Week of June 7, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Two generations of small business success

It’s hard to find anything more American than McDonald’s, or more emblematic of the American spirit than the family business. The recent remodel of the McDonald’s, in Winslow, represents both these traditions and it’s a story more than 30 years in the making […]

Your Local News

Tax rate raised at town meeting

VASSALBORO —  At Vassalboro’s annual town meeting June 4, voters raised their tax rate by 90 cents for each $1,000 of valuation – plus a fraction of a cent more – by siding consistently with the board of selectmen and school board over the more fiscally conservative budget committee and by giving the Family Violence Project more than either the selectmen or the budgeteers recommended […]

Causeway bridge work to create considerable disruption in the area

CHINA —  Among items China selectmen discussed at their May 29 meeting was the planned replacement of the causeway bridge at the head of China Lake’s east basin, a project they expect will create considerable temporary disruption in the area […]

Selectmen agree to give sanitary district TIF funds

VASSALBORO —  Vassalboro selectmen spent part of their May 31 meeting talking about money for the Vassalboro Sanitary District’s sewer extension to Winslow … So far selectmen have approved TIF funds for the sewer connection and for the Alewife Restoration Project […]

Ball announces candidacy for Maine House

WINDSOR — Steve Ball, of Windsor, veteran and teacher, has announced his candidacy for Maine House of Representatives District #80, which includes Vassalboro, Windsor, Somerville and part of Augusta […]

Jigsaw puzzles topic at KHS

AUGUSTA — Jigsaw puzzles originated in Europe in the mid-1700s in the form of “dissected maps” to teach geography to young children. American production began around 1815 for children’s puzzles, and almost one hundred years later for puzzles that would interest adults […]

Maine Antique Tractor Club to hold festival

NORRIDGEWOCK — The Maine Antique Tractor Club has held an Antique Tractor Festival for the past 23 years and this year the event will be on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24 at 351 Waterville Road, Norridgewock […]

School News

Roger Files graduates from virtual school

PALERMO — Roger Files, of Palermo, will graduate this month, with honors, from the eighth grade at the Connections Academy, a virtual school, headquartered in Portland. Roger was one of 13 students to receive an award as “Most Improved Students” […]


from Cory W. Dow (Winslow) – June 12 is coming up fast and the citizens of the town of Winslow will be given the opportunity to vote on an $8.1 million school bond to give us the final opportunity to move out of the long standing junior high and move into an updated and more efficient facility that will be built in a two-year period […]


from Susan Marcus (Alna) – I am writing as a longtime Alna resident to ask you, the people of the other towns in RSU #12, to approve the Alna Amendment when you vote on June 12 … The amendment will end Alna’s current practice of taxpayer-funded private K-8 school tuition for children who become Alna residents after June 30 […]


from Doug Baston (Alna) – Alna is one of only two towns in Maine where children can attend private elementary schools and the taxpayers will pay the tuition. Alna citizens never chose this policy; it is a historic fluke that predates school consolidation […]

Obituaries – week of June 7, 2018

EAST VASSALBORO – Paul “Rocky” Morneau, 63, passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2018, in East Vassalboro, after suffering cardiac arrest. He was born on February 11, 1955, in Waterville, to Leo Paul and Evelyn Duguay Morneau … and remembering 7 others…


VASSALBORO – The Vassalboro Public Library presents “A Journey Through Time: The Changing Face of Religion,” a brief synopsis of the religious changes of humanity through time. A book reading and slide show will be presented by Catherine Lacombe, left, interfaith lay leader, on Wed., June 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the library […]


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Town Line Original Columnists


Roland D. Hallee | Well, the first June bug of the year made its appearance at camp on Thursday, May 31, at 10:30 p.m. We were, after all, still in May. Generally, June bugs, Phyllophaga, do make their appearance in mid- to late-May. So why are they called June bugs? […]


by Peter Cates |  The great Stan Kenton (1911-1979) recorded a batch of singles in 1950 that highlighted the arranging and compositional skills of such SK loyalists as Shorty Rogers, Bill Russo, Frank Marks and Johnny Richards […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | There will be a benefit bean supper for Robert “Bobby” Dunphy on Saturday, June 9, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Northern Star Masonic Lodge across from Carrabec High School, in North Anson […]


by Debbie Walker | I believe IT has started. The IT is dirty politics for an upcoming election of one sort or another. I can’t even pay attention to what the election is for; I was just immediately put off by the nasty comments […]

Katie Ouilette WallsIF WALLS COULD TALK

by Katie Ouilette | Well, faithful readers, WALLS and Katie have a memory to share. I saw a beautiful hen that had been purchased and shipped to California. Oh, it was a beauty and was told about on TV a few nights ago. That is when a memory came to mind […]


Diabetes is one of the fastest-growing conditions in the U.S. Today, the number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes has skyrocketed to nearly one in 10, compared to one in 100 just 50 years ago. Chances are that you or someone you know is coping with it […]

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