Articles by: Louisa Goldman

Empty store fronts persist at 173 Main Street in Waterville

Empty store fronts persist at 173 Main Street in Waterville

Nestled on the corner of Main Street and Appleton, the former Hains building sits starkly barren in downtown Waterville. Purchased by the college in 2015, the College website boasts that the property “is being renovated as a mixed-use commercial building with office space and ground-floor retail.” Rumors of a Starbucks, Renys, or even a Trader Joe’s moving into that retail […]

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Show me ME: Meridians in Fairfield

Show me ME: Meridians in Fairfield

While some Colby students are content to force-feed themselves watered down Natty Lights, others are more concerned with the taste, quality, and character of the fermented beverages they choose to consume. For the more ‘refined’ students, Meridians: Wine, Beer, Food in nearby Fairfield, offers a wide array of locally sourced beers, wines, and spirits designed to please the palate of […]

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‘Retire and rehire’ is criticized by Maine politicians

Superintendent Eric Haley, who serves the Waterville, Vassalboro, and Winslow school districts, retired last Friday, October 27 and is primed to be rehired later next month on November 27. This move will allow the 63 year old to begin collecting his pension early while still receiving a yearly salary. Many have criticized his decision, even Maine state governor Paul LePage, […]

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Mingle with a mule: Chip Gavin `90

Mingle with a mule: Chip Gavin `90

Since the first issue of the Echo was published in 1877, generations of student writers have used the paper as a medium to relate stories of the Colby community. For former Editor-in-Chief Chip Gavin ’90, four years of work for the Echo impacted his own life story and allowed him to develop lifelong friendships. He even used the journalism skills […]

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Winthrop teen accused of murdering parents may be tried as an adult

During the wee hours of the night of Oct 31, 2016, Winthrop Maine Police received a concerning phone call from a seemingly jovial 17 year old. “My father woke up to her screams. I stabbed the fuck out of him,” the minor chortled to the 911 dispatcher, immediately identifying himself as Andrew C. Balcer. Within minutes, police arrived at the […]

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Dig a department: Religious Studies offers grants

Have you ever wanted to learn about Lutheranism, or are interested in Islam?  Colby’s religious studies department provides excellent resources for students curious about faith, and are currently offering a wide range of fellowships. “The Religious Studies Department invites proposals from Colby students, regardless of major and minor, for funding to conduct an original research project on a topic related […]

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Maine State Prison Showroom offers crafts made by convicts

Maine State Prison Showroom offers crafts made by convicts

In quiet Thomaston, ME, a small handicraft boutique sits peacefully off U.S. highway 1. Boasting a spacious parking lot and competitive prices, the store attracts all kinds of visitors— from wealthy tourists looking for unique souvenirs to those seeking cheap décor— all browsing the same display of carefully crafted woodworks and trinkets. Products range from cotton dog toys to full […]

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Mother and grandfather seek justice for Ayla Reynolds’ death

Mother and grandfather seek justice for Ayla Reynolds’ death

Trista Reynolds’ voice is determined and energetic, peppered with rare moments of raspiness. Upon returning home from her day job in Portland to take care of her two young boys and to answer questions about her missing daughter, she should sound more tired. ‘Tired’, of course, would indicate an impending light at the end of a tunnel, a nearing time […]

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Tonsil hockey season ends early as flu season arrives

Although an unseasonable warmth has caused summer to seemingly persist through the beginning of October, officials from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention have announced that flu season has come early to the state. Its official start date is Oct. 1 for the rest of the nation, however, cases began to spring up across Maine much earlier. In […]

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Mother of missing Waterville toddler receives death certificate

Mother of missing Waterville toddler receives death certificate

Dressed in a green polka dot nightgown, 20 month old Ayla Reynolds snuggled drowsily into bed at her paternal grandmother’s Waterville home on a cold December night. Her adventurous nature had caused a fall while with her father three weeks’ prior, resulting in the soft splint she wore on her left arm. Knowing of her niece’s rambunctious personality, aunt Elisha DiPietro cracked the door open to make sure Ayla had indeed gone to sleep nearly two hours after her 8:00 p.m. bed time. The toddler’s favorite doll peeped out under the covers; except for her breathing, everything was still. According to Ayla’s father, who was staying with his daughter in his mother’s Waterville home that night, this was all that happened in the late hours of December 16th, 2011. But that doesn’t explain why nearly a cup full of the young girl’s blood was recovered on his bedroom floor.

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