Week of October 10, 2019

Celebrating 31 years of local news

Erskine students think globally to establish a United Nations Girl Up club

During the summer before her junior year at Erskine Academy, in South China, Madyx Kennedy searched online for a new school organization. She was already active in the clubs Erskine offered, but she was looking for a club that could make a difference in the world and better matched her passions for her own future. Madyx came across an organization founded in 2010 by the United Nations called Girl Up… [706 words] by Jeanne Marquis

Your Local News

Town staff tells selectmen of rude treatment by residents

CHINA — China selectmen reacted with indignation when Town Clerk Rebecca Hapgood and Town Manager Dennis Heath told them people are rude to counter staff in the town office…

Planners approve two shoreland expansions

VASSALBORO — At their Oct. 1 meeting, Vassalboro Planning Board members unanimously approved two applications to expand buildings in shoreland zones…

Area roads not affected by questionable pavement sealant

CENTRAL ME — Recent awareness of several motor vehicle crashes on Route 225, in Rome, has prompted the Maine Department of Transportation to suspend the use of an asphalt sealant that has been used…

2019 Real Estate Tax Due Dates

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

China Transfer Station survey

CHINA — The China Town Office is conducting a survey of residents who use the China Transfer Station. It only takes a few minutes to complete. Please click the link above to open a new window with the survey. Thank you!

Take our weekly survey!

Are you in favor of overturning a new state law eliminating philosophical and religious exemptions for childhood vaccines in Maine?

LAST WEEK: Do you agree with Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro’s proclaiming Monday, October 14, 2019, as Columbus Day in the city?
Yes: 59.7% (994) – No: 40.3% (672) – 1,666 respondents

Christopher Columbus: hero or villain?

by Gary Kennedy — The discovery of America is commonly questioned. I remember the question coming up in 1964 and pundits stating that the Americas were not discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492…

Give Us Your Best Shot!

A rare white crow, a breath of winter, and a hungry loon. The best recent photos from our readers!

Palermo resident presented with Quilt of Valor

PALERMO — On September 29, a Quilt of Valor was presented to George McKenney, 89, of Palermo, by Clayton York, commander of American Legion Post #163, of Palermo, and Mary Haskell, treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary to Post #163…

Barn Raisers hold Day of Service

UNITY — The Unity Barn Raisers (UBR) held their annual Day of Service event on Saturday, October 5. The Day of Service is a celebration of community spirit and volunteerism. This year, nearly 100 volunteers completed 12 service projects in and around Unity…

Shine-On Oakland benefits school food pantries

OAKLAND — Oakland’s “ShineOn Oakland Day,” on July 27, collected a bus load of donated school snacks, bringing awareness to child food insecurity and the support needed for local families through Oakland School Food Pantries…

Golf for Kids raises $38,000

CENTRAL ME — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine’s 20th Annual Golf Fore Kids’ Sake, held September 6, raised over $38,000 to benefit school and community-based youth mentoring services for children in Kennebec and Somerset counties…

Vassalboro FAVOR group seeks volunteers

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro’s F.A.V.O.R. group will be holding a Window Dressers Build from November 16th – 21st. We are looking for volunteers to assist with measuring, frame building and completing the inserts. Now is also the time to request and purchase frames for your winter insulating needs…

Kennebec Historical Society announces logo design contest for public

AUGUSTA — The Kennebec Historical Society is seeking submissions for a logo design for use primarily across digital media. Any member of the public is welcome to submit a design…

Recycled Shakespeare Company to perform The Tempest

WATERVILLE — Considered one of Shakespeare’s best fairy tales, The Tempest is a magical journey through love, loyalty, and power. Recycled Shakespeare Company will be performing on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, in Waterville…

Kennebec Federal Savings seeks video contest entries from teens

CENTRAL ME — Kennebec Federal Savings is now accepting submissions from local teens for its “Lights, Camera, Save!” video contest…

SCHOOL NEWS

Winslow homecoming

WINSLOW — Photos by Central Maine Photography…

Winslow Youth Football grades 1 & 2

WINSLOW — Photo by Central Maine Photography…

Lawrence High School boys varsity soccer

FAIRFIELD — Photo by Central Maine Photography…

Waterville Youth Football grades 3-4

WATERVILLE — Photo by Central Maine Photography…

Waterville Youth Football grades 5-6

WATERVILLE — Photo by Central Maine Photography…

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

VASSALBORO — SEW FOR A CAUSE will meet at St. Bridget Center from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Thurs., Nov. 7, Nov. 21 & Dec. 5. All are welcome to come for part of the day or the whole day… (…and many other local events!)

Obituaries

OAKLAND – Virginia “Ginger” Marie (Carpenter) Ruest, 76, passed away Monday, September 23, 2019, at her home, in Oakland. She was born October 16, 1942, in Skowhegan, the daughter of Arthur and Harriet (Goodrich) Carpenter… and remembering 7 others.

Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | During the summer and fall, our little critters, and even our vegetation, provides us with a glimpse of what we may be in store come the winter months. Now, let’s make it clear. All of the following are according to farmers’ folklore…

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | Born and raised in Portland, Maine, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was arguably the most well-known American poet of the 19th century. Many one-room schoolhouse children memorized such poems as Paul Revere’s Ride and Psalm of Life

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | I believe most of us went to school as children, different years, and different eras in some cases. To start, just in my family, there was dad and mom’s generation. Yes, we all know dad walked 30 miles to school, rain, shine, or snow and that’s after the chores were done…

GROWING YOUR BUSINESS

by Dan Beaulieu | There is nothing like a small local restaurant. A place that people remember going to with their parents when they were little. Or taking that first date for an ice cream soda while sitting at their soda fountain. We all have fond memories of a place like that. But unfortunately, that’s all we have…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull | Just checked my e-mails and nothing of interest there for this week. It has surprised me greatly, that there are so many people who have never heard of Flagstaff, Dead River and Bigelow being flooded out by Central Maine Power Co back in 1949!…

AARP SCAM ALERT

Living in the digital age means putting a lot of personal information online like your home address, where you work, family members, and much more. Keeping that information safe requires a bit of work…