The Age-Friendly Community Initiative wishes we were able to help older adults cope with clearing snow after a storm. We can’t, but we suggest you look in Team Bethel, where people often advertise their services:

What AFCI can do is deliver sand to your home for tending to those icy patches. Call our service number (see below).

If you’re nervous driving on snowy roads, you may call our N2N (Neighbor to Neighbor) Rides program. Besides transporting you to medical appointments, they can also take you shopping, to the movies, to a friend’s house, or to any of the community activities listed below. They’d like a little advance notice to find an available driver: whenever possible, please call at least 3 days ahead (number below).


The Chamber website ( claims that next week is Seniors Week, which partly includes:

•  Monday, January 23, 4-5 p.m. at Telstar, the Senior College hosts Martha McLean on the topic of Estate Planning and MaineCare ($5 + WMSC $25 annual membership fee).


•  Tuesday and Thursday, 1-2, AFCI Walk the Gym at Gould Academy’s Field House (no fee or registration).

•  Wednesday, January 25, 4:30-6 p.m., free Community Supper at the Bethel Alliance Church.

•  Thursday, January 26, 6-9 p.m. at The Gem Theater, Golden Oak Band, sponsored by BAAM (“Pay What You Can” to benefit BAAM).

•  Thursday, 9-11:30 p.m. at Suds Pub, Hoot Night with Denny Breau.

•  And always: movies Fridays–Mondays at The Gem Theater (

•  Thursday, February 2 (snow date February 9), 4:30-6 p.m. at the West Parish Congregational Church – “Atrial Fibrillation: Old Questions – New Answers” (Dr. Daniel van Buren, Board Certified Cardiologist and popular speaker for the Senior College’s “To Your Health”).

The Bethel Food Pantry is such a valuable asset to our community! It has now changed to a Client Choice model: clients can stop their car, go inside and shop, one client at a time – only the foods they want. They then fill out a checklist form, and volunteers pack their bags and load them into their cars. Shopping hours are expanded to Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, 9-11. Thank you, Dave Bean, Mary McVey, and all their devoted volunteers!

All AFCI services are free. To request an N2N ride or a Handy Neighbors chore: 207-824-4444. For information, inquiries, and suggestions – email:, visit our Facebook page or website We love to hear from you!

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