Meetings and Services


    Bethel Selectmen: Second Monday of the month, 7 p.m., Town Office.

    Bethel Planning Board: Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 7 p.m., Town Office.

    Bethel Water District: Third Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Town Office.

    Gilead Selectmen: Second Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m., Town Office

    Gilead Planning Board: First Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., Town Office.

    Greenwood Selectmen: First and third Tuesday 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.

    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 Monday of the month, 6:30 p.m., Telstar High School (occasionally meet at other schools; call 824-2185 for info).



    Mondays and Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m.-Andover Fitness Club, Andover Elementary School gym,


    First Sunday of month, 7 p.m. – Bethel Snow Twisters at 208 Walkers Mills Rd.

    Third Sunday of each month, 9 a.m. – Breakfast open to the public at no charge at Bethel Church of the Nazarene.

    Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. – Bethel Bicycle/Western Maine Velo road cycling rides, departing from Bethel Bicycle. Please call 824-0100 for more information and/or go to our FB page, all rides are posted there.

    Third Wednesday, 6:30-8 p.m. – Lyme Disease Support & Education Group at Telstar High School Library. FMI: 357-1926 or 824-3076.

    Last Wednesday of the month, 4:30 to 6 p.m.- Community Supper at Bethel Alliance Church. No charge. FMI: 207-824-2289.

    Thursdays, 10 to 11 a.m. – Story Time for Children at Bethel Library (story plus craft) with participating mothers. October thru April. FMI: call 824-2520.

    Second Thursday of the month, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; fourth Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Cross Country Quilters of Pine Tree Quilt Guild of Maine meet at the Alliance Church on Route 26 in Bethel. All quilters welcome. FMI: e-mail Pat McCartney at or call 836-3575.


    Second Saturday of month, 6 p.m. – Woodstock Historical Society meeting at the Museum.

    Norway/Paris/West Paris

    Tuesdays 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.-West Paris Baptist Church group to foster wellness for anyone searching for faith based support. The group is intended for those facing the challenges of grief, loss, addiction, codependency, and abuse issues. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Fridays 9:15 a.m. – Oxford Hills Duplicate Bridge, Norway. For more information, call Les Buzzell at 783-4153 or 754-9153; or e-mail:


    Sundays 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.- Seasonal Public Skating,  Robinson Arena, Hebron. Adults, $3/Children 12 and under, $2/WinterKids Passport holders, free. FMI: 966-2100.


    SAFE Voices
    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; 24 hour hotline 1-800-559-2927

    Rape Education and Crisis Hotline 1-800-871-7741. Sexual assault/sexual abuse hotline, same number. Support groups and awareness education, past or present victims of abuse.

    AA Meetings/Addiction help
    Bethel Freedom Group. Open Discussion Meeting. Saturdays at 4:30 in the Snow Cap Inn conference room, next to the fitness room. Sunday River. Seasonal, Thanksgiving through April 1. Big Book Meeting Sundays at 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Main Street. 12 Step/Traditions Meeting Tuesdays at 6pm at the United Methodist Church, Main Street. Open Discussion Meeting Fridays at 6 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church, Main Street.
    People in recovery from alcohol/drug addiction may need to move to a Next Step group. Open to everyone who feels they may benefit from a change. FMI: Laurence Austin at 824-4077 (calls confidential)

    Cancer Wellness
    Support and Education for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. Every Thursday, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Rumford Hospital, Room 357. (877) 336-7287. Call to confirm in stormy weather.

    Clothing Exchange

    Bethel Park, 23 Mason Street, Bethel. Hours: Monday 1 to 4, Thursday 4 to 6, Saturday, 10 to 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.

    Food Pantry

    The 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 appointment. The Food Pantry is located in the basement of the Nazarene Church, 16 Church Street in Bethel by the side entrance on Park Street.

    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. Emergency shelter services include the South Paris Men’s Shelter, the Norway Family Center for women and their children and the Rumford Family Center for homeless families. 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 9am-5pm. For more information about Rumford Group Homes, Inc., call 364-3551 or visit

    Mental Illness

    Beacon House Social Club, 150 Congress Street, Rumford, a drop-in social club for adults suffering with mental, emotional, or physical illness, provides support, relaxation, and socialization. Monday 1 to 5 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday 3 to 8 p.m.; Friday 2 to 7 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 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 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 364-3549 or (800) 335-9999, or in off-hours 928-3222.

    Veterans’ Services 

    Maine Veterans Home, S. Paris, Veterans’ Advocate visits first and third Wednesday each month, 9-12 noon (743-6300); Rumford 9 to 12 noon second Thursday at VA Clinic at 431 Franklin St. (369-3272). Maine Veterans’ Services is located at 29 Westminster St., Lewiston (783-5306). (No visits in July)

    Multiple services
    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

    Alzheimer’s Support
    An Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rumford Community Home located at 11 John F. Kennedy Lane.  All are welcome.  For more information call Sue Ellen Richardson, Social Service Director or Terry Drury,  Residential Director at 364-7863.

    Brain injury support
    Brain Injury Suppport Group for individuals with brain injuries and their families. West Side  NeuroRehab, 618 Main St., Lewiston. First Monday of the month, 6 to 8 p.m. FMI: Deb Hammer 795-6110.

    Library hours

    Andover Library:
    Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday 1 to 4:30 pm; Thursday 1 to 4:30 & 6 to 8 p.m.
    Tel: 392-4841

    Bethel Library:
    Monday 9 to 1;  Tuesday 1-5; Wednesday 1 to 8; Thursday & Friday 1 to 5 Saturday, 9 to 1. Story Hour Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m., October to May. Tel: 824-2520.

    Whitman Memorial
    Library, Bryant Pond: Tel: 665-2505. Tuesday and Thursday, 1 to 5 p.m.

    West Paris Library,
    West Paris: Monday 1:30 to 6; Wednesday 1:30 to 7; Friday 1:30 to 6; Saturday 10 to 2.
    Patty Makley, Librarian. Tel: 674-2004

    Gardner Roberts
    Memorial Library,
    Hanover: Wednesday, 9 to 3; Thursday, 5 to 8; Saturday, 9 to noon.

    Calendar items

    Calendar items may be brought to  the Citizen office, e-mailed to or faxed 824-2426. Deadline is Monday at Noon.