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Smithcrossing reunion RUMFORD — A Smithcrossing reunion will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at the Sons of Italy. There will a hamburger and hot dog barbecue and games. Cost for adults and children is $6, no charge for children under 4. The event is ope...

53rd annual Gem and Mineral Show this weekend

BETHEL — The Oxford County Mineral and Gem Association of Maine will have more dealers at its 53rd annual Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show this weekend. It will be held at Telstar Regional High School on Route 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 12, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jul...

Bethel Art Fair attracts good crowds despite wind — and it's open Sunday, too

BETHEL — Despite Tropical Storm Arthur's winds knocking over displays and exhibit canopies, Saturday's 25th annual Bethel Art Fair was attracting sizable crowds. Many people were buying art being sold by 51 exhibitors of paintings, photography and artisanship. This is also the first ...

Bethel residents to vote on fluoride in drinking water

BETHEL — Selectmen on Monday unanimously voted to call a special town meeting for Sept. 8 to vote on whether to continue adding fluoride to the town drinking water. Fluoride is touted as a deterrent to tooth decay. Bethel has been adding it to the water since a town vote in 1970....

Wet weather, fungi combo proving deadly for Maine state tree

BETHEL — Maine's state tree, the Eastern white pine, is looking rather ragged across Western Maine this month. The trees are primarily suffering from overwatering by Mother Nature for the past eight years. That's allowed a suite of fungi to flourish and attack. The white pine ...

Bethel Historical Society summer events receive support

BETHEL — Since 1966, the Bethel Historical Society has sponsored special summer events that enrich the lives of Society members, local residents and visitors from around the world. Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, these events are made available to the general public free of ch...

This week's agenda

Tuesday Buckfield: Selectmen, 6:30 p.m., Municipal Center Sumner: Planning Board, 7 p.m., Town Office Woodstock: Selectmen, 5 p.m., Town Office Woodstock: Planning Board, 7 p.m., Town Office Thursday Bethel: Recreation Board, 7 p.m., Town Office Ca...

This week's agenda

Tuesday Rumford: Board of Assessors, 3 p.m., Municipal Building Rumford: Charter Commission, 6 p.m., Municipal Building Woodstock: Selectmen, 5 p.m., Town Office Woodstock: Planning Board, 7 p.m., Town Office Wednesday Rumford: Planning Board, 7 p.m., Mun...

Richard 'Dick' Douglass

PORTLAND — Richard "Dick" Douglass, 83, of Bethel died on Saturday, June 28, at Maine Medical Center after a brief illness. Dick was born Feb. 25, 1931, in Bethel, the son of Fred and Olive (Austin) Douglass. He graduated from Gould Academy in 1951 and went on to serve in The Nationa...

New Hampshire man dies in Bethel crash

BETHEL — A New Hampshire man died Sunday afternoon when a car struck his motorcycle on Route 2 in Bethel. Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant said Timothy Daigle, 43, of New Boston, N.H., was driving west on Route 2 when a car driven by Steven Thomas, 52, of Califon, N.J., and Bethel...