Week of November 7, 2019

Celebrating 31 years of local news

China Middle School JMG members honor local first responders

Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) organized a First Responder Celebration Day at CMS on Monday, October 28. They had the opportunity to celebrate the service of our local responders as students lined the hallways cheering on the responders as they entered the building. They then gathered in the library where each responder spoke about their career path and the critical need for our young people to explore careers within public service…

JMG student leaders

ROME — JMG student leaders attended JMG’s overnight Leadership Education Conference at Pine Tree Camp, in Rome. Students participated in a variety of leadership workshops and team building activities (photo)…

JMG Students do planting at dam area

VASSALBORO — A group of Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) core and hybrid students at Vassalboro Community School, who spent some time at the Masse Dam, in Vassalboro, on October 25, to plant the wild plants they had germinated last winter (photo)…

Your Local News

Chadwick, Belanger win selectboard seats

CHINA — In Nov. 5 voting, China voters elected Irene Belanger and Wayne Chadwick to the selectboard and approved medical marijuana facilities in town as long as they are at least 1,000 feet from the property line of any pre-existing school…

Excise tax fees to increase; selectmen postpone decision on compactor replacement

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro selectmen dealt with a variety of issues and made several decisions at their Oct. 29 meeting, although they postponed the most expensive topic for further discussion. By unanimous votes, the three board members…

MacFarland presented with certificate of appreciation

CHINA — China Selectman Irene Belanger presented a certificate of appreciation to board Chairman Bob MacFarland at the October 28, board of selectmen meeting. MacFarland is not seeking re-election (photo)…

Electronic tags to replace stickers at China transfer station

CHINA/PALERMO — The State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded a grant to the China Transfer Station for a Radio Frequency Identification System (RFID)… (by Larry Sikora and Bob Kurek, China Transfer Station Committee)

2019 Real Estate Tax Due Dates

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

Take our weekly survey!

Do you support the Transmission Corridor, the CMP proposal to build a 145-mile transmission line through the heart of Maine to send hydropower from Québec to electricity customers in Massachusetts?

LAST WEEK: Is the world a safer place now that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead?
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Local veterans tell their stories on Veterans Day

A brief history of Togus VA hospital

by Gerry Day — Maine veterans are lucky to have access to the oldest Veterans Administration hospital in the United States. Thanks to the early veterans who took on the challenge to start the new VA hospital, who had to grow their own vegetables and raise animals to be able to feed everyone…

Military service is a rewarding career

by Roland D. Hallee — Not having gone to college as originally planned, Margaret Williams, 64, of Clinton, decided it was time to do something. So, at the age of 22, she enlisted in the Army National Guard….

Welcome home: A Vietnam experience

by Eric W. Austin — “The war was so unpopular, you couldn’t go anywhere in public in uniform,” says Vietnam veteran Clinton Hayward. “You would be berated, assaulted, threatened. It was frightening”…

The Vietnam War: I was there

by Gerald A. Boulette — Yes, I was there, along with a thousand other young boys…rather, men! I saw, I did, and I’ve seen it all. It’s hard for some people to visualize what it’s like to see a man die right in front of you. For me, it will be forever in my mind, for the veterans, war will always be a figment of their mind…

Joins military following in family footsteps: and still involved with veterans

by Roland D. Hallee — Following graduation from Rumford High School, in 1984 Tina Richard, of Clinton, decided she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her father and brother, and join the U.S. Army. When that didn’t work out, she was determined to continue her pursuit to serve her country…

Brief history of USS Hunley

USS Hunley (AS-31) was a submarine tender of the United States Navy launched on September 28, 1961, and commissioned June 16, 1962. The Hunley was designed to tend most of the long-term requirements of the Polaris Class of submarines…

Celebrating 30 years of private practice in physical therapy

AUGUSTA — After helping hundreds of people live pain-free lives in Germany, France, Mississippi, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Maine, Susanne Bouchard, PT, LMT established Bouchard Physical Therapy Services that opened its doors for business in 1989…

Santa headed to central Maine, again, on Friday, November 29

by Mark Huard — A message from the North Pole to the good people of Kringleville, Maine USA! Thanks to the welcoming folks in the booming city of Waterville, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Kringleville cabin again this Christmas season. Last season was full of Christmas magic in the Claus Cabin at Castonguay Square…

First time

BENTON — Gaige Martin, 13, of Benton, had a very exciting youth day hunting experience when he shot his first deer on October 26 (photo)…

State class B field hockey champions

WINSLOW — The Winslow High School girls varsity field hockey team captured the state class B title on November 2 with a 7-2 victory over York (photo)…

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

WRITERS GROUP: Ever wondered what it takes to write for The Town Line? Join The Town Line’s writers, second Sunday of the month, 6:30 p.m. at The Town Line office, 575 Lakeview Dr. Next meeting is Nov. 10. FMI: ericwaustin@gmail.com or 445-2234… (…and many other local events!)

Obituaries

NORTH VASSALBORO – Dennis R. Weston, 67, passed away Saturday, October 26, 2019,at his home, in North Vassalboro. He was born February 12, 1952, in Waterville, the son of Hermon and Darolyn Weston… and remembering 9 others.

Town Line Original Columnists

THE MONEY MINUTE

by Jac M. Arbour | It’s amazing how much we take for granted or don’t think about simply because we have never been older than we are right now. We don’t know what we don’t know, as they say, or what we haven’t yet experienced…

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | Now 84 years old, trumpeter Herb Alpert staked his claim to fame back in the early ‘60s with the series of Tijuana Brass albums that sold in the millions as vinyl LPs and continue to do well in CD formats…

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | I bought another book of different uses for regular products. The name of the book is CLEAN IT! FIX IT! EAT IT! It is authored by Joey Green…

AARP SCAM ALERT

A new scam that has emerged this summer involves criminals posing as bank representatives and offering to pick up a customer’s “compromised” bank card…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull | The Solon Civil Rights Team has had a busy start to the school year. Part of the Maine Civil Rights Team Project, it’s responsibility is for the education of young minds about matters of discrimination regarding race, religion, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, and disability…

FOR YOUR HEALTH

(NAPSI)—ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder defined by impairing levels of inattention, disorganization, and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity. For people with ADHD, these behaviors are more severe, occur more often, and interfere with or reduce the quality of how they function socially, at school, or in a job…

WEBBER’S POND

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