Week of December 7, 2017

Winslow’s Wildes wins multiple awards

The 44th Annual Maine Soccer Coaches All-Star Banquet was held at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor, Sunday, December 3. Awards were presented by coaches of Northern Maine Class A, B and C, and Southern Maine Class A, B and C. The Presentation of awards included the 23rd Mane Soccer Coaches Senior Bowl MVPs, Northern and Southern Maine Regional All-Stars, Northern and Southern Maine state teams. Maine Soccer “Coach of the Year” Awards, NSCAA Region One Coach of the Year, Class “Players of the Year” Awards, All New England Awards, and All America Award presented to both boys and girls All-Star teams… [read more here…]

Your Local News

Residents hear update on ARI from speakers

VASSALBORO — About 30 people gathered in the East Vassalboro Grange Hall for a Nov. 29 update on the Alewife Restoration Project (ARI), aimed at restoring alewife runs from the ocean into China Lake. Speakers focused on two obstacles, the Ladd and Box Mill dams….

Planners revert to old method for reviewing conditional use applications

CHINA — China Planning Board members agreed at their Nov. 28 meeting to return to their previous procedure for reviewing conditional use applications and went on to apply it….

KHS to hear about Explosion in Halifax

KENNEBEC VALLEY — On December 7, 1917, two war ships collided in the harbor at Halifax, Nova Scotia. Following the collision and subsequent fire, a massive explosion occurred, killing about 2,000 people and wounding countless more. At the time, it was the largest man-made explosion in history….

Central Maine Squares to hold Toyland Dance

Central Maine Square Dance Club of Waterville

KENNEBEC VALLEY — The Central Maine Square Dance club of Waterville is having their monthly square dance on Sunday, December 10, from 2 – 5 p.m., at the Waterville Jr. High School, on Rte. 104 (West River Road)….

Jefferson Food Pantry gives thanks

JEFFERSON — It was a dark and stormy night, cold and rainy. On November 22, the Jefferson Area Community Food Pantry passed out turkeys, hams, assorted other meats, fresh and canned veggies and fruit to feed over 100 of our friends and neighbors….

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Town of China Police Log

Report for October 1 – October 31 2017

4 traffic complaints.
10 traffic stops.
9 property checks.
1 report of suspicious activity.
8 business checks.
1 traffic direction detail.
2 trespass complaints.
1 disabled vehicle.
1 stationary radar detail.
1 debris in roadway.
1 found property.
1 assist fire department….

Obituaries – week of December 7, 2017

AUGUSTA – Norman R. Higgins, 88, died Friday, November 17, 2017. He was born in Rochester, New Hamp­shire, on November 12, 1929, the son of Don and Alma (Gallant) Higgins.

Mr. Higgins was educated at Worcester Jr. College and Clark University, in Massachusetts. He served his country in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict, 1950 to 1953, and was honorably discharged…. and 10 others…

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Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | As we enter into the Christmas season, I notice a lot of Christmas cards and greetings with the picture of a dove as a symbol of peace on earth and goodwill to all men. Where did that all start? Why is the dove a symbol of peace?…
Doves as a symbol of peace: what is the history?

ERIC’S TECH TALK

by Eric W. Austin | We’re all familiar with it. Try to log into your favorite website, and you’re likely to be presented with a question: Are you human or a robot? Then you might be asked to translate a bit of garbled text or pick from a set of presented images. What’s this all about?…
Are you human or robot? The surprising history of CAPTCHAs

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | As I slowly edged into liking classical music, via cartoons and storybook records, I remember Beethoven being the first composer to grab my attention, through two symphonies – the 5th and 6th, better known as the Pastoral. The great conductor, Bruno Walter (1876-1962), would be the first to give me the intensive exposure to both pieces. Mom owned a 78 set of Walter’s 1941 5th, a very satisfying performance full of conviction and spirit….
Bandleader: Spike Jones; Composers: Telemann & Maurice Ravel

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySolon & Beyond

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | Good morning, dear friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

The L.C. Bates Museum, in Hinckley, has received a grant which is benefiting students at Solon Elementary School this fall. Elizabeth Comstock of the museum staff visited the school once a week for six weeks to present natural history outreach programs to students in second and fourth grades. Topics for these presentations were wetland habitat, forest habitat, ocean habitat, Maine birds, bugs, and pollination….
SOLON & BEYOND

Katie Ouilette WallsIf Walls Could Talk

by Katie Ouilette | Well, faithful readers and WALLS, do you agree with me that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas?

Yup, everywhere we read! The advertising hardly leaves time for viewing and reading and Black Friday and ‘whatever Monday’ has happened already….
IF WALLS COULD TALK

I’m Just Curious

by Debbie Walker | Recently, I referred to myself as “Nana Daffy.” I commented that I would tell that story at another time. TIME is here.

Have you ever been in a conversation about names with a little one?

It goes something like this: “Momma’s name is ….?., Daddy’s name is ….?” It was one of those discussions when I added “Nana’s name is …?”….
“Nana Daffy”

For Your Health

(NAPSI)—Many older Americans have discovered that sharing their accumulated wisdom with others who need help can be a big win all around.
Here’s a look at two ways you can stretch your mind and show your heart….
Older People Improve Life For Others And Themselves