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ally cool headbands with glitter, which is very im- portant in Nordic Many high school and middle school teams have the tradition of decorat- ing their teammates faces with glitter before races. seemed like it would be great for team Furneaux said about the idea of sewing unique de- signs for each relay team. makes me feel happy to see people wearing my neckies and head Neckies are how it all started. This was first year Nordic ski racing. Be- fore that, she was an al- pine ski racer.

Fellow rac- ers admired the sparkly fleece neck warmers that Furneaux had been wear- ing to the races and offered to pay money if Furneaux made one for them. Fleece by Reese was born. there, it was a lot of trial and said Reese. The demand of school- work and athletics has slowed the fun fleece proj- ects a bit. I got older, I had to slow down because Gould is so said Furneaux.

has played a huge part of my life and has giv- en me so many opportu- nities. I never thought I would have coaches that would be like fami- Furneaux said about her school in Bethel. Her younger brother, Jack, at- tends Gould as well. Furneaux competes on the Gould road, mountain bike and gravel bike teams in addition to the ski team. good on a bike and on skis and about Furneaux said of her ath- letic ability.

Furneaux ad- mits that technique is not her strength, but grit is. biggest strength is I mind being in a lot of which is an advan- tage when competing in endurance sports such as cycling and Nordic skiing. Technique shines through when Furneaux sits at her sewing machine, the same one that her mom, Mag- gie, learned to sew on when she was 8 years old. mom and my grandmother taught me how to said Furneaux. Furneaux and her moth- er often make the hour- long trip to Auburn to buy fleece in bulk from JoAnn Fabrics.

a family af- fair. I do it Furneaux said. Members of the Maine ski teams asked Furneaux if she was paid for the 96 headbands she made. I just donated them. not a very good business Furneaux said.

She even left off the Fleece by Reese tag since she was already behind on time to get them finished. was continuously working for a week to get them done. Sewing the tags on would have been an extra was a lot of fun to make people happy, even though it was a lot of Large orders are nothing new for Furneaux. As a way to give back to her school, Furneaux raised money through Fleece by Reese for the Gould Fund during Giving Tuesday, a day each year when donations are made to support Gould programs. of having my par- ents give to Gould, I want- ed said Furneaux, who raised more than $2,000 for the Gould Fund in one week by making and sell- ing neck warmers.

Furneaux said she hopes to continue making head- bands for the Maine ski teams her sophomore, ju- nior and senior years. hope to do it all the years that I said Fur- neaux. fun. Besides, really cool if the fast team wearing the snail Daryn Slover 207-689- 2874 A2 Thursday, April 21, 2022 The Bethel Citizen Obituaries LETTERS POLICY Have you an opinion on local events, or the national news around us? The Bethel Citizen is interested in your comments, and would like to hear from you. All letters to the editor should be legibly written or typed, and must include the name, address and phone number of the author for verification.

Letters have a 350 word limit. Longer letters will only be printed on a space available basis. Deadline is Thursday at Noon. All letters will be considered for publication on our Letters page unless clearly marked for We reserve the right to edit content. Please mail letters to: Editor, Bethel Citizen, PO Box 109, Bethel, ME 04217 or email letters to: The Bethel Citizen PO Box 109 Bethel, ME 04217 207-824-2444 The Bethel Citizen is the weekly newspaper serving central Oxford County, Maine.

Single copies are $1.00, back issues up to a year, available to purchase. Deadline for town, club and organizational news items is Thursday at noon. Advertising deadlines: Real Estate and half page ads or larger: Friday at 4 p.m. Display and Classified ads: Monday at 4 p.m. Advertisers should check their advertisements.

The paper shall not be liable for failure to publish an advertisement, nor for a typographical error, or errors in publication except to the extent of the cost of the advertisement for the first time insertion. The paper will reprint that part of any advertisement in which an error occurs. Periodical class postage paid at Bethel, ME 04217 and additional entry offices by The Bethel Citizen, a division of Sun Media Group. (USPS 416-380) (ISSN 1095-5968). Published Thursdays at Bethel, ME 04217.

Post Master send address changes to: The Bethel Citizen, PO Box 109, Bethel, ME 04217-0109. The publisher reserves the right to reject, or edit any material offered for publication. The Bethel Citizen CONTACT US: (207) 824-2444 Let us know if you have an address change! A.M. Sheehan Managing Editor Bethany Murphy Sales Associate Tracy Walker Office Manager Call us at 824-2444 or e-mail The Bethel Citizen Do you have a Story idea? BY KAITLYN BUDION MORNING SENTINEL When Gail son joined the Central Maine Ski Club to com- pete in Nordic skiing, one of the first things she told him was to stay out of the wax shed. An assistant professor of environmental studies and director of the Buck Lab for Climate Environment at Colby College in Water- ville, Carlson knew many competitive ski teams used fluorinated waxes, which contained PFAs, also known as chemi- and have caused a va- riety of environmental and health problems.

So while son accepted he had to wax his skis at home, Carlson began investigating what fluorinated waxes, known as fluoro waxes, were do- ing locally. fluoro waxes are very high performance. Carl- son said. it was clear that there likely was expo- sure happening in our com- munity, and I really want- ed to look more into In 2020, Carlson tested the snow after Nordic ski rac- es held as part of the Colby Carnival at Quarry Road Trails in Waterville. She found elevated levels of PFAS in the snow and soil.

She determined PFAS in ski wax was being left be- hind in the snow and accu- mulating in the soil. In recent years, many racing organizations have banned the use of fluoro waxes, and when Carlson returned to the Colby Car- nival this year, she found significantly less PFAS in the snow. findings are a reflection of the broad- er ski industry, which has moved away from products containing PFAS. Skiing appears to be among the few sports and industries to have taken steps to re- strict the use of PFAS at a time when PFAS contami- nation looks to be worsen- ing in Maine. For years, fluoro wax- es were considered the top wax option for com- petitive skiers.

But after testing showed chemi- cals in fluoro waxes leech into the ground and cause health problems among those applying the wax, racing organizations be- gan banning their use, and major retailers have stopped selling products containing them. really was just like, one season there were flu- oro waxes, and the next season, there were no flu- oro said Dave Palese, general manager of Gorham Bike Ski at The Concourse in Water- ville. was basically like flipping a Ski wax has two purposes: It hardens and protects the bottoms of skis and smooths their passage over the snow, making it easier to glide, ac- cording to Palese. PFAS, or per- and po- ly-fluoroalkyl substances, are a group of chemicals that include fluorocarbons used in some ski waxes. PFAS are man-made chemicals that were cre- ated in the 1940s and are used in a variety of con- sumer products, from outdoor gear to makeup.

They are oil and water re- sistant, making them use- ful in many products, in- cluding ski wax. The same properties in the chemicals that make them so effective mean they do not break down in the environment or the body, and they have been linked to a number of health issues in people. A recreational skier us- ing fluoro waxes would be able to tell the better glide that comes with using the wax, Palese said, but it be- came especially valuable in high-level racing. a slight advan- tage to somebody who ski that much is a huge advantage to some- body who is constant- ly doing events, like at the Olympic level or the World Cup level, where winning and los- ing by hundredths of a sec- Palese said. After years of applying flu- oro waxes to skis, problems began to emerge in people.

First, there was a health concern for anyone who applied the wax containing PFAS to skis. Those who used them were inhaling PFAS fumes, which was worsened when wax was heated so it would adhere better, a common practice among many skiers. Then there were the envi- ronmental concerns, such as those Carlson revealed when she found PFAS at Quarry Road Trails. As the evidence grew, the industry took note. A number of racing organi- zations banned the use of fluoro waxes, including U.S.

Ski Snowboard, the International Ski Feder- ation, which is based in Switzerland, and the New England Nordic Ski Asso- ciation, or NENSA. Justin Beckwith, com- petitive program director at NENSA, said the associ- ation banned waxes with high fluoro levels, and then transitioned into ful- ly banning their use. think New England was really proud to take a strong stance he said. alone in that. And just so many reasons why that just made absolute sense to Officials at several ski areas in Maine, includ- ing Sugarloaf in Carrabas- sett Valley, Saddleback in Rangeley and Lost Val- ley in Auburn, said while they have not banned flu- oro waxes for all skiers, their rental and ski tun- ing shops have stopped us- ing them, and competitive organizations that host races at their mountains have banned fluoro waxes.

And as skiers stopped us- ing fluoro waxes, many ski wax companies stopped making them. Palese said Gorham Bike Ski no lon- ger sells fluoro waxes and the vendors have discontinued them. really no de- mand for them Palese said. oth- er new products that have just replaced Carlson said the next step is to make sure recre- ational skiers understand the risks of fluoro waxes, and for ski mountains and trail systems to ban their use entirely. people would want to do the right Carl- son said.

know that there are risks associ- ated with fluoro waxes. They know the risk to themselves. They know that there are risks to the Kaitlyn Budion 207-861- 9514 com Twitter: As problem of PFAS contamination came to light, ski industry took early steps to ban the chemicals Rich Sentinel file Skiers compete in 2019 during season-opening ski races at Quarry Road Trails in Waterville. Elevated levels of PFAS, or were found in the snow and ground at the trails, a result of ski wax residue that con- tained the chemicals. The ski industry was one of the first to take steps to ban products containing PFAS, even as the contamination problem continues to worsen in Maine.

Daryn Journal Tim Kamilewicz wears a fleece neck warmer that was made by Reese Furneaux of Bethel. Reece Continued from page 1 A local alternative to higher prices Cliff Gray Cremation Funeral Services LLC 60 Andrews Road Bryant Pond, ME 04219 Tel: E-Mail: ATTENTION TOWN OF BETHEL TAX PAYERS This notice is to remind you that the second half of your Fiscal Year 2022 tax bill is due and payable May 2, 2022. Interest will begin to accrue May 3, 2022. For the amount owed, please refer to the bill that you received in the fall of 2021. If you have lost or misplaced your bill you may call the office at 207-824-2669 or email at for an amount owed.

PUBLIC HEARING Pursuant to Title 28 MRSA 252 a notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held on May 2, 2022 at the Bethel Town Officer to consider a Liquor License renewal and Entertainment Permit renewal from The Sunday River Brewpub, located at 29 Sunday River Rd. Public comment will be heard at that time. Prior to the hearing date written comment may be issued to the Bethel Town Office or email at Christen Mason, Town Clerk Janice Lord Mott 1935-2022 Cary, NC. Janice Lord Mott, age 86, passed peace- fully on Monday, March 21, 2022, at Brittany Place at Searstone Retirement com- munity, In Cary, NC. She was born in Bethel, ME, and was the middle child of Lawrence and Doris Lord.

Sadly, brothers Donald and Dwight both preceded her in death. Jan graduated from Gould Acad- emy in Bethel, then received her in Education from the University of Maine Orono. After gradua- tion, she taught elementary school in Madison, CT. While attending the Uni- versity, she met Donald Mott and the two were mar- ried in June 1957. They had three children: Cathy Mott of Smithfield, Jennifer Mott Weaver of Cary, and Roger Mott of Knightdale.

Jan was also blessed with 6 grand- children and 2 great-grand- children. Jan grew up in the White Mountains before moving into town. Her father was a mechanic, carpenter, and photographer and her mother was a school teach- er. Jan enjoyed being active all of her life. Delivering newspapers, skiing, bike riding, anything outdoors! When she and Don met, they enjoyed traveling, playing golf, tennis, bowling, danc- ing, and singing.

She sang with the Sweet Adelines, the Cary Concert Singers, and various church choirs. Upon mov- ing to Searstone, she helped start and direct the Searstone Choir. Jan has played the piano all of her life, learning from her mother who played during the silent movie era. She qualified for the Sr. Olympic games in Corn Hole and was crowned state champion in her age group.

Jan was often called upon to accompany singing groups and always blessed the family with Christmas favorite sing-alongs, during the holidays. The family wishes to thank the incredible staff at Britany Place for the care and compassion they showed to our mom during her struggle with Lewy Body Dementia over the past year. Thanks also to the many friends who were supportive through their visits, cards, emails, phone calls, and special prayers. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) at 912 Killian Hill Road, SW Suite 205, Lilburn, GA 30047 or A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 2:00 PM at First United Methodist Church, Acade- my Street Cary, NC. Page 2 The Bethel Citizen Thursday, April 21, 2022 Public Notices are a permanent and independent record of government and court actions.

These include state and local government meetings, rule making, available contracts, zoning changes, and many more, as required by law. In addition, parties to some court proceedings, such as foreclosures, probate, and estate actions are required to publish notices to ensure notification of affected parties, as well as the general public. These notices also alert business owners, large and small, to potential government contractual jobs, helping to ensure economic activity across a level playing field. Public notices have existed to ensure transparency in all levels of government since the founding of the United States. State and local notices are published in Maine newspapers and are also recorded at mainenotices.

com, where anyone can browse or search notices, and sign up to receive email alerts when relevant notices appear. blic Notices are a permanent and independent record of government and court actions. These include state and local government eetings, rule making, available contracts, zoning changes, and many more, as required by w. In addition, parties to some court proceedings, ch as foreclosures, probate, and estate actions are required to publish notices to ensure notification of affected parties, as well as the gen ral public. These notices also alert business owners, large and small, to potential government contractual bs, helping to ensure economi activit across a level playing field.

Public notices have existed to ensure transparency in all levels of governme since founding of the United States. State and local notices are published in Maine newspapers and are also recorded at, where anyone can browse or search notices, and sign up to receive email alerts when relevant notices appear..

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