Entries by Eric W. Austin

China resident looks to fill a need for women veterans

by Eric W. Austin omen veterans in general are so overlooked and underappreciated,” says China resident and U.S. Army veteran Nichole Jordan. “Women are truly the invisible aspect of after-service to our country.” While many excellent veterans organizations exist, like the American Legion and VFW, historically the focus of these organizations has been on male […]

Just Our Jams raises money for local food pantry

by Eric W. Austin Can strawberry jam save the world? Two local women think it can. Luanne Webber and Cindi Orlando, both from China, have started a venture called “Just our Jams” to help raise money for their local food pantry. The initiative aims to repurpose leftover fruit from the China Community Food Pantry to […]

China to hold WindowDressers workshop this fall

by Eric W. Austin The China for a Lifetime Committee is busy planning for a WindowDressers workshop that will take place this November 3 – 7. The initiative is a volunteer-led, “barn-raising” effort to construct low-cost “window inserts” to reduce residential energy bills. The window inserts are constructed of pine wood frames, covered in thin […]

Vassalboro holds 250th anniversary commemoration and Civil War monument re-dedication

by Eric W. Austin On a blustery Monday morning, April 26, around 50 people gathered in Vassalboro’s Monument Park to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the town’s founding and rededication of its Civil War memorial. The event was organized and emceed by John Melrose, chairman of the Vassalboro selectboard. “On behalf of the Vassalboro selectboard,” […]