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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,” […]

Spring struggles to gain a foothold

Arnold Jordan of Greenwood, left, and his grandson Donald Piawlock shovel snow from the roof of the Locke Mills Union Church’s Sunday school wing.

By Amy Chapman It’s the talk of the town. Spend a few minutes in the post office, the grocery store, or the coffee shop, and before long you’ll hear someone bring up the unseasonably cold March temperatures and the way spring seems to be dragging its feet this year. From tradesmen and highway crews to […]

Sumo wrestling at Telstar Saturday

Sumo wrestling comes to Telstar High School Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.  A fundraiser for the THS Softball Team, the event features district staff, football and baseball players, and a mystery player dressed in suits to resemble sumo wrestlers. Other offerings during the evening include speed gun competition, duck competition, 50/50 and other raffles, […]

Angler’s Alliance transfers assets to Trout Unlimited

The Upper Andro Anglers Alliance, a non-profit corporation formed in 2008 for the purpose of conserving, protecting, restoring and promoting the fishing resources relating to the Upper Androscoggin River, its tributaries and environs dissolved the corporation effective Feb. 27, 2014. UAAA, with headquarters in Bethel, transferred its assets and administration to the Mollyockett Chapter of […]

‘Tap of the Town’ taps community spirit

Gould Academy sophomores Amelia Laguia, Ken Huang, Matt Wolf, and Jake Sherer carry Gould’s maple syrup evaporator to be set up at the Bethel Historical Society.

By Amy Chapman Although much of the maple syrup produced in New England today is made in commercial facilities that use modern methods to collect and boil the sap, maple sugaring time still evokes images of buckets hung on trees, horse-drawn sleighs, steam rolling from wood-fired evaporators, and friends and neighbors gathering for “sugaring-off” parties. […]