Feature stories

Lifelong educator Rod Abbott models an active retirement                                                                                                                                Bethel Citizen

“I learned much more from him than he ever could have known he taught me,” said Jeffrey Dunham, Abbott’s student in the 1980s. “The biggest influence he had on me, though, came from his confidence, his kindness, and his respect for others. He believed in himself and he believed in us, his students.”

Blanco to read from memoir tonight at Gould
Bethel Citizen

2013 inaugural poet Richard Blanco, recently returned from an extensive tour to promote his new memoir, The Prince of los Cocuyos, talks about the difference between writing poetry and memoir, the importance of community to his work, and his plans for the future.

“It’s time to save the Winter House”
Bethel Citizen

Most people who visit the Rapid River are there for the world-class trout fishing, but I go back time and again to channel the spirit of one of my earliest literary idols, Louise Dickinson Rich. A local preservation group is working to save her home for future generations.

Eighty-five-year-old Joann Grohman is an expert on all things cow, including their role in soil carbon sequestration.
What happens when you grow up in the Bethel, Maine area, move away in pursuit of education or adventure, then find yourself living back in your hometown?
A new local initiative aims to bring a community together to experience making maple syrup the old-fashioned way.
A feature about Gould Academy’s innovative Farm & Forest program that appeared in the quarterly alumni newsletter shortly after the first livestock arrived at the Maine school’s new student-built barn.
“It takes your mind off everything else. It’s just you and the fish,” says Iraq veteran Dave Walker, of a program that brings wounded veterans and active duty soldiers to fish the hallowed waters of Louise Dickinson Rich’s Rapid River in Maine’s Township C.