Articles by Leslie H. Dixon

A map on the wall at the Portland Pipe Line Corporation in South Portland shows the pipeline route to Montreal.

Harrison passes resolution opposing piping of tar sands oil through town

By Leslie H. Dixon on June 12, 2013, at 2:01 p.m.
HARRISON — Voters approved a resolution expressing their concern and opposition to any form of processed tar sands being piped through the town of Harrison on a 156 to 59 vote, during the annual town election Tuesday. Harrison became the sixth town in Maine, including Bethel and Waterford, to oppose …

Odd Fellows Hall windows to be repaired in Norway

By Leslie H. Dixon on June 02, 2013, at 9:21 p.m.
The owner of the former Odd Fellows Hall in downtown Norway has told town officials that he plans to board up broken windows on the historic building on Main Street. Building owner Sam Patel told Code Enforcement Officer Joelle Corey-Whitman last week that a glass company has …

Experts on the hunt for more chestnut trees

By Leslie H. Dixon on May 29, 2013, at 5:42 a.m.
PARIS | The search is on for American chestnut trees in Oxford County. Following last year’s discovery in Hebron of the tallest American chestnut tree east of the Mississippi River, the American Chestnut Foundation asked the Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District in Paris to find out if …

Oxford Hills Bookmobile losing funding this month

By Leslie H. Dixon, Sun Journal on May 17, 2013, at 6:03 a.m.
NORWAY | The popular Oxford Hills Bookmobile may come to a stop if funding isn’t found by May 31 to keep the wheels rolling this summer. The eight-year-old program, a collaboration between Oxford Hills/Buckfield Adult Education and Norway Memorial Library, served 775 children at nine locations weekly for six …
Firefighters confer near the scene of a 10-acre woods fire off Perkins Valley Road in Woodstock on Wednesday afternoon.

Woodstock brush fire spreads across 10 acres

By Leslie H. Dixon, Sun Journal on May 02, 2013, at 5:43 a.m.
As many as 60 firefighters from a dozen towns and three Maine Fire Service helicopters battled a 10-acre fire on a mountainside off Perkins Valley Road on Wednesday afternoon for about four hours. Several firefighters were treated at the scene for heat-related issues after walking about half …

Hebron fire kills nearly two dozen animals

By Leslie H. Dixon, Sun Journal on April 25, 2013, at 6:29 a.m.
Almost two dozen ducklings and chicks were killed Wednesday when fire raced through a small chicken coop and a doghouse on Hebron Station Road. Firefighters from Hebron and surrounding towns were called to 998 Hebron Station Road around noontime but found the fire out when they got …

Skills day teaches importance of math

By Leslie H. Dixon on April 16, 2013, at 6:09 a.m.
PARIS — Despite a mid-spring ice storm that forced school to close 90 minutes early on Friday and eliminated the much-anticipated team tower-building activity, fifth- and sixth-grade students said they not only learned a lot at the math-building skills day, but had a great experience. “We are having a lot …

Closing school for weather: The anatomy of a decision

By Leslie H. Dixon on Feb. 10, 2013, at 7:20 a.m.
OXFORD | The decision to close schools in the Oxford Hills School District takes a lot more work than looking out the window to see if it’s snowing. The decision is not always that cut and dried, Assistant Superintendent Patrick Hartnett said Friday morning. As in other districts across …

School board directors walk out during SAD 17 budget discussion

By Leslie H. Dixon on Dec. 21, 2012, at 5:56 a.m.
PARIS — Board of Selectmen Chairman Sam Elliot refused to let the chairman of the Oxford Hills School Board speak at a round-table discussion on rising school costs Thursday night, prompting Ron Kugell to walk out with four other directors. “We’d like to help,” school board Chairman Kugell of Oxford …
Josh Wardwell, then 14, looks into the nose of the RagWing aircraft he was building at his home in Oxford. At the time, he had roughly 1,500 hours of work complete and estimated 800 hours to go. Wardwell used money he earned mowing a neighbors lawn and cash he received around holidays to fund his project. Wardwell died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 after falling through thin ice on Chapman Pond.

Oxford community mourns teen who died after falling through ice

By Leslie H. Dixon on Dec. 07, 2012, at 6:05 a.m.
Josh Wardwell had a dream of building and flying his own plane. He spent hours in the garage at his School House Road home putting together pieces from a RagWing experimental glider kit his grandfather bought for him. He earned money mowing neighbors’ lawns to buy missing …

Harrison home badly damaged in Saturday morning fire

By Leslie H. Dixon on Nov. 24, 2012, at 3:18 p.m.
A fire early Saturday morning destroyed a Cape Monday Road home. No injuries were reported. Initial reports that a person may have been unaccounted for were quickly resolved, Town Manager George “Bud” Finch told the Sun Journal. “That was a bit of initial confusion as the occupant …
Hebron property owner Ann Siekman, right, gestures after learning last week that the American chestnut tree in the background is unofficially the tallest in Maine and possibly the country. At left is Jean Federico of the Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District, who was in charge of the statewide big tree contest in which Siekman entered the American chestnut.

American Chestnut in Maine may be the tallest in the country

By Leslie H. Dixon on Nov. 22, 2012, at 8:06 a.m.
HEBRON | A contest to find the largest trees in Oxford County may have uncovered the tallest American Chestnut tree in the state and perhaps the country. “We’re really excited about all of this,” Jean Federico of the Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District, sponsor of the annual …
Kaylynn Johnson of Norway holds Lucy, her American Girl doll. Johnson is a finalist in the video story contest "Caroline's Share the Hero in You" by American Girl. She is collecting cereal boxes to be used in Haiti to make jewelry and other items so parents can help pay for food, shelter and education for their children.

Norway 9-year-old a finalist in American Girl video contest

By Leslie H. Dixon on Nov. 13, 2012, at 6:32 a.m.
Nine-year-old Kaylynn Johnson doesn’t feel like a hero, but her mom, Charity, says she is “a world changer.” The Norway girl is one of six nationwide finalists in the “Caroline’s Share the Hero In You” video story contest by American Girl. The contest coincides with American Girl’s …
The owner of 168 Main St., Norway, Patrick McInnis, acknowledges some of the problems with his apartments town officials have cited but said he is working through them.

Norway told to evict tenants, condemn apartment house

By Leslie H. Dixon on Oct. 20, 2012, at 1 p.m.
Town officials have been advised to go to Oxford County Superior Court in an effort to condemn a Main Street apartment complex that they have deemed unsafe. Town Manager David Holt said Friday that attorney Geoffrey H. Hole of Bernstein Shur in Portland advised Code Enforcement Officer …
Oxford County Sheriff's Department officers investigate the scene of an accident on Route 119 in Hebron involving an Oxford Hills school bus and an Audi automobile on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 18, 2012. Emergency workers used the Jaws of Life to remove the roof the car to extricate the driver, 19-year-old Brandon Buffington of Paris.

Video from Oxford Hills school bus crash reviewed

By Leslie H. Dixon on Sept. 20, 2012, at 7 a.m.
Superintendent Rick Colpitts said Wednesday that a video of the interior of a school bus that was struck head-on in Hebron on Tuesday indicates no students were thrown from their seats. “The students were sitting appropriately when the car hit them,” he said. “There was a moment …
Country singer and actess LeAnn Rimes arrives at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas in April 2012. The 30-year-old Rimes checked into a a 30-day in-patient treatment facility for anxiety and stress Wednesday, Aug. 29.

LeAnn Rimes checks into treatment before Oxford Fair performance

By Leslie H. Dixon on Aug. 30, 2012, at 1:41 p.m.
LeAnn Rimes has checked herself into a 30-day treatment center just two weeks before she is due to headline the entertainment at the Oxford Fair. Jackie Young, president of the Oxford County Agricultural Society, said she is waiting to hear from Rimes’ representative to confirm the singer …
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Two arrested after assault at Waterford campground sends two to hospital

By Leslie H. Dixon and Tony Reaves on Aug. 24, 2012, at 11:56 a.m.
Two Massachusetts men are under arrest today and at least two people are in the hospital following an assault among campers at Papoose Pond Resort and Campground in Waterford. John O’Brien, 40, and Jonathan O’Brien, 18, a father and son from Billerica, Mass., were arrested at the …

Auburn company wins Opera House restoration contract

By Leslie H. Dixon on Aug. 24, 2012, at 11:53 a.m.
NORWAY | An Auburn company has been awarded the contract for the $1.1 million rehabilitation of the first floor of the 1894 Opera House on Main Street in Norway. H. E. Callahan Construction was awarded the project at a meeting in the office of Dennis Lachman Architects and Planners …

Maine company lays off 13 after Defense Department contract ends

By Leslie H. Dixon on Aug. 22, 2012, at 7:45 a.m.
PARIS | Maine Machine Products has laid off 8 percent of its workforce bringing the number of employees down from 138 in 2010 to 125 today. CEO David MacMahon said Tuesday that about a dozen workers were laid off earlier this month and another five workers were laid off …
Cathy Dixon said the U.S. Cellular communications tower will be visible as she drives up the driveway on her Scribner Hill Road home or looks out from the second-floor balcony.

Maine homeowners say they may move because of cell tower

By Leslie H. Dixon on Aug. 20, 2012, at 7:13 a.m.
Otisfield couple said, if the project is completed, when they sit on their back porch they will be staring at more than 60 feet of galvanized steel instead of watching the tall pines sway in the wind.