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    Photographs, bumper stickers and old newspapers decorate two walls of the office of The Bethel Inn Resort owner Dick Rasor.

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    The Bethel Inn Resort

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    Dick Rasor, owner of The Bethel Inn Resort, talks with Kim Tibbetts, the inn's Millbrook Tavern and Grille bartender and server, on Tuesday morning. Rasor said that when he bought the inn in 1979, Bethel was a "dry" town and inn guests brought their own alcohol.

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    When Dick Rasor, owner of The Bethel Inn Resort, bought the inn in 1979, it came with this antique switchboard that his wife used to operate in the early 1980s.

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    Dick Rasor, 74, a former corporate executive from New York, bought the Bethel Inn in 1979 at the age of 39. He grew it from a $300,000-per-year business with 3,000 overnight guests to a $6 million-per-year business with more than 35,000 overnight guests. The inn, which opened in 1913, is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

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    A golf score card, circa 1920, left, is among the photos and memorabilia being showcased for The Bethel Inn Resort's 100th anniversary this year.

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    Among the art, photographs and memorabilia on the walls of The Bethel Inn Resort are these two portraits from owner Dick Rasor's history. He worked for the advertising agency of J. Walter Thompson, pictured at top. After buying the inn, Rasor was assisted by another employer, Milt Gossett, at bottom, president of Compton Advertising in New York.

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    Dick Rasor, a former corporate executive from New York who bought the Bethel Inn in 1979, stands beside a Tiffany bronze plaque that greets visitors in the lobby. It acknowledges the inn's first owner and five of his patients who helped build and subsidize it for many years. The Bethel Inn Resort is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

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