Week of November 1, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Vassalboro town manager incoming MMA president

Vassalboro Town Manager Mary Sabins is the incoming president of the Maine Municipal Association’s executive committee – or, in effect, head for a year of the state-wide organization that offers many services to Maine municipalities…

Your Local News

New bridge construction

CHINA — Construction has begun on the new bridge on the Causeway at the head of China Lake (photo)…

Candidates state their positions on local issues at public forum

CHINA — The Oct. 28 China candidates’ forum at the China Village library gave the four candidates for three seats on the Board of Selectmen, plus retiring Selectman Neil Farrington, a chance to talk about their visions for the town’s future…

Four residents attend referendum public hearing

CHINA — The four people who attended the China selectmen’s Oct. 25 public hearing on China’s Nov. 6 local referendum questions had plenty of time to get their questions answered and their comments noted…

Five questions, candidates on China’s November ballot

CHINA — China voters have on their Nov. 6 ballots five referendum questions and in annual local elections one contest and two vacancies…

Sukeforth Family Festival of Trees scheduled

WATERVILLE — The Sukeforth Family Festival of Trees is scheduled for November 16 – 18, and 23 – 25. This year the event will be held at the old American Legion building in Waterville…

Jack Sylvester turns 80 years old

CHINA — On Sunday, October 7, the coffee hour at China Baptist Church was a special celebration for Jack Sylvester’s 80th birthday…

Municipal Tax Information

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School News

Students learn about fire prevention

SOMERVILLE — The Somerville Volunteer Fire Department visited the Somerville Pre-K classroom at Somerville Elementary School to teach them about fire safety…

Ice Gladiators: Enjoying the clinic at Colby

CENTRAL ME — Colby College’s men’s hockey team offered its annual Colby Clinic for area youth hockey players. This year 45 hard chargers on ice did various drills (photos)…

Central Maine Pharmacy Wolfpack: On to the championship game

CENTRAL ME — The Central Maine Pharmacy Wolfpack moved on to the championship game following a 7-2 season (photo)…

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY

by Gary Kennedy — If you drive around the state of Maine you will notice everywhere, “Now Hiring.” Even on the back door of most tractor trailers you see the words, “Drivers Wanted.” Yet there are those who state there is no work to be found…

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SOMERVILLE — Artist Nathan Allard will exhibit his show, The Color of Maine, at the UU Church, in Brunswick, from Nov. 1 through Nov. 28. On Friday, Nov. 2. This exhibit of work features egg tempera paint as created with his own handmade local pigments from the Maine landscape…

Obituaries – Week of November 1, 2018

VASSALBORO – Paul Barker Cates, 93, of Vassalboro, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at the home in which he was born. The greatest hits of his life are as follows… and remembering 3 others…

Town Line Original Columnists

Emily CatesGARDEN WORKS

by Emily Cates | This article is about gardening on the go, when there’s not a lot of time and energy to do so. Let’s take a look at some helpful hints that can get us through the season when we’re unable to be there in the garden as much as we’d like to be…

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | Also a noted Bulgarian composer and now 84, Vassil Kazandjiev conducts these very fine performances and recording of three Bela Bartok compositions, the haunting, eloquent 1939 Divertimento for strings…

FINANCIAL MATTER$

by Jac M. Arbour | Which would you rather have … a million dollars today or the result of one penny doubling every day for the next 30 days? If you chose the penny, good for you!…

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | Once again I got involved with reading a few of my Farmers’ Almanacs. I have ordered some of the older issues because I enjoy them all and the words carry such wisdom. I am going to list these to hopefully give us thoughts on this past year and our future years…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | This is one of those weeks when I only have one item of real news to share with you, and on top of that, it’s one of those rainy, foggy days we’ve had so many of lately!…

FOR YOUR HEALTH

(NAPSI) — The Employee Benefit Research Institute estimates that a typical 65-year-old couple will spend a total of $265,000 in health care costs over the remainder of their lives. This staggering amount of money has the potential to derail even the best-laid retirement plans…

Four Ideas For Health Care Planning In Retirement