Week of April 12, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

China Middle School girls basketball team honored at State House

The China Middle School girls basketball team was recognized in the Maine Senate with a legislative sentiment presented by Senator Roger Katz (R-Augusta) on Tuesday, April 3. The sentiment honors their achievement of winning the Sheepscot Valley Athletic Conference Championship following a perfect season […]

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Vassalboro JMG students are pages for a day at State House

VASSALBORO —  Students involved with the Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) at Vassalboro Community School visited the State House on April 3 to serve as honorary pages in the Maine Senate. During their visit, they met with their local legislators, Senator Roger Katz, and representatives Matt Pouliot and Richard Bradstreet […]

KWD trustees hear China Lake report

CHINA — At their March 15 meeting, the Kennebec Water District board of trustees heard a report, on the request of trustee Allan Fuller. regarding the China Lake water level and maintaining this level within the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) lake level guidance order […]

China selectmen to hold executive session

CHINA — The China Board of Selectmen will hold an executive session on Thursday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m., at the town office. This meeting is not open to the public […]

Vassalboro town school officials work to lower school budget

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro town and school and AOS #92 officials are working to bring down the 2018-19 municipal and school budgets to avert a large tax increase. Budget committee members talked about both school and municipal budget requests at their April 5 meeting […]

Fiberight process takes solid waste to energy

HAMPDEN —  Fiberight is one of the first companies in the United States to have shown, at scale, that your trash is a resource. Their Hampden project will change the way Maine deals with its trash […]

China Transfer Station coordinator:
Volunteers needed for Earth Day cleanup on April 21

CHINA/PALERMO — Once again April brings all of Palermo and China residents outside into warm spring days armed with rakes, large trash bags, and gloves to clean lawns and roadsides of winter debris. Volunteers are needed; April 21 is Earth Day and we will be cleaning roadsides of trash and other debris […]

Kennebec Historical Society’s presentation

AUGUSTA — When it comes to quirky energy, Augusta has it in spades! A capital city with a schizophrenic personality, this little town by the Kennebec River sits in one of the most beautiful valleys in all of Maine. Filled with gossipy neighbors, charming merchants, down and out vagabonds and smartly dressed bureaucrats, there’s no other place in the state that can quite match it […]

Americans for America rally set for April 14 in Augusta

AUGUSTA — Patriotic American citizens will rally on the Capitol on Saturday April 14, at 2 p.m. This is part of a nationwide effort by the NCCPA (National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans) to peacefully unit supporters of the Constitution and specifically the second amendment […]

Benton father/daughter dance

BENTON — Sisters Aaliyah Crowell, 9, and Alexis Crowell, 6, of Fairfield, joined their dad Nick Crowell, at the annual Benton Elementary School father/daughter dance on March 24. This year’s theme was “Hollywood” […]

First places on first try

CLINTON — Huard’s Martial Arts student Jackson Jandreau, 5, of Clinton, entered his first martial arts competition on March 24, at Thomas College, in Waterville, and captured first place in forms, fighting and chanbara […]


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 *

School News

Erskine alumni Red Sox trip planned

CHINA — Erskine Academy Alumni has planned a trip to a Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles game on Sunday, May 20, at Fenway Park, Boston. The cost will be $110 and covers the bus and game ticket. Tickets are limited; reserve your tickets now! Coach bus will leave the Erskine Academy parking lot at a.m […]

New England champion recognized

WINSLOW — Ryan Fredette a student at Winslow High School, was recognized before the Maine House of Representatives on March 28 with a legislative sentiment for his achievement of winning the 182-pound division at the New England High School Wrestling Championships […]


CLINTON – A mystery dinner theater will be held at Brown Memorial United Methodist Church on Friday (6:45 p.m.) and Saturday (6 p.m.), April 27-28. Jody Watson, of China, left, will play the role of Pepper Kayne, and Dr. Beth Nielsen, owner of Windsor Preventive Dental Care, in the role of Professor Mary Anne […]

Obituaries – week of April 12, 2018

UNITY – Mark Ames Huard, 49, of Unity, passed away suddenly at his home on Sunday, April 1, 2018. Mark was born to Leon and Bette Huard on November 21, 1968, at Redington-Fairview Hospital, in Skowhegan… and remembering 4 others…


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Town Line Original Columnists


by Roland D. Hallee | Now, you have your general, run-of-the-mill rock doves, or common pigeons, that we all know all too well, marking up our landscape and just making a plain nuisance of themselves in parks, parking lots, and at backyard feeders. But these guys, the pink pigeons, were a little different […]


by Eric W. Austin | Four years ago, a British political consulting firm named Cambridge Analytica colluded in a campaign to capture profile information from Facebook users. In the end, it would lead to a scandal involving the user information of more than 70 million Americans, the use of psychometrics as a new political tool, and an influence campaign that may have turned the tide in two world-altering elections a continent apart […]


by Peter Cates | To call Sidney Bechet (1897-1959) an ornery cuss would be an understatement. He was COLD – willfully mean, self-centered, and capricious in his cruelty to others […]


by Milt Huntington | Just when you think everything good about the State of Maine has been said or read, you come across another platitude from another source that makes your chest swell with pride. Here we go again […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | Now for some news from the Solon Selectmen’s Office, from a statement given to me: You have been invited to bid on our 2018 Road Project. Project: repave Meeting House Road and South Solon Road. Bid deadline: April 25, 2018 at 6:30 p.m […]


by Debbie Walker | When I was going to school I hated any mention of Ancient History (very old timie stuff)! Why would I care what happened that far back. The only history class I ever looked forward to was Maine History, supposed to be taught in my eighth grade. No! They stopped teaching it when I was in the seventh grade […]

Katie Ouilette WallsIF WALLS COULD TALK

by Debbie Walker | Yes, faithful readers and all those that are eager for Spring, just remember that this is Maine and be especially happy that we all are in the state of our U.S.A. that is known for our being genuine […]


Imagine your family members are caught up in an international disaster or armed conflict and you have no idea where they are or even if they are still alive. Where could you turn? Fortunately, the world’s largest humanitarian network can help […]

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