Week of May 31, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Senior Services Fair first event at renovated church

Many local people attended the Vassalboro Senior Services Fair on May 23, the first event held at the newly-renovated St. Bridget’s Community Center, formerly the St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, on Main St., in North Vassalboro. An open house will be held Sunday, June 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. […]

JMG students visit MCS library

The Jobs for Maine Graduates program at China Middle School recently visited the Margaret Chase Smith Library, in Skowhegan, as the JMG program was being recognized for a community service project that they had done earlier in the school year […]

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Vassalboro residents ready for June 4 town meeting

VASSALBORO —  Vassalboro voters are scheduled to assemble at the Vassalboro Community School at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June, 4, for their annual town meeting, at which they will elect budget committee members, authorize spending for the 2018-19 fiscal year and settle policy questions […]

47 Daisies’ mission to provide healthier food

VASSALBORO — Since 2016, 47 Daisies has been a nonprofit operation providing food access programs to people of all ages and income levels, including housebound people who get deliveries. The Dillaways estimate they have more than 200 recipients throughout Kennebec County […]

Vassalboro Appeals board upholds permit to So. Stanley Rd. resident

VASSALBORO — At a May 22 meeting, Vassalboro Board of Appeals members unanimously denied Jonathan Blumberg’s appeal of a March permit granted by Codes Officer Richard Dolby to Bernard Welch of South Stanley Hill Road […]

Several day camps to be offered at China School Forest this summer

CHINA — Local educator and Maine Master Naturalist, Anita Smith, will be offering several day camps and family forest activities at the China School Forest. All programs start at the China Primary School bus circle, 763 Lakeview Drive, China […]

Palermo Historical Society holds open house for third graders

PALERMO — For the ninth year in a row Palermo Historical Society hosted an open house for local third graders on May 3. Presentations included weaving, old school classroom experience, grinding corn, how log cabins were constructed and a house tour […]

Local Lions award six scholarships to local students

WHITEFIELD — Six local students receive scholarships from the Whitefield Lions […]

Fallen law enforcement officers remembered

WATERVILLE — Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a former Waterville mayor, and Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Morris, former Waterville Police Chief, at the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial ceremony on May 17 […]

New ranks earned; first place winner

WINSLOW — Young students from Huard’s Martial Arts, in Winslow, earned new green and brown belt ranks on May 25. […]

Fairfield veterans lay wreaths

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield veterans laid wreaths at the cemetery and Memorial Park on Memorial Day, May 28 […]

Local fire chiefs cited

CENTRAL ME —  David LaFountain, retiring chief of both Waterville and Winslow fire departments, and Andrew Clark, chief of Albion Fire and Rescue, were both recipients of EMS Excellence Awards at a ceremony put on by Maine Emergency Medical Services, in Augusta, on May 23 […]


by Ken Fletcher – One ballot question asks if the voters will approve an increase in the school budget for the upcoming year that is $1,043,769 more than this year’s budget. This would be a 7.2 percent increase in spending and require property taxpayers to contribute an additional $601,417 resulting in a possible increase of 5.6 percent or $137 for the median household valued at $146,000 […]


by Phil St. Onge – Last fall, the voters of Winslow handily (54 percent to 46 percent) defeated a bond that, had it passed, would have have allowed for the construction of a Performing Arts Center (PAC) and added a seventh- and eighth-grade wing to Winslow High School […]


WATERVILLE — A plant sale will take place at the Congregational Church, on Eustis Parkway, on Sat., June 2, from 7 – 11 a.m. […]

Obituaries – week of May 31, 2018

OAKLAND – Ronald Terrence “Terry” Gilbert, 77, of Oakland, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018, following a short illness. He was born in Waterville, April 20, 1941, son of Ronald W. and Thena Sullivan Gilbert… and remembering 4 others…

Give Us Your Best Shot!

Michael Bilinsky, of China Village, has been busy with his camera. A cardinal, a blue jay, and, just as summer is approaching, a reminder from last winter […]

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Town Line Original Columnists


by Roland D. Hallee | Blue jays, Cyanocitta cristata, are found in all kinds of forests but especially near oak trees. They are mostly found on the edges of forests as opposed to deep forest. They are common in both urban and suburban areas, especially where bird feeders are found […]


by Peter Cates |  A very gifted pianist, composer, arranger and conductor, Morton Gould (1913-1996) straddled the worlds of classical and popular music very comfortably in a manner similar to Andre Kostelanetz, conductor and film composer John Williams and the latter’s Boston Pops predecessor, Arthur Fiedler […]

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | The Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club met on Saturday, May 12th at the Solon Fire Station with Cooper Dellarma presiding. Several members and four leaders helped at the Luck of the Draw on May 5 […]


by Debbie Walker | Have you ever wondered how long kitchen ingrediantz are useful? I found an article written by Charlez Kelsey in a magazine; COOK’S Illustrated and and it has the answerz […]

Katie Ouilette WallsIF WALLS COULD TALK

by Katie Ouilette | WALLS, so sorry our faithful readers missed us last week! Yes, my phone rang and rang again! However, I used more words on the column about Dr. H. Leslie Sawyer’s name now gracing the New London, New Hampshire, four-year college […]


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