Kay McMillin’s death leaves a big hole in our community. For many years, Kay volunteered at the Bethel Animal Hospital. She not only played with and comforted the animals, but the animals’ parents as well. When my beloved cat died, Kay had words of comfort. Last fall when my dog was there for a routine visit, Kay spied us sitting in the waiting room, and came to chat about my Uncle Irving who had just been hospitalized. They had been students together at Gould Academy. Kay exemplified the kind and compassionate people that live here in Bethel. We will miss her dearly.
There will be a benefit for Judy Buck Lamontagne on Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Bethel Grange Hall. Judy had a stroke in December and the funds will help with much-needed expenses. The benefit includes a potluck dinner, door prizes, and a Chinese auction. The cost is $5; $2.50 for children 8 years old and under. For more information, please call Maryvonne at 836-2330 or Sheila at 364-4132.
The Bethel Historical Society is celebrating Women’s History Month on Saturday, March 30, with a showing of the film “Reaching Out for Liberty and Light: The Life of Frances Payne Bolton.” Bolton was an influential politician, humanitarian, and philanthropist. She was the first woman from Ohio to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where she served 14 consecutive terms. She introduced 61 separate bills, including sponsoring the Bolton Act in 1943 that created the United States Cadet Nursing Corps. In her honor, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland named its nursing school the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Frances P. Bolton has a strong Maine connection. In 1963, I heard her speak at the dedication of Gould Academy’s Bingham Auditorium, which was named for her brother, William Bingham. It was the first event I attended at Gould, and she left a strong impression. The film showing will be at the Dr. Moses Mason House (14 Broad Street) at 2 p.m. Stanley Howe, Bethel Historical Society Executive Director Emeritus, will introduce the film.
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