Madison Legion Auxiliary support community

From left to right, Madison American Legion Auxiliary members Robin Turek, Shirley Emery, Betty Dow, Ann Cody, Harriet Bryant, Tena Ireland and Sharon Ziacoma. (Contributed photo)

The Madison American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #39 supports community programs such as children and youth. Each year the members of the auxiliary donate school backpacks filled with school supplies and distributes them to four local schools in Madison and Anson area. This year they donated a total of 20 school backpacks.

American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value of nearly $2 billion. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, auxiliary volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the auxiliary’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit or contact: Robin Turek, president – American Legion Auxiliary Tardiff-Belanger Unit #39, PO Box 325, Madison, ME – – 696-8289.

Obituaries for Thursday, December 20, 2018


FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA – Donald Craig Pottle, 59, passed away on Friday, December 7, 2018, in Fort Pierce, Florida. He was born on April 5, 1959, to Lawrence and Hester Pottle.

He worked in construction.

Donnie loved to garden and going fishing.

He was predeceased by his parents, and a sister, Valerie Costain.

He is survived by his brothers, Larry Pottle and wife Audrey, Allan Pottle and Gerry Pottle; sisters Janice Harmon and Linda Douglas and husband Steve; brother-in-law Robert Costain; aunts Thelma Seaman, Julia Raven, Faye Pottle, and uncle Bill Peavey; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services will be held in the spring at Benton Cemetery, in Benton.

Arrangements are under Haisley Funeral and Cremation Service, Fort Pierce, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to help with burial expenses, and should be mailed to Audrey Pottle, 66 Albion Rd., Benton, ME 04901.


WINSLOW — Marilyn A. (Thompson) Maheu, 82, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018, at Glenridge Nursing Home, Augusta. Marilyn was born in Livermore Falls, on August 29, 1936, the daughter of Merton and Louise (Hessmer) Thompson.

Marilyn graduated from Waterville High School in 1954 and married Donald Maheu at Notre Dame Catholic Church, in Waterville, that same year.

She was employed at Fishman’s Department Store, Waterville.

Marilyn was a homemaker until her children were in high school, as her family was everything to her. In 1973, Marilyn became head cook at Winslow High School where she worked for 22 years.

Marilyn was an avid sports fan. She loved her Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins. She loved to cook and bake. Her baking corner was never empty.

Marilyn loved to attend local football, basketball games, dance and musical recitals to watch her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved music and riding with her husband to the coast to eat ice cream. Marilyn especially enjoyed her Wednesday night suppers with her McDonald’s friends. They laughed the whole night long. Marilyn loved it when her neighbors would stop by. To her, they were family.

Marilyn was predeceased by her parents; brother, Ralph Thompson; sister, Frances (Thompson) Roberts; brothers-in-law, Robert, Adolph, George and Napolean Maheu and Pete Boutin; sisters-in-law, Violet Fecteau, Geraldine Flibbert, Rose Roy and Florence Pooler.

Marilyn is survived by her husband of 64 years, Donald; daughter, Paula(Maheu) Caron, of Waterville; son, Marc and wife, Denise Maheu, of Fairfield; grandchildren, Jennifer and husband, Leonard Lamoreau, of Poland, Jason Caron, of Waterville, and Jack Maheu, of Fairfield; great-grandchildren, Gabrielle, Isabelle and Annabelle Lamoreau, all of Poland; sisters-in-law, Nancy Maheu, of Winslow, Pearl Ahearn, of Middleboro, Massachusetts, and Shirley (Thompson) Price, of Tallmadge, Ohio; several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville. An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at

In lieu of flowers donation in Marilyn’s name may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital addressed to: Memorials processing, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9959.


WINSLOW – Sr. Cecile Chagnon CSJ, 94, (known to her many students as Sr. Claire Yvonne) died Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at Lakewood Manor, Waterville.

Cecile was born June 21, 1924, in South Berwick, the daughter of Omer and Yvonne (Parent) Chagnon. The family moved to Somerville, Massachusetts, when Cecile was very young. Her elementary education was in Somerville, and then high school at the Academy of St. Joseph, in South Berwick. Cecile returned to Massachusetts and attended Regis College, in Weston, where she received her B.A. in nutrition and administration. From 1946 to 1947, Cecile worked at the Leonard Morse Hospital, in Natick, Massachusetts.

In 1947, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon, pronouncing first vows on June 26, 1949.

Sr. Cecile continued her education and graduated from the University of Maine with a masters in education in 1959. During the summers of 1960 and 1961, she attended Providence College where she earned a certificate in theology. In 1964, she spent the summer at the Catholic University, in Paris, France, and in 1971 she earned her masters in health care administration from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Sister’s various teaching assignments included Holy Family School, in Lewiston, Sacred Heart School,in Auburn, as principal and Sacred Heart Academy, in Jackman, where she was both teacher and principal for 16 years.

Sr. Cecile’s last assignment was at Mount St. Joseph Nursing Home, in Waterville, where she was administrator for 17 years and continued for eight more years as consultant in the dietary department.

While at Mount St. Joseph, Sr. Cecile was a member of various local and national health care boards and was a member of the American Health Care Association, being elected both vice president and president. She was a member of the Diocesan Board of Education, served as a consultant for several area nursing homes and as trustee at the Sunset Home for Women, in Waterville. Sr. Cecile was also involved in various leadership roles of her congregation. She worked with various committees and always remained active and interested in the life of the Maine Province. She attended and participated in two General Sessions in France and Switzerland, and one International Conference, in France.

Sister was an accomplished seamstress. She enjoyed doing alterations and mending which brought many smiles: “to think someone would enjoy mending.” For a time, she sewed for friends and members of her community. She also enjoyed doing crafts, embroidery and quilting for St. John School fairs, in Winslow.

Sister Cecile enjoyed traveling and did so whenever the occasion presented itself. She read much.for religious enrichment, for professional updating and for enjoyment.

After retirement from Mount St. Joseph, she continued to visit and serve many elderly with advice relating to health care. She offered prayers, support and visited her many elderly friends. During her retirement years, she delivered meals for the Spectrum Generation, Muskie Center, in Waterville, was involved in promoting the South End Teen Center, in Waterville, and often present at church and civic functions.

Many of Sr. Cecile’s students from her teaching years in Jackman continued to call, write and visit regularly. On her 90th birthday, five of her students from four different states attended Mass with her and celebrated with lunch.

Sr. Cecile was predeceased by her parents; and siblings, Paul, Claire Viel and George; two nephews, Gary and Bruce Viel.

She is survived by several nieces, nephews; and a sister-in-law.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville. An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at


LIBERTY – Charlie H. Adams, 76, passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2018, at his home. Charlie was born on April 8, 1942, to Charles Burgess and Thelma Adams, of Unity Plantation, where he grew up helping his father on the farm while attending local schools.

As an adult, Charlie was a resident of Liberty where he made his home with his wife, of 44 years, Paula (Edgecomb) Adams. He retired in 2006 from what is now, Cives Steel, in Augusta, after 38 years. During this time, Charlie also operated his own business for many years, Charlie’s Rubbish Removal. His CB handle was “Stovepipe.” He was a member of the Liberty Masonic Lodge #0111.

Some of Charlie’s favorite pastimes were going on hunting and fishing trips, riding his ATV and snowmobiling – heading out to wherever he happened to end up. Sometimes he only ended up in trouble, but he always came back with great stories to tell Paula when he made his way home.

He was predeceased by his parents; his daughter, Lisa “Benny” Collins; sister, Shirly Rickards; brother-in-law, Richard Reynolds; sister-in-law, Joyce Mehuren and her husband, John; brothers-in-law, Bobby, Charlie, Dale and Bunk Edgecomb.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Paula; his daughters, Michelle Toulouse and husband Mark, of Augusta, Hidie Faulkingham and her husband, Tony, of Belfast; son-in-law, Rob Collins, of Windsor; two granddaughters, Kelei and Kayel Faulkingham, of Belfast; sister, Geraldine Reynolds; sisters-in-law, Nancy, Marie and Sandra Edgecomb. Laura Weeks and partner Jack, Priscilla Cash and her husband Denis; several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were under the care of Riposta Funeral Home, in Belfast.

Memories and condolences may be shared at

Emery recognized for 50-years service to local Masons

Most Excellent Grand High Priest Brian S. Messing, left, Ronald Emery, center, and Right Excellent Daniel Hanson, right, District Deputy Grand High Priest. (Photo submitted by Gary Gagnon, High Priest)

Ronald Emery, of China received a 50-year pin at Dunlap Chapter No. 12, Royal Arch Masons, at the Stated Meeting, on Wednesday, December 11. Inspection was by the grand officers, the Most Excellent Degree with Ron setting in the East. He was presented the 50-year pin by Most Excellent Grand High Priest Brian S. Messing and Right Excellent Daniel Hanson, District Deputy Grand High Priest.

China police log for November 2018

The China Police Log is provided to The Town Line by Detective Sergeant Tracey Frost of the Oakland Police Department

November 4, 2018

2 p.m., Business Check, Rt. 3.
2:30 p.m., Traffic Complaint, Waterville Road.
3:10 p.m., Assist motorist with flat tire, Waterville Road.
3:40 p.m., Business check, Vassalboro Road.
3:49 p.m., Business check, Rt. 3.
4 p.m., Business check, Lakeview Drive

November 6, 2018

4 p.m., Election Detail

November 9, 2018

10 a.m., Attempt to serve paperwork, Rte. 201.
12:15 p.m., Attempt to serve paperwork, Tyler Road.
1 p.m., DHHS issue, Lakeview Drive.
1:30 p.m., business check, Lakeview Drive.
2:10 p.m., business check, Rt. 3.
2:15 p.m., Business check, Windsor Road.
2:20 p.m., Traffic stop, Windsor Road , warning for speed.
2:31 p.m., traffic stop, Windsor Road, warning for speed.
6:30 p.m., Property check, Pleasant View Ridge Road.
7:15 p.m., Business check, Vassalboro Road.
8:11 p.m., Assist at traffic crash, Vassalboro Road,
9:45 p.m., Internet harassment, Center Road.

November 10, 2018

9:15 a.m., Property check, Alder Park Road.
9:33 a.m., Property check, Back Deer Hill Road.
10 a.m., Business check, Vassalboro Road.
11 a.m., Property check, Thurston Park.
11:19 a.m., Assist rescue, Appletree Ln.
12:09 p.m., Business check, Lakeview Drive.

November 15, 2018

8:09 p.m., Business check, Vassalboro Road.
8:45 p.m., Assist motorist, Rt. 3.
9:26 p.m., Property check, Lakeview Drive.

November 16, 2018

Noon, Criminal mischief, Rt. 3.

November 18, 2018

8:18 p.m., Suspicious smell, Windsor Road.

November 19, 2018

6:40 p.m., Property check, Pleasant View Ridge Road.
8:44 p.m., Assist rescue, Bradford Ln.

November 20, 2018

10 a.m., Assist State Police, Lakeview Drive.
Noon, Suspected theft, Lakeview Drive.

November 23, 2018

5:30 p.m., Assist with traffic crash, Rt. 3.
5:55 p.m., Property check, Back Deer Hill Road.
6:05 p.m., Traffic stop, Dirigo Road. Warning for Headlight
6:30 p.m., Business check, Lakeview Drive.
6:51 p.m., Traffic stop Rt. 3, warning for inspection violation.
6:58 p.m., Traffic stop Rt. 3, warning for headlight.
7:09 p.m., Traffic stop Rt. 3 warning for headlight.
7:15 p.m., Traffic stop Rt. 3, warning for headlight.
7:22 p.m., Business check, Rt. 3.
7:28 p.m., Business check, Rt. 3.
7:35 p.m., Business check, Vassalboro Road.
7:40 p.m., Business check, Rt. 3.
7:44 p.m., Business Check Rt. 3.

November 24, 2018

12:46 p.m., Refrigerator complaint, Stanley Hill Road.
1:35 p.m., Business check, Lakeview Drive.
1:45 p.m., Property check, Pleasant View Ridge Road.
2:25 p.m., Traffic stop, Windsor Road warning for speed.
3 p.m., Traffic stop, Windsor Road, summons for inspection.
3:05 p.m., Assist rescue, Windsor Road.
3:25 p.m., Bull in road, Windsor Road.

Planners to send proposed land use revision to selectmen

by Mary Grow

The three China Planning Board members present at the Dec. 11 board meeting voted unanimously to forward proposed revisions to the town’s Land Development Code to selectmen and to recommend selectmen put the revisions on the warrant for the March 2019 town business meeting.

Planners need more time to work on two other sets of changes that might also be presented to voters in March, amendments to shoreland zoning standards to bring town requirements into conformity with state standards and revisions to the list of definitions in the Land Development Code.

Codes Enforcement Officer Paul Mitnik recommended the Land Development Code changes primarily to eliminate inconsistencies between different sections. The proposed amendments to definitions, too, are primarily to make them consistent and clear.

Board members asked Mitnik to draft language for revising the shoreland guidelines. They discussed draft definition changes, approving some and postponing final action on others.

Board members intend to hold a public hearing next year to explain any changes that will appear on the town meeting warrant.

Because the next regular planning board meeting date was Dec. 25, board members skipped it and scheduled their next meeting for Jan. 8, 2019.

Windsor town office to close early on Christmas Eve

The Windsor Town Office will be open at 9 a.m. on Monday, December 24, but will close early, at 12:30 p.m., in observance of the Christmas holiday. The town office will be closed Tuesday, December 25, and Wednesday, December 26, and reopen on Thursday, December 27, at 9 a.m.

The transfer station will be open 3 – 8 p.m., on Wednesday, December 26.

Holiday hours at China Town Office

The China Town Office will be closed Monday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The office will be closing at noon on Monday, December 31, and will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

The transfer station will be closed Christmas day and New Year’s day.

Give Us Your Best Shot! Week of December 20, 2018

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LAST FILL UP: Emily Poulin, of South China, captured this hummingbird apparently filling up before its southern journey.


GETTING UP CLOSE: Tina Richard, of Clinton, photographed this Coopers Hawk sitting in a lilac bush in November.


GETTING UP CLOSE: Tina Richard, of Clinton, photographed this Coopers Hawk sitting in a lilac bush in November.

The curtain closes on a holiday tradition — but the memories will last forever following final performance after 17 years

Children performing at the Warming Up for Christmas concert. (photo by Mark Huard, Central Maine Photography)

by Mark Huard

December 1 marked the beginning of the 25 days ‘til Christmas, but it also marked the end of a 17-year career for Stephen Fotter. The Performing Arts Center rang with holiday cheer and fantastic music from the Fotter Family of musicians. It was a bitter sweet moment as the members were doing what they love, but this is the last time that they will do it all together on the stage.

Linda and Stephen Fotter. (photo by Mark Huard, Central Maine Photography)

Over his 17 years, Stephen Fotter and his wife Linda, have shown their tireless and selfless take on the world by gathering everyone together and donating all of the proceeds to charitable causes. You heard that right, the event is completely done for charitable causes so that more people can have shelter, safety and food that they normally wouldn’t have. This year alone, the Fotter’s raised $14,300 for the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter. They also raised $1,700 for the Shine On Cass Foundation. The Fotters and the community have helped raise over $150,000 over the years.

Warming Up with the Fotters always occurs during the Christmas season; but the Fotters are known for their kindness year round. They had 65 students in this year’s production, but they have been part of the lives of hundreds of children and adults through the years. Stephen Fotter lights up the stage with his infectious energy on the night of these performances, but we are told that this is a daily occurrence for him. He brings a passion of music and life to so many people, and provides a learning environment for those who want to enter his studio.

In true Fotter fashion, Stephen and his wife do not take any credit for the success of their events but rather extend the gratitude to all of the many students staff and band members that surround them. The following band members lit up the stage with their talents and stood faithfully beside Stephen Fotter for years: Douglas Moore, Gus Moen, Noah Caret, Uncle Dean Bureau, Gary Coons, Neil Amalfitano, Libby Phillips, Jordan Willette, and Shel Sherman and vocalists Tammy Baker and Mary Ann Quirion.

The Fotters have a strong faith and have been clear that their only goals are to help others. So when talking about the career of Stephen and Linda Fotter, a better word to describe it is their legacy. It’s a legacy of benevolence, grace and compassion. It’s a legacy filled with beautiful music that touches not only our ears but our hearts. And it’s a legacy that will continue to inspire others to live and love just a little bit harder.

New books at Albion library

Albion Public Library

The Albion Library has received several new books for Juveniles from Tumblehome Learning, Inc. of Boston. Here are a few:


Seeking the Snow Lion,
Geology is a Piece of Cake,
Remarkable Minds.


The Perilous Case of the Zombie Potion,
Mosquitoes Don’t Bite Me,
The Confounding Case of the Climate Crisis.