Week of June 6, 2019

Celebrating 31 years of local news

Erskine Academy announces top 10 seniors for 2019

Erskine Academy has announced the Class of 2019 Top Ten Seniors. Valedictorian is Braden Soule, son of Amanda and Jamie Soule, of Fairfield. Throughout his four years at Erskine, Braden has participated in such activities as National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, the EA Leadership Team, Basketball, and Baseball and he has completed nearly 300 hours of community service projects

Your Local News

Selectmen review bids for outdoor summer work

CHINA — China selectmen spent most of their May 28 meeting reviewing bids for outdoor summer work, with mixed results. Their decisions annoyed a resident with a personal interest in the matter…

China survey on town office hours

CHINA — This survey seeks input from the residents of the town of China about the operating hours for the town office. Your participation is critical to ensuring the needs of community are being adequately met in the schedule of operating hours…

OPINION: China firemen do not endorse town’s plans for new emergency services building

from China fire chiefs — China’s three fire departments have stated unequivocally that they neither need nor want such a building and feel that it would be a waste of the $25,000 to contract for the study since there is absolutely no demonstrated need for an emergency services building…

OPINION: An opinion on emergency building

from Wayne Chadwick (China) — Where is the justification for such an expense? There appears to be a “build it and they will come” mentality with our present town leadership…

OPINION: Appraisal needed on property

from John Glowa (China) — The portion of the property consists of five acres with frontage on China Lake…Offering the owner of the property up to $150,000 may be a great deal for the town, but it may be a bad deal for the property owner…

Take our weekly survey!

Should college students be able to vote in local elections in the communities where they attend school?

LAST WEEK: Should Maine ban the release of helium-filled balloons?
Yes: 65.7% (67) – No: 34.3% (35) – 102 respondents

Gov. Mills visits Webber Pond dam fish ladder

VASSALBORO — Governor Janet Mills visited the Webber Pond alewife fish ladder on Thursday, May 30. It was an historic event. She is the first governor to visit an alewife fish ladder at all…

Nichole Lee promoted at BHBT

CHINA — Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has announced the promotion of Nichole Lee to Branch Relationship Manager II. With this promotion comes the added responsibility of managing two branch locations…

Local athlete gathers more accolades

CHINA — After being presented with the prestigious male sportsmanship award at Newbury College, in Brookline, Massachusetts, Dylan Presby, of China, was recognized by being named to the Malloy All Sportsmanship team for the entire conference…

China students at state house

CHINA — China Middle School students pose for a picture with Senator Matthew Pouliot after participating in the Honorary Page Program…

Winslow Boys and Girls State delegates

WINSLOW — Winslow High School juniors will be attending the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State at Husson Uni­versity, in Bangor, and American Legion Boys State, at Thomas College, in Waterville, from June 16-26, 2019…
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Celebrating high school graduation

CHINA — Reagan C. Biediger, granddaughter of James McGrath, of South China, and the daughter of Dwight and Eva Biediger (Mc­Grath), will graduate summa cum laude in the top six percent of her high school at Medina Valley High School, in Castro­ville, Texas…
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The Town Line reporter Mary Grow receives Spirit of America award

VASSALBORO — At the annual town meeting held at the Vassalboro Community School on Monday, June 3, Lauchlin Titus presented the 2019 Annual Spirit of America Award to Mary Grow to honor her for her commitment to exemplary local journalism…

BHBT donates to Junior Achievement program

CHINA — In early May, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust presented a gift of $4500 to Junior Achievement of Maine as part of BHBT’s Casual for a Cause…

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

CHINA’S OWN, KahunaKAM band will perform blues, rock, new country and original music, Sun., June 9, 2 p.m., Albert Church Brown Memorial Library, Main St. Admission is free and refreshments will be served…

Obituaries

WINSLOW – Juliette M. (Michaud) Potelle, 87, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2019, at Inland Hospital, in Waterville. She was born November 18, 1931, in Frenchville, the daughter of Wilfred and Delia (Caron) Michaud… and remembering 9 others…

Common Ground – Round 5: Win a $10 gift certificate!

DEADLINE: Friday, June 20, 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: Diana Gardner, Windsor

Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | The hermit thrush’s song has been described as “the finest sound in nature.” It is flute-like, consisting of a beginning note, then several descending musical phrases in a minor key, repeated at different pitches…

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | Edvard Grieg forged a musical style that was compounded of his life experiences amidst the beauties of the Norwegian landscape; health issues and one major loss; and the tunes and folk songs he heard and made part of his very soul…

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | Being from Maine we are accustomed to some hard to pronounce names of towns, rivers, etc., due to the Native American historical names as are many other states residents. Yesterday we came across some other ‘uncommon’ names…

THE MONEY MINUTE

by Jac M. Arbour | When you pass, who will inherit your assets? Will your assets be distributed via the probate process? (And will information about your estate therefore become public record?) What if someone should challenge your Last Will and Testament?…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | On May 22, 2019, Alice Heald was honored with the presentation of the Boston Post Cane as she is the oldest resident of Solon…

FOR YOUR HEALTH

(NAPSI)—A stroke can happen to anyone, of any age, at any time, so it’s important for everyone to learn and understand the signs and symptoms of stroke…