Week of August 16, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

South China Library project breaks new ground

There’s a new driveway off Jones Road in South China, hidden by the surrounding trees. If you drive too fast, you might miss it. The driveway leads to the soon-to-be new location of the South China Library, and there’s a lot of work going on there.

In the coming months, a modular classroom, donated by the Town of China, will be moved to the site, followed by new construction. The final phase will be moving the original library building from its current location on Village Street to the new site at 33 Jones Road. (more)

Your Local News

Planners approve town’s first medical marijuana storefront

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro Planning Board members have approved the town’s first medical marijuana storefront, in one end of the ABC storage building on Route 3. Board members also had two shoreland applications on their Aug. 7 agenda. They approved one and tabled the other for more information…

Report from the transfer station

CHINA — So many things to talk about. Again many big thank yous for recycling clean items. Thanks to all and to our grand transfer station staff. We have a good reputation out in the “wonderful world of trash.” Many thanks also go out to those who pick up roadside trash while out for your daily walks…

Selectmen set tax rate at 0.01545 mils

VASSALBORO — As anticipated, Vassalboro selectmen have set the 2018-19 tax rate at 0.01545 mils, or $15.45 for each $1,000 of valuation. The new rate is an increase of 90 cents per $1,000 of valuation over the 2017-18 rate. At the Aug. 6 special selectmen’s meeting, Town Manager Mary Sabins said she expects tax bills will go out in mid-August…

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: Where is SLA getting their information?

by Frank Richards – Recently, representatives of the Sheepscot Lake Association have referred to Webber Pond in articles about alewives submitted to The Town Line. I am writing to respond. I am the president of the Webber Pond Association…

Mobile home replacement initiative now ongoing

CENTRAL ME — The Maine State Housing Authority has implemented a Mobile Home Replacement Initiative, effective June 15, 2018. The program provides the combination of an amortizing, interest bearing Maine Housing Mortgage Loan and a $30,000 Maine Housing grant…

Four new CNAs ready for area nursing home staffing

AUGUSTA — Augusta Adult & Community Education announced July 30, that all members of the Spring 2018 Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course passed the State of Maine CNA certificate exam. The four area students graduated July 17, after completing the State of Maine prescribed CNA curriculum…

13th Annual Football Camp

Photos of central Maine’s 13th annual Football Camp!

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School News

Erskine Academy bus route schedule for 2018-19 school year

Students should be at their pick-up points 5-10 minutes before the stated pick-up times for the first few days of school. Bus fare is $10 per week. Parents of freshmen are advised to check the bus schedule at New Student Orientation…

Bryant University celebrates class of 2018

Inspired to excel, 788 members of Bryant University’s class of 2018 were awarded a Bryant degree at the University’s 155th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18. Area graduates included…


LOBSTER SUPPER, at Malcolm Glidden American Legion Post #163, Turner Ridge Rd., Sat., Aug. 18, 5 – 6:30 p.m., at the ballfields. You will need to purchase tickets in advance. Call Clayton 592-2497 or Bill 877-4393…

Obituaries – Week of August 16, 2018

OAKLAND – Parker Millard Stevens, 8, tragically passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Parker Millard Stevens was born September 30, 2009, to Wade and Sara Stevens… and remembering 9 others…

Give Us Your Best Shot! Week of August 16, 2018

The best recent photos from our readers!

Lake Association Meetings

Saturday, August 18, 9 a.m.
Vassalboro Community School

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Town Line Original Columnists


by Roland D. Hallee | Bats have long been maligned by humans, a taboo, a creature to be shunned. These little furry animals that fly seemed to be half bird, half mammal, and looked ugly – which they are…


by Peter Cates |  A maxim that underscored journalist David Halberstam’s work ethic was that being a professional meant doing the work one loved on the days one didn’t feel like doing it…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | On August 4 one of those special family reunions was held at the home of Arthur Rogers, in Solon. When I went down to see him yesterday to find out more information, he said that his daughter, Shawna Albert, did most of the planning and getting in touch with family members, etc…


by Debbie Walker | Mom just up and died! I think the train came along and said, “All aboard!” and Mom always has enjoyed a train ride, so off she went. She had just gotten her new driver’s license two weeks earlier. That’s how we know she didn’t know about the train ride coming so soon…


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