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Commute Another Way Week set for May 16-20

Commute Another Way Week set for May 16-20

17th ANNUAL EVENT ASKS 'WHAT'S YOUR MPG'

Commuters who carpool, vanpool, ride transit, bike, walk or telecommute May 16 through 20 can double their miles per gallon – or better. With high gas prices hitting commuters hard in the pocketbook this spring, Commute Another Way Week is urging employers and commuters to work together to raise their MPG – and save a bundle on their daily commute.

“This is the 17th year we’ve held this event, and one thing that never stops drawing people in is the message about how much you can save when you drive alone to work less frequently,” says event organizer Carey Kish of the GO MAINE program.

The purpose of Commute Another Way Week is to let help Maine commuters learn more about carpooling, vanpooling, biking, walking or riding transit, teleworking and other low-cost alternatives to the single-occupant vehicle.

Rotary's Purple Pinkie Day Reminds Everyone of the Seriousness of Polio

Rotary's Purple Pinkie Day Reminds Everyone of the Seriousness of Polio

There is no cure for polio.  It is still crippling and killing people in Nigeria, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Rotarians around the world go on NID's (National Immunization Days) to vaccinate children in countries where polio is still present. They place two pink drops of vaccine on the tongues of children under 5 and then paint their little pinkies purple so they will know who they have vaccinated. Since 1985 Rotarians have vaccinated over 2 billion children. The cost to vaccinate a child is just $1.00.

Purple Pinkie Day is the way the Bethel Rotary shows the children of the area that polio is still a problem in the world.  On Wednesday, April 13 all the children in the area's elementary schools will bring in their dollars so that they can be part of helping other children in the world. For every dollar they bring they get a finger painted by local Rotarians.

Swamp Donkeys Perform at the Mill Hill Inn in Bethel

Swamp Donkeys Perform at the Mill Hill Inn in Bethel

The SWAMP DONKEYS return to the Mill Hill Inn (in the village, off the common), Saturday 4/2, at 7:30pm.  They'll be filming and recording parts of the show. Come witness history being made...starting at 5:30pm and during the show come sample some of the wines and beers we'll be serving this summer.  The Mill Hill Inn offers a delightful tapis menu that has something for everyone.  See you there!

Lecture: "Maine's Margaret Chase Smith: Image and Icon"

Lecture: "Maine's Margaret Chase Smith: Image and Icon"

Saturday, March 26, 2011
Presented in celebration of Women's History Month, this talk will be given by Dr. Stanley R. Howe, BHS Associate Director and Director of Education and Research.

Margaret Chase Smith (1897-1995) was a Republican Senator from Maine, and one of the most successful politicians in Maine history.  She was the first woman to be elected to both the U.S. House and Senate, and the first woman from Maine to serve in either.  She was also the first woman to have her name placed in nomination for the U.S.

Calling All Artists to the Moore Park Art Show August 13, 201

SOUTH PARIS – The Moore Park Art Show in South Paris is seeking exhibitors for a celebration and sale of original arts, Saturday, August 13, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Rain date Aug. 14). The day will feature 60 artists and artisans with live entertainment and fine fare. The event is presented by the Town of Paris, Parks and Recreation Department is sponsored by the Western Maine Art Group and the Mahoosuc Arts Council.
Artists are being sought representing a broad spectrum of art including paintings, drawings, photography, wood, metal and glass sculpture; fine jewelry; handmade prints; fiber and textile/fiber arts and more. All art work must be the original design and creation of the exhibitor. Booths are limited. Artists also have the opportunity to submit work for awards judging.
 
“In addition to being a beautiful setting, Moore Park is one of the best venues for an art show because it is located on one of the most-traveled roads in New England.

Sunday River Sugaring House

Sunday River Sugaring House

Photos of Sunday River Sugaring House that were taken Wednesday 3/16/11 (a little sugar and snow action, if you will)! Wednesday marked the first day of the in-house Sunday River maple syrup production. Here are some photos of a couple of kids who swung by this to sample some of the syrup. We're also planning several events for Maine Maple Sunday on Sunday, March 27.

OXFORD COUNTY COMMISSIONS “COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION” SYSTEM

OXFORD COUNTY COMMISSIONS “COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION” SYSTEM

Oxford County.  Area residents and businesses will soon have a new tool to receive rapid information, notifications and warnings from public safety officials regarding dangerous incidents or other emergencies.  The new system, funded though a Homeland Security Grant Program, allows officials to provide essential and immediate information to virtually every household in Oxford County.  “If you have a working landline phone, we can warn you of a local danger,” stated Scott Parker of the Oxford County Emergency Management Agency.  Avtex corporation’s CITYWATCH system provides emergency officials the means to quickly deliver emergency message to areas as small as a few households or to the entire county. 

  The system automatically places telephone calls to deliver emergency information.  Area residents who depend on cellular or “voice over internet protocol” communications will be able to register their emergency contact information direc