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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, […]

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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Waterville, other Maine towns set to deal with marijuana laws

Waterville, other Maine towns set to deal with marijuana laws

As of January 30, marijuana is legal for recreational use in Maine. Like several other states that have recently legalized, Maine is now facing the challenges associated with regulating the popular drug. The law passed on the November 8, 2016 ballot by a small 3,995 votes, though marijuana remains a Schedule 1 drug federally. According to the City of Waterville […]

Downtown working towards two-way Main Street

Downtown working towards two-way Main Street

The City of Waterville, Colby College, and Maine’s Department of Transportation presented the results of a yearlong traffic and parking study about Waterville’s downtown to the public and to 100 City Council Chambers this past Monday, according to The Morning Sentinel. This study examined the potential of changing downtown Waterville’s Main street, and other peripheral streets, from one-way to two-way […]

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Progressive measures pass in Maine

Progressive measures pass in Maine

For the fourth time in the history of the United States, the candidate who won the popular vote in a presidential election lost the electoral college and subsequently the presidency. Republican Party candidate Donald Trump, after winning crucial states such as Pennsylvania, Florida, and Wisconsin, is the current President-elect.   Yet the important stories of the 2016 election go beyond […]

Dick Willette, director of soup kitchen downtown, dies at 83

Dick Willette, director of soup kitchen downtown, dies at 83

Dick Willette Sr., a man who spent decades of his life in service of others, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday, October 30 at the age of 83 of an apparent heart attack. The Morning Sentinel reported that, according to his wife, Gloria Beaulieu-Willette, he had talked a lot about dying during the days leading up to his death. Willette […]

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What will Colby be like in 2020? A thought exercise

What will Colby be like in 2020? A thought exercise

The College’s vision of a revitalized Waterville is becoming more of a reality than a dream, leading students to think in concrete terms about what life for a Colby student will look like in 2020. The plans for downtown include a new boutique hotel, a newly-built river walk, and a transformed Main Street. For the first time in decades, hundreds […]

Colby plans boutique hotel on revered downtown site

Colby plans boutique hotel on revered downtown site

The College is starting to put together its planned vision of a revitalized downtown Waterville. Numerous buildings on Main Street, including the former Elks Building at 13-15 Appleton Street, have already been razed and will serve as parking for future Colby needs. Meanwhile, the northeast corner of The Concourse, will be the location of a new downtown student dormitory. The […]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Merrill Auditorium, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Portland, Main (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Election 2016: Where candidates stand in Maine

The Colby Echo previously reported on disgruntled Todd Michaud’s stolen Trump campaign signs. However, this energetic Trump support is likely not evidence of changing political allegiances in Waterville. President Obama carried 80% of Waterville voters in 2008, and FiveThirtyEight shows that Clinton will likely take the city. But the story is not the same in all of Maine, and a […]

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40th Annual Common Ground fair delights visitors

The weekend of September 23 through the 25 marked the 40th annual Common Ground fair, held in Unity, Maine by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). The fair celebrates the rural and agricultural traditions of Maine with outdoor activities, lectures, and discussions that support healthful and sustainable food production as a means to achieve thriving communities. This year, […]

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