Best of The Town Line in 2017

We’ve published a lot of stories over the past year, but which ones stood out from the crowd? More than 20,000 people visited in 2017, with pages on the site viewed more than 70,000 times. In this article (and the page below), we’d like to highlight those stories from The Town Line that attracted the most interest over the past year […]

China baseball player working to crack lineup at Newbury College

Our most popular story of 2017! Roland Hallee looks back at the scholastic baseball career of China resident, Dylan Presby, and interviews the new college freshman to see how he’s handling competition at the collegiate level. Erskine Coach Lars Jonassen said of Presby, “He was an unsung hero, and didn’t care that he never got any recognition.”

Where are all the birds?

Birds are all the talk lately. National Geographic has named 2018 the ‘Year of the Bird.’  But in 2017, Roland Hallee was already looking into the issue with a number of insightful articles. You can find them all below!

Where have all the birds gone?
Update on birds
With a song bird shortage, there are plenty of crows
Bird disappearance is phenomenon that exists nationwide
News flash – the birds are back in town

China Police Log

See what your neighbors are up to! (Big thanks to Detective Sergeant Tracey Frost for providing us with the China Police Log.)

November/December 2017
October 2017
September 2017
June 2017
May 2017

Opiates in Central Maine: Not just a national issue

The first in a series about the opioid problem in Central Maine. TECH TALK columnist Eric Austin interviews the head of MaineGeneral’s Substance Abuse Clinic, as well as local law enforcement, in an effort to understand the problem and it’s impact on our local communities.

Save the Mill fundraiser reaches preliminary goal

The Olde Mill Place in Vassalboro experienced extensive damage in the wind-storm last fall. We report on the fundraising efforts. There are several upcoming fundraising events so be sure to check it out!

Town Line Original Columnists in 2017


China school teacher and Maine outdoor enthusiast, Ron Maxwell combines his teaching skills with his outdoor expertise to teach us a bit about thriving in the great outdoors.

Survival is an interesting concept
Always consider the “rule of threes”

I’m Just Curious | by Debbie Walker

Debbie Walker is an extremely curious person, and she wants to know what you’re curious about too! Here’s a selection of some of her best columns from the past year.

Just a thought
In case you wondered; uses for duct tape and WD-40
Amazing uses, Part 2
Would you be interested?

Katie Ouilette WallsIf Walls Could Talk | by Katie Ouilette

Katie Ouilette’s column is a staple of The Town Line. She covers a wide range of subjects, including local news and happenings around town for the Waterville/Skowhegan area.

Week of February 2, 2017
Week of April 27, 2017
Week of June 22, 2017
Week of September 28, 2017
Week of October 12, 2017