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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 […]

Insecting

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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 […]

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

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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.

Satellite Ski Museum planned for Bethel

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The Ski Museum of Maine is expanding. Next spring the Museum plans to establish a satellite museum in Bethel, according to a press release. Like the museum’s primary site in Kingfield, the Bethel location will exhibit artifacts, photographs, artwork and documents taken from Maine’s rich alpine and nordic ski heritage. The Oxford County region of […]

Explorations art program will end with fall session

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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 […]

Organic and local options grow at Bethel Foodliner

Kristy York arranges organic zucchini and broccoli in the produce case at the Bethel Foodliner.

By Amy Chapman From fruits and vegetables raised locally on small organic farms to organic milk produced by the nation’s largest dairy processor, Americans are demanding and consuming more organic foods than ever. Colleen McCabe, manager of the Bethel Foodliner, has seen that trend reflected in her store. “Requests for organic, natural, and local products […]

Locals Ski Challenge winners

LOCALS SKI CHALLENGE WINNERS-The 'Rooster Chicks' ski team recently won the season-ending championship for the Sunday River Locals Challenge. The team, representing Rooster's Roadhouse restaurant in Bethel, was one of 23 that took part in a season-long series of giant slalom races at Sunday River Resort. The teams were comprised of resort employees, local and non-local residents. After each race throughout the season the teams celebrated at local business establishments. Pictured here are, from left: Jill Kenney, Tracey Moir, Capt Carol Nichols, JoAnne Hicks, Kathi Burke, Joyce Roma, Celeste Keith. Seated is Steve Etherridge of Rooster's Roadhouse.

LOCALS SKI CHALLENGE WINNERS-The ‘Rooster Chicks’ ski team recently won the season-ending championship for the Sunday River Locals Challenge. The team, representing Rooster’s Roadhouse restaurant in Bethel, was one of 23 that took part in a season-long series of giant slalom races at Sunday River Resort. The teams were comprised of resort employees, local and […]

Mother Nature’s ‘jelly rolls’

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Lynne Kulik of Bethel took this unusual photo today of snow that rolled itself up like a carpet on her windshield. “When daylight arrived this morning, I couldn’t believe my eyes as to how Mother Nature was able to have the heavy wet icy snow of Sunday night slip down the truck’s windshield and then curl up in jelly-roll fashion,” […]