Entries by Mary Grow

China CEO Mitnik moves on with regret and pleasure

by Mary Grow “I’m saying goodbye to China,” Paul Mitnik said toward the end of our June 25 conversation in his office in the town office. After four years as codes enforcement officer, licensed plumbing inspector and building inspector, Mitnik is moving on, sooner than he intended, with a mixture of regret and pleasure. Regret […]

Vassalboro board puzzles over lunch program finances

by Mary Grow Vassalboro School Board members puzzled over lunch program finances at their June 18 meeting, after Superintendent Alan Pfeiffer recommended they reallocate $30,000 to start covering the program’s debt even though it doesn’t owe any money to anybody. Pfeiffer explained that the “debt,” about $130,000, is on the books because the program spends […]

CHINA: Decisions on new excavator, Saturday hours postponed

by Mary Grow China selectmen made several decisions at their June 24 meeting, the last in the current fiscal year, but postponed action on the two longest-discussed questions, whether to buy an excavator and whether to eliminate Saturday town office hours. At their June 10 meeting, Board members re-reviewed bids for equipment for summer road […]

Vassalboro planners approve two applications

by Mary Grow Vassalboro Planning Board members quickly and unanimously approved both shoreland zoning applications on their June 6 agenda. Mary Rider has approval to rearrange and enlarge the deck on her family camp on Tilton Lane, on the east shore of Webber Pond. Builder Ray Breton, representing the applicant, said the planned increase in […]

Medical marijuana business reschedule; applicant absent

by Mary Grow China Planning Board members expected to discuss a proposed new medical marijuana business at their June 11 meeting. But applicant Clifford Glinko was absent, so there was no discussion. Instead, Board members scheduled a July 9 public hearing on Glinko’s application to open a medical marijuana facility with a storefront at 360 […]

June 2019 local election results (China, Vassalboro, Fairfield, Benton)

by Mary Grow CHINA China voters rejected both spending requests on their June 11 local ballot. They re-approved the school budget initially approved at the April 6 town business meeting and voted to continue the school budget validation referendum for another three years. Town Clerk Rebecca Hapgood reported the results, as follows: The request to […]