Week of October 3, 2019

Celebrating 31 years of local news

Alna resident, China native, promoted to lieutenant colonel

Shanon Cotta duty with Joint Force Headquarters, Maine Army National Guard

Shanon W. Cotta, of Alna, was recently promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel at Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ), Maine Army National Guard. Cotta is assigned as the garrison commander at Camp Keyes, in Augusta, overseeing base operations. He also administers the use and maintenance of various training sites across the state, as well as the development of new training sites…

Your Local News

Vassalboro board denies Dodges’ administrative appeal

VASSALBORO — Rena and Joshua Dodge were great friends with their neighbor, Richard Breton, until he decided to build a lighthouse on the hilltop behind their residence on Priest Hill Road in Vassalboro…

Two successive codes officers correct in allowing structure

CHINA — The China Board of Appeals ruled unanimously Sept. 26 that two successive town codes officers were correct when they allowed Nicholas Namer to add a structure – exactly what it is was one of the points in contention – on his waterfront lot where his mother could live in the summer…

Committee to revise comprehensive plan

CHINA — China’s Sept. 25 Compre­hensive Plan Committee meeting began with Kennebec Valley Council of Governments planner Joel Greenwood and one committee member; eventually, three more members arrived for a rambling discussion of the comprehensive plan sections on economic development and transportation…

Board finally approves medical marijuana business

CHINA — At their Sept. 24 meeting, China Planning Board members unanimously approved Clifford Glinko’s much-discussed application to open a two-part marijuana business in South China…

Waterville receives $370,415 to assist area fire departments

WATERVILLE — The Waterville Fire Department will receive $370,415 from FEMA for an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). This is a regional grant to purchase nine cardiac monitors to be used by the fire departments in Albion, Clinton, Fairfield, Waterville and Winslow…

Vassalboro looks to repair or replace three culverts

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro has three large culverts that need repair or replacement, and limited funds for special road projects…

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 be open a new window with the survey. Thank you!

Take our weekly survey!

Do you agree with Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro’s proclaiming Monday, October 14, 2019, as Columbus Day in the city?

LAST WEEK: Should the House of Representatives begin an inquiry into implementing the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump?
Yes: 39.6% (91) – No: 60.4% (139) – 230 respondents

Northern Light concert set for October 25

WATERVILLE — Northern Light Inland Hospital is once again offering an amazing evening of musical entertainment at its annual Fall Pops Concert on Friday, October 25, at the Waterville Opera House…

Howard Hill Park dedication

AUGUSTA — Join the Kennebec Land Trust and the city of Augusta to celebrate the dedication of Howard Hill Historical Park. Remarks begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, at the historic Gannett treehouse overlook…

Latest state of Maine fall foliage report

CENTRAL ME — Maine’s leaf-bearing trees will show off their brilliant colors of yellow, orange and red in the upcoming weeks. The 2019 Fall Foliage Report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry reports 40-percent color change in the forest…

Charter Communications to drop Disney Family Movies

CENTRAL ME — Charter Communications is making its customers aware that on or around October 31, 2019, Disney Family Movies will cease transmission in the channel lineup serving your community…

SCHOOL NEWS

Dakota Bragg named a Presidential Scholar at Clarkson University

Dakota Rae Bragg, of Skowhegan, majoring in civil engineering / environmental engineering, was named a Presidential Scholar for the spring 2019 semester at Clarkson University, in Potsdam, New York.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SEW FOR A CAUSE will meet at St. Bridget Center from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Thurs., Oct. 3, 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 – Patricia W. Miller, 91, passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. She was the third of five daughters of Paul and Josephine Webster, born in Put-in-Bay, Ohio… and remembering 6 others.

Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | A couple of days ago, I received a press release from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Maine Forest Service, about the browntail moth caterpillar…

Dan CassidyINside the OUTside

by Dan Cassidy | Dave Irons, columnist for the Sun Journal, and chairman of the Maine Ski Hall of Fame, has released the names of eight inductees to the class of 2019, who have made the sport of skiing grow…

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | Glenn Gould would have been 87 this past September 25 if he had not died of a stroke October 4, 1982, at the age of 50. A world-fa­mous pianist of a rarely achieved level of success, he was also a man of other gifts – writer, TV personality, documentary film maker, and a character in the truest sense of the word…

Emily CatesGARDEN WORKS

by Emily Cates | Here comes autumn! It’s all around us- from the crisp, aromatic smells of wood smoke to the sight of falling leaves in the chilly air. There’s no denying that the cold is on its way. But isn’t this a most pleasant time of year to be outside?…

ROTARY CLUB NEWS

by Gary Kennedy | As most of you know I try to champion educational conditions both domestic and foreign. For years now I have traveled S.E. Asia trying to help the disadvantaged, especially the young who are struggling to receive an education with most everything stacked against them…

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | Nana Dee has a Bucket List of activities to enjoy. One of those things was to have an air boat ride. Even though she grew up in Florida she was never in the right place at the right time to have one. Well, Saturday she was in just the right spot…

GROWING YOUR BUSINESS

by Dan Beaulieu | So, for the next few weeks we are going to switch it up a bit and talk about small on-site businesses such as restaurants, independent hardware stores, clothing stores, fashion salons…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull | There will be a spaghetti dinner and silent auction to benefit the Solon Fire Department Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the Solon Elementary School from 4 -7 p.m…

THE MONEY MINUTE

by Jac M. Arbour | You see them in just about every store you shop in, colorful kiosks filled with gift cards. Gift cards for everything from coffee to movies to video games. What you don’t realize is those colorful cards can also be the currency of fraud…

FOR YOUR HEALTH

(NAPSI)—From blueberry pies with flaky buttery crusts to grilled buttered corn on the cob, summer is filled with delicious foods that bring people together. Now summertime eating is getting a makeover by swapping that pat, dab or dollop of regular dairy butter with dairy-free Plant Butter…