Week of July 26, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Bog Brook culvert replacement set to begin in August

The Bog Brook culvert replacement schedule has been released by the town of China. The 25-day project is expected to begin on Monday, August 13, and continue until Friday, September 21. During that period of time, through traffic will be detoured around the project, and only local traffic will be permitted in the area […]

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Town embarks on Comprehensive Planning process

OAKLAND — The Town of Oakland is currently in the process of crafting a Comprehensive Plan with the goal of creating a blueprint for the future. Fifteen community members have volunteered to join the Oakland Comprehensive Planning Committee (OCPC), which is facilitating the process […]

China company retains contract for bridge replacement at the head of China lake

CHINA — At the rescheduled China Tax Increment Finance Committee meeting held July 19, members of the subcommittee overseeing the project objected that China selectmen had awarded the contract without their recommendation […]

Town manager presents several proposals to selectmen

CHINA — China selectmen spent much of their July 23 meeting discussing the Tax Increment Finance Committee’s causeway project, which consists of replacing the bridge at the head of China Lake’s east basin and, as phase two, improving the boat landing and access to the lake […]

8th annual Battle for Breast Cancer tourney raises over $34,000

WATERVILLE — On July 21, field hockey teams from Skowhegan, Messalonskee, Mt. Blue, Nokomis, Winslow, Dexter, MCI, Lawrence, and Winthrop, in Central Maine, participated in the 8th Annual Battle For Breast Cancer Tournament at Thomas College, in Waterville […]

Last call for Jersey peaches!

PALERMO — Sweet, juicy freestone peaches from northern New Jersey will be on their way soon to the Palermo Community Center, so be sure to place your order now! Shipping costs have gone up, so this is the last time you’ll be able to get a 38 lb. box for only $37 or a half box for $23 […]

Garbage Warrior tackles housing choices

PALERMO — What do beer cans, water bottles, and old tires have in common? Not much, unless you are renegade architect Michael Reynolds, in which case they are the materials of choice for producing thermal mass and energy-independent housing […]

Road races to benefit Cpl. Eugene Cole’s family

NORRIDGEWOCK — Sunday August 19, communities will join together to support the family of Somerset County Sheriff’s Deputy Cpl. Eugene Cole, who was killed in the line of duty in April, to pound the pavement in a 5K or half- marathon road race […]

Last call for Common Ground Country Fair poster contest

UNITY — The winning artist receives $2,500, a press release, and is highlighted in MOFGA’s quarterly newspaper, The Maine Organic Farmer and Gardener. The selected design is also featured on the Fair poster, website, T-shirt and in promotional literature […]

Pollinators in agriculture: identification and conservation

DAMARISCOTTA — There is a lot of buzz about pollinators these days, especially for farmers. Join farmers Brady Hatch and Brendan Quillen at Morning Dew Farm, in Damariscotta, on Wednesday, August 1, from 5-7 p.m., for a free walk and talk, “Pollinators in Agriculture: Who’s Who and How to Conserve Them” […]

Lake Association Meetings

Saturday, July 28, 9 a.m.
China Primary School

Saturday, August 18, 9 a.m.
Vassalboro Community School

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School News

Sarah Smith named to the Gettysburg College dean’s honor list

Sarah Smith, of Whitefield, has been placed on the Gettysburg College dean’s honor list for outstanding academic achievement in the Spring 2018 semester, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania […]

Local RIT student named to dean’s list

Bethany Hartley, of Whitefield, was named to the dean’s list at Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, New York. She is enrolled in the mechanical engineering technology program.

Thompson earns Emmanuel College dean’s list

Katherine Thompson, of Waterville, was recently named to the Emmanuel College dean’s list, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Two local students on Becker dean’s list

Brandon Coulombe, of Vassalboro, pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in Interactive Media Design was named to the Becker College dean’s list, in Worcester, Massachusetts. Ashley Carver, of Sidney, is pursuing an associate’s degree in Veterinary Science.

Area students graduate from Bates

Bates College, in Lewiston, graduated 473 students, including Riley Hopkins, of Augusta, who graduated after majoring in dance and psychology at Bates. Hopkins, the son of Mr. and Mrs. David P. Hopkins, of Augusta, is a 2014 graduate of Cony High School. Daniel Aldrich, of Skowhegan, graduated after majoring in economics at Bates. Aldrich, the son of Jennifer Roberts-Aldrich, of Skowhegan, and Lance L. Aldrich, of Southampton, New York, is a 2014 graduate of Skowhegan Area High School.

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COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: No evidence that anadromous fish restoration would have negative impact on Sheepscot Lake

from John Glowa — I have fished Sheepscot River below the outlet dam and have never seen the fishway functioning. In my opinion, it serves no purpose and needs to be replaced. The bill in question would have required that the existing fishway be kept open and operational from April 15-June 30. Unfortunately, It did not address the functionality/suitability of the fishway or downstream fish passage for adult and juvenile alewives from Sheepscot Pond […]


CHINA — INVASIVE PLANT PADDLE, will take place on Tues., Aug. 21, 9 a.m. – noon, at Four Seasons Club, 570 Lakeview Dr. Free. FMI or to register. Register by Aug. 14. Learn about aquatic plants that invade our lakes […]

Obituaries – week of July 26, 2018

MADISON – Lewis A. Ouilette, Jr., 90, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. He was born in Fairfield Center on July 19, 1927, the son of Florence (Ronco) and Lewis Ouilette, Sr… and remembering 6 others…

Town Line Original Columnists


by Roland D. Hallee | I have an idea: let’s play a game! Everybody likes a game. We’ll call it – get a load of this ingenious title – Fact or Fiction! Many of us have pets, and we also like to watch animals. Let’s ask some questions and see if you can tell if it is fact or fiction […]


by Peter Cates |  Zubin Mehta, now in his 82nd year, has achieved fame via his directorships of the Los Angeles, New York and Israel Philharmonics, Bavarian State Opera, etc., and a truckload of recordings […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | The Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club has been very busy this summer. They met on July 13, 14, and 15, for a meeting and fun weekend at the Evergreen Campground, in Solon. The members worked on projects, record sheets and educational exhibit for Skowhegan State Fair […]


by Debbie Walker | A while ago I had the chance to visit with a cousin I had not seen in probably 30 years. It was such an amazing visit. There were no uncomfortable silences. We fell right into the same comfort zone we had all those years ago but possibly a bit more mature […]


Every day, it’s estimated, 10,000 Americans turn 65 years old. Some of these people, unfortunately, have misconceptions that can jeopardize their health. Major health myths and misconceptions regarding senior health include […]

Five Senior Health Myths