To the Editor:

Each year, the Bethel Rotary Club commits itself to help make our communities better places to live, work, and play. The annual Rotary 5K and 1 mile, which has existed for 7 years, has raised more than $35,000 to invest, specifically, into helping the youth of the Bethel area access after-school and enrichment activities. Some of the programs that have benefitted from this are: Mahoosuc Kids Association, Telstar Youth Football, Mt. Abram after-school ski program, Telstar/Sunday River Ski Program (Bethel Recreation Program), Toe, Tap & Jazz Dance School, Western Maine Budo Arts, Bethel Historical Society Thursdays at the Museum Program; Paint, Doodle, Create art classes, CPS Instrumental music program, Camp Susan Curtis and more.

All of what we do is made possible through partnerships with generous businesses and individuals! A huge thanks to HealthReach Community Health Centers for their Presenting Sponsorship each year! Additionally, the following sponsors stepped up this year: Bancroft Contracting, Cassie Mason Real Estate, Bethel Beverage Company, Bethel Family Dentistry, Bethel Station Chiropractic, Blair Industries, Carver Woodworking, Carter’s Cross Country Ski Center, Cho Sun Restaurant, Clearwater Builders, Community Energy/Brooks Bros, Cochecho Family Dentistry, Craig Harris Associates, Cross Excavation/Doug Jones Inc, Dave Duguay, County Commissioner, Doug Zinchuk Roofing, Field Plumbing & Heating, Gneiss Spice, Good Food Store & Catering Co, GraceNote Inn, Bill Hamel Auto Repair, Holidae House, Jar Co., LLC, Lisa Keim, State Senator, Bob & Lynn Laux, Kelly O. Newkirk, CPA and Kowloon’s Chinese Restaurant.

Also, Mahoosuc Realty, Maine Street Realty, Michael Steven & Associates, Newry Mall, LLC, Northeast Bank, Norway Savings Bank, Pooh Corner Farm & Greenhouses, Riverview Resort, Sally Harkins Real Estate, Smokin’ Good BBQ, Sport Thoma, Stony Brook Recreation, The Dan Gray Family, The Glen House, Sunday River Ski & Snowboard Club, The Bethel Inn Resort, The Schaefer Family, The Thomas Agency, Western Maine Budo Arts, Western Maine Supply Co., Western Maine Home Builders, The Sudbury Inn, True North Adventureware, Bethel Shop & Save and our event host Mahoosuc Land Trust. Thanks to all of these companies for their generosity!

As an organization, our volunteers are typically our members and Friends of Rotary. Many thanks to Dr. Kevin Finley, Mary Scanlon, Antje Schaefer, Michele Cole, Julie Hart, Richard Tummon, Scott Parker, Richard Kenney, Brenda Blond, Mark Beck, Jean Benedict, Mary Smith, Steve Smith, Scott Hynek, Lucy Abbott, Steve Wight, Brenda Minor, Scott Lane, Mac McConathy, Robin Zinchuk, Todd DeMaio, Heather Whitney, Samantha Wormwood, Kaylina Diedricks, Randy Deroche, and Mike Grass. Thanks also to our timer, Randy Easter.

Thanks to the runners and walkers of all ages who turn out for the event each year! What a terrific community we are blessed to live in.


Dr. T. Kevin Finley, DO

Robin Zinchuk

Event directors


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