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First Annual Winter ARTirondack Chair Auction

First Annual Winter ARTirondack Chair Auction

A benefit for the nonprofit Mahoosuc Arts Council

BETHEL – A special winter ARTriondack Chair Auction, February 26 at Sunday River Resort’s Peak Lodge, will feature the winter-themed designs and art work of local artists on 7 chairs handcrafted by Reggie Brown.  The Auction will be held during the Sunday River Wine Dinner which begins at 7 pm. Guests will experience a one-of-a-kind fine dining experience 2,100 feet after a Chondola ride to North Peak. Spanish and South American fare will be featured along with special wines.

Upon reaching the Peak Lodge guests will be greeted with complimentary champagne, passed hors d'oeuvres, live musical entertainment and a variety of winter-themed "ARTirondack" chairs on exhibit.

Local Athletes Bring Home Medals

Eight local athletes brought home medals at the recent Special Olympic Winter Games held at Sugarloaf.  Alyssa Anderson, Bruce Coffin, Don Dudley, Seth Lord, Sarah Paladino, Tracey Raymond, James Rollins, and Clifford Skillings, all Special Olympians from The Progress Center in Norway, participated in the event bringing home many medals as well as great memories of a wonderful time.  Congratulations to all of the participants for a job well done!

Snowshoe 50M Dash: Alyssa Anderson and Clifford Skillings – 4th

Snowshoe 100M Dash: Alyssa Anderson – 5th; Seth Lord – Bronze; Clifford Skillings - Gold

Snowshoe 50M Dash: Seth Lord – 5th

Snowshoe 25M Dash: Bruce Coffin – Silver

Alpine Giant Slalom: Don Dudley – Silver; Tracey Raymond – Bronze; James Rollins - Bronze

Alpine Super G: Don Dudley – Bronze; Tracey Raymond – 6th; James Rollins - Bronze

Alpine Slalom: Don Dudley – 6th; Tracy Raymond – Gold; Ja

Coos Canyon Performs in Rumford Saturday

Coos Canyon Performs in Rumford Saturday
The auditorium is the 2nd floor of the Rumford Town Hall.  Show time: 7:00pm

Tickets $8.00 in advance, $10 at the door, children 12 and under $5 all times

Tickets can be purchased at Bartash Card and Gift store on Congress St. Rumford.

Coffee and Deserts will be served. Bottled water also available.

Coos Canyon plays "the best" of the music from the 60s to now from acoustic ballads to country, rock, blues, and more...

FMI contact Jim Rinaldo at 364-2983

2nd Annual Academy Awards Benefit for Children's Charities

2nd Annual Academy Awards Benefit for Children's Charities

Sunday February 27 is the place to be in Bethel as Rooster's Roadhouse hosts the 2nd Annual Academy Awards Dinner & Party to benefit local area Holiday Children's Charities.  The event is limited to 75 people and features Prime Rib and Baked Stuffed Shrimp Dinner choices.  Cost is $45 per person (includes tax & gratuity) with $20 going directly to the Children's Charities.  Live entertainment with Chad Porter will be featured during cocktails and dinner.  Be a part of the Red Carpet arrivals, local "Bethel" awards and watching the Academy Awards telecast on a 100" projection screen with stereo sound beginning at 8pm.  Don't miss out on the Party of the Season starting at 5:30pm.

WinterKids invites you to kick back, relax and enjoy some laughs at Sunday River!

WinterKids invites you to kick back, relax and enjoy some laughs at Sunday River!

What: A comedy show to benefit WinterKids
When: Saturday, February 19th, 9:30 p.m. (new time)
Where: Shipyard Brew Haus, White Cap Lodge at Sunday River in Bethel, ME
A comedy show about the funny side of being parents and having parents, "Parents' Night Out" features Karen Morgan and Jim Colliton. Both are professional comedians. Both are married. And both are parents.

Join Jim and Karen as they share their hilarious views on life as spouses, parents and children in this unique production that brings you both sides of the story.
Real parents. Real stories. Real funny.
Admission is free. Donations are appreciated and will benefit


MVSB’s Mitten Tree Program provides nearly $4K to local nonprofits as well as 2K hats and mittens

Through the generous support of community members throughout the Lakes Region, Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) donated $3,942 to local organizations and collected and distributed nearly 2,000 items of warm winter accessories to people in need.

Each year during the Mitten Tree program, the Bank’s 11 offices throughout the Lakes Region collect handmade and store-bought winter accessories from the community and coordinate with local organizations such as local schools and the Visiting Nurses Association to distribute the items to those who need them.

Ice Mountain Continues to Grow

Ice Mountain Continues to Grow

Climbing demonstrations have been scheduled for Bethel’s 100’ Ice Tower during February school vacation week.

Although the Bethel WinterFest is “officially” over, the beautiful ice tower, surrounded with strings of red and white lights continues to grow in height and girth.  The unusual structure has aroused a lot of curiosity over the past month.  People ask, “What is it?”  Others have queried, “What is it going to be used for?”

It is a little-known fact that the Bethel area is a world-class ice climbing destination.  Bob Baribeau, a legendary ice climber from Bethel, recently shared that people travel great distances to experience the ice climbing in Grafton Notch State Park, the Evans Notch area of the White Mountain National Forest, as well as at a location south of Bethel in Albany Township.

The Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Bob and our engineer Jim Sysko, will be hosting two ice-climbing talks and demonstr