Thursday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m. Lecture and Book Signing: "Cobblestone to Hot Top: A Life in Maine." Author and former Bethel school administrator Charles Heino will discuss his years in the community, as well as his recently published memoir, "Cobblestone to Hot Top: A Life in Maine." Mason House exhibit hall; 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 16, at Bethel Regional Airport - Second Annual Fall Foliage Community Event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Also 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at Riverside Cemetery -- meeting for a boundary survey review by Gary Inman followed by a cemetery clean=-up day. Bad weather - meet at Airport Office.
Winter Business on Stage
The Cross Excavation and Trucking Company has added a new line to their work. It has set up a temporary firewood mill on the lot next to Mayville Junction on Route 2. The mill has a sawing and splitting capability. Buyers will receive free local delivery. Telephone number to call is 824-3473. It looks like a good deal to me. They have a truckload of firewood logs parked on the lot ready to feed the mill.
At the Mayville Junction building, a new ski business has moved into one of the front retail spaces - Best Tunes - Ski and Board Shop. However, two of the previous signs, Envoy Mortgage and Western Maine Water Service, have come off the sign kiosk .
Outdoor Center at Sunday River is a new winter sports center on the Skiway Road. It will be housed in the former Sunday River Inn and Ski Touring Center. The resort has leased the building. It will offer cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and a café.
As one of the Outdoor Center's occupants, Maine Made Furniture has taken over the main floor of the former inn with a furniture show room and sales desk. Brian Phelps was running the new outlet last Saturday. When I walked in to see what was going on, a couple who had just purchased a cabinet coffee table was getting ready to move it to their car. Maine Made Furniture operates from the mill located on Route 2 in Rumford where their products are manufactured. What was news to me, Brian said that the company had bought Bethel Furniture Stock.
Selectmen's Monday meeting:
First item on the agenda was: Discuss Mayville sewer extension. Bethel Outdoor Adventure, Jeff Parsons, explained that he had initiated the request so that his business could use the Bethel sewer system. Also, he expected that any work in that direction would be expandable to all of Mayville (along Route 2 at least as far as the Irving Station).
Mr. Parsons had contracted with the same engineering firm that did the Mayville sewer plan in 2006 and the results of an updated engineering review were presented to the selectmen as three options. Mr. Parsons said that at this point he was asking the board for approval of the concept to expand the town sewer line into Mayville, and part of this plan would involve installing a pumping station on his property. The Parsons would donate land for the pump site to the sewer line's development. Included in the discussion was Rob Gundersen, Mark Allenwood, P.E., Brown and Caldwell Environmental Engineers, and Steve Etheridge from Roosters Roadhouse.
Discussion then centered on how much money, where was it to come from and property owner acceptance. A sewer pipe across the Androscoggin to Mayville was part of the recreational bridge construction in 2005. It was brought out that extending the system would bring in considerable revenue which would be a plus; it is the initial capital outlay issue, determining property owner charges and hook-up rules which must be resolved. The selectmen (Jack Cross and Dennis Doyen were absent) voted to go ahead with a conditional approval of the plan but required additional details and identification of fund sources.
Davis Park parking: Two plans were presented for consideration. The slightly more limited plan of the two was accepted. A start date for construction at the park has not been set at this time.
Bank service award: The board voted to contract with Northeast Bank for the town's banking service.
Cole Block roof leaks: The extent of leaks into the building and into in some cases the meeting room/planning assistant's area has grown to the point of fixing the leaks is essential (put off no longer). The decision was to include Cole Block roofing in next year's budget.
Highway and road classification: The town manager briefly explained how the MDOT is the state agent for re-classifying Maine roads as major or minor. Minor roads would become the town's responsibility to maintain. Bethel could be hit with an additional 17- plus miles of road maintenance costs under the plan as it stands now. Ironically (and out of date with the current routes for 5 and 35), Main Street is now classified as a major or state road.
Citizen complaints about Sheriff Operations: Check The Citizen for the telephone number and e-mail address to use to communicate complaints to the Sheriff's Office.
Oxford County Sheriff's website is www.oxfordcountysheriff.com the phone numbers for the Sheriff's Office are 743-9554 and (800) 733-1421. News about the assumption of Bethel law enforcement responsibilities by the Oxford County Sheriff's Office is part of the website. Bethel residents having non-emergency reasons to contact law enforcement should go directly to the sheriff's office.
Project America Run:
Thursday, Mike Ehredt, a retired Postal Clerk and Army Veteran, passed through Bethel along Route 2 on his jogging voyage from the Pacific to the Atlantic to honor and remember service members lost in Iraq. Mr. Ehredt is an Idaho resident. Unfortunately, his brief appearance and the spirit he symbolized was a complete surprise to practically all who saw him pass by. The Oxford County Sheriff's Department was providing safety and security coverage for his party as they came by our house around 1:20 p.m. on Thursday. Jeri Greenwell had alerted me in advance but otherwise the road was bare of onlookers and well wishers. As of 9:30 Tuesday morning Mike was headed south on US Route 201 toward Augusta.
At Sunday River Ski Resort's South Ridge plaza a record large crowd attended the day's festivities last Saturday when we made the rounds. We had to park in the overflow lots next to Sno Cap Lodge. Our tour map included the arts and crafts, the music under a tent and watching the people. Of the thousand-plus people there I saw two whom I recognized - Tineke Ouwinga and Diana Polli. Chondola rides attracted a long line including those with mountain bikes waiting for a lift to the top. Another crowd pleaser was a wood sculpting craftsman carving bears.
The Gem Dig at Bethel Outdoor Adventure is getting a more permanent shelter constructed over its "digs."
The Gould Academy Competition Program and Sunday River held an Equipment Day at the field house on Saturday.
Broad Street has received a re-graded subsurface awaiting a topping of pavement.
The Sunday River Road from Route 2 to the Newry line has been visited again by survey crews -- hopefully a signal that rebuilding the road will happen within my lifetime. The last major project was at the end of the '40s when the town relocated an uphill twist of the road known as "The Alps" to its current path which was closer to Sunday River. Soon after this "new" section opened heavy rain and a swollen river flooded it, forcing drivers back to The Alps.
Work on the Davis Park segment of MLT/Bethel Park to Gateway trail has been started. A gravel pathway along the river side of highway guard rails has been finished.
Our fall foliage was making its colorful farewell for this year over the weekend. While I was taking a photo of the Broad Street roadbed and Bump sign a lady from Paradise stopped to tell me that the view from the top of Paradise in the clear area was magnificent. (She first asked me if I was a visitor.) As I turned around Bob Chadbourne and Ben Kellogg drove up to comment on my news gathering. But I got their photo in return. So the three foliage photos of 2010 for me were Paradise - North East, Paradise - West (taken from the Chadbourne's domain) and the view toward Goose Eye taken from the Sunday River Golf Club.
To see photos that tag along with this week's news visit: www.thebetheljournals.info/Bethel_Newspaper.pdf