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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 […]

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 […]