Issue for December 9, 2021

Celebrating 33 years of local news

China Lake Association updates public on 10-year watershed plan

On Thursday, December 2, the China Lake Association hosted a two-hour Zoom webinar to present the public with their 10-year plan for the China Lake Watershed. The plan represented work over a two-year period by multiple organizations to survey the China Lake watershed and develop a plan for preserving and improving it… by Eric W. Austin [1649 words]

Your Local News

Transfer station committee postpones decision on fee increase for Palermo residents

CHINA — Lawrence Sikora, chairman of the Transfer Station Committee, explained the basis for the committee’s recommendation that Palermo residents, who use the China facility by contract, be charged an additional 25 cents per disposal bag…

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!”…

EVENTS: Victor Grange to host Christmas with the Clauses

FAIRFIELD — Victor Grange #49, in Fairfield Center, invites all area children, and their parents, to enjoy Christmas with the Clauses, from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Grange Hall…

EVENTS: Shakespeare group to hold auditions

AUGUSTA — Recycled Shakespeare Company (RSC) is holding a fundraiser, A Literary Tea, on a Sunday , January 2, 2022, at 2 p.m. Enjoy hot tea and lovely desserts while listening to winter poetry, passages of prose and music performed by Recycled Shakespeare Company and Friends, in the warm and inviting hall of the historic South Parish Congregational Church, 9 Church Street, in Augusta, ME…

OPINIONS: Plea to keep Bomazeen a scouting camp

BELGRADE — I would like to ask everyone in the district. Every Pack, Troop, and Crew member who wants to see this stay as a camp for Scouts in perpetuity, to write a personal letter stating why you think it is a bad idea to sell Camp Bomazeen… Community Commentary by Chris Bernier

Deadline approaching for Palermo SeedMoney Challenge

PALERMO — December 15 is also the deadline for donating to the SeedMoney Challenge Grant on behalf of the Palermo Community Garden. They’d like to see a strong finish to this campaign, which will help volunteers replace worn-out tools, purchase new seeds, replenish the 28 raised beds with soil amendments…

New Dimensions FCU gets large business award

WATERVILLE — On November 4, 2021, CEO, Ryan Poulin, and his team at New Dimensions Federal Credit Union, in Waterville, humbly accepted Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Large Business Award at the Enchanted Gables, on Hussey Hill Road, in Oakland…

Avoid holiday shipping scams

CENTRAL ME — This holiday shopping season, BBB Scam Tracker has received numerous reports about shipping tricks that scammers use to steal from online shoppers. The con artists are exploiting PayPal’s polices by delivering incorrect items and using stolen tracking numbers…

PHOTOS: Clauses visit Waterville area

WATERVILLE — Santa Claus comes to Waterville and Winslow. (Photos by Central Maine Photography)…

Carrabec High School, North Anson, first quarter honors

NORTH ANSON — Listing of honor roll students at Carrabec High School for fall 2021…

Vassaslboro Community School honor roll

VASSALBORO — Listing of honor roll students at Vassalboro Community School for fall 2021…

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

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]

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Libraries

CENTRAL ME HISTORY — The differential treatment in education discussed last week did not necessarily make women less interested than men in learning and literature. Local histories mention discussion and debate groups, most by and for men, some by and for women, and early libraries… by Mary Grow [2925 words]

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…

Webber’s Pond

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

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!


FAIRFIELD – Donald L. “The Legend” Woodbury, 70, passed away peacefully on Wednes­day December 1, 2021, after losing his battle with his memory loss with Demen­tia. Don was born on April 7,1951, in Waterville, the son of the late Manley Mower and Julia Nellie Pitts… and remembering 10 others.

Common Ground: Win a $10 gift certificate!

DEADLINE: Friday, December 10, 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: Kay Pooler, Vassalboro

Town Line Original Columnists


by Roland D. Hallee | This column was a long time coming. A couple of months ago, while driving to an engagement on Eustis Parkway, in Waterville, I noticed a grey squirrel cross the street in front of me. What’s so great about seeing a squirrel, you ask?…


by Evangeline T. | I’d been born in my grandparents’ large farm house, and as a young girl, I’d spend a week or two with them each summer. I loved it there. My grampy was a happy and full-of-fun guy. He had a name for me – Bambi, because I reminded him of the little deer in Walt Disney’s movie. Why, I never knew, but the nickname stuck. Bambi was cute, so I didn’t mind…


by Dan Beaulieu | A few years ago, Herb Kelleher, the CEO and founder of Southwest Airlines shook up the business world by declaring that the employee comes first, and the customer comes second. At first people were shocked, they could not understand such heresy. Of course, the customer comes first, everybody knows that since the customer is always right …right?…


by Sasha Fitzpatrick | It’s human nature to want to make things easier for our loved ones – and to have great concern about adding any stress to their lives. In fact, 72 percent of retirees say that one of their biggest fears is becoming a burden on their families, according to the Edward Jones/Age Wave Four Pillars of the New Retirement study. How can you address this fear?…


by Peter Cates | Keiko Lee is a 56-year-old jazz singer, born in South Korea and now living in Japan. She has rightfully achieved fame for her understated performances in concerts and on CDs since 1995…


(NAPSI) | This year, more than five million Americans, mostly between the ages of 17 and 25, will have their wisdom teeth removed to prevent or address teeth crowding or pain. Dentists recommend that most people (85%) have their wisdom teeth taken out to prevent health issues—such as impactions, infections, or decay—because modern mouths are smaller than our ancestors’ and typically don’t have room for this third set of molars…