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Mother of missing Waterville toddler receives death certificate

Mother of missing Waterville toddler receives death certificate

Dressed in a green polka dot nightgown, 20 month old Ayla Reynolds snuggled drowsily into bed at her paternal grandmother’s Waterville home on a cold December night. Her adventurous nature had caused a fall while with her father three weeks’ prior, resulting in the soft splint she wore on her left arm. Knowing of her niece’s rambunctious personality, aunt Elisha DiPietro cracked the door open to make sure Ayla had indeed gone to sleep nearly two hours after her 8:00 p.m. bed time. The toddler’s favorite doll peeped out under the covers; except for her breathing, everything was still. According to Ayla’s father, who was staying with his daughter in his mother’s Waterville home that night, this was all that happened in the late hours of December 16th, 2011. But that doesn’t explain why nearly a cup full of the young girl’s blood was recovered on his bedroom floor.

by Louisa Goldman· · 3 comments · Editor Pick Local, Featured, Local

New casino legislation envelopes Maine in a web of intrigue

The November referendum, in which York County residents will vote on whether or not to build Maine’s third major casino in their county, is fast approaching. After the votes are cast, the local government must agree to host the casino.

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Trump’s Secretary of Interior recommends trees to be cut at Katahdin

Trump’s Secretary of Interior recommends trees to be cut at Katahdin

In a memorandum released last week by the Washington Post, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended President Trump allow “active timber management” at Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, which currently emphasize the ‘traditional uses’ of the land such as hunting and snowmobiling.

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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 […]