Legislative committee tables LD 1082 discussion

The Maine Legislature’s Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs tabled discussion Tuesday on LD 1082, a bill that, if passed, could impact SAD 44 more financially than the withdrawal of Newry would. The bill proposes to remove an exemption imposed 10 years ago on SAD 44 and SAD 6 that kept local school cost sharing […]

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 […]

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 […]

Obituary: Dale C. Bellman

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Dale C. Bellman, 68 of Biddeford died on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Southern Maine Health Care.  He was born in Akron, Ohio on Aug. 17, 1946 to James Russell Bellman Sr. and Edith (Armour) Bellman.  He attended schools in Ohio before joining the Army in 1965. Dale moved to Maine in 1981. Dale dedicated […]

Andover votes to leave SAD 44

Andover residents voted 298-103 Wednesday to withdraw from SAD 44. A 2/3 majority was required. A new town school committee will be elected in November, according to Withdrawal Committee officials, and that group will then appoint a superintendent. The withdrawal will be become effective July 1 of next year. The withdrawal plan calls for Andover […]

Newry votes to form school withdrawal committee

Newry residents voted 82-60 Wednesday to form a school withdrawal committee to craft a plan for the town to potentially withdraw from SAD 44, according to Town Administrator Loretta Powers. As part of the approval vote, residents also okayed spending up to $50,000 to create the withdrawal plan, which would include both an educational plan […]

Andover, Newry school withdrawal votes are WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24

Andover and Newry voters go to the polls Wednesday, Sept. 24 to decide separate school withdrawal issues. For Andover, it’s whether or not to actually withdraw from SAD 44. A 2/3 majority of those voting is required. For Newry, it’s whether or not to study the option of withdrawal and prepare an educational/financial plan for […]

Kids’ Tennis Club in Bethel

The Bethel Recreation Board is sponsoring Kids’ Tennis Clubs, a program that allows kids of all ability levels to sample tennis in a fun and interactive way. Kids are introduced to tennis in a supervised, open-play setting, in a social atmosphere where all kids are invited to join in on the fun. The program will […]

Bethel Food Pantry news

We’ve worked very hard to make sure families in need know they can turn to the Food Pantry for help. Unfortunately, there are a lot of families in need, and we run the risk of going beyond our resources. Our mission is to help families in the SAD 44 towns. This month, folks will need […]

Gluten-free seminar at Dunham Farm

A Living Gluten Free seminar is being offered by Suzanne Dunham on Saturday, June 28 at 10 a.m. to noon at Dunham Farm in Greenwood. This program is for people who have been newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease/gluten intolerance, or other health issue that going gluten free may help, and for family and friends of […]