Izzy Derosby, of Waterville, is having fun with her homemade snow tunnel last week following the blizzard of February 12-13. Just like the good ol’ days.
Izzy Derosby, of Waterville, is having fun with her homemade snow tunnel last week following the blizzard of February 12-13. Just like the good ol’ days.
Join ReVision Energy for an annual open house and workshop at their solar-powered office. Learn how homeowners, businesses and non-profits are utilizing solar energy to lock into long term energy savings while reducing their reliance on fossil fuels.
Guests will have the opportunity to learn how solar electric (photovoltaic) systems, especially when paired with heat pump technology for supplemental space heating and water heating, are a cost-effective way to immediately reduce fuel usage. Current system pricing, the 30% solar federal tax credit, loan programs, power purchase agreements for non-profits, and community solar farm will also be discussed, as well as a state solar policy update.
The open house begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, at the ReVision Energy office location at 91 West Main Street, in Liberty. Guests can come by with any questions.
The event is free and open to the public, and all are welcome.
ReVision Energy, with locations in Liberty and Portland; Brentwood and Concord, New Hampshire; and Middleton, Massachusetts, has installed more than 5,000 residential and commercial solar energy systems across northern New England, including local installations at 3 Level Farm Community Solar Farm, MOFGA, Fedco Seeds, Kieve-Wavus and Little River Veterinary Hospital.
More information is available at www.revisionenergy.com or by calling (207) 589-4171.
China Budget Committee members have endorsed the selectmen’s spending recommendations for the March 25 town business meeting, in all but one case by unanimous votes.
The largest proposed expenditures in the warrant budget committee members reviewed at their Feb. 16 meeting were, as usual, for road maintenance, town administration, insurance and the transfer station. Budget committee members supported all of them after a few questions. The transfer station budget has increased over the current year because Palermo residents now bring their trash to China, but Town Manager Daniel L’Heureux said Palermo’s annual contribution plus the per-bag fee charged to Palermo residents will cover the increase. Two new items to be presented to voters required budget committee action, a request for up to $40,000 for stipends to volunteer emergency services personnel (Art. 20) and a request to authorize selectmen to repurchase China’s interest in the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company (PERC) (Art. 56).
The proposed stipends, suggested initially by Neil Farrington, chairman of the selectboard, are intended to encourage more people to join China’s three volunteer fire departments and China Rescue. If voters approve, any money used would be taken from China’s Unrestricted Fund Balance (UFB, familiarly called surplus) and disbursed according to policies to be developed by selectmen and emergency services volunteers.
China’s current contract with PERC ends in 2018 and will not be renewed. In March 2016, voters authorized selectmen to switch to the new Fiberight facility being developed in Hampden. L’Heureux told budget committee members the town should get about $17,000 back from PERC.
The article on which one budget committee member abstained – the rest supported it – was L’Heureux’s request to move $150,000 from surplus to the capital and equipment reserve (Art. 14). The manager argues that should an expensive piece of town equipment break down beyond repair, selectmen could use the reserve to replace it without calling a special town meeting and without borrowing money.
In November 2016 voters rejected L’Heureux’s request to move $100,000 from the UFB into the capital reserve account by a vote of 911 in favor to 1,354 opposed.
Budget committee member Tom Rumpf declined to support the recommendation for the March 25 meeting because he thinks the amount is too high.
Budget committee members – and the manager – want China to maintain a healthy surplus, because it improves the town’s financial standing and is a benefit in case the town should need to borrow money. L’Heureux’s point is that money in a designated fund, like the capital and equipment reserve, still counts toward overall financial health.
China’s town business meeting begins at 9 a.m. – or as soon thereafter as a quorum of 126 registered voters assembles – Saturday, March 25, at China Middle School.
L’Heureux said if voters approve all municipal expenditures as recommended, they will not increase the property tax rate. However, property taxes also support the school budget, which will be voted on in June, and the Kennebec County budget, over which town voters have no direct control.
After a couple hours’ discussion with town assessor William Van Tuinen on Feb. 16 and another hour debating among themselves on Feb. 20, China selectmen have an amendment to the town’s TIF (Tax Increment Finance) program ready for voters at the March 25 town meeting.
The original document, “Central Maine Power/China Lake Tax Increment Financing District and Development Program,” was approved at the March 2015 town meeting. It established a TIF District that includes the new Central Maine Power Company (CMP) power line as the revenue source and areas at both ends of China Lake’s east basin and around the town office as potential development areas.
Taxes from the power line go into a separate Development Program Fund. The money can be used to fund economic development projects, as defined in the TIF document, in the development areas. The 2015 TIF was for 20 years.
The proposed amendment makes three changes. It extends the TIF to 30 years, ending at the end of fiscal year 2044. It adds the new CMP substation off Route 3 as a source of income. And it expands the priority development areas by adding the old Pine Tree Zones and two properties voters approved buying in November 2016, the subdivision on Lakeview Drive opposite the former Candlewood Camps and a lot adjoining the town office lot.
The amendment appears as Art. 5 in a 56-article town meeting warrant that includes the 2017-18 municipal budget and numerous ordinance amendments. Voters will act on the items at the town business meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at China Middle School.
At the Feb. 20 meeting, selectmen also talked briefly about a town vote on recreational marijuana. An attempt to have a moratorium on retail marijuana businesses in town failed when not enough voters came to a January special town meeting to make a quorum.
Selectmen are divided over whether additional local action is needed. Joann Austin saw new business opportunities if the town were to allow marijuana establishments; Jeffrey LaVerdiere retorted that big out-of-state business would dominate and profits would leave town.
In any case, Board Chairman Neil Farrington said, there is no need for immediate action. The issue might be raised again before the June 2016 ballot is prepared.
The next regular China selectmen’s meeting is scheduled for Monday evening, March 6.
The following students have been named to the dean’s list at the University of New Hampshire, in Durham, New Hampshire, for the fall 2016 semester.
Bayleigh Logan, of Augusta, honors; Michaela Hinckley-Gordon, of Benton, highest honors; Kyle McLain, of Fairfield, high honors; Carly LaRochelle, of Fairfield, high honors; Jessica Hosea, of Oakland, highest honors; Hannah Duperry, of Oakland, highest honors; Taylor Ferguson, of Sidney, high honors; Kelly McCormac, of South China, highest honors; Adam Bovie, of Vassalboro, high honors; Kellie Bolduc, of Waterville, high honors; Luke Violette, of Waterville, highest honors; Sarah Wildes, of Winslow, highest honors.
Husson University, in Bangor, announces its fall 2016 dean’s list. Students who earn dean’s list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours during the semester and earn a grade point average of between 3.60 to 3.79 during the period. The dean’s list includes:
Trent Richardson, of Anson, is a first-year student enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
Mikayla Toth, of Athens, is a junior enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting / Master of Business Administration program.
Laurel Whipkey, of Augusta, is a senior enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology-Human Movement Science / Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
Shaun Gallagher, of Augusta, is a sophomore enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Communications Technology with a concentration in Audio Engineering program.
Emily Bowers, of Augusta, is a junior enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
Arika Brochu, of Augusta, is a sophomore enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education program.
Jade Landry, of Fairfield, is a junior enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science program.
Spencer Folsom, of Fairfield, is a sophomore enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program.
Daniel Moreshead, of Madison, is a junior enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Physical Education program.
Paige Warren, of Oakland, is a first-year student enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies program.
Mikhaila Necevski, of Oakland, is a sophomore enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program.
Devin Campbell, of Sidney, is a junior enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management program.
Hallee Breton, of South China, is a senior enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology-Human Movement Science / Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
Christina Belanger, of South China, is a sophomore enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
Briana Oliver, of Starks, is a junior enrolled in Husson’s Associate of Science in Criminal Justice / Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science program.
Alyssa Willette, of Unity, is a junior enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
Meghan Farrell, of Vassalboro, is a junior enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies program.
Megan Richards, of Winslow, is a senior enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology-Human Movement Science / Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
Molly Ware, of Winslow, is a junior enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
Logan Vashon, of Winslow, is a junior enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology-Human Movement Science / Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
FAIRFIELD –– David T. Suttie, 74, passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. He was born in Waterville on April 17, 1942, the son of Thomas and Blanche (Perry) Suttie.
David graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, in 1960. Upon graduation he became a master electrician and owned Suttie’s Electric, in Fairfield, for many years.
David was a fun-loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He enjoyed coaching youth sports especially football and hockey. He had a love of the outdoors and treasured his summers with his family at their camp on Big Indian Pond, in St. Albans. David was active in his community as a member of Kiwanis, MSAD #49 School Board and the Knights of Columbus of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Fairfield.
David was predeceased by his parents.
He is survived by his wife Lana (Libby) Suttie, of 53 years; daughter Andra Berglund and husband Hugh, of Katy, Texas; sons, Craig Suttie and wife Suzie, Toby Suttie and wife Kim, and Kristian Suttie and wife Molly, all of Fairfield; brothers, Gerald Suttie and wife Sandra, of Fairfield,. and Thomas Suttie and wife Cathy, of Oakland; five grandchildren, Jesse Berglund, Megan (Berglund) Boudreaux, Jacob Suttie, Elsie Suttie, and Grant Suttie; great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Beau, and Layla; and many nieces and nephews.
An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.
Memorial donations can be made to the Oak Grove’s Nursing Care Ctr., Activities Department, 27 Cool St., Waterville ME 04901.
WINSLOW –– Patricia Dawn (Willette) McNulty, 86, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2017. She was born September 1, 1930, in Kingman, to Della Mae (Thompson) and Dennis Willette.
Pat grew up in Lewiston, the middle child of 15 brothers and sisters. She was always happy to share fond memories of her childhood adventures with her close knit family. After marrying William McNulty, she moved to Farmingdale where she and Bill owned Mama Rosa’s pizza place in Augusta for many years. Pat was known for her secret marinara sauce and meatball recipe, that she refused to share.
When Patricia retired, she moved to Winslow. She was an avid reader, reading up to seven books a week. Patty was also a talented carpenter, crafter, seamstress and quilter. She enjoyed card games, cribbage, solitaire and was even known to play a poker hand. She was always happy to spend time with family, particularly her eight grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband William McNulty; son Tommy Jalbert; siblings Clarence (Joe), George (Buddy), Manzer, John (Reggie), Bill, Dennis (Butchie), Roland, Lorraine Willette, Delia Beaulieu, and Gloria Rafferty.
She is survived by her son Daniel Jalbert and wife Rhonda, of Port Angelas, Washington, and their daughters Melanie and Kari and her great-grandchildren Kenzi, Amilyah and Eli; daughter Tracy (McNulty) Ayer and husband Michael, of Winslow, and their children Michelle, Patricia (Trish) and Sam; son Tim McNulty and wife Stacy, of Scarborough, and their children Caitlyn, Molly and Meghan; sisters Lucille Popodak, Sandra Willette and Sheila Gottuso; brother Michael; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the Winslow Public Library.
WINSLOW –– Lamoine “Lee” Hughes, 59, of Winslow, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017. He was born in Augusta on August 2, 1957, a son of Elizabeth and Robert Hughes.
He attended Augusta Schools and graduated from Cony High School.
His career was in construction, mostly bridge work, and he retired as a foreman. Lee enjoyed anything outdoors–hunting, fishing, boating, working in his vegetable and flower gardens, and taking his granddaughter for walks. He also enjoyed collecting dragons and even used the handle “Dragon-Master”.
Lee is survived by his best friend of 35 years and wife of 30, Michelle Hughes; son Josh Hughes and wife Sarah; granddaughter, Madalyn; sister Karen Giguere and husband Jim; brother Todd Hughes; mother-in-law Anita Farrell; sisters-in-law Vanessa Hews and Lisa Giguere and husband Tony; brothers-in-law Todd Pooler and Bradley Pooler and wife Angel; numerous nieces and nephews.
Please visit www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com to view a video collage of Lee’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with his family.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
NORTH VASSALBORO – Patrick D. Reny, 66, born August 25, 1950, in Waterville, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta.
Patrick was a resident of North Vassalboro and attended Waterville schools.
Most currently Pat worked as a salesman for Uncle Henry’s, in Augusta , which he enjoyed tremendously. Before that he worked for Mid State Machine, in Winslow, ran his own business Tech Supplies, and was a well-known mechanic in the Waterville area for many years.
Patrick was a member of United Bikers of Maine, Waterville Elks Lodge, and the VFW. Patrick enjoyed fishing tremendously and also enjoyed his time on his four-wheeler, motorcycle, and snowmobile, as well as his time hunting.
His all-time favorite thing to do was to watch his pride and joy, his two grandchildren, Harly and Tucker, playing all the sports they play, while wearing his special Winslow hat.
Patrick was predeceased by his father, Roland Reny; and his brother, Mike Reny.
Patrick is survived by his wife, Theresa, of 41 years; daughter Crystal Pomerleau, whom he called Half-Pint, and her husband Robie, and his grandchildren Harly and Tucker, from Winslow; mother Dorothy Reny, from Winslow; brother Dick Reny and wife Betty, from Winslow; brother Gerry Reny, from Clinton, brother Tim Reny and wife Jane, from Vermont; sister Kathy Bolduc and husband Kevin, from Oakland; sister-in-law Gloria Blanchet and husband Carl, from Waterville; nephew Scott LaPierre, from Winslow; and many other nephews, nieces, aunts , uncles, and cousins.
An online guestbook may be signed and condolences expressed at www.gallantfh.com.
Memorial donations may be made to: Winslow Basketball Boosters, c/o Jane Quirion, 20 Danielson St., Winslow ME 04901.
EAST VASSALBORO – Maxine G. Robbins, 85, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at her home in East Vassalboro. She was born in Wesley, on July 6, 1931, the daughter of Roger Alton Gray and Minerva Sharman Gray.
Maxine attended the Wesley and Northfield one-room grammar schools. She graduated from Washington Academy, in East Machias, and was a clarinetist in the school band. She continued her education at the University of Maine in Orono, where she met Gerald Robbins.
While at Orono, she did volunteer work for the university’s campus newspaper, and was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority. Additionally, she did practice teaching at Lee Academy, in Lee. Maxine graduated from the University of Maine in 1952 with a bachelor of science degree in home economics. She and Gerald were married in 1952. She occasionally served as a substitute teacher in Vassalboro schools in the 1960s and 1970s. Maxine was devoted to her family, and over the years was a caregiver to a number of relatives in time of sickness or disability. She was an avid cook, contributing numerous baked goods and recipes for local organizations; fundraising events and cookbooks.
Maxine loved going on family camping trips, and enjoyed sewing and knitting clothing for family members.
She was a member of the local DUO (Do Unto Others) Club and the Vassalboro P.T.A., and served as an assistant Girl Scout Brownie leader and Cub Scout den mother. Additionally, she was a correspondent for the University of Maine Alumni Association. Maxine was a long-time member of the Vassalboro Friends Meeting (Quaker) in East Vassalboro, and served as a Sunday school teacher there. She was also a member of the Vassalboro Grange.
Maxine was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Gerald Robbins; and two brothers, Allen Gray and L. Austin Gray, Jr. Maxine is survived by a brother, James Gray, of North Vassalboro, and a sister, Agnes Diffin, of Waterville. Other surviving family members include son Stephen Robbins and wife Dale, of Warsaw, Indiana; daughter Deborah Salley and husband Paul, of Palmyra; sons Stanley Robbins, and Paul Robbins, both of East Vassalboro; daughter Shirley LeVasseur, of East Vassalboro; grandson Nathan Robbins and wife Jennie, of Mankato, Minnesota; grandson Nicolas Robbins, of Bradley; great-grandson Stephen Michael Robbins, of Mankato, Minnesota; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to: Oak Grove Foundation, c/o Austin Law Office, P.O. Box 150, South China ME 04358.
UNITY – Phillip A. Knowles, 78, of Unity, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Springbrook Nursing Home, in Westbrook. He was born and raised in Pittsfield, the son of Arthur and Annie (Goodno) Knowles.
Phillip operated a poultry farm in Unity for 40 years. He loved being outdoors, target shooting, and the many dogs he had over the years.
Phillip was predeceased by his wife, Beverly Ann (Hubbard) Knowles.
He is survived by a son, Robert Knowles, of Norwood, Massachusetts; daughters, Tammy Trent, of Murphys, California, and Tracy Wood, of Phoenix, Arizona; brother, Rexford Dale Knowles, of Unity; and eight grandchildren.
LYDIA I. CHASE, 99, of Salem, New Hampshire, on Friday, January 13, 2017, at Salem Haven Nursing Home. Locally, she is survived by a brother, Ronald, of Whitefield.
SHEILA A. TARDIFF, 57, of Winthrop, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at her home. Locally, she is survived by a son, Rodney Tardiff Jr., of Palermo.
JOAN T. SIROIS, 81, of Augusta, passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at MaineGeneral Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center at Glenridge, in Augusta, following a long illness. Locally, she is survived by her children Jeanne Donahue and husband Roy, of Palermo, Linda Cyr and husband Ronald, of Somerville, Susan Trask, of Augusta, Diane Sirois, Brenda Arnold and husband Scott, and Debra Demos and husband Michael, all of Chelsea.
STEPHEN W. HASKELL, 77, of Augusta, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017, at his home. Locally, he is survived by a brother, Brian Haskell and wife Dawn, of Vassalboro.
CELLEN FOWLE, 88, of Southport, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at her home. Locally she is survived by Evert Fowle and wife Lori, of Vassalboro.
WILFRED V. LAJOIE, 98, of Brunswick, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at his home. Locally, he is survived by stepchildren Alfred Preo and wife Rachael, Charlene Breton and husband Ronald, all of Winslow, and Frank Preo and wife Jackie, of Fairfield.
RODNEY P. TARDIFF SR., 57, of Winthrop, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2017, follosing a long illness. Locally, he is survived by a son, Rodney P. Tardiff Jr., of Palermo.
SHIRLIE P. SAULTER, 87 of Waterville, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2017. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Sherril L. Saulter, and a son, Dr. Jamie T. Saulter and wife Linda, all of Waterville.
SYLVIA J. GILBERT, 80, of Waterville, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at Woodlands Assisted Living, in Waterville. Locally, she is survived by children Catherine Turner and husband Tim, of Palermo, and Deborah Hebert and husband Mike, of Oakland.
In a letter to the editor published in the January 26, 2017, edition of The Town Line, I raised several issues regarding Rep. Theriault’s L.D. 55, “An Act To Provide Funding for the Restoration of China Lake.” On February 16, the public hearing on the bill was held before the legislative Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology. I attended the public hearing, in part because Rep. Theriault did not reply to my requests for information and because the bill itself contained no information other than its purpose to “charge a fee to customers of the Kennebec Water District (for a limited number of years) to be used to restore the water quality of China Lake.”
This poorly written and ill-conceived bill is silent on such details as what Rep Theriault means by “restoration,” how this “restoration” would be conducted, whether or not “restoration is even feasible,” how much “restoration” would cost and how long it would take, why “restoration” is needed, whether or not it would result in “restoration” of China Lake, where the money would go and who would oversee and be held accountable for this “restoration,” why the customers of the KWD would be assessed this tax when they are not the ones responsible for polluting or “restoring” the lake, why there is no DEP involvement when it is the statutory responsibility of that agency to preserve, protect and enhance the waters of the state, why no state funding was requested, and what systems are in place to insure that the monies collected are properly spent.
The committee and the public heard very few answers from Rep. Theriault. Perhaps this lack of information prior to and during the hearing was an attempt to stifle public comment. Rep. Theriault did state that his intent was to collect $43,000 per year from KWD customers over a 15-year period for a total tax on KWD customers of some $645,000. He stated that the money would go into a fund managed by the town of China and would be used to pay for various projects. That’s it. He provided no evidence of who would be held accountable or that this tax would result in any “restoration” of China Lake.
Rep. Theriault’s bill is an excellent example of poor government. It provides for no accountability of what would amount to a slush fund for the town of China to use as it sees fit. It taxes individuals who are not responsible for either creating nor correcting the problem. It ignores the responsibilities of private citizens, the state and the town of China to comply with and properly administer laws intended to protect water quality. It hands over hundreds of thousands of dollars to the town of China and neither asks for nor provides any evidence that the water quality of China Lake will be restored.
As a resident of China for more than 30 years, and as a former employee of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, I know that China Lake is China’s most important natural, cultural and economic resource. One way to continue the process of improving the water quality of China Lake could be for the town of China to hire a China Lakekeeper, much like Portland’s Casco Baykeeper and New York’s Hudson Riverkeeper. This individual could be the point person for the town for all lake related matters and a strong advocate for the lake by working to insure that citizens and the town live up to their legal responsibilities for environmental compliance. Poorly crafted legislation that makes others pay for our mistakes is not the solution. Hard work and holding people and our government accountable for their actions would be a good start.
John M. Glowa, Sr.
Curry College, in Milton, Massachusetts, has announced that Raven Rusconi, of Clinton, has been named to the dean’s list for the Fall 2016 semester.
To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.30 GPA, have no incompletes, and have no grade lower than a “C” for the semester. Full-time students must carry 12 or more graded credits for the semester.
The following students will participate in an off-campus study abroad program for the Spring 2017 semester through St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.
Isaac H. Gingras, of Augusta. Gingras is a member of the class of 2018 and is majoring in government. Gingras graduated from Cony High School, in Augusta, and is participating in St. Lawrence University’s spring off-campus program in Washington, D.C., at The Washington Center.
Sydney A. Kahl, of Waterville. Kahl is a member of the class of 2018 and is majoring in environmental studies. Kahl graduated from Plymouth Regional High School, and is participating in St. Lawrence University’s spring off-campus program in New Zealand at University of Otago.
More than one half of St. Lawrence University students study off campus for a semester or longer during their undergraduate experience at either one its international or domestic study abroad program sites.
The Princeton Review ranked St. Lawrence seventh for Most Popular Study Abroad Programs in its Best 380 Colleges 2016 edition, while Best Choice Schools named St. Lawrence University one of the top-20 colleges in the nation for study abroad opportunities.