Week of May 23, 2019

Celebrating 31 years of local news

Construction begins for alewives restoration at Ladd Dam in North Vassalboro

The Ladd Dam will soon have a technical fishway installed to allow alewives to move past it to their spawning ground. It’s not the final step in the overall project, but a critical one, and scheduled to start this summer following plans developed by the Department of Marine Resources, and US Fish and Wildlife Service, working with local engineers and dam owner Ray Breton

Your Local News

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: China selectmen explain their position on the fire department stipend controversy

CHINA — At issue is the interpretation of the laws governing the payment of volunteer stipends and whether the town can require the fire and rescue services provide how the volunteer stipends are calculated before funds are disbursed to them…

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: “The way I see it” from a 60-year firefighter and former chief

CHINA — The way I see it, it’s not the money or how it is spent that is the problem for the selectboard. The selectboard just wants to have total power and control…

China residents gather to discuss comprehensive plan

CHINA — Approximately 25 residents of China gathered in the cafeteria at Erskine Academy on Saturday, May 18, to discuss the town’s comprehensive plan, which is formulated every ten years to help guide the direction of town policy…

Speed limits, transfer station redesign topics of selectmen’s meeting

VASSALBORO — At their May 16 meeting, Vassalboro selectmen talked again about the speed limit on South Stanley Hill Road and about redesigning the transfer station, coming to no conclusion on either issue…

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Should Maine ban offshore drilling for oil and gas?

LAST WEEK: Should the U.S. impose tariffs on certain Chinese products?
Yes: 58.3% (56) – No: 41.7% (40) – 96 respondents

Successful food drive

CHINA — The volunteers at the China Food Pantry show their thanks to all who generously donated to the annual United States Postal Service food drive (photo)…

Game warden visits China classroom

CHINA — Game warden David Ross visits with eighth grade students at China Middle School to share about his career path and Safari in a Box, a traveling classroom full of native Maine wild animals pelts and skeletons (photo)…

Memorial Day parades in central Maine

Information for parades in Madison, Palermo, Skowhegan and Waterville.

Town Meeting schedule for 2019

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

School News

McGlauflin named to Emerson College dean’s list

SIDNEY — Paige McGlauflin, a resident of Sidney, has been named to the Emerson College dean’s list for the Fall 2018 semester, in Boston, Massachusetts. McGlauflin, who is majoring in Journalism, is a member of the class of 2019…

Oakland student recognized as RA

SIDNEY — Chelsea Perry, of Oakland, a member of the class of 2021 majoring in business administration, is one of 25 Resident Assistants being recognized and thanked for outstanding work supporting all students, developing communities based on individual responsibility and respect for others, and providing opportunities for student learning…


WATERVILLE: Waterville Community Garden Club will hold a plant sale on Saturday, June 1, from 7:30 – 11 a.m., rain or shine, at the corner of Main St. and Eustis Parkway. There will be perennials, herbs, seedlings, lettuce bowls and more…


OAKLAND–On December 7, 2018, Larry Young, passed away following a lengthy illness, at the Maine Veterans Home, in Augusta. Larry was born in Concord, to Florence (Garland) and the late Denman Young… and remembering 7 others…

Common Ground – Round 5: Win a $10 gift certificate!

DEADLINE: Friday, June 20, 2019

Identify the people in these three photos, and tell us what they have in common. You could win a $10 gift certificate to Retail Therapy boutique, 11 KMD Plaza, Kennedy Memorial Dr., Waterville, next to the Dairy Queen!* Email your answer to townline@fairpoint.net or through our Contact page.

You may also mail your answer to The Town Line, PO Box 89, South China, ME 04358. (To be eligible for the drawing, you must email or snail mail your answer to us.)

* Should there be more than one correct answer, a random drawing will be held to determine the winner.

Previous winner: Diana Gardner, Windsor

Town Line Original Columnists


by Roland D. Hallee | An end to flu seasons altogether may not be far off. Several research teams are working on the first “universal vaccine,” capable of fighting multiple strains of the virus. Such a treatment could effectively wipe out the disease…


by Peter Cates | Ida Czernecka is well-known there as a pianist and teacher but much below the radar elsewhere. This CD is my introduction to her uniquely exquisite and powerful artistry…


by Debbie Walker | “Someday” is finally here! Guess what. You know how the clothes dryer tends to steal socks? I know you must have noticed. We are always left with that one sock. You don’t have to throw that lonely sock away…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | More news from beyond: The New Portland Community Library is holding its annual Chinese Auction at the Happy Horseshow Campground, in Lexington, on May 25…


(NAPSI)—About 40.7 million Americans have some kind of disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. If you or someone you care about has a disability, you may wonder what it means for employment…