Week of June 28, 2018

The Town Line office to be closed for vacation

The Town Line newspaper’s office will be closed the week of July 2, 2018, for the staff’s semi-annual vacation. There will be an issue published on July 5, and distribution should be as usual. The office will re-open on Monday, July 9, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. The Town Line staff apologizes for any inconvenience.

Celebrating 30 years of local news

New community center opens in Vassalboro

Looking at Rachel Kilbride, you wouldn’t think she’s the type to hear voices, but that’s exactly what prompted her to buy the St. Bridget Catholic Church, in Vassalboro, and turn it into a local community center. “I wasn’t planning to retire in Vassalboro,” Rachel told me. A Winslow native, she was living in Wells with her husband, Jim, when, in the summer of 2014, she responded to an inner urging to look into what was being done with the shuttered Catholic church […]

Your Local News

Board rejects request for reconsideration

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro Board of Appeals members have refused to reconsider their May 22 rejection of Jonathan Blumberg’s appeal of Codes Officer Richard Dolby’s permit issued in March to Bernard Welch […]

School board had hoped to appoint new superintendent

VASSALBORO —  Vassalboro School Board members hoped to approve a new superintendent for Vassalboro at their June 19 meeting, but no one has been chosen … Vassalboro Community School is also lacking a half-time Spanish teacher […]

Public invited to retirement party for China town manager

CHINA — Residents of China and nearby towns are invited to a retirement party for China Town Manager Daniel L’Heureux, scheduled for 5 p.m., Saturday, June 30, in the portable building behind the China town office on Lakeview Drive […]

Selectmen revisit fire pond issue

CHINA — At their June 25 meeting China selectmen revived the Neck Road fire pond they killed at their June 11 meeting, when they voted to fill it in. New Town Manager Dennis Heath presented cost estimates for three options […]

Residents asked for input on marijuana by June 28

VASSALBORO —  Vassalboro selectmen would appreciate residents’ opinions on two topics, preferably before the June 28 selectmen’s meeting. The first issue is whether townspeople want to try to restrict the number of storefront medical marijuana shops allowed in town […]

VCS holds new pavilion ribbon cutting

VASSALBORO — Retiring Principal Dianna Gram did the honors at the June 15 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new playground pavilion at Vassalboro Community School, before a large audience of VCS students plus some of the people involved in the project […]

Lizotte receives recognition

VASSALBORO — Laurie Lizotte, Child Care Administrator for the Vassalboro Community School Child Care Program, was recently recognized at the staff luncheon at the school on Tuesday, June 19 […]

What’s the buzz about bees?

PALERMO — Jennifer Lund, Maine State Apiarist, is passionate about honeybee health and helping beekeepers succeed. She will answer all these questions and more on Friday, June 29, at the Palermo Community Center […]

Winslow McDonald’s holds grand re-opening

WINSLOW — The McDonald’s in Winslow, owned by Mike and Lana Ortins, gave away more than $1,500 at the restaurant’s grand re-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 16 […]

Lake Association Meetings

Three Mile Pond
Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m.
Windsor Town Hall

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

Webber Pond
Saturday, August 18 – 9 a.m.
Vassalboro Community School

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School News

Competition begins for Winslow teen

June 28 marks the start of competition for Hannah Comfort, the Winslow teen competing in the 61st Distinguished Young Women National Finals. Comfort, along with 49 other state representatives, has been in Mobile for the past two weeks […]

Purdue University in Maine holds graduation

Purdue University Global in Maine recently held its graduation ceremony at the Merrill Auditorium, in Portland, at which close to 275 graduates were recognized for their academic accomplishments […]

Mary Franks named to Castleton dean’s list

Mary Franks, of Liberty, was recently named to the Castleton University dean’s list for the spring semester of the 2017-18 academic year […]

Bridger named to dean’s list

Gabrielle Bridger, an Ithaca College student, in Ithaca, New York, from Fairfield, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2018 semester […]

Andreozzi and Veilleux on dean’s list at Dean College

Dean College, in Franklin, Massachusetts, has announced that Kiara Andreozzi, of Waterville, and Joshua Veilleux, of Winslow, have earned a place on the dean’s list for the Spring 2018 semester […]

Oliveira earns dean’s list at Roger Williams

Michael Oliveira, of Waterville ME, has been named to the Spring 2018 Dean’s List at Roger Williams University, in Bristol, Rhode Island […]


from John Glowa —  I want to begin by thanking those who supported me in the recent Democratic primary for Maine Senate District #15. My biggest margin of victory was in China and I send a special thank you to my friends and supporters who voted for good government […]

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An iconic landmark that stands tall in the Waterville skyline. This year, the congregation of the First Baptist Church will celebrates its 200th birthday. The official date of the anniversary is July 15, 1818 […]


NORTH VASSALBORO — “Save the Mill” will hold the first Olde Mill Brew & Wine Tasting Festival, on Saturday, July 7, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Olde Mill, 934 Main St. Each ticket allows the participant 12 delicious samples of their choosing from You-nity Winery, Tree Spirits, Liberty Craft Brewing and Lake St. George Brewing Co […]

Obituaries – week of June 28, 2018

WINSLOW – Dorothy Ann (Markee) Rideout, 81, passed away Monday, June 18, 2018, at her home in Winslow, 100 feet from the home she was born in built by her father and older brothers. She was born April 24, 1937, in Winslow… and remembering 4 others…

Town Line Original Columnists


by Roland D. Hallee | The brown-tailed moth is back in the news. We covered this subject a couple of months ago, but it may warrant going over again. It is not a human friendly insect. This particular moth, Euproctis chrysorrhoea, is one that we probably could do without […]


by Peter Cates |  If I had to pick only one conductor whose recordings I could take to a desert island, it would be Anton Nanut. He conducted almost every piece of music as if it were the most beautiful and exciting music to be heard this side of heaven, equaling, if not surpassing, the most well known conductors of the last 100 years […]


by Debbie Walker | Okay, so I spent too much time looking at catalogs! I see these T-shirts and I like some of the sayings, I rip out the page and maybe more than one! I eventually have enough collected to share with you. I hope they entice you to smile […]

Katie Ouilette WallsIF WALLS COULD TALK

by Katie Ouilette | What’s happening at the Skowhegan Free Public Library? The new news is that Librarian Jandreau is retiring on July 1. We WISH YOU THE BEST OF EVERYTHING throughout your retirement, Mr. Jandreau and say it with all honesty […]


Organ transplants have been saving lives for many years. You may even know someone who has received a kidney or a heart transplant, and what a difference that gift of life has made […]

New Transplants Are Changing Lives