Three events on the 20th:
Saturday, Nov. 20, from Noon to 2 p.m. donate and deliver turkeys to the District Exchange at the Ethel Bisbee School building – rear entrance.
Also, Saturday, Nov. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. Arla Patch’s Explorations: Classes in creative development will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with an exhibit at the Summit Hotel at Sunday River.
And Saturday evening, Senior College Players will present a variety of 13 comic and serious plays in their performances on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 21, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Place: Trustees Auditorium, McLaughlin Science Building, Gould Academy.
Friday, Nov. 26 – Local Crafts and Wares Fair at the Bethel Inn Conference Center.
Sunday, Nov. 28, 7:30 to 11 a.m. Fall Country Breakfast, Ordway Dining Hall, Gould Academy. This is all-you-can-eat buffet. Advanced tickets are $7 for adults and can be purchased from any Rotary Club member. Tickets at the door are $8 for adults and $3 for children 12 years or younger.
Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Town Office the Bethel Planning Board will hold a public hearing for abutters and those concerned or interested in the Bruce Manzer Company’s asphalt plant located on the North Road in the Douglass Gravel Pit. At 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 29, the Planning Board will conduct a site walk at the location of the current batch plant.
Saturday, Dec. 4, 4:30 p.m. join the Jingle Bell Run which precedes the Rotary Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Tuesday, Dec. 14, 12 noon: Christmas Dinner for Seniors, at the American Legion Post 68, Gore Road, Locke Mills.
Support the District Exchange
This time of year especially the Exchange can use all the support it can get. They are routinely helping about 50 local families.
Top four priorities are: 1) Money, donations – go to Northeast Bank and write a check payable to the District Exchange; your canceled check is your receipt. 2) Turkeys – donations are accepted on Saturday, Nov. 20, from Noon to 2 p.m. Go to the back door at Ethel Bisbee School building. 3) Paper goods donations are needed –- paper towels, toilet paper, etc. 4) Personal hygiene products – shampoo, soap, etc.
The District Exchange hours are Monday 1 to 4 p.m., Thursday 4 to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to Noon.
On Saturday, Nov. 20, from Noon to 2 p.m. go to the back door at Ethel Bisbee’s to deliver turkey.
If you have non-food goods such as paper or personal hygiene items, you can take them to Dave Bean’s home at 12 Park Street. If you plan to do so call first 824-0369 or plan to arrive late afternoon. Don’t leave items at the District Exchange if it is closed.
The District volunteers thank you warmly for your donations.
Explorations in Art Exhibition
Explorations: Classes in Creative Development is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an end-of-the-season art exhibit on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 2 to 4. The Summit Hotel at Sunday River will host the exhibit, as they graciously have for most of those 20 years. Many hundreds of students have gone through this program over these two decades and many people have generously supported the scholarship program, so that all students who wanted to could participate. This event is open to the public and all former students and sponsors are invited.
You may recognize some of the Exploration student names from 1991: GT Kimball, Kate Nickerson, Chris Brooks, Maryann Nadeau, Patrick Donovan, and Colin Penley. They are all posing for a photograph with Arla taken in 1991. (See them online at Bethel Journals – Weekly News.)
Two young women from our community will participate in Rotary District 7780 National Immunization Day (NID) Team in Nigeria, Nov. 24 to Dec. 5. Michele Perejda, owner of Dream Realty, and Erin Murphy, student and daughter of David and Nancy Murphy, will travel to Nigeria to immunize children against Polio. It is Rotary's goal to eradicate Polio from the remaining countries, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria.
South Bethel School
Help wanted: photographs of individual students, classes and/or kids at play at the South Bethel School including photos of the school itself. In 1959 the school committee voted to close the school. Some of the families and individuals living near the school worked at the P.H. Chadbourne mill. When I started school in Bethel in 1945 at the Bethel Grammar School, Phyllis and Donald Walker and Nelson Hart from South Bethel were in my class. In the 1950s, John (Johnny) Nowlin was living in what was known as the Jonathan Abbott house that stood across the access road to Chadbourne’s mill from the school. If you have photos to share (not give up) please call the Bethel Historical Society at 824-2908 or call me at (207) 491-7614 or mail to me at PO Box 763, Bethel. All photos will be copied and returned.
Bethel Masonic Lodge News:
The Lodge met last Thursday evening, Nov. 11, for the election of officers. The public installation will be at the stated communication on Dec. 9 at 6:15 p.m. Supper will be served at 7:30; Masons, families, widows of Masonic Brethren and the public are cordially invited to attend. The Lodge building will be getting a make-over in the form of a much-needed new roof before snow flies.
Armistice Day – Leadership, Commitment
Having just passed by another Veterans Day with barely a notice, it might help us to reflect on the truly remarkable planning, leadership and commitment our forefathers demonstrated in the First World War. At a time when our nation’s population was about 92 million nearly two million were committed to the war effort.(A similar commitment today with 300 million in population would be more than six million called to duty.)
Our country had never undertaken such a combat enterprise in its history. Military leadership was vested in one man, General John J. Pershing. President Woodrow Wilson committed us to backing this effort with all we had. He authorized nationalizing the railroads. Congress formally declared War on April 6, 1917. Pershing was in France a few weeks later. The American Expeditionary Force began committing troops at the Marne in May 1918. In all, depending on varying accounts, we had lost 116,708 killed and nearly 206,000 wounded. One account says that we had built only about 800 airplanes at the time of war being declared. France asked us to produce 2,000 planes a month. Despite the huge military buildup, it was not matched with industrial mobilization and our Yanks wore Limey helmets plus were also dependent on other borrowed combat gear. Yet the American Expeditionary Force prevailed. An Armistice was declared on Nov. 11, 1918 and the Kaiser had abdicated on Nov. 9, 1918.
Maybe our leadership today needs to remember the Marne – that to get a job done more commitment than one or two press conferences is required of our leaders and of us. We might remember Sun Tzu’s maxim: “It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.“ (Of course he said this in Chinese.) Years ago observing Armistice Day our parents and grandparents reflected on what commitment really meant, should not we do the same?
Charleen Chase sent this news about the most recent event for the Senior College series, "To Your Health", which was Family Caregiving held on Nov. 6. Rosabelle Tifft introduced Laurie Winsor of Androscoggin Home Care who presented a talk on the important topic of Family Caregiving: Guiding You through the Rewards and Challenges of Family Caregiving."
Laurie Winsor said that caring for an aging family member is particularly challenging when adult children are faced with helping their aging parents come to terms with sudden changes that affect their health and ability to live independently. In her presentation, Winsor offered suggestions and resources on how to create the best home environment to support someone at home. A variety of resource materials were available and those in attendance were pleased that there are new resources to support family members provide in home care. These helpful materials are available from Androscoggin Home Care.
This will be my last dispatch for the year. Kathy and I will leave for Florida on Monday, Nov. 29. We wish all the very best for the coming holiday season and New Year.