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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 […]

Revived Upton church seeks help replacing windows


The Union Church in Upton, closed in 1980, was brought back to life three years ago. Since then, parishioners and other community members have been pitching in to give it a facelift, and now they are hoping other people who might have a past connection to the church or the town will help out with […]

Telstar pitcher a record breaker


At the final awards night for Telstar Varsity Softball recently senior pitcher Jessica Dirago received many awards, including a plaque to be put in the Telstar trophy case for breaking three school records in her career. She broke the record for most strikeouts in a game with 18 against Lisbon this year, broke the single […]

An afternoon with Tucker Carlson

The Woodstock Republican Committee is proud to present “An Afternoon with Tucker Carlson” Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 4 p.m. Widely recognized as co-host of the morning show “Fox & Friends” on the Fox News Channel, Tucker Carlson has also hosted “Tucker” on MSNBC, “Crossfire” on CNN, and “Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered” on PBS. His autobiography, “Politicians, […]

MollyOckett Essay winners

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Truth, Healing and Change. High School students Skye Fournier and Hunter Cline at Gould Academy wrote the winning essays about the truth of why we still celebrate the Abanaki woman MollyOckett. REACH’s (Maine-Wabanaki Reconciliation, Engagement, Advocacy, Change and Healing) educational activities in the Bethel Community have created positive change, and healing has occurred in the […]

Obituary: Mary Jo Kennett


Mary Jo Kennett (nee Dalton) died on July 11 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice in Scarborough following a brief illness. Born on March 15, 1955 on Long Island, New York, she moved to Maine in the 1980’s. She loved Bethel and often referred to it as her real home, a place she never wanted to leave. She […]

MollyOckett Chorus plans road show

Mollyockett Chorus

After a successful trip to the Sweet Adelines Region 1 Competition in April, the Mollyockett Chorus is rehearsing for its 2014 Roadshow, Big Hair. The show is set in a hair salon—The Big Tease—where customers and stylists talk about life and sing a series of familiar (and not so familiar) barbershop harmony tunes including the […]