NORWAY — Three recent graduates of Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School came up with a senior project to promote business development along Main Street.

Allison Nolan of Paris, Rachel Strauss of Waterford and Caitlin Hanley of Paris created collage canvases for the windows of vacant storefronts. Their theme is: “This is not a vacancy, but an opportunity.” The project was supported by Norway Downtown.

“We wanted to bring life to Main Street,” Hanley said of their work.

All seniors at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School must submit a senior project that shows independent learning, is a “real world” project and impacts others. Hanley said she and Nolan and Strauss hoped to draw attention to the plight of the downtown and get more young people involved in trying to promote the opportunities there.

Hanley said they chose Norway’s downtown because of the active involvement of Norway Downtown in trying to revive Main Street, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Although Hanley and her friends frequent Cafe Nomad, she said there is little else for young people to come to on Main Street. Most of her friends drive to Portland for their shopping, she said.

Hanley said she would like to see boutiques and more restaurants and perhaps a music store on the street.

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