New Retail Center Planned for Mayville
Last Wednesday, the Bethel Planning Board began the review process for a retail mini-mall to be built in the general area of the former Red Rooster Motel. The plan was presented to the board by Main-Land Development. Ron Savage and Peter Kailey, the two principals behind this development, were at the meeting. The project’s name is Sport Thoma; it is located at Map 12, lot 72 in the Bethel tax maps.
Mr. Savage explained that the new building would require moving the house, which is owned by Savage Land Development, Inc. The house stands within the lot where the center and parking area would be established. The plan, as presented, included an illustration of the building which is shown in the online Bethel News for May 14 at www.thebetheljournals.info.
Solar Panels in Historic District
At the same meeting, the board heard from Peter Hedden, representing Gould Academy, concerning installation of photovoltaic solar panels on the barn roof of the academy’s admissions office building (in my day, it was the Anderson’s and Bowhay’s home). This was a step toward getting a town building permit because the building lies in Bethel’s historic district. Fortunately for the applicant, the planning board had previously OK’d a permit for similar installation of panels on the Bass’s house on Park Street.
“Wizard of Oz” at Telstar
If you missed seeing Telstar students and friends present the “Wizard of Oz” last week, you missed out on an outstanding evening of entertainment and talent. Forty-three years ago, Telstar presented the same theatrical; low and behold some of the first performers were around to show their stuff in the 2013 production.
There was not a weak link in the entire cast, but from my own satisfaction I have to name some names that to me were not only outstanding, but performers who ranked up there with the movie stars in the 1939 classic with Judy Garland.
Dorothy, played by Anneliese Smith – her singing, there were very smooth high notes and relaxing low notes that she sang beautifully. Toto – Isabella Bennett, humorous and beautifully done; Nick Johnson as the scarecrow, Aaron Speakman as Tin Man, and Greg Wheeler as the lion, performed with a looseness and confidence as though they had been born for their parts; the props, the sets and the stage arrangement by Fred Johnson could not have been better. I don’t know who created the wizard’s mask and operated it on stage but it was a masterpiece. As usual, the orchestra pit did their part in a show that was certainly up there over the rainbow.
What came across so well was that how accurately in Dorothy’s dream she pegged the characters of her three farm guys. In real life did they finally get brains, a heart, and courage?
Ironically the depth and breadth of student/faculty achievement shown in this undertaking demonstrated what a narrow, unrepresentative rating the politicians’ grading gimmicks of No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top mean in grading the school as a whole.
Bethel Inn Golf Course Opened – Friday, May 10, 2013
With the Inn celebrating its Hundredth Anniversary this year, its golf course is bound to receive some special attention. Staff for this centennial year is: Mark Mallory, Head Golf Professional; Travis Brooks is Assistant Director of Golf and runs the pro-shop. Teaching Pros are: Paul Marshall, Bethel, and Harry Andrews who moved to Bethel from Florida. In the shop with Travis Brooks will be Steve Kroitzsh, who manages the ski shop at Sunday River during winters. Dale Miller is the grounds superintendent with a staff of eight at times keeping the course in first-class condition. Sue McLaughlin from West Bethel is the “flower lady” who keeps the flowers looking fresh as a daisy.
Bethel Inn golf history from the Oxford County Citizen of June 1915 –
New Golf Course and Other Amusements: The work on the Golf Course is being rushed along as rapidly as possible, and Sir William Peterson is to play Mr. O. D. Seavey (inn manager) for the initial for supremacy of the Hotel. The Putting Green in front of the hotel is now in good condition and is open for the use of the guests and their friends. Clock Golf is located on the west grounds of the hotel.
July 8, 1915 – The golf links are improving daily and the recent heavy rains have put the putting green in excellent condition. Water pipes are being laid to all the greens so that from now on, they will continually be in the best of shape.
July 22, 1915 – Golf seems to be in the ascendant and the hotel is arranging for a tournament the latter part of the month. Suitable prizes will be put up and there will also be a putting contest of the nine holes in the front of the hotel.
The History Club
Part II of the Godwins in Mayville
In July 1964, the Covered Wagon light food eatery opened with offerings of Pizza, Italian Sandwiches, Cold Drinks, and Coffee at Godwin’s on Route 2 in Mayville, operated by Mrs. Henry (Ferol) and Mrs. Oakley (Barbara) Godwin.
At the first 1968 meeting of the Bethel Planning Board, held in the town manager’s office, Ferol and Barbara (Mrs. Oakley Godwin) attended probably to discuss their request to rezone land east of Route 2 in Mayville. The land in question had been pasture and hay land for the Godwin farm. At this same meeting, the Planning Board discussed the petition signed by 200 voters to abolish the Zoning Ordinance.
Henry Godwin died in October 1970.
In the year or so that followed, Ferol Godwin opened the Twin Oaks Camping Area in the same area now operated by the Parsons as Bethel Outdoor Adventure. Madeline Dudley, Ferol’s sister, worked with her. In a 1978 Bethel Chamber brochure, Twin Oaks Camping is listed as offering tent and trailer facilities (30 mowed grass sites), hot showers, flush toilets, dumping facilities, picnic tables, fireplaces and playground – overnight rates $3.50 and $1.25 for water and electric hookups.
Reggie Godwin helped with the camping ground but at the same time he was occupied raising broiler chickens.
Ferol Godwin died in 1982.
As far as I can determine, this was Bethel’s first campground. Before Twin Oaks opened, Littlefield Beaches and Abbott’s Anchorage in Bryant Pond were the main local camping areas. Lone Pine Campground is not listed in 1978 or 1980. 1979’s brochure listed Songo Lake Camping with the same number of campsites as Twin Oaks.
In last week’s news I made a mistake and typed Brian Dunham’s name as Brian Dunlap. I apologize.