health services to students at Rumford Elementary...

Hosmer Field Complex getting $440K upgrade

The Hosmer Field Complex in Rumford will soon undergo a $440,000 upgrade, which will include replacement of the lights and the track at the...

This week's agenda

Monday Dixfield: Public hearing on proposed water rate increase, 5:30 p.m., Ludden Memorial Library Hebron: Selectmen, 7 p.m., Town Office Jay: Selectmen, 6 p.m., Town Office Livermore: Selectmen,...

Canton Historical Society's new building open

CANTON — The new base for the Canton Historical Society was officially opened Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a speech by state Sen. Lisa...

Dixfield public hearing on water rate increase

DIXFIELD — Selectmen on Monday will hold a public hearing on raising the water rate an estimated 6 to 7 percent. The hearing will begin at 5:30...

Rumford woman credits spirit-led healer with treating Lyme disease

RUMFORD — Lori McPherson of Rumford says she’s been sick for more than half her 51 years, “just crazy things, eyesight floaters, my joints,...

River Valley celebrates the Fourth

Youngsters join the baby carriage/wagon parade at the River Valley Fourth of July celebration Wednesday in Rumford. From left are 3-year-old twins Joshua and...

Canton Town Office closing for two weeks

CANTON — The Town Office will be closed for two weeks, starting Monday, because the interim administrative assistant, who is also the town clerk,...

Andover bookstore hopes to attract AT hikers at new site

ANDOVER — Ellis River Books has moved to 12 South Main St. in hopes of attracting Appalachian Trail hikers, among others, co-owner Denise Moriba...

Mexico crash injures New York couple

MEXICO — A couple from New York were injured in a collision at Main Street and Veterans Memorial Bridge on Monday afternoon, police officer...

Help sought for Rumford Fourth of July

Colby Lemay, left, of Rumford and Tucker Hamner of Mexico showed their patriotic bicycles at the River Valley Fourth of July celebration in 2017....
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Lewiston doctor arrested on domestic assault charge

AUBURN — Lewiston urologist Joel S. Olstein, 72, was arrested at his Auburn home Thursday night and charged with domestic assault. At about 8 p.m., police...

Telstar High School celebrating 50th anniversary

BETHEL — A class of 91 high school seniors walked through the doors of a new school for the first time on Sept. 19,...

Police log

Auburn * Jonas Denzel Ryerson, 21, of 81 Howard St., Lewiston, on a warrant, 2:16 p.m. Thursday at 484 Center St. Androscoggin County * Aaron Waite, 27,...

Lewiston using additional school funding to lower taxes

LEWISTON — It's not much, but it's something.  The Lewiston School Department will use $66,603 in additional state subsidy to offset next year's property tax...

Horse talk at Waterford World's Fair

Ellie Winslow, 8, talks to her horse, Faith, at the Waterford World's Fair on Friday afternoon, as her father, Jeff Winslow, adjusts the saddle....

Traffic advisory for Sunday's Emily's Run

AUBURN — Race two of this year’s Greater L-A Triple Crown 5K Series will be held Sunday, July 22. Emily’s Run will kick off at...

Winthrop church celebrating 225th anniversary

WINTHROP — A lot has changed since 1793, when a group of Quakers started regularly meeting in a small cabin here. The number of worshipers...

Otisfield beach reopens after water test comes back clean

OTISFIELD — Less than a week after closing the town beach on Pleasant Lake because of E. coli bacteria in the water, Administrative Assistant...

Bates College hosting dance festival in Lewiston

Maree ReMalia, center, leads a Bates Dance Festival class at Lewiston Middle School on Friday. The Gaga class teaches movement through nuanced gestures, over-the-top...

Lewiston police, ICE detain woman

Zera Samson, center, is detained by several law enforcement officers at the bus station on the corner of Bates and Oak streets in Lewiston...

Mt. Blue educator from Jay to receive national award for teaching excellence

FARMINGTON — A longtime language arts teacher at Mt. Blue High School is one of 46 public school educators to receive a national award.   The...

Noah LePage's film premieres at 2018 Maine International Film Festival

A short film written and directed by a Mt. Blue High School alumnus is an official selection of the 2018 Maine International Film Festival. "Elysia"...

Renovations underway at Wilton tannery site

WILTON — Renovations have begun at the former tannery building on Routes 2 and 4 for phase one of transforming it into a business...

No more harness racing at Oxford Fair

OXFORD — The Oxford County Fair has eliminated its long tradition of harness racing from this year's schedule, but a state official said it...

Marshall Tucker Band to play Oxford County Fair

OXFORD — The Oxford County Fair has booked the multi-award-winning Marshall Tucker Band as its main act this fall. The free concert at the fairgrounds...

Stormy Daniels to bring strip act to Maine

It looks like Stormy Daniels is blowing into town. A marquee at a Portland adult nightclub says the porn star – who alleges she’s had...

Bruce Poliquin backs GOP bid to smother carbon tax

Maine lawmakers split this week on a U.S. House vote to condemn the idea of a carbon tax to fight climate change, though no...

FBI has tape of Trump, Cohen discussing paying Playboy model

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer secretly recorded Trump discussing payments to a former Playboy model who said she had...

Foul play ruled out in death of artist Robert Indiana

The Maine Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled out foul play in the death of artist Robert Indiana, but the cause of death remains in...

A pair of toilets reserves seating for Yarmouth Clam Festival Parade

Some cheeky Yarmouth residents found a new use for some old toilets this week. A pair of commodes were placed in front of a home...

At least 17 die when duck boat capsizes in Missouri lake

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Divers found four more bodies Friday in a Missouri lake where a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank...

Donald Trump aims to end automatic protections for some species

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday proposed ending automatic protections for threatened animals and plants and limiting habitat safeguards meant to shield...

Class-action suit filed against CMP, claiming customers overcharged

More than 600 Central Maine Power Co. customers who believe they have been overcharged on their electricity bills have sued the company and are...

Police log

Charges Lewiston • Dominique Bailey, 28, of 33 Winter St., on a charge of robbery, 6:45 p.m. Wednesday on Bates Street. • Neal Frost, 39, listed as transient,...

L-A chamber hosts block party

The sidewalk in front of the Roak Block in Auburn was busy during the LA Metro Chamber of Commerce's Summer Block Party for Business...