Have you ever wanted to ride in a snow-groomer? The Greenstock Snowmobile Club is giving free snow-groomer rides as part of the kick-off events for Bethel Winterfest 2011, which starts Saturday, Jan. 22, and runs through Sunday, Jan. 30. The snow-groomer rides will be at the corner of Main and Cross streets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 22. At the same time, there will be a free snowshoe demonstration and scavenger hunt at Festival Plaza. With a foot of new snow last week and more in the forecast, Bethel hopefully has enough snow for the week-long festival. Other events include alpine and Nordic skiing, skating, sleigh rides, the Ice Mountain, the Maine Street Rail Jam, and indoor events at the Bethel Historical Society. For a complete Winterfest schedule, go to the Bethel Chamber of Commerce website at www.bethelmaine.com.
A month ago I reported that gasoline prices in Bethel were $3.12 a gallon. This week a gallon of gasoline costs $3.16. I drove to Freeport on Sunday, Jan. 16, for a meeting of the University of Southern Maine/Stonecoast alumni. Along my route, the prices of gasoline fluctuated from $3.16 to $3.21 a gallon. According to AAA, these are among the highest prices in the country. Another good reason to participate in the Bethel Winterfest this coming week: exciting events in our own neighborhood.
A Community Supper is being sponsored by the Bethel Alliance Church on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 251 Walkers Mills Road, across from the Telstar parking lot. There is no charge for the supper. For more information, call 824-2289.
This is a last-minute reminder for residents of Bethel, Albany, and Mason that dog licenses were due by Jan. 1 for dogs over six months of age. After Feb. 1, there is a late fee of $25. Fees are $11 per dog or $6 per spayed or neutered dog. Proof of a rabies vaccination is needed.
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