The Western Mountains Senior College is presenting Down Home Maine: “Poetry of Bruce Guernsey,” on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Mill Hill Inn. Dr. Guernsey is a well-known poet and retired professor who lives part of the year in Bethel. He will read some of his poems and talk about how a poem goes from creation to publication. To read some of Dr. Guernsey’s poetry, go to www.bruceguernsey.com. Dr. Guernsey’s presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Western Maine Senior College at 824-2780.
On Sunday, Oct. 7, I participated in the 13th Annual Waterford Fall Foliage 5K. Two hundred fifteen participants finished the race, which raises money for the Tony Waldeier Scholarship Fund. Over the past twelve years this race has raised $30,500 in scholarship money for students in SAD 17. This year’s race winner was Timothy Even, 23, of Stoneham, who completed the race in 17:02. The first woman to cross the finish line was Jacqui Black, 18, of Naples who ran the race in 21:11. Twenty-seven children (ages 3 to 12) ran the 1-mile fun run. Congratulations to everyone who ran or walked this year.
Woodward Cranberry Farm has its “pick your own cranberries” sign out on the corner of Sawin Hill Road and Route 35 in Waterford. The farm has weekend hours, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. These cranberries are picked in a dry field, so there’s no need to wear boots. If you’re not familiar with the farm, there are pictures on their website at www.woodwardcranberryfarm.net.
A Blessing of the Animals will be held on Saturday, Oct.. 13, at 1 p.m. on the lawn of the Bethel United Methodist Church, 79 Main Street in Bethel. All animals are invited. The blessing will take place rain or shine.
Friends of the Bethel Dog Park are selling tee-shirts and stickers to help raise funds for construction of the park. The shirts have a drawing of two dogs and says “Friend of Bethel Dog Park.” Shirts cost $10 and are available in multiple sizes and colors. If you’d like one, you can e-mail me or come to one of the meetings of the dog park supporters, which take place the first and third Thursdays of the month at 6 p.m. in the Mahoosuc Land Trust Building on Route 2, next door to the Crossroads Diner.
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