Week of August 1, 2019

Celebrating 31 years of local news

At Full Fork Farm, it’s full circle farming, regenerating the land

U-pick strawberry season is well underway at Full Fork Farm. “It’s probably my favorite part of farming,” said Anson Biller, owner and operator of Full Fork Farm. “Human interaction and watching families have fun as they pick the strawberries is one of the highlights of the growing season.” Full Fork Farm is a six-acre property located 1.5 miles from the northeast corner of China Lake… by Sandy Isaac.

Your Local News

Comprehensive planning committee to consider revising land use ordinance

CHINA — China Planning Board members have a request from the Comprehensive Planning Committee to consider revising China’s land use ordinance to clarify requirements for a commercial use permit…

TIF committe members discuss future plans

CHINA — Town Manager Dennis Heath said Phase I of the Causeway project is all done but the final paperwork. Phase II will involve replacing the current bulky guardrails with more attractive and less obtrusive ones; repairing the boat landing east of the bridge and…

Work in progress at China school

CHINA — Construction has begun on the China Middle School addition. The total cost of the expansion and renovations will be between $1.5 and $1.6 million. The project will include adding locker rooms, redoing the stage and music class area…

Nomination papers available

CHINA — China Town Clerk Becky Hapgood announced that nomination papers for local elective offices are available. Signed papers are due at the town office by closing time Sept. 6 for names to appear on the Nov. 5 ballot…

Sheepscot Lake Association holds annual meeting

PALERMO — On Wednesday, July 24, the Sheepscot Lake Association held its annual meeting at the Fish and Game Club on the lake. During the meeting, the following topics were discussed…

Take our weekly survey!

Should Halloween be changed from October 31 to the last Saturday in October?

LAST WEEK: Do you agree with President Trump’s statement about the four congresswomen of color that they should ‘go back from where they came'?
Yes: 42.2% (86) – No: 57.8% (118) – 204 respondents (results as of Tuesday, July 30th)

An open letter to our readers

from the Board of Directors — Unfortunately, the last two decades have not been good for the nation’s newspapers. Nearly 1,800 local newspapers have closed their doors since 2004, according to a study by the University of North Carolina. The hardest hit are community papers like The Town Line that concentrate exclusively on local issues… [844 words]

Delightful “All Things Blueberry” festival promises loads of family fun!

WINSLOW — One of central Maine’s most beloved and popular summer events—the annual Blueberry Festival—will dish up its delectable, all-things-blueberry goodness and fun on Saturday, August 10, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Winslow Congregational Church…

Meet China author Gerry Boyle at Winslow Library

WINSLOW — Meet mystery writer Gerry Boyle on Thursday August 8, at 6 p.m., at Winslow Public Library where he will discuss his popular Jack McMorrow mystery series…

Larry Brown inducted to Cal Ripken Hall of Fame

WATERVILLE — Waterville coach Larry Brown was recently inducted into the Cal Ripken Baseball Hall of Fame (photo)…

Lake Association Annual Meetings

When are Lake association meetings? Check here for Three Mile Pond, China Lake, Washington Lakes, Webber Pond and Annabessacook Lake.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

BOOK SALE, South China Public Library, 247 Village St., Sat., Aug. 10, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Huge selection of books. Homemade pies also for sale. FMI: 445-2956. (and many other local events!)

Obituaries

VASSALBORO — Alexander Charles Hartman-Nutting, 30, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. He was born on February 28, 1989… and remembering 6 others…

Common Ground – Round 7: Win a $10 gift certificate!

DEADLINE: Friday, August 9, 2019

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Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | They are easily recognizable, if you know what you’re looking for, by their large, white, overlapping mandibles and six yellowish spots on their bodies…

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | Even though I knew about the AMF, I had not attended any of its previous concerts until the season’s final two this past Friday and Saturday at the College’s Lorimer Chapel. I now stand duly admonished because of what I had been missing the last 11 years…

VETERANS CORNER

by Gary Kennedy | As a Disabled American Veteran, Rotarian, and Knight of Rizal, I hear, see and speak about many things that address veteran issues but also people issues. It’s the information that folks like yourselves offer or query each day that brings about a formulated question for analysis…

THE MONEY MINUTE

by Jac M. Arbour | Markets crashed from October of 2007 to March of 2009. Since then, it has been a great ride to record highs. The Dow has skyrocketed and the S&P 500 recently crossed 3,000. The big question is, how long can this thrill ride last?…

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | This is the South Western Pennsylvania World War ll Memorial. It is made up of glass enclosed images, framed in steel and granite, of dozens of the region’s residents engaged in their war time activities, rather it was military or civilian…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | Received the following information from Eleanor Pooler, the leader of the Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club for many, many years: The Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club sent 127 exhibits to the Bangor State Fair 4-H exhibition hall…

FOR YOUR HEALTH

(NAPSI)—The Ticket program supports career development for people age 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits, either SSI or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and want to work…

AARP SCAM ALERT

According to government estimates, Medicare lost $52 billion to fraud, abuse and improper billing in FY2017. Medicare fraud typically involves rogue health care providers or medical suppliers who bill the program for services, equipment or medication that they don’t actually provide, or else inflate the cost of those items…