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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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! […]

Ticks and bumps

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

Week of January 18, 2018

Week of January 18, 2018

Skowhegan library children’s section awarded grant

SKOWHEGAN — 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 […]

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CHINA: Varneys withdraw application for commercial gatherings

CHINA — Parris and Catherine Varney have withdrawn their controversial application for a permit to allow commercial gatherings and events in their barn at 701 Neck Road. In a Jan. 9 letter to Codes Officer Paul Mitnik, Palermo attorney Matthew Evans, representing the Varneys, said, “In light of the irrational, to the point of being delusional, opposition to the Barn Venue,” the couple decided to make no additional financial investment in the project […]

VASSALBORO: Groups agree communications are good among agencies

VASSALBORO — At the instigation of new board member John Melrose, Vassalboro selectmen invited town emergency responders to their Jan. 11 meeting to talk about response to the October 2017 windstorm, which left many parts of town without electricity for days […]

Havoc on the Kennebec River

AUGUSTA — Recent warm weather, heavy rains and the return to cold temperatures raised havoc on the Kennebec River, with ice jams causing unanticipated flooding that left many motorists’ cars stranded in Hallowell. Photos by Tawni Lively, Central Maine Photography staff […]

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 […]

Webber Pond president updates on lake conditions

VASSALBORO — By way of update, the winter is going well. We had an extended period of really cold weather. Many days in a row where the thermometer at my house was minus-25 degrees. Suddenly, there was a radical shift in the jet stream and we had two days of torrential rain with temperatures in the 40s […]

Banish boredom at South China Public Library; new book titles available; Fire and Fury on order

So. CHINA — Just in the nick of time – South China Library has added many new books for your winter reading. Here is a sampling of new materials received. The newest books by David Baldacci, James Patterson, Sandra Brown, Tess Gerritsen, John Grisham, Stephen King and Jan Karon, to name just a few popular authors, are now available. Our collection of large print books grows with every order […]

CHINA: Selectmen’s meeting to be preceded by RLF committee meeting

CHINA — The Jan. 22 China selectmen’s meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m., will be preceded by a 6:30 p.m. meeting of the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) subcommittee of the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Committee. Both meetings will be in the town office […]

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Local students named to dean’s list at Stonehill College

SKOWHEGAN — 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 […]

Researchers see potential role for dancing

by Bob Brown | I was recently reading an article written by Scott Edwards, Harvard Medical School Correspondent that really got my attention. Many of us have been aware for years that there are positive health benefits to dancing and movement, but this was an up-to-date version with a little different slant […]

Letter to the Editor: Firefighters thank supporters

by Tim Theriault | “The China Village Volunteer Fire Department has raised $48 through the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program. The Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program launched in October 2015 and is designed to support local nonprofits through the sale of the reusable Cause bag […]”

Weather doesn’t bother this hunter

CHINA — Undeterred by any kind of weather, this bald eagle was captured in this photograph by Michael Bilinsky, of China Village, as it swept down to grab a fish. What makes this photo special is that this moment was over in the blink of an eye […]

Obituaries – week of January 18, 2018

FAIRFIELD – Barbara M. Greenlaw, 91, passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. She was born on July 25, 1926, to Hugh Allen and Lia Belle (Trimm) Fox Sr., in Blanchard…. and 18 others…

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Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | On our way home to Waterville driving along Rte. 201 recently, during the recent unseasonable warm spell, my wife and I observed a raccoon walking along the roadside in Winslow. My first thought: “A raccoon out during the day is not normal, and could mean it is rabid […]”

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | This very generously filled package of five CDs contains some of the most lovable classical music in the world by Robert Schumann, 1810-1856; very nicely performed and blessed with vibrant digital sound; and priced in a range very close to ten bucks […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | Good morning, dear friends. Don’t worry, be happy! Have been sitting here at my computer desk cleaning out cubbyholes to see what I can find to write about this week. It’s an awful feeling not to have any real news to share with you, especially after coming across an old yellowed clipping that I had saved with many names telling of who had been visiting who in those long ago times. Now-a- days, people prefer their privacy […]

Katie Ouilette WallsIf Walls Could Talk

by Katie Ouilette | WALLS, y’know, I’m having a hard time believing that 2018 is our year already, but I have had a lot of reminiscing to do, as I’ve been cleaning out a lot of papers that I’ve been saving for ideas to write about for you. I came across a write-up about shower parties. Yes, I’m sure there are marriages being planned and, frankly, so many young folks are having outdoor weddings these days […]

I’m Just Curious

by Debbie Walker | Happy New Year! Oh yeah, it is that time again. The time of year when we once again are reminded we are not perfect! The magazines developed for women are going to give us the answers to improve us, yet again! The magazines I am looking at now do not have very much information geared towards men; in all fairness I don’t remember seeing any magazines for men. I’ll have to pay closer attention next week and really look over the magazine rack […]

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For Your Health

When it’s cold outside—and hot and dry inside—your lips need extra care to stay soft and feel comfortable. Here are five helpful tips! […]

How To Look Out For Your Lips This Winter

Week of January 11, 2018

Week of January 11, 2018

Fairfield ‘Cops Care for Kids’ program bigger and better

The Cops Care for Kids program was initially started and funded by Kingston Paul, who was the former Detective Captain at the Fairfield Police Department. The program started with an idea that the police wanted to build a great relationship with our community and the children of our community. They started out by delivering just one stuffed animal to approximately 50 children with a tag attached with all the officer’s names on them […]

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Tucker Leonard earns Eagle Scout rank

PALERMO — On October 8, 2017, Tucker Leonard completed his Eagle Project at the Palermo Grammar School. As a member of China Boy Scout Troop #479, Tucker’s project was to select a space on the trails in back of the school to clear an area for an outdoor class […]

Greenwoods celebrate 26th wedding anniversary

WINDSOR — Whitefield Lions Joe and Carolyn Greenwood, of Windsor, celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary on December 14, 2017. The Greenwoods have been active members in the club for 12 years since moving to Maine from Amesbury, Massachusetts […]

McKenzie Brunelle returns following intensive research project

SIDNEY — McKenzie Brunelle, of Sidney, a member of the class of 2018, majoring in biomedical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), in Worcester, Massachusetts, was a member of a student team that recently completed an intense, hands-on research project in London, England. The project was titled A Plan to Improve the Internet Presence of Commonside […]

Waterville’s High Hopes Clubhouse receives international distinction

WATERVILLE — Kennebec Behavioral Health’s High Hopes Clubhouse recently was recognized by Clubhouse International as a clubhouse of distinction among all clubhouses worldwide. High Hopes, which provides employment, education and social opportunities for people with severe and persistent mental illness, has been recognized among all clubhouse as having the highest percent of its members – 79 percent – who are working in supported or independent employment […]

Senior College forum to hear about Real or Fake News

AUGUSTA — The University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Maine at Augusta Senior College has announced the next Forum on the Future entitled News, Real or Fake? […]

Area students named to Colby-Sawyer College dean’s list Fall 2017

CENTRAL MAINE — Colby-Sawyer College, in New London, New Hampshire, recognizes 254 students for outstanding academic achievement during the 2017 fall semester. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours in graded courses […]

Matthew Steward named to dean’s list at Bob Jones University

SKOWHEGAN — Matthew Steward, a sophomore criminal justice major, of Skowhegan, was among approximately 890 Bob Jones University students named to the Fall 2017 Dean’s List, in Greenville, South Carolina. The dean’s list recognizes students who earn a 3.00-3.74 grade point average during the semester […]

Food industry needs to stop hiding nutrition info

by Mindy Haar | Nearly four in ten American adults are obese. That’s an all-time high. The Food and Drug Administration proposed two rules to help combat this epidemic. The first would require chain restaurants to include calorie counts on their menus. The second would update the Nutrition Facts Label – the black-and-white nutritional content box […]

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Letter to the Editor: The China Bicentennial

by Neil Farrington | Let’s start with the year [we had] without a summer, 1816. Imagine a town that bases its whole existence on farming or selling goods to the farmer. Without summer it’s impossible to raise food and grain for your family and farm animals. Families came together and survived […]

Town of China Police Log November/December 2017

November 2: 2 – 5 p.m., checking camp roads and side roads on the east side of China Lake.
November 4: 9:30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m., checking camp roads and side roads on the west side of China Lake.
November 5: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., checking the remainder of roads in town […]

Obituaries – week of January 11, 2018

UNITY ­– Lloyd (Buddy) Earl Burt, 85, passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at the Maine Veterans Home, in Bangor. Buddy was born on April 29, 1932, in Burnham, where he resided most of his life… and 18 others…

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Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS: Was it a Sharp-shinned hawk or a Cooper’s hawk? Hard to tell

by Roland D. Hallee | I have seen some interesting acts of Mother Nature during my travels, but what happened last week probably tops most of them. The first was somewhat insignificant because I had seen it one time before. Arriving home from work late last Wednesday, I noticed a dead crow in my backyard. But what I saw on Saturday, topped that without a contest […]

Was it a Sharp-shinned hawk or a Cooper’s hawk? Hard to tell

Emily Cates

GARDEN WORKS: Bored in Wintertime? Read on for the remedy

by Emily Cates | For a while there, I’d thought Old Man Winter had forgotten us. No such luck! Now that we’re basking in the ice and snow, at least we can be comforted by the thought that the Solstice is behind us and the days will now start to get longer. Would it be a good time to take a respite from garden activities? Perhaps. But what if we’re feeling restless and would rather enjoy the satisfaction from getting things done? Well, then, read on for a few seasonally-appropriate suggestions; this time we’ll focus on a variety of activities, including pruning and tool maintenance […]

Bored in Wintertime? Read on for the remedy

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI – Singer: Elvis Presley; Movie: Gangster Story; Composer: Brahms

by Peter Cates | Teddy Bear was a huge number one hit on the rock, country and rhythm and blues charts for the great Elvis (1935-1977). Both songs here were also part of the 1957 film, with the same name, and its soundtrack LP, consisting totally of Presley performances. Teddy Bear’s lyricist Bernie Lowe (1917-2001) was also a businessman who established Cameo records in 1956, which later expanded to Cameo/Parkway. He would sign an unknown singer, Ernest Evans, to the label, who himself later changed his name to Chubby Checker! […]

Singer: Elvis Presley; Movie: Gangster Story; Composer: Brahms

TRAINING YOUR DOG: Obedience – the foundation of all we do with our dogs

by Carolyn Fuhrer | AKC defines its obedience program as trials set up to demonstrate the dog’s ability to follow specified routines in the obedience ring to emphasize the usefulness of the dog as a companion to humans; and it is essential that the dog demonstrate willingness and enjoyment while it is working, and that handling be smooth and natural without harsh commands […]

Obedience – the foundation of all we do with our dogs

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySolon & Beyond

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

Some of this week’s news will be rather old because of the holidays and the fact that The Town Line wasn’t published on the week of Christmas. I find the news from Solon Elementary School very interesting so I try to get as much of it in this column as possible, but it is a little bit late […]

SOLON & BEYOND

Katie Ouilette WallsIf Walls Could Talk

by Katie Ouilette | WALLS, you and our faithful readers haven’t had me to read for awhile, so, first I must say Happy 2018 to all my friends at The Town Line and to the friends I haven’t met yet!

Frankly, WALLS, you know fell well that conversations and subjects can change and change they did when Lew came home with the mail and there was Dr. Victoria Stenmard pictured on the front page of Redington-Fairview General Hospital’s Newsletter […]

IF WALLS COULD TALK

I’m Just Curious: It’s that time again

by Debbie Walker | Happy New Year! Oh yeah, it is that time again. The time of year when we once again are reminded we are not perfect! The magazines developed for women are going to give us the answers to improve us, yet again! The magazines I am looking at now do not have very much information geared towards men; in all fairness I don’t remember seeing any magazines for men. I’ll have to pay closer attention next week and really look over the magazine rack […]

It’s that time again

For Your Health: Statistics show decline in cancer related deaths

The American Cancer Society has announced updated cancer statistics, facts and figures which show a decline in the cancer death rate in recent years.  The main takeaway is, the cancer death rate dropped 1.7 percent from 2014 to 2015, continuing a drop that began in 1991 and has reached 26 percent, resulting in nearly 2.4 million fewer cancer deaths during that time […]

Statistics show decline in cancer related deaths

Week of January 4, 2018

Week of January 4, 2018

With winter settled in, ice fishing success increases

Ice fishing on Webber Pond can be really good, particularly in January and March. I’ve learned a few things over the years and I’d like to pass them on. Usually, fish are most active just after the ice forms and in March as the snow melts, bringing oxygenated water into the pond. February can be slow…. [read more here…]

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Short agenda leads to variety of discussions

CHINA — China selectmen turned a short agenda into a variety of discussion topics at their between-holidays meeting Dec. 27. Called primarily to pay biweekly bills, the meeting included updates on the road crew’s work in the Christmas storm and on the new Neck Road fire pond; proposals to record selectmen’s meetings and to change the meeting time; ways to find a successor to Town Manager Daniel L’Heureux, who is retiring at the end of June; and plans to look into increased police service….

Kennebec Historical Society to hear Joey Kelley

AUGUSTA — Come for a ride through 150 years of history in Waldo County. Chartered in 1867, the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad has survived two world wars, the construction of highways, the collapse of the poultry industry in Waldo County and survives today as a tourist railroad and historic relic of days gone by. This presentation by author and railroad historian Joey Kelley outlines the history of this unique railroad and gives you a summary of his book on the subject – the very first book ever written on the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad….

Erskine to hold parent/teacher conferences

CHINA — Erskine Academy has scheduled Parent/Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, January 17, from 3 to 7:30 p.m. (snow date will be Thursday, January 18….

Care & Comfort workplace cited

WATERVILLE — Care & Comfort, a leading provider of Home Health and Behavioral Healthcare, was recently recognized as one of Maine’s best employers for workers over the age of 50 for 2017 by the Maine State Workforce Investment Board’s Older Workers Committee….

Kringleville has one of its best years

WATERVILLE — Another magical season at Kringleville in the friendly city of Waterville has come to an end. The visitors seemed to be full of visions of Legos and hatchimals dancing in children’s heads, rather than sugar plums of old. The elves were certainly hard at work in the North Pole making toys for all the good little boys and girls. Elves, Cinnamon and Cinnamon Stick were busy at Kringleville in the cabin taking photos of folks who stopped to tell Santa what their Christmas wishes were….

Shalahn Staten, serving in leadership position of Assumption’s ALANA Network

CLINTON — The Assumption College Office of Student Activities, in Worcester, Massachusetts, has announced that Shalahn Staten, of Clinton, has been elected, and is currently serving, as president of ALANA Network for the 2017-18 academic year….

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Fallen state trooper remembered

SOMERSET COUNTY — On Monday, December 11, Senator Paul Davis (R-Piscataquis) and Senator Scott Cyrway (R-Somerset), joined retired Trooper Mark Nickerson, Trooper Seth Allen, Trooper Tyler Harrington and Lieutenant Jackie Theriault at Brown Cemetery in Benton to visit the grave of Trooper Thomas J. Merry, a hero who died in the line of duty in July of 1980, in Palmyra….

Give Us Your Best Shot!

Our best winter shots from local residents, and one to make you think of summer….

Obituaries – week of January 4, 2017

OAKLAND – John W. Casey, Jr., 80, died Monday, December 11, 2017. He was born July 2, 1936, the son of John Casey, Sr. and Margaret Nugent Casey….. and 11 others…

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Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS: News flash – the birds are back in town

by Roland D. Hallee | It was prompted by a telephone call, on December 20, from a reader in Freedom who alerted me that birds had returned to her feeders. So, I went home, told my wife about the conversation I had with the caller, and proceeded to refill our feeders. It took a couple of days, but by the the time of the nor’easter of Christmas day, it was business as usual at the stations….
News flash: the birds are back in town

ERIC’S TECH TALK: Does the future spell the end of local news?

by Eric W. Austin | In August of 1981, an upstart cable TV station began broadcasting these slick new videos set to music. They called it “music television.” The first music video to air on the new channel was the Buggles’ song “Video Killed the Radio Star.” It was supposed to herald the end of radio’s dominance and introduce the world to television as a new musical medium. Instead, nearly 40 years later, music can hardly be found on MTV and radio is still going strong….
Does the future spell the end of local news?

MESSING ABOUT: Always consider the “rule of threes”

by Ron Maxwell | The more one wanders about in the land of survival talk, the more one hears about the rule of threes. It has been approached by many writers in many styles with many words and I claim no exclusivity to any part of it. The rule of threes is however a clever thing and worthy of our consideration….
Always consider the “rule of threes”

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI: Tahra Story

by Peter Cates | Tahra was a historical CD label started in 1992 by Myriam Scherchen, daughter of the conductor, Hermann Scherchen (1891-1966), and her late husband, Rene Tremaine, journalist, producer and voracious record collector. They started the label as a means of releasing previously unavailable tapes, recordings that had been out of print for decades and some restored material that had wretched sound in their earlier release but now were much improved….
Tahra Story

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySolon & Beyond

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | Good morning, dear friends. Don’t worry, be happy! It has been awhile since I sat down at this computer to write a column, perhaps you noticed that The Town Line wasn’t published last week. Hadn’t had a chance to wish all of you a very Happy New Year!…
SOLON & BEYOND

I’m Just Curious: The way we learn

by Debbie Walker | Yes, I have been into my books again. Okay, now give me a chance, quit rolling your eyes. It might be interesting. (I can hope!) Make a cup of coffee or tea and sit for a spell. This morning I found a book that I hadn’t seen for a while. The title is The Way They Learn, by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias. It has to do with how we all learn in different ways….
The way we learn

For Your Health: Use Your Brain To Tackle Tinnitus

(NAPSI)—Approximately 80 percent of people with hearing loss also suffer from tinnitus—a ringing, buzzing, whistling or other noises in the ear. It can disrupt life and interfere with your enjoyment of everyday activities, but you can find relief. Hearing aids have proven helpful for people with hearing loss who also experience tinnitus. That’s because with better hearing, the brain has other external sounds to listen to, making tinnitus less disturbing. Improved hearing also takes away the strain of listening, especially in difficult listening situations, and may help to reduce the stress associated with tinnitus….
Use Your Brain To Tackle Tinnitus

Week of December 21, 2017

Week of December 21, 2017

The Town Line Christmas Schedule

The Town Line will not publish an issue on Thursday, December 28, 2017. The staff will be enjoying its annual vacation. The office will be closed during the week of December 25. We will re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

May you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

— from The Town Line staff, Board of Directors and all contributors   

Save the Olde Mill fundraiser reaches preliminary goal

Vassalboro’s “SAVE THE MILL” Campaign and Ray Breton thank all of who were involved in hard work and donations towards repair of the roof of the Olde Mill in downtown North Vassalboro! The $7,000 mark has been reached, and they still have a long way to go!  As many of you know, The Olde Mill, in downtown North Vassalboro, sustained significant roof damage as a result of the storm of October 28 – 29, 2017. The estimate for repairs is $250,000…. [read more…]

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China Board to review Varney application, hold public hearing

CHINA — At their Dec. 12 meeting, China Planning Board members heard pieces of two applications that will be before them again in January 2018 and later. One they have already reviewed at length, Parris and Catherine Varney’s controversial application to use their barn at 701 Neck Road for weddings and other private, community and public events….

Vass. Selectmen plan ahead; set holiday schedule, and town meeting date for June 4

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro selectmen spent most of their Dec. 14 meeting planning ahead, including proposing multiple events in which town voters will – or should – take part. One of the longer discussions was over the Christmas holiday schedule. State employees have been given holiday time from Friday, Dec. 22, through Tuesday, Dec. 26, and some municipalities follow the state schedule….

Guitar concert benefit foundation

FAIRFIELD — The 16th Annual ‘Warming Up for Christmas’ benefit Guitar Concert honoring Cassidy Charette brought more than 600 people to the Williamson Auditorium, in Fairfield, on December 2 and raised over $12,300 for the ShineOnCass Foundation…..

Leyna Tobey graduates from Merrimack College

AUGUSTA — Leyna Tobey, of Augusta, recently graduated from Merrimack College, in North Andover, Massachusetts, during the 67th commencement exercises on May 21….

King named to NEWMAC All Sportsmanship team

FAIRFIELD — Abby King, of Fairfield, a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Worcester, Massachusetts, was one of seven fall WPI student-athletes to earn a spot on their respective sports All-Sportsmanship team….

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Winnie Merrill, daughter of Helen Mosher, of China, and Pat Clark, of Palermo, share some pictures of Maine!

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Obituaries – week of December 21, 2017

WATERVILLE – Joan Bouchard, 71, passed away December 1, 2017 at her home in Waterville. She was born November 25, 1946 in St Francis, the daughter of Alphonse and Mary (Hutchison) Bouchard….. and 9 others…

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Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS: December, Christmas, Santa Claus and flying reindeer

by Roland D. Hallee | While driving down the interstate recently, I noticed signs along the way that read, “Slow down, only reindeer can fly.” Well, that made me think that Christmas is quickly sneaking up on us, and as everyone knows, it is the day that Santa Claus comes down the chimney bearing gifts. And, we also know, Santa arrives at your house in a sleigh powered by eight flying “reindeer.” So, what are reindeer?…
December, Christmas, Santa Claus and flying reindeer

ERIC’S TECH TALK: Net Neutrality goes nuclear

by Eric W. Austin | Do you like your cable TV service? I hope so, because your internet service is about to get a whole lot more like it! On Thursday last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), headed up by Trump appointee and former Verizon employee Ajit Pai, voted 3-2, along party lines, to repeal Obama-era rules that prevented internet providers from favoring some internet traffic over others….
Net Neutrality goes nuclear

Emily Cates

GARDEN WORKS: Making the best of a thaw + great tips for the die-hard greenthumb in winter

by Emily Cates | Freeze and thaw, freeze and thaw. Such is the character of the ground this time of year. While the thought of gardening is iffy at best (without season extenders, that is), a determined gardener can still work in the dirt if the opportunity presents itself between freezes. Outrageous?….
Making the best of a thaw + great tips for the die-hard greenthumb in winter

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI – Movie: Dark Mountain; Composer: Beethoven

by Peter Cates | My first experience of Mozart came with the beautiful set of his 40th Symphony, three Columbia 78s recorded in 1937, that were given to me in seventh grade – I remember to this day the captivating, rolling rhythms of the opening movement. The conductor, Sir Thomas Beecham (1879-1961), had a knack, at his best, for making music heavenly sounding and he had a greater number of recordings than any other conductor, during the ‘30s and ‘40s, that were first class in both performance and sound….
Movie: Dark Mountain; Composer: Beethoven

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, December 9, for their annual Christmas Party with all 12 members, three leaders and five visitors in attendance. Items were collected for the Somerset Human Society as one of the clubs community projects….
SOLON & BEYOND

Katie Ouilette WallsIf Walls Could Talk

by Katie Ouilette | We wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years! WALLS, yes, it is the day all of us have been looking forward to, but let us hope that our faithful readers know that the promise of Christmas is really with us until next December 2018….
IF WALLS COULD TALK

I’m Just Curious: Christmas Memory

by Debbie Walker | I had it all figured out, what I would do for my column this week. In fact it is about half typed and waiting its turn, but it won’t be this week. I don’t even remember what was said that sent me back in time for a blast of the past, but I’m happy it did. Great Grammie Smith lived across the road from us in a little bitty trailer, probably 30 feet of snug. I loved that tiny little home….
Christmas Memory

For Your Health: Top Five Tips To Stay Fit This Holiday Season

(NAPSI)—While visions of sugarplums may be dancing in your head, don’t let your fitness and diet goals get pushed to the side during the holidays. For many, it is the season of overindulgence—from holiday parties complete with decadent sweets and cocktails, to unexpected dinners out with friends and family. However, treats should be balanced with nutritious options and a healthy fitness routine. Don’t let short-term temptation derail you from achieving your long-term health goals in 2018….

Week of December 14, 2017

Week of December 14, 2017

Opiates in Central Maine: Not just a National Crisis

With words like ‘epidemic,’ ‘crisis,’ and ‘national emergency,’ the opioid problem has been in the news a lot lately. But how is this important issue impacting our local communities here in Central Maine?

That’s the question I set out to answer.

I started by contacting an old friend of mine. Jared Mills was a year ahead of me at Winslow High School, graduating in 1992. Now he serves as the Deputy Chief of Police for Augusta. He told me something I’d hear a lot in the succeeding weeks: The opioid issue really is a problem. It is a crisis, and we need to do something about it now…. [read more…]

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Selectmen to hear CEO, act on ongoing town land use violations

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro selectmen are scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, with an agenda that includes discussions with Codes Officer Richard Dolby. Dolby has drafted revisions to the Building Permit Ordinance (last revised in 2012), which need selectmen’s review and ultimate approval by voters. He is also scheduled to talk about two ongoing violations of town land use ordinances….

Committee recommends new forklift, pre-crusher compactor for transfer station

CHINA — China selectmen spent their Dec. 11 meeting looking ahead, including considering a Transfer Station Committee recommendation to buy equipment. Committee members recommended replacing the forklift and adding a new pre-crusher compactor in the 2018-19 fiscal year….

China TIF committee agrees on two motions

CHINA — China’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Committee members agreed unanimously on two motions at their Dec. 4 meeting, including, conditionally, a recommendation to town selectmen. The recommendation to selectmen is to ask voters to appropriate $20,000 in TIF funds for the China LakeSmart program….

Erskine Academy’s Winter Concert scheduled for Dec. 20

SOUTH CHINA — Erskine Academy’s annual Winter Concert will be Wednesday, December 20, at 6:30 p.m., in the James V. Nelson Gymnasium. The concert is free; however, donations are gladly accepted….

Vassalboro Planners approve new business, home

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro Planning Board members approved both applications on their Dec. 5 agenda, allowing a new business on Riverside Drive and a new house on Webber Pond Road. Troy LaBreck is leasing the Getchell building at 2252 Riverside Drive, at the Alpine Street intersection, to run a business repairing motorcycles, snowmobiles, four-wheelers and similar sports machines….

Crockett elected Kennebec Historical Society president

AUGUSTA — Patsy Garside Crockett was elected president of the Kennebec Historical Society at the groups annual meeting, held at the Maine State Library. Society members re-elected were Vice President Bruce Kirkham, Secretary Emily Schroeder, Treasurer Ernest Plummer and board of directors members Stefanie Barley, Richard Bridges and Anne Cough. Also, John Lawrence and outgoing president Kent London were elected to the board….

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Whitefield Lions host Christmas for Kids

WHITEFIELD – Whitefield Lions club hosted their annual Christmas for Kids party Sunday, December 10. A lunch of hot dogs, chips, and punch was served, followed by cookies and ice cream. Santa stopped by for a visit and kids clamored to tell him what they want for Christmas. Requests ranged from Lego sets to a puppy….

Clinton elementary students hold drive for homeless shelter

CLINTON – The Clinton Elementary School Student Council recently led a school-wide drive for warm winter hats, scarves and mittens and/or money for the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter. Their “Hats for the Homeless” drive netted $181 and approximately 150 warm winter items….

Give Us Your Best Shot!

BUSY WITH THE CAMERA: Michael Bilinsky, of China Village, was busy with his camera when he snapped these three photos recently….

Colby College students perform at ‘Jazz at Lincoln Center’

WATERVILLE – Student musicians and actors from Colby College, in Waterville, performed at ‘Jazz at Lincoln Center’ on December 6 as part of the college’s New York campaign launch celebration. Kaylee Pomelow, of Canaan, was part of a group that performed selections from Lost With You for alumni and friends of the college at the event….

Obituaries – week of December 14, 2017

WEEKS MILLS – George E. Oliver, 70, passed away on Friday, December 8, 2017, at home, following a year long battle with brain cancer. George was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, on May 8, 1947, the oldest son of Ernest Page and Juliette (Fotel) Oliver Sr. …. and 11 others…

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Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS: Bird disappearance is phenomenon that exists nationwide

by Roland D. Hallee | Two months after writing an article about the lack of song birds in our area, the feedback continues to pour in from all over the country, not to mention from friends and acquaintances whenever the subject surfaces. Everyone has also commented on the extremely large number of crows that have emerged in our area….

Dan CassidyINside the OUTside: Quarry Road celebrates opening day

by Dan Cassidy | Friends of Quarry Road, in Waterville, held its Opening Day Dedication of the Harold Alfond Snowmaking Center and Donor Recognition Sunday. Races for kids and men and women were held for Middle School races on 2.4 km, and all others over a 4.8 km course….

TRAINING YOUR PERFORMANCE DOGTRAINING YOUR PERFORMANCE DOG: Obedience training never ends

by Carolyn Fuhrer | It is generally accepted that a skill that is not maintained will gradually diminish. It doesn’t matter if you are referring to a performance dog or a pet dog. If obedience skills that a dog has been taught are not practiced and a consistent requirement of performance adhered to, these skills will gradually diminish in accuracy and reliability….

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI: Pop Artists

by Peter Cates | My first encounter with the music of Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) occurred during the spring of 1963, when I was 11. That year RCA Victor had developed the Dynagroove recording process, initially releasing 10 LPs with both mono and stereo editions, and touting the en hancement as the great est ad vance in sound since the electrical microphone in 1924 during the 78 days….

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySolon & Beyond

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | Good morning, dear friends. Don’t worry, be happy! Would like to inform all of you that town meeting is coming up and that nomination papers are available at the Solon Town Office. The following positions are elected during the annual town meeting on March 3, 2018. Qualifying signatures must come from registered voters in the town of Solon. All nomination papers must be returned to the town clerk by the end of business day, January 3,2018….

Katie Ouilette WallsIf Walls Could Talk

by Katie Ouilette | WALLS, I am thrilled that you talked to our faithful readers for December 7. Our apologies must be extended to faithful readers who sought us for a couple weeks, because we lost our power. Frankly. we surely know what our neighboring states have gone through. True, we didn’t have a hurricane, as they did, but we sure had wind! Well, faithful readers, WALLS will now catch you up on news that hasn’t been written yet….

I’m Just Curious: Words

by Debbie Walker | This afternoon has been just wonderful with our first and second graders. I’m not exaggerating. When you introduce words to a child (18 of them) and they get excited about what they can do with these words, their teacher and I couldn’t help but get excited. You see we are word lovers as well….

For Your Health: Tackling Depression Can Lead To A Happier New Year

(NAPSI) — As cheerful and joyous as the New Year can be, it can also be a trigger for stress and depression for some people—but there is hope. There are many resources for people who feel wrung out ringing in the New Year. For example, Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) can help. MFTs are licensed mental health professionals who work with individuals, couples (married or not), families of all types, and groups to cure or relieve mental, emotional and relational concerns of all kinds….

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