Although there are predictions of 60-degree weather this week, at this writing (Monday) the temperature is 47 degrees, the sky is gray, and the air is damp and raw. It really feels like fall.
On Saturday morning Mike and I headed over to Hanover, N.H., to visit a cousin and especially to see our granddaughter, Elisabeth, playing rugby with her Brown University teammates against the Dartmouth women’s rugby team. It was a beautiful, sunny day, too warm for the heavy jacket I wore, but delightful nonetheless. The Brunos defeated the Dartmouth Greens, 42-7! Elisabeth showed herself to be a very useful team member, which made us proud.
After the game we were able to spend some quality time with Elisabeth, as well as with her boyfriend, Kirill Samanov, a 2010 graduate of Brown. He was up from his job in New York City to help celebrate E’s 21st birthday last Thursday. And of course, we spent the night and had a great reunion with cousin Sandra Hoeh.
A note from Rosabelle Tifft contained the following announcement: The To Your Health committee of Western Mountains Senior College will hold a program on "Family Caregiving: Guiding You Through the Rewards and Challenges Ahead," on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Bethel Congregational Church chapel, Church Street, Bethel. The committee has had many requests for this topic, and an experienced presenter, Laurie Winsor, marketing director for Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, will be on hand to discuss the topic. Free admission, light refreshments. Resource materials will be available. For more information call Rosabelle Tifft at 824-2053.
The Doyles have written to announce that they are the new management team at the Bethel, Maine, Hostel, 646 West Bethel Road. They include the reminder that they have seasonal apartments available over the hostel, both two- and three-bedroom units. The units are being refurbished with new paint, new linens, comforters and new tv sets — all sorts of upgrades. The units include wi-fi, dishwasher, washer, dryer, all utilities, and a complimentary weekly cleaning! Doyles are offering a free night at the hostel to folks who would like to come up to see the units.
The community room at the hostel is newly painted and just beautiful. Some photos have been posted to Deb’s Facebook page. The Doyles are also on Facebook at Bethel Maine Hostel; on the web at www.snowboardinghouse.com; and you can make online reservations at www.hiusa.org.
Don’t forget that they are open this season and are excited to see one person or a group big enough to fill the whole hostel. All are welcome. Just this past week there were guests from Thailand, Germany and Israel. That’s exciting. You’re invited to stop by for a look-see. The hostel is open for visitors at 5 p.m. daily.
I spoke to Linda Westleigh, and she tells me that Annie and Brandon Costello and their two little ones are ensconced at Fort Drumm, N.Y. They are currently in temporary base housing, awaiting permanent housing. Meanwhile, they are getting along fine — making friends, learning their way around. As soon as they have a permanent address, they’ll let us know so that their friends here in Bethel can be in touch.
A new adventure for me started on Monday, when I began working at the Bethel Library. This week I am sitting in for Gina Douglass, but hereafter I’ll be a regular on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. I look forward to seeing you there!
Don’t forget the Bethel Outing Club annual ski sale, this Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. As always there will be some great bargains in winter sports equipment. Be there or be square!
Enjoy the sunny days, and be in touch: email@example.com; 824-2917.