Week of August 29, 2019

Celebrating 31 years of local news

Invasive Plants 101 workshop, held in China, well attended

Friend or Foe? That was the question on participants’ minds who attended the Invasive Plant 101 Workshop, at China Town Office, on August 20.  The workshop was hosted by the China Lake Association and the Kennebec Water Districts. The six-hour workshop was presented in four parts… [684 words] by Elaine Philbrook.

Your Local News

TIF members get preview of potential requests

CHINA — China Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Committee members got a preview of potential requests for TIF funds for the 2020-2021 fiscal year…

Back to school issues dominate board’s meeting

VASSALBORO — Not surprisingly, Vassalboro School Board members spent most of their Aug. 20 meeting discussing back-to-school issues…

Windsor Fair 2019 “Schedule of Events”

WINDSOR — Full schedule of events and listing of entertainment headliners for the 2019 Windsor Fair!…

RSU #18 receives delivery of propane powered buses

OAKLAND — A fleet of three new propane school buses arrived at the Oakland School Garage recently. What used to be known as the “Blue Bird” fleet of diesel engines are now called “Green Birds,” according to Lennie Goff, transportation director of Messalonskee RSU #18 school district…

Become a member! An open letter to our readers

Did you know The Town Line now offers free classified ads for local nonprofits looking for volunteers? It’s all part of The Town Line’s mission to be a positive force in our community and bring together the rural towns of central Maine by promoting better communication and public dialogue…

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Should U.S. manufacturers be forced to pull out of China?

LAST WEEK: In your opinion, should Main and Front streets, in Waterville, each be converted to two-way traffic?
Yes: 23.5% (19) – No: 76.5% (62) – 81 respondents

Erskine freshman wins Union Fair talent show

CHINA — Emma Tyler, a freshman at Erskine Academy, recently competed and won first place for her age division at the Union Fair Talent Show…

Monroes awarded LakeSmart status

CHINA — Susan Monroe proudly holds her LakeSmart sign. Susan and Scott Monroe have owned their home and summered on China Lake for 14 years. They love being on the lake. Susan calls it her piece of heaven…

Float winners at Palermo Days parade

PALERMO — During the Palermo Days parade, the Pollard family’s Pool Party captured first place for a family float, and the Palermo Elementary School students’ float, American Heritage, took first place for organizations (photos)…

Madison legion celebrates 100 years

MADISON — The Tardiff-Belanger American Legion Post #39, of Madison, and Auxiliary, will be celebrating their 100th birthday. Both groups were represented on floats at the Madison/Anson Days parade on August 24 (photo)…

Martial arts boot camp

WINSLOW — The Huards Martial Arts annual Bootcamp Weekend was another success. All of the students slept overnight on Saturday in either tents or cabins, and participated in activities such as jiu jitsu, sword training, nunchaku training and much much more…

Central Church opens free coffee shop

CHINA — Central Church, a multi-site church in Central Maine, is excited to announce the opening of Central Grounds. A grand opening celebration was held on July 30, at their China Campus (627 Route 3)…

Labor Day depicts economic successes of the American workers

by Gary Kennedy — What is Labor Day to you? In actuality it depicts the social and economic successes of workers here in the USA. Once a year we set aside a day which would be most beneficial to the working class to rest, reflect and enjoy family and friends…

Concert benefits suicide awareness cause

by Mark Huard — “This event uses the power of music to support suicide and mental health awareness. We all go through our own personal battles and demons in life, but music is the common theme that brings us all together,” reported Winslow resident Kyle Clavo…

Harvest Bucks bring Bonus Veggies

CENTRAL ME — The Farmers Market at Pumpkin Vine Family Farm is excited to launch their Maine Harvest Bucks program on Sunday, September 1, just in time for the fall harvest season!…

Palermo Christian Church: there’s a new pastor in town

PALERMO — Following months of interviewing numerous candidates, the congregation of Palermo Christian Church is excited to introduce their new pastor, Eric Dubois…

“Humanity Insanity” unleashed at Community Center

PALERMO — This movie addresses the throwaway society. There are many solutions to this problem, and each one of us can do just one thing to make a difference. Come and see how on Friday, August 30, and join in on the potluck dinner at 6 p.m., at the Palermo Community Center…

Bike Maine Needs Volunteers Sept. 8

PALERMO — Chef Ron Adams is looking for volunteers to help cook and serve lunch at the Palermo School, on Route 3, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. This is a benefit to improve biking and walking conditions in Maine…

SCHOOL NEWS

Erskine Bus Schedule – Fall 2019

Erskine fall bus schedules for Chelsea, Whitefield, Jefferson and Palermo…

Brandi Connor graduates from Elmira College

CHELSEA — Brandi Connor, of Chelsea, was among the graduates celebrated at the 161st Elmira College Commencement, in Elmira, New York, on Sunday, June 2, at the First Arena, Elmira. The exercises included the conferring of 204 undergraduate and 22 graduate degrees.

Sydney Cooke named to Emory & Henry College’s dean’s list

CORNVILLE — Sydney Cooke, of Cornville, was named to the Emory & Henry College Spring 2019 Dean’s List, in Emory, Virginia. Cooke was among more than 200 students named to the Spring 2019 dean’s list.

Christopher named to dean’s list at Bradley University

EMBDEN — Joshua Christopher, of Embden, was named to the Bradley University Spring dean’s list, in Peoria, Illinos. Christopher is majoring in mechanical engineering.

Hold that pose

Tina Richard, of Clinton, captured this photo of a young buck in velvet with a doe while walking on her favorite trail.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

AUGUSTA — BUS TRIP TO QUEBEC, ST. ANNE’S and Notre-Dame-duCap (Our Lady of the Cape) at Trois Rivieres, Quebec, sponsored by Cushnoc Seniors, in Augusta, Tues., Sept. 3 – Thurs., Sept. 5… (…and many other local events!)

Obituaries

SOUTH CHINA — Gloria (Dowe) Pinette, 82, passed away On Sunday, August 18, 2019. Gloria was born on May 26, 1937, in the town of South China, the daughter of Edmund and Alice Dowe…. and remembering 5 others.

2019 Real Estate Tax Due Dates

Due dates for 2019 Real Estate taxes for Albion, China, Palermo, Vassalboro, Waterville and Windsor…

Common Ground – Round 8: Win a $10 gift certificate!

DEADLINE: Friday, September 13, 2019

Identify the people in these three photos, and tell us what they have in common. You could win a $10 gift certificate to Retail Therapy Boutique in Waterville! Email your answer to townline@fairpoint.net or through our Contact page. Include your name and address with your answer.

Previous winner: Pat Clark, Palermo.

Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | What am I talking about? Daddy Longlegs. It was Jim Stafford who sang, “I don’t like spiders and snakes,” and it usually applies to me. I think he had me in mind when he wrote the song…

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | This past August 19 was the 138th anniversary of the birth of the great Romanian composer, violinist, conductor and teacher, George Enescu, whose musical legacy is still drawing ever-increasing attention and appreciation…

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | Once again it is time to see what other holidays are in September, other than just Labor Day weekend. I hope something here makes you smile…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | There won’t be any church service at the North Anson Congregational Church on Sunday, September 1. The Annual Church Camping Trip, Worship Service, and Picnic Friday August 30 – September 2…

FOR YOUR HEALTH

(NAPSI)—Most people know someone who has dreamed of leaving the rigidity of a 9 to 5 job to pursue the flexibility of entrepreneurship. The majority don’t pursue that avenue, and the reasons vary, including financial obligations, time constraints, or fear of the unknown…