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  • Published
    June 14, 2018

    Paris voters get two budgets for consideration

    PARIS — If voters approve either of the proposed fiscal 2019 budgets recommended by selectmen and the Budget Committee, they should see a decrease in their taxes, according to calculations by Selectman Scott Buffington. How much of a decrease depends on which plan, if any, is approved at Annual Town Meeting, which gets underway at […]

  • Published
    February 28, 2018

    What you need to know: Paris Board of Selectmen

    Paris Board of Selectmen Feb. 26, 2018 Paris Town Office   Budget What happened: Town Manager Vic Hodgkins told selectmen he was concerned about the current Fire Department expenditures going over budget. He also noted that the General Assistance budget is currently over budget by roughly $3,200. What it means: Hodgkins noted equipment breakdowns and payroll in […]

  • Published
    February 28, 2018

    West Paris voters to get $1.2M budget warrant

    WEST PARIS — When voters head to Annual Town Meeting on Saturday, March 3, they will weigh in on a roughly $1.2 million budget, which includes an increased contribution to Oxford County and higher wages for some employees. Town Meeting action gets underway at 10 a.m. at Agnes Gray Elementary School at 170 Main St. […]

  • Published
    January 10, 2018

    Waterford fireworks ordinance to go to voters in March

    WATERFORD — While it wasn’t a fully explosive issue, authors of the proposed fireworks ordinance agreed, at a January 8 public hearing, to modify the document after residents expressed concern and confusion over language that would essentially implement an all-out ban of fireworks, as this was not the intent of the ordinance. Authors and Waterford […]

  • Published
    November 30, 2017

    Maine AllCare works toward universal health care in Pine Tree State

    NORWAY — Maine AllCare has adopted an “everybody in, nobody out” mantra when it comes to health care coverage in the Pine Tree State and officials reported extensive growth in their organization over the past year. Maine AllCare is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that was founded six years ago, though organizers report that traction really […]

  • Published
    November 30, 2017

    Paris Bookkeeper fired for ‘taking vacation all at once’

    PARIS — Former bookkeeper Paula Locke was fired for failing to report to work, according to Town Manager Vic Hodgkins, but Locke contends it was a vacation dispute and she didn’t have an opportunity for an executive session with selectmen on the matter. Locke, a Casco resident who worked for the town of Paris for the […]

  • Published
    November 22, 2017

    Artist, author, knife maker ‘hidden’ on the hill

    PARIS — While he would never call himself a Renaissance man, for local artist (who sports other titles) Murad Saÿen, it’s all about being in tune with one’s surroundings and paying attention to detail. The accomplished painter, world famous knife maker and published author quietly resides just off Paris Hill with his wife, Abby, whom […]

  • Published
    November 22, 2017

    Gardening group distributes 11,000 pounds of food in Paris and Rumford

    PARIS — It literally does take a village (several actually) to help Gardeners Growing Healthy Communities (GGHC) grow and share fresh produce with roughly 2,500 people in western Maine. The Paris-based nonprofit is in its second year of existence and has gardens and distribution spots in Paris and Rumford. GGHC Past President and current board member […]

  • Published
    November 16, 2017

    Parkside owners buy Doughboys – to open next summer in Paris

    PARIS — Patty LaBrecque has a self-admitted “problem” – she can’t allow vacant storefronts to remain unoccupied, especially when she sees potential in the business. That is why the Oxford resident and her husband, Charlie, purchased the former Doughboy’s Variety at auction in October. The couple closed on the Paris business, located at 44 E. Main […]

  • Published
    November 9, 2017

    Oxford Recreation’s new snack shack is a community-wide effort

    OXFORD — After receiving the green light from selectmen, Recreation Director Connie Staples will get as much as possible done for the remaining work on the snack shack project at Pismo Beach before the snow flies. At the Nov. 2 Oxford selectmen’s meeting, the board unanimously approved paying up to $23,001 for the project, which included […]

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