Issue for December 16, 2021

Celebrating 33 years of local news

Vassalboro American Legion Post donates stockings to veterans at Togus

American Legion Post #126, Vassalboro, filled and donated 160 Christmas stockings to veterans at Togus Veterans Administration Hospital. The Christmas stockings were made by the Sew for a Cause ladies at St. Bridget Center, in North Vassalboro…

Erskine Academy presents Renaissance Awards

On Friday, December 10, 2021, Erskine Academy students and staff attended a Renaissance Assembly to honor their peers with Renaissance Awards. Recognition Awards were presented to the following students: Shelby Lincoln, Ava Picard, Brielle Crommett, Devon Polley, and Parker Reynolds…

Your Local News

Select board discusses money, ordinances

VASSALBORO — Much of the discussion at the Dec. 9 Vassalboro select board meeting was about either ordinances or money, the money as a preliminary to consideration of the 2022-23 municipal budget. Ordinances included the Marijuana Business Ordinance town voters approved in June and the Mass Gathering Ordinance they rejected in November…

Small problem turns out bigger: resolved anyway

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro Planning Board members started their Dec. 7 meeting thinking they had a small problem. It turned into a bigger one, and they solved it anyway. At issue was the solar development at 2579 Riverside Drive…

CBC entertains proposal for expanded service

CHINA — China Broadband Committee (CBC) members entertained a proposal for expanded service by Spectrum at their Dec. 9 meeting, and offered multiple suggestions for sweetening the deal. Spectrum was represented by Melinda Kinney, Regional Senior Director for Spectrum’s parent company, Charter Communications…

Windsor transfer station needs to replace tire can

WINDSOR — At the November 23 meeting of the Windsor select board, Transfer Station Supervisor Sean Teekema noted that the tire can is in rough shape and will not last the winter. He suggested taking the existing Demo can and use it for tires, and replace the Demo can with a new one…

Name that film!

Identify the film in which this line originated and qualify to win a FREE pass to Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville: “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” Email us at with subject “Name that film!”…

The Remembrance Tree

Help us decorate the tree and at the same time remember a loved one. For only $10 a ball, you can commemorate a love one who has passed. Mail your donation and the names of your remembered loved ones to The Town Line, PO Box 89, South China, ME 04358. Deadline is Friday, December 17!

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Palermo & Little Free Libraries (new)

PALERMO HISTORY — Palermo residents are currently enjoying at least the third library in the town’s history. The earliest, according to Millard Howard’s history of Palermo, was started by Benjamin Marden 2nd, “around mid-century [1850], apparently at his home on Marden Hill,” and was called the Palermo and China Social Library… by Mary Grow [1952 words]

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Albion, South China libraries

CHINA/ALBION HISTORY — The majority of the central Maine towns and cities this series is covering have public libraries. Previous articles have talked about the three whose buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places – Lawrence Library, in Fairfield, Lithgow Library, in Augusta and Brown Memorial Library, in Clinton. This piece will describe other local libraries your writer finds interesting, mostly arranged alphabetically by town… by Mary Grow [1750 words]

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Clinton, China Libraries

CLINTON/CHINA HISTORY — Brown Memorial Library, in Clinton, is the third of the local libraries on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1899-1900, it was added to the Register on April 28, 1975. In their application for the listing, Earle Shettleworth, Jr., and Frank A. Beard, of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, compared the Brown Memorial Library to Fairfield’s Lawrence Library… by Mary Grow [1870 words]

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Libraries – Continued

CLINTON HISTORY — Lawrence Library, in Fairfield, described to readers last week, is one of three libraries in the central Kennebec Valley whose buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. The other two are Lithgow Public Library, in Augusta, this week’s topic, and Brown Memorial Library, in Clinton… by Mary Grow [1671 words]

Give Us Your Best Shot!

The best recent photos from our readers!…

Webber’s Pond

Webber’s Pond is a comic drawn by an anonymous central Maine resident (click thumbnail to enlarge)…

2021-’22 Real Estate Tax Due Dates

2021-2022 Real Estate tax due dates for the following towns: CHINA, FAIRFIELD, PALERMO, SIDNEY, VASSALBORO, WATERVILLE, WINDSOR and WINSLOW…


VASSALBORO – Kevin Michael Brandt, 44, passed away on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Kevin was born March 9, 1977, to Gerald and Lily (Lyon) Brandt in Augusta… and remembering 13 others.

Common Ground: Win a $10 gift certificate!

DEADLINE: Friday, January 7, 2021

Identify the people in these three photos, and tell us what they have in common. You could win a $10 gift certificate to Retail Therapy Boutique in Waterville! Email your answer to or through our Contact page. Include your name and address with your answer. Use “Common Ground” in the subject!

Previous winner: Susan Little, Waterville

Town Line Original Columnists


by Roland D. Hallee | My two recent columns on squirrels, black, and gray with white-tipped tails, have brought some local reaction. Over the last 30 years I have seen no more than three black squirrels, and one gray squirrel with a white-tipped tail…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull | This morning I’m going to write some of the August 4, 2005. My many thanks to all of you who have told me you liked the Flagstaff article, my thanks also to Roland for doing this series, it means so much . This week I’m going to let Percy (he was still alive then ) have more space, he would like to share these words…


by Debbie Walker | Merry Christmas! What does that have to do with all those birds in the song The 12 Days of Christmas? What’s the story behind that? Well, I just read about all this in, yes, The Farmer’s Almanac newsletter…


by Peter Cates | African-American soprano Dorothy Maynor (1910-1996) sang at the inauguration of Harry S Truman in 1948 and Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953; however, while singing frequently in concert and on radio and recordings, she was never invited to the Metropolitan Opera during her peak years…