Every year, thousands of teenagers across the State of Maine experience dating violence.  February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in youth relationships and promote programs that focus on prevention. The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault are calling on Mainers to help recognize this important month, not only for youth in Maine, but for communities statewide.

Dating violence is “controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It occurs in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships and can include verbal, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, or a combination of these behaviors.”  Dating violence often starts with what may seem like minor behavior, such as teasing and name calling.

Maine Students Score Better Than in Most States on National Science Test

Maine students outperformed students in most other states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the only test of student achievement that allows comparison of student performance across states.

Maine tied for the fifth highest science score in grade 4 and tied for eighth highest in grade 8. By some measures, such as percent of student proficiency, Maine ranks even higher on the test, which was administered in 2009 and is being reported today.

Statewide at the fourth grade, 42 percent of students in Maine scored at the “proficient” level or above. In the eighth grade, 35 percent of students scored at or above the “proficient” level.

Maine’s lower-income students are doing well compared to in other states and the nation as a whole. In Maine, 29 percent of students eligible for free or reduced lunch in the 4th grade scored at or above the “proficient” level compared to 16 percent nationally.

Funky Red Barn

Funky Red Barn

Bethel's Downtown Night Club and Restaurant. The DJ or Live band starts at 9:00 till 1:00. The laser light show, karaoke will light up your dancing feet. We have pool, foosball, and darts for your entertainment. Come and check us out. The Funkiest place on the planet.

This is a year-round Night Club and Restaurant found downtown in Bethel. Open Wednesday-Saturday serving big juicy burgers, Ribs, Prime Rib, Fried Dough, and more.
Friday and Saturday Dancing with DJ or Live Music 4pm-1am.

Don't miss Thursday Night Dinner special -- appetizer, homemade dinner, and dessert -- always $8.50. Pool Tables - Fooseball - Popcorn - Darts.

Norway doctor joins medical group

Norway doctor joins medical group

Jett Family Practice, a primary care practice that has served Oxford Hills residents for nearly 10 years, has joined the Central Maine Medical Group regional healthcare provider network. 
The practice will relocate to 39 Main Street in Norway on February 1 and will reopen there as Norway Family Practice.
“The new location is just down the road from my current location. The name change results from a new relationship with the large regional network of doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants associated with Central Maine Medical Group and Central Maine,” said Laura Jett, M.D.
Office hours for the practice will continue to be Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.



SOUTH PARIS – The Moore Park Art Show in South Paris is seeking exhibitors for a celebration and sale of original arts, Saturday, August 13, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Rain date Aug. 14). The 43rd anniversary show will feature 60 artists and artisans with live entertainment and fine fare. The event is presented by the Town of Paris, Parks and Recreation Department is sponsored by the Western Maine Art Group and the Mahoosuc Arts Council.

Artists are being sought representing a broad spectrum of art including paintings, drawings, photography, wood, metal and glass sculpture; fine jewelry; handmade prints; fiber and textile/fiber arts and more. All art work must be the original design and creation of the exhibitor. Booths are limited. Artists also have the opportunity to submit work for awards judging.

“In addition to being a beautiful setting, Moore Park is one of the best venues for an art show because it is located on one of the most-traveled roads in New England.

25th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling

25th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling

Sunday, April 3, 2011
Holiday Inn by the Bay • Portland, Maine

We hope you can join us on April 3rd to enjoy the finest chocolate delectables from the best restaurants, candy shops, and chefs in Cumberland and York counties!

You may also purchase raffle tickets for some fabulous prize packages that have been generously donated by area businesses.

All Chocolate Lovers' Fling proceeds benefit Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine.

For more information on volunteering, sponsorship or restaurant participation call 1.800.313.9900

Agren Appliance, TV & Furniture - Norway Grand Opening

Saturday, January 22, 2011
Agren Appliance & Television celebrates the official opening of its new store on Main Street in Norway with up to 40% savings on selected appliances, TVs, and home furnishings -- major appliance door prizes.

Agren Appliance & Television's Official Norway Grand Opening
313 Main Street
Norway, Maine

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
10:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Public Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony with remarks by Norway town officials, donations to local organizations, and refreshments.

Saturday, January 22, 2011
Official Grand Opening of new Norway store with major appliance door prizes and refreshments, up to 40% off selected appliances, HDTVs, furniture, and mattress sets. Three complete floors of inventory: Second Floor - sofas, recliners, coffee and end tables, lamps, dining room tables and chairs. Main Floor - appliances and HDTVs from all major brands.