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DOC offers foliage events

Augusta, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--The fall foliage season is beginning in Maine and the state is offering a number of events to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the season.

Old woodsmen say the color "moves ten miles a day" and the state is following this pattern with events that move north to south over the three week period.

This Buereau of Public Lands and the Maine Forest Service are coordinating the events which include eight paddles and one hike.

"It's a great time of year to encourage people to get out and experience the beauty of the changing seasons in Maine," said Gary Best in a statement.  He is the assistant regional manager with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.

If you would like more information about the events including meeting places and degree of difficulty, click on the link to the right.

Special Report on Longterm Unemployed

(NEWS CENTER) -- It is about as stressful a situation as you could ever find yourself in: thousands of Mainers have exhausted their unemployment benefits ... but have been unable to find work.

The Maine Department of Labor calls them "Exhaustees", and has set up a series of programs aimed at putting these Mainers back to work. Others refer to them as "The Invisible Unemployed" because they are not counted in Unemployment reports or as part of the workforce.

Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce presents the 2010 Chamber Awards

The Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that nominations are now being taken for the Annual Chamber Dinner & Awards Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, January 29, 2011. The awards will be for Citizen of the Year; Business of the Year; Employee of the Year; and Rising Star of the Year.
 
The nominations need to be submitted to the Chamber no later then Friday, November 19thand you can pick up a nomination form at the office located at 4 Western Avenue in South Paris or go directly online atwww.oxfordhillsmaine.com and download a form.
 
Executive Director John Williams said in a statement released by the Chamber, "These awards have been a tradition in the communities of the Oxford Hills for nearly 40 years, providing an opportunity to honor those who have been at the forefront of making our area a better place to live, work and play!

Casino supporters and opposition square off in debate

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With less than three weeks till election day, those in favor and against a proposed resort casino in Oxford presented their cases to business leaders in Southern Maine.

"One thing that no one is going to dispute is that there will be job creation as part of this proposal," said Rob Lally, speaking in favor of Question One on november's ballot.    "You look at the economy.  You look at unemployment.  We compete for that disposable income.  As a tourism industry, which is so critical to Maine, we have to compete for those dollars and a four season resort will definitely bring people to Maine."

Debate examines Oxford County casino referendum

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- The sides for and against a proposed casino in Oxford County will debate the statewide referendum question this week.

The Portland Regional Chamber is sponsoring the debate Wednesday morning in South Portland. The debate will be moderated by Chris Hall of the chamber.

In support of the casino will be Rob Lally of Black Bear Entertainment and Mount Abram Ski Resort, and Michael Chammings, town manager of Oxford.

In opposition will be Dennis Bailey of CasinosNO! and Dan Cashman representing Citizens Against the Oxford Casino.