Week of February 22, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Two area boys meet “Gronk” at Barbara Bush Hospital

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

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

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Palermo residents speak up about Sheepscot fishway

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

VASSALBORO: Naming of school gym for Jim Mitchell left undecided

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

Dodgeball, basketball tourneys to benefit Jacob Seigars

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

Lions hold model show

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

CSA Fair at Lithgow Public Library

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

Attend world champion training

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


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China’s Unbeaten Champions

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

Erskine girls team national winner

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

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


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

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Obituaries – week of February 22, 2018

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

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


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


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

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

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


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

Katie Ouilette WallsIf Walls Could Talk

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


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

Healthy Living And Macular Degeneration: Tips To Protect Your Vision