Regular Meetings and Services

MUNICIPAL

Bethel Selectmen: Second Monday of the month, 6 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.

Greenwood Planning Board: First Monday of the month from November to April at 6 p.m.; first and third Monday of the month at 6 p.m. from May to October.

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, 7:30 a.m., Town Office.

Newry Planning Board: First and third Wednesdays of the month, 7 p.m., Town Office.

Upton Selectmen: Second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Town Office

Upton Planning Board: Fourth Friday of the Month (Feb. through Oct.), 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 and/or fourth Monday of the month, 6:30 p.m., Telstar High School (occasionally meet at other schools); call 824-2185 for information.

ORGANIZATIONS

Bethel

Every Tuesday: Weight Watchers at Bethel Family Health Center from 5-6 p.m. FMI call 592-9614.

Every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. Rotary Club of Bethel at Bethel Inn Resort, 21 Broad St., Bethel.

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

Second Wednesday of the month: Bethel Senior Citizens Club, usually at a local restaurant. Members pay for lunch, usually around $10. (207-824-2114)

Second Thursday of the month: Cross Country Quilters/Quilters of Pine Tree Quilt Guild of Maine from 10:30-12:30 p.m.; Fourth Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. At the Alliance Church on Route 26 in Bethel. All quilters welcome. FMI email Pat McCartney at p_quilts@yahoo.com 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.

Every other Thursday of each month: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Sudbury Inn, 151 Main Street. We welcome all Bridge players to the game followed by lunch. FMI: call Sandra at 232-9480 or Andrea at 824-2179.

Every Saturday of the month through April: Bethel Farmers’ Market, at The Gem, 23 Cross St. from 1-3 p.m.

Winter weekdays at 10:15 a.m. Prime Time Ski Club, North Peak Lodge, Sunday River, Newry. Alpine ski club for adults 50 plus.

Bryant Pond

Second Monday of the Month: Judith Grover tent #17 DUVCW at 7 p.m. For more information Daughters of Union Veterans Department of Maine on Facebook.

Greenwood

Every Friday: 4-6 p.m. Greenwood Farmers’ Market 270 Main St., Greenwood Town Hall, Route 26, Greenwood.

Norway

Every Wednesday: Free Community Lunch: 11:30 at the Universalist Church, 479 Main St., Norway.

Every Wednesday: Coat Room from 1-4 p.m. at Oxford Plaza. This is located between Dollar Tree and Label Shopper. Each person can get one free coat, hat, gloves and a pair of ski pants per person. Donations for the Coat Room can be taken to Norway Laundry on Paris Street in Norway.

Fridays: Oxford Hills Duplicate Bridge at 9:15 a.m. For more information, call Les Buzzell at 783-4153 or 754-9153 or email buzz116@myfairpoint.net.

Third Friday of each month: Free Supper from 5-6 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church, 205 Main St., Norway.

Saturdays: Breakfasts at the American Legion on Main Street in Norway from 8-9 a.m. It is a temporary winter location. All are welcome to enjoy a hot breakfast and great fellowship.

Rumford

Fourth Thursday of the month: Rumford Public Library Friends Fourth Thursday Poetry Group from 5-7 p.m.

South Paris

Every Tuesday and Thursday (Jan. 2 and continuing until May 3) from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, 256 Main St., South Paris. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and join us for the Health of It! This series is free to all, but registration is required. To register, please visit www.wmh.coursestorm.com. For more information, please call 743-1562, ext. 6896.

Waterford

Mondays: Knitting at 2 p.m. at Waterford Library, 663 Waterford Rd. Waterford.

Second Wednesday of the month: Mystery Book Club at 4 p.m. at Waterford Library, 663 Waterford Rd. Waterford.

Fourth Wednesday of the month: Book Discussion at 10 a.m. at Waterford Library, 663 Waterford Rd. Waterford.

Fridays: Coffee Cafe at 9 a.m. at Waterford Library, 663 Waterford Rd. Waterford.

Second Sunday of the month: Mountain Poets, FMI call 743-0583.

West Paris

First and third Saturday/Sunday of each month: Saturdays 9-noon and Sundays 11 to 2. At First Universalist Church of West Paris. The project focuses on donating free clothing and supplies for infants and toddlers. Donations of these items or cash donations are gratefully accepted. Some needs include boys sizes 18 months up to 5T; girls size 7, 8, 9, 10 and 6X; also socks, sneakers, shoes, mittens, hats and boots. P.O. Box 36, 208 Main St., W. Paris 04289. FMI contact Donna Marshall, 207-515-0595, donnarae.marshall59@gmail.com.
Woodstock

Second Saturday of the month: Woodstock Historical Society meeting at 6 p.m. in the museum

SUPPORT SERVICES

AA meetings

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.

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Support Group: Meets the third Wednesday of every month at the Rumford Community Home, 11 John F. Kennedy Lane, Rumford, 207-364-2197.

Brain Injury

First Tuesday of the month: Western Maine Brain Injury Support Group meets at 82 Congress St. in Rumford. FMI 364-4561

Cancer Support

Northern Vista at Home Senior Care offers a free shuttle service to those going to reoccurring 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.

Oncology Specialty Services: Every Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Every Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. offering offers the services of a medical oncologist. For more information about oncology and infusion services at Rumford Hospital, or to make an appointment, call 207-369-1129.

Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine: 199 Main St., Norway. 207-890-0329. Drop-in Hours Thursday and Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The center offers free support, education, wellness programs, comfort items as well as social and creative services to anyone impacted by cancer.

COPD

Support Group, William Medd, MD Health Center, 8 Pikes Hill Road, Norway. (207-743-1562, ext. 6999) Last Wednesday of the month from 2-3 p.m.

Exchanges/Pantries

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 last 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 beand@gouldacademy.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.

Lyme Disease

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.

Once a month in Norway or call Nancy 207-743-5746.

Mental Illness

Beacon House Social Club: 3 Canal St., in Rumford, a drop-in social club for adults suffering from mental, emotional, or physical illness. We provide support, relaxation, and socialization. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Coffee and canteen service is always available, and lunch is available each Tuesday at noon for $2. 207-369-0868 for more information, or email BeaconHouse@gwi.net. Oxford County Mental Health Services, support for adults and children with mental illness, 150 Congress St., Rumford. Open Access, which offers same-day assessment and support. No appointment is necessary. Monday 2-4 p.m., Tuesday and Friday 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 364-3549 or 800-335-9999, or at off-hours 928-3222.

Multiple Services

Community Concepts: Provides Oxford County Head Start, child care, 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.

Parkinson’s

Last Thursday of the month at 2 p.m., 207-743-1562, ext. 6999. Open to any individual or family interested in or with concerns about Parkinson’s disease. William Medd, MD Health Center, 8 Pikes Hill Road, Norway.

Senior Care Services

Age-Friendly Community Initiative Bethel Area: Information on a wide area of topics including churches, clothing and thrift shops, education, elder services, financial assistance, food, fuel assistance, health services, housing, legal services, recreation and fitness, social opportunities, support groups and transportation. Visit their website at http://www.agefriendlybethel.org or call Nancy Davis at 207-381-1110.

Northern Vista Senior Care Services and Respite Center, 791 North Road, Bethel. (207-836-2173) Provides nonmedical care and is available as needed for a few hours a week or more comprehensive 24-hour assistance. Caregivers are screened, trained, insured and bonded for safety and security.

Senior Companion Program (207-743-6329) Olson Road, South Paris. Senior Companions visit homebound/isolated adults to combat their loneliness and isolation. Provides respite for caregivers, giving them a break from their everyday caregiving responsibilities. Senior Companions are trained to offer clients information on such topics as alternative treatments to promote health and well-being, emergency preparedness, food safety, safe driving practices, home energy solutions, diabetes and nutritional updates.

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.

Men’s Rally Group: Every fourth Tuesday of each month from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Cancer Center located at 199 Main St., Norway. For more information call Vance at 583-2975 or Nel at 312-9955.

Third Wednesday of the month: Diabetes Support Group in the Harper Conference Center located in the Ripley Medical Building from 6–7 p.m. The group is free and open to all who have or are affected by diabetes. 744-6057.

SAFE Voices

24-hour hotline: 800-559-2927. Safe Voices serves all of Oxford County and provides emergency shelter, court advocacy and support groups with childcare. Rumford office 369-0750; Norway office 743-5806.

Veterans Services

Rumford VA Clinic, 431 Franklin Ave., Rumford. (207-369-3272) Meetings every second Thursday, 9 to noon.

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).

LIBRARY HOURS

Andover Library: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday 1-4:30 p.m.; 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.