Week of December 7, 2017

Week of December 7, 2017

Winslow’s Wildes wins multiple awards

The 44th Annual Maine Soccer Coaches All-Star Banquet was held at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor, Sunday, December 3. Awards were presented by coaches of Northern Maine Class A, B and C, and Southern Maine Class A, B and C. The Presentation of awards included the 23rd Mane Soccer Coaches Senior Bowl MVPs, Northern and Southern Maine Regional All-Stars, Northern and Southern Maine state teams. Maine Soccer “Coach of the Year” Awards, NSCAA Region One Coach of the Year, Class “Players of the Year” Awards, All New England Awards, and All America Award presented to both boys and girls All-Star teams… [read more here…]

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Residents hear update on ARI from speakers

VASSALBORO — About 30 people gathered in the East Vassalboro Grange Hall for a Nov. 29 update on the Alewife Restoration Project (ARI), aimed at restoring alewife runs from the ocean into China Lake. Speakers focused on two obstacles, the Ladd and Box Mill dams….

Planners revert to old method for reviewing conditional use applications

CHINA — China Planning Board members agreed at their Nov. 28 meeting to return to their previous procedure for reviewing conditional use applications and went on to apply it….

KHS to hear about Explosion in Halifax

KENNEBEC VALLEY — On December 7, 1917, two war ships collided in the harbor at Halifax, Nova Scotia. Following the collision and subsequent fire, a massive explosion occurred, killing about 2,000 people and wounding countless more. At the time, it was the largest man-made explosion in history….

Central Maine Squares to hold Toyland Dance

Central Maine Square Dance Club of Waterville

KENNEBEC VALLEY — The Central Maine Square Dance club of Waterville is having their monthly square dance on Sunday, December 10, from 2 – 5 p.m., at the Waterville Jr. High School, on Rte. 104 (West River Road)….

Jefferson Food Pantry gives thanks

JEFFERSON — It was a dark and stormy night, cold and rainy. On November 22, the Jefferson Area Community Food Pantry passed out turkeys, hams, assorted other meats, fresh and canned veggies and fruit to feed over 100 of our friends and neighbors….

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Town of China Police Log

Report for October 1 – October 31 2017

4 traffic complaints.
10 traffic stops.
9 property checks.
1 report of suspicious activity.
8 business checks.
1 traffic direction detail.
2 trespass complaints.
1 disabled vehicle.
1 stationary radar detail.
1 debris in roadway.
1 found property.
1 assist fire department….

Obituaries – week of December 7, 2017

AUGUSTA – Norman R. Higgins, 88, died Friday, November 17, 2017. He was born in Rochester, New Hamp­shire, on November 12, 1929, the son of Don and Alma (Gallant) Higgins.

Mr. Higgins was educated at Worcester Jr. College and Clark University, in Massachusetts. He served his country in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict, 1950 to 1953, and was honorably discharged…. and 10 others…

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Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | As we enter into the Christmas season, I notice a lot of Christmas cards and greetings with the picture of a dove as a symbol of peace on earth and goodwill to all men. Where did that all start? Why is the dove a symbol of peace?…
Doves as a symbol of peace: what is the history?

ERIC’S TECH TALK

by Eric W. Austin | We’re all familiar with it. Try to log into your favorite website, and you’re likely to be presented with a question: Are you human or a robot? Then you might be asked to translate a bit of garbled text or pick from a set of presented images. What’s this all about?…
Are you human or robot? The surprising history of CAPTCHAs

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | As I slowly edged into liking classical music, via cartoons and storybook records, I remember Beethoven being the first composer to grab my attention, through two symphonies – the 5th and 6th, better known as the Pastoral. The great conductor, Bruno Walter (1876-1962), would be the first to give me the intensive exposure to both pieces. Mom owned a 78 set of Walter’s 1941 5th, a very satisfying performance full of conviction and spirit….
Bandleader: Spike Jones; Composers: Telemann & Maurice Ravel

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySolon & Beyond

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | Good morning, dear friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

The L.C. Bates Museum, in Hinckley, has received a grant which is benefiting students at Solon Elementary School this fall. Elizabeth Comstock of the museum staff visited the school once a week for six weeks to present natural history outreach programs to students in second and fourth grades. Topics for these presentations were wetland habitat, forest habitat, ocean habitat, Maine birds, bugs, and pollination….
SOLON & BEYOND

Katie Ouilette WallsIf Walls Could Talk

by Katie Ouilette | Well, faithful readers and WALLS, do you agree with me that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas?

Yup, everywhere we read! The advertising hardly leaves time for viewing and reading and Black Friday and ‘whatever Monday’ has happened already….
IF WALLS COULD TALK

I’m Just Curious

by Debbie Walker | Recently, I referred to myself as “Nana Daffy.” I commented that I would tell that story at another time. TIME is here.

Have you ever been in a conversation about names with a little one?

It goes something like this: “Momma’s name is ….?., Daddy’s name is ….?” It was one of those discussions when I added “Nana’s name is …?”….
“Nana Daffy”

For Your Health

(NAPSI)—Many older Americans have discovered that sharing their accumulated wisdom with others who need help can be a big win all around.
Here’s a look at two ways you can stretch your mind and show your heart….
Older People Improve Life For Others And Themselves

Week of November 30, 2017

Week of November 30, 2017

‘Parade of Lights’ kicks off Christmas season

Above, Santa and Mrs. Claus were welcomed in Waterville on November 24 to kick off the Christmas season…. [see more pictures here!]

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Week of November 23, 2017

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Week of November 23, 2017

Meeting to be held on proposed Ladd Dam and Box Mill fishways

The Alewife Restoration Initiative and project partner US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will hold an informational meeting regarding plans to build fishways at Ladd Dam and Box Mill, in North Vassalboro. The goal of the fishways, in conjunction with projects at four other dams on Outlet Stream, is to allow alewives to migrate to China Lake to spawn…. [read more…]

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Week of November 16, 2017

Week of November 16, 2017

Waterville ‘Parade of Lights’ set for Nov. 24

Downtown Waterville’s Annual Holiday parade held the evening after Thanksgiving has drawn thousands of families to Main Street for many years and serves as a fun and festive kickoff to the holiday season. The Children’s Discovery Museum is excited to be adopting this wonderful event. The museum has been a staple in the Central Maine Community for many years and will be relocating to a large space in Waterville in the spring of 2019… [read more…]

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Week of November 9, 2017

Week of November 9, 2017

Fairfield PAL Junior Division champions

Fairfield PAL football league Sonny’s Pizza team captured the 2017 Junior Division championship with a 12-0 win over VFW on October 22… [read more…]

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Week of November 2, 2017

Week of November 2, 2017

As a result of the violent wind storm of October 29, and the extended power outage, The Town Line has produced a smaller issue than usual under difficult conditions. Our apologies to anyone whose articles didn’t get in either due to internet issues or space availability. Priority was given to the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 7.

China has two soccer champs!

The China Middle School girls and the China Middle school boys won their respective 2017 Sheepscot Valley Athletic conference championship games played on October 23. Above, the China Clippers girls soccer team, coached by Carl Peterson, defeated Palermo in a very close game, 3-2. The China Clipper boys soccer team, below, coached by Colby Foster, won with a 3-0 shutout against St. Michaels School, of Augusta. Schools that participate in the SVAC are China, Windsor, St. Michael’s, Vassalboro, Palermo, Chelsea, Temple Academy, of Waterville, and Whitefield… [read more…]

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Next year is China’s Bicentennial Anniversary!
Help us celebrate by sharing your stories about China History. Photos, too!

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Week of October 26, 2017

Week of October 26, 2017

Local businesses team up to help veterans in need

For the past three years Penny’s Barbershop in Augusta has sponsored initiatives to help veterans in need. In those three years, she and her team have raised closed to $10,000 to help veterans. This year her goal is to raise at least $3,500. All of the money she raises goes either directly to veterans or to organizations that directly support veterans. The goal for this year, set at $3,500, is for a distinct purpose. $3,500 is the exact amount that is required to provide one fully-trained service dog to a veteran requiring such help or support. Both the service dog and training are fully covered for the veteran. Once an application is received… [read more…]

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Next year is China’s Bicentennial Anniversary!
Help us celebrate by sharing your stories about China History. Photos, too!

Send your story, with name, phone, or email, to townline@fairpoint.net or P.O. Box 89 Jonesbrook Crossing, So. China, ME 04358. FMI: 445-2234.  Town Line Contact page.

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Week of October 19, 2017

Week of October 19, 2017

China Middle School JMG aids in hurricane relief for China, Texas

by Cailee Elsasser, 8th grade, China Middle School, JMG Council Officer

How are we helping people recover from Hurricane Harvey? When we realized there was a China, Texas, which unfortunately was in the path of the storm, we felt it was a natural connection to help. The China Middle School JMG organized a spare change drive to help support the students and teachers in China, Texas, as their middle school was destroyed by the flooding. The China Middle and Primary schools stepped up big time, collecting over $500 in change and monetary donations…. [read more…]

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Next year is China’s Bicentennial Anniversary!
Help us celebrate by sharing your stories about China History. Photos, too!

Send your story, with name, phone, or email, to townline@fairpoint.net or P.O. Box 89 Jonesbrook Crossing, So. China, ME 04358. FMI: 445-2234.  Town Line Contact page.

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Week of October 5, 2017

Week of October 5, 2017

MEA scores up from last year in area schools

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) recently released results of Maine Education Assessment (MEA) tests for the 2016-17 school year.  The state tests students in three areas, English language arts/literacy, math and science, with science tests beginning with fifth-graders.The Maine Department of Education (DOE) recently released results of Maine Education Assessment (MEA) tests for the 2016-17 school year.  The state tests students in three areas, English language arts/literacy, math and science, with science tests beginning with fifth-graders. According to DOE information, scores went up in all three areas in 2016-17 compared to the previous year, the first time the 2016/17 tests were used.  The department’s press release said last year, 52.58 percent of students tested scored above state expectations in ELA/literacy; 38.54 percent exceeded expectations in math… [read more…]

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Next year is China’s Bicentennial Anniversary!
Help us celebrate by sharing your stories about China History. Photos, too!

Send your story, with name, phone, or email, to townline@fairpoint.net or P.O. Box 89 Jonesbrook Crossing, So. China, ME 04358. FMI: 445-2234.  Town Line Contact page.

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Week of September 28, 2017

Week of September 28, 2017

Phil Haines, Vassalboro selectman succumbs to illness at 72 years old

Phil Haines 1945 – 2017

VASSALBORO – Dr. Philip “Phil” Wills Haines, 72, passed away Saturday, September 23, 2017, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta.  He was born July 19, 1945, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, the son of Bernard S. and Elizabeth S. (Matlack) Haines. VASSALBORO – Dr. Philip “Phil” Wills Haines, 72, passed away Saturday, September 23, 2017, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta.  He was born July 19, 1945, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, the son of Bernard S. and Elizabeth S. (Matlack) Haines.  Phil grew up in Maple Shade, New Jersey, attended Moorestown Friends School (New Jersey) and graduated from Westtown School (Westtown, Pennsylvania) in 1963. Phil then graduated from Union College with a bachelor of science degree in 1967, and earned a master’s degree in chemistry from Purdue University in 1969.  Later, in 1982, Phil earned a Doctorate… [read more…]

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