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Mt. Abram begins solar array installation

Mt. Abram has begun construction on a 244.915 Kw, 803 panel, photovoltaic solar project, according to a Sept. 24 press release. Expected to produce in excess of 280,000 kWh annually, the array will offset approximately 70 percent of the ski area’s annual electricity consumption. In the summer of 2013, the USDA awarded Mt. Abram a […]

Local ski shops support Ski Museum

Ski and sport shops throughout Maine are pitching in to help the Ski Museum of Maine promote awareness of Maine’s skiing history and raise funds for the Ski Museum’s projects. Nine shops including Ski Depot in Newry and Jay, Carter’s X-C Ski Shop in Bethel and Oxford, Bethel Nordic Center, True North Adventureware in Bethel, […]

Golf tournament to benefit local U.S. Ski Team member

A golf tournament to support the training of local U.S. Ski Team member Troy Murphy will take place Sunday, Oct. 12 at 9 a.m. at the Bethel Inn & Country Club. The 18-hole scramble is $100 per player. A hole-in-one on a par 3 wins a free car, courtesy of Weir Motors. Murphy, a graduate […]

Andover votes to leave SAD 44

Andover residents voted 298-103 Wednesday to withdraw from SAD 44. A 2/3 majority was required. A new town school committee will be elected in November, according to Withdrawal Committee officials, and that group will then appoint a superintendent. The withdrawal will be become effective July 1 of next year. The withdrawal plan calls for Andover […]

Newry votes to form school withdrawal committee

Newry residents voted 82-60 Wednesday to form a school withdrawal committee to craft a plan for the town to potentially withdraw from SAD 44, according to Town Administrator Loretta Powers. As part of the approval vote, residents also okayed spending up to $50,000 to create the withdrawal plan, which would include both an educational plan […]

I Believe on the AT

'I Believe' at the gazebo in Andover.

(Note: Cherri Crockett writes this about her encounter in Andover with an Appalachian Trail hiker.) On Jan. 19 of this year, 62-year old ‘I Believe’ (Sherry Spillman), born and raised in Tennessee, made this entry into her trail journal, answering the age-old question of why she wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail. “I guess you […]

Oct. 4 public supper will support ‘Smile Fund’

A public Turkey Supper will take place Saturday, Oct. 4, 5 p.m. for the Smile Fund, the local denture program for adults in the SAD 44 region who are working or seeking work, at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel. The menu is turkey and all the fixings, homemade pies and homemade rolls for […]

‘Thinking Caps and Other Accessories’ opening at Owen Gallery

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Gould Academy will welcome Portland artist Crystal Cawley to its Owen Art Gallery Sept. 26 through Oct. 15. Cawley’s exhibit, entitled “Thinking Caps & Other Accessories” will be featured as part of Gould Academy’s annual Alumni Weekend (Sept. 26 – 28) and is scheduled to open on Friday, Sept. 26 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. […]

Andover, Newry school withdrawal votes are WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24

Andover and Newry voters go to the polls Wednesday, Sept. 24 to decide separate school withdrawal issues. For Andover, it’s whether or not to actually withdraw from SAD 44. A 2/3 majority of those voting is required. For Newry, it’s whether or not to study the option of withdrawal and prepare an educational/financial plan for […]