Week of October 17, 2019

Celebrating 31 years of local news

Not all heroes wear capes

Local family, service group, sponsor blood drives every two months

I never knew how much blood was needed. I would see the blood drive signs along the road or they would have a drive at my place of work years ago. I’d always think…they have enough blood, they don’t need mine. Boy was I wrong! Back in 2003 my dad, Stephen Dickens,was diagnosed with leukemia… [735 words] by Laurie Rumpf

Your Local News

TIF committee OKs funds for causeway project

CHINA — China’s TIF (Tax Increment Financing) Committee members agreed on several recommendations to selectmen at a workshop session Oct. 14. One involves spending TIF money (and will need approval from voters if selectmen approve it)…

Board votes to give Buckshot Power Sports $25,000 loan

CHINA — After the Oct. 10 China selectmen’s special executive-session meeting, Town Manager Dennis Heath reported the four board members attending voted unanimously to give Buckshot Power Sports a $25,000 loan…

Selectmen meeting rescheduled

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro selectmen have moved their next meeting from the usual Thursday, which would be Halloween, to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, so that board members can fulfill any Halloween obligations…

MDOT to do pavement preservation work on Rte. 202

CENTRAL ME — The Maine Department of Transportation is planning pavement preservation, including guardrail improvements, beginning at Route 202 and extending west 6.14 miles to Route 137B, then extending north 1.04 miles to Route 201…

Undetermined origin

WINSLOW — Smoke can be seen billowing from Winslow’s McCormack Building Supply, on Lithgow, from the Waterville side of the river, on October 11. The state fire marshal’s office has concluded that the cause of the fire to be undetermined…

Take our weekly survey!

Do you think social media makes people more or less informed?

LAST WEEK: Are you in favor of overturning a new state law eliminating philosophical and religious exemptions for childhood vaccines in Maine?
Yes: 75.9% (375) – No: 24.1% (119) – 494 respondents

New school store provides learning experience at MMS

by Mandi Favreau — The preparations started last year.  Team Boothbay sold freeze pops to earn money, held a vote to choose a name, and started the work of creating a school store. The result was the Eagle’s Landing which had its official grand opening at Curriculum night a few weeks ago…

Tech students reach out and help barbershop singers

by Lea Davis — At rehearsals and performances, the singers stand on risers to be able to see the director and to be seen by audiences. But singers positioned on the high back row of the risers have been uneasy for some time, fearful that a move could result in falling backwards. Well, the ladies fear no more!…

Walk to end Alzheimer’s raises over $35,000

WATERVILLE — Nearly 300 participants joined the Kennebec Valley Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease on Saturday, October 5. Participants raised $35,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs…

Palermo legion to hold annual craft fair

PALERMO — This event, to be held on Saturday, October 26, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., is to raise money to send students to Boys/Girls State. In 2019, they were able to send three girls and two boys. Over the years, they have sent a total of 19 students…

Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce names program director

WATERVILLE — Mid-Mine Chamber of Commerce, located in Waterville, welcomes Cindy Stevens as its new program director. Cindy has been named Chamber Program Director…

Unity College reinventing how students receive first two years of college

UNITY — Unity College is nationally known for its experiential education, but this fall the college is taking that to the next level, by reimagining its curriculum for students in their first two years…

Seeking donations for classroom

CHINA — Megan Marquis, a high school math teacher, has moved back to Maine and is seeking donations of chairs and tables so students have some place to sit in the classroom. You may contact her at m.marquis.m@gmail.com

Central Maine at peak foliage

2019 Maine fall foliage pictures by Roland D. Hallee, of Waterville……

SCHOOL NEWS

Mckenzie graduates from basic military training

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kenneth R. Mckenzie Jr. graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas…

Kuntz named to the dean’s list at Ohio Christian University Adult & Graduate Studies Program

Christopher Kuntz, of Skowhegan, has been named to the dean’s list at Ohio Christian University Adult & Graduate Studies Program, in Circleville, Ohio, for the fall semester…

McGlauflin graduates from Emerson College

Paige McGlauflin from Sidney recently graduated from Emerson College, in Boston, Massachusetts, receiving a BS degree in journalism.

Waterville Youth Football grades 3-4

WATERVILLE — Photo by Central Maine Photography…

2019 Real Estate Tax Due Dates

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

Webber Pond

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

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

CHINA CANDIDATES FORUM, Sun., Oct. 20, 2 p.m., for three candidates for two seats on board of selectmen. Albert Church Brown Memorial Library, 37 Main St. Bring your questions. Refreshments… (…and many other local events!)

Obituaries

CHELSEA — Dakota Trey Benson, 22, died unexpectedly Friday, October 4, 2019, in Augusta. He was born in Lewiston, on August 12, 1997, a son of Troy V. Benson and Jennifer (Lewis) Cook… and remembering 9 others.

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

DEADLINE: Friday, November 8, 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.

Previous winner: Deb Titus, Vassalboro

Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | For the picnic, we decided on Blueberry Hill, in Mt. Vermon. While there, we were infested with lady bugs. They were swarming around us, landing everywhere on us. As we tried to flick them off more would come. As we were leaving, they also were inside the car…

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | A number of record collectors with very long memories, including myself, joined the now-extinct Columbia Record Club. Every year around Christmas starting in 1960, it would send a free limited-edition album to its members as its way of saying thank you for their continued spending and good standing…

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | Nana Dee and I were visiting with my daughter, Deana about 10 p.m. Suddenly, usually quiet dogs, the two dogs of our family were going nuts at the back door. Crazy, I have never seen them carry on like that before…

GROWING YOUR BUSINESS

by Dan Beaulieu | The old adage goes that rule one is that the customer is always right; rule two, the customer is always right and rule three, when in doubt refer to rules one and two. Then why is it that so many companies these days do not follow these rules…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull | Received the following from the Embden Community Center, Upcoming Events (subject to change), October 27 Country Sunday/Open Mic , 1 – 4 p.m./second and fourth Sun./By donation…

VETERANS CORNER

by Gary Kennedy | Although many people want to be of assistance, not all are qualified to give good sound advice. Some of you have probably discovered that there are some that are trained to assist you with your needs and others that can just muddy up your water…

AARP SCAM ALERT

Medicare Open Enrollment season is here, which means it is also Medicare fraud season. Between now and December 7th seniors across the country will be shopping for the best deal for their health care dollar. Unfortunately some of the deals they will be offered won’t be deals at all…

FOR YOUR HEALTH

(NAPSI)—According to the American Cancer Society, about one in nine American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. A leading cause of cancer in men, more than 173,000 new diagnoses are expected in the U.S. this year. Fortunately, this disease can be treated successfully, especially if caught early…