Obituaries, Week of October 12, 2017


BENTON––Evelyn M. Bolduc, 85, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017, in Benton, where she resided with her daughter, Anne. She was born in Oakland on August 29, 1932, the daughter of Charles and Laura (Carpenter) Veilleux.

She grew up in Waterville and left school at a young age to go to work to help support her family.

On September 1, 1951, she married her true love, Lawrence Bolduc. They were wed at St. Francis de Sales Church, in Waterville. They were blessed with 44 years together.

Evelyn along with Larry created rental properties known as “Bolduc Apts.” They also owned and operated Sandy Beach Campground, in Madison.

After retiring they enjoyed several bus tours to Washington D.C., and the Grand Ole Opry, along with many winters in Holiday, Florida. creating many lifetime friendships.

Evelyn was always volunteering and helping everywhere she could. Until she fell and broke her arm last year, she had volunteered for seven years at St. John Food Pantry helping to feed the hungry.

She loved going out to eat, playing the Hee-Haw machine at Hollywood Slots, girl trip to Ellsworth each winter, Bingo, playing cards and watching her heart throb, “James Drury” on “The Virginian.” She even had a beta fish her granddaughter gave her named “James.” She also loved scrapbooking and made many albums filled with loving family memories.

Evelyn was predeceased by her husband, Larry; her son, Leo, her infant son Lawrence, Jr.; and son-in-law, Chuck Hodgdon; also three sisters, Lillian Berube, Gloria Dawe and Yvette Butler; and two brothers, Arthur Albert and Richard Vigue.

Evelyn is survived by three children, Gary Bolduc and wife, Paula, of Winslow, Anne Hodgdon, of Benton, and Louann Barnes, of Skowhegan; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Veilleux; two sisters, Violet Paquet and Theresa Cloutier; and a brother-in-law, Roger Bolduc; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

An online guestbook may be signed and condolences expressed at


BENTON––Barbara Wright Fitzpatrick, 94, of 336 River Road, passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017, at her home in Benton.

Barbara was born September 1, 1923, in Framingham, Massachusetts, the daughter of Samuel and Mabel (Farrar) Wright.

Barbara’s family moved to Clinton when she was age seven. Barbara attended Clinton schools, and graduated from Clinton High School.

During World War II she worked for the phone company in Newport News, Virginia, Newport, Rhode Island, and Waterville.

On August 17, 1946, Barbara married Glenn Fitzpatrick, of Benton. She worked in the office of Fitzpatrick Dairy part time. The dairy started in 1923 by Glenn’s father and was located next door to their home. The business was owned and operated by Glenn and his brother Merle until 1988. In addition, Glenn and Barbara maintained a herd of cows until the early 1970s.

Barbara’s hobbies included playing piano, gardening, and sewing. She was very crafty and artistic and Barbara’s home is filled many of her creations. Barbara was the past president of the Wesleyan Club and the Women’s Club, both in Fairfield. For years she enjoyed swimming regularly at the Waterville Boys and Girls Club.

Barbara was predeceased by her husband Glenn in 2011; her parents; her siblings, Sam, Stan, Charlie, Dave, Phil, Caroline, Marybelle, and Margaret; and nephews, Harry and James Fitzpatrick.

Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn Fitzpatrick Cosgrove and husband David, of Waterville, Judy Fitzpatrick-Weston and husband Peter, of Scarborough; two granddaughters Laura Cosgrove, of Waterville and Beth Cosgrove and husband Seth Dromgoole, of Park City, Utah; great-grandchildren , Margaret and Jay Brock, of Waterville, and Sally and Samuel Dromgoole, of Park City, Utah; nephew Merle, Jr. Fitzpatrick and wife Judi, of Shawmut; and her sister-in-law Dorothy Wright, of Greenfield, Massachusetts.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice in Barbara’s memory.


VASSALBORO––Heather Ann Mayo, 47, of Main Street, died Sunday, October 1, 2017, at Maine Medical Center, Portland, following an extended illness. She was born in Framingham, Massachusetts, on January 5, 1970, the daughter of Charles Burton Hammond and Barbara L. (Kent) Hammond.

Heather graduated from Somersworth (New Hampshire) High School.

She was employed as a store manager by Rite Aid Pharmacy for several years.

Heather was predeceased by her father, and a brother, Craig Hammond.

Surviving are her husband, Richard J. Mayo, of Vassalboro; a son, Joseph C. Mayo, of Vassalboro; two sisters, Amy Hodgson, of Somersworth, New Hampshire, and Lisa Dore, of New Durham, New Hampshire; five brothers: Chris Hammond, of Milton, New Hampshire, Brian Hammond, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kerry Hammond, of Milton, New Hampshire, Jimmy Hammond, of Vassalboro, and Scott Hammond, of Tampa, Florida; her sister-in-law, Becky Mayo, of Somersworth, New Hampshire; her parents-in-law, Joseph and Betty Mayo, of Berwick; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Condolences, photos and memories may be shared at

Memorial donations may be made to Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, Heart Transplant Program, or to Delta Ambulance.


FAIRFIELD––Spencer Reid Gagnon, 25, died unexpectedly Sunday, October 1, 2017, at his home in Fairfield. Spencer was born April 17, 1991, to Frank D. Gagnon and Iris J. (Stoddard) Gagnon.

He was raised in Rochester, New Hampshire, and Benton, where he attended local schools and graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield.

Spencer had many hobbies; among them were working out, reading, and tinkering in his garage. He had a true passion for music; he enjoyed playing the guitar. He loved cats.

Spencer was a peace keeper. Everyone who knew him was blessed by his kindness and sense of humor. His legacy is the kindness he shared with everyone he met.

He was predeceased by his father, Frank D. Gagnon Sr., on April 28, 2007.

Spencer is survived by his mom, Iris J. Gagnon, of Fairfield; his two brothers, Frank D. Gagnon Jr., and wife Marcia Gray, of Dover, New Hampshire, and Michael Gagnon and wife Mary Hand, of North Berwick, and his children, Zoey and Kaynan; his five sisters, Kimberly Grate, of Freeport, and her children, Ashley, Jessica, Joseph, Sarah, Abigail, Olivia and Sophia; Kristina Ferraro and husband Anthony, and their children, Anthony, Kennedy and Baylie, all of Benton; Sherri Pedrick and husband Thomas, and their sons, Lincoln, Harry, and Quincy, all of Rochester, New Hampshire; Emily Gagnon and her partner Rick Plaisted, and their daughter Natalie, of Rochester, New Hampshire, and Julie Gagnon, of Portland; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

An online guestbook may be signed at


PALERMO––Theresa A. (Gove) McKenney, 68, died Sunday, October 1, 2017, at the Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta, following a long illness. She was born in Augusta, on March 27, 1949, the daughter of the late Lawrence Gove Sr. and Simone (Blouin) Gove. She was raised by her grandparents, Leslie and Eva Gove, of Weeks Mills.

Theresa was a 1967 graduate of Erskine Academy and was a member of the Palermo Snowmobile Club. In 1988, she married Dennis McKenney, of Palermo. She was happy to be part of the McKenney family, of Palermo,l for almost 30 years. She always enjoyed their family gatherings around birthdays and holidays, as well as summer afternoons at Westshores on Sheepscot Lake. As a third-generation upholsterer, she was the owner/operator of Country Loft Upholstery for over 30 years. Being self-employed allowed her the flexibility to have her grandchildren get off the bus at “Nanny’s house and enjoy time with her until they were picked up at night.

Theresa loved the outdoors and enjoyed many trips to Loony Town, a camp she and her husband built on Loon Lake in northern Maine. Many of those trips included two vehicles loaded with grandchildren to enjoy animal spotting, fishing, swimming, and of course, plenty of snacks. Her green thumb kept her busy in the summer and fall, as she enjoyed tending to flowers and vegetables. In the fall she was likely to be found canning the goods from the garden, much of which was given away to loved ones.

Theresa was predeceased by two brothers, Leroy and Daniel Gove; as well as a nephew, Sonny Gove.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis J. McKenney, of Palermo; son, Scott Pilsbury and his companion Diana Bickford, of Windsor; son, Joseph Pilsbury and wife Natalie, of Westbrook; daughter, Angela Plummer and husband Jeffrey, of Palermo; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers: Lawrence Gove Jr., and wife Jackie, of Pittston, Robert Gove and wife Sheila, of Windsor, and Richard Gove, of Whitefield; a sister Shirley Hopkins and her husband Timothy, of Augusta; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

At her request, there will be no public visiting hours. A funeral service will be held Saturday, October 14, at 1 p.m. at the Erskine Academy gymnasium, in South China. Burial will follow in Hannan Cemetery, Palermo. Arrangements are under the care of Plummer Funeral Home, Windsor Chapel, 983 Ridge Rd., Route 32, Windsor.

Condolences, photos and stories may be shared at:

Memorial donations may be made to Kennebec Valley Humane Sociey, 10 Pet Haven Lane, Augusta ME 04330.


JEFFERSON––Martha Bond Tompkins, 91, of Jefferson, died on Monday, October 2, 2017, in Newcastle. She was the daughter of Willis A. and Ruth Hodgkins Bond, both of Jefferson and was born on August 2, 1926, in the home of her Bond ancestors, early settlers of the town of Jefferson,

Martha attended the Jefferson Village School through 8th grade, and then attended Cony High School, in Augusta, graduating in the class of 1944. She graduated froom the University of Maine in Orono with a BA in physics in 1948. The same year she started employment at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D. C., working as a physicist in the rocket section, a forerunner of NASA.

In 1952 she married Robert D. Tompkins, an electrical engineer at NRL. They lived in Chile for 18 months while Bob was employed as an engineer for Bethlehem Chile Iron Mines. On their return to the U.S. with young daughter, Ann, they returned to Washington, D.C., where Bob was again employed at NRL.

On Bob’s retirement in 1981, they retired to Jefferson and built a home on the original Bond property overlooking Damariscotta Lake. Here many happy years were spent, with family and friends, gardens, church and community work, and research into town and family history.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson for 78 years, was a life member of the Jefferson Historical Society and secretary of the Bond Burying Ground Association for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years and is survived by daughters, Ann Liburt, of Jefferson, and Marilyn Tompkins, of Jackman; sons, Steven Tompkins, of Glenn Dale, Maryland, Andrew Tompkins, of Leesburg, Virginia, and Richard Tompkins, of Plana, Texas; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; sisters, Kathryn Maryan, of Ocala, Florida, Emily Kaune, of Nederland, Colorado, and Beverly Blair, of Cape Elizabeth; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 921, Jefferson ME 04348.

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WINSLOW––Dorothy A. Pooler, 76, of Winslow, passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at the Alfond Center for Health, in augusta. She was born in Albion on April 9, 1941, the daughter of James and Pauline (Flye) Pottle.

Dorothy graduated from Besse High School, in Albion, and later from Center Maine Beauty School, in Augusta. She owned and operated Dorothy’s Beauty Salon, in Waterville, for many years. Her hobbies included snowmobiling, knitting and attending her great-granddaughter Lili’s horse shows and events.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence Pooler; two brothers, Raymond Pottle and Lloyd Pottle; a sister, Helen Burgess; a grandson, Travis Finley; and a great-grandchild, Liam Finley.

She is survived by her daughter, Ronda Bell, and her husband Kevin, of Windsor; stepdaughter, Kimberly Marois, of South China; a grandson, Justin Finley; four great-grandchildren, Kaden Finley, Lukas Finley, Lilianna Finley and Leah Finley; two step-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Condolences, memories, photos and videos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at:

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Road, Waterville ME 04901.


A Celebration of Life will be held for David Frost of Norridgewock at 16 Ryan Lane, Skowhegan on Saturday October 21, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. For directions or further information call 778-2580 or 431-9964

Letters to the editor, Week of October 12, 2017

Monarch article factful

To the editor:

My special thanks to Roland Hallee for his explanation of the Monarch butterflies’ migration journey. At last, after a lifelong interest, I “get” how it takes four generations. The whole article (The Town Line on October 5, 2017) is fact-filled and very easy to read. I enjoy The Town Line as a subscriber and always find something of special interest. The butterfly article is especially special.

Charlotte Henderson

Squares to meet in Waterville

On Saturday, October 14, from 7 – 10 p.m., the Central Maine Square Dance Club will be holding its monthly square dance at the Waterville Junior High School, on Rte. 104, in Waterville. The caller for the evening will be Kip Moulton and the round dance cuer will be his wife Linda.

There will be early round dancing from 6:30 – 7 p.m., before the start of the square dance. As always the club encourages the general public to attend as spectators at no charge to see what fun can it is.

Ducks Unlimited’s Kennebec chapter to host annual fundraiser

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On Saturday, October 21, Ducks Unlimited Kennebec Valley Chapter will host its annual fundraiser. The festivities will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with a dinner at 7 p.m., at Le Club Calumet, on West River Road, in Augusta. Tickets are available by contacting Barry Mower at 207-623-2758 or George Diplock at 207-623-2947.

Raffles, live and silent auctions will go on all night with multiple gun raffles all to be drawn that night. Collectible artwork, decoys, sculpture, and waterfowl-related items will be offered as well as the works of many local artists.

“We like to see new faces at our events along with many current members,” said DU’s Senior Regional Director Bill Brown. “This particular chapter was ranked among the top 5 in the state of Maine in 2016 and really knows how to host a banquet. It’s a great place for the general public to learn about the conservation work Ducks Unlimited conducts (not only in the U.S., but also in Canada and Mexico) while mingling with a great group of people.”

Memories of the Mill at Palermo Historical meeting

The Palermo Historical Society will show a short documentary “Memories of the Mill” on Tuesday, October 24, at 7 p.m., at the Worthing House, 54 No. Palermo Road in Palermo. There will be a brief business meeting at 6:30 pm.

Dinsmore Grain Company Mill

The Dinsmore Grain Company Mill was a historic early 20th-century mill building on Branch Mills Road in China. Built in 1914 on the site with nearly 100 years of industrial use.

The Dinsmore Mill was located just west of the village center of Palermo, across the town line in China. It sat astride the West Branch Sheepscot River, which drains Branch Pond to the north and was impounded by the dam located beneath the mill structure. The mill was a 2-1/2 story frame structure, rectangular in shape, covered by a gabled roof and wooden shingle siding. A three-story tower rose near the center of the southern (street-facing) facade; it was also capped by a gabled roof. The ground floor of the building housed the main works, which included a water-driven turbine and the milling equipment. A conveyor belt provided access to the upper floor, which was historically used for the storage of grain.

The first documented mill at this site was in operation in 1817 but was destroyed by a fire in 1908. Rebuilt in 1914 and at first just a grist mill, it was expanded in 1935 to also function as a sawmill and operated until 1960.

Structural instability due to the building’s deteriorated condition made repair work difficult and potentially dangerous and the mill was razed in the summer of 2017.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact Noreen Golden at 207-873-4134.

Winslow Public Safety open house a success

Owen and Amy Thornton, left, visited the open house and learned about law enforcement with Lieutenant Josh Veilleux and also took a tour of the Fire and Rescue trucks.

by Mark Huard

Makayla Olson, 5, of Vassalboro,visited with police, fire and rescue officials and took a tour of all the fire trucks/rescues.

The first Winslow Public Safety open house took place at Winslow Fire Department on September 30. Community members had the opportunity to meet and talk with the firefighters as well as other local public safety personnel from the police department and Delta. On display was a replica “Squad 51” that carried equipment that was made famous decades ago on the TV series Emergency, that portrayed the life of Los Angeles County, California Firefighter/­Paramedics Johnny Gage and Roy Desoto. This show was responsible for many people to pursue careers in the Fire and Emergency Medical Services. It also helped promote what the standard of care would be throughout the country at the time.

Photos by Mark Huard/ Owner Central Maine Photography

China Planners begin work on potential ordinance changes

by Mary Grow

China Planning Board members started working on potential ordinance amendments at an Oct. 10 workshop meeting.

Retiring board Chairman James Wilkens brought copies of the first few pages of four other towns’ ordinance definitions, covering those beginning with the first two letters of the alphabet. Board members reviewed China’s parallel definitions.

They proposed no major changes. As the meeting wound down, they talked about adding new definitions, including “Airbnb,” “adult business” and “boathouse,” but made no decisions.

They also considered deleting one or two definitions, either because they might be obsolete or because they seemed irrelevant to China’s ordinance and to past and potential land use issues in town.

Codes Officer Paul Mitnik said he reviewed the entire definitions section in China’s land use ordinance and found fewer than half a dozen possible places to amend, mostly minor.

Any ordinance changes require voter approval. Planners have not decided when they will be ready to ask selectmen to schedule a vote if they do recommend amendments.

Board members plan to continue ordinance review at future meetings. Their next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening, Oct. 24.

China to conduct survey for a Lifetime Committee

by China Lifetime Committee members

China community friends, we, the members of the China for a Lifetime Committee, want you to know that The Town Line next week will include a survey that we have developed. We hope you will take and return the survey. In the survey, we have asked a number of questions, the answers to which we think will assist us, with your support and participation, to facilitate China becoming even more a community that allows all of our citizens to have more of their needs met and to develop a greater feeling of community and acceptance. Our goal is to really live up to our name and transform our town so that you want to live in China “for a Lifetime”.

All information in the survey will be anonymous so please feel free to answer the questions accurately. If you choose to fill out the page offering to volunteer in the community or want to participate in the raffle discussed below, that page is submitted separately and will not be linked to any of your answers.

In addition to the version of the survey that will be included in The Town Line next week, the town website and Facebook page will have the survey posted. Some of you will receive a copy in the mail and the survey can be picked up at the transfer station. Our goal is to have all the surveys returned by the 30th of November. Surveys can be returned to: the town office, the transfer station, in the mail to the town office or by either of the electronic means referenced above.

To encourage you to return the survey we will have a raffle drawn from those that are returned. The following list makes up the prizes, one of which you may win if you choose to participate:

1st prize — one $150 gift card from Hannaford,
2nd prize — one $100 gift card from Tobey’s Grocery. There will be three.
3rd prizes — one $25 gas card from Fieldstone Quickstop. There will be two.
4th prizes — one $25 gift card to be redeemed at the 32 General Store. And finally,
5th to 36th prize will be your choice of a $25 Gift Card to one of the following (Choice dependent on drawing order and quantity of each): 32 General Store, Tobey’s Grocery, Fieldstone Quickstop, Hannaford.

We hope you will find the survey thought provoking and will see the value it can offer to all of us who live in China.

Five Myths And Facts About Cholesterol

For Your Health

(NAPSI)—High cholesterol is a known risk factor for heart disease and stroke and is estimated to cause nearly 2.6 million deaths annually. Yet, a survey from the American Heart Association shows that nearly two-thirds of people who have high cholesterol don’t think they’re at high risk for a heart attack or stroke.

My Cholesterol Guide” is a new, online tool that provides information, practical tips and downloadable resources to help the more than 94.6 million Americans living with high cholesterol. The guide is the latest offering from the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke.

What it is.

Cholesterol is a waxy, fatlike substance found in all cells of the body. Elevated levels of blood cholesterol can create blockages in the arteries and is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

“People with high cholesterol usually don’t have symptoms, so unless you get tested, you may not realize you need treatment,” said Ann Marie Navar, M.D., Ph.D., a volunteer member of the Association’s Cholesterol Advisory Committee and an Assistant Professor of Cardiology at the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, N.C. “Even though we have a lot of evidence about the benefits and safety of cholesterol-lowering treatment, the challenge is that cholesterol remains underdiagnosed and subsequently undertreated.”

What to do.

The best way to manage high cholesterol is a multipronged approach, including diet, exercise and medication if cholesterol levels remain elevated, she said.

The challenge is that many people don’t recognize their risk due to some of the following misconceptions about cholesterol.

Myths and Facts

Myth 1 – High cholesterol isn’t a concern for children.

High cholesterol can be hereditary. Familial hypercholesterolemia is a genetic disorder that can cause early heart disease. If someone is diagnosed with extremely high cholesterol or familial hypercholesterolemia, it’s important that all family members get tested, including young adults and children, so that treatment isn’t delayed, Navar said.

Myth 2 – You don’t need a cholesterol check until you’re middle-aged.

Getting your cholesterol checked starting at age 20 and talking with your health provider to ensure you understand what it means is crucial because getting treated early can play an important role in reducing the risk of heart disease.

“For every decade your cholesterol is high in your 30s and 40s, you increase your risk for heart disease by more than 30 percent,” Navar said.

Myth 3 – Thin people don’t have high cholesterol.

Overweight people are more likely to have high cholesterol, but even people who maintain a healthy weight and regular exercise can have high cholesterol.

“Since genetics does play such an important role, some people may be doing everything right and still have high cholesterol,” she said.

Myth 4 – If the nutrition label shows no cholesterol, a food is “heart healthy.”

Nutrition labels can be helpful, but you should read beyond the amount of cholesterol a food contains.

“It’s important to look for saturated fats, trans fats and added sugars because these all affect our heart health and cholesterol levels,” Navar said.

Myth 5 – Only people with “high” cholesterol need medicine to lower their cholesterol.

“Even people whose cholesterol falls within what we would call ‘normal’ range can benefit from having cholesterol-lowering medication if they have other risks for heart disease or stroke,” Navar said. “Beyond just your cholesterol numbers, knowing your overall risk of heart disease can help determine if you need to be on treatment.”

Where to learn more

The American Heart Association’s Check.Change.Control.Cholesterol initiative, supported by Sanofi and Regeneron, has information and resources for identifying and managing your cholesterol and other cardiovascular risk factors. Visit for further facts, and to download the free guide.

Talkin’ Trash with Irene Belanger, Week of October 5, 2017

by Irene Belanger
Trnasfer Station coordinator

Thank you Bob Bennett for your letter to The Town Line last Thursday. Keeping the roadsides in China, Maine clean from trash is ultra important. Once again I’d like to remind everyone that it’s State Law to keep trash loads SECURED when traveling to the transfer station. Thank you to Katie McCormick for roadside work she does in the South China area.

Autumn is a good time to clean up any trash that has landed in each of our front roadsides as we prepare for winter. Thanks to you all!


Saturday, October 21, 8:30 a.m. – noon, is your chance to get rid of hazardous waste items and old TVs by taking a load to Winslow. You’ll need to go to the China Transfer Station to get an application and information. Your tax dollars at work.

Saturday, October 28, we’ll have a grand opening for our Free For Taking building. Items are there for anyone who can use them. Also it’s Kennebec Sheriff’s Office Drug Drop Off Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the recycle building.

And the Paper Shredder will be at the town garage on Alder Park Road from 8 a.m. to noon. Your tax dollars at work.

We could use some more volunteers that day.

To find out more please call Irene at 445-2349 or the transfer station at 445-3033. Thank you.