Week of March 14, 2019

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Winslow girl receives national award from HGHW

Mikayla Reynolds, a senior at Winslow High School, is one of six Maine girls who will receive an award at Hardy Girls Healthy Women’s 12th annual Girls Rock! Awards on March 22. The girls were nominated by their communities to be honored for their outstanding achievements in one of the following categories: STEM, athletics, entrepreneurship, health advocacy, community organizing, and defying the odds for success…

China’s Lydia Gilman wins Maine’s Got Talent competition

Lydia Gilman, 16, an Erskine Academy junior, from China, took home first prize at the 2019 Maine’s Got Talent competition. Maine’s Got Talent is a dynamic musical competition featuring the selected top 10 performing artists in Maine for the show. The event was held at the Gendro Franco Center, in Lewiston, on March 9, 2019…

Your Local News

Budget committee absorbs much information at meeting

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro Budget Committee members absorbed much information and many opinions at their March 5 and March 7 meetings, though they are well short of overall budget figures needed to begin making recommendations to voters…

Selectmen discuss sidewalks, sewer fees, solid waste and dam management

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro selectmen’s March 7 topics included sidewalks, sewer fees, solid waste hauling and dam management. The sidewalk discussion related to state plans to rebuild Route 32, tentatively in 2021 or 2022…

Take our weekly survey!

Should Maine eliminate the requirement for annual vehicle inspection stickers?

LAST WEEK: Do you think the young women who left their countries to join ISIS (US included) should be allowed to return to their home countries and have their (renounced) citizenship restored?
Yes: 9.5% (13) – No: 90.5% (123) – 136 respondents

2019 Real estate tax schedule

Find out when real estate taxes are due for China, Vassalboro, Windsor & Winslow.

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: An open letter to China residents from the town’s fire chiefs

CHINA — It is the collective opinion of the three volunteer fire departments that there are issues with the present selectboard that need to be addressed…

Two Lions cited for service

WHITEFIELD — Whitefield Lions David Hayden and Charlotte Hayes were honored on February 28 for 10 years of service in the Whitefield Lions Club…

Kennebec Historical Society to present story of family’s life in a lighthouse

AUGUSTA — Imagine living in a century-old lightkeeper’s house on the coast of Maine. It sounds like a fantasy, but for Tom and Lee Ann Szelog, dream became reality when they settled into the keeper’s uarters at the Marshall Point Lighthouse, in Port Clyde…

Families enjoy China’s free Fun Day

CHINA — What began as a small, localized sledding event has steadily grown into an event that attracts hundreds of people. This year, February 16 was the day for the Family Fun Day… and what a day it turned out to be!…

Posted Roads Update

CHINA (from Dennis Heath, China town manager) — As most of our community business owners and farmers are aware, this is the time when our local roads are posted for no use by vehicles over a state-defined weight of 23,000 pounds…

Town Meetings schedule for 2019

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

School News

Kathleen McCowan performed in Muhlenberg College’s fall dance showcase “Moving Stories”

WINSLOW — A spectacular evening of ballet, contemporary dance, tap, and jazz, “Moving Stories” showcased exciting new dance works at Muhlenberg College’s Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Kathleen McCowan, of Winslow, was one of the dancers in the program…

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

VASSALBORO — Ray has been deaf since a childhood injury and now has the opportunity to hear again. Miracle Ear can provide him with hearing aides that work for him, rechargeable batteries and lifetime adjustments…

Obituaries

FAIRFIELD – JEFFERSON – Norma Ellen (Weeks) Parlin, 80, of Jefferson, passed away on March 4, 2019, following a long courageous battle with cancer. Norma was born on November 16, 1938, in Whitefield, the daughter of Theodore and Eunice (Grady) Weeks… and remembering 5 others…

Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | At the tail end of winter, fuzzy nubs start to appear along the branches of pussy willows. So, what exactly, are these little nubs?…

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | One of the greatest saxophone players in the history of jazz, John Coltrane (1926-1967) left a huge recorded legacy, each listing imbued with consistently high quality…

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | Every day I get emails from a local reader, Edgar. Today was no exception. Someone, I don’t have any idea who, has come up with a way to help children understand what their bullying does to another child. It is the best explanation I have seen or heard so far…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | This weeks’ column is going to start out a little different. It is about friendship and an amazing woman named Carolyn Waugh, of Solon…

FOR YOUR HEALTH

(NAPSI) —Almost half of the U.S. adult population has high blood pressure—that’s any reading at or above 130 for the top number or 80 for the bottom number. If you find yourself among them, it may be wise to consider four lifestyle evaluation questions…

Small Changes Can Mean Big Differences In Blood Pressure Control