Kahl inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa

Sydney A. Kahl, of Waterville, was inducted into the St. Lawrence University chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society.

Kahl is a member of the class of 2018 at St. Lawrence University, in Canton, New York, and is majoring in environmental studies. Kahl attended Plymouth Regional High School.

Local residents named to dean’s list at RIT

The following local residents made the dean’s list for the 2017 spring semester at Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, New York:

Bethany Hartley, of Whitefield, who is studying mechanical engineering technology, and Anna Lorette, of Norridgewock, who is studying packaging science.

Munro of graduates from Becker College

Alexander Munro, of Waterville, graduated cum laude from Becker College, in Worcester, Massachusetts, at its 229th Commencement ceremony, on May 6. Munro earned a bachelor of arts in interactive media design.

Local residents receive degrees at WPI commencement

On Saturday, May 13, on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) campus quadrangle, in Worcester, Massachusetts, over 1,000 bachelor’s degrees were awarded during the university’s 149th commencement ceremony.

Julia Pershken, of Albion, was awarded a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering with distinction.

Mikayla Bolduc, of Skowhegan, was awarded a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering.

Somerset County: Embden scholarships

Spencer Lawler-Sidell

The Embden Community Center has awarded two scholarships to graduating seniors at Carrabec High School, in North Anson. Spencer Lawler-Sidell, son of Candace Lawler-Sidell and Stephen Sidell, of Embden, is the recipient of one scholarship. He will be attending Southern Maine Community College in the liberal studies program.

Emily Witham

Emily Witham, daughter of Wendy Witham and Michael Witham, of Embden, is the recipient of the other scholarship. She will be attending the University of Maine at Farmington in the community health program. The Embden Community Center has been awarding a scholarship each year to a graduating Embden student(s) for the past 5 years.

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Open Garden Day in Palermo is July 22, 2017

The Palermo Community Garden, just off Turner Ridge Road across from the Athletic Field, will host Open Garden Day on Saturday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to noon, or a bit later. The cool morning is the best time to graze on fresh lettuces, crisp beans, tart sorrel, and aromatic herbs in the raised beds. This is an activity for the entire family to try new tastes and textures, and even eat some flowers! The blackberries should be ripe for picking, as are the raspberries, and the Egyptian walking onions in the front yard look like something designed by Dr. Suess. As the sun gets higher, the cool shade of the grape arbor beckons, and cold iced tea is waiting.

The Community Garden was built by Phil White Hawk and volunteer members of the Living Communities Foundation. Master Gardener volunteer Connie Bellet will be on hand to help with gardening tips. For those who have not visited the Palermo Community Center, Bellet will offer tours of the facility and explain its programs. This is a good opportunity to pick up a schedule for the monthly Dinner-and-a-Movie Series and even place an order for tree-ripened peaches from New Jersey.

For more information, please email pwhitehawk@fairpoint.net or call 993-2294.

Obituaries, Week of July 20, 2017


WINSLOW – Robert “Stubby” Chamberlain, 88, passed away Monday, July 3, 2017. He was born November 27, 1928, the son of Raymond and Marie (Whittier) Chamberlain in Berlin, New Hampshire, but spent his early childhood in Ogunquit where he got his great love of the ocean and beach.

He moved to Waterville in 1940 and graduated from Waterville High School in 1947. He was married to the former Jacqueline Marcoux for 63 years and together they raised four children.

He served in the US Navy aboard the USS Midway from 1950 to 1954 as a parachute rigger. After being honorably discharged, he attended Thomas College, in Waterville, and graduated in 1957. He worked at C.F. HathawayShirt Co. in Waterville, for 25 years, John Deere and retired from the US Postal Service.

Robert was very involved in sports and was an outstanding second baseman during his high school years. He was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. He spent many years coaching Little League baseball, Pop Warner football and officiated basketball, baseball and softball for over 20 years. He was a member of the Waterville Industrial Management Club, Waterville Jaycees, Elks BPOE #905 and a lifetime member of the American Legion. Since retirement, he and Jackie spent many winters in Florida where they enjoyed the ocean and beach as he had done as a child.

He is survived by his children, James, of Waterville, Thomas and wife Barbara, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Heidi McDonald and husband Michael, of Newport News, Virginia; grandchildren, Natalie Hill and Katee Chamberlain, Christopher and Adam Chamberlain, Ryan and Brooke Chamberlain and Hayley McDonald; greatgrandchildren, Robbie Sprouse and Davis Chamberlain.

He was predeceased by his parents; daughter, Terri Hill; brothers, Richard and Raymond; and sister, Joyce Theriault.

Arrangements by Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, Skowhegan.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen, 70 Pleasant Street, Waterville, ME 04901.


AUGUSTA – Randall L. Knox, 54, died unexpectedly Monday, July 3, 2017, at his home in Augusta. Randy was born September 7, 1962, the son of Carl L. and Laurette (Grondin) Knox.

Randy graduated from Cony High School in 1981, then served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years and the U.S. Army Reserve for 15 years.

Following the military, he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for many years.

Randy was a co-founder of the Working Class Band where he was a drummer for several years. Randy is also well-known for his part-time DJ services in both Maine and Florida.

He also was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Augusta Eagles Club.

He was involved with several motorcycle clubs and loved riding his Harley. He helped with many fundraising events, including Make a Wish Foundation.

Randy wintered in Zephyrhills, Florida.

Randy is survived by two sons, Keenan and Collin; his parents, Carl and Laurette; his sister, Carla McPherson; his brother, David and wife Karel; his nephews, Tony, Chris, Logan and Kyle; his niece Shelby; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements are under the direction of Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta. Condolences, photos and memories may be shared at: www.plummerfh.com.

Memorial donations may be made to: Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.


SOUTH CHINA – Kevin Charles Goggin, 23, passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2017, at the Alfond Center for Health, Augusta. He was born in Waterville on March 15, 1994, the son of Jeffrey B. and Shirley A. (Williams) Goggin.

Kevin attended China and Vassalboro schools and was a graduate of Messalonskee High School, in Oakland. During Kevin’s short time here, he touched the lives of many and was loved by everyone. His infectious grin and giggles would light up the room and put a smile on anyone’s face. For years, Kevin continuously beat the odds despite his many handicaps and life challenges.

Some of Kevin’s favorite activities included walking, car rides, listening to music, watching Barney videos, and playing in the water. Kevin always enjoyed cuddles and foot massages as well and was not bashful on seeking willing participants. He had a passion for food, especially pasta, Parmesan cheese, and French fries. Kevin also had a sweet tooth and knew where everyone’s candy dish was.

Kevin was predeceased by grandparents Charles and Zeta Williams, Blaine Goggin, and Joan Goggin.

He is survived by his parents: Jeffrey B. and Shirley A. (Williams) Goggin; a brother, Jason B. Goggin and his girlfriend Kristen, of Durham; his sister, Kayla M. Goggin, of South China; his grandmother Rachel Goggin, of South China, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Condolences, photos and memories may be shared at www.plummerfh.com.

Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME, 04086; American Lung Association, 122 State St., Augusta, ME, 04330; or American Heart Association, 51 US Route 1 # M, Scarborough, ME, 04074.


FAIRFIELD––John G. Noel, 86, passed away on Monday, June 26, 2017. John was born in Waterville on November 26, 1930, to Onzime and Julliette (Gagne) Noel.

He served proudly in the United States Army from 1954-1956. He was stationed in Germany with “The Big Red One.” After being discharged from the Army, John returned home to Maine where he and his wife Eleanor became house parents at Good Will Hinckley School. He was also employed at Keyes Fibre Co. where he worked testing new products until his retirement. He also worked at the former Marden’s Shoe store, in Fairfield.

During retirement John enjoyed traveling the state with his wife Eleanor, visiting friends and seeing the sights.

John was a member of The Shawmut Chapel, the Elks Club, the American Legion and the Shriners.

He was predeceased by his wife Eleanor; and daughter Laurie.

He is survived by daughter Jane, son Scott and wife Carol, son James; grandson Seth Poulin and wife Jessica; granddaughter Melissa Buxton, grandson Nick Buxton and fiancée Jasmine, granddaughter Erica and boyfriend Dennis; as well as several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

An online guest book may be signed and condolences expressed at www.gallantfh.com.

Memorial donations may be made to The Shawmut Chapel Youth Fund, 57 Bray St., Shawmut ME 04975


BENTON––Richard L. Talbot, 80, of Benton, passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2017, at MaineGeneral Alfond Center for Health, Augusta. He was born in Waterville on October 18, 1936, the son of Louis and Mary (Rotte) Talbot.

Richard was employed by the Lipman Poultry Products, Winslow, for 23 years as payroll clerk and auditor. In 1981,he became office manager of Levine’s Department Store, in Waterville, and when the store closed in 1996, he worked as the bookkeeper for Pacy and ludy Levine.

Richard liked to do scroll working, fishing, hunting, gardening and camping trips. For over ten years, Richard and Jeanne would take bus trips to Florida, Branson, Myrtle Beach, and their trip to Hawaii.

Richard served as Grand Knight of the Waterville Knights of Columbus.

Richard is survived by his wife, Jeanne, of Benton; two sons, John Richard Talbot and wife Beth, of Skowhegan. and James Anthony Talbot and wife Darlene, of Clinton; two sisters, Connie Thomas and Barbara Reynolds, both of South Carolina; five grandchildren, Amelia, Noah, Liam, Devon and Dustin; one great-grandson, Wyatt; and two great-granddaughters, Savanah and Miranda.

An online guest book may be signed and condolences expressed at www.gallantfh.com.


WATERVILLE––Reginald L. “Reggie” Fortin, 70, passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2017, following a brief but courageous battle with cancer. He was born on June 27, 1947, the son of the late Leonel J. and Andrea (Talbot) Fortin.

Reggie was educated in Winslow schools and graduated from Winslow High School in 1965. Upon graduation Reggie drove a school bus for the town of Winslow and he became involved in the family business alongside his parents, known at the time as Fortin’s Hardware. In 1981, Reggie and his younger brother Mike took over the business and continued to run their parents’ legacy to this day…now known as Fortin’s Home Furnishings, in Winslow.

He was a lifetime member of the Waterville Elks Club, as well as a lifetime member of Le Club Calumet, in Augusta. He was also an active member of the Waterville Exchange Club faithfully attending weekly meetings for years.

He was predeceased by his parents; sister Louisette and husband Robert Roy, and his brother-in-law Ron LaPlante.

Reggie is survived by his companion of 42 years, Shirley K. Littlefield, of Benton; her four children, Jeff and Kathy B. Littlefield, of Winslow, Katrina and Rodney Corson, of Benton, Heidi and Daren White, of Phillips, and Harrison and Kym P. Littlefield, of Benton.

He is also survived by two sisters, Nancy and husband Jim Vanderveer, of Winslow, Jeanne LaPlante and her partner Chuck Perkins, of Waterville, brother Michael and wife Jill, of Wilson; Shirley’s five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ron LaPlante Scholarship Fund, Office of the Superintendent, 25 Messalonskee Avenue, Waterville ME 04901.


BENTON––Robert William Liberty, 20, of Benton, passed away in the early hours of Sunday, July 2, 2017. He was born on December 27, 1995, in Augusta to Kelly and Ron Liberty, also of Benton.

He was the kind of man who cared about others, and was always willing to lend a hand when anyone needed help; the kind of guy would stand up for others and stand to give his seat to a lady on a train.

The town of Madison provided a place where, as a boy, Rob could be found riding his bike all over town with frequent trips to the Irving for a milk shake, or to the Little Red Store for candy. He played baseball, football, and rode his ATV over every inch of the neighbor’s lawn. The time that he spent in Madison was very positive for Rob, due to the excellent families that helped shape him into the man that he became.

Robbie’s high school years were filled with activities at Lawrence High School, where he played football.

Employed by Ironworkers Union, Local i7, Rob had been previously employed at Cives Steel, in Augusta. During high school, Robbie spent hundreds of hours caring for the cows on the Flood Brothers Farm. Robbie was very proud to be a “Maine Guy.” He loved Carhart clothing, “Chips” boots, his straight piped F-150, anything powered by gasoline, Kayla, and his mom. He was rarely seen without his hat and at least some portion of his red beard.

Rob was predeceased by his grandfathers, Ron Liberty and Carl Cilley; and aunt, Gina Goding.

In addition to his parents, Rob is survived by his siblings; Reid Liberty and partner Jamie, and Brooke Liberty and partner Amanda; a niece, Cassidy Liberty; and grandparents, Bill and Diane Vasseur, Trena Cilley, and Rose Marie Liberty; uncles, aunts, and cousins; his better half, Kayla Paradis, her parents Jim and Sandy, and her brother Kyle and his partner Sarah.

An online guest book may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.


MICHAEL F. STROLLO, 71, of Yountville, California, passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the veterans home in Yountville. Locally, he is survived by a sister, Donna Folsom and husband Ralph, of Windsor.

RICHARD L. MAIN, of Lebanon, passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at the VA Hospital, in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Locally, he is survived by brothers Bertram Sylvester Main and wife Doris, sister Joan Bucknam, all of Oakland, and brother Daniel McCaslin and wife Betty, of Winslow.

JAMIE R. LOVETT, 29, passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor, following a long battle with depression and bipolar illness. Locally, she is survived by her father, Raymond C. Lovett, and mother Deanna Works and husband Dwayne, of Oakland, and a sister, Sadie Works, of Oakland.

STELLA M. POIRIER, 96, of Oakland, passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Lakewood Continuing Care, in Waterville. Locally, she is survived by a daughter, Donna Hanson and fiencé Chuck Jankoski, of Vassalboro; grandchildren Chsitopher Hanson and wife, Gina, of Winslow, and Jeffrey Hanson and partner SuLeigh, of Oakland; brother Edmond Roy and wife Priscilla, of Winslow.

ELMER E. OUELLETTE, 83, of Augusta, passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Togus Springs Hospice, following a long illness. Locally, he is survived by a daughter, Patty Cunningham and husband Shawn, of South China.

DENNIS M. DAY, 52, of Skowhegan, passed away on Friday, June 9, 2017, due to a traumatic brain injury. Locally, he is survived by a son, Jon Day, of Fairfield.

LINDA A. NELSON, 72, of Wilton, passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at home. Locally, she is survived by a sister, Sandra LaBrecque and husband Frank, of Winslow.

ROBERT J. LEMIEUX SR., 65, of Waterville, passed away on Friday, June 23, 2017, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. Locally, he is survived by his sons, Robert Lemieux jr., and Shawn Lemieux, of Waterville; sisters Julie Bureau and husband Lee, of Waterville, brothers Raymond “Artie” Lemieux Jr. and wife Linda, of Winslow, Larry Lemieux and wife Nancy, of Fairfield, and David Lemieux and wife Jody, of Benton.

KENNETH BOLDUC, 51, of Sidney, passed away on Monday, June 26, 2017, at his home. Locally, he is survived by four sisiters, Patti A. Dube, Ann M. Lion, both of Augusta, Kathy V. Attaya, of Waterville, and Pamala M. Kimball, of Windsor.

JEAN J. LEMORE, 80, of Clinton, passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2017, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. Locally, she is survived by her children, Gary W. Lemore and wife Dawn, of Clinton, Bob Lemore and girlfriend Erin Walsh, of Clinton, Beverly McDonough and husband James, of Winslow, Debbie Nielsen and husband Paul, and Sandy Irving and boyfriend Andy Fortin, all of Clinton.

ROSEMARY ANTHONY, 65, of New Port Richey, Florida, passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2017, following a short illness. Locally, she is survived by brothers Fern Bourque, of Winslow, and Steve Bourque, of Whitefield.

China police log for May 2017

Tues., May 2:

11 a.m., neighborhood dispute, Village Rd.
11:30 a.m., illegal burning complaint, Village Rd.

Sat., May 6:

3:15 p.m., property check, Thurston Park.
3:30 p.m., illegal dumping, Yorktown Rd., referred to state police.
4:10 p.m., traffic stop, Lakeview Dr., speeding warning.
4:45 p.m., radar detail, Windsor Rd.
5 p.m., traffic stop, Windsor Rd., speeding warning.
5:12 p.m., property check, Windsor Rd.
5:20 p.m., property check, Windsor Rd.
5:30 p.m., property check, Windsor Rd.
5:45 p.m., traffic stop, Lakeview Dr., speeding warning.

Sat., May 13:

9 a.m., suspicious vehicle, Alder Park Rd.
9:30 a.m., animal complaint, cow in roadway, assisted with movement into adjacent field.
9:55 a.m., property check, So. China boat landing
10:40 a.m., property check, Thurston Park.
11:25 a.m., traffic stop Rte. 3, speeding warning.
12:25 p.m., traffic stop, Main St., China Village, speeding warning.
1 p.m., traffic stop, Lakeview Dr., speeding warning.
1:15 p.m., traffic stop, Lakeview Dr., speeding warning.
1:40 p.m. community policing, Windsor Rd.
2:25 p.m., traffic stop, Lakeview Dr., speeding warning.
2:45 p.m., assist fire department with grass fire.

Wed., May 17:

9 a.m., speeding vehicle complaint, Parmenter Hill Rd.

Sun., May 21:

9 a.m., speed trailer set up on Lakeview Dr.
10:10 a.m., traffic stop, Weeks Mills Rd., speeding warning.
10:20 a.m., traffic stop, Weeks Mills Rd., speeding warning.
10:30 a.m., property check, So. China boat landing.
11:25 a.m., traffic stop, Lakeview Dr., speeding warning.
6 p.m., speed trailer taken down.

Tues., May 23:

1 p.m., suspicious person, Windsor Rd.

Sat., May 27:

9:50 a.m., traffic stop, Lakeview Dr., summons for unsafe pass.
11 a.m., property check, Thurston Park.
noon, traffic stop, Windsor Rd., speeding warning.
12:10 p.m., traffic stop, Windsor Rd., speeding warning.
12:25 p.m., property check, So. China boat landing.
1:06 p.m., assist motorist, Lakeview Dr.

Tues., May 30:

6:30 p.m., speeding complaint, Windsor Rd.

Albion Days activities

In celebration of the 70th year of Albion Fire-Rescue and Yeaton’s Service & Supply, this year’s Field Day will be bigger and better than ever!

The festivities kick off on Thursday evening, July 27, with the Queens Contest at the Albion Elementary School from 7 p.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m.

They’re bringing back the Street Dance this year! In keeping with tradition, it will be held on Friday night, July 28, before Field Day. It won’t actually be in the street, it will be in the field adjacent to the Albion Fire Station. The Whiskey Sour Band – country with an edge – will be performing live from 6 – 9 p.m. All are welcome. Free admission. No alcohol or pets.

Saturday’s events kick off with the Fun Run behind the elementary school at 9 a.m., followed by a parade starting on the Hussey Road and proceeding down Main Street at 10 a.m. Events in the Field Day Field begin following the parade at 11 a.m., behind the Besse Building. There will be food available for purchase (chicken BBQ, fresh-cut French fries, hot dogs, baked goods, snow cones, and more), children’s activities – including a bounce house, dunk tank and petting zoo, the Lions Club auction, raffle and flea market, a K-9 Demo by Maine State Police, two shows by Tickles the Clown, and more! All are welcome! Join them for this fun, family-friendly event that brings the whole community together! Free admission. No alcohol or pets throughout the festivities.

CHINA NEWS: China Community Days set to be the best yet

Economic and Community Development Committee, from left to right, Lucas Adams, chairman, Teretia Sikora, Tara Littrell, Kelly Gordon and Jason Grotton.
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by Eric Austin

China Community Days is just a week away, and the Economic and Community Development Committee of China has been hard at work ensuring this year’s event will be one to remember.

The festival is now a 14-year tradition, scheduled this year for next weekend, Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6. A number of activities are planned, including a scavenger hunt and fishing derby for kids, and a spectacular fireworks show on Saturday night.

There will also be local Maine vendors showcasing a number of unique wares you won’t find anywhere else. And locals interested in making a quick buck should definitely take note of The Bazaar, where anyone can bring items they’d like to sell.

Committee chairman, Lucas Adams, expressed surprise at how the event has grown over the years. “It used to be just a China thing,” he said, “but now we have folks coming from all over the state, and vendors from as far away as Lewiston.”

Asked if they were doing anything new this year, Adams laughed. “China Days has always been a blast for the kids, but this year we’re trying to include more entertainment for the grown-ups.”

The committee is also still looking for volunteers, so if you can help out please contact the town office at 445-2014.

Check out their Facebook page or the China Town Office website for more information, and be sure to pick up The Town Line in two weeks when we’ll have a complete schedule and breakdown of all the activities planned for the big weekend!