Golf tournament, concert in memory of Sam Chapman

A golf tournament and music festival to honor the memory of the late Sammy Chapman will take place Aug. 31 at the Bethel Inn & Country Club. Chapman, a Bethel musician, logger and avid golfer died in a woodchipper accident last year. His son, Brady, said last week the “Sammy Chapman Golf Classic and Music […]

Explorations art program will end with fall session


By Amy Chapman After 25 years of offering creative enrichment to students in the Bethel area through her Explorations art classes, Arla Patch will be bringing the program to a close at the end of the fall session. Patch, who holds an MFA in sculpture from Indiana University, moved to the area in 1986 and […]

Mt. Abram to host “Mt. Abram Ascent”

Mt. Abram will host the ‘Mt. Abram Ascent’ Sept. 6 as part of the New England Trail Run Series. The four-mile climb up and over the summit will take place on ski and single track hiking trails, according to the event website. Runners will gain more than 1,000 feet of elevation. The competition is described […]

Please help protect guide dogs


Sunny, Lynn Mason’s guide dog, was recently harassed and chased in Bethel Village by another dog running loose, she said. Sunny received a back injury in the incident, said Mason, and has been leery of other dogs since then. “I totally depend on her for my safety,” said Mason. She said this is not the […]

Upton group works to preserve Rich’s house on Rapid River

The Winter House as seen from the Carry Road.

By Amy Chapman “It’s time to save the Winter House Museum,” declares a brochure published and distributed by the Upton Historical Society, and members of that organization are feeling the pressure of time as they work to raise funds to accomplish their goal. The Winter House, on the Rapid River in Upton, is part of […]

Triathlon swimmer


HEADED FOR HOME-Sunday’s annual Maine State Triathlon drew about 160 competitors to Songo Pond for the swim, cycle and run events. Here, as ‘boat guards’ Paula and Zachary Wheeler watch for anyone in distress, a swimmer passes the last buoy on the swimming leg of the triathlon.  For results go to

Upton Fun Day schedule

TRAY RAFFLE IN UPTON-This set of four TV trays, woodburned by Laurie Brown, will be raffled off at Upton Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 16 to benefit the Upton Historical Society. Raffle tickets will be available on Fun Day.

Aug. 16, 2014 7 a.m.: Breakfast in the Upton Ladies Aid building. 9:30 a.m.: Parade line-up at Pat Kenyon’s, 142 Thistle Street. 10 a.m.: Parade from Thistle Street. Merchandise, food vendors and children’s carnival open for business on Mill Road. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: DVD show of logging in the past on Upton School […]

Western Maine Health/SMH to build new office building

The Stephens Memorial Hospital and Western Maine Health boards of trustees have announced plans  to build a new medical office building on their property located on Pikes Hill Road in Norway and to undertake renovations to the Ripley Medical Office Building, located on the Stephens Memorial Hospital Campus, according to a press release. The estimated […]

Buying Club a boon for locavores

Boondocks Buying Club members Anna Sysko and Bonnie Pooley offer samples of foods made with products purchased through the club at a recent public information session.

How can you eat well while saving money, shopping from home, and supporting local farmers, the environment, and Maine’s economy? The Boondocks Buying Club has the answer. The club works like an on-line farmers’ market, giving members access to locally-grown organic and natural foods year-round. Club members Bonnie Pooley and Anna Sysko recently led a […]