Regular meetings and Support Services
Bethel Selectmen: Second Monday of the month, 7 p.m., Town Office.
Bethel Planning Board: Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 6 p.m., Town Office.
Bethel Water District: Third Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Town Office.
Gilead Selectmen: Second Wednesdays of the month, 6 p.m., Town Office
Gilead Planning Board: First Thursdays of the month, 7 p.m., Town Office.
Greenwood Selectmen: First and third Tuesdays of the month, 5 p.m., Town Office.
Hanover Selectmen: Third Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m. unless otherwise posted.
Hanover Planning Board: First Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Newry Selectmen: First and third Tuesdays of the month, 5 p.m., Town Office.
Newry Planning Board: First and third Wednesdays of the month, 7 p.m., Town Office.
Upton Selectman: Second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Town Office
Upton Planning Board: Last Saturday of the month, 9 a.m., Town Office
Woodstock Selectmen: First and third Tuesdays, 5 p.m., Town Office.
Woodstock Planning Board: First and third Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Town Office.
SAD 44 School Board: Second and/or fourth Monday of the month, 6:30 p.m., Telstar High School (occasionally meet at other schools); call 824-2185 for info.
Mondays and Tuesdays: Andover Fitness Club at 4:30 p.m., Andover Elementary School gym.
First Sunday of the month: Bethel Snow Twisters 7 p.m. at 208 Walkers Mills Road.
Third Sunday of each month: Breakfast open to the public at no charge, 9 a.m. at Bethel Church of the Nazarene.
Tuesdays and Thursdays of each month: Walking for Seniors from 1:30-2:30 in Gould Academy’s Bingham Gym.
Wednesdays: Soup & Ski, 10-noon on the Bethel Village Trails at The Bethel Inn, $12. FMI call the Center at 824-6276 or visit bethelvillagetrails.org.
Wednesdays: Story Time for Children 10-11 a.m. at Bethel Library (story plus craft) with participating mothers. October thru April. FMI: call 824-2520.
Last Wednesday of the month: Community Supper at Bethel Alliance Church from 4:30-6 p.m. No charge. FMI: 207-824-2289.
Second Thursday of the month: Quilters of Pine Tree Quilt Guild of Maine from 10:30-12:30 p.m.; Fourth Thursday, 10 am.-2 p.m. At the Alliance Church on Route 26 in Bethel. All quilters welcome. FMI e-mail Pat McCartney at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 836-3575.
Third Thursday of the month: Maine Mineral & Gem Museum holds Third Thursdays Tours & Talks. Winter months feature presentations held in the Museum Store and Preview Gallery from 3-4:30 p.m. Summer months feature tours at renowned regional geological sites. Summer times vary depending on tour location. Check MMGM’s website www.mainemineralgemmuseum.org and its newsletter calendar.
Sundays: Seasonal Public Skating 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Robinson Arena. Adults, $3/Children 12 and under, $2/WinterKids Passport holders, free. FMI: 966-2100.
Fridays: Oxford Hills Duplicate Bridge at 9:15 a.m. For more information, call Les Buzzell at 783-4153 or 754-9153 or e-mail email@example.com.
Saturdays: Breakfasts at the American Legion on Main St. in Norway from 8-9 a.m. It is a temporary winter location. All are welcome to enjoy a hot breakfast and great fellowship.
Fourth Thursday of the month: Rumford Public Library Friends Fourth Thursday Poetry Group from 5:30-7 p.m.
Second Saturday of the month: Woodstock Historical Society meeting at 6 p.m. in the museum.
Bethel Freedom Group: Open Discussion Meetings (seasonal, Thanksgiving through April 1) Saturdays at 4:30 in the Snow Cap Inn conference room, next to the fitness room, at Sunday River Resort; Regular Meetings at United Methodist Church (Main Street, Bethel); Big Book Meeting Sundays at 6 p.m; 12 Step/Traditions Meeting, Tuesdays at 6 p.m.; Discussion Meeting Fridays at 6 p.m.
Northern Vista at Home Senior Care offers a free shuttle service to those going to re-occurring chemo or radiation appointments at St. Mary’s or Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. To schedule a ride call Gerry McCann, director at 207-836-2173.
Support and Education for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. Every Thursday, 1:30-3 p.m. at Rumford Hospital, Room 357. 877-336-7287. Call to confirm in stormy weather.
Clothing Exchange: Bethel Park, 23 Mason St., Bethel. Hours: Monday 1-4, Thursday 4-6, Saturday, 10-12. Donations of gently-used clothing only accepted during open hours. No exceptions. 824-4090. Clothing may also be dropped off at Northeast Bank on Main Street.
Bethel Food Pantry: Serves residents of Albany, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, West Bethel, Bryant Pond, Gilead, Greenwood, Hanover, Locke’s Mills, Mason Township, Newry, Upton and Woodstock. The Food Pantry is open on the second Monday of each month from noon until 8 p.m. Anyone who needs food should come during those hours, without an appointment. The Food Pantry is located in the basement of the Nazarene Church, 16 Church St. in Bethel by the side entrance on Park Street. (Donations should be left on the porch at 57 Elm St. Questions, contact Dave Bean at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-824-0369.)
Help for the Homeless
Rumford Group Homes, Inc. operates three homeless shelters, a Maternity Group Home program for homeless pregnant and parenting youth ages 18-21 and Case Management services. To make a referral or to request assistance, please call 743-6363 in the Norway area or 369-9439 in the Rumford area Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information about Rumford Group Homes, Inc., call 364-3551 or visit www.rumfordgrouphomes.org.
First Wednesday of the month; Lyme Disease Support & Education Group from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Beacon House Peer Center, 3 Canal St. Rumford. FMI: 357-1926 or 824-3076.
Beacon House Social Club: 150 Congress St., Rumford, a drop-in social club for adults suffering from mental, emotional, or physical illness. We provide support, relaxation, and socialization. Monday 1-5 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thursday 3-8 p.m.; Friday 2-7 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oxford County Mental Health Services, support for adults and children with mental illness, same location, second floor, open Monday-Friday 8 a.m-4 p.m. For more information, call 364-3549 or 800-335-9999, or in off-hours 928-3222.
Community Concepts: Provides Oxford County Head Start, childcare, free rides to Maine Care appointments, subsidized apartments (Bethel, Brownfield, Fryeburg, Norway, Rumford, South Paris), affordable home-ownership opportunities, homeless shelter and assistance with home heating or weatherizing. FMI: call 800-866-5588 or visit www.community-concepts.org.
Alzheimer’s Support Group: meets the third Wednesday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Rumford Community Home located at 11 John F. Kennedy Lane. All are welcome. For more information call 364-7863.
Stephens Memorial Hospital (Norway) Support Groups
Tuesdays: Diabetes Prevention Program from 5-6 p.m. There is a one-time $20 fee for the program. To register or learn more information about the program, contact Betty Sirois, MSN, RN, CDE, Diabetes Nurse Educator at Stephens Memorial Hospital at 744-6057. Diabetes Prevention Program; The upcoming NDPP at Stephens Memorial Hospital will meet from 5-6 p.m. There is a one-time $20 fee for the program. To register or learn more information about the program, contact Betty Sirois, MSN, RN, CDE, Diabetes Nurse Educator at Stephens Memorial Hospital at 744-6057.
First Tuesday of the month: Cancer Support Group for Women Any woman who has experienced a cancer diagnosis, past or present. Drop in and stay for as long as you can. Bring a brown bag lunch or a snack. 12 -1:30. Call Patti-Ann Douglas, RN, Patient Navigator at 744-6173.
Third Wednesday of each month: Diabetes Support Group in the Harper Conference Center located in the Ripley Medical Building from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The group is free and open to all who have or are affected by diabetes. 744-6057
Grief Support: 743-1562 x 6999. For people coping with the loss of a loved one(s), SMH offers grief support. There is no fee for this service. Please call for schedule of meetings.
Second Wednesday of the month: Mended Hearts, for people interested in staying heart healthy as well as heart event survivors and their families. The group meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:00 pm at: 193 Main St. Harper Conference Center in Ripley Medical Building. Guest speaker changes monthly. 744-6030.
Last Wednesday of each month: COPD Support Group will meet from 2–3 p.m. in the James E. Eshleman, DO Conference Room located at the William L. Medd, MD Health Center (8 Pikes Hill.) For more information please contact Robin Green, LCSW at 207-743-1562, ext. 6999.
Last Thursday of the month: Parkinson’s Support group at 2 p.m. The group is open to any individual or families who are interested in or have concerns about Parkinson’s Disease. 743-1562 x6999.
Smoking Cessation: Quit & Win Program and smoking cessation classes. Sponsored by Healthy Oxford Hills. Call 739-6222 for more information, or call the Maine Tobacco Help Line: 1-800-207-1230.
24-hour hotline: 800-559-2927. Safe Voices serves all of Oxford County and provides emergency shelter, court advocacy and support groups with child care. Rumford office 369-0750; Norway office 743-5806.
Maine Veterans Home, S. Paris: Veterans’ Advocate visits first and third Wednesday each month, 9-12 noon (743-6300); In Rumford at 9 to 12-noon every second Thursday at VA Clinic at 431 Franklin St. (369-3272). Maine Veterans’ Services is located at 29 Westminster St., Lewiston (783-5306).
Andover Library: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday 1-4:30 pm; Thursday 1-4:30 and 6-8 p.m. Tel: 392-4841.
Bethel Library: Monday 9-1; Tuesday 1-5; Wednesday 1-8; Thursday and Friday 1-5, Saturday 9-1. Tel: 824-2520.
Whitman Memorial Library, Bryant Pond: Tel: 665-2505. Tuesday and Thursday, 1-5 p.m.
West Paris Library: Monday 1:30-6; Wednesday 1:30-7; Friday 1:30-6; Saturday 10-2. Tel: 674-2004.
Gardner Roberts Memorial Library, Hanover: Wednesday, 9-3; Thursday, 5-8; Saturday, 9-noon.