I was saddened to hear of the death of Rev. Earl Bell on Oct. 10. I knew Rev. Bell from my work at the Norway Memorial Library, but many others in this area knew him from his ministries at the Deering United Methodist Church in South Paris and most recently at the West Bethel Union Church. Rev. Bell retired in 2007 and he and his wife, Marilyn, moved to Medina, N.Y. He is survived by his wife and three children. A memorial service was held for Rev. Bell on Oct. 15 at the Medina United Methodist Church. Condolence messages can be sent to the online register book of the Bates & Tuttle Funeral Home at www.batestuttle.com
My mother, Musa Brown, and I visited Gene Descoteau and Dennis Hayden, former Bethel residents, in Kennebunk on Sunday, Oct. 20. We had a farewell lunch with them at David’s KPT Restaurant at The Boathouse Hotel in Kennebunkport. Gene and Dennis are moving to Rome, Italy, in November.
When we drove through Bryant Pond on Sunday evening we noticed that the Christmas tree on the town square had its lights burning. Even if it was just a test of the lights, it is a sure sign that it is time to start holiday preparations even though foliage is still brilliant in many places and petunias and dahlias are still blooming. Our Christmas cacti have buds and my mother has begun the process of “forcing” her poinsettia to bloom in time for Christmas. Poinsettias are natives of Mexico. When I lived in Los Angeles, my neighbor had them beside her front door. They were tall rangy plants with pale green leaves, nothing like the Christmas poinsettias we have here. Christmas poinsettias are greenhouse grown and are forced to bloom at Christmas by being kept in darkness 12 hours each day. Starting Oct. 1, my mother places her poinsettia in a cool spot under a card table draped with heavy blankets for 12 hours each night. In the morning she puts the plant in bright sunshine. By Christmas the plant will be fully blossomed. In the spring the plant is cut back and by October will be a foot and a half tall with vibrant green leaves. The current Christmas poinsettia has blossomed for the past six years.
A Community Supper will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Bethel Alliance Church at 250 Walkers Mills Road (across from the Telstar parking lot). The supper is free of charge and open to everyone. The Community Supper takes place on the last Wednesday of every month.
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