Entries by Mary Grow

CHINA: New logo approved for town

by Mary Grow At their Nov. 20 meeting, the majority of China’s select board members enthusiastically and unanimously approved a new town logo, designed by board member Jeanne Marquis. Marquis showed how the simple, symmetrical design can be used as a letterhead for town stationery, on town vehicles and on T-shirts and caps, in color […]

Vassalboro planners discover omission in solar ordinance

by Mary Grow In the course of exploring two applications for solar power developments at their Nov. 14 meeting, Vassalboro planning board members found what most of them consider an omission in the town’s new solar ordinance. The application that raised the issue was from ReVision Energy for a small array on Route 32 (Main […]

Vassalboro select board discusses many issues; no decisions

by Mary Grow At their Nov. 16 meeting, Vassalboro select board members talked again about the fire station roof, a generator for the town office and recording board meetings (theirs and other town boards), and revived a topic not discussed for years, membership in Kennebec Valley Council of Governments (KVCOG). They made no final decisions. […]

China planners hold rescheduled meeting on solar farm

by Mary Grow On Nov. 14, China planning board members held their rescheduled public hearing on Novel Energy Systems’ proposed community solar farm on Parmenter Hill Road, the section locally known as Moe’s Mountain. Attendees included nearby landowners who attended the Sept. 26 preliminary discussion and Novel representatives. Main issues were those already raised Sept. […]

Vassalboro Historical Society on-line collection now available

by Mary Grow The Vassalboro Historical Society’s online collection, showing pictures of items from the society’s collection, is now available for viewing by computer at vassalborohistoricalsociety.org. People can see on line photos of items in the society’s collection, showing people, a great variety of documents, clothing, household objects and furniture, tools and other historic items. […]

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Starrett family of China

by Mary Grow Two weeks ago, this series featured China-born inventor Laroy Sunderland Starrett. As suggested in that story, he was a member of a large family with generations of China connections. This article will provide information about Laroy Starrett’s family. A warning to readers: there is a fair amount of genealogy, which your writer […]

CHINA: Two positions filled with write-ins

by Mary Grow Two positions on China boards have been filled, after Nov. 7 write-in votes were counted and winners informed. Town Clerk Angela Nelson reported incumbent Michael Brown received six votes for the District 1 planning board seat, and incumbent Michael Sullivan received five votes for the District 3 budget committee seat. Both have […]

China TIF committee hears reports

by Mary Grow Members of China’s Tax Increment Finance (TIF) committee met Oct. 30 to receive progress reports on town projects funded with TIF money. Representatives from the China Lake Association, China Region Lakes Alliance, Four Seasons Club, Thurston Park committee and China Broadband committee reported on expenditures and plans. Town Manager Rebecca Hapgood summarized […]