Stories about Woodstock


1850 lifesaving bell now tolls for souls in Bryant Pond church

WOODSTOCK — Ken Hoyt will ring the Bryant Pond Baptist Church bell at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, signaling the start of interim Pastor Cal Fuller's worship service. Hoyt and others before him have rung the bell every Sunday back to April 8, 1906, the day after the 1850


Wind power watchers to 'wait and see'

WOODSTOCK — Leola Ballweber, president of the Friends of Spruce Mountain, said Monday that she and others concerned with the construction of a 10-tower wind farm on Spruce Mountain will “wait and see” what happens next as phase one of the project gets under way. Ballweber... 1


Woodstock congregation building church

WOODSTOCK — The Seventh-day Adventist Church has begun construction on its new church and school building. The building will replace three structures that house the church, the Forestdale Christian School and the a food pantry, which church officials say is a vital community service...


Woodstock twister upgraded to F1

WOODSTOCK — The National Weather Service has upgraded Wednesday afternoon's tornado in Bryant Pond Village from an F0 to an F1 after felled trees were found off Gore Road. Meteorologist Dan St. Jean said Friday by email that while scouting the woods on Thursday afternoon where the to...


Route 232 resurfacing set for 2012 pending Legislature OK

WOODSTOCK — Temporarily fixing the bone-jarring ride on Route 232 between Woodstock and Rumford is up to the Legislature. But the Maine Department of Transportation won't put the project out to bid until next year should legislators OK the department's 2012 Work Plan, Mark Hume, MDOT...


School budget expected to rise 5 percent

ANDOVER — The SAD 44 board all but approved a proposed 2011-12 operating budget of $9.6 million at their meeting Monday. Superintendent David Murphy said official action will be taken at the April 25 board meeting at Woodstock Elementary School. The proposed figure does not in...


Woodstock voters approve $1 million budget Monday

WOODSTOCK — In a little less than two hours, 83 town voters approved all but one of the 40 articles on the municipal warrant. In all, about $1 million in spending was approved. The only article rejected was a citizen request for the Board of Selectmen to appoint a committee to cre... 1


Wind farm developer offers $120,000 to save teaching jobs

WOODSTOCK — A Massachusetts-based wind developer announced early Friday evening that it has offered to donate $120,000 to SAD 44 to save three teaching jobs at Woodstock Elementary School. Todd Presson, chief operations officer of Patriot R... 11


State IDs animal as dog, not wolf

WOODSTOCK — A large canine struck and killed at night on Feb. 1 on Route 26 by a pickup truck was a dog and not a wolf or wolf hybrid as was widely surmised. Maine regional wildlife biologist Chuck Hulsey said Tuesday in Carrabassett Valley that the “wolf” was actually a ...


Schools' futures to be decided Monday

BETHEL — The SAD 44 board is expected to decide Monday whether or not to close the Andover and Woodstock elementary schools. The meeting is at 7 p.m. in the Telstar High School library. About 75 people turned out at a board meeting Monday, with most advocating to keep the Wood... 2