Update on LD 1082: SAD 44 residents testify at hearing

Local officials wait for the public hearing on LD 1082 to start on Wednesday. From left are Newry Town Administrator Loretta Powers, Bethel Town Manager Christine Landes, Woodstock Town Manager Vern Maxfield and SAD 44 Supt. Dave Murphy. Entering the room in the background is state Rep. Fran Head. (Photo: C. Newell)

“Listening to the testimony, our situations are drastically different.” That was Woodstock Town Manager Vern Maxfield’s take on SAD 44 and SAD 6 at Wednesday’s public hearing on LD 1082 in Augusta, before the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. (For background on the bill see related article this page.) The two school districts are […]

LD 1082 could hurt SAD 44 more than Newry withdrawal

LD 1082 is a school funding bill that, if passed by the Maine Legislature, could potentially impact SAD 44 more than Newry withdrawing from the district would, according to district officials. The bill is written to take effect Jan. 1 and would specifically affect SAD 44 and SAD 6. A public hearing on the proposal […]



REMEMBERING KEITH IN MAPLE SUGARING SEASON-Keith Hodsdon, formerly of West Bethel, died earlier this month. In memory of him Sally Taylor of Bethel shared this photo of Hodsdon’s hands at his sugar house in West Bethel, showing the various grades of maple syrup he produced there. The photo is from Taylor’s collection from the 2003 […]

Free ‘Cooking Matters for Families’ course offered

Everyone with kids in the house knows how challenging meal time can be. From coming up with meals that please everyone’s taste buds, to budgeting food dollars to fill everyone’s bellies, the kitchen can become a daunting place. Cooking Matters for Families is a six session course that teaches children and their families skills and […]

Healthy communities gatherings starting in Bethel

Can we build a better, healthier future for ourselves by building stronger social connections to each other? Put another way, can “community = cure” for difficult issues impacting our health? The Oxford County Wellness Collaborative thinks so, and continues to lead work aimed at this kind of positive change for the county. Over the next […]

Bethel Rescue launches ‘Sand for Seniors’

The members of Bethel Ambulance Service have introduced a new community outreach program called “Sand for Seniors.” In recognition of the challenges facing seniors citizens during the winter months, rescue members will begin distributing buckets of sand when they are called to senior’s homes. Bethel Seniors Group president Fran Head applauded the members of Bethel […]

DiCocoa’s in gingerbread


Anna Sysko and Mattie Templeton of Cafe DiCocoa in Bethel teamed up to create a gingerbread replica of the store, utilizing icing, Twizzlers, peppermints, pretzels and many other ‘building blocks.’ Sysko did the structural work with the gingerbread.

Christmas tree in fall


Sally Taylor of Bethel took this photo in October of the tree in her background that would become her Christmas tree. Mother Nature provided colorful trim in the foreground and background.