Saturday, Oct. 29, at Crescent Park School, Bethel Outing Club Ski Sale.
Tuesday, Nov. 2, is voting day.
Thursday, Nov. 4, from 4:30-to 6 p.m. at the Congregational Church the Western Maine Senior College will host Irving and Judith Isaacson who will talk about their World War II experiences –- from spying to imprisonment. The meeting is open to the public at no charge as a program in the Down Home Maine series.
Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Bethel Congregational Church in Garland Chapel: the Western Mountains Senior College will hold a program on "Family Care-giving: Guiding You Through the Rewards and Challenges Ahead." Laurie Winsor, marketing director for Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, will be on hand to discuss the topic. Her talk will offer helpful information not only for current caregivers but to anyone interested in knowing more about it. Admission is free. There will be light refreshments and a variety of resource materials available. FMI call Rosabelle Tifft at 824-2053.
How others see us
Yankee Magazine rated Bethel No. 2 in ranking 25 top foliage towns in New England. Kent, Conn., placed first. Kent is located in western Connecticut east of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Judging the towns was based on 14 categories -- color, scenery, vistas, water reflections, drives, hikes, culture, farmers market, orchards, parks, covered bridges, being away from crowds, shopping, food and lodging. Bethel did well in the drives, scenery, vistas, hiking, color, covered bridges (Bethel’s area included Newry) and being away from crowds, 5 points each category. We got only two points for culture and shopping. I gave Randy Bennett the news about our culture rating so he could think about that one. Shopping though is another ball of wax.
Did shopping mean residents and visitors or just one or the other? Another aspect of the shopping question is: Does the shopping judge know what is here? Since the topic was foliage towns, I assumed the shopping test question was aimed at visitors seeking foliage. Here the issue might be how does an accomplished mall shopper cope with “shopping” in a town like Bethel? At an indoor mall and at most strip malls one can window shop without having to decide to enter a certain mall vendor’s “shop” to see what the goods being sold there are. Bethel’s shopping arrangement does not have the benefit of endless rows of store front windows where the owner’s wares are easily and casually seen. A shopper has to make a commitment to cross a threshold and enter –- a commitment some may wish to avoid. Actually Bethel’s only true shopping mall is Philbrook Place and that seems a good fit for a town like Bethel. (It is culturally authentic, too –- good for at least two more points in the culture column.) In town window shopping seems best at Ruthies Boutique, Maine Line Products and (on the lawn) at Linda Clifford’s.
So coming down to the bottom line of shopping, how do visitors find out what’s here? The 60-and-over crowd probably do not carry a laptop with them so that they can Google local shopping. If they or their younger cohorts did Google search for “Bethel Maine shopping” there is a quick positive response and -- surprise; it is a website operated by Choice Funding (now merged with Envoy Mortgage). The site has 11 shopping places with photos of the stores and links to the owners’ website. Choice Funding also has a website responding to the question “Bethel Maine accommodations.”
So looking ahead to next year’s foliage rating exam, should all lodging places offer free Wi Fi? Right now only three Bethel lodging places do. Otherwise, should Bethel shopkeepers collaborate on an indoor mall? –- just to pass the foliage rating exam.
To see the Yankee story online go to http://www.yankeefoliage.com/index.php
Outward Bound News
Caroline Blair-Smith wrote about one of the special programs for professionals that took place last week at Outward Bound’s Newry Mountain Center.
The client was the Institute for Civic Leadership (www.civicleadership.org). Their Outward Bound course consisted of workshops on bringing out the best in themselves and their colleagues as well as problem solving initiatives like a ropes course. All of these personal, interpersonal and technical skills were tested at the end of the program with an elaborate, time pressured, search and rescue scenario.
ICL uses their three-day Outward Bound program as the kick-off for a nine-month program that studies the challenges facing Maine today and brings some of the best minds and hearts in the state together to tackle them.
The program was led by Newry resident Cindy Brown.
The ICL’s website explains that the Institute was founded in 1993 following a study by the Unum Charitable Foundation, which revealed the need to rejuvenate and rebuild Greater Portland’s civic leadership. Development of the institute since 1993 has included a number focused leadership programs including health leadership programs.
One of the close-to-home cases where ICL leadership innovation has occurred involved The Nature Conservancy and the LURC (land use commission) when the issue of expanding LURC authority over unorganized territories called for cool tempered productive negotiations.
Explorers and Huskies
Recently the Western Maine Senior College hosted a talk and book signing by Mary Morton Cowan. Ms. Cowan spoke about the preparation and writing of her new book which covers the research and Arctic exploration of Commander Donald Baxter MacMillan. Charlene Chase forwarded three photos taken at the Cowan meeting for this week’s Bethel News online.
Many important figures from history had the opportunity to speak to a Bethel audience at Odeon Hall. Commander MacMillan was one of them. John Greenleaf’s father and Danna Nickerson’s grandfather, Dr. Sherman S. Greenleaf, held the appointment of Veterinary Surgeon for Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s second Antarctic expedition in 1933. Dr. Greenleaf had charge of 150 sled dogs. He held the same position again in 1939 for Byrd’s third expedition to the Antarctic. The dogs were housed at the Chinook Kennels in Wonalancet, N.H. In the 1943 to 1945 school years at Gould, a girl from the Crane family who were part of the Chinook Kennels family enrolled at Gould. She apparently got permission to bring some of the Huskies with her. The dogs' kennels were set up in back of the girls’ dorm, Gehring Hall, and Miss Crane took care of them.
Gould Academy adopted the Husky as a school mascot (circa 1945). Thereafter Gould athletic teams were known as the Huskies. A Husky profile was the academy’s logo on its sweatshirts sold through the school bookstore in the 1940s and '50s.
Mt. Will View
Sunday afternoon we nosed up the Will View Road to see what was going on in the Mt. Will View Phase II development.The overall Mt. Will View subdivision looks like it has over thirty houses of a variety of styles –- all are most attractive and in keeping with their natural surroundings.
The second reason for checking out this project is that my grandparents' house stands as a sort of entrance landmark to this subdivision. Ed and Minnie Bennett built their retirement home in 1946 on the site now occupied by the Irving Station in Mayville. Before construction for the future Big Bob’s gas station and store was started 1993 (+/-) the former Bennett home was moved to River Valley Acres. Except for being raised onto its current foundation, it looks not much different from its original stand.
David North Construction of Center Conway, N.H., has been and still is the developer for Mt. Will View. This company has four areas in Bethel and Sunday River under development: Winter Park at the Flat Road area of West Bethel, Sunday River, Maine which is near the Riley/Newry town line along Ragged Hill Road and the Sunday River Road, and Mt. Will View Phase 1 and 2. Anyone interested in reading more about these projects should go to the website - http://www.davidnorthconstruction.com/index.html
Sunday River opened for skiing: Saturday and Sunday the first ski traffic of the year was going by our house. Sunday afternoon, from our vantage point on the Sunday River Road we counted 18 coming down the widest trail. Don’t ask what happens when the skier reaches the end of the snow.
Twin Bridges repair job: Equipment and crushed rock materials were on hand at the Twin Bridges in Riley this weekend. Bridge decking obviously needs replacement. Underpinning and bridge supports are also on the list for being strengthened or replaced. Work on the bridge was delayed until after the Jeep Jamboree forest rallies.
Community Day at Bethel Regional Airport:
Our air show began before the opening hour Chris Merrill buzzed up the river in his 1952 Cessna 170 below tree top level. Hays and I were out watching a nearby moose when the air show began. Also a couple of power parachute flyers were up testing flying conditions.
At the airport, about a dozen power parachute owners/flyers had come in for the day’s events. Low temperature and clouds probably did not induce many visitors to go for a ride in one of these open air buggies. Chris Merrill had just landed after taking riders on a go-round of the area. At the first large hangar there was a beautiful yellow and black Aviat Aircraft Husky A-1B seaplane on floats on display. Just outside the hangar was one of the power parachutes on display for a close-up of the pilot’s “cabin” and the engine/prop section.
When we arrived at the airfield the outdoor hot dog and hamburger café was starting to get busy. A very photogenic young lady was chief burger flipper on duty.
Kathy had never seen the airport “passenger lounge” so we stopped in the airport’s main office on our way out; therefore, we had a chance to meet Tony Milligan, Assistant Airport Manager, who was “Bethel Tower” this Sunday. Mr. Milligan lives in Rumford Point and has a plane based at Bethel Airport. While we were there he was being kept very busy communicating with unusually busy air traffic conditions.
The Moose’s Tale
Sunday -- Well here I am enjoying the morning just checking out this nice, clean field when I noticed a dog and one of those two legged creatures watching me. I kept on my walk, no hurry, a good day for a walk. I must have gone out of their sight in the brush because I saw those two walking down the field in my direction. Pretty soon I saw them getting closer so I stepped out of the bushes back into the field. That stopped ‘em. The dog sat down and was giving me a good look. Don’t get any bright ideas buster! Well I looked straight at that dog and gave him my best “beat it” stare. That dog got the message cause I saw him start making tracks at a good speed back to where they came from -- and his two legged partner right with him.
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Studie Cross was a patient at Stephens Memorial Hospital last week.