Watch for news about a rescheduled Airport Community Day. Check the Town of Bethel website for announcements – www.bethelmaine.org.
Saturday, Oct. 29, at Crescent Park School, Bethel Outing Club Ski Sale.
Tuesday, Nov. 2, is voting day.
First Frost in Mayville
Well here it is Tuesday morning, Oct. 19, and at 7 a.m. potato field has a tint of white.
New House Sightseeing
First stop on our sightseeing was at the Merrill Hill development in Sunday River. There are two new buildings in this huge subdivision. Entrance to the development is from the Monkey Brook Road. A new terrific looking stone and natural stain wood gatehouse is located within sight of the Monkey Brook Road as well as a Merrill Hill sign. The gatehouse is really something to see. Looking in the doorway a welcoming fireplace catches your eye. The second floor looks like it could be used by a writer who needed seclusion to think and write. It has a rustic- style deck overlooking the access road.
Up the main road from the gatehouse at lot 70 is an almost-finished model house which we understood is now sold. This property is way up, and I mean way up there. It is a Colorado-style design for the mountains. If we heard correctly it has 3,000 square feet of living space distributed on three floors. The standout feature of the house is very wide overhanging eaves. Kathy thought that the open porch was exactly right for the house and its location. For many weeks the Merrill Hill’s ad in The Citizen has included an illustration of this house but to see it in real life is a big difference – for the better.
At Birch Wood, Savage Contracting is building a new house for a Portsmouth couple’s second home. This is also a three-floor home that faces west and has plenty of glass. This house is styled like two other Birch Wood homes. It has siding designed to reflect a log home appearance. Hays and I tour Birch Wood almost daily for our afternoon walk (particularly during hunting season). He is always anxious to check the grounds around new construction in hopes of finding any dropped food scraps.
Also, look at the online news (see link below) for photos taken from Lillian and Roger Conant’s home in the Irish Neighborhood. From the Conant’s living room they have a view of Tuckerman’s Ravine which now has a snow covering. You can see the photos of these three locations online at www.thebetheljournals.info/Bethel_News.pdf
Outdoor Center at Sunday River and much, much more
To add to last week’s news, Steve Wight e-mailed that it’s not snowmobiling that the center will offer but dog sledding. Steve wrote, “The planned activities at the Outdoor Center at Sunday River include xc skiing, snowshoeing, eating and dog sledding (not snowmobiling). They will be bringing mushers and dogs here from Michigan for the winter. Everyone wonders why they intend to use mushers from outside the area. My answer is that the management at Sunday River is trying to convince Corporate HQ in Michigan that they should own the Sunday River Inn property, and the friendly folks that they have chosen are well known to the Boyne owners.”
A Sept. 20 news release from Sunday River included this news about their Outdoor Center. “The new Sunday River Outdoor Center, in the former Sunday River Inn, will offer guests 35 kilometers of Nordic trails plus miles of well-marked snowshoe trails. Throughout the winter, the Sunday River Outdoor Center will provide families with a place to buy and rent Nordic equipment, grab a quick bite to eat, as well as participate in fun evening activities weekends and busy holiday weeks. Guests can also trade in their alpine ticket to use at the Outdoor Center the same day at no charge.”
I guess that news about dog sledding is being held up until Sunday River gets permits and facilities lined up. The Sunday River website does not have a link for the Outdoor Center yet, but if you use the look for box and type Outdoor Center there is a page and it has space for “your blah.”
Dec. 20 will be the 46th birthday for the Sunday River Inn. On that date in 1964, the owners, Eddie and Julie Daye and Bryce and Barbara Yates held an open house to announce the inn's official opening. The Bethel Citizen reported that two hundred or more well-wishers stopped and inspected this area’s newest accommodation for summer and winter sports enthusiasts. The inn sleeping space could accommodate up to 70 persons and the family- style dining area could seat thirty. A large lounge offers comfortable chairs, a stereo phonograph and a huge 8-foot fireplace.
In January 1971 Steve and Peggy Wight bought the Inn. In 1975 they added a building to house the ski touring center which also had a second-floor apartment. A deck connected the inn and ski touring center.
The grounds of the inn had once been a saw mill and lumber yard. After the mill was torn down by John Nowlin in the late 1920s/early '30s the mill's office building remained on site into the early 1940s. The old office was moved and is now part of the Sunday River Gems building.
After Steve and Peggy Wight had purchased the Inn, Jeff Parsons arranged for the area’s first Outward Bound winter classes to use the Inn as a base station for expeditions. Jeff told me this summer that the Inn served as the “Alice in Wonderland looking glass” through which new teen-age arrivals stepped to find out what Outward Bound really meant.
A Charlie Heino talk and reunion
Last Thursday about 28 friends and acquaintances of Charlie Heino gathered at the Moses Mason Museum to talk with and listen to Mr. Heino reminisce about his days in Bethel, his life story and his writing “Cobblestones to Hot Top” – a memoir of his life in Maine. After his talk a group of his former students from the days Mr. Heino both taught and held the position of principal at Crescent Park School gathered for a picture with their former teacher. Dr. Jack Trinward was in the audience and was probably mentioned the most often by the speaker. As Bethel’s dentist, he was often called upon by Mr. Heino to perform dental first aid for a number of Crescent Park students who were suffering from a mouth full of problems.
His book is available from Barnes and Noble and from Just Write Books. His story is unique in several ways –- one being a child with Polish and Finnish parents. But what impressed me most was that Mr. Heino’s book is the first one I have read where the author describes the steps to follow in getting a new bill introduced in the Maine legislature.
I think that his first job in Bethel started with my father hiring him to deliver milk. Charlie soon earned his membership in the Riverside Farms “Milkman’s Hall of Fame” –- his was a membership shared with such personalities as Hank Rolfe, Harry Kuzyk, Elmer “Bo” Bean and Bob Billings. (This is not to overlook the many others who came after him.) He was on the streets of Bethel very early in the morning. My parents soon found him to be reliable, serious but friendly and sociable. I believe that Charlie soon found that delivering milk was the best way to learn the town. Many years later Kathy and I walked into the Bethel Inn Tavern one evening and lo and behold there was Charlie with his laptop string base playing with the Tavern’s combo.
Bethel Riverside Cemetery
Last week witnessed two great moments in cemetery history as well as a successful fall clean-up day. First great moment, a completely restored gate, post and fence section was put back into place in the 1886 iron fence along the cemetery’s front. Richard Duka did the job and an excellent job it was. He had to replace much of the iron work that had rusted away. Second great moment, a survey of the complete cemetery has been completed by Gary Inman. Mr. Inman met with the cemetery association officers, Arlan Jodrey, Musa Brown and Roger Conant Saturday morning at the Bethel Regional Airport office (and passenger lounge) to review the results of his survey. Heretofore, the cemetery’s place on earth was recorded only as a collection of separate deeds. The association’s directors are grateful for Mr. Inman’s service for which he did most pro bono charging only a token fee.
In spite of a strong wind Saturday morning a crew of more than eight volunteers swept the avenues clean of debris. Some of the plants and trees that had overgrown the cemetery’s height limits or had become too bushy were either trimmed or removed. The association very much appreciates the help of the volunteers for a good fall cleanup.
Keeping the faith
Cemetery care requires volunteer work and donations of money. It is a golden rule trust to maintain the grounds and fences in a state which reflects dignity and respect for those buried there. Like the Golden Rule, those serving the call of duty today, place their trust in future generations to carry on the same level of care.