Week of May 24, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

China resident named new Maine State Police chief

Senator Scott Cyrway congratulated Lt. Col. John-Paul Cote, of China, following a unanimous vote by the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee to confirm him as the next Chief of the Maine State Police […]

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Vassalboro auditor happy with town finances, but not the school’s

VASSALBORO – Vassalboro’s auditor is happy enough with the town’s financial position, but not with the school department’s … But, Smith said, the surplus is masking a deficit in the annual school budget of more than $325,000 – about $70,000 in annual loss in the school lunch program and the rest in teachers’ salaries to be paid over the summer and not funded in the school budget […]

China Bicentennial Committtee to bury time capsule

Neil Farrington, China’s bicentennial coordinator has announced that on Saturday, June 9, at 10 a.m., they will be burying a time capsule for 100 years. The capsule will contain a paper scroll with China grammar school children’s thoughts written in cursive. They will tell what it’s like in the world today and what they imagine life will be like in 100 years […]

Vassalboro board of appeals gives farm stand go ahead

VASSALBORO – Vassalboro Board of Appeals members unanimously granted Parker Denico the variance from shoreland requirements that should let him open a farm stand in North Vassalboro […]

China welcomes new town manager

CHINA – At their May 14 meeting, the China Selectmen introduced Dennis Heath, of Oklahoma, as the new town manager. He will begin appearing at the town office on May 29, and will take over from retiring town manager Dan L’Heureux, on July 1 […]

Ranked choice voting explained, along with summary of people’s veto of RCV

The Citizen’s Guide is intended to provide as much information as possible so that voters have a convenient resource to educate themselves before casting their ballot […]

Julia candidate for Senate District #15 seat

CENTRAL ME – Last year at this time Kellie Julia never thought she would be running for the State Senate Seat in our district, she was deeply mourning the death of her son who passed away in February 2017 […]

Fishy photo: Hunter scores!

WATERVILLE –  Hunter Hallee, 12, of Rome, who is normally the goalie for his youth hockey team, had a big score on a recent fishing trip with his father and grandfather, at Tea Pond, in Eustis, on May 18-20 […]

China Post Office food drive a success

CHINA – The volunteers at the China Food Pantry express their appreciation for all those in the community who gave non-perishable food items during the annual Post Office Food Drive […]

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School News

Dubois, Grass and Veilleux on Dean College dean’s list

Dean College, in Franklin, Massachusetts, has named the students that have earned a place on the dean’s list for the Fall 2017 semester […]

RSU #18 budget hearing scheduled

MESSALONSKEE – Regional School Union #18 district budget meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 29, at 6 p.m., in the cafeteria at Messalonskee Middle School, in Oakland […]


On behalf of the pantry board, the volunteers and all those who receive we thank the many residents who participated in the US Postal Service food drive last Saturday […]


So. CHINA – The China Democratic Committee will host gubernatorial and Maine legislative candidates running in the June primary as guest speakers at the South China Community Church, 246 Village St., Wed., May 30, from 6 to 8 p.m […]

Obituaries – week of May 24, 2018

OAKLAND – Arlene Davis Meader, 93, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The daughter of Isaac and Arra Davis, she was born on November 22, 1924, in Solon… and remembering 10 others…


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Town Line Original Columnists


by Roland D. Hallee | There is nothing like beating a subject to death. But, in this case, it’s worth every word. You have to be living in a cave not to know that deer ticks are at an all time high. They are everywhere. Friends and family have told me stories about their encounters with the insect, and they all have one thing in common […]


by Eric W. Austin | Now, in the 21st century, we may be heading toward another singularity event, a moment in history that will change everything that follows. A moment that will revamp reality so drastically it can be referred to by the same term as the event at the very beginning of all existence. This is the Technological Singularity, and many experts think it will happen within the next 50 years […]


by Peter Cates |  This very antiquated LP contains very lovely examples of 18th century Italian composers, who were also very gifted and acclaimed violinists […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | Rev. Charles Sagay, from Cameroon, Africa, has been staying at the home of David and Mary Walz, in North Anson, for a week. He gave the sermon entitled “Refuse to Fear” at the May, 20 North Anson Congregational Church service […]


by Debbie Walker | Kids have some really good books. My latest example would be National Geographic KIDS, 5,000 Awesome Facts (about everything). I love books but you may have figured that out already. Anyway, the following is my latest and I hope you find some of it interesting to you […]


You’ve had it with glasses and contacts getting in the way of your lifestyle. You’ve heard about LASIK and maybe even talked to one of the more than 19 million people who have had the popular laser vision correction procedure. Dr. John Vukich, assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin and member of the Refractive Surgery Council, answers six of the most-asked questions about LASIK […]

Is LASIK Safe? Plus, Answers To Six More Questions About LASIK