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Vassalboro selectmen to meet Thursday, April 15, 2021

by Mary Grow Vassalboro selectmen meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in person in the Vassalboro Community School gymnasium. Their agenda includes three main items: Review of warrant articles for the June 7 and June 8 annual town meeting; Report on discussion with the state Department of Transportation about a proposed Municipal Partnership Initiative […]

Vassalboro planners look at potential fourth solar development

by Mary Grow Vassalboro Planning Board members listened to preliminary plans for what might become the town’s fourth commercial solar development, this one on Webber Pond Road. No action was expected and none was taken. Bill French, from Illinois, Regional Director of Project Development for Sunvest Solar, based in Pewaukee, Wisconsin (“outside Milwaukee,” French explained), […]

China broadband committee continues developing proposal

by Mary Grow China Broadband Committee (CBC) members continued discussion of their developing proposal for extended and improved China broadband service at their April 8 meeting. Joining them virtually were Mission Broadband consultants Mark Van Loan and John Dougherty, and Mark Ouellette, President of Axiom Technologies, of Machias. Axiom is the company CBC members chose […]

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: The Grange – Part 1

by Mary Grow The mother and father of all United States agricultural organization is the Grange, formally known as the Order of Patrons of Husbandry. The national Grange was organized in Washington, D. C., on Dec. 2, 1867, by a seven-person group headed by Oliver Hudson Kelley (1826 – 1913), a Bostonian who moved to […]

Vassalboro school board fails to finalize budget proposal

by Mary Grow Meeting March 30, Vassalboro School Board members were still unable to come up with a final 2021-22 budget proposal. They intended to try again Tuesday evening, April 6. Part of the hold-up was external, including lack of information on what Vassalboro can expect from new federal pandemic money and what restrictions will […]

China Broadband Committee rearranges future schedule

by Mary Grow With four of China’s five selectmen joining their April 1 virtual meeting, China Broadband Committee (CBC) members rearranged their future schedule and discussed what might be good news. Committee members had been scheduled to make a presentation at the April 26 selectboard meeting. Instead, they added a Thursday, April 29, meeting to […]