Week of February 14, 2019

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Becky Hapgood honored for 25 years service to China

It was 25 years ago – 1994: when O.J. Simpson led police on a slow speed chase in his white Ford Bronco, Major League baseball canceled the entire season due to a strike, Lisa Marie Presley married Michael Jackson, The Shawshank Redemption was the top film, Bryan Adams and Rod Stewart topped the pop charts, Law and Order was the number one television show, Bill Clinton was president, Robert Kraft bought the New England Patriots – and Becky Hapgood began her working career at the China Town Office…

Your Local News

Selectmen complete work on town meeting warrant

CHINA — The first two articles ask voters to elect a moderator and to approve or reject the annual authorization to exceed the state limit on taxes if necessary. The final three articles ask voters to approve or reject changes to three sections of China’s Land Use Ordinance…

Budget committee agrees with selectmen on all but two articles

CHINA — They declined to endorse the selectmen’s request to voters to increase each selectman’s annual compensation from $1,000 to $1,800, adding $4,000 to the budget…

Selectmen give thumbs down to request for food sovereignty ordinance

VASSALBORO — Dylan Dillaway, of 47 Daisies Farm on Webber Pond Road, asked selectmen to put on the June town meeting warrant a Food Sovereignty Ordinance…

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Window Dressers volunteers to provide demonstration

PALERMO — Corliss Davis and the Window Dressers volunteers will be coming to the Palermo Community Center on Friday, February 22, to demonstrate that adding their low-cost window inserts can can save money on heating, make your living space more comfortable by eliminating drafts, and reduce carbon emissions…

Four Seasons Club receives unexpected gift

CHINA — Just before Christmas, the China Four Seasons Club received what turned out to be an amazing telephone call. The great guys at Power Equipment Plus started by saying, we’re going to make your day. “Oh,” we said, “and why is that?”…

Kennebec Historical Society to present “A History of Camp Keyes”

AUGUSTA — For over 100 years, Camp Keyes has been known as the headquarters for the Maine National Guard, in Augusta. But how did that site on the hill come to be chosen? Who is it named for? Who trained there, and why?…

Fun on Ice

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro resident Ray Breton has opened an ice skating rink right next to the Old Mill and gift shop, on Main St., in Vassalboro. The facility is available to both children and adults. This was the opening day…

China scouts officiate at morning worship

CHINA — Very few Boy Scout troops in the Kennebec Valley District are provided this opportunity. The Scouts from Troop #479 were invited to prepare most of the worship service by Rev. Ronald Morrell…

John Veilleux is Winslow’s police officer of the year

WINSLOW — Officer John Veilleux began his career with the Winslow Police Department as a part-time officer in May 2012…

School News

Winslow student cited for academic excellence at Tufts University

WINSLOW — Cody Lambert, of Winslow, was named to the dean’s list at Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts, for the Fall 2018 semester. Dean’s list honors at Tufts University require a semester grade point average of 3.4 or greater…

Lasell College students named to dean’s list

CENTRAL ME — Students at Lasell College, in Newton, Massachusetts, were named to the dean’s list for their strong academic performance in the fall 2018 semester: Chad Martin, of Fairfield, Alison Linscott, of Waterville, and Grace Redwine, of Freedom.

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WPI announces fall 2018 dean’s list

CENTRAL ME — The following local residents were among 1,595 students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Worcester, Massachusetts, (WPI) named to the university’s dean’s list for academic excellence for the fall 2018 semester. Abigail Hodgkins, of Augusta, is a member of the class of 2022 majoring in engineering. Brett Foster, of Fairfield, is a member of the class of 2022 majoring in electrical and computer engineering.

2019 Real estate tax schedule

Find out when real estate taxes are due for China, Vassalboro, Windsor & Winslow.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

CHINA — VASSALBORO: A spaghetti dinner will be held on Sat., Feb. 23, from 4:30 – 6 p.m., to benefit the Emergency Fuel Fund, to be held at the United Methodist Church, Rte. 32, between East and North Vassalboro. A 50/50 raffle will take place during dinner…

Obituaries

FAIRFIELD – Flo Sevey, 80, passed away on Monday, January 31, 2019. She was born April 7, 1938. She married Clyde Sevey on March 14, 1953, and were married for 65 years… and remembering 9 others…

Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | Weasels are naturally very curious and do wander from time to time into people’s houses, perhaps in search of mice. Their small size allows them to get into nooks and crannies…

Gary KennedyVETERAN’S CORNER

by Gary Kennedy | On January 24 Bayard Bergmann wrote a lengthy article which was difficult to understand in part. He wrote, “Only political appointees can stop the VA scandals.” Well, our column is not out to stop the VA scandals, although we believe there are many…

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | Although Elwyn Brooks White (1899-1985), better known as E.B. White, was born in Mount Vernon, New York, the family vacations during his childhood in Maine’s Belgrade Lakes, the routines of farm life and the workings of nature, enriched his own writings…

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | My dad died in June 2005, just before his 79th birthday, but truthfully we lost him long before that. It all started years ago, and progressed very gradually…

TRASH TALK

by Irene Belanger | ALERT! Effective March 1, 2019, and until further notice, there will no longer be a barrel in the recycle building for plastic bags. The current very low and non-existent market has determined this…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | This is one of those weeks when I don’t have any real news to share, but I came across an old clipping (way back in 1988, when I was writing for the Skowhegan Reporter, and my byline back then was, Solon “The friendliest town in the state”)…

FOR YOUR HEALTH

(NAPSI) — As people live longer, Alzheimer’s and other age-related dementias are on the rise, projected to reach more than 75 million people worldwide by 2030. To date, no effective therapy has been developed for these disorders, which are not only deadly but exact a high financial and emotional toll on society…

New Brain Health Initiative Could Unlock Mysteries Of Alzheimer’s, Dementia