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LePage outlines delivers State of the State, addresses wages

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, Governor Paul LePage gave his sixth and final State of the State speech in which he addressed his agenda, concerns, and the budget for Maine. In response to new state legislation LePage said, “Our economy and our way of life are under attack.” LePage began the speech by addressing his plans for tax reform. Angered by […]

by Charlotte Marratta· · 0 comments · Local
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, […]

Drug overdoses rise in Maine

The number of drug overdose deaths in Maine has increased annually to reach a record high in 2016. This past year marked an unprecedented growth in drug related deaths, with the number soaring to 40 percent of all fatalities in the state, accounting for 378 deaths according to the Kennebec Journal. Other states in New England are experiencing a similar […]

by Brooke Gary· · 0 comments · Local

Students participate in JanPlan technology challenge

Over JanPlan, CGI Group, formerly Collaborative Consulting, presented an open technical question, challenging students to solve it in exchange for a summer internship with the company. The question prompted students to optimize the existing system for sending and receiving academic transcripts. Students then presented their solutions in a pitch at the end of JanPlan. One team, comprised of Austin Nantkes […]

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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 […]

by Peg Schreiner· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Local, Local
From Caucusing to Marching, Central Maine Resists Division

From Caucusing to Marching, Central Maine Resists Division

Last March, I changed my residency from New Jersey to Maine so that I could caucus for Bernie Sanders in my first presidential election. The caucus was held in the basketball gym at Thomas College where myself and a few hundred other registered Democrats squished together to hear pitches from the Sanders and Clinton camps as well as hear a […]

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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 […]

Planning Board decides downtown properties

Planning Board decides downtown properties

The downtown Waterville revitalization project is progressing as the College continues with its extensive planning. This past Monday, the Waterville Planning Board discussed Colby’s plan for the downtown student apartment complex. The apartment complex will be located on part of the Waterville Concourse parking lot. The meeting covered the size of the complex, how many people are projected to be […]

by Hannah Dineen· · 0 comments · Local
Five Guys opens new location in Augusta

Five Guys opens new location in Augusta

Augusta’s newest grub spot has opened up this week. Five Guys Burgers and Fries has joined the collection of restaurants and shops on Western Avenue starting last Monday, December 5. A favorite all over the east coast and beyond, Five Guys will provide some much needed culinary diversity to the local area. With a piece of prime real estate visible […]

by Henry Tashman· · 0 comments · Local