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Telstar grad earns AP award for TV work

James Piccirillo, left, Technical Executive Producer of EIV News at 9, with Editorial Executive Producer Erin Farley, Director Rob Barton, and Associate Director Nathan Carolan.                   Photo: Erin Farley

By Amy Chapman When he graduates from college in two years, James Piccirillo of Greenwood plans on a career in live television broadcasting. The 2012 Telstar High School graduate is already well on his way: his work in television news has just been honored with an Associated Press award. In addition to making time for […]

Sheriff’s Dept. to host autism program

The following is a press release from Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant: April is National Autism Awareness month. The increase in the last 10 to 12 years in individuals being diagnosed with Autism is staggering. It is now believed that nearly one in 68  children are and can be diagnosed with this developmental disability. With […]

National Take Back Initiative

From the Oxford County Sheriff’s Dept.: Again this year the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office will  be participating in the National Take Back Initiative on Saturday April 26. The OCSO agency will be providing two collection sites for the disposal of controlled, non-controlled and over the counter substances. Citizens may go to either the Sheriff’s office at […]

Quality up, costs down in School Lunch program


By Amy Chapman SAD 44 Food Service Director Jeanne LaPointe shared some good news with school directors recently. “This program is one of a very small handful of schools in the state of Maine that are operating in the black,” LaPointe told the board. The food service program pays for staff salaries and benefits, as […]

The bells of West Parish


In a 30+ year tradition, bells will ring out at Sunday’s Easter Service at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel. The bell choir was established in 1985 under the late Mary Valentine. Since then people of all ages have played in both adult and youth choirs. Last week the current choir, under the direction […]

Mother Nature strikes again


After teasing us with a nice warm spring day Monday, Mother Nature followed up Tuesday with heavy rain – topped off with snow at the end – that sent the Androscoggin River over its banks in Bethel on Wednesday morning. Here, a truck plows through water by Davis Park at 7 a.m. At the same […]

Police seek help on break-in


Maine State Trooper Tyler Stevenson is looking for information regarding a break-in at the Buckfield Mall Convenience Store at about 4:45 a.m. Sunday morning, according to a press release.  The suspect was observed in what appeared to be a silver KIA Soul SUV. Approximately two hours before the break-in in Buckfield a similar vehicle was […]

Organic and local options grow at Bethel Foodliner

Kristy York arranges organic zucchini and broccoli in the produce case at the Bethel Foodliner.

By Amy Chapman From fruits and vegetables raised locally on small organic farms to organic milk produced by the nation’s largest dairy processor, Americans are demanding and consuming more organic foods than ever. Colleen McCabe, manager of the Bethel Foodliner, has seen that trend reflected in her store. “Requests for organic, natural, and local products […]

Retired educators to meet

The Oxford County Educators Association-Retired (OCEA-R) held their first meeting of the year on March 14 at the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School.  The culinary arts class served a fine meal appreciated by all.   President John Kimball presided over the business meeting before dinner, and Miles Hunt of Dow’s Law Office, Norway, Maine, presented a […]