Week of January 24, 2019

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Benton sixth graders visit state capitol in Augusta

Sixth graders from Benton Elementary School visited the State Capitol on Tuesday, January 15. During their visit, they toured the Maine State Museum and the Maine State house…

Local elderly cautioned about Social Security scam

In the digital age, frauds and scams are an unfortunate part of doing business online. Social Security has seen a spike in phishing scams, and we want to protect you as best we can…

Your Local News

Selectmen presented with preliminary warrant

CHINA — The preliminary warrant for the April 6 town business meeting presented to selectmen at their Jan. 17 budget workshop looks different from previous years’ warrants…

Planning board to hold public hearing on ordinance changes

CHINA — At their Jan. 15 meeting, China Planning Board members confirmed their Jan. 29 public hearing on ordinance changes they would like selectmen to put on the warrant for the April 6 town business meeting…

Madison woman joins Sen. Collins staff

MADISON — U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that Kristin Bishop, a Madison native, has been hired as a staff assistant in her Washington, D.C., office…

Davis, Nicholson named chairman, vice chairman of Northern Light Inland Hospital board of directors

CHINA/WINSLOW — Tom Davis of Winslow, begins a three-year term as chairman; and Jim Nicholson, of China Village, becomes vice chairman…

Cub Scout Pack #482 raising funds for Boston Children’s Museum trip

ANSON/MADISON — Cub Scout Pack #482 has been selected to do a sleepover at the Boston Children’s Museum at the beginning of April vacation. They are presently raising money by having bottle drives, as well as other fundraising efforts, including a GoFundMe page…

Kennebec County retired educators support classroom

CENTRAL ME — The recipients were Nathaniel Paine who teaches science and technology at Cony Middle School in Augusta and Sarah Lucas, a Grade 2 teacher at the Helen Thompson School in West Gardiner…

MDEA activates anonymous drug tip hotline

CENTRAL ME — Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigations many times start with a tip from the public and now the agency has a new way for citizens to forward those tips, and do so anonymously…

No need to ‘warm up’ modern vehicles in cold weather

It is that time of the year when many motorists wonder if they need to let their vehicle “warm up” or idle before driving. In fact, today’s modern cars are ready to drive in cold temperatures without excessive idling…

Take our weekly survey!

Do you consider President Trump’s comments to the Clemson national championship football team about having the First Lady ‘whip up some salad’ for them because of the lack of food in light of the government shutdown, to be sexist?

2019 Real estate tax schedule

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

School News

Waterville grades 3 & 4 youth football team

WATERVILLE — Members of the Waterville grades 3 & 4 football team pose for a photo before a game (photo)…

Coulombe named to dean’s list at Becker College

VASSALBORO — Brandon Coulombe, of Vassalboro, has been named to the dean’s list at Becker College, in Worcester, Massachusetts, for the fall semester…

Students named to the University of Vermont dean’s list

OAKLAND/AUGUSTA — Natalie Palmer, of Augusta, and Kayla Christopher, of Oakland, have been named to the University of Vermont dean’s list for the fall 2018 semester, in Burlington, Vermont…

SNHU announces fall 2018 president’s list

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), in Manchester, New Hampshire has named the following students to the fall 2018 president’s list: Nicholas Howes, of South China, Taylar Lamontagne, of Waterville, and Noah Michaud, of Winslow…

Local students named to fall dean’s list at Stonehill College

PALERMO/SIDNEY — Two local students have been named to the dean’s list at Stonehill College, in Easton, Massachusetts. The students are Justin Davis, of Palermo, class of 2019, and Makenzie Charest, of Sidney, class of 2022…

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

On behalf of the Palermo Food Pantry, I thank the generous students of Palermo School and Erskine Academy and their families who donated food to Palermo Food Pantry…The donations we received will greatly help families in need in our community…

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

VASSALBORO HISTORICAL SOCIETY has rescheduled its public program, now to be held on Sunday, January 27, at 2 p.m., at the Schoolhouse Museum, 327 Main St., East Vassalboro. All are welcome to attend and join in as Stewart Corson spins a yarn or two…

Give Us Your Best Shot!

The best recent photos from our readers!

Obituaries

UNITY — Alton “Dan” French, 84, of Locust Lane, Unity, died Thursday, January 10, 2019. He was born August 27, 1934, in Bangor, son of Alton L. and Katharyn (Brown) French… and remembering 17 others…

Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | RATS! No, it’s not something you say when things don’t go your way. Instead, it describes, profoundly, what people think of this rodent that is perceived as a member of the underworld of the animal kingdom. They are scorned, feared and totally misunderstood…

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | Anton Eberl (1765-1807) was an Austrian composer with 200 works, many of them now lost. He was acclaimed as a pianist and teacher, knew Mozart, was a very close friend of Beethoven and much loved by others during his lifetime…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | Here it is almost town meeting day! How time does fly! I went to the town office, and got the 2019 budget meeting agenda for the meeting on January 19 to discuss the following….

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | Come to think of it this has actually been a four generation female journey. The three generations, my daughter, granddaughter and myself, traveled with mom’s car that she left for me this past summer when she died…

FOR YOUR HEALTH

(NAPSI) — Chances are, at some point you will be a caregiver to a friend or family member. Providing care and support can be challenging in any circumstance, but caring for a loved one who lives far away presents a unique set of challenges…

Long-Distance Care-giving