Week of April 5, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Area students go on American Heritage Tour

The American Heritage tour, offered through the Boys and Girls club and YMCA of Greater Waterville at the Alfond Youth Center, is an educational journey for eighth grade middle school students to learn about America’s history and how to contribute effectively as citizens. This educational trip is offered to many of the local schools every Spring. The first trip of this year was with students from China, Vassalboro, Palermo, Waterville and Chelsea […]

Your Local News

China planners set to hear proposal on camp for teens

CHINA —  China selectmen had a short meeting with no major decisions March 19, their last before voters act on their proposed budget for 2018-19 and related items at the March 24 town business meeting. Town Manager Daniel L’Heureux reported no progress on the fire pond on Neck Road because landowner Tom Michaud is out of state. At their earlier March meeting, board members approved a draft memorandum of agreement for Michaud’s review […]

Vassalboro School board reviews unfinished 2018-19 budget

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro School Board members reviewed an unfinished 2018-19 budget and discussed it with budget committee members at two sequential meetings March 29. The preliminary $7.9 million budget at the beginning of the meetings would require an increase in local taxes of more than $495,000, which Town Manager Mary Sabins said would amount to somewhere around $1.30 for each $1,000 of valuation (about one and one-third mil) […]

Palermo residents win battle over Sheepscot Lake dam opening

PALERMO — The residents of Palermo have won a major battle in the opposition to LD922, the legislative bill mandating the opening of the Sheepscot Dam to alewives, and other migrating fishes which would have a negative impact on the health of the lake. Representative Jeffrey Pierce of the Maine House of Representatives, and sponsor of LD922, has agreed to withdraw the bill which […]

CEO to seek court order against Bio Renewable Fuels to cease operation

CHINA — China selectmen acted on one of two ongoing issues on their April 2 agenda, but need more information and warmer weather to deal with the other. By a unanimous vote, board members granted Codes Officer Paul Mitnik’s request to have the town attorney seek a court order requiring Ralph Howe, owner of Bio Renewable Fuels (BRF), to cease operations at his Dirigo Road property and clean up the property […]

Public hearing planned on proposed teen camp in China

CHINA —  China Planning Board members will begin their April 10 meeting with a public hearing on plans for a leadership camp for teenagers on Three Mile Pond and also hear at least preliminary information on a proposed Dollar General store at 9 Windsor Road, at the intersection of Route 3 and Windsor Road […]

Catholic diocese lifting flu prevention protocols

PORTLAND — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has reviewed the flu prevention protocols for Maine parishes that were put in place in late January. The research indicates that in most of the state, the incidence of influenza has considerably lessened […]

Waterville art scholarship registrations now being accepted

WATERVILLE — The Waterville Area Art Society (WAAS) is now accepting applications for its annual $500 scholarship award to be given to a graduating high school senior who pursues a degree in visual arts, performing arts or music […]

Aiden Pettengill achieves rank of Eagle Scout

CHINA — Throughout its history, the Boy Scouts of America has provided leaders for tomorrow who are prepared as good citizens, always ready to serve others. Service often occurs in small, unassuming ways – good turns and acts of kindness by individual Scouts, often unnoticed throughout their daily lives. It happens on a larger scale, too, when an Eagle Scout candidate plans and carries out his major service project […]

Whitefield Lions announce speak out contest winners

WHITEFIELD — The White­field Lions Club hosted the annual Speak Out contest at their March 22nd meeting. The contestants, both juniors at Erskine Academy delivered a talk of allotted time that they feel strongly about […]


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

Lamontagne named to SNHU’s president’s list

WATERVILLE — Taylar Lamontagne, of Waterville, has been named to Southern New Hampshire University’s fall 2017 president’s list, in Manchester, New Hampshire […]

Heather Kervin named to Castleton University dean’s list

WINSLOW — Heather Kervin, of Winslow, was recently named to the Castleton University dean’s list, in Castleton, Vermont, for the fall semester of the 2017-18 academic year […]

Erskine girls honored at State House

CHINA — The Erskine Academy girls basketball team, accompanied by Coach Mitch Donar and JV Coach Meghan Hughes, visited the State House on Wednesday, March 28. During their visit, the team was recognized in the Maine Senate by Senator Roger Katz (R-Kennebec) with a legislative sentiment recognizing the team for finishing first in a nationwide fundraiser called the American Cancer Society Coaches vs. Cancer shooting challenge […]


PALERMO — I know I’m late getting this letter written but it’s needing to be done. The fundraising 3-on-3 basketball “extravaganza” was just fantastic. So many people put so much time and effort into that day at the China Primary and Middle schools and at Erskine Academy where it went all day. Amazing! […]


WINSLOW – The Pilgrimage of the Gold Star Mothers of World War I, Wed., April 11, 3 p.m. Local historian Pearley Lachance will give a presentation at Winslow Public Library, at 3 p.m., about the pilgrimage taken by Gold Star Mothers of World War I to the graves of their sons and husband in Belgium, England, and France, with a focus on the women from Maine who made the journey […]

Obituaries – week of April 5, 2018

BENTON – Randy Damren, 56, of Benton, passed away at his hone, on Friday, February 23, 2018, following a long battle with diabetes. He was born on May 4, 1961, the son of Bunnie Damren and the late Richard Damren, of Norridgewock… and remembering 9 others…


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Town Line Original Columnists


by Roland D. Hallee | According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 73 percent of hunters harvested a moose during the last season. This was done despite warm spells. There were 2,080 permits issued, and 1,518 hunters were successful. That would lead you to believe that moose are plentiful […]


by Milt Huntington | Sit back, relax, and make a few withdrawals from your collective memory banks while I dredge up a few nostalgia nuggets of my own. I had the honor of speaking at my 60th Cony High School class reunion a while ago and used the occasion to delve into the pages of yesteryear where fond and distant memories were lurking […]


by Peter Cates |  Paul Kletzki, who died in 1973, was one of six truly great conductors – the others being Jascha Horenstein, Karel Ancerl, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, Otto Klemperer and Istvan Kertesz. From what I have gleaned through listening to the recordings on my shelves, Kletzki had a knack for the rhythmic spirit in a work and sustaining this rhythm throughout a performance with slowish tempos that almost drag […]

Katie Ouilette WallsIF WALLS COULD TALK

by Katie Ouilette | WALLS, the program that we did last Tuesday, March 27, and that Laurie Denis suggested I talk with Jim Fortunato, of Redington-Fairview General Hospital, in Skowhegan, was absolutely fantastic. Host, Chris Perkins and I were happy with what Jim had done for you, for sure. Betsy Putnam, MT, RN, talked about Lyme Disease and […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | The Solon Congregational Church is once again hosting its annual Inside Sale, featuring a combination of crafters, venders and new/used sales (yard) sellers. Don’t miss out on reserving a space there this year. Lots of people look forward to getting out and shaking off the winter blues at this time of year! […]


by Debbie Walker | I am sure there are facts about some foods that I would rather not know about. The ones that follow weren’t too bad: There was a time when I would not ask what a buffalo wing was. I was afraid of finding out! You see I have lived a sheltered life. Little did I know the dish was invented in the 1960s? It was chicken! […]


If you’ve returned to the U.S. from an international trip, you’ve no doubt seen beagles with blue jackets sniffing luggage in the baggage claim area. Visitors to Hawaii and Puerto Rico may also see these four-legged officers in green jackets helping to find prohibited fruits and vegetables hidden in luggage […]

Help Detector Dogs: Don’t Pack A Pest