Ice Caves, Buck’s Ledge, Screw Auger Falls and more explained

Kettle bogs, like this one on the east shore of Lower Richardson Lake, formed when chunks of ice separated from the glacier, became buried in glacial debris, and eventually melted, leaving depressions that filled with groundwater.

By AMY CHAPMAN A recent presentation by Bob Elliott of Bethel on “The Changing Nature of Glaciated Landscapes”explained the origins of many local geological features, including the Greenwood Ice Caves, Buck’s Ledge, Snow and Screw Auger Falls, a hill behind Havoc Fireworks in West Paris and more. Elliott’s presentation was the final program in the […]

50-year Church members

Congo Church Heritage Sunday

50-YEAR CHURCH MEMBERS-The West Parish Congregational Church held a Heritage Sunday service Sept. 14, recognizing those who had been members for 50 or more years. Of the 24 current members who joined 50 or more years ago, four were able to attend. From left: Ted Chadbourne, Don Bennett, Susanne Fiske and Lincoln Fiske.

The View from Paradise

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VIEW FROM PARADISE-This watercolor by Janet Johnson, a longtime summer resident of Songo Pond, shows the view from Paradise Road in Bethel looking toward Songo.

Mt. Abram begins solar array installation

Mt. Abram has begun construction on a 244.915 Kw, 803 panel, photovoltaic solar project, according to a Sept. 24 press release. Expected to produce in excess of 280,000 kWh annually, the array will offset approximately 70 percent of the ski area’s annual electricity consumption. In the summer of 2013, the USDA awarded Mt. Abram a […]

Local ski shops support Ski Museum

Ski and sport shops throughout Maine are pitching in to help the Ski Museum of Maine promote awareness of Maine’s skiing history and raise funds for the Ski Museum’s projects. Nine shops including Ski Depot in Newry and Jay, Carter’s X-C Ski Shop in Bethel and Oxford, Bethel Nordic Center, True North Adventureware in Bethel, […]

Golf tournament to benefit local U.S. Ski Team member

A golf tournament to support the training of local U.S. Ski Team member Troy Murphy will take place Sunday, Oct. 12 at 9 a.m. at the Bethel Inn & Country Club. The 18-hole scramble is $100 per player. A hole-in-one on a par 3 wins a free car, courtesy of Weir Motors. Murphy, a graduate […]

I Believe on the AT

'I Believe' at the gazebo in Andover.

(Note: Cherri Crockett writes this about her encounter in Andover with an Appalachian Trail hiker.) On Jan. 19 of this year, 62-year old ‘I Believe’ (Sherry Spillman), born and raised in Tennessee, made this entry into her trail journal, answering the age-old question of why she wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail. “I guess you […]

Oct. 4 public supper will support ‘Smile Fund’

A public Turkey Supper will take place Saturday, Oct. 4, 5 p.m. for the Smile Fund, the local denture program for adults in the SAD 44 region who are working or seeking work, at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel. The menu is turkey and all the fixings, homemade pies and homemade rolls for […]

‘Thinking Caps and Other Accessories’ opening at Owen Gallery

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Gould Academy will welcome Portland artist Crystal Cawley to its Owen Art Gallery Sept. 26 through Oct. 15. Cawley’s exhibit, entitled “Thinking Caps & Other Accessories” will be featured as part of Gould Academy’s annual Alumni Weekend (Sept. 26 – 28) and is scheduled to open on Friday, Sept. 26 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. […]

Satellite Ski Museum planned for Bethel

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The Ski Museum of Maine is expanding. Next spring the Museum plans to establish a satellite museum in Bethel, according to a press release. Like the museum’s primary site in Kingfield, the Bethel location will exhibit artifacts, photographs, artwork and documents taken from Maine’s rich alpine and nordic ski heritage. The Oxford County region of […]