BETHEL – A slide show of historic views of Newry was followed by a panel discussion by six long-time Newry residents at the Bethel Historical Society’s Regional History Center on Nov. 10.

The session celebrated Newry’s bicentenary, which was officially observed earlier this year. At that time, the society also opened an exhibit on Newry through the years in the O”Neil Robinson House.

During the evening session, the panel of David Fleet, Frank Lowell, Jo-Ann Royer, Norm Davis, Sylvia Gray and Owen Wight discussed favorite Newry people though the years, how their lives had been affected by living in the town, changes over time, favorite spots and buildings, nature of the town character and predictions for the future.

Comments by one panel member unable to attend, Jane Young, were shared with the audience. A social hour with cider and doughnuts followed.

More information about the Bethel Historical Society and its activities may be obtained by calling 824-2908 or 800-824-2910, or by sending an e-mail to [email protected] Information can also be obtained by checking the Web site at The mailing address is P.O. Box 12, Bethel, ME 04217-0012.

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