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Super Tuesday in Maine: a breakdown of the state’s primary results

Super Tuesday in Maine: a breakdown of the state’s primary results

Mainers voted on March 3 in the Democratic primary ahead of the 2020 presidential election. With the help of New York Times’s reporting, the Echo has provided coverage of the State’s results. Vice President Joe Biden won the state with 34% of the votes (67,272 votes), amounting to nine delegates. His main competition, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, received 32.9% of […]

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AYCC launches new Wellness Center

AYCC launches new Wellness Center

The Alfond Youth and Community Center (AYCC) opened its new Wellness Center, which was funded by a $6 million donation from Peter Alfond. The 10,000 square-foot addition was made with the goal of expanding the AYCC’s reach from just children to all ages. Sawyer Boulette grew up in Waterville and, after an eight-year hiatus in Bath, is back in the […]

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Colby Government department conducts 2020 polling

Colby Government department conducts 2020 polling

In conjunction with the Wall Street Journal, the Colby Government Department released its first poll on the 2020 elections on Feb. 18.  The Government Department worked alongside national pollster SocialSphere to survey Mainers on a variety of national and Maine-specific issues. This poll is the first in a series the Government Department will conduct before the upcoming 2020 election.  According […]

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Quarry Road Trails offers three Ski Free days

Quarry Road Trails offers three Ski Free days

Quarry Road Trails had its last Ski Free Day of the winter season Feb. 22, a program it puts on to  increase attendance. In the winter, Quarry Road offers cross country skiing, snowshoeing, fat tire biking, sledding, and dog walking. On Ski Free Days, certain costs are waived to make these activities available to everyone. Caroline Mathes, co-chair of Quarry […]

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Guacamole’s owner reflects on restaurant’s beginnings

Guacamole’s owner reflects on restaurant’s beginnings

Let it be known: there’s a new burrito place in town. Located at 108 Main Street in Waterville, in between KeyBank and Jewel of India, Guacamole’s fulfills owner Kevin Joseph’s longtime dream of opening up a second restaurant. As someone “born and raised in Waterville,” both its history and future are important to Kevin Joseph. Owner of You Know Whose […]

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Waterville City Council Minutes: 2020 so far

Waterville City Council Minutes: 2020 so far

January 7 New Business Recognizing the bicentennial of State of Maine Amendment to the marijuana ordinance Community Notes Nancy Sanford thanked the Police Department for their response to a shooting in her neighborhood Julian Payne asked how the search to replace current City Manager Mike Roy was going and said that “the search should be a nation-wide effort. Mayor Isgro […]

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OPA Restaurant owner reflects on first year of business

OPA Restaurant owner reflects on first year of business

Located on Main Street in the heart of downtown Waterville, OPA has become a local staple since opening its doors approximately one year ago. The Echo met with owner Sotirios Gudis to reflect on the restaurant’s successes, challenges, and contributions to the community since then.  A longtime Waterville resident, Gudis’s family has owned restaurants in the area for many years, […]

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Two weeks out, vaccine referendum stirs statewide debate

Two weeks out, vaccine referendum stirs statewide debate

In May of 2019, Maine’s State Senate passed a law eliminating religious and philosophical vaccine exemptions in reaction to alarmingly low state-wide immunization rates among young children. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that Maine’s vaccine-exemption rate hit 6.2%, the state’s highest number in over a decade. Most of these exemptions were for nonmedical reasons.   The bill, […]

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Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights advocate across Maine for what they once lacked

Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights advocate across Maine for what they once lacked

In Feb 2013, a group of Maine grandmothers who grew up in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s founded Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights (GRR!). Their mission was, and is, to serve as stewards of the reproductive rights with which they did not grow up. Elayne Richard is a GRR! member from Fairfield, Maine. She spoke to the Echo about the group’s […]

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Conia’s Corner

Conia’s Corner

I’ve looked into my crystal ball And I can say I’ve seen it all. Since I shan’t write the rest of fall Here are my predictions, both big and small.   For some, Thanksgiving travels shall take time They will eat, laugh, play, and unwind. At their meals, their will have dinned But not everything will be just fine.   […]

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