River Valley

This week's agenda

Monday Dixfield: Selectmen, 5:30 p.m., Ludden Memorial Library Hebron: Selectmen, 7 p.m., Town Office Jay: Selectmen, 6 p.m., Town Office Paris: Selectmen, 6:30 p.m., Town Office Peru: Selectmen, 6...

50 enjoy first day of fall navigating Androscoggin

Ed Viger, left, of Rumford and Leonard Bromberg of Farmington are among 50 people kayaking or canoeing Saturday on the Androscoggin River during the...

Scouts camp in Rumford

Scouts Gavin Eosco, left, and Dean Carmichael of Bath enjoy the fall day outside the tents Saturday on Hosmer Field in Rumford.Brandon Albanesi, left,...

Rumford downtown construction could go to 2019

Construction equipment fills Congress Street in Rumford on Thursday. Town Manager Linda-Jean Briggs said Thursday that the goal is, at a minimum, for crews...

Former lobsterman tells students about life onboard boat

Dirigo Elementary School fourth-trader Holly Ellis giggles while Doug Barber of Mexico helps her put on gear worn by a stern man on a...

Rumford Public Library's display of banned books will stay

RUMFORD — A display of banned books, the source of much Facebook debate in recent days, will remain at the Rumford Public Library, according the the...

Rumford hotel project moves forward

Workers on Monday began the final cleanup at 50 Prospect Ave. in Rumford, the site of a Best Western Plus Hotel. (Bruce Farrin/Rumford Falls...

Rumford police log

• Sept. 12, 7:16 a.m.: James O'Brien, 68, of Salem Township was arrested on Hancock Street and charged with trespassing at Mountain Valley High...

Rumford man killed in motorcycle crash

RUMFORD — Police are investigating a motorcycle crash Thursday evening that claimed the life of a local man. The lone rider was identified as Paul Pelletier,...

Canton tax rate drops fourth year in a row

CANTON — For the fourth consecutive year, the property tax rate has dropped because of revenue from the $50 million Canton Mountain wind power...

Rumford to purchase two new vehicles

RUMFORD — The Board of Selectmen has voted to buy two vehicles from O'Connor GMC of Augusta. One is a 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe for $36,300 for...

Rumford board appoints committee for community fund

RUMFORD — The Board of Selectmen has appointed Brad Adley, John Madigan and Jeff Sterling to create a policy for administering the Poland Spring Rumford...

Rumford man pleads guilty to Social Security fraud; theft of public money

PORTLAND — A Rumford man pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to Social Security fraud and theft of public money, according to U.S. Attorney...

Dixfield police log

• Aug. 15, 5:18 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a burglary on Marble Lane. • Aug. 15, 10:06 p.m.: Police took a late report...

Mexico grandmother turns sorrow to joy by refurbishing dolls

MEXICO — When Susan Olsen’s granddaughter asked her for an American Girl doll the Christmas after Olsen's husband died, she told the child she...

Superintendent: Resource officer at Buckfield High School a possibility

RUMFORD — Superintendent Deb Alden said Monday she is meeting with a representative of the Oxford County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday because he might...

McLain Memorial Bridge dedication postponed

A plaque for the Pfc. Buddy W. McLain Memorial Bridge between Peru and Mexico is shown on the Maine Department of Transportation website. A dedication ceremony...

This week's agenda

Monday Bethel: Selectmen, 6 p.m., Town Office Casco: Planning Board, 7 p.m., Casco Community Center Dixfield: Selectmen, 5:30 p.m., Ludden Memorial Library Hebron: Selectmen, 7 p.m., Town Office Jay:...

Nick Young hired as full-time Mexico police officer

MEXICO — Selectmen voted 4-0 Tuesday to hire Nick Young as a full-time police officer. The decision supported Police Chief Roy's Hodsdon's recommendation for a position...

Rumford woman, 70, seeks support for marathon walk

Connie Venskus of Rumford, who turns 71 on Sept. 19, is training for her eighth Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. The event helps support research and...
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Donald Trump says second Kavanaugh accuser ‘has nothing’ and she admits she was drunk

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday attacked the second woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, dismissing her account...

Bill Cosby sentenced 3 to 10 years for sexual assault

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — His Hollywood career and good-guy image in ruins, Bill Cosby was led off to prison in handcuffs Tuesday at age...

Detroit’s Comerica Park worker arrested after video shows spitting on pizza

An employee at a Major League Baseball stadium was fired and arrested this weekend after a video appeared to show him spitting on a...

Portland police search for suspect in Congress Square stabbing

A Portland woman is recovering after being stabbed Sunday night, Police said. Officers were called to Congress Square Park shortly before 10 p.m., and found...

Colby College makes SAT, ACT optional for applicants

WATERVILLE — Officials at Colby College announced Monday that applicants will no longer be required to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of...

In TV interview, Kavanaugh denies sexually assaulting anyone

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett Kavanaugh says he won't let "false accusations drive me out of this process" as he, President Donald Trump and top...

Democrat challenging King already looking ahead to Collins in 2020

Zak Ringelstein says the deciding factor will be how Sen. Susan Collins votes on Brett Kavanaugh. U.S. Senate candidate Zak Ringelstein says if he’s unsuccessful...

Officials consider tax break for Scarborough Downs redevelopment

Scarborough town officials are considering a proposed credit enhancement agreement to support the redevelopment of Scarborough Downs that would return as much as $75...

LePage's secret wind commission falling apart

A vocal critic of commercial wind energy in Maine has resigned from Gov. Paul LePage’s secretive commission to study the industry, saying the group...

Debate season underway, but influence with voters debatable

It’s heading toward the final election season stretch, and like clockwork the debate wars are underway. “You can’t do the job if you don’t show...

Colby forgoing standardized test scores for applicants

WATERVILLE — Officials at Colby College announced Monday that applicants will no longer be required to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of...

Lewiston: School board approves stricter field trip rules

LEWISTON — The School Committee on Monday night voted to approve the first of two readings on sweeping changes to the School Department’s field...

Minot manager says Addressing Ordinance needed

MINOT — Town Administrator Danielle Loring told selectmen Monday night that a new Addressing Ordinance is needed because some residents have picked their own...

Kingfield road rebuild estimated at $1M

KINGFIELD — As the costs to rebuild the deteriorating Tufts Pond Road continue to increase, taxpayers may have to decide in 2019 how, rather...

Moore Park Civil War monument to receive free cleaning

PARIS — Selectman John Andrews announced at Monday evening's board meeting that the Civil War monument in Moore Park will be cleaned and clear-coated...

Jay voters approved $3.9 million loan for new sewer system

JAY — The majority of residents at a special town meeting Monday vote to authorize selectpersons to borrow up to $3.9 million to install...

Lisbon man charged after pickup driven through Auburn Mall doors

LEWISTON — A 26-year-old Lisbon man police said drove a truck through entrance doors at the Auburn Mall was arrested Sunday. Tyler Nickerson was charged...

Racing the rain

Mike Brooks pulls a hay rake with his 75-year-old tractor Monday at the Packard-Littlefield farm in Lisbon. The beef cow farmer said he had...

Judge finds Seth Carey violated bar rules

PORTLAND — A judge has ruled district attorney candidate Seth T. Carey violated several Maine Bar Rules, including unlawful conduct stemming from his unwanted...

Auburn Democrats meet Tuesday

AUBURN — The Auburn Democratic City Committee will meet from 7 t0 9 p.m. Tuesday at Auburn Hall. In addition to committee business, candidates for...

Jay apartment house fire ruled accidental, most likely electrical

JAY — A fire that destroyed one apartment and damaged three others at 12 Church St. on Sunday was most likely caused by an...

Oxford County arrest log

• Allen J. Timm, 58, of Greenwood, violating conditions of release, 12:50 p.m. Sept. 21 in Greenwood, Oxford County Sheriff’s Office. • Kristopher George Pike,...

Five interviewed for Rangeley town manager

RANGELEY — Selectmen have interviewed five of 20 applicants for town manager, interim Town Manager John Madigan said. "We have not chosen a new town...

Lewiston to get first look at 240-unit development proposal

LEWISTON — The former site of Pineland Lumber Co. on the Androscoggin River could soon be home to more than 200 apartments. The Planning Board...

Saving seeds for spring planting

Linda Duby pinches blooms at her home on Lincoln Street in Lewiston on Monday. Duby said by removing the old flowers, she can save...