Former Telstar High School baseball pitchers/teammates Danny Whitney (right) and Kyle Peterson of Bethel faced each other in an opposing game last week. “Kyle and Danny have played baseball together since the Petersons moved to Bethel, when they were around 8 or 9 years old, and they became best friends over the years as well,”said […]



Veteran Larry G. Smith of Bethel was presented his Eagle Head Cane on Friday, April 3 at the South Paris Veterans Home for disabilities sustained while on duty in the U.S. Army.  The cane was Made by Steven Hatch, a member of the Maine Wood Carvers & Western Mountain Wood Turners.

Frog listeners needed locally

Maine Audubon is looking for volunteers to “lend an ear” and help observe the presence of frogs and toads in their local area. Wood frogs, the Northern Leopard frog and other amphibians will be active in vernal pools and wetlands throughout the state in the next week or two. Because of the long and cold […]

Ben Taylor remembered

By Lindsey Tice, Sun Media When Ben Taylor was 7, his mother got him involved in golf. For him it was fun. For her it was a bit self-defense. Because Ben always had to be doing something. “From the moment he was born, he was on the go,” his mother, Margaret Taylor, said. It was […]



APRIL FOOL, OR DESPERATION?-A maple sugaring buff on Elm Street in Bethel placed Folger’s coffee cans on several maple trees, hoping to collect sap in what so far has been, according to some, an underwhelming season. Then, in perhaps a commentary on the sugaring situation, a sign of pure desperation, or just a little April […]



REMEMBERING KEITH IN MAPLE SUGARING SEASON-Keith Hodsdon, formerly of West Bethel, died earlier this month. In memory of him Sally Taylor of Bethel shared this photo of Hodsdon’s hands at his sugar house in West Bethel, showing the various grades of maple syrup he produced there. The photo is from Taylor’s collection from the 2003 […]



ANDOVER CURTAIN FINDS NEW LIFE-Andover’s old advertising curtain in the Town Hall was lowered for display at Saturday’s Town Meeting. The century-old curtain was cleaned and refurbished two years ago by a group from Vermont that specializes in such restorations. The $2,000 cost was provided through donations, including $1,000 from the Knights of Pythias organization. […]

To your health: ‘Joyful Living’

“Joyful Living,” facing the challenges of aging and coming through with joy, will be presented by To Your Health of Western Mountains Senior College on Thursday, April 9, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Bethel Congregational Church, 32 Church Street, Bethel. Living joyfully, music and laughter, and movement and dancing were all rated very […]

WMNF roads meeting Tuesday, March 24

The U.S. Forest Service is conducting a study of the road system on the White Mountain NationalForest and wants to know from the public which national forest roads are important to them and why. The Forest Service will host a public meeting Tuesday, March 24, at the Androscoggin Ranger District at 300 Glen Road in […]

MLT: Your backyard dream gets real


April’s installment in the Mahoosuc Land Trust’s “This Is Your Backyard” speaker series will feature a young man from our own neighborhood, Max Southam, who will share how “Your Backyard Dream Gets Real.” Max began biking at the age of four. He is now a senior at Gould Academy and has been a four-year member […]