Entries by Mary Grow

Garage expansion OK’d by Vassalboro planners

by Mary Grow Presented with the previously-missing site plan, Vassalboro Planning Board members quickly and unanimously approved Michael Chick’s application to enlarge his garage on Burns Road, off Church Hill Road. At their regular meeting Nov. 9, board members ruled Chick’s application incomplete because it lacked an overall plan. They scheduled a special meeting for […]

Fire departments dominate China selectmen’s meeting

by Mary Grow China selectmen spent another 40 minutes at their Nov. 27 meeting talking with representatives of the three town fire departments about new ways of distributing the annual stipends from town voters. For many years the town has kept the departments’ money and paid bills as they’re submitted. This year, two changes overlap: […]

CHINA: TIF members postpone action on six items

by Mary Grow Members of China’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Committee postponed action on all six items on their Nov. 20 agenda. They scheduled another meeting for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, hoping the chairman and three other absent members will be able to attend. The seven members present Nov. 20 did not act on […]

Emergency services discussed by China residents; MacFarland elected board chairman

by Mary Grow Discussion of emergency services stipends at the Nov. 13 China selectmen’s meeting led to discussion of related issues: recent legislation, a new local requirement and how to make sure residents are safe during power outages and other emergencies. In March, town meeting voters appropriated up to $40,000 to compensate China fire and […]

Vassalboro: Melrose wins three-way race for vacant seat

by Mary Grow Vassalboro voters have chosen John Melrose to fill out the remainder of the late Philip Haines’ term on the Board of Selectmen. In a three-way race, Melrose received 517 votes, Larisa Batchelder received 320 and Lewis Devoe received 169, according to Town Clerk Cathy Coyne. Melrose, 66, chairs the Vassalboro Budget Committee […]