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Quality up, costs down in School Lunch program

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By Amy Chapman SAD 44 Food Service Director Jeanne LaPointe shared some good news with school directors recently. “This program is one of a very small handful of schools in the state of Maine that are operating in the black,” LaPointe told the board. The food service program pays for staff salaries and benefits, as […]

Mother Nature strikes again

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After teasing us with a nice warm spring day Monday, Mother Nature followed up Tuesday with heavy rain – topped off with snow at the end – that sent the Androscoggin River over its banks in Bethel on Wednesday morning. Here, a truck plows through water by Davis Park at 7 a.m. At the same […]

The bells of West Parish

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THE BELLS OF WEST PARISH-In a 30+ year tradition, bells will ring out at Sunday’s Easter Service at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel. The bell choir was established in 1985 under the late Mary Valentine. Since then people of all ages have played in both adult and youth choirs. Last week the current […]

Police seek help on break-in

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Maine State Trooper Tyler Stevenson is looking for information regarding a break-in at the Buckfield Mall Convenience Store at about 4:45 a.m. Sunday morning, according to a press release.  The suspect was observed in what appeared to be a silver KIA Soul SUV. Approximately two hours before the break-in in Buckfield a similar vehicle was […]

Organic and local options grow at Bethel Foodliner

Kristy York arranges organic zucchini and broccoli in the produce case at the Bethel Foodliner.

By Amy Chapman From fruits and vegetables raised locally on small organic farms to organic milk produced by the nation’s largest dairy processor, Americans are demanding and consuming more organic foods than ever. Colleen McCabe, manager of the Bethel Foodliner, has seen that trend reflected in her store. “Requests for organic, natural, and local products […]

Retired educators to meet

The Oxford County Educators Association-Retired (OCEA-R) held their first meeting of the year on March 14 at the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School.  The culinary arts class served a fine meal appreciated by all.   President John Kimball presided over the business meeting before dinner, and Miles Hunt of Dow’s Law Office, Norway, Maine, presented a […]

Locals Ski Challenge winners

LOCALS SKI CHALLENGE WINNERS-The 'Rooster Chicks' ski team recently won the season-ending championship for the Sunday River Locals Challenge. The team, representing Rooster's Roadhouse restaurant in Bethel, was one of 23 that took part in a season-long series of giant slalom races at Sunday River Resort. The teams were comprised of resort employees, local and non-local residents. After each race throughout the season the teams celebrated at local business establishments. Pictured here are, from left: Jill Kenney, Tracey Moir, Capt Carol Nichols, JoAnne Hicks, Kathi Burke, Joyce Roma, Celeste Keith. Seated is Steve Etherridge of Rooster's Roadhouse.

LOCALS SKI CHALLENGE WINNERS-The ‘Rooster Chicks’ ski team recently won the season-ending championship for the Sunday River Locals Challenge. The team, representing Rooster’s Roadhouse restaurant in Bethel, was one of 23 that took part in a season-long series of giant slalom races at Sunday River Resort. The teams were comprised of resort employees, local and […]

Bike route mapping project underway

Julia Reuter, Peter Southam, and Buzz Gamble identify their favorite bicycling routes on a map of the Bethel area at a recent bike trail mapping session held at Sunday River.

By Amy Chapman Local communities will see gains in physical fitness, rider safety, recreational opportunities, and economic development through the identification and mapping of the best routes for bicycling in Oxford County, predicted Jim Tasse. Tasse, Education Director at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, recently spoke to a gathering at Sunday River’s Grand Summit Hotel. […]

Mother Nature’s ‘jelly rolls’

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Lynne Kulik of Bethel took this unusual photo today of snow that rolled itself up like a carpet on her windshield. “When daylight arrived this morning, I couldn’t believe my eyes as to how Mother Nature was able to have the heavy wet icy snow of Sunday night slip down the truck’s windshield and then curl up in jelly-roll fashion,” […]