Week of March 29, 2018

Week of March 29, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

The many roles of RSU #18’s School Resource Officers

When students arrive at Messalonskee High School, the first face they often see is that of Detective Tracey Frost.  “Frosty” as the kids call him, is a reassuring presence, rather than an intimidating one. He has a booming “good-morning,” a witty comment for each kid, and can call most of them by name. At Messalonskee Middle School, Sergeant Adam Sirois starts his day in a similar manner, greeting students with a smile and a quiet “hello,” complimenting their hat, asking about their weekend. “He is always chatting with the kids, either one on one or in small groups,” said head Administrative Assistant Tracey Foster […]

Your Local News

China voters approve all warrant items but one

CHINA —  China voters approved all but one of the 43 articles in the warrant for their March 24 annual town business meeting. Art. 41 was defeated on a written vote of 38 in favor to 48 opposed. The article asked authorization to spend $100 to buy the Branch Mills Union Church and up to another $80,000 from donations, grants and if applicable China’s Tax Increment Finance (TIF) fund to maintain the historic building […]

Vassalboro department heads submit requests to budget committee

VASSALBORO — These wish list items, how much road repaving should and can be done annually and similar municipal expenditure issues took up the budget committee’s March 20 meeting. No recommendations were made, because the committee, the selectmen and Sabins still need to see the proposed 2018-19 school budget to get a complete view of future needs […]

Making China a place to last a lifetime

CHINA —  Pssst! I know a bit about my fellow China residents. I know, for example, that 96 percent of you want to stay in China as you age. In fact, on the whole, most of you think China is a pretty great place to live. Now, how do I know this? I didn’t go around and ask everyone in town. Thankfully, I didn’t have to. There’s a committee dedicated to doing just that. It’s called the China for a Lifetime Committee (CFAL) […]

China board denies BioFuels’ request to reconsider

CHINA — At a March 22 meeting, the China Board of Appeals refused to reconsider its Feb. 15 refusal to hear two appeals of codes officer’s decisions filed by Bio Renewable Fuels (BRF). The case began in August 2017, when Codes Officer Paul Mitnik notified BRF owner Ralph Howe that he needed a planning board permit to continue his Dirigo Road operation. In September 2017, Mitnik sent the company a notice of violation […]

Young martial artists have their day at Battle of Maine

WATERVILLE — Young students from Huard’s Martial Arts, in Winslow, recently collected pledges for the Battle of Maine Children’s Miracle Network fundraiser. Over the years, students and the event have raised over $75,000. The 38th Battle of Maine Martial Arts championships helped raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network and was a great success […]

Coming of Age in Waldo County

PALERMO — As part of the Evolving Communities Presentation Series, the Palermo Community Center will present guest speaker Patricia Oh on Friday, March 30, following a potluck dinner at 6 p.m […]

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TOWN OF CHINA
Town Manager

The Town of China, Maine, is currently searching for qualified candidates for the position of Town Manager. China is located near the state capital on beautiful China Lake. China has a population of 4,328. China operates under a town meeting, select board and town manager form of government. The select board is seeking candidates with management experience and demonstrated proactive leadership abilities while working in the best interest of the Town of China.

Skills in financial management and budgeting with an open, collaborative and transparent management style and excellent communication skills are desired. Salary is based on experience and training. Benefits offered include health and dental insurance, holiday, sick, vacation and personal time and retirement plan.

Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to:

Town Manager Search    
TOWN OF CHINA    
571 Lakeview Drive    
China, ME 04358    

* Deadline for submission is April 30, 2018 *

School News

Tyler receives MPA principal’s award at Erskine

CHINA — Erskine Academy Headmaster Michael McQuarrie is pleased to announce that Caleb Tyler of Palermo, a senior at Erskine, has been selected to receive the 2018 Principal’s Award […]

Erskine Academy announces school calendar change

CHINA — Parents and students should be advised of a change to Erskine Academy’s school calendar due to excessive storm days. Friday, April 13, will now be an early release day with dismissal at 11:30 a.m. Any additional school cancellations will be reviewed to determine if further make up days will be required […]

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

WATERVILLE — Peter Vigue, past president and CEO of Cianbro Corp., of Pittsfield, will speak at the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce Leadership Luncheon on Tues., April 10, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., at T&B’s Celebration Center, 6 Jefferson St. He will speak on the company’s past successes […]

Obituaries – week of March 29, 2018

VASSALBORO – Ardath E. (Farnham) Wood, 75, died Sunday, March 18, 2018, at her home, following a long illness. She was born in Boothbay Harbor, on November 8, 1942, the daughter of the late Isaac A. and Eleanor J. (Chase) Farnham… and remembering 8 others…

SCHEDULE OF LOCAL TOWN MEETINGS FOR 2018 <– click here!

Check this page to find out when your town meeting is. We’ll be updating this page as more meetings are scheduled. If you don’t see your town listed, send us an email at townline@fairpoint.net or visit our contact page!

Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | The pumpkin bug, or squash bug, are also called stink bugs, but are not the traditional stink bug. Although some pumpkin bugs are called stink bugs, not all stink bugs are pumpkin bugs. If you ever spot a sizable green stink bug, there’s a good chance that it’s a pumpkin bug. They are similar in appearance to stink bugs because they both have a foul odor when squashed […]

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates |  The first time I heard singer/songwriter John Prine, now 71, was at the Gorham gym, of what is now the University of Southern Maine, during the spring of 1972. He was the opening act for Lighthouse, was totally new to me and failed to make any impression. Even his incredible fame over the 47 years that have elapsed since then never stirred my curiosity – that is until just over two weeks ago […]

Katie Ouilette WallsIF WALLS COULD TALK

by Katie Ouilette | It all began on St. Patrick’s Day, as that was daughter’s birthday and Chuck planned a wonderful party for her. Then, in my ‘stuff’ there was a write-up with the heading “Did You Know?” Yes, faithful readers, do you know that St. Patrick was born in 389 and died in 461? Wow! […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | Several columns ago I told you that Pastor Tim Hunt of the New Hope Evangelical Free Church, in Solon, was going on a mission trip to Uganda. He sent me a very interesting and inspiring letter telling about his trip and I take great pleasure in sharing it with you […]

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | I think it’s interesting but do you? I have been into the magazines again; I once again, started just cutting articles out with no thought of what magazines the ideas came from. So I apologize to those writers for not being able to give them credit they are due. Since I have no depth perception at all, as my brother told me, I was pleased to come across these: a quarter is nearly an inch in diameter and one foot is 16 pennies laid in a row […]

FOR YOUR HEALTH

Roughly 110 million adults in the U.S. are age 50 or older. If you’re one of them or know someone who is, there’s something you need to know: As you age, your nutrition needs change. You may become less active, your metabolism slows, and your ability to absorb some nutrients becomes less efficient. You need fewer calories to keep you going—which means the amount of nutrients in your food becomes even more important […]

Good Nutrition Made Easy For Older Adults

Week of March 22, 2018

Week of March 22, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

The Town Line: 30 years of serving area towns

The staff under the regime of Dennis Keller included, seated, from left to right, Sandy Keller, Roland Hallee, Lea Davis and Martha Holzwarth. Back, Natalie Lyon, Nancy Heath, Ed Heath, Paulie Heath, Mike Heath, Dennis Keller, Miriam Keller and Dustin Heath. (File photo)

The first issue of The Town Line was published on March 15, 1989. The brain child of China residents Gary and Trish Newcomb, the newspaper’s goal was to bring neighbors and their respective towns closer together through better communications. Area towns and their residents had gone through some turbulent times during the mid-’80s when much animosity had grown to epidemic proportions. Gary and Trish figured that if people really knew what their neighbors were doing, they would better understand each other… [read more of our history…]

Your Local News

CHINA: No progress on Neck Road Fire Pond

CHINA —  China selectmen had a short meeting with no major decisions March 19, their last before voters act on their proposed budget for 2018-19 and related items at the March 24 town business meeting. Town Manager Daniel L’Heureux reported no progress on the fire pond on Neck Road because landowner Tom Michaud is out of state. At their earlier March meeting, board members approved a draft memorandum of agreement for Michaud’s review […]

WINSLOW: Robotics team invited to national final round

WINSLOW — The Winslow Public Library has announced that its Wonder League Robotics Competition team, the Winslow Coders, has made it to the national final invitational round. Out of 5,300 teams participating around the country, approximately 280 were invited to this round. The Winslow Coders are a group of four Winslow children between the ages of 8 and 12 […]

China planners hear application on camp for teens

CHINA —  China Planning Board members are scheduled to review one application at their March 27 meeting. Wesley and Susan Horton have applied to use a building at 24 Pond Hill Road, at the north end of Three Mile Pond, as a leadership development camp for teenagers […]

Central Church to open in May in old Fairpoint building

So CHINA — Central Church (previously known as Kennebec Community Church) will be opening its doors on May 6, in the old Fairpoint Building, on Rte. 3, in South China. The church is all about three things. Loving Jesus, loving others, and helping others love Jesus. They services are fun to go to. Most people, when they think of a church service, think of a lot of old songs played on an organ and a lecture from someone exceptionally boring […]

Maine Maple Sunday on tap March 25

CHINA — The 35th Maine Maple Sunday will take place on Sunday, March 25. Sugarhouses throughout Maine will provide tours, free samples and demonstrations on the process of transforming maple sap into maple syrup. Locally, Raider’s Sugarhouse, located at 148 Bog Road, in China, will have an open house from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. […]

It’s Spring; time for Vidalia Onions!

PALERMO — Versatile Vidalia onions are coming into season and will arrive in Palermo on May 17. They’re big, sweet, and juicy, and you can order a 25-pound box of them for only $27. Proceeds go to the Palermo Community Center and the Palermo Food Pantry […]

Free community Easter egg hunt planned

WINSLOW — The Winslow Baptist Church will be hosting a community Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m., at the park on Daillaire and Halifax streets, in Winslow. Rain location will be a the Winslow Elementary School. There will be thousands of eggs to gather […]

Easter egg hunt rescheduled

ALBION — Due to extended winter weather, the March 25 ShineOnCass Easter Egg Hunt at Hart-to-Hart Farm & Educational Center has been rescheduled to an exciting new spring celebration! The community is invited to help welcome the farm’s new baby animals at the first ShineOnCass Animal Baby Shower & Egg Hunt Sunday, April 22, from 2 to 4 pm at 16 Duck Pond Road, in Albion […]

Alewife restoration project to receive grant award

CHINA — Maine Rivers, as part of the Alewife Restoration Initiative, has been awarded $200,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundations’ (NFWF) New England Forests and Rivers grant program. The goal of the Alewife Restoration Initiative is to remove impediments or install fish passages at the barriers that prevent native alewives from accessing China Lake’s spawning habitat […]

Lions name speech contest winners

SKOWHEGAN — The Skowhegan Lions Club recently completed its annual Speak-Out Contest at the Margaret Chase Smith Library Center, in Skowhegan. Lions Speak-Out gives high school students a forum to present a prepared speech on a topic or issue of their choosing and to defend their ideas when questioned […]

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TOWN OF CHINA
Town Manager

The Town of China, Maine, is currently searching for qualified candidates for the position of Town Manager. China is located near the state capital on beautiful China Lake. China has a population of 4,328. China operates under a town meeting, select board and town manager form of government. The select board is seeking candidates with management experience and demonstrated proactive leadership abilities while working in the best interest of the Town of China.

Skills in financial management and budgeting with an open, collaborative and transparent management style and excellent communication skills are desired. Salary is based on experience and training. Benefits offered include health and dental insurance, holiday, sick, vacation and personal time and retirement plan.

Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to:

Town Manager Search    
TOWN OF CHINA    
571 Lakeview Drive    
China, ME 04358    

* Deadline for submission is April 30, 2018 *

School News

Homeschoolers perform Shakespeare this weekend

MONMOUTH — The Southern Maine Shakespearean homeschoolers will be performing its annual show, Much Ado About Nothing, at the Cumston Hall, in Monmouth, on Thursday and Friday, March 22-23, at 6:30 p.m., and a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m […]

Lawrence Jr. High student visits State Senate

BENTON — Adrian O’Connell, of Benton, served as an honorary page in the Maine Senate on Thursday, March 15. During his visit he met with his state senator, Scott Cyrway (R-Kennebec). The honorary page program gives students from third grade through high school an opportunity to participate in the legislative process for one day’s session in either the House or Senate […]

Basketball tourney champions

WINSLOW — The Winslow sixth grade boys travel basketball team recently won the 2018 PAL Hoops Classic tournament […]

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SOUTH CHINA — Karaoke party, Friday, March 23. A fundraiser for American Legion Post #179, Legion Memorial Dr. Bring your friends and show them what all the fun is about. Sing like no one is listening. BYOB. Members and guests. Good Life Karaoke with Robin and Chaz. FMI: 399-4391 […]

Obituaries – week of March 22, 2018

SOUTH CHINA – Charlotte L. Page, 89, of South China, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018, at her home. She was the daughter of Thomas and Myrtle (Pollard) French, who ran French’s Market Garden, on Rte. 32, in South China, for many years… and remembering 7 others…

SCHEDULE OF LOCAL TOWN MEETINGS FOR 2018 <– click here!

Check this page to find out when your town meeting is. We’ll be updating this page as more meetings are scheduled. If you don’t see your town listed, send us an email at townline@fairpoint.net or visit our contact page!

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Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 73 percent of hunters harvested a moose during the last season. This was done despite warm spells. There were 2,080 permits issued, and 1,518 hunters were successful. That would lead you to believe that moose are plentiful […]

Emily CatesGARDEN WORKS

by Emily Cates | As I type this article, snow is gently and gracefully descending from the sky to my yard. I look out the window, captivated. It’s hard to be inspired to work in the garden when it’s snowing. However, there is a different – and some say as exciting – way to get your green thumb fix, all in the comfort and convenience of a cozy armchair […]

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates |  Conversations is a volume of interviews with various individuals who knew and worked with the composer, conductor, pianist, author, TV personality extraordinaire, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), who was arguably the most famous man involved in classical music during the last 60 years […]

Katie Ouilette WallsIF WALLS COULD TALK

by Katie Ouilette | WHOOPS, walls, I’m not sure if you can talk about this or not, since it is invisible, sort-of. Yes, I just had breakfast and I ate the hole of Mrs. Dunster’s doughnut! This is for you, faithful readers and WALLS, because I found information about the doughnut hole in my files. Georg Smith wrote it long ago in his column and, just like you, WALLS and faithful readers, he and I have been enlightened. You see, the hole-in-the-doughnut was invented! […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | Keystone Chapter #78, Order of the Eastern Star held its Installation of Officers on March 16, in Solon. The Installing Suite consisted of Rebecca Bibber PGM, Grand Treasurer, Installing Matron; Dale Hanington PGP, Installing Patron; Julienne B. Irving PGM, Installing Chaplain, Rebecca Johnson PGM, Installing Marshal; Marjorie Pfeiffer PGM, Installing Organist; and Beverly Noonan DDGM, Star Point Ceremony […]

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | This column’s information came from Reader’s Digest “Extraordinary USES for ordinary things.” Some evenings I get caught up in the little bits of info and can’t wait to pass it on….. to you!!!! My favorite “Did you know?” is in the 1920s when an employee of Johnson and Johnson, because of his accident prone wife, invented Band-Aids […]

FOR YOUR HEALTH

When Mother Nature sends enough rough weather to make it tough to keep skin smooth, the good news is she also created a way to soften it up again. Notably, honey and other products you may already have right in your own kitchen […]

A Honey Of A Solution To Rough, Dry Skin

Week of March 15, 2018

Week of March 15, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Opiates in Central Maine: The Problem of Pain

The number of Mainers who died of a drug overdose rose to 418 in 2017, driven by a 27 percent increase in deaths due to illegal fentanyl, while heroin related deaths decreased slightly, according to Maine Attorney General Janet Mills. (In the graphic, one needle equals 10 deaths in Maine.)

Her name? It’s not important. She lives right here in China and could easily be your next-door neighbor or relative. You’ve probably passed her going into the post office or exchanged neighborly smiles down at Hannaford. Maybe she goes to your church. She’s here with me now hoping her story might bring greater awareness to a problem that is hammering our communities, destroying families, and taking lives. Her son is addicted to heroin… [read more of her story…]

Your Local News

CHINA: Historic preservation, infrastructure needs top town meeting warrant

CHINA —  China voters will have an unusual number of specific decisions to make at their annual town business meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at China Primary School (off Lakeview Drive behind China Middle School). A quorum of 120 registered voters is required to open the meeting […]

VASSALBORO: Voters approve dissolving AOS #92 by large margin

VASSALBORO — AOS (Alternative Organi­zational Structure) #92 will soon be history. In a March 13 referendum vote, all three member municipalities voted by wide margins to terminate the arrangement: in Vassalboro, the vote was 81 yes to 13 no, in Waterville, 183 yes to 58 no, and Winslow 122 yes to 62 no […]

China selectmen re-discuss Neck Road fire pond

CHINA —  After an executive session that lasted more than an hour, China selectmen spent most of the rest of their March 7 meeting re-discussing the fire pond on Neck Road. The executive session was called to consult with counsel and on a personnel issue. No action was taken afterward […]

Vassalboro public hearing on budget set for March 22

VASSALBORO — The Vassalboro public hearing, selectmen’s meeting and Budget Committee meeting postponed from March 8 due to snow are rescheduled for Thursday evening, March 22, with the public hearing at 6 p.m. followed by the selectmen’s meeting and the Budget Committee scheduled for 7 p.m […]

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: Proponents of LD 922 uninformed, not concerned

PALERMO — It is alarming that those who favor passing bill LD922 are either uninformed or not concerned with the consequences of opening the fishway at the Sheepscot Pond dam to allow alewife herrings, American eels and sea lamprey eels access to the lake during spring spawning season […]

Local author releases new book

Local Mainer Michael W. Huard has just released his new sci-fi and fantasy novel Land of the Free. The story is set in the far future via the 31st century. A powerful sisterhood of patriotic female martial artists fight for freedom in a dystopian society set in post apocalyptic advanced robotic America […]

Shakespearean group to celebrate 25 years

Southern Maine Association of Shakespearean Homeschoolers (SMASH) is a small theater group comprised of homeschool families who come together from the far reaches of central Maine. This year, the group is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the play, Much Ado About Nothing. Show times are on Thursday & Friday, March 22 & 23 at 6:30 p.m., with a matinée on Saturday, March 24 at 2 p.m. […]

China Police Log for January

Speeders beware! Here is the China Police Log for January 2018 […]

Somerville’s Lily Thompson STAR student of the month

SOMERVILLE — Maine Connections Academy (MCA), the state’s first virtual public charter school, has selected Lily Thompson, an eighth grader from Somerville, as its January STAR Student. Lily was chosen due to her engagement in her lessons and her consistently excellent performance in and outside of school […]

Battle of Maine set for March 24

On Saturday March 24, the 38th annual Battle of Maine Martial Arts Championships returns to Thomas College, in Waterville. The event once again will help support the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in Central and Northern Maine […]

Winville swimmers

WINSLOW/WATERVILLE — The combined Waterville/Winslow swim team placed second at the KVAC championships and fourth place at the state championships […]

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TOWN OF CHINA
Town Manager

The Town of China, Maine, is currently searching for qualified candidates for the position of Town Manager. China is located near the state capital on beautiful China Lake. China has a population of 4,328. China operates under a town meeting, select board and town manager form of government. The select board is seeking candidates with management experience and demonstrated proactive leadership abilities while working in the best interest of the Town of China.

Skills in financial management and budgeting with an open, collaborative and transparent management style and excellent communication skills are desired. Salary is based on experience and training. Benefits offered include health and dental insurance, holiday, sick, vacation and personal time and retirement plan.

Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to:

Town Manager Search    
TOWN OF CHINA    
571 Lakeview Drive    
China, ME 04358    

* Deadline for submission is April 30, 2018 *

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I must preface this letter by acknowledging most are not my words or thoughts, but those of a Mr. Patrick J. Buchanan, but will close with my words. The following headlines appeared in a Washington newspaper above the article written by Buchanan as follows: Race Matters in Immigration Debate, and “Trump’s recent remarks about Haiti, not really so delusional as seems” […]

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

OAKLAND — Will Bonsall is returning to the Oakland Public Library, Tues., March 27, at 4 p.m. This presentation will be growing wheat, oats and barley varieties that are easy for gardeners to process. He will include “pseudo grains” such as buckwheat, amaranth and quinoa. Q&A period to follow […]

Thank you for found dog

CHINA — Lori Benson, of China, thanks all the kind and wonderful people in the town of China who helped look for her missing dog, Tucker. Your kindness is appreciated! He has been found and is doing well […]

Obituaries – week of March 15, 2018

VASSALBORO – Richard Charles Salmonson, 73, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018, at his home in Vassalboro. He was born June 12, 1944, in Olean, New York, the son of Carl Arnold and Rita Lucille (Gerringer) Salmonson… and remembering 10 others…

SCHEDULE OF LOCAL TOWN MEETINGS FOR 2018 <– click here!

Check this page to find out when your town meeting is. We’ll be updating this page as more meetings are scheduled. If you don’t see your town listed, send us an email at townline@fairpoint.net or visit our contact page!

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Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | Opossums are North America’s only native marsupial. They resemble a cross between a house cat and a giant rat. At first, people were not all that thrilled about this creature supplanting itself in our environs. The animal has always been perceived as dirty and a possible threat to carrying rabies. All these theories are false. Opossums may be your best defense against Lyme disease […]

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | I own a number of duplicate recordings in which the Mendelssohn is coupled with either the Bruch or Tchaikovsky VCs; all three are central to the basic repertoire of concertos that listeners new to classical music gravitate to and rightfully so because they are very beautiful […]

Katie Ouilette WallsIF WALLS COULD TALK

by Katie Ouilette | March 22 is the date. Why? Well, we of the Skowhegan Heritage Council and you will celebrate our Maine Governor Abner Coburn’s birthday! He was born on March 22, 1803, and the Skowhegan selectmen made this Declaration: “In honor of all that Abner Coburn has done for the Town of Skowhegan and state of Maine and the exemplary life he lived, the Selectmen for the Town of Skowhegan have proclaimed have proclaimed March 22 forevermore to be Abner Coburn Day!” […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | One way to celebrate Earth Day is to spruce up the Kennebec Banks Rest Area for spring. The trustees own and operate the rest area, an attractive, welcoming gateway to Skowhegan on the banks of the Kennebec River. Many friends and visitors enjoy the covered picnic tables while enjoying the view of the mighty Kennebec. It’s the same view that Benedict Arnold’s soldiers saw on their way to Quebec City on a cold October autumn of 1775 as they prepared to portage over the falls […]

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | Last night I was looking through a couple of catalogs and I had to read the T-shirts. The following is my selection, hope you get a chuckle: Sometimes I open my mouth and MY MOTHER COMES OUT (Sorry Mom!) […]

FOR YOUR HEALTH

If you’ll be spending time in sun-kissed climates on your next vacation, these tips can help you keep your skin, eyes and lips protected […]

Five spring vacation tips

Week of March 8, 2018

Week of March 8, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Exploring Nature Club Opportunities in China

Local educator and Maine Master Naturalist, Anita Smith, will be facilitating an Exploring Nature Club for children in grades 2 – 6 this spring at The China School’s Forest in China. There will be two sessions, one for homeschoolers and one for the general public. We will be learning about a variety of topics such as trees, pond/macroinvertebrate studies, mammals, adaptations and migration, life cycles, watersheds and geology with fun interactive games and activities. Sessions will be rain or shine, so children are expected to dress for outside conditions, including rain, mud, snow, insects, etc. […]

Your Local News

Vassalboro committee begins budget process for FY 2018-19

VASSALBORO —  Vassalboro Budget Committee members used their March 1 organizational meeting for a preliminary, partial review of the proposed 2018-19 municipal budget developed by Town Manager Mary Sabins and town selectmen […]

China planners prep for comp plan update and possible proposed land use amendments

CHINA — China Planning Board members used their Feb. 27 meeting to continue preparations for updating China’s comprehensive plan and to work on possible amendments to the town’s land use ordinance […]

Shakespeare Slam Competition coming to Waterville Public Library

WATERVILLE — Recycled Shakespeare Company invites you to participate in a Shakespeare Slam Competition on Thursday, March 15, from 5 – 7 p.m., at the Waterville Public Library. This free and friendly competition is based on slam poetry and spoken word events, participants are challenged to memorize a piece of Shakespearean text of their choosing, could be a scene, monologue, sonnet, or narrative poem, and present it to a panel of judges […]

Vassalboro Town meeting scheduled for June 4

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro voters will make 2018-19 spending decisions and choose budget committee members at their annual town meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 4, at Vassalboro Community School […]

Hart-to-Hart to host Easter egg hunt for charity

ALBION — Hart-to-Hart Farm & Education Center will host its 2nd Annual ShineOnCass Easter Egg Hunt, free to the community on Sunday, March 25, from 2 to 4 pm at 16 Duck Pond Lane in Albion […]

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TOWN OF CHINA
Town Manager

    The Town of China, Maine, is currently searching for qualified candidates for the position of Town Manager. China is located near the state capital on beautiful China Lake. China has a population of 4,328. China operates under a town meeting, select board and town manager form of government. The select board is seeking candidates with management experience and demonstrated proactive leadership abilities while working in the best interest of the Town of China.
    Skills in financial management and budgeting with an open, collaborative and transparent management style and excellent communication skills are desired. Salary is based on experience and training. Benefits offered include health and dental insurance, holiday, sick, vacation and personal time and retirement plan.
Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to:
Town Manager Search    
TOWN OF CHINA    
571 Lakeview Drive    
China, ME 04358    
* Deadline for submission is April 30, 2018 *

Winslow girls win state Class B title

WINSLOW — The Winslow High School girls basketball team won the Class B state championship on Friday, March 2, at the Cross Insurance Center, in Bangor, by defeating the Southern Maine champions from Lake Region by a score of 43-29 […]

Messalonskee Middle School students visits State House

OAKLAND — Kendall Arbour and Grace Stocco, both students at Messalonskee Middle School, in Oakland, visited the State House on February 20. During their visit they served as honorary pages in the Maine Senate and met with Senator Roger Katz (R-Kennebec) […]

Author’s Tea with K.F. Griffin at Grace Academy

Come one and all to visit with Maine Author, K. F. Griffin, as she talks about her book, Wreck of the Essex, and how children can further develop their writing skills on Monday, March 12, from 10: to 11:30 a.m., at Grace Academy Learning Center […]

COMMUNITY CHATTER

I am looking for a ceramic figurine of a ram, preferrably red and white – Cony High School colors. I need it for my collection of area school mascots. If you can help me, you may email townline@fairpoint.net, leave contact information, and they will get in touch with me […]

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Obituaries – week of March 8, 2018

WATERVILLE – Samantha Brown Marra, 80, passed away February 5, 2018, at Inland Hospital, in Waterville. She was born March 14, 1937, in Madison, the daughter of Norman R. and Hilda H (Hinton) Brown… and remembering 18 others…

SCHEDULE OF LOCAL TOWN MEETINGS FOR 2018 <– click here!

Check this page to find out when your town meeting is. We’ll be updating this page as more meetings are scheduled. If you don’t see your town listed, send us an email at townline@fairpoint.net or visit our contact page!

Take our weekly survey!

Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | We see them everywhere on our lakes. They are long, lean and stare at you from the shoreline or from tree tops. The Great Blue Heron. The great blue heron, Ardea herodias, is found throughout most of North America, as far north as Alaska and the southern Canadian provinces in the summer months […]

Emily CatesGARDEN WORKS

by Emily Cates | Are you feeling a little beat up from this winter? I sure am! And from the looks of it, so are a few of my fruit trees and a few more in the woods. While the promise of springtime is certain, it may be a while until it arrives. Until those glorious days arrive, we simply must endure […]

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | The number of record collectors who listen to the dusty old 78s are few when one considers the general population but, if gathered in a convention hall from around the world, could fill it. The dealers hawking them on Ebay, Popsike and other venues plus the Facebook pages testify to the interest, even, unbelievably, among young people born after Bush 41 assumed office! […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | The Annual Solon town meeting was held at the Solon Elementary School on March 3, with voting for candidates for officers in the morning. One hundred residents got out to vote and those returned to their positions were Leslie Giroux, Town Clerk/Tax Collector and Robert Lindblom, RSU #74 Director […]

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | I have to tell you that I am permitted to carry a concealed weapon. I went through the check on who I am and do I have mental health problems that would interfere with practical use of a weapon. I can buy a gun in local shops because I’m not in a big hurry, so I could wait a few days for approval, all done legally. I really don’t understand what happened or who decided it was open season for school shootings. Shootings of all sorts, country concerts, etc., what was the reason? […]

Katie Ouilette WallsIF WALLS COULD TALK

by Katie Ouilette | WALLS, we sure did get a wonderful view as we approached Madison by way of the Madison Road last week, didn’t we?  Yes, we had it all, past being the view and new being the field of blue solar panels near Madison Electric’s building.  Then, WALLS, you reminded me of the birds that we passed on the road as they perched at the tip-top of the trees.  Those birds sure do get the view without reading any ads about visiting our wonderful state of Maine, as they perch themselves on our tree tops […]

FOR YOUR HEALTH

Many people don’t know it, but when your kidneys stop working, so do you. Your kidneys are as essential to life as other vital organs, such as your heart. Kidney healthy is also heart healthy, so when you “Heart Your Kidneys,” you also show love for your heart. That’s because the No. 1 cause of death in people with kidney disease is heart disease […]

Week of March 1, 2018

Week of March 1, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Williams to retire as chief of Maine State Police

China resident accepts position as director of security at Colby College, in Waterville

Robert A. Williams, of China, head of the Maine State Police for the past seven years, has been named director of security at Colby College. His appointment follows an extensive national search. In his 33 years in law enforcement, Williams rose through the ranks, from trooper to ultimately being nominated by Governor Paul LePage to become colonel in 2011. Williams comes to Colby with extensive experience in emergency response planning, personnel management, and organizational development. He begins his work at Colby March 12 […]

Your Local News

CHINA: Breton appointed to planning board; protest filed by other candidate

CHINA —  China selectmen spent almost half an hour of their Feb. 20 meeting debating whom to appoint to a vacant planning board seat – and the question might not be resolved, because the loser has questioned the process […]

VASSALBORO: Meeting on dissolving AOS #92 planned for March 6

VASSALBORO — Two major Vassalboro boards meet simultaneously Tuesday evening, March 6. The Vassalboro School Board has scheduled a public informational meeting on plans to dissolve AOS (Alternative Educational Structure) #92 for 7 p.m. at Vassalboro Community School […]

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: Slippery facts on Sheepscot Pond re-introduction of species

PALERMO — Feelings are running high in some communities about the potential re-introduction of sea-run fish species into Sheepscot Pond and the potential for these species to impact the fresh water fishery through disease and predation…Many of the points listed in the January 25 cover story of The Town Line were misleading and did not give appropriate context, and some were outright false […]

The China Appeals Board will meet on Thursday

CHINA — The China Appeals Board will meet on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Office Meeting Room to hear a request to reconsider the decision of the Board of Appeals dated February 20, 2018 on two appeals from Bio Renewable Fuels, Corp. for a property located at China Tax Map 29 Lot 15.

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Letters to the Editor

Is the the Legislature seriously considering imposing property tax on nonprofits, educational institutions, and hospitals? How about churches? What part of “tax-exempt” don’t they understand? […]

Obituaries – week of March 1, 2018

VASSALBORO — Philip Martin Wentzel, 89, of Vassalboro, formerly of China and Augusta, passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor. He was born on February 22, 1928, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the second child of Ethel Louise (Lake) Wentzel and Roy Alva Wentzel… and remembering 11 others…

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Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | Recently, I read an article about the state of bumble bees and honey bees. It seems a common class of pesticide, neonicotinoids, is causing problems for honey bees and bumble bees, by attacking the central nervous system, causing a reduction in weight and number of queens in bumble bee hives. It also causes them to become disoriented, and fail to return to their hives […]

ERIC’S TECH TALK

by Eric W. Austin | When I was a boy, I dreamt of moving up to the mountains and living in the hollowed-out trunk of a redwood tree, making rabbit snares from deer tendon and barbed wire. Then Dad brought home our first computer. Now, I panic when the lights flicker and fret over whether I have enough gas for the generator […]

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | Irving Berlin (1888-1989), born Israel Baline, in Czarist Russia, came to America with his parents to escape the frequent bloody pogroms occurring there. He left home at the age of eight years, eking out a living as a newsboy. Other subsistent jobs would eventually lead to songwriting, begun with Marie from Sunny Italy, his first published song; the publisher misspelled his name as I. Berlin and Baline kept it for the rest of his very long life […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | It is time to begin the preschool application process for the fall of 2018 at Solon Elementary School. If your child will be four years old by October 15, 2018, you can apply for enrollment into the RSU #74 2018-19 preschool program. The program is open to all four-year olds regardless of family income […]

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | Okay, I am about to fulfill your excitement about the rest of that 1895 8th Grade Final. How many of you figure you’d still be in a lower grade now?? I probably would have been in a much lower grade!!!! 1895 test continued […]

Katie Ouilette WallsIF WALLS COULD TALK

by Katie Ouilette | WALLS, here’s a good one for you! History? Well, I watched the crows flying in the trees and thought of the crow that used to perch on a street post in Waterville and, yes, literally would say, “hi” to folks passing by. I guess the policeman who found the bird that had been wounded taught it to say ‘“hi.” Well, that was a long time ago, but those who remember must have a smile at the thought […]

FOR YOUR HEALTH

Flu season is upon us and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants patients and families to remember that prescription antiviral drugs, not antibiotics, are the treatment for influenza (flu). Antibiotics do not treat viruses that cause colds and the flu. They are only needed for treating certain infections caused by bacteria […]

It’s Flu Season: CDC Reminds Public That Antibiotics Do Not Treat Flu

Week of February 22, 2018

Week of February 22, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Two area boys meet “Gronk” at Barbara Bush Hospital

Jacob Seigars, William Alger undergoing treatment at Portland Children’s Center

Thirteen-year-old Jacob Seigars, of Palermo, attended China schools until October 2017 when he transferred to Palermo Consolidated School. He continues to attend Palermo Consolidated via robot generously provided by Grahamtastic.org. Jacob’s mother is Heather Seigars, his father is Joseph (Joe) Seigars and his bonus mother is Natasha Seigars. Jacob has a 15-year-old brother named Shawn, as well as three younger siblings, Achiva (10), Joe joe (7) and Isabella (3). He also has two pets: a yellow lab named Honey and a cat named Shade […]

Your Local News

Palermo residents speak up about Sheepscot fishway

PALERMO —  Although a major snow storm was bearing down on Palermo, over a hundred town residents assembled in Augusta for a hearing on the bill L.D. 922 on February 7, before the Marine Resources Committee, in Augusta. This bill proposed that Marine Resources would take control of the dam on Sheepscot Lake from the Maine Department of Inland Fish and Wildlife in order to open the fishway to migratory fishes during the spawning season from April 15 to June 30 […]

VASSALBORO: Naming of school gym for Jim Mitchell left undecided

VASSALBORO — With three proposals from residents on their Feb. 13 agenda, Vassalboro School Board members approved one, rejected one and will seek more opinions before deciding on the third. The item left undecided was a request from Leon Duff, seconded by Harvey Boatman and Bill Sleamaker, to name the gymnasium at Vassalboro Community School in honor of the late Jim Mitchell […]

Dodgeball, basketball tourneys to benefit Jacob Seigars

PALERMO — The Whitefield Elementary School’s National Junior Honor Society will host its 2nd annual Dodgeball Tournament on Friday, March 2, in the gym, beginning at 2:45 p.m. All proceeds from the tourney will help defray medical expenses for Jacob Seigars, a 13-year-old 8th grader who attends Palermo Consolidated School and is currently being treated for leukemia at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital […]

Lions hold model show

AUGUSTA — The 32nd Whitefield Lions Club Model Railroad and Dollhouse show was held Saturday, February 17th at the Augusta State Armory. Whitefield Lion Steven Laundrie, who organizes the event said at least 40 exhibitors were in attendance and hundreds of spectators visited the show. […]

CSA Fair at Lithgow Public Library

AUGUSTA — On Saturday, March 10, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m,. the Lithgow Public Library will host a multi-farmer CSA Fair. The fair is free and open to the public.
Community Supported Agriculture, also called farm shares, is a great way to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. By pre-paying before the start of the growing season, you support the farmer through the early days and you reap the rewards of the harvest throughout the growing season […]

Attend world champion training

WINSLOW — Over 40 young martial arts students from Huard’s Martial Arts, in Winslow, and various invited Dojos attended a special World Champion Martial Arts Training Seminar. This special event with World Champion Danny Etkin, from New York, took place on February 3 at the Community Center, in Fairfield. There were special demos, tricking, open forms, extreme forms and nunchucks […]

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China’s Unbeaten Champions

CHINA — The China Middle School girls basketball team capped off a perfect 19-0 season with a win over Vassalboro in the Sheepscot Valley Athletic Conference Championship Game, 44-36 at Erskine Academy, on February 15 […]

Erskine girls team national winner

CHINA — The Erskine Academy girls varsity basketball team that recently won the national American Cancer Society’s 2018 Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge, by raising $10,000 throughout the 30-day challenge. Over 330 high school basketball teams from across America participated in the program […]

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COMMUNITY CHATTER

Recently, I needed to have snow and ice removed from the roof of my home. I looked in The Town Line’s Business Card Bulletin Board and saw an ad for Handyman Henry… They were prompt, courteous, thorough and affordable. I would recommend them to anyone […]

COMMUNITY CHATTER

Please pay attention when checking out of a supermarket. I have had two occasions when I should have paid more attention… Back in December I was at Hannaford at JFK Mall… When I arrived home, I had five items – that I had paid for – missing from my shopping bags […]

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Obituaries – week of February 22, 2018

WINDSOR – Catherine (Cathy) M. Traylor, 84, of Windsor, passed away on Monday, February 5, 2018, at Maine Medical Center, in Portland. Cathy was born at home on October 25, 1933, in Bronx, New York, to the late Joseph and Grace (Enright) McCrain… and remembering 10 others…

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Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | While watching a documentary about turtles on British Broadcasting Company/America (BBCAm) over the weekend, they had several episodes about turtles on the show Blue Planet. It got me to thinking about turtles in our area, and the plight they encounter. I have written on turtles before, but I felt it was time to do it again […]

TRAINING YOUR DOG

by Carolyn Fuhrer | Today there is more and more focus on how stress affects our health. These same concepts also apply to our dogs. We as humans can use stress reduction techniques such as meditation, mindfulness, yoga, and other relaxation techniques. For our pets, there are many products on the market ranging from drugs to aromatherapy, to videos they can watch while we are gone. But there is more we can do […]

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was one of the two or three longest running comedy shows in TV history. From 1944-54 – the last two years simultaneously on TV, it was a hugely successful radio program. In 1952, Ozzie (1906-1975) persuaded ABC to sign an unprecedented 10-year contract that paid the family, whether the show was cancelled or not, and then his perfectionist work ethic contributed to its rousing success on TV […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | When I sat down to write this week’s column, I thought I wasn’t going to be able to do it. For quite some time I have been receiving e-mails saying if I didn’t do such and so, my computer would be shut done. I was told I should delete it every time it came up, which I had been doing. This morning, I had to call Peter for help with this problem and his advise worked again! (I admit to being completely ignorant about anything electronic, especially after how scary it was when Lief got scammed!) […]

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | 1895 8th Grade Final Exam… Take this test and pass it on to your more literate friends. What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895… Remember when grandparents and great-grandparents stated that they only had an eighth grade education? Well, check this out. Could any of us have passed the eighth grade in 1895? This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina, Kansas, USA […]

Katie Ouilette WallsIf Walls Could Talk

by Katie Ouilette | WALLS, did you realize that East Madison is on the move? I attended the East Madison Historical Society meeting yesterday and, WOW, I was surprised about what had happened while I was away. The meeting had President Gary Malbon at the helm and also attending were Lena Arno (Treasurer) and Katherine Edgerly (Secretary). Other members present were Eric and Sue Lahti, Alfred Jackson, Patty Clement, our faithful plow-man for Laney Road Arthur Mcmannus and Laura, plus Lew and I […]

FOR YOUR HEALTH

Here’s health news you may be glad to see: A healthy lifestyle may reduce your risk of getting vision diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which can damage central vision and currently affects 11 million Americans. If you already have AMD, such a lifestyle may help protect your remaining vision. Here are hints on how […]

Healthy Living And Macular Degeneration: Tips To Protect Your Vision

Week of February 15, 2018

Week of February 15, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Maine’s native wildflowers come to Vassalboro School

The class started with students passing a package of shrink wrapped alewives around the room, drawing comments like, “Gross,” “Cool,” “I know what those are.” It ended with 80 pots of native plant seeds, ready to be moved outdoors to a cold frame behind the school. On February 8, students in Lorraine Kingsbury’s science classes at Vassalboro Community School learned about the importance of Maine’s native wildflowers. Karen Simpson, a Maine Master Gardener and Maine Master Naturalist delivered a lesson on the differences between, native plants, non-native plants and invasive plants. Students learned the vital role native plants play in nature’s food web […]

Your Local News

VASSALBORO: Town’s reserve funds likely not affected by stock market fluctuations

VASSALBORO — The Town of Vassalboro’s savings – its so-called unassigned or undesignated fund balance, once known as surplus, plus designated funds like cemetery trust funds – are unlikely to be affected as the United States stock market bounces up and down […]

Vassalboro planners approve two permit applications

VASSALBORO —  Vassalboro Codes Officer Richard Dolby reported that Vassalboro Planning Board members unanimously approved two applications on their Feb. 6 agenda and forwarded a revised Building Permit Ordinance to selectmen, with a request that the two boards discuss the document […]

Vassalboro selectmen to hear about LED lights; ARI update; department heads for budget discussions

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro selectmen meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in the town office meeting room, with four major items on their agenda. Paul Vesel, Director of Business Development with Realterm Energy, is scheduled to attend to discuss converting the town’s streetlights to LED. Representatives of the Alewife Restoration Initiative (ARI) are to update board members on the proposed fishway at China Lake’s outlet dam and related matters […]

China selectmen meeting change due to holiday

CHINA — China selectmen have scheduled their second February meeting for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, since the usual Monday meeting would fall on the Presidents’ Day holiday. The board meets in the town office. On Monday, Feb. 19, the China town office and transfer station will be closed for the holiday […]

Vassalboro Fishing derby results

VASSALBORO — 2018 Vassalboro Fishing Derby Results […]

Big Brothers / Big Sisters receives grant from local bank

MID-MAINE — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine (BBBS MM) was recently awarded a $3,000 grant from Skowhegan Savings Charitable Contributions Foundation in support of school-based mentoring programs in Somerset County […]

Start seeds at the Palermo Community Center

PALERMO — Whether you are a patio container gardener or have a vast vegetable garden, getting those seeds going indoors is a fun and productive way to kickstart your growing season. Grab some seeds and growing trays on Friday, February 23, and we’ll get down and dirty with a hands-on sowing session following a delicious Pot Luck Supper at 6 p.m. […]

Palermo Food Pantry to reschedule when schools close

PALERMO — For safety’s sake, the Good Shepherd Food Bank, which contracts with local food pantries, has issued a policy that when schools are closed due to weather and road conditions, many of the area food pantries will also close. The Palermo Food Pantry, which is open every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon, will try to reschedule to Wednesday at the same time, at the Palermo Community Center […]

Erskine Academy to host 8th grade open house

CHINA — All eighth grade students and their parents from the surrounding communities are invited to attend the Erskine Academy Eighth Grade Open House on Wednesday, February 28, at 6:30 p.m., in the gym […]

Erskine class of 2018 to hold 5K in April

CHINA — The Erskine Academy Class of 2018 will host the 9th annual Fly Like an Eagle 5K Race/Walk on Sunday, April 29, at 9 a.m. The race will feature free performance race T-shirts (if registered by deadline), snacks for all race participants, and awards for race winners […]

Erskine Academy wins national three-point challenge

CHINA — The Erskine Academy Varsity girl’s basketball team recently participated in, and ultimately won, the National High School 3-point Challenge which is part of the Coaches vs. Cancer program. On February 13, Coach Donar was presented with a mock check to represent the funds raised for this event […]

Scrapbooking workshop at Erskine Academy

CHINA — The Erskine Academy Class of 2018 will host a scrapbooking workshop to benefit Project Graduation on Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., in the Erskine cafeteria. Creative Memories consultant Mary Haskell will be there with how-to workshops, ideas, and materials to purchase […]

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The Town Line to benefit from Hannaford’s Reusable Bag Program

Buy one of these reusable grocery bags in February, and the China Hannaford will donate $1 to The Town Line!

Winslow Girls KVAC champions

WINSLOW — The Winslow High School girls basketball team defeated Maine Central Institute, of Pittsfield, 57-31, on February 2 to make it into the KVAC championship game. Winslow prevailed again, 62-40, during the rematch for the title […]

Bulldog pride 2018

FAIRFIELD — Members of the Lawrence boys sixth grade travel team are…. (drum roll, please!)

Huard’s Karate team member tops in New England

SKOWHEGAN — Huard’s Sport Karate team member Landon Nunn, 12, of Skowhegan, captured first place in New England for point fighting for the 2017 season […]

Andrew Browne makes dean’s list

VASSALBORO | Andrew Browne, of Vassalboro, majoring in communication, was among 2,419 students at Coastal Carolina University, in Conway, South Carolina, who made the fall semester 2017 dean’s list […]

Owen Concaugh named to dean’s list

OAKLAND — Owen Concaugh, class of 2021, from Oakland, was named to the dean’s list at Bucknell University, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, during the fall semester of the 2017-18 academic year. A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean’s list recognition […]

Godleski named to Genesee Community College Fall 2017 Provost’s List

SIDNEY —  Mikayla Godleski, of Sidney, was among 228 students from Genesee Community College, in Batavia, New York, who were named to the provost’s list for the fall 2017 semester […]

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CALENDAR of EVENTS: Local author to speak at ACB Library

CHINA VILLAGE | Local author Maureen Milliken, author of the Bernie O’Dea mystery series, will speak at the Albert Church Brown Memorial Library on Sunday, February 18, at 2 p.m., at the library. Admission is free, refreshments will be served, and the public is welcome […]

Obituaries – week of February 15, 2018

WINSLOW––Dorothy J. Joseph, 84, of Winslow, passed away on Friday, February 2, 2018, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, following a short illness. She was born in Waterville on March 26, 1933, a daughter of John and Marie (Sirois) Bernard… and remembering 11 others…

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Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | The 6th annual Maine Pond Hockey Classic took place last weekend at the Snow Pond Center for the Arts, in Sidney. Over 60 teams and 500 players from the northeast, Canada, and beyond, participated in this annual event, sponsored by the Harold Alfond Boys/Girls Club. The classic was founded in 2013, and its original site was on China Lake, in China […]

ERIC’S TECH TALK

by Eric W. Austin | In Lewiston, fake news is taking over the town. Five candidates faced off in the town’s mayoral race back in November. Democrat Ben Chin held a comfortable lead in initial polling. But then something changed. News stories started popping up on social media that painted the Democrat in an unflattering light. It didn’t matter that the stories were misleading and inaccurate […]

Dan CassidyINside the OUTside

by Dan Cassidy | This has been an up and down year for skiers and riders so far. It began with great snow and weather conditions, then rain and freezing temps made conditions challenging for snowmakers and groomers. All in all, Maine ski resorts have found ways to make the best snow and the grooming has been about as good as it gets […]

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | Breakout Kings dealt with a special task force, led by an investigator, Charlie (Laz Alonso), and his assistant, Ray (Dominick Lom­bar­dozzi), to catch prisonors who have escaped, usually ones with violent criminal pasts […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | Good morning, dear friends. Don’t worry, be happy! The Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club met on Saturday, February 10, with Cooper Dellarma presiding. The members taking foods and nutrition are planning to meet with Mrs. Burbank during the February vacation. Mrs. Pooler did a demonstration on how to make chocolate chip bars. This was to show the members how to do a demonstration […]

Katie Ouilette WallsIF WALLS COULD TALK

by Katie Ouilette | WALLS, there is so much for you to tell our faithful readers today! Where do you want to start? O.K., we’ll start with what happened to me this noon. First, I’ll say that my step-grandmother, Lucetta Russell, who lived on a farm in Sidney, had lost her first husband in a farm accident and, to earn funds for raising her own family, she offered to take care of state children. She was a wonderful caregiver, teacher, and the Waterville hospitals soon sent the babies to her as they waited to be adopted […]

I’M JUST CURIOUS

This past week I had the experience of spending a few days at the Hotel Inland, on Kennedy Drive, in Waterville. What a wonderful vacation. I was so pampered and it was so appreciated. I kept a guest book on my bed and night stand for those pampering me to sign […]

A huge thank you

FOR YOUR HEALTH

While many strategies for “healthy aging” exist, recent evidence points to the important role of hearing health in maintaining quality of life long-term. Better hearing starts in the brain. Your brain processes and interprets the sounds your ears receive. When you have hearing loss, your brain doesn’t get all the sound information it needs to understand what’s being said and it spends more energy trying to fill in the blanks. That extra effort can take its toll […]

Keep Your Brain Fit

Week of February 8, 2018

Week of February 8, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Branch Mills Dam project update

Branch Mills Dam is one of three major barrier removal projects in the Sheepscot River corridor being undertaken by the Midcoast Conservancy, the Atlantic Salmon Federation and other conservation partners. The primary intent of these projects is the restoration of fish passage for a variety of sea-run fish species to the river. Branch Mills Dam is the only project sited on the West Branch of the river […]

Your Local News

China selectmen prepare warrant for budget committee review

CHINA —  Selectmen spent much of their Feb. 5 meeting putting the warrant for the March 24 town business meeting in absolutely final form, in preparation for review by the budget committee the evening of Feb. 6. The last few changes they approved included renumbering the articles; deleting an unnecessary reference in the funding article for the LakeSmart program; and increasing the amount they recommended for the China Village library from $100 to $4,500, matching the recommendation for the South China library […]

WHITEFIELD: Cindy Lincoln presented with multiple Lions awards

WHITEFIELD — At the January 25 meeting of the Whitefield Lions, club president Cindy Lincoln was presented with the Membership Key Award and the Silver Centennial Award for Membership. Both awards are given for inviting and sponsoring new members into the club. At the January 28 Cabinet meeting, Lion Cindy Lincoln accepted the 1016-2017 Excellence Award on behalf of the Whitefield Lions club. Lincoln, has served as president of the Whitefield Lions club for two of her nine years in the club […]

Fun day scheduled in China

CHINA — The China Winter Family Fun Day is scheduled for Saturday, February 17, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the China Lake Camp and Conference Center. Admission, and all activities and food are free […]

Oak Grove School Foundation offers grants

CENTRAL ME — The Oak Grove School Foundation is accepting applications for grants to support the education and cultural needs of students and non profit organizations in the greater Central Maine area. Recipients must be educational, charitable or religious organizations that are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) Of the Internal Revenue Service code […]

New pastor to be welcomed in Weeks Mills

WEEKS MILLS — The Weeks MIlls Baptist Church has appointed Nathan Bell as the new interim pastor. A meet and greet brunch is planned for Sunday, February 18, to welcome Mr. Bell and his wife Elizabeth, who reside in Unity […]

Raymond James welcomes Cheryl Flewelling

WATERVILLE — David V Smith, Branch Manager of Raymond James, welcomes Cheryl W. Flewelling as Financial Advisor. Flewelling joins the firm with 25 years of industry experience. Cheryl focuses on developing personal relationships with clients to help them define and achieve their goals, while minimizing the risks that they take […]

Albion book group to hold first meeting; library receives shipment of new books

ALBION — “Let’s Talk About It,” a book group sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council will have its first meeting on Wednesday, February 14, at 6 p.m. If you are interested in joining, they still have a few openings.
The library also has several new additions to the book shelves […]

Kennebec Historical Society presents life and death of Maine millionaire

KENNEBEC — Born in Sangerville in 1879, Harry Oakes’s life experiences took him to six continents, earned him a knighthood as well as a personal fortune rivaling all others, but also tragically ended in a brutal 1943 murder that remains unsolved. Portrayed by Gene Hackman in one of the actor’s least memorable endeavors, Sir Harry’s actual career, fortune and death garnered world-wide attention, even though he never forgot his Maine roots. He is buried in the bucolic beauty of the East Dover Cemetery […]

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The Town Line to benefit from Hannaford’s Reusable Bag Program

Buy one of these reusable grocery bags in February, and the China Hannaford will donate $1 to The Town Line!

Area students achieve Husson University honors

BANGOR — The following students have been named to the Fall 2017 President’s List at Husson University, in Bangor. Students who make the President’s List must carry at least 12 graded credit hours during the semester and earn a grade point average of between 3.80 to 4.0 during the period […]

Misty Waters Completes Internship Requirement

NEW LONDON, NH — Misty Waters completed Colby-Sawyer College’s internship requirement with Colby-Sawyer’s Windy Hill Laboratory Schoool, in New London, New Hampshire. Waters, of Starks, is a member of the class of 2018 majoring in child development […]

Four area students named to University of Vermont dean’s list

BURLINGTON, VT | Four area students have been named to the fall dean’s list at the University of Vermont, in Burlington, Vermont. To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school […]

Three area students on URI dean’s list

KINGSTON, RI — The University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, Rhode Island, has announced that three local undergraduates have qualified for the fall 2017 dean’s list  […]

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Letters to the Editor

Volunteers | The China Food Pantry exists because of volunteers. Every week four drivers travel to collect fresh items to be distributed on Friday and Saturday. These items are then sorted and prepared both mornings so as to offer good quality shopping. Because of the generosity of three Hannaford stores, Friehoffers Bread Outlet, in Fairfield, Bagelmania, Little Debbie’s, and food donations from community people […]
Fishing Derby | There is an ice fishing derby this weekend, organized by the Vassalboro Business Association. Proceeds are to benefit “Save the Mill,” which is a great cause. Tickets are available at The Olde Mill Store, Maine Savings FCU, and the Vassalboro Town Office […]

CALENDAR of EVENTS: Local author to speak at ACB Library

CHINA VILLAGE | Local author Maureen Milliken, author of the Bernie O’Dea mystery series, will speak at the Albert Church Brown Memorial Library on Sunday, February 18, at 2 p.m., at the library. Admission is free, refreshments will be served, and the public is welcome […]

Give Us Your Best Shot!

The best recent photos from our readers!

Obituaries – week of February 8, 2018

WINSLOW––Jerome Norman Gravel, 91, of Winslow, passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at the VA Medical Center, Togus. Jerome was born in Waterville on August 25, 1926, the son of Joseph and Marie (King) Gravel… and remembering 11 others…

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Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | One of the educational things I do for myself every day is read the comics in the daily newspaper. It kind of sets the tone for the rest of the day for me. I have my favorites: Peanuts, Hi and Lois, Beetle Bailey, Garfield, etc. I even like to read Mark Trail just to see what kind of adventure he sets out on, and invariably, brings to a successful and happy ending […]

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | I have seen and enjoyed this warm-hearted soap opera twice, if such a term can be employed. Martha Scott (1913-2003) portrays an English teacher, Ella Bishop, who serves for over 40 years at the college in her mid-western small town. William Gargan is a local businessman and loyal, lifelong friend, Sam, deeply in love with her forever but never having the gumption to declare it […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | Was pleased, as always, to receive an e-mail from Somerset Woods Trustees and it starts out like this: “It’s Winter. Not that I needed to tell you! Here are three questions to make winter more interesting: 1. Do you have some great pictures of ice shacks you might be willing to share? 2. Do you love the sound of owls and wish you knew more about them? 3. In this low winter light, are you enjoying the view of snow-draped firs but wondering how to pass along the forest you love to your children? […]

Katie Ouilette WallsIf Walls Could Talk

by Katie Ouilette | Well, WALLS, you sure know when to do the right thing! Surely our faithful readers were happy to receive your message, after our ice storm. The yards of our faithful readers may be cluttered with branches and all that goes with them, as our yard is. Now, those branches and green-things which they held are waiting as we are for Spring clean-up to begin! Actually, this column is being written on Ground Hog Day, as we went to Augusta yesterday […]

FOR YOUR HEALTH

With more than 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 each day, the number of people eligible for Medicare is growing rapidly. Medicare Open Enrollment starts Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7, a time when millions of people are evaluating their health plan options to ensure their coverage meets their retirement lifestyle […]

Surprising Perks Of Your Medicare Plan

Week of February 1, 2018

Week of February 1, 2018

Grace Academy recipient of grant from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust

Grace Academy Learning Center was a-buzz with teachers and students settling in to a typical school day when two representatives of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Nichole Lee, Customer Service Manager and Courtney Bonsant, Customer Service Supervisor, paid a special visit, with a surprise in hand. The Center’s staff was overwhelmed when Nichole announced that the bank had chosen Grace Academy as the recipient of its most recent employee-driven donation program called “Community Commitment,” a charitable fund which disburses monthly gifts to local non-profit organizations […]

Your Local News

Vassalboro selectmen to bid out new alewives harvest contract

Vassalboro — At their Jan. 25 meeting, Vassalboro selectmen acted on waste-hauling bids and decided to bid out the new contract for harvesting alewives. The board had five bids to haul solid waste after April 1, first to the Crossroads Landfill in Norridgewock and later to the new Fiberight facility in Hampden […]

China Town manager, selectmen set warrant for town meeting

CHINA — By the end of the China selectmen’s Jan. 29 special meeting, board members and Town Manager Daniel L’Heureux were satisfied they had the warrant for the March 24 town business meeting in final form. Selectmen plan to sign it at their Feb. 5 meeting. By email, L’Heureux invited budget committee members to find a meeting date later […]

PALERMO: Time change on LD 922 legislative hearing

PALERMO — On Wednesday, February 7, at 10 a.m., (NOTE: time change) the Maine State Legislature will hold a hearing regarding LD 922. This legislation, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Pierce, (Dresden) proposes giving control of the dam on Sheepscot Pond to the Dept […]

VASSALBORO: VBA to host ice fishing derby, indoor mountain bike races

VASSALBORO — The Vassalboro Business Association will be sponsoring a fishing derby on Sunday, February 11. You don’t have to fish at all to win big with this derby! However any fish entered between 1 and 5 p.m., must be accompanied by a pre-purchased raffle ticket […]

VASSALBORO: About a dozen turn out for solar power presentation

VASSALBORO — About a dozen residents of Vassalboro and nearby towns turned out for a Jan. 24 discussion of solar power with Rep. Richard Bradstreet and Sen. Roger Katz. Discussion focused on legislative bills, originally LD 1686 and after a Jan. 24 work session LD 1444, dealing with what everyone agreed are complicated issues involving solar power in Maine […]

OPINION: Commissioners to work together to manage Sheepscot dam

by Rep. Jeffrey K. Pierce — I am a life-long fisherman and have spent many afternoons by a lake or pond, fishing for brook trout or togue. Having healthy populations of fish and access to fish for them is very important to me and my family. As the executive director of Alewife Harvesters of Maine, I am committed to restoring all river fish species, not just alewives, to promote healthy and vital fisheries throughout our state. As you said in your article, healthy fisheries are a vibrant part our communities and homes […]

The Town Line to benefit from Hannaford’s Reusable Bag Program

CHINA — The Town Line newspaper, a nonprofit committed to serving area communities, has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of February […]

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Windsor school receives fast track grant

WINDSOR — Word has recently been received by the Skowhegan Free Public Library that the children’s section of the library has been chosen as a recipient of the Dorothy Louise Kyler Foundation grant in the amount of $5,000. The foundation specifies that all funds must be spent on books, audio books, CDs, and DVDs for the children’s collection […]

Unity group proposes creating green cemetery

UNITY — The citizens of the Town of Unity have expressed interest in opening a green cemetery. Therefore, the Unity Cemetery Committee has arranged to show, “A Will for the Woods,” an award-winning documentary about green burials […]

Durant to represent Grace Academy at poetry regionals on Feb. 12

CHINA — Catherine Durant, of China, who won first place in Grace Academy’s school-wide Poetry Out Loud competition, will be representing the school at the regional compettion on February 12 at the Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center, in Hampden […]

Citro captures first and second for season

WATERVILLE — Huard’s Sport Karate team member Isabella Citro, of Waterville, captured first place in fighting and second place in forms for the 2017 season. She competed at various tournaments throughout New England to earn this title […]

CHINA: Residents want more volunteering opportunities

by Helen Roy — China’s China for a Lifetime Committee recently surveyed town residents to learn what they may need and services they want as they age in town. One surprising thing many residents mentioned was the lack of volunteering opportunities in town […]

Letter to the Editor: Climate change

by Russell Vesecky | Isaac Newton, in 18th century England, discovered natural laws which formed a basis for classical physics. One of these relates force and motion. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Recoil. On the scale of forces now possible with nuclear weapons, earth’s path in space could be disturbed. Distance from the sun, a skewered axis, irregular tides and flooding […]

Obituaries – week of February 1, 2018

FAIRFIELD – Juliann “Julie” Lucy O’Connor, 56, passed away at her home in Fairfield, Saturday, January 13, 2018. She was born in Au­gusta on Febru­ary 14, 1961, the daughter of Ernest O’C­onnor and Loretta (Spaul­ding) O’Connor Rabassa…. and 12 others…

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Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | “OK, February will bring below average precipitation and slightly colder weather, maybe one degree below normal. March will be warmer than normal, about five degrees above normal with about one inch above normal precipitation. It looks to me that we most probably will have another six weeks of winter, but with a possibility of an early spring […]” –Woody the Gopher

ERIC’S TECH TALK

by Eric W. Austin | I opened the door and stepped hesitantly into the dimly lit room. Curtains covered all the windows. The only light came from a half-dozen computer screens glowing menacingly in the darkness. A scary-looking German Shepherd slumped in one corner. She growled low in her throat as I came in, and then went back to scratching at imaginary fleas. She had seen it all before: just another poor sucker thinking it was possible to predict the future […]

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | Polish born Piotr Janowski (1951-2008) recorded both of these Concertos when he was 16 years old but plays in a wonderfully matured, accomplished manner with musicality galore and a seasoned conductor and orchestra. The Concertos are richly rewarding listening experiences that hold up well. The Szymanowski is a very shimmering, coloristic piece that has become a big favorite of mine in recent years […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | After the Solon Budget Committee meeting had ended the other day, I went over and introduced myself to Keith Gallagher, who is running for the selectman position, and told him I write for The Town Line newspaper, and asked him if he would like to have me put something in the paper about this fact. He said he would like to and brought it down to me one day this past week. The following is what he wrote […]

Katie Ouilette WallsIf Walls Could Talk

by Katie Ouilette | WALLS, did you know that our Native Americans were originally from Asia? It seems there was, once, a Beringia. What’s a Beringia? Well, didn’t look the word up in the dictionary, because the article said it was, in its day, an earthen connector between Asia and North America […]

I’m Just Curious

by Debbie Walker | Before I forget it, I have to tell you that my car was so icy this morning, every window, the mirrors and the windshield, covered with ice. Okay, so I had read about putting rubbing alcohol (91 percent) in a spray bottle and spraying the ice surfaces and you shouldn’t have to use your scraper at all, I didn’t need to. Alcohol worked great. And you can leave it in the car, it won’t freeze! […]

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FOR YOUR HEALTH

The good news is, Americans are living longer than ever before. While longer life spans bring great opportunities, however, older adults face an increased risk of developing a chronic condition or cognitive disorder. In fact, one in 10 people age 65 or older lives with some form of dementia. Symptoms include memory loss, language difficulty, a loss of motor function, and difficulty with problem solving […]

Living well with dementia in the community

Week of January 25, 2018

Week of January 25, 2018

Notice:
Due to staff illness, this week’s issue of The Town Line is of minimal size. We apologize for any news articles that may have been inadvertently omitted. We anticipate a return to normal next week.

Legislative hearing scheduled on Sheepscot dam issue

PALERMO — This legislation, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Pierce, (Dresden) proposes giving control of the dam on Sheepscot Pond to the Dept. of Marine Resources after decades of successful management by the Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The Sheepscot Lake Association and the Town of Palermo oppose LD922’s proposal mandating action to open the dam without regard to possible consequences. Returning these migratory fishes presents several risks which must be taken seriously […]

Your Local News

CHINA: Selectmen schedule special meeting for budget workshop

CHINA — China selectmen have scheduled a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, to continue work on the warrant for the March 24 town business meeting. At their Jan. 22 meeting, board members spent almost two hours going over the draft warrant Town Manager Daniel L’Heureux prepared. Major items they did not discuss, or did not decide on, include […]

CHINA: Planners to prepare a revised comprehensive plan

CHINA — China Planning Board members have decided to start carrying out their responsibility to prepare a revised town comprehensive plan before the current one expires in the summer of 2020. The three members at the Jan. 16 meeting directed Chairman Tom Miragliuolo to ask selectmen to appoint a new comprehensive plan committee and to try to get a request for funds on the warrant for the March 24 town business meeting […]

Graicen earns first competition pin

BENTON — Graicen Giroux, 7, from Benton, got his first pin in wrestling this weekend at the Mid-Coast Youth Wrestling Club Youth Opener, the first tournament for the season. Graicen wrestles for Skowhegan youth wrestling […]

The Town Line to benefit from Hannaford’s Reusable Bag Program

CHINA — The Town Line newspaper, a nonprofit committed to serving area communities, has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of February […]

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Give Us Your Best Shot!

Remembering Fall, an elusive bug, and a snowy owl. The best pictures of the week from our readers!

Obituaries – week of January 25, 2018

EAST VASSALBORO – Herbert Louis Cates, 94, passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2018, following a month of serious illness. He was born on September 2, 1923, at the East Vas­sal­boro Family Homestead, the seventh of 12 children of Benjamin Harold Sr. and Anabel Ingraham Cates…. and 4 others…

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Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | This week, I’m going to print an article that was sent to me by Glenn W. Martin, of Montville, regarding the tick-born disease epidemic. It is an interesting article and worthy to be passed on to our readers […]

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | Joan Morris and her husband, William Bolcom, have been serving up records and concerts for over 45 years since the early seventies, their specialty being popular songs and composers from the Civil War to the ‘50s Lieber and Stoller. One album spotlighted Henry Clay Work, who wrote My Grandfather’s Clock […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | The Solon Budget Committee meeting was held at the Municipal building on Saturday, January 20 … A meeting of the Coolidge Library Trustees meeting was held at the library on January 18 […]

I’m Just Curious

by Debbie Walker | I made a long put-off trip to the dermatologist to have a little mole thing on my forehead looked at. They told me just by looking at it that it was a basil cell carcinoma, lot of words for cancer. Instantly, that thing reminded me of being in Maine, come in from the woods with a tick on you and all you want to do is get it off you! And anyone else in the room starts checking for any ticks on themselves. Well my immediate reaction was: GET THAT THING OF ME, NOW! This little mole thing was now my “tick” and I wanted it gone, now! […]

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For Your Health

The New Year is a wonderful time to not only evaluate your past, but also explore your goals for the year ahead. While it is common that health and fitness resolutions land at the top of people’s list, the truth is that achieving any goal in 2018 is dependent upon good health. Whether planning that bucket list vacation, trying a new hobby or spending more time outdoors, a healthy fitness routine is the backbone of making these goals achievable […]

Live life well: how to keep your resolution in 2018