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Review: Christopher Hastings Confections

There is a new source of delight in Waterville nested in the beloved Holy Cannoli restaurant on 72 Main Street. Assembled atop Holy Cannoli’s own dessert cases, you will now find a humble acrylic display with bite-sized, Maine-made Christopher Hastings Confections. This chocolatier business began in 2014, and although it offers its products at select retail shops throughout Maine, its […]

by Sam Kane· · 0 comments · Local
An orange flier distributed on the Bates College campus on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Officials at the college have decried it as a clear case of voters suppression.

Voting scandal rocks Bates College

Cases of “voter suppression” aimed at Maine college students surfaced this past Sunday, according to The Portland Press Herald. Fliers circulating around Bates College provided false information regarding voter registration in the state, making the process seem more difficult and more expensive in Lewiston, where Maine governer Paul LePage grew up homeless.  The fliers claimed that anyone wishing to vote […]

by Will Walkey· · 0 comments · Headline Article, Local
Dick Willette, director of soup kitchen downtown, dies at 83

Dick Willette, director of soup kitchen downtown, dies at 83

Dick Willette Sr., a man who spent decades of his life in service of others, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday, October 30 at the age of 83 of an apparent heart attack. The Morning Sentinel reported that, according to his wife, Gloria Beaulieu-Willette, he had talked a lot about dying during the days leading up to his death. Willette […]

by Will Walkey· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Local, Featured, Local
Burst the Bubble: Waterville’s Diners

Burst the Bubble: Waterville’s Diners

Burst the Bubble is a new column in the Local News section characterized by pieces of creative writing. It’s designed to encourage Colby students to explore memorable areas in Central Maine. This week’s segment compares Early Bird, Jorgenson’s, and Big G’s. It’s a lazy Sunday morning, and I’ve just been woken up by three roommates who resemble starving puppies as […]

by Will Walkey· · 0 comments · Local
What will Colby be like in 2020? A thought exercise

What will Colby be like in 2020? A thought exercise

The College’s vision of a revitalized Waterville is becoming more of a reality than a dream, leading students to think in concrete terms about what life for a Colby student will look like in 2020. The plans for downtown include a new boutique hotel, a newly-built river walk, and a transformed Main Street. For the first time in decades, hundreds […]

Trump Jr. campaigns in Maine

Trump Jr. campaigns in Maine

Donald Trump Jr., campaigning for his father in his upstart run for the presidency, made a stop in Gray, Maine, outside of Portland on Tuesday to discuss Second Amendment rights with 175 potential voters, according to the Portland Press Herald. Trump Jr. stated that, should his father take the White House, each citizens’ right to bear arms will remain protected. […]

by Will Walkey· · 0 comments · Local
Celebration of Central Maine to take place downtown

Celebration of Central Maine to take place downtown

One of Waterville’s most anticipated and well-attended events is rapidly approaching. Harvest on the Square is a celebration of Central Maine’s vibrant community. Located in Castonguay Square across from City Hall, Waterville’s vendors and community members will come together for a night of food, entertainment, education, and celebration on October 18 from 4:30 to 8:00 P.M. Among the vendors who […]

by Alison Levitt· · 0 comments · Local
Colby plans boutique hotel on revered downtown site

Colby plans boutique hotel on revered downtown site

The College is starting to put together its planned vision of a revitalized downtown Waterville. Numerous buildings on Main Street, including the former Elks Building at 13-15 Appleton Street, have already been razed and will serve as parking for future Colby needs. Meanwhile, the northeast corner of The Concourse, will be the location of a new downtown student dormitory. The […]

Hathaway Center up for sale

Hathaway Center up for sale

The Hathaway Center, home to some Colby College faculty, staff, and student has recently been put up for sale. The building has 67 high-end apartments and 120,000 square feet of office and retail space. A few years ago, the former shirt factory was transformed into an apartment and retail complex on Water Street in an attempt to jumpstart revitalization efforts […]

by Will Walkey· · 0 comments · Local, Side Feature
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Merrill Auditorium, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Portland, Main (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Election 2016: Where candidates stand in Maine

The Colby Echo previously reported on disgruntled Todd Michaud’s stolen Trump campaign signs. However, this energetic Trump support is likely not evidence of changing political allegiances in Waterville. President Obama carried 80% of Waterville voters in 2008, and FiveThirtyEight shows that Clinton will likely take the city. But the story is not the same in all of Maine, and a […]

by Ali Naseer· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Local, Featured, Local