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Veterans’ park gets green light

The Bethel Veterans’ Honor Roll Committee Monday got the OK to go ahead with planning for a park on tax-acquired land behind the Civil War monument on Main Street. A personal parking issue on the property had been holding up planning. Debra Mills, who lives next door, has been parking on the edge of the […]

Shaping a local legacy

By Amy Chapman A high-energy dialogue at the Bethel Inn recently centered on “The Resilient Community in the 21st Century: how can elders shape the legacy we leave our children and grandchildren?” Twenty-two participants in the Brown Bag Lunch discussion shared their perspectives on what qualities make for a resilient community, why they have chosen […]

Ice Caves, Buck’s Ledge, Screw Auger Falls and more explained

Kettle bogs, like this one on the east shore of Lower Richardson Lake, formed when chunks of ice separated from the glacier, became buried in glacial debris, and eventually melted, leaving depressions that filled with groundwater.

By AMY CHAPMAN A recent presentation by Bob Elliott of Bethel on “The Changing Nature of Glaciated Landscapes”explained the origins of many local geological features, including the Greenwood Ice Caves, Buck’s Ledge, Snow and Screw Auger Falls, a hill behind Havoc Fireworks in West Paris and more. Elliott’s presentation was the final program in the […]

50-year Church members

Congo Church Heritage Sunday

50-YEAR CHURCH MEMBERS-The West Parish Congregational Church held a Heritage Sunday service Sept. 14, recognizing those who had been members for 50 or more years. Of the 24 current members who joined 50 or more years ago, four were able to attend. From left: Ted Chadbourne, Don Bennett, Susanne Fiske and Lincoln Fiske.

The View from Paradise

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VIEW FROM PARADISE-This watercolor by Janet Johnson, a longtime summer resident of Songo Pond, shows the view from Paradise Road in Bethel looking toward Songo.

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 […]