Week of November 21, 2019

Celebrating 31 years of local news

Erskine Leos raise money for Camp Sunshine

Erskine Leos have held several fundraisers this year to raise money for Camp Sunshine. In August, along with the Whitefield Lions, the Leos coordinated a Lions vs. Leos bowling tournament and in October they held a Crusin’ event during homecoming. Last week, they presented Camp Sunshine with a $2,000 check from their efforts. Lions have been supporting Camp Sunshine for 25 years…

Your Local News

Privacy becomes issue at RFID public hearing

CHINA — If the small placard hanging from your rearview mirror records that you were at the China transfer station at, for example, 1:11 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, and lists your name, is your privacy invaded?…

Breton elected new selectboard chairman

CHINA — The temporarily four-member China selectboard elected a new chairman to succeed Robert MacFarland, who retired as of the Nov. 5 elections, but otherwise spent their Nov. 12 meeting getting reports and information rather than making decisions…

Nomination papers available Nov. 25 for vacant China selectboard seat

CHINA — Nomination papers to fill the vacant selectboard seat in China, that was created with the resignation of selectman Jeff LaVerdiere, will be available on Monday, November 25, 2019, at the China Town Office…

Residents seek ways to reduce speed on Rte. 32

VASSALBORO — Half a dozen North Vassalboro residents attended the Nov. 14 Vassalboro selectmen’s meeting to ask what can be done to reduce speeding on Route 32 (Main Street) near the North Vassalboro post office…

Facebook to hold Giving Tuesday for nonprofit donations

To help raise awareness of the causes that people care about and further amplify that generosity, this year, on December 3, Facebook will match up to $7 million in donations made on Facebook to U.S. nonprofits on a first-come, first-served basis. You may take this opportunity to make a donation to The Town Line and Facebook will match that donation. Look for our post on Facebook on Giving Tuesday!…

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Will you be going out of town for Thanksgiving?

LAST WEEK: Should the U.S. Supreme Court abolish DACA?
Yes: 42.6% (43) – No: 57.4% (58) – 101 respondents

Buy an extra turkey for the China Food Pantry

CHINA — You can help assure that all families in China will enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving. This coming weekend, November 21 – 22, Thanksgiving dinner boxes will be passed out. Drop off your extra turkey on the pantry’s front porch…

Whitefield Lions announce peace poster contest winners

WHITEFIELD — The Whitefield Lions club took part in judging Peace Posters from four different schools – Jefferson, Whitefield, Chelsea, Palermo…

Don Cote recognized for work at wildlife center

VASSALBORO — Donald Cote, director of the Wildlife Care Center, in Vassalboro, received a well-deserved recognition as a finalist (one of five, from over 40 nominations) in the 2019 Natural Resources Council of Maine’s People’s Choice Award. Beth Comeau, of NRCM, presented Don with his certificate last week for his many years of dedicated wildlife rehab care…

Two gifts from the Hermitage: fruitcake and stillness

WINDSOR — Hidden from view on Windsor Neck Road behind a stand of tall pines is a monastic community named the Transfiguration Heritage. As you drive up past those pines, you get an immediate feeling of peace, perhaps it is because of the expansive idyllic view or perhaps it is the atmosphere established by women who have dedicated themselves to the contemplative life of the St. Benedict Order…

Joy to the Ville

WATERVILLE — On Saturday, December 7, the city of Waterville will once again embrace the holiday spirit with the third annual “Joy to the Ville” event – an all-day community celebration meant to highlight the magic of the holiday season on the Kennebec River…

November is national caregivers month

by Dr. Erica Magnus — While November 11 is widely recognized as Veterans Day, many people may not know that the entire month of November is both National Veterans and National Family Caregivers Month. Both of my parents were veterans. My father served in the Army in World War II and my mother later on served in the US Coast Guard…

Jazz artist to perform benefit concert

WATERVILLE — The “Great Jazz for a Great Cause” benefit concert/open house will be held on Sunday, December 1, from 2 to 5 p.m., at Grand Central Café, 10 Railroad Square, Waterville, to raise funds for Waterville resident Jen Hickey, who is experiencing financial hardship due to treatment for breast cancer…

Waterville Audiology holds ribbon cutting ceremony

WATERVILLE — The Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony, on November 12, at Waterville Audiology, located on the corner of Silver and Preston streets. Owner is Dr. Becca Rancourt, while her mother Jennifer Rancourt is the office manager, and Brenda Bartucca staffs the front office…

LETTERS: It’s not hunting; it’s just killing

from John Glowa (China) — Moose, bear and coyote hunting, on the other hand cannot be called hunting. Moose are killed during Maine’s moose hunt while they simply stand there in clearcuts looking at the “hunters”…

SCHOOL NEWS

Lauren Pickett earns spot on Assumption women’s lacrosse team

SIDNEY — The Assumption Department of Athletics, in Worcester, Massachusetts, has announced that Lauren Pickett, of Sidney, has earned a spot on the 2019 Assumption Women’s Lacrosse team. Pickett, class of 2022, will compete during the Greyhounds’ spring season…

2019 Real Estate Tax Due Dates

Due dates for 2019 Real Estate taxes for Albion, China, Palermo, Vassalboro, Waterville and Windsor…

Webber’s Pond

Webber’s Pond is a comic drawn by an anonymous central Maine resident…

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

A PERSON WEARING A SUIT. Enjoy a lunch and meet Commander (Rte.) Michael D. Wisecup, former U.S. Navy SEAL. Commander and current Colby College vice president and Harold Alfond director of athletics will share his vision for the future of athletics at Colby… (…and many other local events!)

Obituaries

FAIRFIELD – Edward Joseph Frappier, Jr., 86, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, November 9, 2019, at his home, in Fairfield. He was born July 13, 1933, in Waterville, the son of Adelard E. and Louise M. (Pelletier) Frappier… and remembering 5 others.

Common Ground – Round 11: Win a $10 gift certificate!

DEADLINE: Friday, December 6, 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 in Waterville! Email your answer to townline@fairpoint.net or through our Contact page. Include your name and address with your answer. Use “Common Ground” in the subject!

Previous winner: Pat Clark, Palermo

Town Line Original Columnists

Emily CatesGARDEN WORKS

by Emily Cates — Few times of the year are more satisfying to me than autumn. With crates full of goodies like garlic, onions, squash, carrots and potatoes- and canning jars brimming with the rewards of successful harvests, I feel surrounded with abundance, always thankful…

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | A record has been left of the first Thanksgiving in New England being held in Popham Colony on October 4, 1607, with local Native-American tribes who later survived the brutal Maine winter that year in the forest with better results than the colonists living by the coast…

GROWING YOUR BUSINESS

by Dan Beaulieu | If you have ever been in an Apple Store you will have seen the future of retail and it is here now. I was in the Apple Store at the Maine Mall a few Saturday nights ago and was amazed to see how busy it was. The place was packed corner to corner with people of all age groups and ethnicity…

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | Nana Dee, of the Wandering Nanas, uses a lot of fabric for making garments, quilts and the list goes on. We have laughed about how sometimes you must get creative with your collections, sometimes that includes hiding some of the collection for fear of criticism…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull | Was happy to receive the following e-mail from Pat Hunt: “I’m sure you remember my husband, Rev. Tim Hunt, the pastor of New Hope E Free Church, in Solon, who passed away in January”…

FOR YOUR HEALTH

(NAPSI)—“Will it hurt?” is often one of the first questions people ask when told they need a medical procedure. One problem: the mere thought of pain can intensify its feeling. It’s enough to make some people put off medical care—including minor dental surgery…