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Up and down the Kennebec Valley Railway transportation

by Mary Grow Although the narrow-gauge railroad that was built inland from Wiscasset starting in 1894 never reached either Québec (its first name was the Wiscasset and Québec) or Waterville or Farmington (later it was the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington) (see The Town Line, Sept. 17), as the WW&F it was an integral part of […]

VASSALBORO: All going well with school reopening

by Mary Grow Vassalboro Community School (VCS) has started the year well, administrators told School Board members as they met Sept. 15, at the beginning of the second week of classes. Safety regulations and educational programming both work well, so far. Board members’ reaction included vetoing interscholastic sports – soccer, specifically, Principal Megan Allen said […]

Vassalboro finances in good shape with adequate surplus

by Mary Grow Vassalboro selectmen heard updates on several aspects of town affairs at their Sept. 17 meeting. Auditor Ron Smith, managing partner in Buxton-based RHR Smith & Company, said as of June 30, 2019, the town’s finances were in good shape, with an adequate surplus for emergencies. “I think you guys are doing a […]

CHINA: Rte. 3 local water source closed to public use

by Mary Grow China selectmen discussed multiple ongoing issues and one new one at their Sept. 14 meeting. The new issue was a letter asking if the town would provide a public water supply in South China. The spring in a Route 3 front yard from which area residents have taken water for years has […]

Two contests on China’s local ballot

by Mary Grow China voters have two contests on the Nov. 3 local election ballot. For three seats on the board of selectmen, there are five candidates. Incumbents Ronald Breton and Janet Preston seek re-election, and Blane Casey, Brent Chesley and Jeanne Marquis also are running for a seat. Donna Mills-Stevens is not a candidate […]

VASSALBORO: Town projects get attention of selectmen

by Mary Grow Vassalboro selectmen spent most of their Sept. 3 meeting talking about spending money for town projects. The meeting included a public hearing on TIF (Tax Increment Financing) fund requests from Maine Rivers, which runs the Alewife Restoration Project (ARI), and the Vassalboro Sanitary District (VSD). Maine Rivers is creating fish passage between […]

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Stagecoach routes in central Kennebec Valley

by Mary Grow Early public transportation in the central Kennebec River valley came in three forms: the ferries and other riverboats previously mentioned (see The Town Line, April 23 and April 30, and for China Lake, June 4); stagecoaches; and railways. On land, horses and oxen were the earliest movers, for people and goods, individually […]

China board denies appeal over shoreland wall

by Mary Grow By a 3-2 vote the China Board of Appeals has upheld Codes Officer Bill Butler’s denial of Brent and Cathy Chesley’s application for a permit to build what documents call a retaining wall along the shore of China Lake. The Chesleys and their attorney, David Pierson of Eaton Peabody, told board members […]