Week of June 13, 2019

Celebrating 31 years of local news

China’s Lydia Gilman takes home a Young Stars of Maine award

Lydia Gilman, 16, and a junior at Erskine Academy, in South China, was one of only six students selected as $1,000 cash prize winners for the 2019 Young Stars of Maine competition, sponsored by the Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School, in Rockport…

Retired principal honored at Vassalboro town meeting

Kevin Levasseur, chairman of the Vassalboro School Board, and Jolene Gamage, a board member, present a recognition to retired Vassalboro Community School principal Dianna Gram for her 24 years of service to the school. The plaque was placed at the base of a tree commissioned and planted on the front lawn near the flagpole…

Your Local News

Local election results (China, Vassalboro, Fairfield & Benton)

Here are local election results for the voting which took place on Tuesday, June 11…

Taxes, assessments dominate selectmen’s meeting

CHINA — Taxes were the last, but not the least, item discussed at the June 10 China selectmen’s meeting. The bottom line: tax bills sent out late this summer will show increases in valuation and an increase in the rate, neither dramatically large…

Solar power tops action at town meeting

VASSALBORO — The longest discussion during the open meeting was over the selectmen’s request for authority to enter into an agreement to have solar power installed…

Selectmen discuss improvements, tree trimming, bridge report

WINDSOR — At the May 29 Windsor Selectmen’s meeting, members discussed road, bridge and tree maintenance, purchasing a new one-ton truck and installing a diesel tank for the Public Works Department…

Medical marijuana business reschedule; applicant absent

CHINA — China Planning Board members expected to discuss a proposed new medical marijuana business at their June 11 meeting. But applicant Clifford Glinko was absent, so there was no discussion…

Take our weekly survey!

Do you think President Donald Trump obstructed justice in the Russia investigation?

LAST WEEK: Should college students be able to vote in local elections in the communities where they attend school?
Yes: 40.1% (55) – No: 59.9% (82) - 137 respondents

How The Town Line nurtures a healthy community

from Emily Cates, board member — Being a board member has given me a close up view of the inner workings of our community — and how our reader-supported, free, nonprofit, weekly newspaper informs and enhances our community…

Second Saturdays Litter Clean-Up begins July 13

CHINA — Richard Dillenbeck’s passionate crusade against roadside trash inspired a group of citizens to devise an organized campaign to combat the litter problem on the roadsides surrounding China Lake — simply called Second Saturdays…

LETTERS: Integrity of our voting process is at stake

from Dean DeWitt (China) — Within the context of whether the Russians interfered in our elections, it should be apparent that we need to assure our voting system is not corrupted or hacked…

Town Meeting schedule for 2019

Check here to see when your town has scheduled their 2019 town meeting. Current listings for Windsor. To have your town listed, send an email to townline@fairpoint.net.

School News

Samantha Dickson named to spring dean’s list at Elizabethtown College

WINSLOW — Samantha Dickson, of Winslow, a political science major, was named to the dean’s list at Elizabethtown College, in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, for the spring 2019 semester.

Area residents graduate from Colby College

WATERVILLE/OAKLAND — In an outdoor ceremony May 26, 462 degrees were awarded to members of Colby’s Class of 2019 at the College’s 198th Commencement, in Waterville…

Burton named to Hamilton College dean’s list

OAKLAND — Mackenzie Burton, of Oakland, has been named to the dean’s list at Hamilton College, in Clinton, New York, for the 2019 spring semester…

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Check out our Calendar Events page for local events and support groups…

Obituaries

ALBION – Jeffrey L. Varney, 57, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019. Jeff was born on May 17, 1962, to Earl Obed and Beverly Varney, in Waterville… and remembering 7 others…

Common Ground – Round 6: Win a $10 gift certificate!

DEADLINE: Friday, July 19, 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.

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

Previous winner: Keith Richardson, South China.

Town Line Original Columnists

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | Quebec-born singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) was arguably most well-known for Hallelujah but, back in the 1960s, his Suzanne and That’s No Way to Say Good­bye held their own as very frequently sung…

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | In this trip we have been named “THE Wandering Nanas.” It all got started when Nana Dee wanted to go to Ohio (and not fly there) to visit her 94-years-young Aunt Jean and then on to Pennsylvania for a visit with a nephew and his family…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | Please note that the “Off the Hill” Band (Donna Whittemore) will not be taking place on Saturday, June 15, due to illness…

FOR YOUR HEALTH

(NAPSI)—It’s a tragedy: Every day, 22 U.S. veterans take their own lives—a needless loss of 8,000 service members a year…