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CHINA — Parris and Catherine Varney have withdrawn their controversial application for a permit to allow commercial gatherings and events in their barn at 701 Neck Road.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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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 […]”


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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