Week of August 17, 2017

Week of August 17, 2017

South China Library aided from exhibit of late Howard Comfort II

A barn in South China was the setting for an artist’s retrospective on August 12. The late Howard Comfort II, scholar, cricketeer, painter, and a part of the South China community for decades, was the subject of an exhibition of his paintings. Over 30 paintings, many from South China and elsewhere in Maine, were borrowed from a number of families as far away as Charlotte and Seattle. Nearly 100 visitors enjoyed refreshments as they passed through the gallery on that Saturday evening, including several of Comfort’s descendants.A barn in South China was the setting for an artist’s retrospective on August 12. The late Howard Comfort II, scholar, cricketeer, painter, and a part of the South China community for decades, was the subject of an exhibition of his paintings. Over 30 paintings, many from South China and elsewhere in Maine, were borrowed from a number of families as far away as Charlotte and Seattle. Nearly 100 visitors enjoyed refreshments as they passed through the gallery on that Saturday evening, including several of Comfort’s descendants. Comfort lived to the age of 89, and spent many summers with family and friends in South China. His father was a colleague of Rufus Jones… [Read more…]

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Week of August 10, 2017

Week of August 10, 2017

Historic presence of alewives in China Lake’s Outlet Stream reconfirmed

Documents recently found in Massachusetts Archives have shed light on the early history of China Lake’s Outlet Stream, reconfirming the historic presence of native alewives. Petitions and letters, signed and dated from 1798 and 1799, state that alewives were known to make their way up the stream to China Lake, but the presence of sawmills and grist mills prevented the migratory fish from completing their journey to spawning areas. The letters and petitions were written requesting that the Outlet Stream be exempted from fish passage laws to allow water-powered industries to flourish.  Documents recently found in Massachusetts Archives have shed light on the early history of China Lake’s Outlet Stream, reconfirming the historic presence of native alewives. Petitions and letters, signed and dated from 1798 and 1799, state …. [read more…]

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Week of August 3, 2017

Week of August 3, 2017

China Days this weekend, August 4-6

Over its 14-year history, China Community Days has grown from a small, local festival to something that pulls in residents and tourists from all over Central Maine. This year looks to up the ante with dozens of activities, vendors, and a new community-driven event dubbed “The Bazaar” – where any resident can bring their own table and display items for sale. The festivities kick off on Friday, August 4, with a chicken barbecue at the South China American Legion at 4:30 p.m. Then bring your inner artist over to the China Primary school bus circle where there will be a parking lot art contest at 5:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., take your kids to the Youth Wiffle Ball Game up between the elementary and middle schools at [read more…]

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Week of July 27, 2017

Week of July 27, 2017

Winslow fire/rescue dispatcher marks 50 years

Edson ‘Skip’ Small observed 50 years with the Winslow Fire/Rescue Department in June, joining the fire department in the spring of 1967.  Bill Horne was chief of the volunteer department. He has worked with four fire chiefs over the years, including Bill Horne, Ansel Grindall, Bill Page and Dave LaFountain.dson ‘Skip’ Small observed 50 years with the Winslow Fire/Rescue Department in June, joining the fire department in the spring of 1967.  Bill Horne was chief of the volunteer department. He has worked with four fire chiefs over the years, including Bill Horne, Ansel Grindall, Bill Page and Dave LaFountain. “Fire equipment, gear and vehicles have changed dramatically over the years,” Small said. “We had rubber coats and plastic helmets that would melt down over your ears if you got too close to the fire.” Laws have also changed over the years and the firefighters of today have state […]

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Week of July 20, 2017

Week of July 20, 2017

Two childhood cancer fighting heroes

In April 2015, at four years old, Nathan (a.k.a. Super Nate) was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a cancerous tumor that grows in the bones or tissue around bones. He immediately began treatment at Maine Children’s Cancer Program (MCCP), which lasted until February 2016. Super Nate’s course of treatment required him to be brave as he endured a lot of testing, a procedure to install a port, an aggressive chemotherapy regimen, and a surgery to remove the tumor […]

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Week of July 13, 2017

Week of July 13, 2017

Area residents capture nature’s best on camera

Tina Richard, of Clinton, snapped these two bald eagles in their nest earlier this year. See the best nature photos by our readers from the past year! […]

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Week of July 6, 2017

Week of July 6, 2017

The Town Line office will re-open from vacation on Monday, July 10, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.

Brothers take part in humanitarian work in Philippines

Gary Kennedy, of Chelsea, past president of the Rotary Club of Hallowell has returned from a humanitarian journey to Southeast Asia. His mission was to fortify a previous Rotary project which was a medical facility in the village of Amadeo Cavite, Philippines. The facility was started a few years ago and Gary has been visiting this site annually to distribute medical supplies and equipment. Most of these supplies are purchased from Partners for World Health. Gary’s brother Charles, who is a Rotarian from the Windham Rotary Club, decided, with the support of his club, that he would join Gary two years ago. Together and with the strength of Rotary they have been able to accomplish some really great things and have plans for more. This year alone […]

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Week of June 29, 2017

Week of June 29, 2017

The Town Line office to be closed for vacation

The Town Line newspaper’s office will be closed the week of July 3, 2017, for the staff’s semi-annual vacation. There will be an issue published on July 6, and distribution should be as usual. The office will re-open on Monday, July 10, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. The Town Line staff apologizes for any inconvenience.

Vassalboro educator takes part in space camp

Honeywell has announced the 2017 launch of Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA) where select educators from around the world – including a teacher from Vassalboro – will attend space camp at the United States Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Alabama.  Vassalboro Community School teacher Breanne Desmond recently attended the camp in Alabama. Those selected to attend participated in 45 hours of classroom and laboratory instruction focused on science […]

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Week of June 22, 2017

Week of June 22, 2017

VHS to display prehistoric fishing roots in Vassalboro

A new exhibit at a central Maine museum is the fruition of a unique partnership between the local community and the USDA to preserve prehistoric artifacts for future generations.new exhibit at a central Maine museum is the fruition of a unique partnership between the local community and the USDA to preserve prehistoric artifacts for future generations. On June 10 the Vassalboro Historical Society officially unveiled the “Remembered Vision” display at its museum in East Vassalboro, highlighting the area’s prehistoric fishing roots. The new exhibit – which features stone tool artifacts and a diorama depicting a native village – was created with the help of funding provided by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and…. […]

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Week of June 15, 2017

Week of June 1, 2017

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Two receive Spirit of America award

T im Basham and Claire Heffernan were recently presented with Spirit of America awards. From left to right, Anita Smith, Elaine Philbrook, Claire Heffernan, Tim Basham and Irene Belanger recognizing Claire and Tim with the Spirit of America Award for their contributions to the China School Forest. Absent from photo is Robin Tobey… […]

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