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Sam Wheeler is a Staff Writer for the Bethel Citizen. He has worked there since June of 2018 and has spent his entire life in Greenwood. He covers a wide array of topics including town government, human interest, business and sports. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maine at Orono in May of 2018. In his spare time he loves going on spontaneous adventures, taking photos, hiking and cheering on his New England sports teams. He also enjoys riding snowmobiles, refinishing old wood products and body surfing in the ocean. A fun fact about Sam is that he recently traveled to Ghana, Africa, to help conduct Malaria tests in the city of Koforidua.

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  • Published
    July 14, 2021

    Bethel extends outdoor seating to Nov. 1

    BETHEL — Last week, selectmen agreed to extend outdoor seating for area businesses until November 1. Brian Simpson, who owns Butcher Burger restaurant, spoke on behalf of other businesses requesting for an extension, including Steam Mill Brewing and the Modern Barn. Both Steam Mill and Modern Barn had employees or owners were present at the […]

  • Published
    July 14, 2021

    New marijuana store to open

    WEST BETHEL — Locals David Pilgrim and Zach Parsons are aiming to open Mr. Medicinals, a medical cannabis dispensary, sometime this month. The store is located at 602 West Bethel Road in the building that was formerly the Only Place restaurant. Pilgrim and Parsons have been renovating the building since January. Anyone over 21 can […]

  • Published
    July 7, 2021

    Board to further review subdivision application

    GREENWOOD — On Monday, planning board members will continue to review an application for a proposed subdivision off Rowe Hill Road in Greenwood. The proposed subdivision, called “Twitchell Pond Overlook,” would consist of seven single family residential lots and one lot held onto by the owner, Paula Lamb. The property totals 34.5 acres and has […]

  • Published
    July 7, 2021

    Rocco Gammone wants to help anyway he can

    While pastoring will be Rocco Gammone’s full-time job at Pleasant Valley Bible Church, he made it clear he plans to do a lot more on top of preaching on Sunday morning’s.

  • Published
    July 7, 2021

    Bienstock joins Citizen staff

    BETHEL —  The Bethel Citizen is pleased to welcome Meira Bienstock as a staff writer. Bienstock will be replacing reporter Sam Wheeler. Bienstock brings a wealth of experience. A graduate of Indiana’s Ball State University, and having studied in London at City of Westminster College, she has interned for Elle Magazine in New York and […]

  • Published
    July 7, 2021

    Hitting golf balls with John Voight

    BETHEL — As local Phil Rolfe headed toward the Bethel Inn Pro Shop last Tuesday he noticed a couple getting their picture taken with someone. As he moved closer he realized that someone was actor Jon Voight. “Man I know who that is, that’s Jon Voight from the movie Deliverance,” Rolfe said. Rolfe’s line about […]

  • Published
    July 1, 2021

    Water District meets, reviews projects

    Scott Fraser, chairman of the Water District Board of Trustees, talks projects, changes and touches a little on the recent history of the district.

  • Published
    June 30, 2021

    Recreational cannabis store coming soon

    BETHEL — The Stoned Moose, soon to be Bethel’s first recreational marijuana store, got planning board approval last week by a vote of 4-1 with one board member recused. Members Dwayne Bennett, Jim Bennett, Carolyn Dunn and Meryl Kelly were in favor, with Laurie Winsor opposed and Cherie Thurston recused, because she recently sold property […]

  • Published
    June 30, 2021

    Festival of Hope all about post-pandemic fun in Bethel

    Aug. 14 event meant to uplift children and older adults particularly.

  • Published
    June 24, 2021

    Mural Project generates positive, negative feedback

      BETHEL — A mural containing several vibrant colors with the words “we go together, we grow together,” and “we are all family,” blended in will soon be complete at the Gem Theater. All four walls of the building are being painted different colors and three of the four walls will have words on them. […]

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