Monday, October 29, 2018

November Events

Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17
Senior Players Performances
Don’t miss these fun-filled evenings. See a different side of your friends and neighbors as they perform in this popular annual event. Free and open to the public.
Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17; 7:00 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy.

The following events are not sponsored by Western Mountains Senior College, but may be of interest to our members.

Saturday, November 10
Maine in World War I

Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., former director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and currently Maine's state historian, will present an illustrated program on Maine's involvement in World War I. The program, which is free and open to the public, commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the end of the war. FMI: Maine in World War I
Saturday, November 10; 2:00-4:00 pm; Moses Mason House, 14 Broad Street, Bethel.

Thursday, November 15
Wesley McNair at the Rumford Public Library
Poet Laureate of Maine, Wesley McNair will read from his latest collection, The Awakening. Reception and book signing to follow the reading. Free and open to the public. FMI: (207) 364-3661
Thursday, November 15; 5:30 pm; Rumford Public Library, Rumford.

Sunday, November 18
Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner
Students from Telstar High School's National Honor Society invite all areas seniors to a delicious turkey dinner with all the fixings. The students host this annual event as their way of giving thanks for the senior citizens in our community.

Sunday, November 18; 12:00 noon; Telstar High School cafeteria, Bethel.

Friday, November 23
Local Craft & Wares Fair

Shop locally for handmade arts and crafts, avoid the mall craziness. Free admission.  FMI: 207 824-2282,
Friday, November 23; 9:00 am; Bethel Inn Event Center, 21 Broad Street, Bethel.

Sunday, November 25
A Country Breakfast
Rotary Club of Bethel's fall fundraiser.  All proceeds go to community projects and scholarships. Advance tickets (see a Rotarian) $6 kids, $10 adults; $12 at the door. FMI: Ellie Andrews
Sunday, November 25; 7:30-11:00 am; Gould Academy, Bethel.

Wednesday, November 28
Community Supper

Come and join the people of the community for a delicious meal. No charge, all are welcome.
Wednesday, November 28; 4:30-6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walker’s Mills Road, Bethel.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Where Can I Find Impartial Information on the Upcoming Election?

Brendon Bass directs us to several sites voters can go to for impartial help as we prepare for the election in November.

The Maine Chapter of the League of Women Voters website is a wealth of information. Their Voter Guide includes easy to follow instructions, including how to get an absentee ballot and help at the voting booth. It also includes an easily understandable explanation of Ranked Choice Voting. And it includes brief descriptions of each party's priorities (Democratic, Green, Libertarian and Republican) and each candidate's positions and experience. (
The League also has a presentation on ranked choice voting and is willing to arrange to have someone present it; contact them at
For another simple, short explanation of ranked choice voting, go to How does ranked choice voting work? 

A nationwide source is There one can choose Vote Easy, enter your zipcode and see a yard-full of campaign signs. Clicking on a candidate gets you a chart of the candidate's expressed or inferred views on specific issues you may be interested in. Political Galaxy on the VoteSmart site gets you to a candidate's votes, campaign contributions, speeches, etc. Brendon Bass says VoteSmart is "committed to getting voters to as much information as it can without taking a position on any. News organizations, even government offices I think, respect this source."

Free Tech Help at Telstar on Thursday Afternoons

Once again a Telstar High School student is volunteering to provide free tech help to the community. To take advantage of this opportunity bring your phone or tablet and your questions to the Adult Ed office on Thursday afternoons at 2:30. It's always a good idea to call ahead (207 824-2136 ext. 1340).