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Sign of summer: Pineland’s ‘Family Farmyard’ opens

NEW GLOUCESTER — A bit unsure but smiling, Finley Joyal, who’s 3 (but almost 4) patted a chicken Saturday. “This is Henny Penny. She’s really soft,” said Pineland Farms education staffer Britt Moon. Finley also collected organic eggs. “You hold the bas…

Hundreds attend Memorial Day parade, ceremony at Veterans Park in Lewiston

LEWISTON — An exceptionally strong wind blew straight off the Great Falls on Saturday morning, but it failed to discourage a large crowd of veterans and their families attending the Memorial Day parade and ceremonies at Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston. Several hundred spectators l…

“Beauty in the small moments”: Hebron Academy graduates 86

Class facts   Number of graduates: 86 Going to college: 86 Joining the military: 1, West Point School hymn: “Sow Ye Beside All Waters”

St. Dom’s graduates

AUBURN – It’s a good system. As 62 Saint Dominic Academy seniors begin their graduation march, the school president is there to give them pep talks while the principal fusses over their collars and caps. “Go get ’em,” President Donald Fournier tells one student. “Keep on smili…

Mulch fire closes Lisbon Street

LEWISTON — A mulch fire spread to a basement wall on Lisbon Street on Friday night, causing traffic snarls downtown as firefighters battled the blaze. Police blocked off sections of Lisbon and Pine streets at about 6:30 p.m. as fire crews from Lewiston and Auburn contended with flame…

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VASSALBORO — Sixty police officers, including 12 serving in Franklin, Oxford and Androscoggin counties, graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy on Friday. The new officers, who mostly come from the local and county ranks, spent 18 weeks studying and training. Among the topi…

Dunking the junk in Auburn

Dr. Kevin Strong and kindergarten student Dominic Davis, 6, record a short “defeat sodatron” video during a “Dunk the Junk” assembly at Walton Elementary School in Auburn on Friday. Strong, a pediatrician with Pediatric Associates in Lewiston, brought his anti-soda message to the students. “Sugar…

Wales man sentenced to 9½ years for sexual assault, manslaughter

AUBURN — A Wales man pleaded guilty to manslaughter and sexual assault charges Friday, but only after he was confronted in court by the people most affected by his crimes. Christopher Austin was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison — seven years on charges of gross sexual ass…

Small earthquake reported in Oxford County

PERU, Maine — A small earthquake rumbled through this small Oxford County town early Friday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey. The small earthquake measured at magnitude 2.0 on the Richter scale. The earthquake was reported at 12:45 a.m. Friday. Peru is located just east of Rumford.

Unseasonably chilly weather ushers in freeze watches

GRAY, Maine — While Memorial Day weekend unofficially ushers in summer, unseasonably cold temperatures will hover over much of the state to kick off the holiday weekend, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service has posted freeze watches for Oxford, Franklin and Somerset counties effective Friday evening into …