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Gen207’s ‘Ask Me (Almost) Anything’ Forum coming to Woodstock

The Woodstock Republican Committee will be hosting #Gen207 on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Whitman Library, Main Street, Woodstock. Please call to reserve your seat 665-2049. This is an excellent forum to discuss your concerns with the next generation of political activists and to hear their insightful voices about dealing with our country’s […]

Zurhorst chosen to attend prestigious British acting school

Carl Zurhorst, a 2010 graduate from Rumford’s Mountain Valley High School has been selected as one of only 12 actors to attend the one-year International Master of Arts in Professional Acting program at England’s Bristol Old Vic Theatre School starting in September. Zurhorst has appeared in performances at MVHS, Lewiston-Auburn Community Little Theater and Lakewood […]


Andy Barlow of Hanover watches as concrete is poured for the start of construction of his new home. Contractor Howard Bailey of Andover Log Homes is leading the project. He and other subcontractors have donated all labor, equipment and supplies. The community has also been doing fundraising for the effort. Barlow has been paralyzed from […]

“Pie Night” a success

“Pie Night” to benefit a new home for Andy Barlow of Hanover was held last Wednesday under the Hanover Picnic Pavilion on Main Street. The fundraiser, hosted by the Trustees of the Gardner Roberts Memorial Library, was a huge success having raised over $7,000 in donations toward furnishings for the new home. Contractor Howard Bailey […]

New minister at West Parish

NEW MINISTER AT WEST PARISH-The Rev. Dr. Timothy LeConey will become the 31st Pastor of the West Parish Congregational Church UCC in Bethel, Maine on Sept. 8. His first day in the pulpit will be Sept. 13. Rev. LeConey, originally from New Jersey, received his undergraduate degree from Drew University, followed by a Master of […]


Woodstock Historical Society President Larry Bonney and Bryant Pond Universalist Church Treasurer Ed Howe are shown holding the deed to the Universalist Church in Bryant Pond. The Northern New England District of the Unitarian Universalist Church Association enquired late last year if the Historical Society would be interested in acquiring the 1852 church. Hoping to […]


Sylvia Harrington and Rosabelle Tifft, Bethel, were among 19 classmates attending the 65th and final class reunion of Stephens High School, Class of 1950. The reunion was held at the 49 Franklin Reception Hall in Rumford. Seated (from left): Avis Child Orino, Barbara Brown DeSalle, Sylvia Schwind Harrington and Rosabelle MacDonald Tifft. Standing, first row […]

BFHC to host health insurance literacy program

On Thursday, Sept. 3, Bethel Family Health Center will host a Health Insurance Literacy Session from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The session is free and open to the public. Are you newly insured? Do you find health insurance terms such as co-pay, deductible and co-insurance to be confusing? The Maine Primary Care Association, with help […]

Upton Fun Day schedule

August 15, 2015 Schedule of Events 7 a.m.: Breakfast in Upton Ladies Aid Building. 9:30 a.m.: Parade line up at Pat Kenyon’s, 142 Thistle Street. 10 a.m.: Parade; Merchandise, food vendors and children’s carnival open for business on Mill Road. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Upton Historical Society display (2nd floor of Upton School House). […]