Week of July 11, 2019

Celebrating 31 years of local news

Three Mile Pond pilot project aims to replicate successes of China LakeSmart

China Region Lakes Alliance (CRLA) is pleased to announce a new program focused on water quality at Three Mile Pond. Lakefront property owners know the impact of water quality on their summer experience. Not all landowners know, however, the positive impact they can have on water quality…

Beef up your buffer

On Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m., in the Bryant Room, at Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Rd., in Washington, the Washington Lakes Association annual meeting will present Vegetated Buffers for Lake Water Quality by Hildy Ellis, program manager for Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District…

Your Local News

Selectmen unanimously approve fire departments stipend plan; to submit to state for review

CHINA — China selectmen hope they settled three issues, at least temporarily, at their July 8 meeting, while kicking a fourth question down the road for the third time…

Guardrail topic generates heated discussion; Cotta resigns from TIF committee

CHINA — Money was the top issue at the China Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Committee’s July 1 meeting, but guardrails generated the most heated discussion…

Bridge loan money available to China businesses; applications available at town office

CHINA — China residents or non-resident property or business owners needing a bridge loan to help start or expand a business in China may apply to borrow between $5,000 and $25,000 from the TIF revolving loan fund…

Selectmen wrap up financial matters as new fiscal year begins

VASSALBORO — For the new year, selectmen approved a long list of committee and other appointments. Most appointments were re-appointments; the main exception was the Recreation Committee, which has six new members out of eight…

30 years ago in The Town Line: Erskine graduates of 1989

CHINA — This article was published in The Town Line newspaper 30 years ago. It listed Erskine Academy graduates who were enrolled to continue their education post secondary or enlisted in the military…

Take our weekly survey!

Do you favor passing LD1014, “An Act to Attract and Retain Firefighters,” which would set up a pension fund for Maine’s volunteer firefighters?

LAST WEEK: Do you think there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe?
Yes: 77.3% (92) – No: 22.7% (27) – 119 respondents

Local production to benefit The Town Line

VASSALBORO — The play, Senator Mitchell’s Sidney Farmer Comes to Washington, will be performed on Saturday, July 13, at 7 p.m., at the Vassalboro Grange Hall. Paul Cates wrote the play in the late ‘80s – early ‘90s, and would be so proud. All proceeds will benefit The Town Line newspaper!…

KHS to present Midcoast Maine in World War II

AUGUSTA — Peggy Konitzky, author of Midcoast Maine in World War II, will talk about what life was like here at home during the war years. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at 6:30 p.m…

He shoots, he scores!

CENTRAL ME — Central Maine Spartans player Chase Lawler, 7, scored a goal during the Central Maine LAX Jam on June 9 (photos by Central Maine Photography)…

Veterans observe July 4 holiday

CLINTON — Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6924, in Fairfield, wave to cheering crowds during the Central Maine Fourth of July celebration held in Clinton (photos by Central Maine Photography)…

Winslow resident to debut animated movie at film festival

WINSLOW — Brian Zemrak, of Winslow, writer and director of an animated movie called Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm, will have its world premiere at the Maine International Film Festival on Saturday (video)…

It’s Time to Order Peaches!

PALERMO — Luscious, just-picked peaches will be coming to the Palermo Community Center on August 2, 9, and 16! Proceeds benefit the ongoing programs of the Palermo Community Center, which include the Palermo Food Pantry, the Evolving Communities Film Series, the Palermo Community Garden, and more…

LETTERS: Trash pick up response exceptional

from Richard Dillenbeck (China) — The response for volunteers to pick up litter on July 13 on the main roads of China has been exceptional. We now have it covered from Erskine Academy to Rte. 3, South China village itself, Rte. 202 to China village, China village itself, the causeway, and a portion of the Neck Road from China village south…

LETTERS: Those extraordinary fireworks!

from Tom Lefferts (China) — I would like to personally thank whoever that family is that shot an extraordinary, brilliant, 20-minute display of wonderful fireworks last night (July 4) off the north end of John Jones Island!…

SCHOOL NEWS

Seeking parents help to provide bus to Cony

AUGUSTA — To the parents of RSU #12 students: Our school superintendent Howard Tuttle, as well as the districts finance and transportation committees, are working with local parents to organize bus transportation to Cony High School…

KBH announces college scholarship recipients

CENTRAL ME — Kennebec Behavioral Health has announced its 2019 college scholarship recipients. This year, the following students will each receive a $1,000 scholarship upon successful completion of their first semester at their chosen college or university…

Local residents receive degrees at WPI

VASSALBORO/SIDNEY — Two local students received degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Worcester, Massachusetts, in their recent commencement. Madison Michaud, of Vassalboro, and Brady Snowden, of Sidney…

Area students on dean’s list at Dean College

WATERVILLE/WINSLOW — Dean College, in Franklin, Massachusetts, has announced the local students that have earned a place on the dean’s list for the Spring 2019 semester: Zoe Derosby, of Waterville; Cami Dubois, of Winslow; and Joshua Veilleux, of Winslow…

Ryan Pellerin named to Springfield College dean’s list

ALBION — Springfield College, in Springfield, Massachusetts, has named Ryan Pellerin, of Albion, to the dean’s list for academic excellence for the spring 2019 term. Pellerin is studying Sport Management…

Area students named to highly selective dean’s list at Colby College

WATERVILLE — Area students were recently named to the highly selective dean’s list at Colby College for the spring semester of the 2018-19 academic year. Kathryn K. Bernier, of Waterville, and Eleanor Rose M. Theriault, of South China…

Carrabec High School honor roll

ANSON — Students who have achieved honor roll for Spring 2019…

Give Us Your Best Shot!

The best recent photos from our readers!

Lake Association Annual Meetings

Lake association meetings for Three Mile Pond, China Lake, Washington Lakes and Webber Pond.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

WRITER’S GROUP: Ever wondered what it takes to write for The Town Line? Join The Town Line writers’ group, second Sunday of the month, 6:30 p.m. at The Town Line office, 575 Lakeview Dr. Next meeting is July 14. FMI: ericwaustin@gmail.com or 445-2234. (and many other local events!)

Obituaries

PALERMO – Ramona A. Potter, 82, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019, at Northern Light Inland Hospital, in Waterville, following a long illness. She was born October 30, 1936, in Freedom, the daughter of Percy and Sylvia (Jones) Bessey… and remembering 12 others…

Common Ground – Round 7: Win a $10 gift certificate!

DEADLINE: Friday, August 9, 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, 11 KMD Plaza, Kennedy Memorial Dr., Waterville, next to the Dairy Queen!* Email your answer to townline@fairpoint.net or through our Contact page. Include your name and address with your answer.

You may also mail your answer to The Town Line, PO Box 89, South China, ME 04358. (To be eligible for the drawing, you must email or snail mail your answer to us.)

* Should there be more than one correct answer, a random drawing will be held to determine the winner.

Previous winner: Pat Clark, Palermo.

Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | Silphidae is a family of beetles that are known commonly as large carrion beetles. They are sometimes known as Sexton beetles. These beetles are ubiquitous and are most abundant in the temperate zone – that would be us…

Emily CatesGARDEN WORKS

by Emily Cates | I’ve got me a whistle pig, what should I do? Make him my friend, or put him in a stew? Groundhog. Woodchuck. Gopher. Whistle Pig. Who can deny the feelings of angst a gardener feels upon hearing these names or spotting one anywhere near the garden?…

Gary KennedyVETERANS CORNER

by Gary Kennedy | We veterans of many years don’t really like our visits to the Togus VA facility, however, there is a bright side to this happening, especially for those of us who frequent this facility at least monthly and through the years…

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | Peace Pilgrim became renowned during her lifetime for crossing the entire United States at least six times on behalf of peace, feeling this leading from God…

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | Chapter 1 was printed two weeks ago. There was just too much for one column, so here we are now on our way to Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock, to be exact…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | The Solon Masons sponsored the fourth annual “Bikes for Books” program in the Solon Elementary School this spring. This program promoted reading among the K – 5 students…

GROWING YOUR BUSINESS

by Dan Beaulieu | You want to be your own boss. You’re tired of working for someone else, and feel it’s time to go into business for yourself.
What are you going to do?…

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…