Week of March 22, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

The Town Line: 30 years of serving area towns

The staff under the regime of Dennis Keller included, seated, from left to right, Sandy Keller, Roland Hallee, Lea Davis and Martha Holzwarth. Back, Natalie Lyon, Nancy Heath, Ed Heath, Paulie Heath, Mike Heath, Dennis Keller, Miriam Keller and Dustin Heath. (File photo)

The first issue of The Town Line was published on March 15, 1989. The brain child of China residents Gary and Trish Newcomb, the newspaper’s goal was to bring neighbors and their respective towns closer together through better communications. Area towns and their residents had gone through some turbulent times during the mid-’80s when much animosity had grown to epidemic proportions. Gary and Trish figured that if people really knew what their neighbors were doing, they would better understand each other… [read more of our history…]

Your Local News

CHINA: No progress on Neck Road Fire Pond

CHINA —  China selectmen had a short meeting with no major decisions March 19, their last before voters act on their proposed budget for 2018-19 and related items at the March 24 town business meeting. Town Manager Daniel L’Heureux reported no progress on the fire pond on Neck Road because landowner Tom Michaud is out of state. At their earlier March meeting, board members approved a draft memorandum of agreement for Michaud’s review […]

WINSLOW: Robotics team invited to national final round

WINSLOW — The Winslow Public Library has announced that its Wonder League Robotics Competition team, the Winslow Coders, has made it to the national final invitational round. Out of 5,300 teams participating around the country, approximately 280 were invited to this round. The Winslow Coders are a group of four Winslow children between the ages of 8 and 12 […]

China planners hear application on camp for teens

CHINA —  China Planning Board members are scheduled to review one application at their March 27 meeting. Wesley and Susan Horton have applied to use a building at 24 Pond Hill Road, at the north end of Three Mile Pond, as a leadership development camp for teenagers […]

Central Church to open in May in old Fairpoint building

So CHINA — Central Church (previously known as Kennebec Community Church) will be opening its doors on May 6, in the old Fairpoint Building, on Rte. 3, in South China. The church is all about three things. Loving Jesus, loving others, and helping others love Jesus. They services are fun to go to. Most people, when they think of a church service, think of a lot of old songs played on an organ and a lecture from someone exceptionally boring […]

Maine Maple Sunday on tap March 25

CHINA — The 35th Maine Maple Sunday will take place on Sunday, March 25. Sugarhouses throughout Maine will provide tours, free samples and demonstrations on the process of transforming maple sap into maple syrup. Locally, Raider’s Sugarhouse, located at 148 Bog Road, in China, will have an open house from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. […]

It’s Spring; time for Vidalia Onions!

PALERMO — Versatile Vidalia onions are coming into season and will arrive in Palermo on May 17. They’re big, sweet, and juicy, and you can order a 25-pound box of them for only $27. Proceeds go to the Palermo Community Center and the Palermo Food Pantry […]

Free community Easter egg hunt planned

WINSLOW — The Winslow Baptist Church will be hosting a community Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m., at the park on Daillaire and Halifax streets, in Winslow. Rain location will be a the Winslow Elementary School. There will be thousands of eggs to gather […]

Easter egg hunt rescheduled

ALBION — Due to extended winter weather, the March 25 ShineOnCass Easter Egg Hunt at Hart-to-Hart Farm & Educational Center has been rescheduled to an exciting new spring celebration! The community is invited to help welcome the farm’s new baby animals at the first ShineOnCass Animal Baby Shower & Egg Hunt Sunday, April 22, from 2 to 4 pm at 16 Duck Pond Road, in Albion […]

Alewife restoration project to receive grant award

CHINA — Maine Rivers, as part of the Alewife Restoration Initiative, has been awarded $200,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundations’ (NFWF) New England Forests and Rivers grant program. The goal of the Alewife Restoration Initiative is to remove impediments or install fish passages at the barriers that prevent native alewives from accessing China Lake’s spawning habitat […]

Lions name speech contest winners

SKOWHEGAN — The Skowhegan Lions Club recently completed its annual Speak-Out Contest at the Margaret Chase Smith Library Center, in Skowhegan. Lions Speak-Out gives high school students a forum to present a prepared speech on a topic or issue of their choosing and to defend their ideas when questioned […]


Town Manager

The Town of China, Maine, is currently searching for qualified candidates for the position of Town Manager. China is located near the state capital on beautiful China Lake. China has a population of 4,328. China operates under a town meeting, select board and town manager form of government. The select board is seeking candidates with management experience and demonstrated proactive leadership abilities while working in the best interest of the Town of China.

Skills in financial management and budgeting with an open, collaborative and transparent management style and excellent communication skills are desired. Salary is based on experience and training. Benefits offered include health and dental insurance, holiday, sick, vacation and personal time and retirement plan.

Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to:

Town Manager Search    
571 Lakeview Drive    
China, ME 04358    

* Deadline for submission is April 30, 2018 *

School News

Homeschoolers perform Shakespeare this weekend

MONMOUTH — The Southern Maine Shakespearean homeschoolers will be performing its annual show, Much Ado About Nothing, at the Cumston Hall, in Monmouth, on Thursday and Friday, March 22-23, at 6:30 p.m., and a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m […]

Lawrence Jr. High student visits State Senate

BENTON — Adrian O’Connell, of Benton, served as an honorary page in the Maine Senate on Thursday, March 15. During his visit he met with his state senator, Scott Cyrway (R-Kennebec). The honorary page program gives students from third grade through high school an opportunity to participate in the legislative process for one day’s session in either the House or Senate […]

Basketball tourney champions

WINSLOW — The Winslow sixth grade boys travel basketball team recently won the 2018 PAL Hoops Classic tournament […]


SOUTH CHINA — Karaoke party, Friday, March 23. A fundraiser for American Legion Post #179, Legion Memorial Dr. Bring your friends and show them what all the fun is about. Sing like no one is listening. BYOB. Members and guests. Good Life Karaoke with Robin and Chaz. FMI: 399-4391 […]

Obituaries – week of March 22, 2018

SOUTH CHINA – Charlotte L. Page, 89, of South China, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018, at her home. She was the daughter of Thomas and Myrtle (Pollard) French, who ran French’s Market Garden, on Rte. 32, in South China, for many years… and remembering 7 others…


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Town Line Original Columnists


by Roland D. Hallee | According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 73 percent of hunters harvested a moose during the last season. This was done despite warm spells. There were 2,080 permits issued, and 1,518 hunters were successful. That would lead you to believe that moose are plentiful […]


by Emily Cates | As I type this article, snow is gently and gracefully descending from the sky to my yard. I look out the window, captivated. It’s hard to be inspired to work in the garden when it’s snowing. However, there is a different – and some say as exciting – way to get your green thumb fix, all in the comfort and convenience of a cozy armchair […]


by Peter Cates |  Conversations is a volume of interviews with various individuals who knew and worked with the composer, conductor, pianist, author, TV personality extraordinaire, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), who was arguably the most famous man involved in classical music during the last 60 years […]

Katie Ouilette WallsIF WALLS COULD TALK

by Katie Ouilette | WHOOPS, walls, I’m not sure if you can talk about this or not, since it is invisible, sort-of. Yes, I just had breakfast and I ate the hole of Mrs. Dunster’s doughnut! This is for you, faithful readers and WALLS, because I found information about the doughnut hole in my files. Georg Smith wrote it long ago in his column and, just like you, WALLS and faithful readers, he and I have been enlightened. You see, the hole-in-the-doughnut was invented! […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | Keystone Chapter #78, Order of the Eastern Star held its Installation of Officers on March 16, in Solon. The Installing Suite consisted of Rebecca Bibber PGM, Grand Treasurer, Installing Matron; Dale Hanington PGP, Installing Patron; Julienne B. Irving PGM, Installing Chaplain, Rebecca Johnson PGM, Installing Marshal; Marjorie Pfeiffer PGM, Installing Organist; and Beverly Noonan DDGM, Star Point Ceremony […]


by Debbie Walker | This column’s information came from Reader’s Digest “Extraordinary USES for ordinary things.” Some evenings I get caught up in the little bits of info and can’t wait to pass it on….. to you!!!! My favorite “Did you know?” is in the 1920s when an employee of Johnson and Johnson, because of his accident prone wife, invented Band-Aids […]


When Mother Nature sends enough rough weather to make it tough to keep skin smooth, the good news is she also created a way to soften it up again. Notably, honey and other products you may already have right in your own kitchen […]

A Honey Of A Solution To Rough, Dry Skin