Day: June 16, 2018

Hello Bethel: Summer Science Enrichment Program

  • Grades 1-6
  •  Hands-on learning
  •  Small class sizes with highly qualified teachers
  •  Expertly crafted lessons and exciting activities

Minds On Science is now enrolling for the summer of 2018! This original enrichment science program has served thousands of children in the area since 1995. We offer hands-on learning and experimenting sure to boost your child’s love of science. From July 9- 20, Minds On Science will offer a variety of STEM-designed classes expertly crafted for students entering grades 1-6.  All classes are taught by highly experienced and certified teachers eager to spark fun and learning for each child.  The field of science is ever growing. We invite your young scientist to join us for new opportunities and experiences!

Some of our available classes include: Forensic Science, Sound Phenomenon, Chemistry, Biology, Zoology, Dinosaurs & Fossils, and Science & Art!

Invest in your child’s future! Sign up here: mindsonscience.com

Established in 2017, Minds On Science, LLC, was inspired by two former programs that have paved the way for children to experience science in a new way, unlike anything and anywhere else!  We’ve been able to take from the amazing work done by Minds On Science Inc. and Super Science to bring you a variety of hands-on science classes taught by certified, passionate teachers, sure to spark your child’s love for science.  Be sure to check back for updates and exciting news around this year’s Minds On Science program.

Hello Bethel: Two of Bethel’s Finest to Retire

Two veteran officers of the Bethel Police Department will be retiring this week. Lt. Richard Dickinson has been with the force for 37 years, and Sgt. Keith Mackenzie has 25 years with the department. This week’s issue will focus on Lt. Dickinson.

Richard Dickinson was a senior member of the department with over 37 years of service.  He moved through the ranks, spending time as a patrol officer, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, field operations commander, and field services commander, as well as some 15 years as the department traffic safety officer. He also served as a firearms instructor and an armorer.

As Traffic Safety Officer, Dickinson studied and analyzed traffic patterns and accidents and, as such, was frequently requested to appear at Police Commission meetings in order to discuss, appraise, and give advice to the commission helping them make decisions on traffic related issues.

As training officer, Dickinson created and implemented, at great personal effort, new in-house training programs such as eLearning and use of force.  This has helped streamline training in order to provide more training hours as well as convenience.

Lt. Dickinson acted as the department “guru” in legal updates (new laws and changes) and created a legal update packet for every officer, a personal effort he has continued over numerous years.

Lt. Dickinson has been one the hardest working and most dedicated employees of the department.  He came to work every day focused on multiple issues related to his assignment and the betterment of the department.  His knowledge, dedication and his flexibility to accept responsibility to numerous topics and assignments without complaint made him a valued employee. We wish him all the best for his well-deserved retirement.

Hello Bethel: Progress of New Police Station

As these photos show, Bethel’s newest municipal building is progressing. Work completion on the police station is still on track for late July. Captain Stephen Pugner is very pleased with the new space, noting that they’ll have some flexibility about how to use some of the spaces. He also pointed out that the General Purpose Room (pictured below) will be a wonderful community asset. It was designed to be accessed from the station’s lobby and has egress directly on the parking lot. Captain Pugner envisions the room being used for community club activities and meetings, in addition to its use as a training room for the department.

L to R: Front lobby; General Purpose Room


L to R: Dispatch area; front of building