Week of March 28, 2019

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Keeping French heritage alive in central Maine

There are nine central Maine students in this year’s Maine French Heritage Language Program, seven from Augusta and two from Waterville, although Hicks would like to see that number increase to 20 in order to have enough students to organize both a beginner and an advanced class…

Your Local News

Selectmen discuss proposed sewer fee increase with residents

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro selectmen spent most of their short March 21 meeting talking with residents about the proposed hike in sewer fees, a topic that came up again in the following discussion with the budget committee…

Heath explains redesigned town meeting warrant

CHINA — Town Manager Dennis Heath explained the revised town report and redesigned town business meeting warrant to two dozen residents at an informational session held March 24 at the library in China Village…

Maine Maple Sunday at Raider Sugarhouse

CHINA — It was a busy day at Raider’s Sugarhouse, on the Bog Brook Road, in China. That was because March 24 was Maine Maple Sunday across the state…

Wiand to receive official send off on campaign tour

CHINA — Fred Wiand announces his campaign tour send off, Saturday, April 6, 1 p.m., at the China Lake boat landing at the north end of China lake. Fred is a Democratic candidate for president in 2020…

China School’s Forest to offer fun, outdoor activities for youth

CHINA — The China School’s Forest will be holding a fun, interactive Project Learning Tree workshop on Saturday, April 27, at 9 a.m., at the China School’s Forest. All participants will receive the Pre K-8 Activity Guide with over 96 ready-to-use lessons to bring outdoor education to children…

SEND US YOUR BEST ICE OUT GUESS FOR 2019

CHINA — Can you guess the day The Town Line declares China Lake free of ice? Write down your best guess (one per person) and send it to us. Get your guess to The Town Line office by noon, Friday, April 5, 2019. To help you guess, here are 145 years of ice-out dates for China Lake…

Take our weekly survey!

Do you agree with special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings following the investigation into alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election?

LAST WEEK: Should Maine enact a law that would allow police to use technology to find out if a person was using a cell phone during a car crash? Yes: 60.6% (60), No: 39.4% (39) – 99 respondents

2019 Real estate tax schedule

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

Spring is here: Vidalia Onions are on sale!

PALERMO — Celebrate the end of winter by ordering sweet, juicy Vidalia onions from the Living Communities Foundation. The foundation supports the Palermo Community Center, which, in turn, hosts the Palermo Food Pantry…

Shakespeare presented by homeschoolers

MONMOUTH — Southern Maine Association of Shakespearean Homeschoolers (SMASH) presents The Tempest by William Shakespeare at historic Cumston Hall at Monmouth Theater starting Thursday, March 28…

New books available at China Village library

CHINA — The Albert Church Brown Memorial Library, on Main Street in China Village, has a number of new books – and many older ones – to lend to area residents…

Town Meeting schedule for 2019

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

Give Us Your Best Shot!

The best recent photos from our readers!

School News

Morrison named to dean’s list at Paul Smith’s College

WINSLOW — Clark Morrison, of Winslow, has been named to the dean’s list at Paul Smith’s College, in Paul Smith’s, New York, for the fall 2018 semester. Morrison is majoring in fisheries and wildlife sciences.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SOUTH CHINA: Come support the local American Legion Auxiliary Post #179 at the Indoor Yard Sale! Shop along the different tables and see what everyone has to offer without having to go out in the cold. April 13, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m…

Obituaries

SOUTH CHINA – Patsy B. Glidden, 69, of the Windsor Road, died Monday, March 18, 2019, at her home following an extended illness. She was born on the family farm in China on April 2, 1949, the daughter of Maxwell Bumps and Elizabeth (McCaslin) Bumps… and remembering 9 others…

Common Ground – Round 3: Win a $10 gift certificate!

Identify the men in these three photos, and tell us what they have in common. You could win a $10 gift certificate to Retail Therapy boutique in Waterville, next to the Dairy Queen! Email your answer to townline@fairpoint.net or visit our Contact page.

Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | I met Gronk once, right after his rookie season. A massive human being with a jovial personality, his hand enveloped mine and almost crushed every bone during a vigorous and aggressive handshake. I lost that one…

Emily CatesGARDEN WORKS

by Emily Cates | Wake up, wake up! No more excuses for hibernation or procrastination, Springtime is here. Yes, I know I know – it’s still cold and there’s plenty of snow, each flake erasing an equal amount of motivation to be outside in the garden…

Gary Kennedy ROTARY CLUB NEWS

by Gary Kennedy | As most of you know my brother and I have been involved in humanitarian projects for the poor in Southeast Asia for many years. We are mostly involved with projects that target the health and welfare of children as they are the future and they need and deserve a healthy start…

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | The above anthology from so long ago is a sizable representation of poets born in our Pine Tree State and some of their works; the most well-known is Portland’s Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and but Albion’s Elijah Parish Lovejoy…

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | Another new month coming up. It does traditionally have some stressful holidays but this year you will know there are other days you can choose to give your attention to. It is nice to have a choice and maybe you will find a new favorite…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | The East Madison Historical Association will be welcoming spring by hosting a chili and chowder supper on Saturday, March 30. On the menu will be items from the upcoming EMHA cookbook including corn and fish chowders…

FOR YOUR HEALTH

(NAPSI)—More than 8 million American adults have a condition known as heart valve disease (HVD). While it can be managed, too many people who have HVD don’t know it…