AFCI Conversations

As summer approaches, we’re looking forward to all that garden produce – fresh lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and so much more.  Of course, not everyone has a garden but, in our community, that‘s not a barrier.

Do you know about the opportunities for accessing fresh produce and other foods?  Come join us for the first of our AFCI Conversations, this one on “Food and our Community.”  It will be facilitated by Bonnie Pooley, Meryl Kelly (both representing local farms), and Dave Bean (Food Pantry).

They have lots of information to share, and they’ll be particularly interested in your questions and ideas.  Do come (it’s free): Telstar Library, Tuesday, May 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Come in the front door.  We’re suggesting that folks wear a mask.  If you can’t join us in person, you can Zoom in:

(Meeting ID: 753 5035 2515, Passcode: sq96AD).

Speaking of food opportunities, the Bethel Area offers community suppers on the last Wednesday of each month, from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Bethel Alliance Church. Eat in or take out.


And the Bethel Food Pantry is open the first and third Wednesday of each month, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Community announcements

Green-up Day, Saturday, May 7 at 9 a.m. In Bethel (meet at Davis Park), Greenwood (Town Office, Gore Road), Newry (Town Office, 422 Bear River Road), and Woodstock (Bryant Pond Ballfield). Wear gloves and brightly colored clothing; bags will be provided. At noon a free BBQ lunch will be provided at the Bryant Pond Ballfield.

To find out what’s going on in the area, to go Bethel Chamber of Commerce at and The Gem Theater at

Bethel Alliance Church hosts conversation, coffee and a bagel or doughnut, every Thursday, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; come for one hour or all four.

MSAD 44 Adult and Continuing Ed tech help in available on Tuesday evenings. The sessions are free, but call to reserve a time: 824-2136, x 1340.


Health alerts

Another blood pressure drug has been recalled.  See a complete recall list at

What are the possible risks and potential benefits of a low-dose daily aspirin regimen to prevent heart attacks and strokes?  See what the experts are saying:

Eight knee exercises for reducing pain:

All AFCI services are free.  To request an N2N ride or a Handy Neighbor Household Chore, call 207-824-4444.

For information, inquiries and suggestions, email [email protected], visit our FaceBook page or our website at  We love to hear from you, and you’re welcome to visit our monthly board meetings.

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