Week of June 27, 2019

The Town Line office will be closed the week of July 1 for vacation. There will be an issue published on Thurs, July 4.

Celebrating 31 years of local news

Allowing community voice to define school success

How we measure the success of a school can have a profound impact on a community. Potential residents and businesses alike tend to use online school information to make decisions about which communities they choose.  But are current measures giving the public the full picture of what a school can offer students, families, and communities?…

Your Local News

China receives DEP second round of grants for recycling and organics management initiatives

CHINA — China was awarded $10,500 for recycling and composting. China proposes to establish a radio frequency identification (RFID) system to gather data on the use of the various components of waste management services by town of origin…

Decisions on new excavator, Saturday hours postponed

CHINA — China selectmen made several decisions at their June 24 meeting, the last in the current fiscal year, but postponed action on the two longest-discussed questions: whether to buy an excavator and whether to eliminate Saturday town office hours…

Board puzzles over lunch program finances

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro School Board members puzzled over lunch program finances at their June 18 meeting, after Superintendent Alan Pfeiffer recommended they reallocate $30,000 to start covering the program’s debt even though it doesn’t owe any money to anybody…

Take our weekly survey!

Do you think there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe?

LAST WEEK: Should Maine have open primaries allowing voters without a party affiliation to participate in primary elections?
Yes: 67.5% (52) – No: 32.5% (25) – 77 respondents

Central Maine Motors makes gift to art center

WATERVILLE — Waterville Creates! announces a gift in the amount of $25,000 from Central Maine Motors Auto Group in support of the community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center…

Area athletes show off skills

CENTRAL ME — Central Maine Photography captures local youth athletes (photos)…

Alan Johnston shows special everyday courage

WINDSOR — Alan D. Johnston, of Windsor, who is now the commander of the Maine Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars, exemplifies the indomitable spirit we so admire in our injured service personnel…

Area Scouts hold service to camp camporee

BELGRADE — On the weekend of May 17-19, 100 Scouts and leaders from across Kennebec Valley District, BSA, attended the Spring Camporee at Camp Bomazeen on the shore of Great Pond, in Belgrade…

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…

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

CHINA: ANNUAL CHICKEN BBQ, China Village Volunteer Fire Dept., 11:30 a.m., Sat., July 6, at the village station. Eat on-site or take out. FMI: Sarah Batteese, 248-7244.

Obituaries

FAIRFIELD – Tammy R. Jones, 48, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Central Maine Medical Center, in Lewiston. She was born January 8, 1971, in Lewiston, the daughter of Elizabeth R. Jones… and remembering 4 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.

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: Keith Richardson, South China.

Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | The hummingbird clear wing moth, Hemaris thysbe, is olive green and burgundy on its back, and white or yellow and burgundy on the underside. Its wings are transparent with a reddish-brown border…

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | Although Monty Woolley appeared in a number of other films and plays, his most well-known role is that of the radio commentator, lecturer and boa-constructor wit, Sheridan Whiteside…

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | Once again it is time to give you ideas for more holidays and fun for the month of July. I don’t dream these up myself. I get them from all over the internet…

FOR YOUR HEALTH

(NAPSI)—Smile. It’s vacation time—and there are so many paths to fun and adventure close to home. Try winding your way through the Wisconsin Dells water parks or sailing Lake Superior…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | Received this e-mail from Mary Frear: I hope that it is not too late to tell you about the Summer Suppers being held at the North Anson United Methodist Church the last two Saturdays of June and July: June 22, June 29, July 20, and July 27 at 5 p.m…