Week of May 3, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Five staff members cited at Vassalboro school

Corey, Roy, Swanson, Allen and Soifer honored at Portland Seadogs game

Recently, at Vassalboro Community School, principal Dianna Gram recognized five staff members for their contributions to VCS. This recognition comes from the Portland Seadogs baseball team. Each of these staff members has made a difference here at VCS […]

Your Local News

China selectmen revisit causeway project, fire pond

CHINA —  At their April 30 meeting, China selectmen returned to two often-discussed issues: the causeway project at the head of China Lake’s east basin and the fire pond dug last fall off Neck Road […]

China planners talk about procedures, ordinance changes

CHINA — China Planning Board members spent their April 24 meeting talking about board procedures and potential ordinance amendments […]

Chelsea’s Rick Danforth named TOPS head

CHELSEA — TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the original weight-loss support and wellness education organization founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1948, and headquarterd there, recently announced that Rick Danforth, of Chelsea, has been named president […]

Marti Stevens’ dream come true: a gem in our community

SKOWHEGAN — I thought I knew Marti Stevens well. She had a dream that so many made fun of, but thank heaven she made her dream come true, also. Marti loved the theater and became part owner of Lakewood after the Denis ownership. Her other love was education. And with those two attributes, she founded the Marti Stevens Learning Center […]

Tragic story of Father Rasle at Kennebec Historical Society

AUGUSTA — The Kennebec Historical Society’s May Presentation is free to the public (donations gladly accepted) and will take place on Wednesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m., at St. Mary’s Church located at 41 Western Avenue in Augusta […]

The Walk To End Hunger 2018 a great success

CHINA —  The Walk To End Hunger, organized by the Maine State Credit Union, took place on April 28 and was a success, according to organizers. Volunteers, seven teenagers and two adults, walked to represent the China Community Food Pantry […]

Waterville to host U12 baseball World Series in 2020

WATERVILLE — Cal Ripken Commissioners Barry Jordan and Reg Hatfield have announced that Maine will host the first U12 baseball World Series at Purnell Wrigley Field, in Waterville, in 2020 […]

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School News

Palermo principal to retire

PALERMO — The Palermo School Club will be hosting a Community Retirement Gathering for Dale Haywood on Sunday, June 10, from 1 – 3 p.m., at the Palermo Consolidated School […]

Fun learning for local students at Russian sampler

KENNEBEC VALLEY– On March 26, more than 100 students from local schools took a variety of Russia-centered classes at Colby College. The Kotlas-Waterville Area Sister City Connection and the Colby Russian Program have sponsored this day of learning about Russian culture for the past 25 years […]

Winslow band performs at State House

WINSLOW — The Winslow Junior High School concert band performed at the State House, in Augusta, on April 13 […]

Benton sixth grader accomplished boxer

BENTON — Braden Littlefield is a sixth grader at Benton Elementary School and has always played many sports including football and baseball. A year ago Braden started boxing and hasn’t stopped since…Littlefield won a bout at this national tournament […]


WATERVILLE – Local author Earl Smith will speak at the Oakland Public Library, on Thurs., May 17, at 6 p.m. Copies of his books will be offered for sale. Oakland Public Library, 18 Church St. FMI: 465-7533 […]

Obituaries – week of May 3, 2018

VASSALBORO – Carleen E. Cote, 78, of North Belfast Ave., died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 27, 2018, at Maine Medical Center, Portland. She was born in Caribou on April 27, 1940, the daughter of Alfred Sirois and Esther (Raymond) Sirois… and remembering 10 others…


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Town Line Original Columnists


“Palermo Christian Church, Inc., Palermo Christian Church, Inc.” The lawyer who helped fill out the papers for incorporation emphasized the word “Inc.” every time he came to that word. As he did the legal work, we wonder what went through his mind? […]


by Peter Cates |  The exotic, very listenable and ever popular Scheherazade has received a deluge of recordings since the beginning of records; conductor Andre Previn once commented on its popularity among musicians as the reason for the high quality of most recordings, as opposed to other frequently recorded pieces […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | Whewu-u-u! My birthday is finally behind me, and now I can go back to calling the number of years of my age, “Just a number!” And the occasion was celebrated on two different days […]


by Debbie Walker | This week I was looking at the National Geographic KIDS Almanac 2014. There was a caption on the front, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Everything!” […]


If you or someone you care about is among the 1.6 million Americans with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, there are a few facts you may find it helpful to know. The conditions are collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases, or IBD. They affect the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, the area of the body where digestion takes place […]

Understanding Crohn’s Disease And Ulcerative Colitis