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    September 20, 2018

    Public hearing on SAD 44 cost-sharing formula change Oct. 3

    BETHEL – The SAD 44 School Board has scheduled a public hearing for Oct. 3 on a proposal to change the district’s budget cost sharing formula. The hearing will start at 6:30 p.m. at Telstar. A referendum vote on the question will take place on Nov. 6. A similar formula proposal was narrowly defeated in […]

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    September 13, 2018

    Quality of road project causes concern

    NEWRY — Newry residents expressed their displeasure of a recently completed pipeline project at Tuesday’s selectmen meeting. The town had hired a construction crew to install a snowmaking pipe underground on the Sunday River Rd., right before the turn onto the Monkey Brook Rd. The crew finished the job in July and replaced all but the […]

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    August 30, 2018

    Marijuana site drawing plenty of discussion

    BETHEL — On Aug. 14 the Bethel Planning Board did site walks of two separate medical marijuana facilities on the East Bethel Rd. The first walk took place at Mike Everett’s cultivation facility. Everett’s facility uses air exchange carbon filter system that, according to attendees, effectively eliminates any odor from his marijuana plants, making his facility […]

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    August 23, 2018

    Merlino ousted as School Board chairman

    BETHEL — It took three rounds of voting Monday for the SAD 44 Board of Directors to elect a chairman. Marcel Polak of Woodstock defeated incumbent Chairman Larry Merlino of Greenwood in an 8-6 vote. Polak and Merlino were the only members nominated. Merlino had served as chairman for the past year. Before the first vote, Merlino and […]

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    August 16, 2018

    Bethel planners consider medical marijuana application

    BETHEL — Bethel Planning Board members Wednesday began consideration of an application by Gabe Stoppini to build a medical marijuana facility on his property on the East Bethel Road. Stoppini wants to build a new processing facility and eventually plans to have employees work in the building. One of the reasons he is doing this is […]

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    August 9, 2018

    Greenwood stands up to corporate America

    No land closures planned “It’s great for the small town of Greenwood because it shows that corporate America cannot push little towns around as much as they think they can,” Greenwood resident Norm Milliard said. On Monday Greenwood voters overwhelmingly approved proposed amendments to the commercial wind farm section of a town ordinance, effectively banning […]

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    July 19, 2018

    New friends, new experiences, new joy

    (EDITOR’S NOTE: Sam Wheeler, staff writer for the Bethel Citizen, wrote the following blog while on a trip to Africa in May.) In late February, I got invited on an eight-day service trip to Ghana, Africa, by a group of close friends. The primary goal of the trip was to conduct malaria tests at the […]

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