First, I offer apologies to the Greenstock Snowmobile Club and the organizers of Bethel WinterFest 2011 for reporting the wrong date of the snow-groomer rides in last week’s column. I reported that the rides were being given on Jan. 22. The rides are actually being given on Saturday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the corner of Main and Cross streets in Bethel. The rides are free and are being given by the Greenstock Snowmobile Club. I apologize to all of you who showed up and didn’t find the snow-groomers. For a complete schedule of WinterFest events go to the Bethel Chamber of Commerce website at www.bethelmaine.com.
The Ice Tower continues to grow. At night the lights of the Ice Tower are visible from Routes 2 and 26. During the day, one of the best views of the tower is from the foot of Elm Street. Depending upon the sunlight, the ice color appears in hues of white, green, or blue. The below-zero temperatures that hit Bethel this past weekend should give the Ice Tower a boost. At 8 p.m. tonight (Sunday, Jan. 23), the temperature was 5 below zero outside the Telstar campus. Local temperatures were expected to hit 18 below zero before morning.
Bethel native Simon Dumont placed third in the Winter Dew Tour Men’s Freeski Superpipe event at Killington, Vt., on Jan. 22. Kevin Rolland won the event and Gus Kenworthy took second place. Dumont had kicked off the Winter Dew Tour by winning the Superpipe event at the first stop on the tour in Breckenridge, Colo., on Dec. 20. Dumont is scheduled to compete in the Winter X Games 15 in Aspen, Colo., Jan. 27-30, and at the third stop on the Winter Dew Tour, in Ogden, Utah, Feb. 10-13. All these events will be televised.
Each month the Bethel Library displays a "Quilt of the Month" made by a member of the Cross Country Quilters. The January quilt was made by Edleen Winslow. The quilt can be viewed in the library’s front room during library hours.
The women of the Bethel United Methodist Church meet every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for a brown-bag lunch and to work on knitting and sewing projects. The handmade items are donated to various charitable organizations. Anyone working on a project is welcome to come and join the informal get-together in the church dining room.
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