China TIF committee receives half dozen requests for funds

by Mary Grow

Members of China’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Committee reviewed half a dozen requests for TIF funds at their June 14 meeting and forwarded all to the Board of Selectmen with recommendations that the funds be disbursed.

China selectmen are scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 21.

The longest discussion was over appropriations for trail work in town. The total allocated for the fiscal year that begins July 1 is $65,000. The Four Seasons Club asked for $30,000; the Thurston Park Committee asked for $57,582.

Jeanette Smith, speaking for the Thurston Park Committee, listed three priorities that would use most of the money. The committee would like to do ditching and install culverts on two existing trails; to build a storage building for equipment and supplies; and to add a carry-in boat launch area with a small parking lot.

The need for an equipment building is urgent, Smith said; but the $22,000 cost estimate is almost a year old, and neither she nor committee members consider it realistic any more.

Trail work is also urgent, to prevent damage to trails in which Thurston Park committee members and volunteers have already invested money and time. The estimated cost is $17,600.

Committee members decided to recommend a $30,000 allotment to the Four Seasons Club and $35,000 to the Thurston Park Committee. They expect the committee to have the trails improved as needed; to spend the rest of the appropriation on less expensive items listed in the application for TIF funds; and to postpone the building for a year.

The other recommended expenditures are as follows.

For the China Region Lakes Alliance, $37,500 and for the China Lake Association, $12,500, for a total of $50,000. Both organizations will use the funds for projects that contribute to better water quality in town lakes, including the LakeSmart Program and improvements to control run-off from gravel roads.
For the China Broadband Committee, $10,000, to fund a contract with consultants Mission Broadband that will run through Nov. 12, 2021. Committee Chairman Robert O’Connor said if the CBC receives a $7,500 state grant to plan expanded broadband service, committee members will ask for another $2,500 in July as a match for the grant.
For the Alewife Restoration Initiative (ARI), aimed at opening passage for alewives from the Sebasticook River into China Lake, $30,000 (in addition to $20,000 voters approved June 8 as part of the 2021-22 town budget). Landis Hudson, of Maine Rivers, leader of the seven-year project, said this summer will see it finished, with the construction of a fishway at Outlet Dam in East Vassalboro.

There was no opposition to any of the recommendations. On several votes, a committee member abstained to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest.

In other business June 14, Town Manager (and China and TIF Treasurer) Becky Hapgood and committee Chairman Tom Michaud summarized additional work to complete the causeway project at the head of China Lake’s east basin.

Hapgood explained work will include $35,460 for more paving, to benefit ongoing maintenance, and $12,400 to complete the wall between the boat ramp and the existing wall, to enhance safety. The public works budget will cover these expenditures. The remaining funds needed for the project ($112,882.91) will come from TIF money, she said.

Some of the committee actions were possible because China voters on June 8 approved the Second Amendment to China’s TIF document. For example, the revised document adds expanded broadband service as a new category eligible for TIF funds. Committee member Jamie Pitney said the Second Amendment needs approval by the relevant office in the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.

The next TIF Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday evening, July 12. One agenda item will be election of new officers.

Michaud is stepping down as chairman and James Wilkens as vice-chairman, though both will remain on the committee if selectmen reappoint them; and Michaud’s wife Marie is un-volunteering as committee secretary.

SOLON & BEYOND: News from Solon Elementary School

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
grams29@tds.net
Solon, Maine 04979

As always, I was very happy to receive the Solon School news sent to me on June 8.

It starts with Best Wishes To Fifth Graders: We want to extend our best wishes and good luck to our fifth grade class, who will enter sixth grade at Carrabec School in the fall. The students had a chance to join the other district fifth graders at a Step-Up Day activity at CCC on June 1. They saw some parts of the school, met the principal Mr. Mahoney, and met their teachers Mrs. Weggler and Mr. Ela.

Their teacher Mrs. McCluskey and the rest of the staff bid them farewell and wish them the best as they move to the middle school.

Good-bye and good luck to Isabella Atwood, Paul Craig, Lane Frost, Jayden McKenny, Gavyn Perigo, Jordynn Richardson, Annabell Roderic, and Liana Sandoval.

FOURTH QUARTER HONOR ROLL: All A’s: Lane Frost, Charlotte Hamilton, Olive MacDonald, Jayden McKenny and Emma Pooler. All A’s & B’s… Isabella Atwood, Maxx Caplin, Paul Craig, Lydia Dixon, Allyssa Hutchins, Ethan Plourd, Martin Plourde, Hunter Pourde and Spenser Rogers. Congratulations!

This week we are saying good-bye to our first grade teacher, Mrs. Carol Campbell, who is retiring after teaching for 40 years, 37 of them in RSU #74. Mrs. Campbell started her career in Skowhegan but then moved to our district where she taught at Garret Schenck Elementary School, in Anson, Central Elementary school, in New Portland, Embden Elementary School and Solon. She has touched the lives of many students here in our district. We wish Mrs. Campbell lots of fun and new adventures in her retirement, and we hope she will stay in touch. Thank-you and best wishes, Mrs. Campbell.

We are also saying good-bye to our technology teacher, Mrs. Roxann Waugh, who is retiring this spring as well. Mrs. Waugh has taught in RSU#74 for 17 years. She started teaching at Carrabec High School in business education and then moved into the technology teaching position at Carrabec Community School, Garret Schenck Elementary School and Solon Elementary School. Mrs. Waugh may decide to substitute in the district in the fall to keep connected to students. Best wishes, Mrs. Waugh!

BOOKMARK CONTEST WINNERS: This spring our students participated in the seventh annual Bookmark Contest in conjunction with the Coolidge Public Library. Each student designed a bookmark that promoted reading. Our art teacher Mr. Richard Reichenbach judged the bookmarks and chose a winner from each grade. Each winner received a cerificate and a book from Ms. Megan Myers, the town librarian. With each winner’s parent’s permission, we made copies of his/her bookmark, for Ms. Myer’s to give out to patrons of the library.

Winners: Preschool – Mason Kelly; Kindergarden 1 – Payton Kelly, Grade 1 – Tayler Dube, Grade 2 – Keirra Brooks, Grade 3 – Emma Pooler; Grade 4 – Charlotte Hamilton, Grade 5 – Annabell Roderick.

My apologies to those whose news didn’t get in this week, but I’m sorry, I just didn’t get it in time. It is better if I get it a week before it is to happen.

And so for Percy’s memoir: TODAY: I will start today serenely with a true and noble aim; I will give unselfish service to enrich another’s name. I will speak a word of courage to a soul enslaved by fear; I will dissipate drab discord with the sunshine of good cheer. I will be sincere and humble in the work I have to do; I will praise instead of censure and see the good in you. I will keep my mind and body sound and flexible and pure; I will give my time and study to the things that long endure. I will advance a worthy cause; I will strive to lesson evil and obey God’s righteous laws. I will pray to Him to guide me in the straight and narrow way; I will shun false pride and folly. I will live my best today. (To those who remember my cat Percy, he was a remarkable animal, as you can see.

Carrabec High School 4th quarter 2021 honor roll

Carrabec High School

GRADE 12

High honors: Jasmyne Coombs, Andrew Davis, Natalynn Deuble, Chantelle LaCroix, Autumn Morrill, Mikayla Oliver, Sarah Olson, Courtney Peabody and Anastasia Quimby. Honors:  Aidan Caplin, Alexis Dickey, Elizabeth Manzer and Samual Scott.

GRADE 11

High honors:  Emma Baker, Cheyenne Cahill, Shyanne Holmes, Sean Olson, and Courtney Rollins. Honors: Lilly Augustine, Roger Beaulieu, Jr., Alexander Cloutier, Tyler Edwards, Abigail Luce, Trinity Slate, Brandon Smith, Cassidy Smith, Brooke Welch, Garrett Wilson and Ethan Wyman.

GRADE 10

High honors:  Jessica Benedict AND Luke Carey. Honors: Lindsay Hamilton, Robert Lindblom, Jr., Gabriella Manzer, Caitlyn Oliver, William Price II and Hunter Sousa.

GRADE 9

High honors:  Jayden Cates, Brooke-Alexis Dube and Emma Junkins. Honors: Nathaniel Caldwell, Kolby Carpenter, Riley Crocker, Devyn DeLeonardis, Cooper Dellarma, Nevaeh Holmes, William Lawrence, Dillon Nelson, Alyssa Schinzel and Hailey Wyman.

China Broadband Committee members to ask for TIF funding

by Mary Grow

China Broadband Committee (CBC) members voted unanimously at their June 10 meeting to ask for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds to contract with Mission Broadband, the Bangor-based consulting firm that has worked with them for months, now that China voters have approved the updated TIF plan.

The revised TIF document China voters approved at the June 8 town business meeting includes promoting broadband as a permissible use of TIF funds.

CBC members’ request goes through two steps. First, they present it to the TIF Committee, scheduled to meet Monday evening, June 14.

Assuming approval there, they ask China selectmen, meeting Monday evening, June 21, to disburse the funds.

The proposed contract requests $10,000 for Mission Broadband, in return for the company’s help in negotiations with “vendor(s) to locate or enhance their broadband business in the Town of China.” There is an option for extra duties if town officials agree, for extra money; and the town will be billed for “significant miscellaneous expenses,” if there are any.

Mission Broadband Vice-President John Dougherty and Network Engineer Mark Van Loan have worked with CBC members and Mark Ouellette, President of Machias-based Axiom Technologies, as they develop plans for Axiom to become China’s internet provider.

Their proposal is to have the town own the internet infrastructure, built with money obtained through a bond, and Axiom (or, later, another company, should town officials find Axiom unsatisfactory) operate it. Having the town issue a bond in November requires selectmen to put the question on a Nov. 2 local ballot and voters to approve it.

The anticipated construction cost for the new network determines the amount to be borrowed. The town has applied for a state planning grant to help establish the cost; CBC members expect to hear by the end of June if the application is successful.

Van Loan and Ouellette have worked together to develop a model that makes the plan financially workable at a reasonable fee for users. Their model does not include additional federal or state grants, possibilities committee members discussed June 10.

They also discussed ways to inform town officials and residents about the proposal. They had started with a brief survey at the polls June 8.

The small sample of replies showed dissatisfaction with current broadband service and support for an alternative. It also showed some residents unaware that there was an alternative in the works.

At the next committee meeting, scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 17, members intend to work on an informational handout and to continue discussion of ways to distribute it.

Waterville 2021 Minors Central Maine Motors baseball team

The 2021 Central Maine Motors Waterville Minors baseball team members are, front, left to right, Dean Quirion and Mikeeridan Sheets. Second row, Bentley Rancourt, Landon Beck, Kyloe Darling, Wesley Dow and Harrison Timmins. Third row, Jordan Smith, Blake Kenyon, Camereon McInnis, Jameson Dow and Jayden Rancourt. Back, coaches Chris Rancourt, Jonathan Kenyon, Craig McInnis. and Ben Dow. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

SCORES & OUTDOORS: Why are they called June bugs when they generally appear in May

Green June beetle (left), June Bug (right)

Roland D. Halleeby Roland D. Hallee

Well, the first June bug of the year made its appearance at camp on Saturday, May 29, at 10:30 p.m. We were, after all, still in May. To date, however, I have only seen three. I remember one summer, around 2002, we were literally swarmed one night while sitting around a camp fire. We left outside lights on, and in the morning, I counted 53 dead June bugs on our deck. We have not seen nearly that many since.

Generally, June bugs, Phyllophaga, do make their appearance in mid- to late-May. So why are they called June bugs? It all depends on what you want to call them. They are also known as May beetles and June beetles. But, the name is derived from the fact that adult June bugs emerge from the soil at the end of spring or the beginning of summer.

Females bury their eggs just below the soil surface in the fall, they pupate and emerge in the spring. They hatch within three to four weeks and feed on grass and plant roots from several months to as long as three years. In spring, these grubs, as they are called, grow into pupae. Within three weeks, these mature into adult June bugs.

Grubs, when full grown, live in the soil and feed on plant roots, especially those of grasses and cereals, and are occasional pests in pastures, nurseries, gardens and golf courses. An obvious indication of infestation is the presence of birds, especially crows, peeling back the grass to get to the grubs. A way to test for the presence of these beetles is drenching an area of lawn with water, that will cause larvae to emerge at the surface.

Some small mammals, including skunks and moles, feed on the grubs.

The grubs have been known to attack vegetables and other garden plants, such as lettuce, raspberries, strawberries, potatoes and young ornamental trees. Maintaining a healthy lawn is a good step in deterring the grubs from establishing themselves.

Injury to the roots and rootstock causes small saplings and tender tap-rooted plants like lettuce to wilt suddenly or to show stunted growth and a tendency to shed leaves prematurely. Plants growing in rows are usually attacked in succession as the grubs move along from one plant to the next. Chafer grubs feed below ground for three – four years before changing into adult beetles.

June bugs are harmless. They do not bite, sting or spread disease. However, I did see one of my friends move faster than I have ever seen her move before, while sitting around a camp fire last weekend, when one landed on her. To be honest, it’s the natural reaction by most people, including yours truly.

Again, they are harmless, but because they are attracted to light they can make an evening sitting on your porch or deck a little unpleasant. Even if there is no light outdoors, they can be attracted to lights inside your home. I know at camp, when we’re spending time indoors after dark, they come “knocking” on our windows. The sound of June bugs buzzing and bumping against window screens in early summer is a very common occurrence over many parts of the U.S. Adult June bugs are extremely clumsy, especially in the air.

Scientists are still undecided on the precise explanation for this behavior. Several thoughts have been advanced, but no single theory has come about that can account for why so many different nocturnal insect species gravitate to sources of light. June bugs usually are a half-inch to an inch and a quarter in length. They can fly and you will find them swarming around street lights at night.

Now, let’s do some “did you know.”

  • Exposure to light for longer intervals will kill June bugs. That is why you will find them dead in the morning under porch lights and windows.
  • Don’t leave a window open during May-June period. They will enter your house and die, leaving you with a mess to clean up. If they do enter, remember, they don’t bite and are harmless, just annoying.
  • There are over 200 different species of June bugs in the United States.
  • A natural enemy of the June bug is the pyrgota fly larva, which feeds on the beetles, eventually killing them.
  • The June bug larvae, called white grubs, are considered excellent fish bait, and are staples in the diets of native people in South America, Australia, and Asia.
  • Have a pet lizard or toad? The beetles make excellent, tasty food for them.

There is another popular June beetle that’s active during the day. It is the Green June Beetle, and are found in our region of the Northeast, extending from Maine to Georgia and as far west as Kansas. These are not very good for the garden either. The head, legs and under-body is shiny green, while its wings are dull metallic green, with slight gold contrast to its sides.

Numerous songs have been written about June bugs, to include: “Junebug”, by The B-52s; “Junebug”, from the album Good Morning Spider by Sparklehorse; “Junebug”, by Robert Francis; “June Bug”, by Melvins; “Junebug”, by Stan Van Samang; and “Junebug”, by Kate Ryan.

So day and night, during early summer, these beetles can be destructive to vegetation, and just plain annoying to humans.

Roland’s trivia question of the week:

Prior to 2011, when was the last time the Boston Bruins won a Stanley Cup?

Answer can be found here.

Roland’s Trivia Question for Thursday, June 17, 2021

Trivia QuestionsPrior to 2011, when was the last time the Boston Bruins won a Stanley Cup?

Answer:

1972.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, June 17, 2021

JOHN R. ROY

WATERVILLE – John R. Roy, 70, passed away Saturday, May 29, 2021, at Lakewood Center, in Waterville. He was born October 26, 1950, in Waterville, the son of Richard H. and Irene G. (Gogan) Roy.

He was educated in Waterville schools and graduated from Waterville High School with the class of 1969. John was a National Merit Scholar. He was also in attendance at Woodstock. After a year at Boston University, which he attended on a full academic scholarship, John decided he was not cut out for the academic life, and headed for Alaska and a couple of years of homesteading.

He returned to Maine and started a construction business in York County which he owned and operated for several decades. During that period, he met and married the former Barbara Cohane with whom he ran a thriving tropical bird aviary. Though their marriage ended in an amicable divorce, they remained close until John’s passing.

John experienced serious health issues during the past several years.

A family gathering will be held at a later date.

Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan and Scott’s Cremation and Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Rd., Skowhegan ME 04976.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in John’s memory to ASPCA at https://secure.aspca.org/donate/donate.

BRIAN W. ROSS

MAGNOLIA, Del. – Brian Willoughby Ross, 74, passed away on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Brian was born on February 23, 1947, in Albion, to the late Beulah and Winston Ross.

Brian attended Besse High School, where he met his high school sweetheart, Norma. After high school, Brian attended University of Maine where he received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Norma and Brian then married in August 17, 1968.

Brian was a part of the United States Coast Guard where he worked in computer analysis for 20 years, serving from 1970 to 1990. After retiring from the Coast Guard, Brian went into computer analysis for Unisys, where he stayed for the next nine years. Following, Brian worked for Zoza until his retirement in 2001.

Brian was a member of Calvary Church for 13 years. He enjoyed reading, watching, and playing golf and supporting the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Redskins. He enjoyed sports and was a member of the basketball team in high school.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Norma; daughter, Michelle (Michael) Eckart, of Springhill, Tennessee, and Julie (Joshua) West, of Crofton, Maryland; sisters Brenda Karter and Betsy Ross, both of Waterville; brother, Bradley (Patty) Ross, of Florida; and grandson, Caleb Eckart.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, June 12, at Calvary Christian Church, 1141 E. Lebanon Rd., Dover, DE 19901.

Interment was held at the Crownsville Veterans Cemetery, Crownsville, Maryland. Letters of condolence may be sent and guestbook signed at http://www.torbertfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial contributions to be made to your favorite charity.

MARK A. BOSTON

OAKLAND – Mark Allen Boston, 51, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 3, 2021. The son of Carol and Calvin Boston, Mark was born on June 25, 1969, in San Antonio, Texas.

Mark, despite having adverse challenges with developmental disabilities, was a bright light.

Mark was the pride and joy of his parents and siblings. The activities he enjoyed included going to his parents’ camp where he loved swimming, boat rides and spending time with family; taking strolls in his wheelchair; helping others; visiting with animals, going to the movies; Barnes and Nobles; and eating cake.

Mark spent a majority of his adult life under the care of Goodwill Industries at Mary Lane where he developed lifelong friendships. He enjoyed working at Life Works, going for rides “with the boys”, and eating at Ken’s Restaurant. Mark had an outgoing personality with a smile on his face and always enjoyed the simple pleasures in life.

Mark is survived by his parents, Carol and Calvin Boston, of Bluffton, South Carolina; his twin brother, Chris Boston and his wife, Joanie, and their children, Morgan and Nathan, of Gilbert, Arizona; and his brother Jeffrey Boston and his wife, Karen, and their children, Katherine, Andrew, and Matthew, of Augusta.

A private burial will be held later with immediate family at Oak Grove Cemetery, Gardiner.

Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at http://www.plummerfh.com.

Memorial donations may be made to Goodwill Industries, 190 Lancaster Street, Portland, ME 04101.

PAUL B. HAYES

ALBION – Paul B. Hayes, 83, passed away on Friday, June 4, 2021, at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta. He was born in Troy on September 14, 1937, the son of George and Blanche Hayes.

Paul worked on the family farm and the family business, Bev’s Sandwich Shop, in Albion. Paul spent 16 winters in Florida with his wife Beverly enjoying fishing, flea markets and blue grass music, making many new friends along the way. Paul especially enjoyed gatherings with family and friends.

Paul was predeceased by his parents, George and Blanche Hayes; his brothers Milton and Robert; his wife, Beverly; son, Alan; father and mother-in-law Ruben and Bertha Cole; and brother-in-law, Roger Cole.

He is survived by his son, Jay Hayes and wife Diane; grandsons Jacob and Alex Hayes, of Fairfield, and Joshua Perkins, and Russell Carter, of Albion; daughters Jerrie Parker and husband Greg, of Albion, Paulette Carter and husband Richard, of Albion, and Bobbie Jo Williams, of Unity, granddaughter Libbie Kruger, of Florida; great-granddaughter, Madeline, of Florida; a daughter-in-law, Rose Hayes, of Pittsfield; sister-in-law, Jeanette Hayes; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at Pond Cemetery, Kanokolus Road, Unity, on Friday, June 18, 10 a.m.

Arraignments are under the direction and care of Aable Cremation Service LLC, Waterville.

JOSEPH R. BEAULIEU

FAIRFIELD – Joseph Ronald Beaulieu, 84, also known as “Ronnie”, of Fairfield, passed away on June 5, 2021 He was born in Van Buren on April 19, 1937, the son of the late Leonard and Evelyn (Oakes) Beaulieu.

Joseph attended Skowhegan High School, and following high school joined the National Guard and served from 1954 to 1956. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1960. Later he joined the Naval Reserves.

Ronnie mostly worked construction with Laborer’s Union #1284. He retired in 1990 after getting hurt on the job. He then volunteered with KVCAP for 19 years. He was a lifetime member of the Fairfield V.F.W.

He loved to read and keep up on world news. Ron always enjoyed feeding the birds in his yard. He also enjoyed music, dancing and playing cribbage. Ron loved going places whether it was to the coast or upcountry in the woods. He loved life and loved to laugh. He had a laugh that filled a room. He was a wonderful, caring man who loved his family deeply.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Raymond Courtney; his brother, Richard Oakes, and his sister-in-law, Marlene Bulger.

Ronnie will be sadly missed by his wife, Brenda; his children, Robby Beaulieu, of Warren, Sherri Beaulieu, of Waterville, Shane, of Cambridge, Richard Courtney, of Pittsfield, and Ronnie Courtney, of Canaan; his five grandchildren, Rick (Kelly). Jessica (Chris), Wayne, Dylon and Jacob; his three great-grandchildren, Luke, Ashley and Fredrick; his brother-in-law, Gary Bulger, of Benton; and several extended family members.

Interment with military honors was held on Thursday, June 17, at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Niche Wall, on Civic Center Drive, in Augusta.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at http://www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral and Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.

CARLA L. DUBORD

JEFFERSON – Carla Leona Reeves Dubord, 74, passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

A fune­­ral service was held on Tuesday, June 15, at Hall’s of Waldoboro, 949 Main St., in Waldoboro.

Burial followed the service at the New Harbor Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home 949 Main St., Waldoboro.

LINCOLN O. ORFF

JEFFERSON – Lincoln O. Orff, 90, of Jefferson, passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, of an apparent heart attack while fencing on his farm. He was born on December 19, 1930, at his family home on the Goose Hill Road, in Jefferson, to Elmer and Hazel Black Orff.

He attended Jefferson Village School, and graduated from Waldoboro High School in 1949. While at Waldoboro High School, Lincoln met the love of his life, Janice Fitch. They were married on October 21, 1950, in Jefferson.

After high school, Lincoln worked for Alton Prock, and then as a mechanic for Waldoboro Garage. In March 1952 he was drafted into the Army, and served in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1954, and earned the following Cpl. Awards: KSM, UNKSM, AMUC, NDM, Sharpshooter Badge (M-1).

After the Army, Lincoln and Janice built a house in Jefferson, and he went to work for the Ford garage, in Augusta. While working there he built his hen houses, and started raising poultry.

In the 1960s Lincoln went to work for Tilton Insurance Agency as an insurance agent where he later became a partner with Malcom Tilton. In 1972 he entered the real estate business and started selling real estate under Orff Realty. Lincoln and Janice purchased the Tilton Insurance Agency when Mac retired in 1975, and sold it in 1986. At that point Lincoln started selling real estate full time until he retired at the age of 73.

Lincoln’s love of steers started as a young boy on his family’s farm. His greatest passion was showing shorthorns at the local fairs where he made many friends who were like family to him. He still had three pairs of steers and even hayed the day before his passing. Lincoln was a lifetime member of the Windsor Fair: trustee for 46 years and secretary for 30 years. He was the superintendent of show steers for many years, and was a past president of the State Fair Association.

He was the first selectman of Jefferson for 34 years, the first person to hold the position of president of the Jefferson Beach Association, and he was also past treasurer of the Jefferson Fire Department. Lincoln was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #9437 of Washington, and a life member and past patron of Eastern Star Lakeview Chapter #179, in Jefferson. He was also a life member of the Riverside Lodge A.F.A.M. #135, and he was a member of the Valley of Rockland, as well as the Portland Scottish Rite Consistory.

Lincoln was predeceased by his brother, Wilbert Orff, and his sisters Lydia Willette, Marjorie Freeman, and Seba Chase.

Lincoln is survived by his wife of 70 years, Janice Orff, of Jefferson; his three daughters, Sandy Limouze (Richard), Claudia Orff-Reed (Dennis Frank), and Claudene Northrup (Jeffery); five grandchildren, Tammy Spear (Terry), Nathan Northrup (Paulette), Christy Roy (Blair), Jennifer Brassbridge (Cliff), and Kelley Thornton (Tony); two step-grandchildren, Shawn Reed (Brooke) and Kevin Reed (Eleanor); nine great-grandchildren, Colton and Ethan Spear, Logan and Allison Bennett, Chase and Carmyn Brassbridge, Owen and Lauryn Northrup, and Casey Roy; two step-great-grandchildren, Kyle Spear (Katie) and Noah Thornton; his sister, Ethel Buck, and brothers Robert Orff and Rodney Orff, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, June 16, at the Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St., Waldoboro. Burial followed at the Orff-Achorn Cemetery, in Waldoboro.

Hall’s of Waldoboro had care of the arrangements.

To extend online condolences please visit Lincoln’s Book of Memories at hallfuneralhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Windsor Fair Show Steer Department, c/o Jim Tracy, 230 Park St., Farmingdale, ME 04344.

BRANDON M. BRETON

VASSALBORO – Brandon Michael Breton, 21, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. He was born in Portland on February 29, 2000, the son of Michael and Susan (Cromwell) Breton.

He lived in Vassalboro his whole life. He went to Vassalboro Community School and then attended Erskine Academy, in South China.

Brandon was a co-owner of Sandy Point Seafood, in Augusta. He was an extremely hard worker and was passionately dedicated. It was truly amazing for the vision and direction he always wanted this company to go in.

Brandon loved photography, art, gaming and being around friends and family. When he wasn’t working, he was out in nature taking photos and always attaching inspirational quotes to them, as well as hanging out with his numerous friends in the online gaming community. He truly touched lives around the world and will be missed by many.

Brandon was soft spoken and kind hearted. He had a bright heart of gold and wore it on his sleeve. For all these years, people have lined up daily for his fish tacos. He will always be remembered by them and us as the “Fish Taco Picaso”.

He is survived by his parents, Michael and Susan Breton; his grandparents, Linda and Bruce Fifield; and many aunts, uncles and cousins,

Condolences and fond memories may be shared with Brandon’s family at http://www.familyfirstfh.

A Memorial Service was held on Thursday June 17, 2021, at Knowlton & Hewins Funeral Home, One Church St., Augusta, followed by committal prayers and burial at Riverside Cemetery, also in Augusta.

Arrangements were under the care of Knowlton & Hewins Funeral Home and Cremation Care, Augusta, ME 623-8722.

GEORGE M. STONE

ALBION – George M. Stone, 65, passed away peacefully at his home in Albion on June 9, 2021. He was born November 5, 1955, in Lewiston, the son of George and Virginia Stone.

George was a graduate of Hebron Academy. He worked for L.L. Bean and Johnny Selected Seeds.

He was devoted to the love of his life, his wife, Terri, of 38-1/2 years, his children, grandchildren and his mom. Terri and he were making so many plans for retirement years. He loved visiting family, gardening and raising his chickens but most of all and loved by all was his cooking and baking.

He is predeceased by his father and his brother, Robert Stone.

He is survived by his wife, Terri-Ann Stone; his mother, Virginia Stone; his son, Christopher Stone, and his wife Heather Stone, and children, Anthony and Autumn; his daughter, Jamie Stone and children Brandon, Kimberlee and Greyson; his brother, Gregory Stone and his wife Lise Stone; and several nieces and nephews and one great-niece.

A graveside service was held at Puddledock Cemetery, in Albion, on Wednesday, June 16.

IRENE M. NELSON

WATERVILLE – Irene M. Nelson, 93, of Waterville, passed away peacefully at Woodlands, in Waterville, on Friday June 11, 2021. She was born on August 2, 1927, in Waterville, a daughter of the late George and Adelaide (Michaud) Grenier.

She was married to Joseph Nelson Jr. for 39 years. Together they worked and raised their family of four children in the Winslow-Waterville area until Joseph passed away in 1991. They were parishioners of St. John the Baptist Church, in Winslow. While being a dedicated homemaker and mother to her children, she also worked at The Diamond Match Factory, in Oakland, for 10 years and at Volmer’s Boarding Home, in Vassalboro, as a cook.

When Joe and Irene retired from work, they moved to Zephryrhills, Florida, and became full time residents of Florida. Irene enjoyed playing Euchre card game, shuffle board, bowling and gambling at The Hard Rock Café, in Tampa, Florida. She loved being with people and going dancing.

Irene is survived by her children, Randy Nelson, Peter Nelson and wife Melinda, Karen Redmond and husband Peter, Michael Nelson and wife Ellen; grandchildren, Andrew Nelson, Emily Leever, Alex Nelson, Matthew Nelson, Maegan Nelson, Ryan Redmond, Travis Redmond, Sarah Nelson, Eric Nelson; and nine great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Joseph Nelson and her brother Morris Grenier.

You are invited to offer your condolences and share fond memories with the family by visiting Irene’s guestbook at http://www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com.

Committal services will be held at The Maine Veterans Cemetery, on Civic Center Drive, in Augusta, at a future date.

A Service of Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville, Maine 04901. (207)872-767.

MARIE C. LEWIS

SIDNEY – Marie Claire Lewis, 71, of Sidney, passed away on Monday, March 1, 2021. She was born to the late Tancrede Joseph Pouliot and Julienne Marie Guillaume Pouliot on February 22, 1950.

Marie was a graduate of the University of Maine-Orono, and Lawrence High School, in Fairfield. She worked for many years at Plum Creek Timberlands, of Fairfield, from where she retired in 2012.

Marie loved to cook and enjoyed her many gardens. She had a green thumb and was always successful in growing either flowers or vegetables. Marie loved to travel and visited many vacation destinations. She treasured her trip with her mother to Bayonville, France, as one of her favorites, as this trip was filled with meeting and visiting her cousins, aunts and uncles. She was a talented artist and accomplished pianist.

Marie was most passionate for the care and welfare of animals. She personally rescued several cats and dogs and faithfully supported local and national rescue organizations.

One of her favorite pastimes was touring Great Pond in their boat with her sister, Helene and her husband, John, accompanied by her rescued pup, Lilly.

Marie is survived by her brother, Jean Pouliot, of Waterville; sister, Helene Caswell, of Belgrade (husband, John Caswell); and sister, Genevieve Pinnette, of Fairfield Center, (husband Stanley Pinnette); two stepdaughters, Stacey L. Lewis, of Minot, and Stephanie Nickles, of China; along with several nieces and nephews, Patrick Pouliot; Christopher Pouliot (wife Toni and daughter, Paige); Leigh-Ann Parker (husband Cj, daughters Kyleigh and Aubreigh); Eric Caswell (daughter Brooke); Gabriel Pinnette (wife Stephanie and daughters Bella and Eva); and Nicole Pinnette.

Marie was predeceased by her sister, Elisa Marie Pouliot; and numerous relatives.

A Mass of Christian burial is scheduled for Saturday, June 12, 2021, 9 a.m., Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville.

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 http://www.gallantfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to your favorite animal rescue organization.

JOHN F. NOYES II

WINSLOW – John Frederick (AKA Baby John or Noisy) Noyes II, 65, of Skowhegan, passed away April 9, 2021 in Skowhegan of natural causes. He was born December 17, 1955, with Downs Syndrome and was not expected to live long!

DHHS placed him in the care of Leroy and Simone Dutil at the age of one month. He resided in Winslow, Waterville and Skowhegan.

John was the joy of the Dutils’ life. Everyone who met him struck up a relationship with him, he was very outgoing! Who ever had an opportunity to meet John, be it at Shop and Save, or numerous outings were greeted with a big smile, a hug or a handshake! He had his own unique language but, understood both French and English. He enjoyed shopping, attending mass at St. John the Baptist Church, in Winslow, going to the car wash and meeting new people. Upon the death of Leroy (his foster father) John lived at a group home, under the care of Motivational Services. His health became worst and he resided at Woodlands Nursing Home, in Skowhegan.

John had a strong personality, but always has had a friendly smile. He enjoyed the simple pleasures of life to the fullest! People passing by his home would find him sitting on the front porch playing his guitar, or music, and singing at the top of his voice.

John was predeceased by his estranged mother, Eldora Elizabeth Fields; a brother, Brian Fields; his foster parents Leroy and Simone Dutil, Armond Dutil and Theresa (Dutil) Dechaine, all of Waterville.

John is survived by his foster brother, Francis J. Rodrigue and wife, Gloria.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Wednesday, June 9, at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument St., Winslow. Burial followed at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Grove Street, Waterville.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at http://www.gallantfh.com.

MICHAEL P. GORNEAU

BENTON – Michael P. Gorneau, 59, of Benton, died unexpectedly at home on Monday, March 29, 2021, following a three-year battle with illness. He was born on Nov­ember 12, 1961, in Water­ville, the youngest son of Alcide and Delores Gorneau.

Michael graduated from Waterville High School in 1981. A short time after graduation he joined Duratherm Company, in Vassalboro, where he would ultimately retire in the fall of 2018. During this time he met his wife, Theresa, and the two of them had 36 years, and together had two daughters, Amanda and Roseanna.

He will be remembered as a generous and giving person whom was always there to help family and friends. He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman with a dry and witty sense of humor. He will be missed.

He is survived by his sisters, Geraldine Sidmore, Julieanna Lyon and Louise Pooler along with one brother, Ray Gorneau, and many other family members.

A Celebration of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, July 10, at the Fairfield VFW.

A graveside service will be held in October 2021.

Expanded June 2021 China election results

by Mary Grow

The results of China voters’ June 8 decisions at their annual town business meeting, posted on the town website, show information that would not have been available from an open meeting.

As reported previously, all articles were approved except funding for FirstPark (see The Town Line, June 10, p. 11).

The most enthusiastic “yes” vote came on Art. 9. Two hundred sixty-one voters approved, 15 dissented and two cast blank ballots. Art. 9 asked for $151,547 for China’s three volunteer fire departments and China Rescue.

Art. 12 was related. Its list of Community Support Organizations included additional money for firefighters and rescue members who respond to calls, as well as money for the historical society, the libraries, this newspaper and three organizations that support water quality. The vote on Art. 12 was 190 in favor to 86 opposed, with two blank ballots – one of the least popular expenditures.

Only two other articles received fewer votes. On Art. 2, asking approval to exceed the state property tax levy limit if necessary, the vote was 183 in favor, 81 opposed and 14 blank ballots. Becky Hapgood, Town Treasurer as well as Town Manager, said China will not exceed the state limit.

Art. 25, authorizing selectmen to sell a 40-acre lot on the east side of Lakeview Drive, got 174 “yes” votes, with 87 voters opposed and 17 blank ballots.

The last five ballot questions each had 15 or more blank ballots. The only other article on which more than seven voters expressed no opinion was the tax levy limit, the first presented to voters. Art. 1, election of a moderator, was dealt with before the polls opened.

By rejecting the article seeking $26,471 for membership in FirstPark in Oakland, and approving the article funding any defeated appropriation at the current year’s level, voters approved $39,000 for FirstPark. Hapgood said the town will expend only the amount requested.

Selectmen are likely to discuss whether to withdraw from FirstPark membership. Hapgood has a copy of a legal opinion obtained by another member town in which an attorney explains the complexities of withdrawal.

On the separate June 8 ballot seeking approval of the almost $40 million Regional School Unit (RSU) #18 budget, China’s vote was 204 yes and 68 no, with five blank ballots. According to the Central Maine newspapers, the other four RSU #18 towns – Belgrade, Oakland, Rome and Sidney – also approved the budget.

A total of 278 votes were cast, as absentee ballots and at the polls June 8. Nelson said China had 3,158 registered voters when the polls closed, two added during the day.

Chin transfer station committee discusses fees

by Mary Grow

China Transfer Station Committee members spent most of their June 9 meeting talking about money, mostly small amounts.

Two issues were whether non-rechargeable batteries should be recycled, and if so, whether a fee should be charged; and whether out-of-town users should pay more than they do to use China’s facility.

The phrase “out-of-town users” means occasional people from Albion, Liberty and other towns without transfer stations (except Palermo, which shares use of China’s facility in return for an annual fee plus a per-bag fee). There was consensus they should be charged more; committee members did not discuss specific figures.

State regulations allow non-rechargeable batteries to go into the trash, Transfer Station Manager Ronald Marois said. He did not see a problem.

Committee Chairman Larry Sikora said a concentration of the batteries – “a bucket full,” he said – with their terminals touching could cause a fire. Marois said he has heard of battery-caused fires at other Maine transfer stations, but he believes the batteries were rechargeable lithium ones.

Sikora said taping over the battery terminals would make them entirely safe. He recommended publicizing the recommendation to cover the terminals in China and Palermo.

Robert Kurek, Palermo Selectman and representative on the China committee (along with newly-appointed member Chris Diesch), said a Palermo newsletter is to go out soon and if there is time and space will include Sikora’s recommendation.

Sikora was doubtful about charging a fee for non-rechargeable batteries, especially when a resident brought in only one or two. Committee member Mark Davis said if there were a fee, everyone would add them to the mixed waste.

No action was taken on the battery question, nor on Kurek’s and Marois’ suggestion of fee increases for extra-large mattresses, because they take up so much space in a truckload of trash.

Another long discussion was over the $10 refundable fee charged for a second Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) card, when a transfer station user lost one and needed a replacement or wanted an additional one for a second vehicle. The issue was whether the Palermo town office should continue to keep $10 deposits from Palermo residents or hand them over to China.

Committee members agreed by consensus to leave the system as it is.

Marois said the current capital improvement project at the transfer station is building a slab for refrigerators. In the future, he would like to see the yard repaved and a roof over the compactor.

Committee member Karen Hatch, who is also volunteer coordinator for the Free-for-the-Taking building, said the building is partly reopened, after the pandemic-induced closure. She has nine volunteers to supervise it. One is building new bookshelves, she said.

Business has been slow so far, Hatch said. Clothing is not yet being accepted, because it inspires people to stay inside longer and handle the wares more. The current plan is to add it back beginning July 1.

The China transfer station will be closed Saturday, July 3, for the Independence Day holiday.

The next Transfer Station Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday morning, July 13.