Update on LD 1082: SAD 44 residents testify at hearing

Local officials wait for the public hearing on LD 1082 to start on Wednesday. From left are Newry Town Administrator Loretta Powers, Bethel Town Manager Christine Landes, Woodstock Town Manager Vern Maxfield and SAD 44 Supt. Dave Murphy. Entering the room in the background is state Rep. Fran Head. (Photo: C. Newell)

“Listening to the testimony, our situations are drastically different.” That was Woodstock Town Manager Vern Maxfield’s take on SAD 44 and SAD 6 at Wednesday’s public hearing on LD 1082 in Augusta, before the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. (For background on the bill see related article this page.) The two school districts are […]

LD 1082 could hurt SAD 44 more than Newry withdrawal

LD 1082 is a school funding bill that, if passed by the Maine Legislature, could potentially impact SAD 44 more than Newry withdrawing from the district would, according to district officials. The bill is written to take effect Jan. 1 and would specifically affect SAD 44 and SAD 6. A public hearing on the proposal […]

Vote for the Bethel Exchange/Food Pantry

In April, the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation will give a total of $100,000 to 68 non-profit organizations around the state, and The Bethel Food Pantry wants to be one of the recipients. We need the community’s help to make that happen so we can continue to serve local families in need. Voting is online, so please help […]

Bethel Big Apple robbed Saturday

An armed robbery took place at the Big Apple Store on Railroad Street in Bethel Saturday morning. According to Lt. Tom Harriman of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Department the report of the robbery came in at 4:49 a.m. Harriman said a male subject entered the store brandishing a firearm and demanding items from the male […]

Dedication of BHS Valentine wing is June 8

On the afternoon of Sunday, June 8, from 2 to 4 p.m., members and friends of the Bethel Historical Society will have a one-time opportunity to view the interior of the new “Mary E. Valentine Collections Wing” before it is fully utilized as a “restricted-access” museum collections storage facility. Funded by a $200,000 bequest from […]

WinterKids Downhill signups still open

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The second annual WinterKids Downhill 24, a fun, fast-paced 24-hour ski challenge, will take place this Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9, at Mt. Abram in Greenwood. At last year’s event which was called the Downhill Derby, over 150 participants skied or snowboarded to help raise $45,000 for WinterKids programs. This year’s event is […]