Week of December 13, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Remembering Katiebug: A short, bright local light

Sarah Watson lost her daughter, Katie, in October. Now she’s starting a foundation to help other parents of sick kids…

Your Local News

Selectmen adopt mailbox policy; ask for opt out on business equipment tax

CHINA — China selectmen unanimously adopted the mailbox policy, which sets standards for placing mailboxes along state and town roads and says that if a plow truck damages a mailbox, the owner, not the town, is responsible…

Selectmen vote to not appeal decision on property

CHINA — The four China selectmen at a Dec. 5 special meeting voted unanimously not to appeal a legal decision involving a property on Three Mile Pond…

Police chief’s job description finally approved

VASSALBORO — At their Dec. 6 meeting, Vassalboro selectmen finally approved the police chief’s job description they have been revising for the last couple months, with one final revision…

New books at Albion library

ALBION — The Albion Library has received several new books for Juveniles from Tumblehome Learning, Inc. of Boston. Here are a few of them…

Nivek Boostedt earns Eagle Scout rank

CHINA — Friends, family members, elected officials and other scouts gathered together to honor Nivek for earning his wings – the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America…

First time champ

PALERMO — Roger Files, of Palermo, collected first place awards in both Kata and Kumite at the State Martial Arts Rating and Total Championships…

PAGES IN TIME: The story of Killdeer Lodge – conclusion

CHINA — The property had been acquired by the Dillenbeck family in the 1920s when Ben Dillenbeck’s brother-in-law Earle Eli Wagner purchased 250 acres of land for his resort development dream on China Lake is described in a 1949 brochure promoting Killdeer Lodge on China Lake…

Municipal Tax Information

Find out when local taxes are due for China, Vassalboro, Windsor & Winslow.

School News

Ben T. Thibert named to Clarkson University’s dean’s list

OAKLAND —  Ben T. Thibert, of Oakland, a junior majoring in aeronautical engineering, was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester at Clarkson University, in Potsdam, New York.

Matthew Steward named to dean’s list at Bob Jones University

SKOWHEGAN — Matthew Steward, a sophomore criminal justice major, of Skowhegan, was among approximately 890 Bob Jones University students named to the fall 2018 dean’s list, in Greenville, South Carolina.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

CHRISTMAS TREE SALE, St. Denis Knights of Columbus Council #1423, every Thursday through Sunday, through December 21, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., at End Zone Pizza & Deli, 315 Eastern Ave., Augusta; St. Denis Church, Sundays after 11 a.m. Mass, behind the church…

Give Us Your Best Shot!

The best recent photos from our readers!

Obituaries

ALBION – Red (Ora) Bennett, 81 of Albion, passed away at his home on Saturday, November 24, 2018. He was born on January 15, 1937, in Albion, the son of Rinaldo and Izetta (Boody) Bennett… and remembering 12 others…

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Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | My wife and I had a dear friend visit with us last week, and following many different conversations, she asked the question, “Why are Canada geese flying north in December?” Interesting question…

CRITTER CHATTER

by Amy Messier | My name is Amy. Many of you know me as the volunteer with the apron who showed up at the Wildlife Care Center, in Vassalboro, about 14 years ago and never left…

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | Composer Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) left a Christmas oratorio, the above-listed Birth of Christ and quite exceptional in its own sublime beauty…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | The Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club met on December 8, with Cooper Dellarma presiding. There were 20 members, three leaders and ten visitors present…

FOR YOUR HEALTH

(NAPSI) — Americans are officially abandoning attempts to be healthy until 2019, according to a new study. A new study into the health and diets of Americans saw as many as 45 percent say they’re postponing any resolution to eat clean or lose weight until after the holiday festivities…

Holiday Dining: Writing Off The End Of The Year