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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 […]

City Council goes forward with votes on parking sale for boutique hotel

Last Tuesday, April 4, the Waterville City Council took part in the first of two official votes over the terms and conditions for the controversial proposed leasing of 42 parking spaces to Colby College. Located on Front Street, the parking spaces are to be used for the boutique hotel Colby plans to construct at the south end of Main Street […]

Administrators seek transformations in College’s civic engagement for developing downtown dorm

Administrators seek transformations in College’s civic engagement for developing downtown dorm

As further developments continue to be made in the construction of Colby’s downtown dorm, blueprints and renderings of the residence hall and floor layouts are expected to be released soon. Yet much of the focus for Colby Administration is directed towards aspects for which there can be no blueprints; in determining the specific impact such a move will have on […]

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 […]

Cancun’s new look

Cancun Mexican Restaurant, located downtown, has just completed a major renovation in efforts to create a more vibrant and popular location for Colby students and Waterville residents alike. Cancun, located at 14 Silver Street, has been open in the same place for ten years, which is part of the reason why owner Hector Fuentes decided to revamp the restaurant. While […]

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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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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 […]

Professors debate partisanship in the classroom

Professors debate partisanship in the classroom

By Liam Simes and Alessandro Maglione The controversial presidential election of Donald Trump has sparked a vigorous backlash in the country, noticeably on college campuses, and in response, conservative groups have been condemning what they see as an attack on freedom of speech. Colby College professor Aaron Halon, in his New York Times op-ed “Advice for my Conservative Students”, acknowledges […]

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Colby food supplier discusses sustainability and local challenges

Colby food supplier discusses sustainability and local challenges

After instituting a new dining services partnership with the Bon Appetit Management Company, the College has begun to receive many locally-sourced ingredients. Among the sourcers is Maine Grains, based in Skowhegan. Echo: What is a general overview of Maine Grains and its products? Amber Lanke: Maine Grains opened in September 2012. We specialize in sourcing locally grown organic grains to […]

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