Entries by Mary Grow

China bridge contract awarded to local contractor

by Mary Grow China selectmen unanimously awarded the bid to replace the causeway bridge at the head of China Lake’s east basin to the low – and local – bidder, Jason Tyler’s Comprehensive Land Technologies, Inc., of South China. At their July 9 meeting board members briefly discussed the four bids received, which ranged from […]

China selectmen revisit fire pond issue

by Mary Grow At their June 25 meeting China selectmen revived the Neck Road fire pond they killed at their June 11 meeting, when they voted to fill it in. New Town Manager Dennis Heath presented cost estimates – not bids, he emphasized – for three options: filling the pond, re-configuring it with sloped sides […]

VCS holds new pavilion ribbon cutting

by Mary Grow Retiring Principal Dianna Gram did the honors at the June 15 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new playground pavilion at Vassalboro Community School, before a large audience of VCS students plus some of the people involved in the project. School Board and Parent Teacher Organization member Jessica Clark said the pavilion replaces a […]

Vassalboro board rejects request for reconsideration

by Mary Grow Vassalboro Board of Appeals members have refused to reconsider their May 22 rejection of Jonathan Blumberg’s appeal of Codes Officer Richard Dolby’s permit issued in March to Bernard Welch. In May, three board of appeals members unanimously agreed Blumberg’s procedural and substantive objections to Dolby’s action were without merit. They told Blumberg […]

Vassalboro school board had hoped to appoint new superintendent

by Mary Grow Vassalboro School Board members hoped to approve a new superintendent for Vassalboro at their June 19 meeting, but no one has been chosen. Eric Haley was full-time superintendent for all three AOS (Alternative Organizational Structure) schools (Vassalboro, Waterville and Winslow) until voters dissolved the AOS in March, effective June 30. Vassalboro is […]

Vassalboro residents asked for input on marijuana, picnic area

by Mary Grow Vassalboro selectmen would appreciate residents’ opinions on two topics, preferably before the June 28 selectmen’s meeting. The first issue is whether townspeople want to try to restrict the number of storefront medical marijuana shops – places where people with a prescription for marijuana can get it filled – allowed in town. The […]

China TIF committee reports little progress

by Mary Grow China’s TIF (Tax Increment Finance) Committee members had little progress to report at their June 18 meeting. The committee’s main focus is on the head of China Lake’s east basin, where the first phase of a multi-year project involves replacing the bridge across the inlet stream. That work is supposed to be […]

Vassalboro voters elect two incumbents

by Mary Grow At the polls June 12, Vassalboro voters re-elected two incumbent town officials and re-approved the 2018-19 school budget initially approved at the June 4 open town meeting. Town Clerk Cathy Coyne reported that Selectman John Melrose received 808 votes and school board member Jolene Clark Gamage 786 votes. The vote on the […]