Week of January 31, 2019

Celebrating 30 years of local news

The goat farmer who grabs life by the horns

Can farming save a life? Is there redemption in working with one’s hands and caring for Earth’s creatures? The answer to these questions may be found in the life and experiences of an apprentice at a local farm right here in China, Maine… by Emily Cates

Your Local News

Selectmen give OK for appraisal on Bailey property

CHINA — At their Jan. 22 meeting, China selectmen unanimously authorized an appraisal done on part of Susan Bailey’s property at the head of China Lake’s east basin…

TIF members approve proposed spending

CHINA — Members of China’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Committee approved their proposed 2019-2020 expenditures unanimously at a Jan. 28 meeting…

Town manager presents detailed budget proposal; Final resident input tentatively set for Feb. 5

CHINA — China Budget Committee members and an audience that included town employees and volunteer firefighters heard Town Manager Dennis Heath’s detailed presentation of his proposed 2019-2020 budget at a Jan. 23 meeting…

Selectmen choose to ditch single-sort recycling; instead, put all in trash compactor

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro selectmen spent much of their Jan. 24 meeting talking about trash disposal, making decisions that will impact residents and local trash haulers…

Oak Grove School Foundation offers grants

CENTRAL ME — The Oak Grove School Foundation is accepting applications for grants to support the education and cultural needs of students and non profit organizations in the greater Central Maine area…

2019 Real estate tax schedule

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

School News

Nine area students on University of New Hampshire’s dean’s list

CENTRAL ME — The following students have been named to the dean’s list at the University of New Hampshire, in Durham, New Hampshire, for the fall 2018 semester…

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COMMUNITY COMMENTARY

from Roland Hallee (editor) — I received a phone call on my cell phone from a restricted number. It was a male voice, informing me that I was the chosen recipient of a Publishers’ Clearinghouse $4.5 million prize…

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SINGING VALENTINES, by the Maine-ly Harmony women’s barbershop quartets. They will travel to your loved ones on Thurs., Feb. 14, to deliver a song and a long-stemmed red rose, for only $25, as a fundraiser for the group to bring year-long entertainment to many Maine community organizations, including residents at the VA hospital, at Togus…

Give Us Your Best Shot!

The best recent photos from our readers!

Obituaries

CLINTON – Robert P. Grenier, 77, of Clinton, passed away Monday, December 31, 2018, at Northern Lights Inland Hospital, in Waterville, after losing his four-year battle with lung cancer… and remembering 10 others…

Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | I woke up one morning last week in a sweat. I just realized it was the time of year when I go out to Center Vassalboro to visit my weather-prognosticating friend, Woodrow Charles, the woodchuck…

ERIC’S TECH TALK

by Eric W. Austin | Where is everybody? That’s the question posed by Italian physicist and Nobel Prize winner Enrico Fermi in 1950 over a casual lunch with his fellow physicists at the famous Los Alamos National Laboratory, in New Mexico…

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | William Steinberg had a style of conducting in which the most often recorded works sounded freshly minted; his LP of Scheher­azade kept me listening from beginning to end and is available on Internet sites…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | The Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club had a meeting on January 12 with Cooper Dellarma presiding. At that meeting there were two leaders and 10 members present. Three members have been invited to demonstrate and talk about 4-H. This will be done in the spring…

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | Of course I know you have all been waiting to see what this month will bring you for new holidays. There are more holidays than just Valentines, at least one or more for every day. I will include every one I have space for. I am sure you will find at least one or two to your liking…

FOR YOUR HEALTH

(NAPSI) — “Today, nearly 4 million Americans have a service-connected disability. At a time when many employers are struggling to fill positions, hiring veterans with disabilities can boost diversity and inclusion efforts,” explained Jeff Hall, national employment director for Disabled American Veterans…

Why It’s Wise To Hire Veterans With Disabilities