Last week I reported that Senator Angus King’s office was sending representatives out to Maine communities to talk with people about their concerns and problems. Because of the government impasse in Washington, D.C., and the resulting government furlough days, the meetings have been cancelled. This includes the meeting scheduled for today at Norway Memorial Library.
On Sunday my mother and I visited the new recreational bridge in Evans Notch. The bridge replaces the old suspension bridge that was felled by tropical storm Irene in August 2011. Unlike the old rickety suspension bridge, this is a solid steel structure that was pre-made and recently hoisted into place above the Wild River. The bridge connects several popular hiking trails and is close to campsites and fishing spots. To reach the bridge from Route 2 in Gilead, follow Route 113 for three miles. The drive is beautiful right now: the forest canopy is a brilliant gold and foliage is at its peak.
I stopped by Halloween Town on Lower Main Street this weekend. The shop, which will be open until Oct. 31, has hundreds of Halloween costumes and accessories, including make-up, tiaras, wigs, hats, and masks. The costumes include everything from superheroes to Dracula to fairy princesses. The shop is hosting an open house on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Special guests will include the Cookie Monster and Scooby Doo.
The Bethel Library recently raffled off three packages of gift certificates to local restaurants. The raffle drawing was held at Harvestfest on Sept. 21, and the winners were Eric Boyle-Wight, Scott Parker, and Sandy Robinson. The library trustees give their warmest thanks to the local businesses who helped in this fundraising project by generously donating gift certificates: The Bethel Inn, Cho Sun, Crossroads Diner, Erin’s Café, Good Food Store, Inman’s Dairy Bar, Jolly Drayman, Kowloon Village, Mill Hill Inn, Pat’s Pizza, Rooster’s Roadhouse, Smokin’ Good BBQ, S. S. Milton, Sudbury Inn, and 22 Broad Street.
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