National Wildlife Refuge Week is Oct. 14-20. Activities are being held at refuges across the country to celebrate the protection of millions of acres of wildlife habitat. Each state has at least one wildlife refuge. Maine has eleven refuges, including the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, which Maine shares with New Hampshire. The Umbagog refuge, which is less than 40 miles from Bethel, is home to more than 200 kinds of birds, including bald eagles and loons, and is one of the best local places to view moose. For more information on the wildlife refuge network and special activities this week, you can visit www.fws.gov/refuges.
The Bethel Library is currently displaying a beautiful quilt by Ginger Kelly. The quilt, with a floral pattern and shades of blue and brown, is titled Belize Breeze I. The quilt is part of the library’s ongoing display of quilts by local artists. Visitors can view the quilt in the library’s front room.
Seven dogs, accompanied by their owners and family members, attended the Blessing of the Animals at the Bethel United Methodist Church on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Orlando and Claudette Fraser returned to their home in Vidalia, Ga., last week after spending time visiting family and friends in the Bethel area.
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