PAGES in TIME – Palermo Christian Church: 50-year history

“Palermo Christian Church, Inc., Palermo Christian Church, Inc.” The lawyer who helped fill out the papers for incorporation emphasized the word “Inc.” every time he came to that word. As he did the legal work, we wonder what went through his mind?

Palermo Christian Church.

The early people:

As a Belfast lawyer he wouldn’t know the past history of God working in Palermo. He had never heard William Overlock, a minister from Washington, preach revival services at the old school house on the Valley Road where Grace Blanchard taught Sunday School. He didn’t know of the efforts of Annie Tibbets or Elina Turner in establishing a Sunday School at the old school house in East Palermo. If he traveled Old Route 3 he might have seen the Second Baptist Church at Greely Corner or the Branch Mills Union Church, but he may not have known what went on inside the four walls of these two churches, nor would he have known of the ministries carried on inside the First Baptist Church, the Methodist Church or the North Palermo Baptist Fellowship.

We wonder what he would have thought of the impact of student pastors such as Rev. English, Rev. Felts or Wally Bradley from Gordon College. He would not know of the support the community received from people in other communities. Rev. Talcott, a native of Connecticut, visited Lake St. George and preached in town during the summer. George Duff drove over from Morrill and Horace Moffatt from Belfast to fill vacant pulpits. He would not have known of the people who helped shape the spiritual values of people in our community; people like Harold Nutter, Carl and Eleanor Howes, Elmer Hellmout, Howard Hutchings, Barbara Rozell, George Davis, Winifred Reynolds, Eric Wiggin and others.

Another church in town?

North Palermo Church.

He may have wondered if a small community like Palermo needed another church. The attendance at the existing churches was very low and another church would not seem practical. The first twelve charter members could have answered that question for him. Their initial purpose was not to compete with the other churches, but to consolidate the believers into one church. They were not interested in starting a fourth church, but of making the three churches into one. As all the existing churches were small in number and all held similar doctrinal beliefs, it seemed prudent to work together rather than apart. It was unfortunate that in the first years of the church, there were no church buildings adequate to meet the physical needs of the growing congregation. In North Palermo, for example, about 75 Sunday School students were crowded into four classes, one of which met in the Ladies Aid House and three others which studied in separate corners of the small sanctuary. All the church buildings had an adequate sanctuary, but lacked Sunday School space, running water and modern toilet facilities. When one factors in the historical significance of the buildings and legal questions that arose at that time, it was obvious to this group of people that a new building was needed.

The Building:

One could see the hand of God working in those early years. The Rossie Construction Company leased the land that the Palermo Christian Church now sits on from Steve and Ann Childs. They brought in fill and gravel to make a parking lot for their big trucks. The vacant lot, including the ready-made parking lot, were donated to the church by the Childs in 1969. The early years were a time of great sacrifice for many. After borrowing $12,000 to start the building and another $3000 to finish it, people went to work. Herbert Dyer supervised the construction and families gave up weeknights and weekends to work on the building. The community pitched in to help. Boy Scout Troup 222 under the supervision of Kenneth Priest, Sr., used six scouts working a total of 39 hours to fiberglass the steeple. On December 6th, 1970 George Duff and Charles Cousens spoke at the dedication service for the new building.

In the late 1970s the youth groups had grown to include between 70 and 80 young people. Palermo had no recreational facilities at that time, so the church voted to build a gymnasium and expand the sanctuary at the same time. Royce Dyer supervised the many workers and on July 20th, 1980, Lt. Col. Jack McGuckin spoke at the dedication of the gym.

In 1996 the church started work on an addition, which includes wood storage, nursery space, a kitchen, bathrooms and space for extra classrooms. The nursery space was finished, dedicated and put to use in September of 1997 providing much improved conditions for the small children who utilize this space. The new kitchen was put to use in the spring of 1998, becoming a well-used tool for times of fellowship and reaching family and friends for Christ. The bathrooms were completed in 1999. The “Upper Room” was completed in 2001 and the Senior High Youth Group promptly took ownership of the space, which is large enough for a good crowd of teens.

2001 was also the year for Palermo Christian Church to receive a new steeple. This project was directed by Neal Pottle who had the vision of a service project for the fifth- and sixth-grade Sunday School class. From July through November the class under Neal’s direction and with many parent volunteers provided the necessary time and effort to see the project to completion. On November 17 the steeple was raised with students and adults working side by side. The physical result of almost 200 hours of prayer, labor and sacrifice is seen atop the church building, pointing to the One who brought it all together.

In 2008 an addition to the gym was begun, adding an improved handicap entrance, three offices, a large classroom as well as more storage. In 2017 construction began on the addition to the front entrance allowing for ease of entrance to the sanctuary, a larger foyer area and improved space for the sound room.


The church has been blessed with Godly leadership over the years. Dale Flynn was the first pastor. He served from May 19, 1968, until August 24, 1968, when he left to teach school in Jacksonville, Florida. The second pastor was Fred Williams. Soon after Dale Flynn left, Fred was asked to serve as interim pastor and fill in when they could not find a pulpit supply. On July 9, 1969, he became the full-time pastor and served until November 22, 1981. Two assistants helped during this time. Dave Jones served as assistant pastor from April 1,1970, until January 14, 1976. Marilyn Spearin, now Marilyn Kibbe, served as music director for several years. Dave Kibbe assisted from September 1978 until November 22, 1981. He then served as interim pastor until the present pastor, Ed Hatch, was inducted on June 20, 1982. He is a graduate of Glen Cove Bible College and has served the church since 1982. In 1995 the church established a board of elders, which presently includes Ed Hatch, Dennis Keller, Ralph Littlefield, Neal Pottle, Buddy Spaulding, Gerald Stillman and Dan Sprague.  In 1997 the church voted to hire an administrative assistant and welcomed Susan Williams to the position. Her qualifications and commitment to the church brought a measure of organization to the church office which benefit the whole ministry of the church. In 2001 Sandy Keller was hired to the position following Susan’s resignation. In 2003 the church voted to hire a part-time Youth Pastor. Phil Hubbard came as a graduate of Northland Baptist Bible College in 1995 since serving as Youth Pastor at two other churches. Under his leadership the Youth Ministry has grown using different avenues to attract and challenge the youth while being committed to the presentation of the Gospel and a challenge to grow in Christ.

“INC” is defined by Merriam Webster Dictionary as “united in one body.” Fifty years ago, a few separate groups of believers united to become one body, to form Palermo Christian Church, Inc. What may have seemed on the outside to be only a legal transaction, has become when viewed from the inside, the building of a spiritual body with eternal benefits.

Palermo Christian Church has been blessed and grown over the years. More people each year become involved in the ministries of the church (leading, serving and being served) and more lives are changed as a result.  Our goal continues to focus on giving glory to God through worshiping Him, sharing our faith in Christ with others and helping others grow spiritually. May this continue to be our focus until Christ comes again.

The 50th anniversary celebration takes place on Sunday, May 20. They will begin during a special worship service at 9 a.m. with guests speakers and special music. Following the service there will be a chicken BBQ/potluck lunch. There will be photos on display, tours for those who don’t know the building and time to visit and reminisce with people who have had a part in the life of the church, both past and present. There will be a memory book available to take away and hope that all who come will make even more memories to take away in their hearts.

This article originally appeared on Palermo Christian Church’s website.

Obituaries, Week of May 3, 2018


VASSALBORO – Carleen E. Cote, 78, of North Belfast Ave., died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 27, 2018, at Maine Medical Center, Portland. She was born in Caribou on April 27, 1940, the daughter of Alfred Sirois and Esther (Raymond) Sirois.

Carlene graduated from Belgrade High School and Augusta Business College.

She was employed for 19 years by the Maine Department of Mental Health and Retardation, and for 10 years by the Maine Department of Health & Welfare.

She lovingly dedicated her life to wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release along with her husband Don, at the Duck Pond Animal Rehabilitation Center, in Vassalboro.

Carleen was a member of Northeast Zoological Society (secretary for five years), National Wildlife Federation, Wildlife Legislative Fund of America, Sportsmans Alliance of Maine board of directors for four years, secretary for two years and second vice-president for one year).

Carleen was predeceased by her parents, two sisters, Esther Galvin and Alfreda Johnson, and a brother, Gerald Sirois.

Surviving is her husband, Donald P. Cote, of Vassalboro; one sister Jeanine Dostie, of Augusta; one brother, Gary Sirois, of Belgrade; and several nieces and nephews.

There are no planned visiting hours. A service may be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kennebec Valley Humane Society, 10 Pet Haven Lane, Augusta, ME 04330.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME. Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at


KNOX – Desiree J. York, 36, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Bangor. She was born May 21, 1981, in Waterville, the daughter of Donald R. and Brenda L. (Carter) York.

She attended Mt. View High School, in Thorndike. She studied for two years in vocational school with a major in childcare. She loved racing, camping, cooking, music and being with family and friends.

Desiree is survived by her daughter, Miracle Jean Littlefield, of Knox; parents, Donald and Brenda York of Knox; five brothers, Donald York Jr., of Benton, Dallas York and fiancée Cassie Sweden, of Addison, Jason York, Lance York and wife Nickki, and Jeffrey Richards and wife Michelle, all of Vassalboro; two sisters, Torie York, of Bangor, and Danyelle Willette, of Waterville; grandfather Warren York, of Waterville; aunt and uncle Richard and Paulette Carter, of Albion; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and ousins.

She was predeceased by her grandfather Richard Carter, and grandmothers Rita York and Mary Jean Carter.

Arrangements were under the direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Services, 445 Waterville Rd., Skowhegan, ME 04976.

Memorial donations may be made to the Homeless Shelter, 19 Colby St., Waterville, ME 04901.


WINSLOW––Gerald T. Giroux, 86, of Winslow, died Friday, April 6, 2018, at his home, following an intense battle with cancer. He was born July 1, 1931, in Disraeli, Quebec, the youngest of 14 children of Eugene Giroux and Georgianna (Jacques) Giroux.

He attended school in Disraeli. He was employed at Colby College, in Waterville, for over 25 years. The family owned their own newspaper business for over 35 years, and he was quite well known by many for his several years of delivering newspapers on a daily basis. He, along with his family, currently owns Berry’s Stationery, in Waterville. There, he enjoyed working alongside his family members, putting frames together, and, of course, socializing with the customers.

He married Yvette, in 1964 and they spent 44 years together until her death in 2008. They raised two children and their grandchildren, with whom they were very close and always together. He spent many years attending events, cheering on his children and grandchildren and supporting them in every way.

Pepere was a man of deep Catholic faith. He was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Winslow Council #7300. He was a member of the 4th Degree Assembly #341. He was a communicant of Corpus Christi Parish.

Survivors include his children Michael W. Giroux and wife Barbara, of Augusta, Michelle A. Giroux-Paré and husband Rick, of Winslow; grandchildren Daniel, Dorothy, Anne, and Dominique Giroux-Paré, and Stephanie Pinkham and Nicholas Masse; one brother Robert and wife Lorraine, of Disraeli, Quebec, Canada; one sister Gabrielle Laflam, of Beaulac, Quebec, Canada; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Yvette; parents; five brothers, Ernest, Lucien, Louis, Fernand, and Clement, and six sisters, Rene, Cecile, Marie, Therese, Rollande, and Aline.

Please visit to share condolences, memories and tributes with his family.

Donations may be made in his memory to: St. John Regional Catholic School, 15 South Garand St., Winslow ME 04901.


BENTON––Gilbert “Gil” Raymond, 65, of Benton, passed away Friday, April 6, 2018, at his home. He was born January 15, 1953, the son of Irenie and Regina Raymond, in Fort Kent.

He graduated from Waterville High School in 1972. He married his soul mate, Susan Letourneau, in 1971. He worked as a millwright at local paper companies for many years, retiring in 2015.

Following retirement, he was always willing to lend a helping hand when needed as he was a talented carpenter and mechanic.

Gil enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing cards, especially when doing these things with his friends and family.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Susan; daughters Jennifer Heath and husband Brian, Jessica Huard and husband Edward; three granddaughters, the joys of his life, Lauren, Lily and Scarlett; sisters Jeannine Genest and husband Robert, Jackie Raymond, Doraline “Lulu” Begin and husband Bruce, and Marie Raymond Carrier; four special aunts, Cecile Morrill, Rena Adams, Lucille Raymond and Cecile Theriault.

He was predeceased by his parents; and a sister, Reta Raymond.

There will be a memorial service held at Shawmut Chapel, 57 Bray Ave., Shawmut, ME 04975, on Saturday May 5, 2018, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Volunteers of Maine.


WINSLOW––Paula Veilleux, 86, of Winslow, passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Avita, of Wells, following a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born on April 23, 1931, in Maria, Quebec, one of eight children of Eveline (Guite) and Leonard Bujold.

She came to Waterville in 1947, and worked as a seamstress at C. F. Hathaway, in Waterville. At the age of 19, she met her husband, James Veilleux, at the roller rink. They were happily married for 58 years. Together they had six children.

Paula was a dedicated and loving wife and mother. She was also employed as a seamstress at The Curtainshop for many years. She was well-known for her mending skills within her family, friends and community.

She and James maintained a large vegetable garden, and canned a good portion of their produce. She was an excellent cook, known for her signature spaghetti sauce, and always enjoyed trying new recipes.

She also taught CCD at St. John Catholic School, in Winslow, for many years. In her free time, she enjoyed playing cards, going for walks, dancing, swimming, and spending time with her family.

Paula will be remembered as a gentle and loving woman, who was patient, and had a great sense of humor.

Paula is survived by her six children, David Veilleux, of Dover, New Hampshire, Dana Veilleux, of Somersworth, New Hampshire, Michelle Vigue and husband Michael, of North Waterboro, Alan Veilleux, of Winslow, Lee Veilleux and wife Stacy, of Scarborough, and Eileen Veilleux, of Westbrook; nine grandchildren, Mitchell, Dylan, Thomas, Melissa, Nicholas, Danielle, Brianna, Desirée, and Taylor; seven brothers and sisters, Adrienne Desveaux and husband Ted, of Westbrook, Sr. Dorothy Bujold, of Waterville, Leo Bujold and wife Olivette, of Skowhegan, Noella Pelletier and husband Charles, of Winslow, Fern Bard and husband Leland, of Waterville. Harvey Bujold and partner Karen Nagle, of Bonita Springs, Florida; Sr. Rita Bujold, ofFrance; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, James. in 2012.

To view a video collage of Paula’s life, and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family, please visit:

For those who wish, donations may be made in Paula’s memory to: Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 U.S. Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough ME 04074.


WINSLOW––Philip D. Chamberlain, 92, passed away in Waterville on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Phil was born in Exeter, on May 6, 1925, the son of Paul and Ethel (Rowe) Chamberlain.

Phil attended school in Exeter and graduated from East Corinth Academy. He served in the US Army during World Ward II from 1943 to 1946 and was honorably discharged.

He worked in Dexter at the Fay Scott factory and then went on to Keyes Fibre, in Waterville, where he worked as a pattern maker until 1988 when he retired. Phil enjoyed reading, bowling, wood working, snowmobiling, and even skiing in his late 60s.

People who knew Phil recognized him as a quiet, genuine and honest person who loved his family, home and country.

Phil was predeceased by his first wife, Charlene (Annett); son Terry Chamberlain; brother Stanley Chamberlain; and stepson Jay Aubin.

He is survived by his wife Nancy (Willette), who whom he celebrated 31 years of marriage. He is also survived by his daughter Sharon Barnett and husband Ben, of South Carolina, step-son Jeff Aubin and wife Char-lin, of St. Albans and step-son Joel Aubin, of Arizona.

He was “Bumpa” to 12 grandchildren; Lisa Sawyer and husband Bill, Stacey Hoffman and husband Greg, Jeffrey Aubin, Zach Aubin, Thomas Aubin, Alicia Aubin, Nathan Aubin, Elizabeth Aubin, Charliea Aubin, Catherine Williams, Rick Barnett and Drema Barnett; and two great-grandchildren, Kayann Hoffman and John Philip Hoffman; several brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John Food Pantry, Winslow, ME.


BENTON––Clarence Stewart “Stu” Benner, 73, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018, at his residence. Clarence was born in Bath, on November 3, 1944, son of Clarence and Carolyn Benner.

He graduated from Wiscasset High School in 1963. He then joined the Army in 1965 serving in Korea until 1957.

He grew up spending time at Christmas Cove with his grandparents. He enjoyed family gatherings, attending his grandchildren’s events and you could always find him at Bee’s Diner.

Clarence was a longtime truck driver for many different companies.

Clarence was predeceased by his parents and his brother Merle Benner.

He is survived by his longtime companion Jan Alexander; his children, Melissa Benner and Tom, Edward and Aimee Benner, Jennipher and Ken Smith, Timothy and Stacy Wright, and Dustin and Erica Wright; his grandchildren, Emma, AJ and baby boy Benner, Cameron (Brittney), Derrick, Dylan and Rece Smith, Alyssa and Abby Wright and Memphis Wright; brother Stephen and Laurie Benner and his sister Sharon and Jon Kelley.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Clarence’s memory to: BIONIC Pancreas Research Boston University Gifts &I Records, 595 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 700 West Entrance, Boston, MA 02215.


WINSLOW––Francis LaBrecque Jr., 91, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Waterville. Francis was born in Waterville, on June 22, 1926, the son of Francis and Deliska LaBrecque.

“Frank” proudly enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on a PT boat during World War II. He retired from Scott Paper Company in 1987, after 40 years of service.

Francis really enjoyed the hours he spent fishing on First Roach Pond “up river.”

Frank was predeceased by his first wife, Anita (Caron); his brothers, Ovila, Lawrence and Joseph, and his sister, Julie.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra; their three sons and five daughters, Francine Duval and husband, Fern, of Winslow, Janelle LeBreton and husband, Gary, of Winslow, Paul LaBrecque and wife Jane, of Winslow, Patrice Clarke and husband, Richard, of South Carolina, Ronald LaBrecque and wife Nancy, of Albion, Robin Corey and husband Scott, of Albion, Jason Bickford and wife Marie, of Arizona, and Claire LaBrecque and husband Eric, of Virginia; his grandchildren, Audery, Frank, Erin, Blade, Peter, Ryan, Matthew, Gage, Winston and Sky; and several nieces and nephews.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at


SOUTH CHINA––David Lee Lovering Sr., 72, of South China, died Thursday, April 12, 2018, at his home. He was born in Augusta, August 17, 1945, the son of Sidney and Pauline Lovering.

He grew up in China and went on to serve in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965.

After being discharged, David became a professional truck driver working both short and long haul. He and his wife, Carlaine Bovio, worked as a driving team for many years, travelling all over the United States. When he wasn’t working, David enjoyed going to car shows. To his family, he was known as “Grumpy.”

David was predeceased by his parents, Sidney and Pauling.

He is survived by his wife, Carlaine; son, David Lee Lovering Jr. and wife Shannon, of Palmyra; daughters, Lisa Lovering, of Buxton, Sheri Lovering, of Key West, Florida, and Kelly Murray and husband Chris, of Bangor; stepchildren, John Starkey and his fiancée Shekeria Anthony, of Skowhegan; and Tina Kennedy and husband Patrick, of Unity; grandchildren, Skylar, Morgan, Allison, Kaitlyn, Hunter, Autumn, Dominic, Zachary, Emme, Elizabeth, Michael, Aidan and Cheyenne; and two great-grandchildren.

Memories, condolences, photos, and videos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham ME 04086.


WINSLOW––Joyce Marilyn Barker, 61, of Winslow, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Lahey Hospital. She was born in Bridgton, February 4, 1957, to the late Almon and Norine (Sturgis) Barker.

She lived and grew up in Naples, attending Lake Region High School where she played several sports, sang in the chorus and played the baritone both in school and with the Bridgton Town Band. Her favorite teacher in high school, Eugene Whitney, sparked her interest in biology and inspired her to continue studying at the University of Maine in Orono, where she earned her B.S. degree in biology and English and education. She later earned endorsements in life, physical and general science, and language arts.

She taught middle school students in MSADs #47 and #3 until retiring in 2012. During this time she was a hands-on teacher who was twice nominated for the Presidential award for Teaching Excellence in Math and Science and, in 1990, was a semi-finalist for Maine State Teacher of the Year. She also held many advisory and supervisory positions to help both students and teachers.

Joyce loved all of nature and the works of the Maine Audubon Society and the Sea Turtle Rescue and Recovery.

Joyce is survived by her brother, David (Donna Pitts) Barker; sisters, Linda (Michael) Koloski, Rosalie Fredericks, Bette (Steve) York, Janet (Peter) Richardson and Debora Sylvester, 12 nieces and nephews, 14 grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

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If you would like to make a commemorative gift in honor of Joyce, support either the Maine Audubon Society, or Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, P.O. Box 2095, Surf City, NC 28445.


FAIRFIELD––William “Bill” Paul Croce, 71, of Fairfield, died Monday, April 15, 2018, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice Home, in Scarborough. Born in Skowhegan on April 11, 1947, he was a son of Carl G. and Beth Tewksbury Croce.

In 1950, Bill and his family moved to Waterville. He was a graduate of Waterville High School in the class of 1966. Bill furthered his education at Wentworth Institute, in Boston, and Ohio State University, studying aeronautical engineering. He graduated with two associates degrees in engineering and went on to work for Pratt and Whitney, in Connecticut.

Dedicated to his country, Bill served in the Army Reserves from 1970-1976 in the position of drill sergeant. The people of Waterville and surrounding towns will remember Bill from Peter Webber Sports, a staple on Main Street, which Bill managed and then owned for more than a decade. He then moved on to work at the Maine Department of Transportation, Bureau of Planning, a position he held until retirement in 2010.

Bill was a man of varied interests; a Jack-of-all-Trades and master of many! Carpentry, music, hiking, sailing, skiing and flying were among those at which he excelled and found greatest happiness. “Through these avenues, Bill and his wife, Jean, were able to open their world to countless new friends they claimed as family. Bill was known as a captivating and humorous storyteller of adventures (and misadventures!) both experienced and imagined. Humor was such a part of who he was and no gathering was complete without it.

As avid skiers, Bill and his family broke ground at Sugarloaf, building a home and creating a life there that formed invaluable memories and friendships that still hold strong today. His love of skiing matched by his love for sailing, Bill and Jean enjoyed many sailing trips to the British Virgin Islands. In 2016, the two embarked on their biggest adventure yet: sailing from Rockland to Florida, where many new friendships were created.

When Bill was not traveling around, he volunteered his time building sets for shows at the Waterville Opera House and Aqua City Actors Theatre.

Bill is survived by his wife Jean Poirier Croce, of Fairfield; a daughter Lisa Croce, of Portland and a son Tim Croce, of Waterville; brother Carl A. Croce and wife Janet, of Winslow, and their adult children. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and Poirier in-laws.

Services are being arranged for early summer.

Donations in Bill’s memory can be made to the Gosnell House or a charity of your choice.


WINDSOR––Alice J. Maheux, 87, of the Bean road, died Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Country Manor Nursing Home, in Whitefield, following an extended illness. She was born in Sidney on June 4, 1930, the daughter of William Hughes and Margaret (Sawtelle) Hughes.

Prior to her retirement, Mrs.. Maheux was employed by Bates Manufacturing Co. for 40 years.

She was predeceased by her parents; three brothers: Robert, Myron and Phillip Hughes; and sister Phyllis Tremblay.

Surviving are four daughters: Elaine M. Chase and Betty Bowden, both of Vassalboro, Rita Dyer, of Waterboro, and Barbara A. Maheux, of Springvale; 13 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; several nieces and nephews; one sister, Arlene Fossett, of Augusta.

Arrangements were entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Road, Windsor. Condolences, photos and memories may be shared at

Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter, 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough ME 04074.


FAIRFIELD––Randolph Von Pamphrey, 51, passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2018, following a brief illness. Randy was born in Waterville, on December 7, 1966, to Pamela (Libby) and Larry Pamphrey.

He attended school in Leeds, Clinton, and Fairfield; graduated from Lawrence High School in 1985 and attended the University Southern Maine for one year. While at Lawrence, Randy was well-known for his athletic achievements in football, basketball, baseball and track.

Randy worked in many trades over the years, such as landscaping, dock building, and photography. Widely known for his ability to catch a beautiful moment or emotion on film, Randy used his skill in photography to bring joy to so many. It’s what kept him connected to the community, his friends, family and the spirit of LHS. Randy’s creative nature was also found in his interest in collections, gardening and cooking. He had a keen eye for antiques, unusual trinkets and rocks, and had his father’s skill in gardening which led to an interest in cooking.

Friendships came easy to Randy. Everyone who knew him considered him a friend; he was generous, kind-hearted, and honest. Never one to say a negative thing about another person, Randy was easy to trust and confide in. Randy earned his black belt in karate from Huard’s in Winslow.

Randy is survived by his mother, Pamela (Libby) Pamphrey; father, Larry Pamphrey; son, Derek Pamphrey, of Fairfield; sister, Libbi Pamphrey, of South Portland; sister, Heather Wilson and husband Dan, of Fairfield; brother, Kenneth Pamphrey, of Fairfield; nephew, Jake Wilson and wife, Jessica, of Benton; nieces, Samantha and Summer, of Fairfield; many cousins, aunts, and uncles.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at

The Walk To End Hunger 2018 a great success

China Food Pantry Team (left to right): James Maxwell, Andrew Maxwell, Abigail Maxwell, Caley Pillow, Madeline Durant, Catherine Durant, Christine Durant, Lisa Durant. Ann Austin not pictured.

The Walk To End Hunger, organized by the Maine State Credit Union, took place on April 28 and was a success, according to organizers. Volunteers, seven teenagers and two adults, walked to represent the China Community Food Pantry. Because of the generous support of community people, they raised $725. This money will enable them to purchase much needed food. The food pantry staff thanks all who came out to support the food pantry with money donations, food items and clothing.

China planners talk about procedures, ordinance changes

by Mary Grow

China Planning Board members spent their April 24 meeting talking about board procedures and potential ordinance amendments.

Two procedural questions revolved around signing the formal findings of fact document to support their April 10 approval of Wesley and Susan Horton’s permit to open a teen leadership camp at 24 Pond Hill Road.

The first issue was whether board members were reopening review of the criteria on which they previously voted. They decided they were not, and that in the future the board chairman and the codes officer could sign the findings of fact, representing the board.

The other question was when the Fire Marshal’s permit had to be in Codes Officer Paul Mitnik’s hand. Obtaining the Fire Marshal’s permit was made a condition for getting China’s permit for the project; so board members concluded Mitnik should not give the Hortons their final okay until they have it.

Mitnik said he found discrepancies in China’s land use ordinances and suggested an approach to correction, which board members seemed to like. They have been reviewing the definitions section of the ordinance for the last several months, as time permitted, and might eventually ask voters to approve changes.

The codes officer also suggested revising and re-presenting the part of the proposed amendments to match town requirements with state guidelines that China voters rejected in 2016 and 2017. Although board members agreed neither the present ordinance nor the state guidelines are entirely satisfactory, they decided not to pursue the issue now.

Chairman Tom Miragliuolo said he planned to submit names of two volunteers for a new committee to update China’s comprehensive plan to selectmen at their April 30 meeting. More volunteers are welcome; Planning board members would like to have a committee of six or eight people, at least.

The next regular planning board meeting is scheduled for May 8.

China selectmen revisit causeway project, fire pond

Neck Road fire pond, winter 2018

by Mary Grow

At their April 30 meeting, China selectmen returned to two often-discussed issues, the causeway project at the head of China Lake’s east basin and the fire pond dug last fall off Neck Road.

Board members are concerned about reports that the steep sides of the fire pond are falling in, moving it closer to Neck Road and creating a possibly dangerous situation. After reviewing alternatives, including guard rails, creating sloping sides and filling in the pond, they decided they can do no more until they talk with landowner Tom Michaud, due back from Florida in a day or two. Board Chairman Robert MacFarland said he and Town Manager Daniel L’Heureux will meet with Michaud as soon as possible.

On the causeway project, board members compared engineering companies’ quoted prices for different phases of the work to replace the causeway bridge and reassigned oversight responsibility from A. E. Hodson of Waterville to Topsham-based Wright-Pierce. They decided since they already hired Wright-Pierce to design and bid out the project, it is the logical entity to supervise the work of the contractor selectmen choose to do the work.

L’Heureux said A. E. Hodsdon is engineering two other China projects, Hunter Brook culvert replacements on Bog Brook and Pleasant View Ridge roads. The town has a $95,000 stream crossing grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection to cover two-thirds of the estimated $142,000 cost of the Pleasant View Ridge Road culvert, the manager said, with the rest to come from town funds.

The TIF (Tax Increment Finance) Committee will offer interested residents information on the causeway project at the beginning of its May 7 meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the town office meeting room. TIF money is funding the work, part of a larger plan to enhance recreational uses at the head of the lake.

In other business April 30, Selectman Irene Belanger announced that the RSU (Regional School Unit) #18 meeting at which registered voters from the five member towns vote on the 2018-19 budget is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Messalonskee High School’s Performing Arts Center in Oakland. The meeting is open; voters will have a chance to ask questions and propose budget amendments. The budget voters approve May 17 will be subject to validation or rejection by written ballot in all five towns on June 12, along with state primary elections and any other local questions.

On Tuesday, May 8, Belanger said, Thurston Park Committee members will meet at 7 p.m. at the town office to plan the annual spring clean-up in the town-owned park. People who are not committee members are welcome to help, as they have done in past years. Those interested should contact Belanger, committee Chairman Jeanette Smith or the town office.

Selectmen made four appointments to a new Comprehensive Planning Committee charged with updating China’s comprehensive plan. Members so far are Joann Austin, Irene Belanger, Kevin Rhoades and Carrol White III. Others interested should contact the town office.

Selectman Jeffrey LaVerdiere commented on residents who rake their lawns and throw the leaves and other trash into China Lake. Several people said the practice is both environmentally unsound and a violation of state law.

Selectman Neil Farrington said the selectmen have 30 applications from people interested in succeeding L’Heureux as town manager when he retires at the end of June. Board members went into executive session after their meeting to begin review of the newest applications.

Five staff members cited at Vassalboro school

Vassalboro School Principal Dianna Gram, third from right, is flanked by, from left to right, Senora Soifer, Meg Swanson, Megan Allen, Stephanie Roy and Robin Corey. All were presented with certificates from the principal. (Contributed photo)

Corey, Roy, Swanson, Allen and Soifer honored at Portland Seadogs game

Recently, at Vassalboro Community School, principal Dianna Gram recognized five staff members for their contributions to VCS. This recognition comes from the Portland Seadogs baseball team. Each of these staff members has made a difference here at VCS. The staff members are:

Robin Corey for being a role model and leader. Her work on behalf of students with disabilities has made a huge difference! She has also provided much support to the members of the Special Education team. “You are also helpful and kind to the core!” said Gram.

Stephanie Roy for her hard work to become the teacher she is today. Ms. Roy started at VCS as an Ed Tech and has worked in many grade levels. She has worked more than one job at a time putting herself through college to become a teacher. “VCS thanks you and is proud of all you have accomplished,” said Gram.

Meg Swanson has been a great addition to VCS. She has helped teachers and students in many areas. Her focus on mindfulness and kindness has made the school better. She was thanked for helping the students to learn and grow.

Megan Allen is recognized for her leadership and hard work on curriculum. She has also received her doctorate and will be the next principal, following Gram’s retirement in June. VCS is very fortunate to have you on the team.

Finally, recognition goes to Senora Deb Soifer for her work at VCS teaching Spanish. She has brought culture and language learning to many students over the years. Gram stated, “She is retiring this year and we thank her for her work on behalf of kids. Because of her influence students have not only learned a language but have been exposed to another culture. VCS salutes you.”

These staff members were honored at the Portland Seadogs game along with other teachers throughout the state of Maine. Gramm concluded by saying, “Congratulations Mrs. Corey, Ms. Roy, Ms. Swanson, Dr. Allen and Senora Soifer…and know we are all proud of you!”