OAKLAND — Massage therapist William Dail recently joined the Pathways Healing Center, at 9 Swan Hill Road.

He holds a diploma in massage therapy and shiatsu from the Downeast School of Massage in Waldoboro, according to a news release from the center.

His practice also includes Swedish and deep-tissue massage, reflexology and lymphatic drainage.

Alpaca goods store starts clothing website

SIDNEY — Misty Acres Alpaca store and farm is offering products made in Maine and Peru from its online store.

The website offerings include alpaca socks, sweaters, gloves, mittens and fur hats at prices similar to wool clothing, according to a news release from the company.

For more information, see MistyAcresAlpaca.com.

Gifford’s to feed

patients’ families

SKOWHEGAN — Gifford’s Ice Cream joined with the Institute for Family-Owned Business to treat families at Portland’s Ronald McDonald House to a special pre-holiday evening of food, ice cream and holiday gifts.

Gifford’s donated dinner from Amato’s and its own ice cream to about 25 people and partnered with the Institute for Family-Owned Business to fill and donate 50 holiday bags filled with children’s gifts.

Beginning this month and throughout 2013, Gifford’s plans to supply Ronald McDonald House with free ice cream each month for families staying there.

Ronald McDonald House offers low-cost lodging to people whose children are receiving medical treatment in the Portland area.

Price of oil declines

amid fiscal cliff worry

NEW YORK — Oil finished lower Thursday as doubts increased about political leaders’ ability to strike a deal in budget negotiations.

Enthusiasm for the U.S. Federal Reserve’s plan to boost the economy, announced Wednesday, was replaced by concerns that President Barack Obama and Republican leaders were as far apart as ever on reaching a budget deal before year’s end. Without an agreement, significant tax increases and government spending cuts will take effect automatically.

That so-called “fiscal cliff” could pull the U.S. economy into recession, probably hurting demand for energy.

Benchmark crude lost 88 cents to end at $85.89 per barrel in New York.

The average gas price across the U.S. dropped by more than a penny overnight to $3.30 a gallon, the lowest point since July 3.

From local and wire reports

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