Week of November 29, 2018

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Two gifts from the Hermitage: Fruitcake and stillness

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…

Your Local News

Town likely to adopt new mailbox policy

CHINA — Mailbox owners, take heed: China selectmen are likely to approve a mailbox policy at their Dec. 10 meeting that says the town has no responsibility for mailboxes damaged by snowplows, even if the box is installed according to the recommendations in the policy…

Where’s the gun?

VASSALBORO — Where’s the gun on the Civil War statue in Vassalboro? The white granite statue dedicated to the memory of soldiers from Vassalboro who lost their lives in the Civil War is missing its rifle and nobody knows why…

Fiberight recycling plant set to go online in April

HAMPDEN — For those towns waiting for the new Fiberight recycling facility in Hampden to come online, the end is nearly in sight. Fiberight CEO Craig Stuart-Paul presented a new construction schedule for the Material Recovery Facility that sees it opening in early April…

Skowhegan to sponsor photo contest

SKOWHEGAN — With the holidays upon us, the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce would like to celebrate by giving away two prizes valued at $50 each. Two ways to win, see below for more. Enter the Holiday Photo Contest for a chance to win, now until December 22…

PAGES IN TIME: The history of the Killdeer Lodge – part 1

CHINA — With the demise of the old Killdeer Lodge recently, which over the years had fallen into disrepair, this article represents a history of the lodge, from its inception in 1929, to the razing in 2018…

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Jefferson food pantry announces December openings

JEFFERSON — On November 14 the Jefferson Area Community Food Pantry supplied food to 56 families, representing 125 family members. The largest attendance to date…

Unusual tree

VASSALBORO — Bill Pullen, owner of Freddie’s Service Center, Rte. 32, in East Vassalboro, built this Christmas tree from old tire rims, a steering wheel, alternator, plug wires, chains, tools, etc., and, of course, a fan for the tree top…

Caitlyn Denico joins Army National Guard

VASSALBORO — Caitlyn Denico, 18, of Vassalboro, recently enlisted in the Army National Guard. The senior, honor student, at Erskine Academy, in South China, will be attending basic military training in Missouri…

Palermo scouts meet military medal of honor recipient

PALERMO — On November 8, Palermo Boy Scout Troop #222 met Medal of Honor recipient, Ssgt. Ryan Pitts, at the University of Southern Maine campus, in Portland…

School News

Lawrence basketball teams gearing up for season

FAIRFIELD — The Lawrence High School varsity girls and boys basketball teams are getting ready for the start of the 2018-19 season…

Champions: 2018 Central Maine Eagles

CENTRAL ME — The Central Maine Eagles won the championship, defeating the previously unbeaten Berlin Gladiators, 26-14, for the Maine Independent Football League title, on Saturday November 17…

Municipal Tax Information

Find out when local taxes are due for China, Vassalboro, Windsor & Winslow.

Give Us Your Best Shot!

The best recent photos from our readers!

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

CHINA — CHINA: HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE, Sun., Dec. 2, 2 – 4 p.m., Albert Church Brown Memorial Library, 37 Main St., China Village. Santa Claus, music by Maine-ly Harmony, food, crafts and other Christmassy things for adults and children. Everyone welcome…

Obituaries – Week of November 29, 2018

AUGUSTA – Christopher L. Hallee, 36, passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Despite the heroic efforts of the Maine Medical Cardiac Intensive Care team, Chris succumbed to the devastating effects of an overdose of an unknown mixture of opiates. Chris’s death was sudden and tragic; it was also avoidable… and remembering 16 others…

Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | Since we began a two-part series on the former Killdeer Lodge, in China, in this week’s issue, why don’t we find out exactly what is a killdeer…

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | One of the best qualities of G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) was his gift at writing a few sentences and leaving readers, such as myself, wanting more…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | Dear Readers, It’s difficult to believe the holiday season is upon us! Here’s to good food, good friends, and great family fun…

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods – merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different…

FOR YOUR HEALTH

(NAPSI) — Colds and flu bring special considerations for people with high blood pressure, especially those on blood pressure medication. Here’s how to keep your blood pressure stable…

Dos And Don’ts For Managing High Blood Pressure During Cold And Flu Season