This week in Bethel a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline cost $3.12, about 41 cents higher than last year at this time. The high cost of fuel makes it difficult for many people who need to travel this holiday season, but one way to save money is to do your holiday shopping locally. Bethel stores offer everything from clothing to gourmet foods to books. Almost every business (including restaurants) offers gift certificates or gift cards. Shopping locally benefits everyone in our community.
The Bethel Historical Society is offering 20 percent off all regularly priced items in the Museum Shop through Dec. 31. The discount applies to purchases made in the store and online. The Museum Store, which is located
on Broad Street, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Thank you to the town of Woodstock for the gorgeous Christmas tree on the Common in Bryant Pond/Woodstock. It is a highlight of my drive home from Norway every night. If you haven’t visited our local communities to see the Christmas decorations, take a tour on the next good evening. Among my favorites are the lights at Maine Line Products in Locke Mills, the Palmer home near the
Bethel-Locke Mills town line, the homes along Vernon Street, and, of course, the trees on the Bethel Common and on lower Main Street. Thank you to everyone who
spent hours (and money) setting up decorations and lights to make this a beautiful and joyful holiday for everyone.
If you missed the Geminid Meteor Shower earlier this week, you still have a chance to see the sky light up before Christmas, providing we have clear weather. A total lunar eclipse, also called the Christmas lunar eclipse, will take place the night of Dec. 20-21. The total eclipse, which occurs when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow, will be seen throughout North America.
Sky viewers should be able to see the eclipse starting at about 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 21. It will peak at about 2:15 a.m. Usually, it is easy to take pictures of a
lunar eclipse even with a small camera.
Astronomers are predicting this will be the best lunar eclipse show until April 2014. The eclipse coincides with winter solstice. Winter officially arrives in the northern hemisphere on Dec. 21 at 6:38 p.m.
Town officials are reminding residents of Bethel, Albany, and Mason that dogs over the age of six months must be licensed by Jan. 1. Fees are $11 per dog or $6 per spayed or neutered dog. Proof of a rabies vaccination is needed. A late fee of $25 is charged if dogs are not licensed by Feb. 1, 2011.
At Stephens Memorial Hospital over the past weekend were Keith Bartlett and Craig Davis.
Have you seen the many wreaths on veterans' graves at Riverside Cemetery (about 150)? It is an impressive and heartwarming sight to behold.
Rick and Missy Young and Jane Young celebrated her birthday with a dinner at the home of her daughter and son-law, Kathy and John Marzilli, in Naples on Saturday, Dec. 11.
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