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    January 12, 2022

    Coolest new spot in Bethel

    BETHEL — An ice palace is making its way to Bethel and setting itself up to be the coolest spot in town. Inspiration came to the owner Lester Spear when he was in Quebec City and saw someone had built an ice castle at a winter festival he was attending. Right then and there he […]

  • Published
    January 12, 2022

    Greenwood Fire sets tough new policy

    GREENWOOD — Maine State Police Trooper Jason Wing attended the Greenwood Fire Department meeting on Jan. 5 to give a presentation on what firefighters can and cannot do according to Maine state law while responding to incidents in their private vehicles. Fire Chief Ken Cole  said he invited the trooper as a surprise guest because […]

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    January 12, 2022

    The history of Inland Woods, a brief lesson

    BETHEL — Gabe Perkins,  executive director at Inland Woods + Trails, stands outside behind the Bethel Inn facing a class from UMaine. Next to him stands Ryder Scott, director for the UMaine 4H Bryant Pond campus. Since the class is here for the Outdoor Leadership winter term curriculum, it’s decided to discuss the history of […]

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    January 12, 2022

    Conservationist Emily Ecker discusses energy

    WOODSTOCK — Emily Ecker, an active member of the community, involved with forest conservation, Take Action Bethel, and the AFCI, took a strong interest in the outdoors at young age. Growing up with a community forest in her backyard, she spent every free hour outside of school hiking through the woods. “So when people would […]

  • Published
    January 5, 2022

    Stitching books on a quilt for the Bethel Library

    The library buys 2,000 books every year, and currently has about 16,000 books in its collection. The library’s fiction committee researches the best-selling and trending fiction books every month to help guide purchases, which means the library has 60 to 75% of the New York Times best selling books available to check out every month.

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    January 5, 2022

    Above and Beyond: Brushing up on art class during the pandemic

    “It was really good for me to see the connections the kids were making. Especially at kindergarten, to have a kindergartner say that looks like a Pablo Picasso. I think it’s really cool and pretty amazing that a student at that age can recognize that,” says SAD 44 art teacher Ashley Broderick.

  • Published
    January 5, 2022

    2021: A Year in Review (Part II)

    July The District Exchange, a nonprofit organization that donates clothing to those in need, started looking for a new home. During the week of July 12, Director Dave Bean asked the Bethel Board of Selectmen if the exchange could use the vacant Ethel Bisbee Elementary School. It was believed the school was deteriorating, but selectman […]

  • Published
    January 5, 2022

    Bethel’s librarian retiring after 27 years assisting readers, researchers

    Michelle Conroy’s career started when she was 20 years old.

  • Published
    December 29, 2021

    Greenwood selectmen discuss broadband, lodging tax, and infrastructure

    The board also continued its waste plan discussions, with Bethel set to put forth a proposal the first week in January. Discussions will continue whether to consider one waste plant or two plants to manage the needs of Greenwood, Newry, Bethel and two other towns.

  • Published
    December 29, 2021

    Above and Beyond: Pre-K teacher finds routine pivotal

    Teacher Gina Welch stresses the importance of making sure her words are kind and loving. She also says to her students, “I smile under my mask, you can tell that my eyes are smiling. I can see you smiling under there. There are crinkles in your eyes.”

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