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  • Published
    February 5, 2019

    Bethel selectmen decline to move bike ban ordinance forward

    BETHEL — Selectmen voted 4-1 Monday not to send a citizen-initiated ordinance to ban bikes on streets with no bike lanes to the Ordinance Review Committee. Town officials learned from the Maine Municipal Association that parts of the ordinance would conflict with state law and therefore would not be legal or enforceable. Resident Rick Whitney […]

  • Published
    January 19, 2019

    Maine Tourmaline Necklace worn by governor for the first time

    BETHEL —”The Maine Tourmaline Necklace,” crafted with Oxford County gems in the 1970s by Bethel native Addison Saunders, has been worn over the years by the first ladies of Maine, often at inaugural events. On Jan. 3, it was worn for the first time by a governor. Janet Mills, the first female governor of Maine, wore […]

  • Published
    December 7, 2018

    Art center opens in Bethel

    BETHEL — A new arts center that features multiple purposes is open at Philbrook Place on Main Street. Owner Amy Halsted envisions Table Rock Arts Center as a place where “artists hang and display work. Musicians gather and teach. Writers write and hold readings. Meditation, yoga and healing movement classes are planned, and gardens support a place […]

  • Published
    December 6, 2018

    Christmas in Bethel

    The holiday season kicked off in Bethel Saturday with a variety of traditional activities. The “Jingle Bell Run” up Main Street in late afternoon drew dozens of people who rang bells (provided each year by Bevin Bells) and walked up the street with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who rode the back of a Bethel fire […]

  • Published
    November 8, 2018

    Local voting results mixed

    BETHEL — Tuesday’s election results in the Bethel area were a mixed bag, with Woodstock and Upton going for Republicans and Bethel and Newry going for some Democrats in the races that seemed to draw the most interest. Greenwood and Gilead were also split between the parties in those contests. A common theme, however, was voter […]

  • Published
    November 1, 2018

    Bus driver sign works, SAD 44 gets extension

    BETHEL — SAD 44 has received a second 30-day extension from the Bethel Planning Board in order to continue to advertise for school bus drivers using a temporary sign attached to a bus. The bus sign had been placed in the parking lot at Telstar earlier this year, under the Bethel Sign Ordinance’s provision that […]

  • Published
    October 18, 2018

    Bethel board endorses SAD 44 cost sharing formula proposal

    BETHEL — Bethel selectmen Monday unanimously endorsed a proposed SAD 44 cost-sharing formula change that district residents will vote on in a Nov. 6 referendum. “I move that we support it wholeheartedly,” said Selectman Don Bennett. Background Some officials and residents of School Administrative District 44 hope the proposed formula, which is more favorable to […]

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    October 4, 2018

    Special Bethel Town Meeting cancelled

    Grant funding is denied An Oct. 15 special Town Meeting in Bethel to decide on funding for proposed improvements to the Waste Water Treatment Plant has been cancelled. Interim Town Manager David Holt said he learned Friday that a USDA Rural Development program grant of $485,000 – that the town had expected to receive for the project – […]

  • Published
    September 27, 2018

    Bethel to hold special Town Meeting on sewer project funding

    BETHEL — Bethel selectmen have set October 15 as the date for a special Town Meeting to decide on funding proposed improvements to the Waste Water Treatment Plant that are expected to cost more than originally planned. Residents will be asked if they wish to continue with design and construction for improvements that had already […]

  • Published
    August 23, 2018

    Woodstock board ponders purchase of Grange building

    WOODSTOCK-Woodstock selectmen Tuesday discussed the possibility of the town buying the old Grange Hall building in Bryant Pond. Franklin Grange #124 is shutting down due to dwindling membership, and the state Grange organization is responsible for selling it, according to town officials. An appraisal of the property is currently underway, Town Manager Vern Maxfield told […]