Week of September 19, 2019

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Planners again postpone action on marijuana facility application

CHINA — At their Sept. 10 meeting, China Planning Board members again postponed action on Clifford Glinko’s application to open a medical marijuana facility in the former Mainely Trains building on Route 3, in South China…

Planners to hear medical marijuana application

CHINA — At their Sept. 24 meeting, China Planning Board members will continue discussion of Clifford Glinko’s application for a change of use for the South China building that formerly housed Mainely Trains and other businesses…

Selectmen unanimously approve another portable classroom

CHINA — China selectmen unanimously approved buying another second-hand portable classroom, adding a comparatively small sum to the money they’d already spent at their Sept. 16 meeting…

Waterville receives $229,334 to purchase breathing apparatus

WATERVILLE — The Waterville Fire Department will receive $229,334 from FEMA for an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). The grant will be used to purchase 34 breathing apparatuses for Waterville’s firefighters…

Work continues at China school

CHINA — The total cost of the expansion project will be between $1.5 and $1.6 million. The project includes adding locker rooms, redoing the stage and music class area, adding practice rooms for music classes, adding storage for cafeteria tables, redoing the gym floor and upgrading the HVAC system, repairing the roof and other fire code improvements to meet compliance of new laws…

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!

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Should Congress initiate impeachment proceedings against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for an alleged sexual incident while he was in college?

LAST WEEK: Would gun control legislation help prevent mass shootings in America?
Yes: 31.8% (42) – No: 68.2% (90) – 132 respondents

Major League baseball clinic held at Wrigley Field in Waterville

by Mark Huard — Eleven former Major League baseball players were at Purnell Wrigley Field, in Waterville, on Thursday, August 8, to teach local youth the fundamentals of America’s favorite past time – baseball!…

Remembering September 11 after a visit to Ground Zero

by Roland D. Hallee — The place we went to that made the biggest impression on me, and my family, was when, on our way out of New York on Saturday morning, we visited the memorial at Ground Zero, the location of the twin towers of the World Trade Center, that were destroyed on September 11, 2001…

Super Sunday: opening day for youth football

CENTRAL ME — Youth football photos…

Red Sox historian to speak at ACB

CHINA — Albert Church Brown Memorial Library is delighted to host author and historian of the Red Sox, Ray Sinibaldi Sunday, September 29, at 2 p.m…

Oakland woman joins Bar Harbor Bank & Trust

OAKLAND — Jennifer Seekins, has joined Bar Harbor Bank & Trust as Senior Vice President, Treasury Services Sales Manager. Initially working from the Bank’s Hampden, Maine office, Ms. Seekins will lead the Treasury Services Group…

Square dancers attend New England convention

CENTRAL ME — A few of the Maine dancers who were able to attend the 61st New England Square and Round Dance Convention, held in Stowe, Vermont (photo)…

Unity College faculty earns $35,000 grant to monitor Lake Winnecook water quality using drones

UNITY — When Dr. James Killarney, Assistant Professor of Environmental Chemistry, saw an opportunity to apply for a Maine Space Grant Consortium Faculty Seed Research Grant, he began thinking of new ways to study the eutrophication of Lake Winnecook, also known as Unity Pond…

Kathleen McCowan was a Dancer in Muhlenberg’s Innovative “Dance Emerge”

WINSLOW — The talent of seven young choreographers and more than 50 dancers was on display as the Muhlenberg College Theatre & Dance Department presented Dance Emerge, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Kathleen Mc­Cowan, of Winslow, was one of the featured dancers…

OPINIONS – Embden selectmen refuse to schedule special town meeting on citizens’ petition

from Sandi Howard (Embden) — At the Embden Select Board on September 4, 2019, town residents submitted a Citizen’s petition for a town vote on the CMP corridor and a vote to enact an electrical transmission moratorium ordinance…

OPINIONS – Understanding the Johnson Amendment: A tax law that prevents nonprofits becoming PACs

from Tom Waddell (Litchfield) — There is a growing but minority movement within the religious community to repeal the Johnson Amendment. If the amendment is repealed our churches would no longer be houses of worship; instead they would become Political Action Committees (PACs)…

SCHOOL NEWS

Nicholas Howes named to SNHU president’s list

Nicholas Howes, of South China, has been named to Southern New Hampshire University’s winter 2019 president’s list, in Manchester, New Hampshire…

Paige Hutchins Named to SNHU Dean’s List

Paige Hutchins of Augusta has been named to Southern New Hampshire University’s winter 2019 Dean’s List. The winter term runs from January to May…

Area students enrolled at Colby

Area students have enrolled at Colby College, in Waterville, this fall. Before classes began Sept. 4, they took part in a weeklong orientation that included an introduction to academic and intellectual life at Colby, participation in an outdoor education trip and…

Local Residents initiated into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi

The following local residents were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Brooke Curtis, of Skowhegan, and Jazzy Osborn of Clinton were initiated at the University of Maine…

Lasell College honors class of 2019 at 165th commencement ceremony

A record number of graduate and undergraduate students at Lasell College, in Newton, Massachusetts, were awarded degrees on May 11, 2019, in a ceremony featuring remarks from Massachusetts Congressman Joseph Kennedy III.
Vincent Marchesi, of Waterville, and Chad Martin, of Fairfield, graduated…

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

AUGUSTA: NATURE CLUB celebrating 100th anniversary, Wed., Sept. 25, 11:30 a.m., at Capital Area Technical Center, 40 PIerce Dr. Presenter will be Danielle D’auria of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, on the subject about the Great Blue Heron Migration… (…and many other local events!)

Obituaries

CLINTON — Brady Thomas Martin, 22, of Clinton, passed on Monday, September 9, 2019, the result of a tragic accident at work, doing what he loved. Brady was born in Skowhegan on June 14, 1997, the son of Thomas Martin and Kirstie Martin (Scribner)… and remembering 5 others.

Common Ground – Round 9: Win a $10 gift certificate!

DEADLINE: Friday, October 4, 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: John Hall, Sidney.

Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | A little while ago, the pastor at my church sent a photo to me of a bug he spotted at his camp. It was a scary looking bug that neither of us had ever seen before. It was yellow in color, had long legs and a long protruding appenditure that resembled a stinger…

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | One of my top five favorite writers, Graham Greene (1904-1991) wrote Paradox while the Pope was still living and he included it in the 1969 volume, Collected Essays, without changing a single word…

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | I had several Reader’s Digests. I had several to catch up on and yes, I found something I wanted to share with you. This one I believe I will just refer to as True or False…

GROWING YOUR BUSINESS

by Dan Beaulieu | I know you’re busy, out there in the job. Working as hard as you can to please your customers, and grow your business. But there is still one thing you need to do to make sure that your business always looks professional…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull | Good morning, my friends. Don’t worry, be happy! As always I was very happy to receive the Solon School newsletter. The Principal’s Message states…

AARP SCAM ALERT

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)—The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts an average hurricane season this year, but as history has shown, the worst hurricanes are often unexpected. Last year, the seemingly mild Hurricane Michael rapidly turned into a category 5 storm, devastating parts of the Florida Panhandle…