Magic of Christmas at Yule Goat Farm

The magic of Christmas is furry and four-footed at Pumpkin Vine Farm’s Holiday Craft Markets on December 3 and 17. In Scandinavian tradition, the Yule Goat brings presents to children at Christmas, accompanied by the Tomten, a farm gnome who looks after the well-being of the animals. The farm’s Yule Goat and Tomten will be visiting with children between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., with a special story time beginning at noon and 1 p.m. Children will have the opportunity to make a special treat for the animals in their neighborhood.

Following a visit to the barn, browse the local crafts and farm-fresh treats at the farm’s holiday market. All our products are made by local artisans and reflect the beauty and bounty of nature, from wreaths to wooden bowls, hand-knits, skin-care products, and jewelry. Our edible treats include cajeta (goat’s milk caramel sauce) and truffles, local honey, and squash, pumpkins and other veggies for your Christmas feast.

Bring your walking boots (and a sled if it’s snowy) to enjoy the beauty of the farm’s hills and fields in winter; we’ll have a fire and free hot chocolate to warm you inside and out! The farm is located at 217 Hewett Rd., in Somerville; for more information, visit, email or call (207) 549-3096.

Maine Children’s Home seeks clothing donations; get a free haircut

The Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers is seeking donations of winter clothing for needy children. Items include hat and mittens sets, warm pajamas (sizes 6-16), snow pants and jackets, and boots for ages 18 months – 12 years. A more complete list is available on the home’s website.

Bring your donations to the Cutt-it-Out salon at 909 Main St., in Vassalboro, and receive a complimentary haircut from the staff. The salon may be reached at 509-0004.

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: Endangered – Clean Water Act

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by Lynne O’Connor
China resident

As a local China Lake Smart volunteer, I have seen the improvements citizens, volunteers, and organizations are bringing to our lakes, streams, and waterways.

However, on the federal level, two impending federal actions threaten Maine lakes and all streams, rivers, estuaries and marine environments to which they drain. The issues are radical cuts to Clean Water Act funding and repeal of the Clean Water Rule protecting wetlands and the headwater streams which provide the last remaining habitat for Eastern brook trout and feed all downstream waters. I urge you to ensure these vital protections for the integrity, health and benefits of Maine waters remain secure in 2018 and beyond.

The natural waters of Maine are our (as citizens of Maine) high value assets which generate over $3.5B in economic activity, are a joy to fishermen and all who enjoy the beauty and activities they provide, fuel 52,000 jobs, power local and property tax bases, and provide drinking water to 1/3 of our citizens each year. Currently, 53 of our 2,314 great ponds are impaired and bloom annually, more than 490 are ‘at risk from development,’ and 172 are High Priority Lake Watersheds (MEDEP). The only public funds available in Maine to prevent decline of Maine waters (lakes, streams, wells, all natural waters), and which restore impaired lakes, come from EPA’s Clean Water Act “Nonpoint Source (319)” Funds. Since 2008, seven lakes and one stream have been brought back from impairment by the 319 Program. Last year alone, fifteen 319 projects kept 500 tons of sediment, 550 pounds of phosphorus and 1,000 pounds of nitrogen out of Maine lakes and streams. Federal grants require in-state match, doubling their impact: $1,830,000 in 2015. Please see more info on this and the Clean Water Rule at

What can you and I do? Call, Maine Senate: 1-800-423-6900, write, email, post, your concerns, and request our senators, Susan Collins and Angus King, vote against these changes in the Clean Water Act funding, and the repeal of the Clean Water Rule.

Obituaries, Week of November 30, 2017


WINDSOR-–Ronald Livellara, 57, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017, following a long-term battle with chronic pain. He was born in the Bronx, New York, on August 31, 1960.

Ron was a landscaper for several golf courses in Florida.

His life enjoyments ranged from riding roller coasters at Coney Island, to white water rafting in West Virginia, to traveling to Maine and seeing the home of his idol, Stephen King. He played drums with his brother Rick and Bob Klein in New York.

His biggest accomplishment was purchasing his first home with his wife, Lori, in Maine.

A Celebration of Life is planned for May 2018, in New York.

Donations to offset the costs of Ron’s passing may be made to Laura Livellara, 369 Windsor Neck Road, Windsor ME 04363.


WINSLOW––George E. Fortin passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at Oak Grove Nursing Home, in Waterville. He was born in Winslow, on June 18, 1939, to Alphonse “Peter” and Julia (Duquette) Fortin.

He graduated from Winslow High School in 1957, and went to work in the family business, Fortin’s Meat Market. He would later become a co-owner with his brothers, Gerard, Donald and Robert.

He will be remembered for his love of baseball and the many years he spent coaching Little League and Babe Ruth.

He had been involved in the Waterville Exchange and Elks Clubs for many years.

He was predeceased by his parents; sisters, Yvette Roy and Sister Norma Fortin; and his brothers, Leo, Wilbert, Gerard, Alphonse and Donald.

He is survived by his children and spouses: Diana and Gar Michaud, of Winslow, Joseph Fortin and Christine, of Albion, and Barbara and Joe Poirier, of Pittsfield; brothers, Robert and wife Joan, of Winslow, and Lucien and wife Bonnie, of South Carolina; and his companion of many years, Mary Hunter, and her children Chris and Erin. George loved his grandchildren, Joshua, Matthew, Peter, Ian, Patrick, Amaiya and Jada; and great-grandchildren. Harlen, Boyd, Matthew and Crosby. He was also Papa to Carrie, Jamie, Amy, Paige, Noah and Sophia. He is also survived by many Fortin/Roy, Pellerin and Haskell nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017, at St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monument Street, in Winslow.


SOMERVILLE––Bruce B. Dunlap, 79, died Thursday, November 16, 2017, at Togus VA Hospital, in Augusta, following an extended fight with ALS. He was born on April 29, 1938, the son of Chester and Grace Dunlap.

He was raised in Stoneham, Massachusetts and graduated from Stoneham High School, class of 1955.

He joined the U.S. Marie Corps in 1956 and was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1958.

He was employed as a sales representative of the Acme Glass Company, and then owned his own business, the Hour Glass Co.

Bruce was a member of Dirigo Masonic Lodge #104 A.F. & A.M. and a life member of the Elks.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sandy Dunlap; son Michael Dunlap and his wife Brenda; daughters, Tracey Butterworth and husband Brad, and Laurie ingersoll and husband Kenny; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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In the spring of 2018, Bruce will be interred at Puritan Lawn Cemetery in Peabody, Massachusetts, followed by a Celebration of Life at the Wakefield Elks. Details will be announced when finalized.

Memorial donations may be made to: The ALS Association, Northern New England Chapter, The Concord Center, 10 Ferry Street, Suite 438, Concord, NH 03301.


VASSALBORO––Kevin E. Morin, 52, of Vassalboro, died on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, following a short but courageous battle with lung cancer. He was born in Camden, on June 27, 1965, to Edward and Helga F. (Oetjen) Morin.

Kevin spent most of his career working for A. W. Chaffee, in Clinton.; He considered the Chaffees to be extended family and cherished the relationship he had with them. He also enjoyed great friendships with the many people he worked with over the years.

First and foremost, Kevin enjoyed doing anything that involved time with his family. He was a devoted husband, father and Papa and would do anything for his family as well as for others who asked. He enjoyed hunting, and was thrilled to be able to share that experience with his “little guy.” He also enjoyed camping, four-wheeling and snowmobiling. Kevin was truly a jack-of-all-trades and he used his many talents to help and to teach so many. Kevin was a very social man and made friends wherever he went. He loved to just hang out with i”the guys” and share stories.

Kevin was predeceased by his father, Edward J. Morin II.

Kevin is survived by his wife of 30 years, Kathy (Beaulieu) Morin; daughters, Stephanie and Danielle; grandson, Kaiden, who was his very special “little guy,” and granddaughter, Kiley; his mother, Helga F. Morin; sisters, Susan (Allen) Rowe, Marie (Bob) Bellows, Janet (Mark) Lancaster, and Karin (Wayne) Gerow; brothers, Shawn (Kathleen) Morin, and Jason Morin and companion Kelly; many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 3, at the Augusta Church of the Nazarene.

In Kevin’s memory, donations may be made to the MaineGeneral Harold Almond Center for Cancer Care.


OAKLAND­­––Virgina Ruth Levesque passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017. Born September 28, 1946, to Elijah and Lilla Beale, of Danforth, with the closest hospital being across the river in another country, Ginny was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada.

She was the baby of eight siblings, and having lost their father at a young age, their mother moved her family and settled in Clinton. Lilla, with the help of family, raised her children while she worked full-time.

Ginny attended Waterville and Clinton schools, and she was proud of and kept up with her classmates through the years.

She was a born worker, having had many jobs in the area, her first being the diner in Clinton where she met the love of her live, Peter. Eventually, she put herself through beauty school, which led to a long and rewarding career where she met her lifelong friends and mentors. With their help and support, she opened her first salon, The Zodiac, on Silver Street, in Waterville, and few laters later, The Zodiac II, at the JFK Mall, in Waterville, all the while raising two sons and suffering a major heart attack at a very young age.

She and Peter continued to build their other business, T..D.S>, from a small little rubbish route. It was later acquired by a Fortune 500 company. After an unfortunate fire that burned one of the salons, they chose a new adventure and purchased the nearly-closed Saddleback Motor Inn and moved to Rangeley. Slowly refurbishing in only a way Ginny could, they re-opened the restaurant and bar as the Hungry Trout Bar and Grille. Ginny was in her element, being hostess to locals and folks from around the world who came to visit Rangeley. Due to health problems, they decided to sell and retire by buying a small mobile home park in Oakland, and settled there. She continued working at The Senator Inn, in Augusta, as a hostess, and lastly at Pier One Imports, in Augusta.

Her holiday parties and pig roasts became well-renowned within her circles as the place to be.

Having seven siblings and marrying into a family of nine siblings, Ginny was bless with family who contained nieces and nephews too numerous to list.

When life handed her lemons in the form of fires, flood, or heart attacks, Ginny took those lemons, squeezed herself a margarita, and plotted her comeback to live a life worth living!

She was predeceased by father, Elijah Beale; her stepfather and mother, Tate and Lilia Lewis, of Waterville; Paul and Margaret Bailey, of Clinton; Verna Proctor, of Clinton; Arlene Bouraguard, of Clinton; Robert Beale, of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida; and brother-in-law, Ronald Randall, of Augusta.

Surviving family includes her husband of 49 years, Peter; their son, Brent and wife Annette Levesque, of Waterville, with their sons Dustin and Jared Levesque; son Brian and wife Shyanne Levesque, of Burnham; her brother, Richard Beale and partner Anna Gerald; her sister, Mary Randall, of Augusta; brother-in-law, Charles Proctor, of Burnham; sister-in-law, Dreana Beale, of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida; and countless in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

Arrangements were under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, in Skowhegan.

Memorial donations may be made to one of the causes that were dear to Ginny’s heart: Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, Florida 33607, or Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Ste. 420, Rockville, Maryland 20850.


Leslie (Les) P. Leblanc, Jr, 59, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. Les was born in Lincoln on February 17, 1958, to parents Jean Trask and Leslie Leblanc Sr.

He proudly served in the US Navy. After retiring from the Navy, He came home to Maine to care for his mother and has resided here ever since. He has worked as a substitute teacher, school bus driver, he provided computer technology for seniors and helped with the Meals on Wheels program and volunteered at the Humane Society in Augusta. He has been extremely helpful to his family and has helped care for his aunts Hazel and Charlotte. He loved to hike with his best furry friend Fred, he enjoyed gardening, canning and technology.

He was predeceased by his parents; Jean and Leslie and brother Gary.

He is survived by his sister Virginia Bara and his brothers Joseph Leblanc and Michael Trask and nieces and nephews and cousins.

Arrangements were in the care of Plummer Funeral Home, in Augusta.

Memorial Ccntributions may be made to the ALS Foundation, 10 Ferry St # 438, Concord, NH 03301.


WINSLOW––Laurentia “Billy” Bilodeau, 92, passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at Mount Saint Joseph, in Waterville, due to a short illness. She was born in Canada, to the late Odilon Lessard and Belzemire Quirion.

Laurentia furthered her education inn Waterville and worked over 28 years as a devoted employee for Sisters Hospital, Seton and MaineGeneral Medical Center, all in Waterville.

She was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, in Winslow.

She was predeceased by her husband, Louis; her infant daughter, Marie; her daughter, Ginette Cathcart; son-in-law, Brian Thompson; brothers, Germain, Geradin, Raymond Marie, Marcel, Louis Phillipe and Yvon; and by her sisters, Cecile, Marie Marte, Genoria and Jeannine.

Survivors are her children, Jean Marc and wife Suzanne; Nicole Thompson; Doris Boulette and husband Richard; and Richard and wife Donna; her sister, Lucille Turner; sister-in-law, Mona Steins Lessard; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

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Memorial donations may be made to Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, 101 Silver Street, Waterville ME 04901.


REGINALD J. POULIN, 65, of Augusta, passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. children Sallie Beane, of Vassalboro, Janelle Gath and husband Samuel, of Winslow, and Carmela Thompson and Lyn, of China.

EMILE MORIN JR., 81, of Augusta, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta. Locally, he is survived by sons Mark A. Morin and companion Beryl Freeman, of Augusta, and Lee P. Morin and wife Pam, of China.

JEAN E. PROCTOR, 84, of Augusta, passed away on Monday, November 20, 2017, at the Augusta Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center, following a long illness. Locally, she is survived by a son, Steven Proctor Sr. and wife Debbie, of China, and daughters Joi Stratton and husband Charles Sr., of Belgrade, Cheryl Lachance and husband Ricky, of Chelsea, and Caryn Weaver and husband Roy, of Palermo.

CYNTHIA A. LOCKWOOD, 71, of Hallowell, passed away on Monday, November 20, 2017, following a heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. Locally, she is survived by a son, Joel Lockwood and wife Shannon, of Oakland, and two granddaughters, Madelyn Lockwood and Norah Lockwood, both of Oakland.

GEORGE E. GREENE, 66, of Augusta, passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at his home. Locally, he is survived by a daughter, Erin Turner and husband Adam, of Windsor.

Vassalboro selectmen’s meeting canceled; rescheduled to December 14

by Mary Grow

Vassalboro selectmen will not meet Thursday, Nov. 30. They had already moved their meeting from evening to afternoon so board members can attend a training session for elected officials, and have now canceled the meeting due to lack of pressing business. Their next regular meeting is scheduled for Thursday evening, Dec. 14.

Garage expansion OK’d by Vassalboro planners

by Mary Grow

Presented with the previously-missing site plan, Vassalboro Planning Board members quickly and unanimously approved Michael Chick’s application to enlarge his garage on Burns Road, off Church Hill Road.

At their regular meeting Nov. 9, board members ruled Chick’s application incomplete because it lacked an overall plan. They scheduled a special meeting for Nov. 21 with Chick’s application the only agenda item.

Chick’s plan showed the 16-by-60-foot addition on the back of the garage. At the earlier meeting, Chick and his wife said the addition is to provide more work and storage space; they plan no changes in activity level, traffic, landscaping, lighting or anything else likely to impact neighbors or the environment.

A couple whose land adjoins Chick’s five-acre lot told board members they have no objection to his project.

China selectmen hold annual vision session: take no action

by Mary Grow

On Nov. 27, China selectmen began their annual visioning session, at which board members informally discuss goals and priorities, with a list of two dozen items reviewed a year earlier.

They added one short-term and three long-term items and found four items that have been or are being taken care of.

The short-term addition, suggested by Jeffrey LaVerdiere, is finding a successor to Town Manager Daniel L’Heureux, who plans to leave his position at the end of June after more than 23 years.

Longer-term, Board Chairman Robert MacFarland and new board member Donna Mills-Stevens recommended hiring a full-time policeman, if voters approve the expenditure. LaVerdiere questioned the need; Mills-Stevens said people want protection against vandalism and theft, and part-time officers are not enough.

Selectman Neil Farrington suggested reviewing the town’s personal property tax policy and perhaps setting a minimum valuation below which taxes would not be assessed. Mills-Stevens agreed, saying China’s personal property taxes deter new businesses from coming to town. L’Heureux was less enthusiastic, reminding board members of the state programs that ease the burden and pointing out that less personal property tax money from business means higher property taxes for everyone. Selectman Irene Belanger said updating China’s comprehensive plan should be on the selectmen’s list, though she and former Selectmen Ronald Breton agree the planning board needs to start the process. In the past a special committee has revised the plan. Belanger said China’s revised plan is due to be submitted to the state next year. Items from the 2016 list that are irrelevant or under way include:

  • Dealing with recreational marijuana, now that town voters have agreed to ban it;
  • Elderly housing, being considered by the China for a Lifetime Committee;
  • Better internet service, the province of the Broadband Committee and, selectmen decided informally, eligible to apply for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funding if needed, since good internet service is necessary for the economic development TIF dollars are supposed to promote; and
  • Making the emergency shelter in the former portable classroom behind the town office usable.

The ongoing causeway project at the head of China Lake’s east basin, funded by TIF money, though neither new nor on the 2016 list, was discussed repeatedly. MacFarland proposed bonding part of the cost; LaVerdiere agreed the project is likely to cost more than the $750,000 voters allocated.

Farrington wants to continue discussion of acquiring all of the Bailey property on both sides of Lakeview Drive as part of the project. Board members would like to own the small lot now used for boat-launch parking, but it is financially connected to Bailey’s larger lot. That land, they suggest, could provide parking for the recreational trail that crosses it and perhaps a site for a new China Village fire station.

Additional public access to China Lake is another ongoing issue. Belanger is trying to revive the committee that recommended the town buy the Candlewood property on Lakeview Drive and develop a town beach, only to be rejected by voters. Farrington is interested in trying to acquire the lot north of the Four Seasons lot on Lakeview Drive, which he said has 800 feet of frontage on China Lake.

Discussion of selling town property covered a small piece on the east side of China Lake designated a boat launch for canoes and other hand-carried craft, but, L’Heureux said, too small for parking; the 39 acres opposite the former Candlewood Camps given to the town, for which various uses have been discussed but none pushed; and Bradley Island in China Lake’s west basin. Sidewalks or other pedestrian and cyclist safety measures, on the 2016 list, merited brief discussion, with Belanger proposing sidewalks in China Village and L’Heureux suggesting the relocation of the South China Library might warrant extension of South China’s sidewalks up Jones Road.

The manager mentioned state and federal grants in connection with the sidewalks and other items discussed, saying he is always looking for relevant grant money. Much of China’s regular budget comes from the state, he said. With state funding declining, for example school allocations and revenue-sharing, he advised selectmen to look into enhancing local sources.

Because the visioning session was not a formal meeting, selectmen took no action on any of the items discussed.

Fire departments dominate China selectmen’s meeting

by Mary Grow

China selectmen spent another 40 minutes at their Nov. 27 meeting talking with representatives of the three town fire departments about new ways of distributing the annual stipends from town voters.

For many years the town has kept the departments’ money and paid bills as they’re submitted. This year, two changes overlap:

  • On the state level, the legislature created a new law proposed by China Village Fire Chief and state Representative Timothy Theriault that allows towns to hand over annual appropriations in a lump sum and let each department pay its own bills. Departments are required to submit an itemized budget with their fund requests.
  • Locally, in November, voters approved a referendum question requiring all non-profits receiving town funds to submit a current financial statement as a condition for being considered for funding. Selectmen, some of the firefighters who have attended recent discussions and other residents did not realize that “all nonprofits” includes China’s fire departments and China Rescue. As a result, selectmen and emergency services personnel have had two meetings to try to clarify what information the emergency services need to provide and when. They are still not clear whether the itemized budget the state requires is the same as the financial statement the town requires.

The goal, as phrased by board member Jeffrey LaVerdiere, is to provide the accountability required by auditors and by selectmen representing taxpayers. Discussion of asking voters to clarify requirements at the March town meeting led to no conclusion.

One issue has been resolved: firefighters have devised acceptable forms for applying twice a year for the annual stipends voters funded at the March 2017 town meeting. Application dates are around Dec. 1 and June 30; officers receive fixed amounts, other personnel a per-call or per-training-session stipend.

In other business Nov. 27, China Region Lakes Alliance President Jim Hart made a short presentation on CRLA’s work around China Lake, including physical labor to provide buffers, improve gravel roads and otherwise control run-off into the lake; support for the Alewife Restoration Program (ARI), intended to let alewives migrate into China Lake instead of being trucked in; and the courtesy boat inspection program aimed at preventing milfoil and other invasive plants from getting into the lake.

This year, Hart said, China Lake’s water quality was the best since 1981. There is no milfoil in the lake yet, although he fears its appearance is only a matter of time.

Challenged by former Selectman Ronald Breton about the bass tourneys on the lake, Hart said out-of-town bass fishermen do an outstanding job of checking their boats for unwanted plants.

Selectmen made four appointments: Breton as a member of the town Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Committee and as one of China’s representatives on the Kennebec Regional Development Authority; Wayne Chadwick as budget committee member from District 3; and Selectman Neil Farrington as a member of the Kennebec County Budget Committee.

They approved a renewal of China’s emergency services dispatching contract with the City of Waterville. Town Manager Daniel L’Heureux said the price has gone up three percent, to $11,701.83 per year, and will hold at that level for the three years of the new contract.

South China Fire Chief Richard Morse and Weeks Mills department representative William Van Wickler said the Somerset County/Waterville arrangement provides good service. Neither recommended switching to the alternate dispatching service available from Augusta.

The agenda for the Dec. 11 selectmen’s meeting includes a discussion with the Transfer Station Committee. Selectmen are likely to meet with committee members at 6 or 6:30 p.m., rather than the usual 7 p.m. New board member Donna Mills-Stevens tried to start the discussion Nov. 27, saying she has been “flooded” and “bombarded” with calls about the fee charged to commercial haulers. The fee, originally intended to cover the cost of the scales installed primarily to weigh commercial loads, was not eliminated after the scales were paid for.

Linda O’Connor, a Transfer Station Committee member, repeatedly asked that the discussion be postponed to Dec. 11, saying the committee has looked into the issue. After 15 minutes, the issue was tabled on the ground that everything being said would be repeated in two weeks.

China Village VFD chosen as Hannaford Case Bag program beneficiary

image credit: China VFD

China Village Volunteer Fire Department has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Cause Bag program for the month of December.

The Hannaford Cause Bag program launched in October 2015 and is designed to support local nonprofits through the sale of the reusable Hannaford Helps bag.

The China Village Volunteer Fire Department was selected by Hannaford store leadership as the December beneficiary of the program at the China Hannaford store. For every Hannaford Helps reusable bag with the good karma message purchased at the China Hannaford during December, the China Village Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $1 donation.

The fire department is excited to have this donation opportunity. The funds will go towards the kitchen renovations in the department building.

China Village Volunteer Fire Department is based in China Village. Founded in 1947, the mission of this organization is to protect the lives and property of the citizens of our community, the China Village Volunteers Fire Department Operations Area, the Town of China and the mutual aid response areas with high quality of consistently professional fire protection, rescue services emergency management, and public safety programs. The department will accomplish this through a systematic delivery of education through fire prevention awareness, and proactive initiatives that focus on eliminating acts and/or practices that can cause fire. It will provide trained personnel and working equipment to suppress fire, perform basic extrication functions, rescue operations, and provide emergency public safety services.

Learn more about the China Village Volunteer Fire Department by visiting the website

For more information on the Hannaford Cause Bag program, visit or

‘Parade of Lights’ kicks off Christmas season

Santa and Mrs. Claus were welcomed in Waterville on November 24 to kick off the Christmas season.


Young elves participate in the annual parade.


Some young elves wave at the crowd.

All photos by Mark Huard