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February 20, 2014








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2011 Bethel Journals News Highlights

May 10:  Selectmen’s meeting: agenda – sewer upgrading, old town safe will go to Andre Bernier, Sunday River road upgrade put off until 2012, Carol Boden appointed to Ordinance Review and Brent Larson to Planning Board.  Twin Bridges at Ketchum have been rebuilt with steel frame and concrete decking. Open for business on Sunday River Road, Sun Valley Sports, Sunday River Gems and maple syrup for sale at Fred Burke’s. At Gehring Green all NTL buildings “clusters” have gone. Bruce Manzer Company’s asphalt plant was being set up in the gravel pit at Newry Corner after town and planning board case on its operations in the Douglass gravel pit on the North Road.

May 17: At Telstar Beauty and the Beast presented. Outstanding performances included Emily Bellinger, Emily DeCarolis, Daniel Vaughn and Dylan Coolidge.  At Gould, “Godspell” was the spring performance – John the Baptist, baptizing the crowd with a can of water and a sponge, tossed the last of the can’s water into the air to catch anyone he had missed. Brent Bachelder muralist created the NTL mural, now gone.  Candidates for the two selectmen vacancies are: Jim Bennett, Seabury Lyon, Lloyd Sweetser, Pat Carter, Larry Smith, and Peter Southam. Letter to the town manager from Central Maine Power Co. about installing new (smart) meters informed him that VSI Meter Services contracted to do the work.  Kenyan Orphanage – African Dinner Deb Lewis provided more information about the African dinner to be held at the West Parish Congregational Church at 5:30 PM on May 21st. Sunday afternoon the Mahoosuc Community Band drew a large audience in the Congregational Church for its spring concert. Loudest applause came for a rousing medley of Irving Berlin showstoppers. Firefighter training- Saturday and Sunday firefighters from many regional fire departments held training sessions at Big Adventure Center

Bailey’s Outdoor Power Equipment in Bethel has closed. Shawn Bennett, Lawrence Bailey’s grandson, operated the business in South Bethel for the last two years.

May 24 Telstar’s Spring Concert, directors Jennifer Bennett and Tom Coolidge and parents should be very proud of their spring show.  Farmers Market will open this coming Saturday and the Middle Interval Farm‘s Farm Stand is open daily. Mayville—the former White/Douglass/Twitchell place has much interior renovation going on. African supper at WPCC Awareness and financial support: Saturday evening‘s supper at the Congregational Church was about an AIDS orphanage project in Kenya. Bethel Farmers Market's opening day is this Saturday, May 28.. Offerings include fresh seasonal produce & fruit, beef & pork, MOFGA certified Maple Syrup, Honey, Goat Cheese, Baked Goods, Farm Fresh Eggs and Lobster (live or cooked for you!) & Haddock from Cape Elizabeth. Contact: 207- 890-6859

May 31 Monday’s Memorial Day program- Only a few days before, Mundt-Allen Post 81 American Legion organizers received word that Maine Secretary of State Charles E. Summers, Jr. had accepted an invitation to speak at the ceremony in Bethel. Telstar Art Show this year the show had performances, films, art demonstrations, and the visual art exhibit all happening simultaneously.  The 2011 show combined Middle and High School student work. 32d Annual Faye Taylor Memorial Art Show Saturday’s art show at the Moses Mason house received well over 200 entries from SAD 44 elementary school students. Camping was the theme for this year’s art competition. Bethel’s Grand Army of the Republic Display On Friday afternoon Bethel historian Stephen T. Seames completed a special display which commemorates the war service of these men. It is on public display in Brooks Bros hardware store’s front window on Main Street in Bethel. Commencement Concert at Gould  Friday night’s concert in the Bingham Auditorium was introduced by Director Jim McLaughlin telling the audience that a variety of musical performances made up the program

June 7—Candidates night - there were 39 people in the audience and a few more arrived later for a total of 45 to50 in all. Steve Wight was the MC and Larry Smith was ill so he had a stand-in attend for him. Plant Sale at the Bethel Library was blessed with a sunny morning. Plant sale donations to the Library amounted to about $1,550 or more. Family Fishing Day at Angevine Park drew a large friendly crowd of three, maybe even four, generations of fishing fans. Sunrise Ridge at Sparrowhawk Mountain - During March, April and May, the Bethel Planning Board has been dealing with a 12 lot subdivision application from Grover Hill Holdings, LLC. Matt Hadfield was the applicant for the LLC. Old Mt. Will Farm Estates a request for an extension in order to complete work in an approved subdivision – Old Mt. Will Farm Estates - aka the former Gotjen place. This project is located on Mayville Road between Sunday River and Bear River. June 14—Nancy Brown’s story -- meet Nancy via her First Day at Big Apple story. John Carter: new barn construction of a new 100 by 100 foot barn to house calves, dry cows, and cows about to freshen. Jim St. Germaine, Small Job Specialist of Greenwood, has been working on new steps and handicap accessible ramp at the Middle Intervale Meeting House. Former Stowell/Godwin house on the Cheney property in Mayville comes down. From the Town Report - The Bethel Recreation board had a very productive year with enrollment up in almost every sport. Our most popular sport is still Baseball with eight different teams, and Softball .. Respectfully Submitted, Sue Gardner, Chair. Androscoggin Canoe Race Sunday morning Bethel Outdoor Adventure registered seven canoes and kayaks for the first river race of this season. Don Wescott from Sidney, Maine (near Waterville) was the race marshal, a job he has performed since the first race in 1997.  June 21— Bethel’s Town Meeting on Wednesday, June 15th, was attended by 62 voters and lasted 38 minutes.  All articles passed as recommended by the Board of Selectmen.  The new Board for FY 2012 is: Stan Howe, Chair; Robert Everett, Vice Chair; Donald G. Bennett, Patricia Carter and Lloyd Sweetser. Harry Dresser moderated the meeting. Manzer Appeal Hearing   Friday afternoon, June 17th, Bethel Board of Appeals heard and ruled on Mr. Bruce Manzer’s appeal of the Planning Board decision to not approve a site plan for operation on an asphalt plant on the North Road. The Board upheld the Planning Board decision of April 13, 2011. 38 members of public attended. Bingham Land - Conservation work to be done in and supervision of the “Bingham Land” deed restrictions will fall to the Bethel Conservation Commission. Members are: Jarrod Crockett, Jacquelyn K. Cressy, Jessie Seymour Perkins, Kathleen Ford and Landon Fake.  Bike Trek across Maine-  Jan Stowell and Ginny Gamble joined the starting send off crowd at South Ridge. Jan reported the LL Bean trek group had 140 riders. Sunday River Road reconstruction begins – from Route 2 intersection to the Newry town line. At Davis Park— Bethel Public Works has been widening the parking areas at Davis Park and wooden guard rails have been installed to provide added safety for youngsters in the playground.  Historical Society Lecture— “From Bethel to Norway via the Congo Margaret Tibbetts and U.S. Foreign Relations, 1949-1964 by Andrew DeRoche. American University of Boulder, CO.  June 28 Bridge work At the Route 2 bridge over railroad repair job is coming down to the final days. A.S. Rossi Company from Danville, VT was doing the concrete blasting.  New sidewalks come as part of the bridge rehab; Dirigo Slipform was the contractor for this part of the work. . Doc Hudson Day at the Funky Red Barn to shake hands and renew old stories with Jim and Pat Hudson. The excuse for the happy hour was Doc’s 80th birthday. Rotary Auction Auctioneer David Murphy reported that the weekend event would make it one of the more successful efforts in recent years. Rough numbers indicate that the yard sale and auction grossed somewhere in the vicinity of $8,500 - $9,000. Railroad Stories:  In 1933, Ernest Angevine and his mother rode the stage from Upton to Bethel on their way to attend Everett Angeline’s graduation from high school in Auburn. From Bethel they rode the train to Danville Junction where they changed trains to get to Auburn (probably by Maine Central). It was a trip that Ernest remembers clearly. (In September 1960) Alberta Angevine, Judy Angevine Coolidge and Ruth Butters rode the last passenger train from Bethel to Berlin, NH. This was the last passenger train from Portland to Island Pond (and then to Montreal). Planning Board - Proposal to move the Food Pantry to the Church of the Nazarene - Board voted that a Site Plan Review was not applicable in this case.







July 5 - At the Bridge Route 2’s bridge over the railroad in Bethel opened on schedule Friday morning one lane at a time The Old Martha’s has new face lift The Main Street building vacated by Home Slice Pizza has a bright yellow front and overall new shine to it.

At the Movies (Casablanca)  Transformers 3 reviewed by Ashton Samala. The movie is basically a science fiction story like the Star Wars series. In Transformers the situation has a Cold War US versus the Russians theme. Window shopping  With the summer  holiday weekend comes the beginning of the summer shopping. Last year Yankee Magazine gave Bethel low marks in shopping when writing the magazine’s survey of best foliage towns in New England. NTL has not scheduled any sessions in Bethel for this summer. Artful Weekend  

The Mahoosuc Arts Council sponsored Bethel’s 22nd Bethel Art Fair on the Common. It was a fair in the complete sense of the word that is a market place for arts and crafts people. Art Show for the Shy, Novice and Closeted This year’s show was number seven.  At its first opening the show had 32 exhibitors and this year there were 40.  Artist’s ages ranged from four years old to 91.  Bethel Airport Authority Annual Report for FY 2010 In 2010 the Bethel Regional Airport experienced a four-fold increase in activity over 2009, from over 500 arrivals and departures, to almost 2,000. Fiscal Year 2010 saw continued improvements at the Bethel Regional Airport, building on our already outstanding reputation as one of the best self-service, general aviation airports in New England.


 July 12 - A Sunday River Fourth Chondola ride to the North Peak; Letter S Pool there was a lot of family picnicking, wading and swimming;  at Frenchman’s Hole same number of people as at Letter S but younger. 50th mineral and gem show Randy Withee along with Hugh and Lin Chapman were keeping things moving. Adam Mahar of Andover is the student intern at Bethel Historical Society. Tom Remington has a new Website – Bethel Connects. Remington trio of Steven, Tim and Tom have launched a new Website venture call  The home page has latest news, gas prices, scores and weatherMark Harrington sent me looking for an old time landing strip in Grafton. Mark Bennett and family had yard sale at their place on Mechanic Street. Goose Eye Farm on the Sunday River Road in Newry, the Pierce family is working on a horseback riding ring and exercise paddock Selectmen Meet July 11; eight members of the public attended; the Board voted to form an ad hoc committee to look at the feasibility of a proposal presented by Mr. Christopher Garner for establishing a local natural gas distribution system.

July 19  Mollyockett Day Parade. Victoria Forkus, this year’s princess, was being driven in a Northeast Bank bannered coach. , Miss Forkus - as a star in the 2010 Telstar production of Guys and Dolls as Adelaide. Bailey and Friends as pirates and buccaneers and Dotty Boyce with her palomino were my personal choices winners. Northern Waters float from Errol, NH - old fashioned water gun handled by the float’s head gunner; Scott Hynek and Walter Hatch running the Rotary’s Chicken Chip Casino booth; BOA campground, making ready for the next leg of the Source to the Sea canoe trek- 27 boats; at Bethel Outdoor Adventure for the Tubing and Treasure Scavenger Hunt. Completely new for Mollyockett Day, this event involved four parties: Bethel Outdoor Adventure, the Bethel Chamber, Mt. Mann Jewelers, and the Maine Mineral, Mining and Gem Museum. The History Club - About Census Records by Mary Ennis



July 26 - The Carter Farm New Barn David Berry is the builder; his main concern-  make the barn’s frame strong enough to withstand strong winds from the west He plans to add diagonal bracing throughout all of the vertical studding; outside dimensions for the structure are 96 by 100 feet. New work at the Carter Cross Country Ski Center; John Kane, Oxford, and Tony Billings, South Paris, were finishing up a custom saw mill job at the Carter XC Ski Cente; timbers and planking were sawed on site using a portable saw mill. West Bethel water main crossing the river installation of a water line under the river at West Bethel not far off; Sunday River Skiway  has leased, the former Schiavi lot in Mayville for signs and has a chondola on display; Farmers Market Saturday there were five “farm stands” open at the Park Street Farmers Market: the Northern Lights Farm from Upton, Abbotts Maple Syrup and Veggies from Sumner, Vegetables Dance – Middle Intervale Farm; the other half of the same farm, with vegetables, pork and beef and the Maine Lobster boys from Cape Elizabeth; BHS Exhibit  landscape paintings – White Mountains  at the Moses Mason Exhibit Hall open six days a week from Tuesday through Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 PM.

August 2 - Four main news items this week are the establishment of a wind energy storage facility at the Gilead rail siding, an announcement by Gould Academy – renovation of front office and library in Hanscom Hall will begin in November; an afternoon of brass bands at the Bethel Historical Society (Brass Band Concert video)  and a report from Steve Crone of summer activities at Telemark Inn at the end of King’s Highway. a trip through the Bethel area by the Oxford Trail Riders Club with a variety of Polaris Ranger vehicles.  Don Katlin – the “lost” water hydrant located on the phantom right of way of Mechanic Street. Morgan Machinery Moving Company of Portland, Oregon has set up wind energy storage and transshipment yard next to the Gilead rail sidings.  Scott Simons Architects of Portland designed the planned changes at Gould. A Research Story: History - About My Family History By Mary Ennis My active interest in genealogy began in 1994 when I decided to trace my maternal grandfather's family back to Scotland.


August 9 - Swain’s Farm Stand had corn on sale starting last Wednesday, August 3 with their island grown Seneca Arrowhead corn. They also have new cukes, potatoes and a variety of other vegetables. The BWD water main which crosses the Androscoggin River at Bethel Outdoor Adventure campground was seen to be breaking the water surface last week due to low water levels in the river. Friday a test flight of a Maine comedy central weekend was launched at the Bethel Inn. Saturday Congo Church members - successful fund raising auction which raised $3500 a visiting minister was auctioneer. Sunday afternoon the Skylark Jazz Ensemble opened the August Sunday afternoons in the park concerts (at the Gazebo) with beautiful renditions of old time favorites. Two weeks - Seacoast United Soccer Clubs held camps at Gould Academy for boys last week and girls this week. MDOT has released its rail study report for comment; the intercity rail study has extensive reference to Bethel.


August 16 - Open house and tour at the Gehring House, Paul Boghossian host; Stanley Steamer owners on tour stopped at the BHS campus on Friday; 15 flyers of the landed en mass to refuel at Bethel International;  car enthusiasts weekend at the Bethel Inn and the town fathers meeting on Monday. Natural Gas Feasibility Ad Hoc Committee. They are: Joe Hallowell, Timothy Borchardt, William Strauss, Dennis Doyon, Dana Bullen (General Manager, Sunday River), Scott Hynek, Michael Stevens, Esq. Jackie Cressy, Conservation Committee, and Christopher Garner, the advocate; the agenda called for a “baseline study” of the Bingham Land


August 23 - 23 Church Street – Dorothy Moore’s home comes down - Blue Willow Band plays music seniors love to dance to: District Exchange offered new home – Bethel Park by Stanford Management ; Stanford Management owners/managers of Bethel Park Apartments have offered space there for the District Exchange (clothing exchange;  Bethel Airport Fly In – the ; Recycling and Trash – let the County handle it?; Murder They Wrote – dogs’ morning discovery;   Gilead rail yard busy  Two mobile cranes were unloading tower sections from rail cars and placing them on storage blocks in the yard); 1st Annual Summer Fly-In at Bethel Airport (click to watch video) Bethel Airport Committee held its first summer fly-in day with a combination of planes to see, plane rides, model helicopter demonstrations, and contests; Tony Milligan, Spark Assistant Airport Manger, flight operations controller at “Bethel Tower”;. Randy Autrey announced the day’s events from Hangar One. Fire at Bethel Park apartments - A weekend fire at Bethel Park was stopped in time to keep the whole building from being destroyed but it gutted the building and made the apartment’s tenants briefly, at least, homeless.


August 30 - visit to Maine Energy Systems – automatic wood pellet heating; 35th Trappers Weekend; Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce booth at the weekend convention. Executive Director, Robin Zinchuk had the honors of holding the fort on Friday; Gould Academy fall reception – new faculty introduced and top candidates for Head of School; Gould’s search committee has settled on three finalists: Zachary Lehman;  Kevin M. MacNeil who has served as academic dean at Culver Academies in Culver, IN; and Matthew Ruby.


Sept 6The Eddy is a new private middle school at Newry Corner; Rick Whitney stars in a SunJournal video; Crescent Park School begins its 60th year; Part II about wood pellet heating; Alpine House in the 1890’s; What Carrie Wight wrote about trapping and furs; Deb Webster had this to say about her new school: “Students attending The Eddy will work independently in various subject areas, meeting in small groups for activities such as math simulations, history projects, literature discussions, science experiments, and fine arts education”.; online Sun Journal, Rick Whitney and how he discovered a market for Wedgies.








September 13  Outward Bound; Doris Fraser’s library; AT hikers; Selectmen’s meeting; post and beam work at Carter’s XC Ski Center; Farmers Market at Harvest Festival; Mayville home improvement; Exploring Bethel; Outward Bound courses enrolled about 400 students. These courses include teenagers, college students, and veterans; Caroline Blair-Smith is Director of the Maine programs; Veterans’ courses received increasingly favorable response – are fully funded by nonprofit sources. 2011 the Newman’s Own Foundation has provided a new source of support for Outward Bound for Veterans; Appalachian Trail Hikers - Janet Willie met a hiker who was stopping to get food, send a letter, and do his laundry.  his dog went with him; Bean’s Laundramat is a standout amenity for hiker’s hygiene. Doris Fraser’s Library Doris Fraser listed seventeen categories of items she collects; Selectmen’s September 12th Meeting, the Board voted to raise the FY 2012 sewer rate by 5.06 percent. This increase would bring the forecast minimum quarterly charges to $121.35. This rate addressed estimated FY 2012 expenditures of $1,172,382; Cats and Dogs – Board member Pat Carter brought up the issue of stray cats; Carter’s XC Ski Center – a Post and Beam Classroom Scott Hamilton was working on a basswood tree trunk that will be one of the posts in the new structure. David Carter selected the tree; Home Improvement Gloria Wilson and Merle White, home in Mayville- new roofing; then came re-topping the chimney followed by a complete paint job; Exploring Bethel Sunday Telegram’s magazine section, Exploring Maine,  high points of a visit to Bethel. The article was written by a free lance travel writer from Washington, DC, Victor Block and his wife Fyllis Hockman


September 20 - Bethel Water District was connecting its main supply and treatment plant to the West Bethel water system via an under the Androscoggin pipe.  Rally for (passenger) Rail drew 65 people from up and down the tracks and from political offices, too.  HarvestFest XIV had great weather and a similar turnout.  Next door the Hastings family display of Florence Hastings Traditional Crafts drew a steady stream of visitors to the Robinson House.  CROP walk this Sunday (the 25) – support the Food Pantry. Kevin Slater, Mahoosuc Guide Service, will depart with an Allagash canoe party on Tuesday the 27th; Bethel Water District installed under river connection to West Bethel system September 1st the Bethel Water District, Cross Excavation and A E Hodsdon Engineers began installing a new water main from the BWD treatment plant on the North Road to water mains of West Bethel village. Rally for Rail - Dana Connors – Main Speaker - passenger train service through Bethel – drew 65 attendees to the Bethel Chamber workshop at the Bethel Inn last Wednesday;.  HarvestFest XIV, draws its biggest crowd at lunch time. Wende Gray recruited judges for the Chowder and Apple Pie tasting. See Video of Chowdah event. They were Argy Nestor, Pat Irons and Cecille; The Farmer’s Wife – A Room Full of Crafts Florence Hastings’ daughters, Virginia and Mary Alice, were hostesses for the display of their mother’s crafts at the Bethel Historical Society Robinson.

September 27 - Matthew Ruby – Gould Academy Head of School elect Matthew Ruby has been named the next head of school for Gould Academy, effective July 1, 2012. Matthew and his wife, Kathy, have two children. Mr. Ruby served as the associate head of school at Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Faribault, MN (about 45 miles directly south of Minneapolis) since 2009, after holding the position of director of studies from 2007. Hanscom Hall Renovation - Gould Librarian, Sara Shifrin, gave description of how this plan will expand the library and create a facility that should be more attractive to students. Gould Academy Alumni Weekend – Celebrating Gould’s 175th - 1951 class were here for their 60th year reunion.  Found – Town of Bethel’s first safe - official Town of Bethel old safe  is safe in Lloyd Carver’s garage; Steve Seames is restoring the former Scribner Farm;. A lot next to the homestead has been cleared of trees and brush.


October 4 - West Bethel water changeover - September 26th, BWD Superintendent Lucien Roberge and the Trustees moderated a public meeting of West Bethel water customers to explain how the changeover of water supply was expected to go.  The Water District has received funding approval to lay new water main under the railroad tracks and under Route 2 by drilling/boring under the road beds; District Exchange and Thrift Shop Reopens - The NEW District Exchange and Thrift Shop opened Monday morning in its new location at Bethel Park Apartments in the former day care center; Jeep Jamboree - 135 or so jeep teams at this year’s 22nd Jeep Jamboree.  A  Beehive’s  Lifeboat at Bethel Outdoor Adventure – Tropical Storm Irene’s Androscoggin River flooding gave Jeff Parsons’ honey bees an unexpected ride. The hive now sits on the platform. Bethel Outdoor Adventure’s Bridge to Hastings Island - A Coleman Concrete truck rolled into the BOA campground last Friday to pour concrete footings for next summer’s bridge over the river to Hastings’s Island. New Indoor Skateboard Course at Gould  - Last week at the Gould Alumni Weekend, a new Indoor Skateboard Street Course was dedicated to the memory of Jesse R. Eisenberg a Gould grad of 2003 who died in 2008; the new course are laid in the Farnsworth Field House cage Hurricane Wind damage repairs - at the Zicarelli house (once known as the Alpine House) on Mason Street due to Tropical Storm Irene., New Entrance at Nazarene Church – work being done by Korhonen Land Care. Planning Board activities – hearing and renewal until Oct 2012 for Locke Mt Estates.




October 11 - Fall Festival Crafts and Other Entertainments - Ski Chairs by Bob Poirier, Prospect Mountain Furniture from Minot; quilts, mittens and sweaters with fancy fronts by The Country Cabin of Albany, Maine – Barbara Inman and Terry Howard.  Chondola and chair lift rides had steady lines of customers.  Weekend at Locke Summit –Dream Realty and Timberline Builders;  information center at Locke Summit’s entrance Chris Badgett for Dream Realty and Rich Oliver for Timberline Builders.  This Old House –Mahoosuc Realty held open house at the former Prodigal Inn/Douglass Place B & B/Twitchell Boarding House; interior changes and room arrangement.


October 18 - Elisabeth von Trapp concert - Elizabeth von Trapp’s performance before a relatively small audience of 80 people proved that she could hold up her family’s reputation for outstanding musical entertainmentWhen she sang Moonlight in Vermont, I listened carefully to one of my favorite songs and there were very smooth high notes and relaxing low notes that she sang beautifully.  .  In her Friday night program at the Methodist Church, Ms. Von Trapp sang Favorite Things, Sound of Music and Edelweiss – some of the most popular songs from the movie and Broadway show.  Nonprofits news - Jessie Seymour Perkins reported on the latest meeting of the Bethel Area Nonprofits. The Bethel Area Nonprofit Collaborative has been meeting monthly for nearly a year.  Right now, our big projects are working with Gould and Telstar to create meaningful community service and service learning opportunities for students, we’re planning a retreat in November to create a vision for the next several years of BANC Veteran’s Honor Roll and Monument - Another committee meeting was held at the American Legion Post home on October 12th to review progress on the Post 81 initiative to create a veteran’s monument. Present at the meeting were Chairman Richard Grover, Ramona Grover, Arlan Jodrey, Jane and Craig Ryerson and Bob Chadbourne.  Currently there are 1,089 names of veterans considered eligible to have their name included in the monument’s honor roll.  Bethel Selectmen’s meeting - Twelve people attended the meeting. The Board voted approval of the proposed sewer rate increases; Conservation Commission comments on the Bingham Land were circulated in a paper prepared by Jacquelyn Cressy and Landon Fake; Western Maine Street Rods – Foliage Tour Weekend Sunday morning almost the entire Irving/Circle K area in Mayville was filled with 50 + old time cars and about 130 people who belonged to the Western Maine Street Rods Club – largely from the Rumford-Mexico area; Maine Passive House Going Up in Sunday River - Jesper Kruse, A Green Builder from Greenwood, is constructing a new house and garage just off the Sunday River road opposite Mike Lynch’s home above Artist Bridge.  Ken Hotopp of Bethel is the new home’s owner.  Mr. Kruse has Tom Wentworth, Todd Conant and Kinsey Durgin working with him.  A chief aim of passive green houses is heating efficiency. This house has 18 inch thick walls which will be filled with oversized insulation panels; The History Club - This Old House:  Maple Lane Farm, West Bethel - Along with the former Mayville boarding house inns still standing also count the former Maple Lane Farm (owned by Edward P. Grover) boarding house for summer vacationers;  located on Barker Road in West Bethel. Like all of the boarding house inn farm houses, it is big.  During the farm’s boarding house years it operated much like the other Bethel boarding houses – picnics, berry picking and probably wagon trips for the boarders.

October 25 - New Director of Maine Mineral and Gem Museum Introduced - Gena Schwam is the new Director, Maine Mineral and Gem Museum in Bethel. Ms. Schwam moved here from the Queens Borough of New York City. Her office is currently at Mt Mann Jewelers. Historical Society lecture by Dr. Richard W. Judd - “The 1911 Weeks Act and Beyond: Saving ‘Second Nature’ in New England “ presented in the First Annual Howe Lecture series His talk covered the period from 1830 to recent years. Political clout came from big spenders in Boston who saw their favorite summer vacation hotels and lands about to be wiped out by terrific forest fires. This Old House: The Bartlett House and Visitors –The 1791 Bartlett House in Sunday River - . Patty Bartlett Sessions became a legendary figure from these times. Because Patty Bartlett lived with her family at the Bartlett house - Later and in history, Patty Bartlett Sessions was known simply as a Mormon midwife. But in 1846 she began a diary that made her and the record of her pioneering endeavors famous. Saturday’s Fly-In at Bethel Airport Four pilots, Tony Milligan, Gary Drown, Chris Merrill and Kenyon King, were giving rides and Diane Milligan was the Flight Coordinator a.k.a. Bethel Tower. Martin’s Lane:  Paved and Saved - North Bethel travelers were pleased to see that the Town of Bethel gave Martin’s Lane an excellent paving job. this fall.  Pat Carter had spoken up in favor of paving the road this year at a previous Board of Selectmen’s meeting. 1911: It’s the Hundredth Anniversary of  William Bingham, II, and William Upson came to Bethel; the Chevrolet was introduced; Bethel’s Board of Trade (chamber of commerce) held its first dinner meeting at the Prospect Hotel; the Weeks Act became law.


November 1- Clean up day at Bethel Riverside Cemetery Saturday, October 29th, was fall clean up day at Riverside Cemetery.  Fall clean up covers removing all loose material from the cemetery grounds including temporary memorials, remembrances, and ornamentation at family gravesites.  Carter’s Cross Country Ski Lodge - David and Anne Carter’s summer building project to expand their Middle Intervale ski lodge has turned out very nicely.  When the interior walls are finished with sheet rock, the panels will fit inside the framing in order to show off their masterpiece of construction. David Carter said about the new building, “It’s not for the money, it’s for the dream. Heating the building employs most of the “greens”.  It is a system that uses solar, geothermal, and wood – simple but very well laid out. Bethel Natural Gas Committee - Tuesday, October 25, the Ad Hoc Bethel Area Natural Gas Committee met at the Bethel town office. Jacqueline Cressy chaired the meeting. Those committee members present were Mrs. Cressy, Michael Steven, Scott Hynek, William Strauss, Dana Bullen, Joe Hallowell, and Tim Borchardt.  Mike Daniels attended for the Citizen. The gas committee is due a report to the selectmen on December 5.  At the (Bethel C of C)  EXPO -, Norway Savings Bank, at the head of the show in the Telstar gym- At the EXPO - Mahoosuc Kids - Lights on After School; Computer Solutions of Maine’s booth displayed accessories and services that friends or family would probably see as useful, appreciated gifts – items like a new mouse or new keyboard. Players, Poets and Painters Exhibit - Players, Poets and Painters Exhibit -Ross Timberlake writes - The traveling exhibit known as "Painters, Players, and Poets" will be opening at Gould Academy's Art Cottage on Nov. 4th.

November 8 - Sunday River, Saturday, November 5, skiing with  trails, 1 lift and 9 acres of snow.  Bethel snow depth was less than three inches and only a third of our driveway had any snow at all.  We were lucky. Our daughter reported that Flanders, NJ, where she lives, got 18 inches. By this last Sunday it was all gone. Oxford County Sheriff has moved its Bethel office to the Norway Savings Bank building. Bethel Water District has made connection to West Bethel system - Lucien Roberge reported we have already crossed Route 2 and made the connection to the system. Art Show and Reception at Gould Academy- Ross Timberlake has a Timberlake Shaker Chair in the exhibit. S. Timberlake Company- Ross and his father, Sam Timberlake, founded the S. Timberlake Company in Bethel in 1974. Senior College Players open their sixth year. Senior College Players have been rehearsing for the past two months at the Bethel Congregational Church, polishing up their nine comic and serious plays.  Next week they head for the Trustees Auditorium at Gould Academy to begin dress rehearsals. Oxford County Courthouse wood pellet heating news -  Monday’s Sun Journal reported that its new wood pellet heating system at Oxford County’s Courthouse was  up and running. Oil fired boilers were replaced with three wood pellet boilers from Maine Energy Systems of Bethel. New Construction in Birch Wood - A new home is going up in one of the large, west facing lots in Birch Wood.


Bruce Manzer pavement plant after relocating to Newry Corner

Bridge work: left Twin Bridges; Route 2 bridge over rail tracks

Brent Bachelder mural

Beauty and the Beast at Telstar.

Former Patti Bartlett Sessions homes in Newry

Left: Gena Schwam; below, art show at Gould

Senior College Players rehearsing

Above, building and opening of the Eddy at Newry Corner—below Dave Carter in new ski center addition

Top , Maple Grove Farm; left Elizabeth Von Trapp; below, the Jesper Kruse house going up beyond Artist Bridge

Above: selectmen candidate’s night; below at Town Meeting

Above: at Rotary Auction; left: new  barn at Carter’s Middle Intevale Farm.

Above: work on Sunday River in Bethel but near Newry town line; left, Doc Hudson celebrates 80th birthday at Funky Red Barn

Above and left: Shy, Novice and Closeted Art Show at Janet Willie’s homeArt Fair on Common and -


Below: Scenes from Molly Ockett Day and Tube and Treasure at Bethel Outdoor Adventure.

Bethel Journals News Highlights

May—November 2011

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