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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 […]

Outward Bound announces challenge grant

The Hurricane Island Outward Bound School (HIOBS) has been changing lives through challenge and discovery since 1964, when it was established on the coast of Maine as the first sea-based Outward Bound school in the U.S, and now runs sailing, backpacking and canoeing courses in Maine and Florida for students ages 14+. On Aug. 22 […]

Veterans’ park gets green light

The Bethel Veterans’ Honor Roll Committee Monday got the OK to go ahead with planning for a park on tax-acquired land behind the Civil War monument on Main Street. A personal parking issue on the property had been holding up planning. Debra Mills, who lives next door, has been parking on the edge of the […]

Shaping a local legacy

By Amy Chapman A high-energy dialogue at the Bethel Inn recently centered on “The Resilient Community in the 21st Century: how can elders shape the legacy we leave our children and grandchildren?” Twenty-two participants in the Brown Bag Lunch discussion shared their perspectives on what qualities make for a resilient community, why they have chosen […]

Ice Caves, Buck’s Ledge, Screw Auger Falls and more explained

Kettle bogs, like this one on the east shore of Lower Richardson Lake, formed when chunks of ice separated from the glacier, became buried in glacial debris, and eventually melted, leaving depressions that filled with groundwater.

By AMY CHAPMAN A recent presentation by Bob Elliott of Bethel on “The Changing Nature of Glaciated Landscapes”explained the origins of many local geological features, including the Greenwood Ice Caves, Buck’s Ledge, Snow and Screw Auger Falls, a hill behind Havoc Fireworks in West Paris and more. Elliott’s presentation was the final program in the […]

50-year Church members

Congo Church Heritage Sunday

50-YEAR CHURCH MEMBERS-The West Parish Congregational Church held a Heritage Sunday service Sept. 14, recognizing those who had been members for 50 or more years. Of the 24 current members who joined 50 or more years ago, four were able to attend. From left: Ted Chadbourne, Don Bennett, Susanne Fiske and Lincoln Fiske.