NHS Formal Induction 2014

TELSTAR NHS INDUCTION-The Telstar High School National Honor Society welcomed 17 new members in an induction ceremony last week. Students inducted  met criteria for scholarship, leadership, character and service. Pictured are, front: Anna Tyrina, Travis Brooks, Kaitlyn Brown, Jessica Kelly, Lisa Gammon, Mariah Millett, Ashley Savage, Gabrielle Stone. Middle: Carla Boyle-Wight, Annie Cushman, Savanna Pelletier, […]

Mt. Abram Ski Club seeks support for ‘Give a Kid a Lift’

The Mt. Abram Ski Club is taking its support of local young skiers to a new level with the launch of its ‘Give a Kid a Lift’ program. The club is not the traditional member activity-oriented organization, according to member Laurie Fitch. Rather, it is a more of a foundation, with a 15-member volunteer board […]

Chadbourne Park

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CHADBOURNE PARK-Chadbourne Tree Farms has been thinning trees opposite the Parkway in Bethel in order to provide a more “park-like” appearance. 

Obituary: Dale C. Bellman

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Dale C. Bellman, 68 of Biddeford died on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Southern Maine Health Care.  He was born in Akron, Ohio on Aug. 17, 1946 to James Russell Bellman Sr. and Edith (Armour) Bellman.  He attended schools in Ohio before joining the Army in 1965. Dale moved to Maine in 1981. Dale dedicated […]

Scary for a good cause


Telstar High School students and staff participated in a “Halloween Dressup Challenge” Friday, donning costumes and bringing in canned goods for the Bethel Food Pantry. Some are pictured here with the food they collected.


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Danna Nickerson got this photo (and added a few digital touches) of a Jack-O-Lantern by the Naime Block on Main Street in Bethel.  

Halloween Safety Program

The members of Bethel Ambulance Service are launching the first annual Halloween Safety Program, and will be distributing glow sticks and necklaces to trick-or-treaters on Friday, Oct. 31 at the children’s parade. The purpose of the program is to inform children and parents of some helpful safety tips. The BAS members are looking for ways […]

Nonprofits explore strategies for a successful community

By Amy Chapman What makes a community successful? How do we define diversity, and how is it vital to the health of a society? How do economic development and land conservation go hand in hand? Are there ways to get beyond community members’ ideological differences to forge empathy and connection? Representatives of more than two […]

Ross to be ordained Sunday in Bethel

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By Amy Chapman The ordination of Dr. Robert H. Ross will mark a significant milestone in the history of the West Parish Congregational Church. The church, founded in 1796, has served Bethel as a central institution for more than two centuries, but Sunday’s ordination will be the first such ceremony ever held there. Members of […]



An environmental class from Gould Academy spent a recent morning collecting aquatic insects from the Androscoggin River in Gilead. Teaching the aquatic entymology portion of the class is Registered Maine Guide John Wight of Bethel. “Low water made this a logical site with so many students,” said Wight. “We have not separated all the insects […]