Events calendar

Thursday, Sept. 18

Cruise Night; 5:30 p.m., Breau’s Too parking lot, Bryant Pond. FMI: 665-2554.

Basket Weaving Demonstration; 6:30 p.m., West Paris Library. Julie Daye will give a demonstration on the weaving of her pine needle baskets (on display at the library during the month of September) as well as a history of pine needle weaving. FMI: 674-2004.

Friday, Sept. 19

Northeast Drift Boat Championship; 3 p.m. Designed as a spectator event, the competition will test oarsmen’s skills at navigating a course and rowing speed. Each drift boat must carry at least one angler, who must remain standing throughout the timed race. The launch will be from Bethel Outdoor Adventures on Route 2 and the finish line is at Davis Park in Bethel-a distance of a quarter mile. FMI:

Saturday, Sept. 20

Bethel Harvestfest and Chowdah Cook-off; Bethel common. Chowdah cook-off and apple pie contest, free wagon rides noon to 3 p.m., chainsaw carving demo, kids’ crafts and more. FMI/Contest entry:

Upper Andro Two-Fly Contest; 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Teams may launch from public launch sites from the Shelburne Dam in New Hampshire to Rumford Center. A fly is defined as made from natural or synthetic materials tied to a single pointed hook. No tandems or treble hooks are allowed. Teams of three including two anglers and an oarsman must fish from a drift boat. All fish must be released live. The contest is limited to 20 teams. FMI:

Indoor Yard Sale; 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wilkins House, Plummer Hill Road, Waterford. Household items, books, games and more. All proceeds benefit the church and the Wilkins House.

Tree ID-ing SWOAM Meeting; 8:30 a.m. To find the meeting site, take the Gore Road located on Route 117 between Norway and Harrison. Travel a half mile and take a right on Bow Street. Follow this about a mile to the intersection of Ahonen Road on the left. Continue straight through the intersection onto a gravel road. Merle’s driveway is about 300 feet down this road on the left. Look for the SWOAM sign and his Tree Farm sign. FMI: Call Merle at 743-5976 evenings.

Motor Madness/Downeast Dickering Birthday Bash; Oxford Plains Speedway. 9 a.m. Flea Market and Car Show, 12 p.m., Chili/BBQ Challenge, 2 p.m. Motor Mayhem, 5 p.m. Meet and Greet with Tony, Codfish and Duke, 6 p.m. Party with music and fireworks. FMI:

“Ed Muskie: Made in Maine” Book Signing; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bethel Historical Society’s Robinson House, 10 Broad Street, Bethel. Jim Witherell, author of the recently published Ed Muskie: Made in Maine, 1914-1960 and the 2011 bestseller, L. L. Bean – The Man and His Company: The Complete Story, will be at the Society’s Robinson House (10 Broad Street) signing copies of his books.

BHS Lecture: The Wilderness Act at 50; 1:30 p.m., Howe Exhibit Hall, Moses Mason House, Bethel. Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act with an illustrated program by David Govatski, a forester and environmental consultant from Jefferson, NH, who worked for the U.S. Forest Service for more than thirty years. During his presentation, Govatski will focus on Wilderness areas in the nearby White Mountain National Forest, including the 14,000-acre Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness, which lies entirely in Maine. Co-author with Christopher Johnson of Forests for the People: The Story of America’s Eastern National Forests (2013), he serves on the board of directors of and is the Secretary of the Weeks Act Centennial Coordinating Committee. Free.

Public Chicken Pie Supper; First sitting 4:30 to 5:15 p.m., second sitting, 5:15 to 6 p.m., VFW Post 9787, Lower Main Street, South Paris. Sponsored by AMVETS Post 777. $8/adults, $4/kids 12 and under.

Public Supper; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., West Bethel Union Church. $8/adults, $3/children under 12.

1st Annual Murder Mystery Benefit Trail Ride; Ellis River Riders, Andover. Proceeds to benefit Angel Flight Northeast. FMI: Audrey McKenzie (207-318-4442).

Sunday, Sept. 21

Bethel Area CROP Walk; Walk for hunger with the Bethel Area CROP Walk (Communities Respond to Overcome Poverty) at noon at the West Parish Congregational Church UCC on Park Street with a picnic potluck luncheon at 11:30. Walkers get pledges and walk 3 miles around the village of Bethel. 75% for Church World Service and 25% for Bethel Food Pantry. FMI: Jane Chandler (357-3524).

Finnish American Heritage Society Meeting; 2 p.m., Finnish-American Heritage Center, 8 Maple Street, West Paris. Following a brief business meeting and coffee social, a program entitled “Finns on the Titanic” will be presented by Tamara Cohen.

Monday, Sept. 22

Improving Treatment-Related Symptoms from Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy; 1 to 3 p.m., Harper Conference Center, 193 Main Street, Norway. Join Linda McSherry, ANP-C, OCN as she discusses how to understand that treatment related side effects occur and impact the quality of life of our patients and their families. This program is designed to assist you in managing treatment related side effects including, fatigue, neuropathy, constipation, nausea, and mouth soreness. With Linda McSherry, ANP-C, OCN. This is a free class for patients with cancer, cancer survivors, and caregivers.

SeniorsPlus; 1 to 4 p.m., Fryeburg Public Library. Representatives from SeniorsPlus, the Area Agency on Aging, will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Free and open to the public. FMI/appointments: 1-800-427-1241.

Woodstock Republican Committee Meeting; 6 p.m., 61 Rumford Avenue, Woodstock. Discussion will include the recent talk by Tucker Carlson, future speakers, Fryeburg Fair, and the upcoming elections. All Republicans registered in the Town of Woodstock are welcome.

Please call 665-2049 if you plan to attend

Sept. 24, 25 and 26

Indoor Rummage Sale; Tuesday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Ledgeview Living Center, West Paris.

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Andover special election on school withdrawal; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Town Hall.

Newry special election on school withdrawal process; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Town Office.

Community Supper (No Charge); 4:30 to 6 p.m., Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Road (across from Telstar parking lot). Call 207-824-2289 for more information.

MLT Talk: Changing Nature of Glaciated Landscapes; 7 to 8 p.m., McLaughlin Science Center Auditorium, Gould Academy, Bethel. Bob Elliot will present a slide and discussion program about glacial features in the area. FMI: 824-3806.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Fourth Thursday Poetry; 5:30 to 7 p.m., Rumford Public Library. Bring a poem to share. Bring a friend. Light refreshments. Free and open to the public. FMI: 364-3661.

Adult Book Discussion; 6:30 p.m., Norway Memorial Library. Book: Dracula by Bram Stoker. FMI: 743-5309.

Sept. 26, 27 and 28

GrassRoots Organizing Workshop; Bryant Pond 4-H Camp, Bryant Pond. A gathering of new and experienced organizers from Maine and northern New England to: learn from each other, understand the big picture of social change, build community and organizing skills, be more effective in doing social action, and become lifelong organizers for change. Workshops include media tactics, organizing in faith communities, canvassing, direct action, and Organizing 101. Cost: $10-80 (sliding scale) for the 3 days includes fresh, local food and rustic but comfortable housing in a beautiful setting in western Maine. FMI/Registration: Larry Dansinger, Resources for Organizing and Social Change, (207) 525-7776,

Friday, Sept. 26

Eddy School Fairy Houses; 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Mahoosuc Land Trust Nature Trail, Mayville Road, Bethel.

Recovering Our Senses in the 21st Century; 7 to 9 p.m., Therapeutic Massage, 18 High Street, Bethel. Philip Shepherd traces our culture’s long journey toward disconnection and shows how its roots lie in our relationship with our bodies. He also provides some simple, practical steps for recovering the felt wholeness of your life and world. $10 per person (Free to Radical Wholeness workshop participants). FMI: Janet Willie (824-3889 or

Sept. 27 and 28

Radical Wholeness Workshop; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Therapeutic Massage, 18 High Street, Bethel. Workshop by Philip Shepherd on recovering the harmony of being through his techniques for reuniting conscious thinking with the deep-dwelling intelligence of the body. $300 per person, limited to 16 people. FMI: Janet Willie (824-3889 or Registration:

Saturday, Sept. 27

MLT Four-mile Albany Mountain Hike; 9:30 a.m., Albany Mountain Trailhead. Take Patte Brook Road off Route 5, south of Bethel. Follow signs to Crocker Pond Campground, turning left on Forest Road 18. Follow this road 0.6 miles to trailhead.

MLT Bike Trip; 10 a.m., Taylor/Newsom home: from Route 26, take Middle Intervale Road for 3 miles. Turn left on Winslow Road and drive to the second house, 0.4 miles from the intersection.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, 2 Parkway, Bethel or 26 Western Avenue, South Paris. This is an opportunity for people who have accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs to safely dispose of those medications.

Errol Heritage Day; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Errol, N.H. Come and be awed by World Champion Competitors in events like: the Axe Throw, Underhand Chop, Two Man Crosscut, Jack and Jill Crosscut, Bow Saw, Single Buck, Springboard, Open Chainsaw and Obstacle Pole Buck! The Commission is now looking for VENDORS and we need more SPONSORS. Anyone interested in being a Sponsor or Vendor for this event; or anyone interested in buying Raffle or 50/50 Tickets, please contact Kathleen Gingras (482-3370) or Deb Freedman (482-3884).

MLT Photo/Art/Writing Showing; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photos, stories and artwork celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Mahoosuc Land Trust will be on display at the MLT office. FMI: or 824-3806.

MLT Bike/Hiking Trip BBQ; 12:30 p.m., Taylor/Newsom home: from Route 26, take Middle Intervale Road for 3 miles. Turn left on Winslow Road and drive to the second house, 0.4 miles from the intersection. Burgers, hot dogs and buns will be provided. Please bring a dish to share. (For hikers: There will be a cooler at the trailhead to store your food).

Orange Trail Ride; Ellis River Riders show grounds, Andover. FMI: Anita Altmaier (491-5808).

O2X Summit Challenge; Sunday River, Newry. All obstacles are natural and courses are built to US Forest Service guidelines because mud pits and monkey bars are no measure of the human spirit. A weekend-long “BaseCamp” will blend on-site camping, training-and-performance exhibits, environmental outreach and a farmer’s market-inspired gathering of local fare. FMI:

Wednesday, Oct. 1

WMSC Brown Bag Lunch; 12:15 to 1:30, The Bethel Inn. Facilitator: Bonnie Pooley. Topic: The Resilient Community in the 21st Century: How can elders shape the legacy we leave our children and grandchildren? Participants are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy over a good discussion. Coffee and tea will be provided. Please RSVP by Friday, Sept. 26. FMI/RSVP: Nancy Davis ( or 381-1110).

Thursday, Oct. 2

Knitting and Crocheting Class with Support from Fiber & Vine; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., SMH Cancer Center, 199 Main Street, Norway. SMH Cancer Center invites patients with cancer, cancer survivors, and caregivers to join in with some volunteers from Fiber and Vine. Bring your ongoing knit and crochet projects and /or learn to make chemo caps and prayer shawls. If needed we will provide some yarn and needles at no cost to you. This is a free class for patients with cancer, cancer survivors, and caregivers.

BHS Annual Hall Memorial Lecture – Daniel E. Heywood: His Place in the Tapestry of Wildlife Conservation; 7:30 p.m., Howe Exhibit Hall, Dr. Moses Mason House. Dr. William B. Krohn, Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Ecology, will introduce attendees to the adventures and accomplishments of Daniel E. Heywood (1869-1911), who was born and raised on a farm on the southwest shore of Umbagog Lake near the Maine/New Hampshire border. While a young boy, Heywood developed a deep appreciation of wildlife; at the same time, he quickly became an accomplished hunter, providing the Harvard ornithologist William Brewster with many rare specimens. As a woodsman who needed to make a living in the wilds, Heywood was a professional guide, hunter, and trapper. And, as a conservationist who understood the need to preserve Nature, he was a naturalist, writer, and wildlife photographer. Free.

Oct. 4 and 5

Albany Association Annual Yard Sale; 9 a.m., the Town House, on the corner of Hunt’s Corner Road and Vernon Street. FMI/donations: 824-2568.

Monday, Oct. 6

Stamping Up Class with support from Kathy Pulsifer; 10 to 11:30 a.m., SMH Cancer Center, 199 Main Street, Norway. Join Kathy Pulsifer from Stamping Up and have fun exploring your creativity with rubber stamping. This is a great time to Create, Laugh and Enjoy creating projects together! This is a free class for patients with cancer, cancer survivors, and caregivers.

Socrates Café Meeting; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Waterford Library. The following topics will be discussed in a round robin format: If I were President, here’s how I would handle the Russian/Ukraine situation; and If I were President, here’s what I would do about immigration. The last half hour will be given to other issues of choice. Moderator: Richard Balian. Light refreshments are provided. FMI: 583-6957.

Thursday, Oct. 9

Know the Ten Signs of Alzheimer’s; 4:30 to 6:30 pm., Bethel Congregational Church. Understand the difference between Alzheimer’s and typical aging and why early detection is crucial. Presented by Mark Pechenik, Dir. Community Outreach for Maine Alzheimer’s Association. Sponsored by To Your Health of WMSC. Public invited. Free admission. Light refreshments. FMI: Rosabelle Tifft (824-2053).

Saturday, Oct. 11

Gardner Roberts Memorial Library 6th Annual Celebration of Fall; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hanover’s “little library” hosts live acoustic rock and folk music, a Book Sale, Yard Sale, Craft Corner, Bakery Sale, Snack Bar and Theme Basket Raffle. “Forest Reflections,” a handmade quilt by the Library Busy Bees features Maine woodland creatures and will be raffled at 2 p.m. Tour the quaint one-room library, learn about its 100+ year long history and experience what has become the local hub of Hanover. Activities will take place under the new Hanover Picnic Pavilion next to the Library on Ferry Road/Route 2 (just 10 miles east of Bethel). FMI: Raffle tickets on sale now. All proceeds will benefit the Library, an independent non-profit organization.

Special Fun Show Fundraiser/Last Show of the Season; 9 a.m., Ellis River Riders, Andover. FMI: Audrey McKenzie (207-318-4442) or visit

Sunday, Oct. 12

Ellis River Riders Turkey Trot; Deertrees Arabians, Andover. $5 participation fee, bring a food dish to share. FMI/RSVP: David and Carol Holtzman (392-1149).

Troy Murphy Golf Tournament; 9 a.m. shotgun start, the Bethel Inn Golf Course. 18-hole team scramble. Hole-in-one on a par 3 wins a free car, courtesy of Weir Motor. Registration: Proceeds to benefit U.S. Freestyle Ski Team member and Gould Academy alum Troy Murphy.

Tuesday, Oct. 14

Canvas Painting Class with support from Paint the Town; 1 to 3:30 p.m., Harper Conference Center, 193 Main Street Norway. Can’t draw or paint? Great! No experience necessary, it’s easy and stress-free! Join Karen Schrodder-Daniels from Paint the Town as she provides simple step-by-step painting classes and a fun environment to create a masterpiece! Anyone Can Do It! This is a free class for patients with cancer, cancer survivors, and caregivers.

Thursday, Oct. 16

Adult Book Discussion; 6:30 p.m., Norway Memorial Library. Book: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. FMI: 743-5309.

Friday, Oct. 17

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Mobile Appraisal Coach; 12 noon to 4 p.m. The famous antiques appraisal mobile coach will be at the Bethel Library at 5 Broad Street for a fundraiser event hosted by the library. Participants will receive instant, onsite valuations by appraisers Kaja Veilleux and John D. Bottero for antiques or collectibles brought to the coach. Any item can be appraised. For items too large to bring, detailed photographs can be used. Suggested donation of $10 per item or $25 for 3 items. 100 percent of the proceeds will support the library. No appointments necessary. FMI: 824-2520.

Saturday, Oct. 18

Versatility Play/Learn and Trail Challenge Fundraiser; 9 a.m., Ellis River Riders, Andover. Play and Learn, 9 a.m. to noon – Horse and Rider combos will have the opportunity to practice the potential obstacles for the challenge. Burger and hotdog lunch, noon to 1 p.m. Trail Challenge, 1 p.m. until finished. Cash prizes. In Hand, Youth Novice, Adult Novice, Youth, Adult, and Pro divisions. Advanced entries requested. See forms for exact rules. FMI: or Dawn (

River Valley Rotary Oktoberfest Craft Fair; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hope Association, 85 Lincoln Avenue, Rumford. There will be a variety of crafters offering jewelry, homemade crafts, baked goods and a multitude of other merchandise. There will be a cookie walk and the Rotary Club will also have a book fair.

Sumner Fire Auxiliary Ticket Auction; Opens at 11 a.m., drawing at 1 p.m., Buckfield Jr./Sr. High School. Proceeds will help purchase an OSHA-required self-contained breathing apparatus fill station.

Sunday, Oct. 19

Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt Ride; Ellis River Riders show grounds, Andover. FMI: Pam Tobin ( or 775-212-0075).

West Paris Pumpkin Run; 10 a.m., Agnes Gray School, 170 Main Street, West Paris. This event will include a 5k run, 1-mile walk and 1-mile kids’ fun run. Following the run will be a chili and pumpkin pie contest! FMI/Registration:

Monday, Oct. 20

Essentials of College Planning for adults 19 and over; 10 a.m., Western Maine University and Community College Center, South Paris. FMI/Registration: 1-800-281-3703 or Free and open to the public.

Thursday, Oct. 23

Knitting and Crocheting Class with Support from Fiber & Vine; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., SMH Cancer Center, 199 Main Street, Norway. SMH Cancer Center invites patients with cancer, cancer survivors, and caregivers to join in with some volunteers from Fiber and Vine. Bring your ongoing knit and crochet projects and /or learn to make chemo caps and prayer shawls. If needed we will provide some yarn and needles at no cost to you. This is a free class for patients with cancer, cancer survivors, and caregivers.

Pumpkin Carving with support from SMH Cancer Center; 2 to 4 p.m., SMH Cancer Center, 199 Main Street Norway. Enjoy some Halloween fun! Carve a pumpkin. When you are finished, the pumpkins will be donated to McLaughlin Gardens for their 2014 Pumpkin Spectacular. This is a free class for patients with cancer, cancer survivors, and caregivers.

Oct. 24 and 25

Wilderness First Aid Course; Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge. Instructor: Jon Tierney of Wilderness Medical Associates. $225 for commuters or $265 with food and lodging. FMI: 824-2073 or

Saturday, Oct. 25

Annual Newry Craft Fair; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Newry Grange Hall. FMI: 824-3123.