Entries by Eric W. Austin

Karen Hatch: Queen of the Swap Shop

by Eric W. Austin Walking into the Swap Shop at the China Transfer Station, you may find that you don’t recognize the place anymore. Gone are the disorganized piles of clothes, toys, tools and odds and ends with no apparent plan or place to stand. Instead, the small space has been arranged with a finesse […]

Maine politics: A conversation with five local legislators

This is the first of a three-part series written by Eric W. Austin. (The following does not necessarily constitute the opinions of The Town Line staff or its board of directors.) by Eric W. Austin ometimes the noise from Washington is so loud, it drowns out what’s going on right here in Maine. A few […]

Welcome home: A Vietnam experience

by Eric W. Austin “The war was so unpopular, you couldn’t go anywhere in public in uniform,” says Vietnam veteran Clinton Hayward. “You would be berated, assaulted, threatened. It was frightening.” We’re sitting in the living room of his home in South China, looking out over Three Mile Pond. He pauses a moment, leans forward […]

China Lake Association holds annual meeting

Members hear about lake restoration from director of Maine Lakes Society by Eric W. Austin “We’re part of the problem,” Matthew Scott, the keynote speaker at this year’s China Lake Association annual meeting, told an audience of about 40 people on Saturday, July 20. “We’re also part of the solution.” His talk was entitled, “All […]

China residents gather to discuss comprehensive plan

by Eric W. Austin Approximately 25 residents of China gathered in the cafeteria at Erskine Academy on Saturday, May 18, to discuss the town’s comprehensive plan, which is formulated every ten years to help guide the direction of town policy. Town Manager Dennis Heath and Selectman Irene Belanger were also in attendance. The planning session […]