BETHEL — Selectmen unanimously approved a request for the Telstar senior class to use the town common for its parade on Tuesday, June 8. Like last year, graduates will stand by their posters six feet apart while family and friends circle the common in their cars saluting the class.

With the boards approval, Telstar Prinicpal Mark Kenney said he will now contact the town fire department and the Oxford County Sheriffs Office about helping lead the parade and assisting with traffic control.

In other news, Brandon Merry from Maine Adaptive, a year-round recreation program for children and adults with disabilities, informed selectmen that the program plans to use the basketball court in town for pickle ball on some Friday mornings throughout the summer and into fall. The current dates run from early July to late October and Maine Adaptive would be using the courts from 9 a.m. to noon.

Maine Adaptive is also planning to use the Davis Park pathway, according to Merry. He said there is a women’s bike ride slated for June 5, with a start time of 9 a.m. Bikers will ride from Davis Park to Valentine Farm and back. The ride is limited to 25 participants. Merry told town officials that the pathway would remain open to other people during the ride.

Town Manager Loretta Powers said she has received more requests from people looking to have the free table at the transfer station reopened. After a brief discussion, selectmen  opted to keep the table closed due to limited staffing at the transfer station. Powers added that even before the table was closed because of the pandemic it was a challenge for transfer station employees to monitor, not only because of a staffing shortage, but also because not everyone followed the rules.

Monday’s meeting wrapped up with Select Woman Lori Swain thanking Selectman Pete Southam for his service on the board. After nine years on the board, Southam has chosen not to seek re-election.

“I want to say thank you for all you have taught me over the years. It’s been a pleasure working with you,” Swain said.

“It’s been fun and I’ve learned a tremendous amount,” Southam said.

Running for the open seat on the board are residents Pat McCartney and Tabaitha Steward. Voting takes place on June 8.


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