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Downtown planning group turns focus toward summer

Downtown planning group turns focus toward summer

As students on Mayflower Hill prepare for final exams and solidify plans for summer, the team in charge of the College’s downtown revitalization is also looking ahead. Much progress is slated to be made on the College-owned downtown properties in the coming months, and the advancements will likely be visible to students come September. In an interview with the Echo, […]

Green Spot owners discuss evolution of cherished business

Green Spot owners discuss evolution of cherished business

For Tanya and Brenda Athanus what started out as a plan to spend one more college summer on the Belgrade Lakes transformed into a business that has now been around for 41 years. The Athanus sisters co-own The Green Spot, located at 818 Kennedy Memorial Drive in Oakland. The yellow and green building with a lobster on the side is […]

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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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 […]

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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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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