Living Nativity celebrates 50 years


By Amy Chapman When the Living Nativity is performed this Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. on the Bethel Common, it will mark 50 years since Susan Farrar first gathered her friends and neighbors and began the much-loved tradition, celebrating Christmas and community. Farrar passed away last June at the age of 96. Her daughter, Lisa […]

Blanco to read from memoir tonight at Gould


 By Amy Chapman 2013 inaugural poet Richard Blanco will read from his new memoir, ‘The Prince of los Cocuyos,’ tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 at Gould Academy’s Bingham Auditorium. The reading is the last stop on a three-month book tour that has taken Blanco from Maine to California to Miami—the city where he grew up in […]

Carter’s event to benefit Ski Museum

The 30th annual Carter’s Last Stand Nordic Day is set for Thursday, Jan. 1 at Carter’s X-C Ski Center in Bethel. This year the event will benefit the Ski Museum of Maine and honor the legacy of David Carter, a recent inductee in the Maine Ski Hall of Fame. The full schedule of events includes […]

Local attorneys to form new firm


Bethel-based attorneys Kirk G. Siegel and Jarrod S. Crockett have announced the formation of a new law firm, Siegel & Crockett, P.C., effective Jan. 1, 2015. The firm will focus on real estate transactions and title examination, land disputes, land conservation and family land planning, business formation, estate planning, probate practice, and general litigation. Crockett […]

TMS students to show ‘sparks’ at ArtReach

Telstar Middle School students will present the 10th annual ArtReach event on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Telstar Auditorium and Cafeteria. This event will feature a student art exhibit and sale, as well as a program of special student performances. All of the visual and performing artworks presented at […]

Learning about safety


The children and staff of The West Bethel Early Learning Center were excited to have a visit from local community helpers Nov. 20. The children had an opportunity to discuss the ways they practice safety at home and at school. It was reinforced that the police, ambulance attendants and firefighters are in place to protect […]

Effort on to aid Maine Adaptive volunteer

Andy Barlow (right) on the slopes at Sunday River.

By Maria Holloway Described by friends as a “humble, quiet, shining star”, Andy Barlow gives of himself every day. Anyone who knows Andy would agree. Whether helping a friend to fix a car or teaching kids with disabilities to ski, Andy is there to give it his all. A recent effort to give back to […]



The businesses at the Philbrook Place in Bethel hope to brighten the holiday season for needy children in the area by partnering with customers on a ‘Giving Tree.’ Organized by Final Touch owner Jessie Herling, the tree holds more than 60 tags, each representing a gift for a child from one of 12 families in […]