Articles by: Peg Schreiner

Seasonal businesses kick off another warm spring in local areas

As the April showers wash away a winter’s worth of snow from central Maine, a myriad of local businesses are preparing to reopen their doors for the spring and summer months. The Green Spot, a farmers’ market located off of Kennedy Memorial Drive in Oakland, is continuing its 41st year of business. Two sisters, Brenda and Tanya Athanus, who are […]

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Portland area man dies after collision on Mayflower Hill

Portland area man dies after collision on Mayflower Hill

Donovan M. Gray, 68, died after a car accident on Mayflower Hill Drive on April 13. Gray was a resident of Portland and a known supporter of the arts. The accident appeared to have occurred when Gray turned off of the road by the Colby Baseball/Softball complex before colliding with several trees in a head-on, single car collision. According to […]

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Outraged community pushes back against KKK fliers

Waterville residents were startled last week by the distribution of fliers from the Ku Klux Klan. Chief of Police Joseph Massey told the Echo that an “unknown person(s) left KKK flyers in plastic bags at residences in the Western Ave area,” and the police believe that the fliers were “probably thrown into the driveways from a moving vehicle.” The posters […]

Sheriff forms task force to combat underage drinking

Sheriff forms task force to combat underage drinking

Following multiple high profile instances of underage drinking involving Colby students in recent months, the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office received a grant to stifle the illegal attempts of those under 21. According to Waterville Chief of Police Joseph Massey’s email correspondences with the Echo, the grant will be used to create a “multi-agency task force in Kennebec County to address […]

City, College clash over parking deal

City, College clash over parking deal

Amidst the seemingly constant flow of positive rhetoric between City Hall and the College regarding Waterville’s revitalization, tensions have begun to rise to the surface. Sources on both sides of the town-gown relationship who chose to remain anonymous cited the leasing of parking spaces to the College for the boutique hotel as one of the main sources of conflict. The […]

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Renderings of the new addition to 173 Main Street that will provide the CGI Group a special entrance off of Appelton Street.

Waterville revitalization team closer to naming retailers

When the 1929 Maine Higher Education Survey Report gave Colby’s campus an unfavorable review, then President Franklin W. Johnson searched for ways to change the campus and consequently its reputation. According to the Colby archives, however, the College’s subsequent plan to move to Augusta was complicated when the Great Depression hit. Despite the Great Depression, in a meeting in what […]

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Doré, Salix, Annick, and Lyse Munézero have been attending many local events, most recently a men’s hockey game at the College.

Local refugee initiative brings hope to nationwide crisis

Amidst vicious debates in Washington, D.C. and a slew of controversial executive orders, the refugee crisis is at the forefront of many Americans’ minds. The one-month old Waterville Area New Mainers Project (WANMP) demonstrates that those in Central Maine are no different. The project, according to Colby Professor of Russian Julie de Sherbinin, aims to, “over time, develop a systematized […]

Boston business owner follows through on downtown investment

Boston business owner follows through on downtown investment

Mark McLeod, of Wilmington, Massachusetts, confirmed in an interview with the Echo his intentions to follow through with his downtown purchase and expand his scope in Waterville. McLeod, owner of Boston Eye Design, purchased the former Ken-A-Set store building at 1 College Avenue in August after recognizing the investment potential in Waterville’s revitalization. In an interview with the Kennebec Journal, […]

Administrators react to surprising socioeconomic statistics

Following a January 18, 2017 article in the New York Times detailing the socioeconomic statistics of students at Colby and other elite colleges, many students on Mayflower Hill were shocked by the numbers. The statistics compiled by the Times ranked Colby fourth on a list of colleges that enrolled “more students from the top one percent than the bottom 60 […]

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Student, faculty desires reflected in downtown forums

Student, faculty desires reflected in downtown forums

Although nothing was presented for approval to the Board of Trustees at the February 2 and 3 meetings with regard to downtown, the College’s Vice President of Planning Brian Clark said the Board was pleased with the direction the College has been moving. “The Board has been in- credibly supportive of the work we have been doing on Main Street […]

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