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Bethel businesses plan ‘Giving Tree’

The businesses at the Philbrook Place in Bethel are hoping 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 will hold tags each representing a gift for a child from one of 12 families in the […]

TED Global Conference offers a window on the world

By AMY CHAPMAN Ian Blair of Bethel traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last month to attend the TED Global 2014 Conference. TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) is a nonprofit organization that was founded to spread ideas and inspiration through brief talks (usually 18 minutes or less) by people who are passionate about their chosen […]

Telstar vocalists selected


Two vocalists from the Telstar High School Music Department were recently selected to sing at the All New England Choral Festival at Plymouth State University last week. Nick Johnson and Aislinn Forbes performed with a collective 225 voices representing the New England states.  Their concert concluded a daylong event studying and performing the music and […]

Girl Scouts honor veterans


Girl Scout Daisy Troop 2100 last week made cards and banners to send to the Maine Veterans’ Home in South Paris in honor of Veterans Day. The Scouts wanted all Veterans to know that we love them and want to thank them for being so brave. We talked about the importance of these men and […]

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. 


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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 […]