Week of April 19, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Erskine Academy presents Renaissance awards

On Friday, March 30th, Erskine Academy students and staff attended a Renaissance Assembly to honor their peers with Renaissance Awards. Recognition Awards were presented to the following students: Dale Peaslee, Nick Barber, Kassidy Wade, Victoria Chabot, McKayla Doyon, Nolan Cowing, Peilin Yu, Jonathan Martinez, Kristin Ray, Maverick Lowery, and Billy Howell […]

Your Local News

Vassalboro Committee continues work on town budget

VASSALBORO —  Budget committee members continued discussion of municipal budget requests April 12, taking one vote and one straw poll and reaching informal consensus on other items…Selectmen are scheduled to review a draft of the warrant on April 19. The preliminary version Town Manager Mary Sabins prepared for the April 12 meeting has 68 articles […]

CHINA: Hortons’ teen camp gets go ahead; Dollar General application judged incomplete

CHINA — China Planning Board members had a long meeting April 10, starting with a public hearing on Susan and Wesley Horton’s proposed leadership development camp on Three Mile Pond and going on to approve the camp and hear preliminary plans for a new Dollar General Store just outside South China Village […]

KVCAP in need of volunteer drivers

KENNEBEC VALLEY —  The demand for transportation services continues to grow at a steady pace and they are looking for compassionate, civic-minded people to help volunteer to provide transportation to some of the more vulnerable citizens. KVCAP provides training and a mileage reimbursement for their travel […]

New Dimension, Taconnet credit unions merge

WATERVILLE/WINSLOW — On April 1, 2018, New Dimensions Federal Credit Union welcomed the members of Taconnet Federal Credit Union. With the merger complete, they will continue to grow living by the “People Helping People” mentality that their members have come to know over the years […]

China Democratic committee to observe Earth day Sunday, April 22

CHINA — Looking for a meaningful way to celebrate Earth Day locally? Join the China Democratic Committee on Sunday, April 22, at 1 p.m., in the public parking lot next to the Causeway on the north end of China Lake […]

China Police Log for February 2018

Due to the heightened concerns following the Parkland, Florida, incident, the China Police attempted to concentrate on school areas in February […]


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

Melanie Clark receives MPA principals award

ANSON — Melanie Clark, daughter of Dale and Julie Clark, of Anson, a senior at Carrabec High School, has been selected to receive the 2018 Principal’s Award, according to Principal Timothy Richards […]

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! […]

Erskine to hold benefit concert

CHINA — Erskine Academy’s music department will host its annual benefit concert on Friday, April 27, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the James V. Nelson gymnasium […]

Erskine Academy releases 2018 second trimester honor roll

CHINA — Erskine Academy has released its honor roll for the 2018 second trimester […]

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SOUTH CHINA – Come out for a night of family, friends and fun as you support Grace Academy Learning Center. Paint Night fundraiser will take place on Thurs., May 3, 6 p.m., at the school, Rte. 3. All supplies, aprons, and refreshments will be provided. You bring the fun! […]

Obituaries – week of April 19, 2018

OAKLAND – Evelyn Elizabeth Giguere, 95, passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at her home. She was born on July 18, 1922, to Anna Elizabeth Szabo Grezsler and Stephen Joseph Greszler who were both immigrants from Hungary… and remembering 6 others…


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Town Line Original Columnists


by Roland D. Hallee | This moth, once native only to Europe, was accidentally brought to Massachusetts in 1897 on nursery stock, and soon spread to the rest of New England, Today, it is found only on Cape Cod and along the coast of Maine, where it is considered an invasive species […]


by Emily Cates | Well, lookie here! Could it be? Why, yes, I think it is! Finally, the moment where I can actually go out to my garden and really feel like I can do something other than twiddle my green thumbs while looking at seed catalogs […]


by Ron Maxwell | Veterans day 2017 found me by Donnell pond between Schoodic and Black mountains. It was a drippy night and a cool morning but the real fun began at 7 a.m. when a wall of sleet and hail hit from the east […]


by Peter Cates |  Swiss-born Paul Baumgartner (1903-1976) was most definitely below-the-radar, when compared to Rubinstein, Brendel, Ashkenazy or Horowitz, but he was highly revered by connoisseurs of really fine piano recordings […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | Was very pleased to receive the following very interesting news about Somerset County 4-H Leader’s Association 2018. Officers for this are Eleanor Pooler, president; Sherry Grunder, vice president; Lori Swenson, secretary and Karen Cornell, treasurer […]


by Debbie Walker | The kid’s books and magazines give me some different things to write about! Some of this column is from a World Magazine. I believe it is an off shoot of National Geographic World […]


According to the National Safety Council, an American is accidentally injured every second by a preventable event, a vehicle crash, a fall or the like. If you or someone you care about is ever among them, there are things you should know […]

How Accident Victims Can Find Justice