Upton group works to preserve Rich’s house on Rapid River

The Winter House as seen from the Carry Road.

By Amy Chapman “It’s time to save the Winter House Museum,” declares a brochure published and distributed by the Upton Historical Society, and members of that organization are feeling the pressure of time as they work to raise funds to accomplish their goal. The Winter House, on the Rapid River in Upton, is part of […]

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Triathlon swimmer


HEADED FOR HOME-Sunday’s annual Maine State Triathlon drew about 160 competitors to Songo Pond for the swim, cycle and run events. Here, as ‘boat guards’ Paula and Zachary Wheeler watch for anyone in distress, a swimmer passes the last buoy on the swimming leg of the triathlon.  For results go to http://www.mainestatetriathlon.com/results/

Upton Fun Day schedule

TRAY RAFFLE IN UPTON-This set of four TV trays, woodburned by Laurie Brown, will be raffled off at Upton Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 16 to benefit the Upton Historical Society. Raffle tickets will be available on Fun Day.

Aug. 16, 2014 7 a.m.: Breakfast in the Upton Ladies Aid building. 9:30 a.m.: Parade line-up at Pat Kenyon’s, 142 Thistle Street. 10 a.m.: Parade from Thistle Street. Merchandise, food vendors and children’s carnival open for business on Mill Road. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: DVD show of logging in the past on Upton School […]

Western Maine Health/SMH to build new office building

The Stephens Memorial Hospital and Western Maine Health boards of trustees have announced plans  to build a new medical office building on their property located on Pikes Hill Road in Norway and to undertake renovations to the Ripley Medical Office Building, located on the Stephens Memorial Hospital Campus, according to a press release. The estimated […]

Buying Club a boon for locavores

Boondocks Buying Club members Anna Sysko and Bonnie Pooley offer samples of foods made with products purchased through the club at a recent public information session.

How can you eat well while saving money, shopping from home, and supporting local farmers, the environment, and Maine’s economy? The Boondocks Buying Club has the answer. The club works like an on-line farmers’ market, giving members access to locally-grown organic and natural foods year-round. Club members Bonnie Pooley and Anna Sysko recently led a […]

More law enforcement patrol in northern Oxford County

Sheriff Wayne Gallant announced Wednesday that the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, the Rumford Police Department and the US Border Patrol will be conducting enhanced patrol coverage and several safety check points throughout the northern patrol coverage areas of the county during the month of August. The majority of the enhanced coverage will be focused in […]

Mahoosuc Band 20th anniversary concert

Original band members Ellen Whitney and Brian Dunham still enjoy playing music with Mahoosuc Community Band. The upcoming concert is Monday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. at West Parish Congregational Church.

Mahoosuc Community Band is 20 years old and is celebrating with a summer concert Aug. 11, 7 p.m. at West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel. Ellen Whitney and Brian Dunham, current president, are two members of the original band who are still playing trombone and trumpet. The band, initially called Mahoosuc Music Makers, started in […]

Bethel Historical Society to oversee Gould archives

A photo, taken about 1895, of the second Gould Academy classroom building. Built in 1881, it stood on the site of the current Hanscom Hall until 1933.

The Bethel Historical Society has entered into a collaboration with Gould Academy that will result in the long-term preservation of the “Gould Archives” — a wide-ranging collection of documents, photographs, books and objects significant to the history of the school, which was founded in 1836 as “Bethel Academy.” The archives are being placed on long-term […]