The American Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Days are in March. Volunteers will be selling bunches of cut daffodils for $10 at the Bethel Foodliner on Thursday, March 17, and Friday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All money raised goes to cancer research or to assist individuals who are fighting cancer. One way these funds are used is to help provide rides for people to their treatments. If you know anybody who has been affected by cancer, buying a bouquet of fresh daffodils is one way you can show your support and help find a cure.
The temperature hit the mid-forties on Sunday. The melting snow, along with heavy rains, led to storm drains that were already filled with ice and snow backing up and overflowing. Flooding along Railroad Street in Bethel forced the closing of the Bethel Laundromat. The rains put a damper on winter sports activity, but March weather is historically inconsistent. We probably have several more good snowstorms before winter is over.
Gasoline prices continue to escalate. On Sunday, the price of a gallon of gas was $3.54 at the Railroad Street Big Apple. Experts predict that prices may hit $4 per gallon by Memorial Day. The highest pump price ever in Maine was $4.14 per gallon in July 2008.
With prices rising, we are all trying to economize. It’s a good time to look at our local area and see how we can spend our money here. Generally, the old saying is true that people don’t spend time “being tourists in their own town.” However, Bethel has outstanding restaurants, stores, and entertainment. On Saturday I visited the Elements Art Gallery, which is on the second floor of the Philbrook Place Mall at 162 Main Street. The gallery is one of Bethel’s hidden treasures, with unique and original work by about 30 Maine artists. Exhibits include paintings and drawings by Bethel artist Walter Clark, who died in 2009; photographs by M. Dirk MacKnight; and gourd art by Gene and Ginger Kelly of Red Gate Farm in Bethel. The Kellys grow many of the gourds used in their pieces. Dennis Dreher has an exhibit of curiously shaped marble and welded silver sculptures, some of which transform into other shapes. The gallery also includes felted fiber artwork, original bags by Andover artist Sharon Hutchins, scrabble-tile jewelry, and handmade cards, including Mother’s Day cards. Anything in the gallery can be purchased, but you don’t have to buy. You can spend time just admiring the art work and the local talent.
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