Week of May 17, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Erskine announces class of 2018 Top Ten Seniors

Erskine Academy announces Top Ten Seniors from the class of 2018 […]

Your Local News

Dennis Heath named new China town manager

CHINA — China selectmen have chosen Dennis Heath, from Oklahoma, as the new town manager. Heath is expected to start in late May … In other business, Bicentennial Coordinator Neil Farrington showed plans for a granite obelisk to be put up near the old town house beside the town office, with a time capsule to be buried under it and opened the first day of summer 2118 […]

Cpl. Eugene Cole’s wife leads a charge for community

SOMERSET COUNTY — On April 25, there was literally a shot fired in the heart of Somerset County. Corporal Eugene Cole is a 13-year veteran of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, and on that date his life was viciously taken from him, his family and his “Brothers in Brown” … Mrs. Cole picked herself up, spoke calmly and with the wisdom and benevolence that her husband lived each day of his career […]

China TIF committee members get update on causeway, other projects

CHINA —  McLean showed plans for a new bridge that will be close to 50 feet wide, with a wider two-way lane for vehicles, a 10-foot pedestrian way on the lake side and an eight-foot space on the muldoon (north) side for ATVs and snowmobiles […]

Vassalboro Senior services fair set for May 23

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro’s second senior services fair is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, in St. Bridget’s Center, the new community meeting space in the former Catholic church at 864 Main Street in North Vassalboro […]

Thurston Park committee to sponsor photo contest

CHINA — China’s Thurston Park Committee is sponsoring a photo contest, with winning pictures to be turned into a 2019 calendar featuring “photos that best illustrate the beauty, history, and character of China’s amazing recreational destination.” All pictures entered must be taken in the Thurston Park in northeastern China. The deadline for submissions is May 31. (For all the rules, click here!) […]

China filmmaker to present documentary on Kosovo with “A Cup of Sugar” at Railroad Square cinema

WATERVILLE — Central Maine Filmmaker, Luke T. Harwath, will be hosting a one-time screening of the documentary “With a Cup of Sugar” at Railroad Square on May 22, at 7:15 p.m. Join this special one-time screening and Q&A with the filmmaker of a documentary that explores the strange relationship between Kosovo and the state of Iowa (see the trailer here!) […]

Maine-ly Harmony elects officers

CENTRAL ME —  Maine-ly Harmony women’s barbershop chorus recently installed its officers […]

New flag flies over First Baptist Church

WATERVILLE — A few months ago, the flag in front of the First Baptist Church, in Waterville, was stolen and the pole damaged. Today, the flag pole has been repaired and a new flag waves […]

Square dancers engage in workshops

CENTRAL ME —  Local square dancers were able to participate in two separate weekends of square dancing in the month of March […]

School News

Mid-Maine Tech Center announces top seniors

WATERVILLE — The Mid-Maine Technical Center, in Waterville, recently recognized these outstanding seniors as MMTC students of the year […]

Worcester Polytechnic Institute announces fall 2017 dean’s list

The following local residents were among 1,608 students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), in Worcester Massachusetts, named to the university’s dean’s list for academic excellence for the fall 2017 semester […]


VASSALBORO — The well-known band, The Blues Prophets, will be playing at the Old Mill, Sat., May 19, 7 – 11 p.m. All ages welcome. Tickets available at the door. All funds to benefit the Save the Mill campaign […]

Obituaries – week of May 17, 2018

FAIRFIELD – Lillian McGlash­ing Johannes passed away on April 13, 2018, at Gray Birch, in Augusta. She was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 21, 1926, the daughter of the late Frank and Christine (Lundquist) McGlashing… and remembering 11 others…

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by Roland D. Hallee | On Friday, May 11, my wife and I officially moved to camp for the summer. It’s always great to leave the city and live in the serenity by the lake for about five months. And, on Sunday, we were greeted by my wife’s favorite bird, the ruby-throated hummingbird […]


by Peter Cates |  Older brother of Janet, the late Michael and six other siblings and former member of the Jackson 5, Jermaine Jackson has reached a pinnacle of success as singer, songwriter, reality TV star and Jackson family spokesman at the nice young age of 63 […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | Just stopped in to the Solon Town Office to get an update about the position of treasurer because the present treasurer, Sharon Begin, is moving. The position is for a deputy treasurer, which will lead to the treasurer position […]

Katie Ouilette WallsIF WALLS COULD TALK

by Katie Ouilette | This week, we do have a surprise for folks, don’t we? Maybe our faithful readers have never known what the The Town Line has done so much for young folks and all the wonderful things they have done or are doing for their schools, their communities and themselves, but I guess that I am taking advantage of bragging rights […]


by Debbie Walker | What were you doing Monday night at 5 p.m.? Well, Humpfree and I were getting our 2.8 minutes of fame on WABI.TV, 5 o’clock news; actually we were on at 5:08 p.m. […]


Every heart has a built-in pacemaker that ensures it beats regularly. When that natural pacemaker doesn’t do its job, however, a person may experience an irregular heart rhythm, the most common and under-treated of which is atrial fibrillation (AF). This irregular heartbeat isn’t always noticeable at first but can cause chaos over time […]

Atrial Fibrillation: When The Heart Skips A Beat