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    December 30, 2018

    Black Mountain offers ski patrol program to students

    RUMFORD — Ski patrol apprentice Maia Belskis, 17, of Rumford, finds it rewarding to know she can help if someone gets hurt skiing. The Mountain Valley High School junior is in her third year participating in Black Mountain of Maine’s Ski Patrol Apprenticeship program. It gives Mountain Valley students the opportunity to learn about the […]

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    December 28, 2018

    Byron officials halt plowing on Garland Pond Road

    BYRON — The town stopped plowing Garland Pond Road this month, after selectmen recently learned that voters discontinued the practice nearly 10 years ago. Residents of the road were sent notices of the discontinuance Dec. 11. The discontinuance is effective until March 2019. At Thursday night’s board meeting, residents vented their frustration at the decision. “I […]

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    December 25, 2018

    Lewiston shelter seeks Christmas trees for cat colonies

    LEWISTON — Norm Blais wasn’t sure how many cats were calling the Tommy’s Feral Feline Friends shelter home, but based on the last audit, he guessed about 500. And they would not be taking a Christmas holiday from much needed care. The cats have found their way to the shelter in all kinds of ways. […]

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    December 24, 2018

    Offering warmth at — and on — Christmas

    LEWISTON — Volunteers of the Calvary United Methodist Church’s warming center have a mission to provide warmth — even if it means giving the coats off their backs. “This volunteer gave the coat he wore here to (the homeless person) who didn’t have a coat,” said Pat Hunter Gardiner, chairwoman of the Church’s City Mission […]

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    December 23, 2018

    Santa Claus is biking to town

    With Christmas carols playing from his smartphone, Santa Claus, known to family and friends as Dennis Richardson, rides his bicycle and waves to passers-by Sunday morning on Route 4 in Auburn. “I do this every year,” Richardson said of his beard and red suit. He said he rides for Bikes for Tots and has ridden with Patrick […]

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    December 23, 2018

    A wider river runs through it

    After Friday’s heavy rain and temperatures in the 50s, the Little Androscoggin River swells Saturday in South Paris, threatening to flood residences near the river’s confluence with Stony Brook — near the junction of routes 117 and 119. (Sun Journal photo by Abigail Austin)

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    December 23, 2018

    Paris fundraiser demands 'escape' skills

    PARIS — Do you escape by breaking out like a gladiator? Or do you find a way through a labyrinth, perhaps encountering David Bowie in the process? It is an escape room. A place for teamwork. A place where members work together using logic, observation and puzzle-solving skills to find freedom. “(Players should) be observant, […]

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    December 18, 2018

    Citizens’ petition presented to Peru selectmen

    PERU — Peru selectmen were given a citizens’ petition Monday night seeking reconsideration of a vote to decide the fate of the old Peru Elementary School. The petition requests that residents vote again to decide if the building will be kept or sold. In November, Peru residents voted to take $170,000 out of the town’s surplus fund and […]

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    December 15, 2018

    Community honors Canton veterans during Wreaths Across America ceremony

    CANTON — Townspeople displayed 18 wreaths for military veterans in Hillside Cemetery on Canton Point Road on Saturday in a Wreaths Across America ceremony. More than 200 veterans are buried throughout the town’s 13 cemeteries, with 39 are at the Hillside Cemetery. They fought in wars as long ago as the Revolutionary and as recently […]

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    December 14, 2018

    Neighbors stunned by Ana Cordeiro’s death

    HARTFORD — Neighbors said mother of two Ana Cordeiro, 41, was an architect who had planned to design her family’s house someday. Police say Cordeiro was a victim of homicide, dying Thursday in her home on Bear Mountain Road. Her boyfriend, Rondon Athayde, has been charged with murder. The small neighborhood was stunned. “Somebody I […]

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