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Itali-ah plans to deliver authentic Italian cuisine

Itali-ah plans to deliver authentic Italian cuisine

Just as eager freshmen trade out their high school uniforms and Lily Pulitzer for Birkenstocks and flannels, owners of downtown Waterville’s Itali-ah Market and Restaurant have similarly decided to “reinvent” their shop for the upcoming year. Itali-ah caters to all diners, whether they want to have nice sit down meal, need Italian cooking supplies, or simply desire a quick coffee and gelato.

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Colby staff move to new downtown offices

Colby staff move to new downtown offices

As of August 17, some Colby staff have moved downtown into the Hains building, marking the first official transition of College staff off-campus.

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Alfond Youth Center begins construction on greenhouse complex

Construction began Sept. 2 on an expansion of Waterville’s Alfond Youth Center. The expansion project will be a 50- foot biodome, or greenhouse complex, which will become the flagship of the Center’s Sustainable Gardening Program.

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Boutique hotel manager boasts strong experiences with college towns

Boutique hotel manager boasts strong experiences with college towns

A newly constructed 40-50 room boutique hotel and upscale-casual farm-to-table restaurant will bookend Main Street in downtown Waterville by the spring of 2019. John Schultzel, Vice President of Hotel Management for the Olympia Companies, confirmed in a phone interview with the Echo that the boutique hotel is set to begin construction following the finalization of a design. Brian Clark, Vice […]

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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 […]

Senator Collins eyeing Governor’s seat in 2018 election

Senator Collins eyeing Governor’s seat in 2018 election

In an interview with WGAN radio, Maine Senator Susan Collins stated that she is considering running for Governor of Maine in 2018. “If I were fortunate enough to be elected…you can work on issues I care a lot about like economic development, jobs, education. And I would try to heal the state and bring people back together, which I think […]

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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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 […]