We at the Norway Town Office will but making some much needed changes and additions to our www.norwaymaine.com website within the next few weeks. We are very sorry for the glitches and inconsistencies that are apparent on our current page. You can always reach us on our Norway Facebook page or call the Town Office at 743-6651, we want to hear from you! We will keep you updated as the changes progress, thanks so much for your understanding!
For convenience and practicality, mailbox installations have been allowed within the right-of-way of public roads. However it is important that everyone know such installations have two very important conditions:
- The mailbox must be installed in accordance with applicable standards to ensure that mail can be delivered and that the mailbox does not create an obstacle or safety hazard to those that use or maintain the road.
- The mailbox is installed at the owner’s risk. In other words, if the mailbox is damaged by snow plowing or other road maintenance, the property owner is not entitled to replacement or compensation. In fact, if the mailbox is not installed in accordance with applicable standards as stated above, the owner may even be held liable for injuries or damages that may happen as a result.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) Mailbox Guidelines. The USPS defines the standards for mailbox construction, as well as the placement tolerance that must be met to accommodate postal operations. Specifics may be obtained from your local post office or online at: https://www.usps.com/manage/mailboxes.htm
American Disabilities Act (ADA). The most current version of the ADA Standards for Accessible Design set forth the minimum requirements to ensure facilities are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. http://www.ada.gov/regs2010/2010ADAStandards/2010ADAstandards.htm#c4
The Town of Norway has developed a policy to promote compliance with these national standards and to help further clarify the expectations and responsibilities of Maine mailbox owners. Such compliance helps us ensure that we continue to provide safe, efficient and accessible highways for all.
The following pages further specify the details associated with mailbox height, location, offset, and post type to minimize the potential hazards and conflicts associated with mailbox installations and to reduce the opportunities for damage to mailboxes.
Mailbox Installation Standards
General Location: Whenever possible, your mailbox should be located after your driveway opening. This location placement improves visibility, minimizes the amount of snow that comes off of the snow plow, and improves the approach for your mail carrier.
Mailbox Support Design: In many cases, it is best to use an extended arm type of post with a free-swinging suspended mailbox. This allows snowplows to sweep near or under boxes without damage to supports and provides easy access to the boxes by carrier and customers. In addition, strategic placement of red reflectors on the point closest to the road will help your local snow-fighter see and avoid your mailbox during winter storms.
Offset: Mailboxes should be set back from the edge of the shoulder – regardless of whether the shoulder is gravel or paved. In other words, the face of the mailbox should be at least one foot (1’) back from the edge of the normally plowed surface of the highway or the face of curb. Greater offset distances are encouraged whenever possible to allow the mail carrier to get further out of traffic and to further minimize potential damage to your mailbox. Mailboxes in sidewalk areas should leave at least 36” behind the back of the box or the post, whichever is located the furthest from the road.
Height: According to USPS standards, a mailbox must be installed with the bottom of the mailbox located between 41” and 45” high above the surface of the highway shoulder. We recommend that this height be closer to the 45” measurement to minimize conflict with the height of the plow truck wing when snow is being pushed back during, or between, winter storms.
Post Size, Type and Embedment: Mailbox posts must be sturdy enough to hold up the mailbox in all types of weather conditions, however they cannot be so rugged that they present a hazard to vehicles that inadvertently leave the road. If a mailbox support is struck by a vehicle, it must easily break away. Therefore, the following types of posts are deemed acceptable:
- 4” x 4” wooden posts embedded 2 feet into the ground.
- Larger wooden posts (4” x 6” or 6” x 6”) may be used only if the post is drilled through with an appropriate spade bit to create a shear plane. The following diagram indicates the necessary holes and spacing.
- 1” to 2” round diameter steel or aluminum pipe or standard U-channel post embedded 2 feet into the ground.
Unacceptable mailbox supports include: anything that is filled with concrete, masonry and stone structures, heavy steel structures, and most objects that were intended for other uses (e.g. antique plows, I -beams, and various other household tools and objects).
Norway/Paris #TorchRun2017! Norway Police Department is proud to have participated in the Maine Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics along with runners from Bridgton PD, Paris PD, Oxford PD, and the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, Maine State Police, DHHS, and the Progress Center of Norway. Thank you for coming out to cheer us on!
Shared from Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills: You can Spay/Neuter your Cat(s) for only $20! The Cleo Fund has received a grant for Oxford County residents that need to spay/neuter their cat(s). Income guidelines must be met. For $20 you will receive a health exam, rabies shot and spay/neuter surgery. Please call today 207 7736221.
Norway Center Cemetery
Rustfield Cemetery (located on Greenleaf Ave)
Pikes Hill Cemetery
Merrill Hill Cemetery (located on Shedd Rd)
Chapel Cemetery (located on Dunn Rd)
Shedd Road Cemetery
Frost Hill Cemetery
Family Cemetery (located on Upton Bros.Rd)
Hall Cemetery (located on Hemingway Rd)
Holt Cemetery (located on McKay Rd)
Lakeview Cemetery (located on Watson Rd)
Towne Cemetery (located on Yagger Rd)
For information about purchasing a plot in a Norway cemetery, please contact Carol Millett at 743-6651.
- 1948 – First recorded budget – daytime police $600, night time police $1,896
- 1949 – E. LaFrance designated night time officer
- 1951 – Adelbert Guilford designated daytime officer
- 1954 – Ordinance passed allowing officers to enforce town ordinances
- 1956 – Annual budget: $3,393
- 1957 – Charles Patton appointed night officer
- 1959 – Earle Rogers appointed to police department: J.E. LaFrance retires
- 1960 – Annual budget: $9,600
- 1961 – Albert Flanders appointed to police department
- 1963 – Raymond Judkins hired, bringing department personnel to three. Budget: $11,500
- 1964 – First recorded Chief of Police appointed: Adelbert Guilford. His first report to citizens, recorded 473 calls for service
- 1965 – Royce B. Gordon, Archie McAllister, Chief Guilford are all full time officers; Sanford , Chandler is the reserve
- 1966 – Annual budget: $14,400
- 1970 – Chief Guilford retires 01-01-1970
- 1971 – Archie McAllister appointed Chief of Police. 528 calls for service recorded. Annual budget: $17,820
- 1972 – 592 calls for service
- 1973 – Chief McAllister retires; Edmond LaChance appointed Chief. 1,288 calls for service. Three full time, three part time officers. Annual budget: $24,022
- 1974 – Calls for service increase to 1,774
- 1975 – Chief LaChance passes away. Dale Allen promoted to Chief
- 1976 – 2,710 calls for service. Towns of Norway and Paris try sharing an extra police cruiser. Four full time, six reserve officers. Annual budget: $45,177.38
- 1977 – Calls for service increase to 4,266
- 1980 – Chief Allen retires, James DeNormandie app. Chief of Police. Annual budget: $80,122
- 1981 – Five full time officers
- 1982 – Annual budget: $104,638.90. Local paper critical of police department. Maine Chiefs of Police survey indicates department is under-manned and poorly equipped. Citizens Committee created
- 1983 – Annual budget: $110,186.
- 1986 – Annual budget: $129,544
- 1987 – Annual budget: $135,587
- 1988 – Town of Norway experiences it’s first homicide in the history of the police department (murder of Reserve Officer Charles Russell remains unsolved)
- 1989 – Second homicide in as many years (Crockett Ridge Road farmer Lucien Frechette). Rank and file of police department unionize with Teamsters
- 1990 – Chief DeNormandie term ends; Ernest Dunham appointed Acting Chief. Annual budget: $231,544, includes first department secretary. Officers: Wayne Marston, Alan Afflerbach, David Daniels; Elizabeth Springer, Secretary
- 1991 – Cathleen Manchester appointed Chief of Police.
- 1995 – Manchester term ends; Alan Afflerbach appointed Chief of Police. Police files are computerized for the first time (CRIS System).
- 1998 – Total calls for service: 3,482 – Afflerbach term ends; Tim Richards appointed Chief of Police, 2000, Total calls for service: 3,741
- Annual budget: $313,000.
- Chief Tim Richards, Sgt. Rob Federico, Det. Sgt. Don Turmenne, Off. Warren Ellsworth Off. Scott Laliberte, Off. Cory Plummer, Off. Cindy Mitchell, Res. James Ventresca, Res. Off. Harry Sims, Res. Officer Dean Benson, Res. Off. Charles Beale, Res. Off. Bill Grover, Support Staff Elizabeth Springer
- Shared from The Advertiser Democrat: With family members in the warden service and sheriff’s office, Norway Police Patrolman Jim Ventresca, 43, of Paris may well have been predestined to enter law enforcement. After growing up in the Oxford Hills and graduating from Oxford Hills High School, Ventresca earned an associate’s in applied science and then joined the Army for a four-year stint. After that, he came to Norway Police Department where he has served for 16 years. Most of those 16 years have been on the night shift ‘sometimes by choice and sometimes not,’ he laughs. In addition to his patrol duties, he is a firearms instructor, an interactive use of force instructor, has trained in basic and intermediate SWAT and methods of instruction, which allow him to teach at the criminal justice academy. He is certified as a field training officer, as well as a crime scene investigator. His worst experience, he recalls, was responding to another law enforcement officer who was in a crash. His best, he says, are the people here who support law enforcement. ‘Especially those we have dealt with who tell us we changed their life.’
Ventresca adds that support from fellow officers and families in times of need is also one of the best things about his job. He says he has reached most of his professional goals. ‘I don’t foresee being chief I like to be hands-on with people. I don’t think I could sit in an office. I have an awesome chief and some incredible officers I’ve worked with.’ He and his wife, Samantha, who teaches computer analysis in hospitals and doctor’s offices, have four boys ages 3 to 19 and ‘several dogs and cats.’ He enjoys hunting and fishing with his boys, as well as playing sports with them. He likes woodworking and building stuff around the house. He also enjoys snowmobiling and four-wheeling. He and his wife fish and hunt together, he says. His life goal is to retire in good health and spend a lot of time with his kids. ‘I used to work all the time and now I don’t mind not working,’ Ventresca says. I want to raise healthy kids who are productive citizens in their community with good values.’
2004 – Total calls for service: 5,360 (includes 653 criminal complaints w/ 574 arrests and/or criminal summons) Chief Richards term ends. 02-04 Robert Federico Acting Chief
- Robert Federico appointed Chief of Police 11-04
- Warren Ellsworth, Off. Scott Laliberte, Off. Jim Ventresca, Off. Shayne White, Res. Joshua Wyman, Harry Sims, William Grover, Daniel Bragg, Ernest Leduc, Christian Baither, support staff Beth Springer
- 2006 – Chief Robert Federico, Sgt. James Ventresca, Det. Gary Hill, Officers Warren Ellsworth, Douglas McAllister, Holli Pullen, Dana Wessling; reserve officer Harry Sims, Support Staff Elizabeth Springer
- 2008 – 4,314 calls for service, Annual budget $425,939
- 2010 – Officer Mitch Shaw hired by Norway Police Department from the Denver Colorado Police Department. Shaw, a graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a major in psychology and minor in criminology, lives in South Paris with his wife and two children.
- 2010 – Officer Steve Cronce hired by Norway Police Department: (Shared from The Advertiser Democrat): Patrolman Stephen Cronce, of Paris, grew up in Wisconsin near Green Bay. He graduated from North West Indiana college with a Bachelor of Science degree in Theology and then earned a master’s in School Administration. Just out of college, he says, he got married and worked as a ‘garbage man’ for four years. ‘It was grueling. After that I decided to try out different things,’ Cronce says. While he was a garbage man, he also worked in ministry, he says. He and his family moved to Maine to continue with his ministry. ‘I was raised in a strict religious home,’ he says, ‘and my whole life I was raised with high expectations,’ In Maine, he worked in excavation for a year, while part time in ministry. Then, he says, ‘we decided I needed a career. I knew that ministry was not what i wanted to do … I wanted something more rewarding so in 2010, I went to Norway Police Department.’ Cronce says he chose Norway PD because of the way the department was run, the high standards, the structure and the ‘get it done’ mentality. ‘From outside, looking in, that’s where I wanted to be. It has absolutely lived up to my expectation.’
- 2011 – Norway Selectmen voted unanimously Thursday to appoint the son of Police Chief Robert Federico as a full-time police officer to the Norway Police Department. Robert Federdico Jr., the son of the chief who has been a part-time officer for the past several years, and Stephen T. Witham, were appointed unanimously at Thursday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting.
- 2012 – Chief Robert Federico
- Det. Gary Hill, Officers Jim Ventresca, Ron Cole, Robert Federico II, Steve Cronce, Mitch Shaw, Drug Investigator Jeff Campbell, Support Staff Beth Springer.
- Fiscal year 2011-2012 budget: $460,346
- Calls for service 4,438 (Jan.2011-Dec.2011)
- 2015 – Officer Brandon Correia hired by Norway Police Department – Patrolman Brandon Correia of Norway has a bit of experience under his belt. Correia came to NPD in May on a part-time basis. He hopes to attend the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in January. “I am very community oriented,” he said of his reason for going into law enforcement. “I see the good in people and I want to help them through the bad.” Correia worked for two and a half years at the Androscoggin County jail prior to coming to NPD and has had his share of dealings with criminals, he said. He currently works for NPD on a rotating shift starting at 6 a.m., and finishing at 6 p.m. He has had firearms training; law enforcement pre-service phases 1, 2 and 3; corrections training A, B and C; is CPR certified and had drug recognition training at Central Maine Community College. He has earned an Associate’s Degree in criminal justice from CMCC. Correia grew up in Gray, graduated from New Gloucester High School and was a volunteer with Gray Fire and Rescue.
- 2015 – Corporal Mitch Shaw (pictured), and Officer Federico II of the Norway Police Department participated in specialized training for the operation and maintenance of our new solar powered speed trailer, which registers speed, takes pictures and sends them to the cruiser on duty (no plate number but description of vehicle). This is also a message board, able to share up to 32 messages. Purchased through a partnership with the Bureau of Highway Safety and the Maine Department of Public Safety, the State will use the info from the speed trailer to study traffic patterns. The information gained from the speed trailer will also make it possible for us to apply for even more State and Federal grants. This will be ideal for rotating usage in high traffic neighborhoods, school zones, hazard zones, short term work zones, or for special events such as the Aspire Higher Parade.
- 2016 – (Shared from The Advertiser Democrat) Taylor Fillebrown, 17, of Waterford, is following her family’s path into serving the community. Her grandfather – Charlie Fillebrown – was a Maine state trooper and, after retiring, a dispatcher for Oxford County. Her dad – Adam Fillebrown – is also a trooper with one of the K-9 units. Her mom – Louise Fillebrown – is an emergency room nurse at Stephens Memorial Hospital, and her uncle – Doug Fillebrown – just started as a dispatcher for Oxford County. She has begun her career path with Norway Police Department as the department’s intern through the Community Internship Program at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. This is her second year at NPD.
- 2016 – Norway PD receives $125,000.00 grant from the Office of Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) for School Resource Officer for Guy E. Rowe School: (Shared from the Sun Journal): Mitch Shaw, a veteran of the Norway Police Department, has been named school resource officer at the Rowe Elementary School. He will begin his new full-time duties at the school on January 4, Police Chief Rob Federico said Tuesday.The Police Department received a $125,000 grant from the Office of Community Oriented Police Services, or COPS, a component within the U.S. Department of Justice dedicated to community policing. Under the terms of the grant, the town will pay 10 percent of the cost for the position for the first year, 30 percent the second year and 60 percent the third year. At that time, the town will be responsible for 100 percent of the costs if it continues the program. The total local share is $65,000. Shaw will be in uniform and carry a gun as a police officer, but his role in the school is to act as a “mentor” and build relationships with young children and act as a contact for staff and parents. Federico said previously that the idea behind the SRO at the elementary school, he said is to gain students’ trust and ward off future trouble.“I can’t wait to get this started and see how it goes,” said Federico, who narrowed the field of six candidates down to three. The three candidates were then interviewed by two Rowe Elementary School classroom teachers, Assistant Principal Donald Thorne and Principal Dan Hart. The remaining two candidates were interviewed by a panel of School Board of Directors, Hart, Federico and Superintendent Rick Colpitts for the final choice. Federico said the initial field of six were both local candidates and from across Maine.
- 2016 – Officer John Lewis hired by Norway Police Department – Norway Police Department would like to welcome Officer Jon Lewis to the police force! Earlier this month, Norway Selectmen approved the appointment of Jon Lewis of Woodstock as a full-time officer with the Police Department. Lewis is a lifelong resident of the area, a graduate of Telstar Regional High School in Bethel, a Marine Corps reservist with service in Afghanistan and a former part-time member of the Maine Warden Service and Oxford Police Department. “I’m excited to be working here,” Lewis told the board. He was introduced by Police Chief Rob Federico and accompanied by his wife, children and parents.
- 2016 – Norway Police Chief Rob Federico introduces “Operation Sandbox,” a free program for elderly Norway residents in which Norway Police Officers deliver salt/sand mixture for them to use for treating icy stairs and walkways, thereby preventing slips and dangerous falls. Local individuals and businesses, including Pleasant Hill Landscaping Services and Aubuchon Hardware donated buckets and “scoops” for residents to use in spreading the salt/sand mixture. ‘We felt strongly that this would be one more way to serve our Norway residents and to maintain public safety,’ said Federico. If you, or someone you know, is an older Norway resident who would like the police to deliver some of the salt/sand mixture to you, please contact the Norway Police Department at 743-5303.
- Norway Police Department congratulates Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School 2016 graduate Taylor Fillebrown, 17, of Waterford. Taylor is following her family’s path into serving the community. Her grandfather – Charlie Fillebrown – was a Maine state trooper and, after retiring, a dispatcher for Oxford County. Her dad – Adam Fillebrown – is also a trooper with one of the K-9 units. Her mom – Louise Fillebrown – is an emergency room nurse at Stephens Memorial Hospital, and her uncle – Doug Fillebrown – just started as a dispatcher for Oxford County. She has begun her career path with Norway Police Department as the department’s intern through the Community Internship Program at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. Congratulations Taylor!
- 2017 – Shared from the Sun Journal: The Norway Board of Selectmen has hired Daniel Brown as a full-time police officer! Norway Police Chief Rob Federico told the Norway Select Board, “we were very fortunate that we were able to receive an application from Dan,” Federico told the board. “He’s got ties to the area. He has worked full-time in Waterville, and he’s academy-certified, which is a huge bonus. He seemed to fit in well with the rest of the department, and I think he’ll be an excellent fit for Norway.”
Brown, who attended the meeting with family members, said he and his fiancee used to live in the area and his mother’s family is from West Paris. “I’m familiar with the area,” Brown said. “I worked in Norway before as a mechanic. Central Maine was just a springboard for me. I went to Thomas College, and after I graduated, I was hired in Waterville, where I worked for four years. I was always looking for an opportunity to come back here, and I’m looking forward to starting my family here.” Welcome, Dan!
* (Thank you to Ben Tucker, local historian, for many of the photos shown here).
Thanks to the Norway Historical Society and Norway Paris Community TV for this lovely video describing the history of the Norway Fire Department: Click this link to view: Norway Moment – Norway Fire Department
Norway Superintendent Shawn Brown cautions citizens, Do NOT flush or pour unwanted, unused or expired medications down the drain! This includes expired and unused prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs. Why Not Flush? Flushed medications can get into our lakes, rivers and streams. Research has shown that continuous exposure to low levels of medications has altered the behavior and physiology of fish and aquatic organisms. Pharmaceuticals enter our wastewater from a variety of sources including the flushing of unused medications. Long-term exposure to low levels of antibiotics might result in the evolution of, or selection for, drug-resistant microbes and bacteria.
You can return your unused prescription and over the counter medications to Norway PD any time we are open! Bring in your unused drugs any time, Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM and we will be happy to dispose of them properly and safely. Thank you!