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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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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


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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