Week of March 8, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Exploring Nature Club Opportunities in China

Local educator and Maine Master Naturalist, Anita Smith, will be facilitating an Exploring Nature Club for children in grades 2 – 6 this spring at The China School’s Forest in China. There will be two sessions, one for homeschoolers and one for the general public. We will be learning about a variety of topics such as trees, pond/macroinvertebrate studies, mammals, adaptations and migration, life cycles, watersheds and geology with fun interactive games and activities. Sessions will be rain or shine, so children are expected to dress for outside conditions, including rain, mud, snow, insects, etc. […]

Your Local News

Vassalboro committee begins budget process for FY 2018-19

VASSALBORO —  Vassalboro Budget Committee members used their March 1 organizational meeting for a preliminary, partial review of the proposed 2018-19 municipal budget developed by Town Manager Mary Sabins and town selectmen […]

China planners prep for comp plan update and possible proposed land use amendments

CHINA — China Planning Board members used their Feb. 27 meeting to continue preparations for updating China’s comprehensive plan and to work on possible amendments to the town’s land use ordinance […]

Shakespeare Slam Competition coming to Waterville Public Library

WATERVILLE — Recycled Shakespeare Company invites you to participate in a Shakespeare Slam Competition on Thursday, March 15, from 5 – 7 p.m., at the Waterville Public Library. This free and friendly competition is based on slam poetry and spoken word events, participants are challenged to memorize a piece of Shakespearean text of their choosing, could be a scene, monologue, sonnet, or narrative poem, and present it to a panel of judges […]

Vassalboro Town meeting scheduled for June 4

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro voters will make 2018-19 spending decisions and choose budget committee members at their annual town meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 4, at Vassalboro Community School […]

Hart-to-Hart to host Easter egg hunt for charity

ALBION — Hart-to-Hart Farm & Education Center will host its 2nd Annual ShineOnCass Easter Egg Hunt, free to the community on Sunday, March 25, from 2 to 4 pm at 16 Duck Pond Lane in Albion […]


Town Manager

    The Town of China, Maine, is currently searching for qualified candidates for the position of Town Manager. China is located near the state capital on beautiful China Lake. China has a population of 4,328. China operates under a town meeting, select board and town manager form of government. The select board is seeking candidates with management experience and demonstrated proactive leadership abilities while working in the best interest of the Town of China.
    Skills in financial management and budgeting with an open, collaborative and transparent management style and excellent communication skills are desired. Salary is based on experience and training. Benefits offered include health and dental insurance, holiday, sick, vacation and personal time and retirement plan.
Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to:
Town Manager Search    
571 Lakeview Drive    
China, ME 04358    
* Deadline for submission is April 30, 2018 *

Winslow girls win state Class B title

WINSLOW — The Winslow High School girls basketball team won the Class B state championship on Friday, March 2, at the Cross Insurance Center, in Bangor, by defeating the Southern Maine champions from Lake Region by a score of 43-29 […]

Messalonskee Middle School students visits State House

OAKLAND — Kendall Arbour and Grace Stocco, both students at Messalonskee Middle School, in Oakland, visited the State House on February 20. During their visit they served as honorary pages in the Maine Senate and met with Senator Roger Katz (R-Kennebec) […]

Author’s Tea with K.F. Griffin at Grace Academy

Come one and all to visit with Maine Author, K. F. Griffin, as she talks about her book, Wreck of the Essex, and how children can further develop their writing skills on Monday, March 12, from 10: to 11:30 a.m., at Grace Academy Learning Center […]


I am looking for a ceramic figurine of a ram, preferrably red and white – Cony High School colors. I need it for my collection of area school mascots. If you can help me, you may email townline@fairpoint.net, leave contact information, and they will get in touch with me […]

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Obituaries – week of March 8, 2018

WATERVILLE – Samantha Brown Marra, 80, passed away February 5, 2018, at Inland Hospital, in Waterville. She was born March 14, 1937, in Madison, the daughter of Norman R. and Hilda H (Hinton) Brown… and remembering 18 others…


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by Roland D. Hallee | We see them everywhere on our lakes. They are long, lean and stare at you from the shoreline or from tree tops. The Great Blue Heron. The great blue heron, Ardea herodias, is found throughout most of North America, as far north as Alaska and the southern Canadian provinces in the summer months […]


by Emily Cates | Are you feeling a little beat up from this winter? I sure am! And from the looks of it, so are a few of my fruit trees and a few more in the woods. While the promise of springtime is certain, it may be a while until it arrives. Until those glorious days arrive, we simply must endure […]


by Peter Cates | The number of record collectors who listen to the dusty old 78s are few when one considers the general population but, if gathered in a convention hall from around the world, could fill it. The dealers hawking them on Ebay, Popsike and other venues plus the Facebook pages testify to the interest, even, unbelievably, among young people born after Bush 41 assumed office! […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | The Annual Solon town meeting was held at the Solon Elementary School on March 3, with voting for candidates for officers in the morning. One hundred residents got out to vote and those returned to their positions were Leslie Giroux, Town Clerk/Tax Collector and Robert Lindblom, RSU #74 Director […]


by Debbie Walker | I have to tell you that I am permitted to carry a concealed weapon. I went through the check on who I am and do I have mental health problems that would interfere with practical use of a weapon. I can buy a gun in local shops because I’m not in a big hurry, so I could wait a few days for approval, all done legally. I really don’t understand what happened or who decided it was open season for school shootings. Shootings of all sorts, country concerts, etc., what was the reason? […]

Katie Ouilette WallsIF WALLS COULD TALK

by Katie Ouilette | WALLS, we sure did get a wonderful view as we approached Madison by way of the Madison Road last week, didn’t we?  Yes, we had it all, past being the view and new being the field of blue solar panels near Madison Electric’s building.  Then, WALLS, you reminded me of the birds that we passed on the road as they perched at the tip-top of the trees.  Those birds sure do get the view without reading any ads about visiting our wonderful state of Maine, as they perch themselves on our tree tops […]


Many people don’t know it, but when your kidneys stop working, so do you. Your kidneys are as essential to life as other vital organs, such as your heart. Kidney healthy is also heart healthy, so when you “Heart Your Kidneys,” you also show love for your heart. That’s because the No. 1 cause of death in people with kidney disease is heart disease […]