Issue for July 7, 2022

Celebrating 34 years of local news

Central Maine to host U12 Major World Series for first time

Games to be played at Purnell Wrigley, Waterville and Maine’s Fenway, in Oakland
Former major leaguers to attend

For the first time ever, Maine hosts the Cal Ripken U12 Major 60 World Series right here in Waterville and Oakland. Twelve teams from across the United States play six pool play games per day from August 6 – 10, with playoff games, August 11 – 13. Games will be played at Purnell Wrigley, in Waterville, and Maine’s Fenway, in Oakland…

China Boy Scout earns Eagle Scout status

On Saturday, June 11, Troop #479, of China, honored an Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor held for China resident Kaiden Sawyer Kelley, at the China Masonic Hall. Family, friends and Scouts attended the ceremony marking the advancement of this young man to the highest rank in Boy Scouts… by Ron Emery

Your Local News

Planners approve two applications; discuss potential future ordinances

CHINA — China Planning Board members approved two applications on their June 28 agenda and expanded their discussion of pending ordinances and ordinance revisions to new topics…

Winslow resident inducted into International Honor Society

WINSLOW – Saint Anselm College student Christine Quirion, of Winslow, a business major in the class of 2022, at the college, in Manchester, New Hampshire, has been accepted into the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration for the 2021-2022 academic year…

Winslow resident named to UMass Lowell dean’s list

WINSLOW – Treva Campbell, of Winslow, has been recognized for achieving academic distinction at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, in Lowell, Massachusetts…

St. Michael Parish donates over 5,000 Diapers

AUGUSTA – As part of an initiative for parishioners to learn, act, and pray on the life and dignity of the human person, St. Michael Parish, in Augusta, held a collection for items and financial assistance for the Open Arms Pregnancy Center, in Augusta, which offers encouragement and support to pregnant women and young families…

Mid-Maine Chamber golf classic another success

WATERVILLE – Central Maine’s most prize-laden golf tournament fundraiser was held under clear skies on Monday, June 6, at Waterville Country Club. Thirty-six teams took part in the shotgun start scramble…

Jefferson library children’s summer reading program

JEFFERSON – The children’s reading program starts Tuesday, June 21, and will run until August 30, with the final drawing on September 1. For each book a child reads, a ticket goes in for a drawing. A ticket is drawn once a week for a $5 gift certificate for the Jefferson Scoop…

Sheepscot Lake Assn. news

PALERMO – We will be hosting our Annual General Membership meeting on Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m., at the Palermo Consolidated School, on Rte 3. Please join us that evening to renew your membership, meet your neighbors, and discuss the programs that help keep our Lake healthy…

What to do if you can’t pay your rent

CENTRAL ME – As housing costs keep climbing across the country, more than 11 million Americans report being behind on rent payments, according to Surgo Ventures. Add in inflation and other economic uncertainties, and millions more are on the brink of falling behind or facing eviction…

Name that film!

Identify the film in which this line originated and qualify to win FREE passes to Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville: “You don’t understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender.” Email us at with subject “Name that film!” Deadline for submission is July 8, 2022…

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Natural resources – Part 1 (new)

CENTRAL ME HISTORY — As the preceding articles have at least partly shown, pre-European inhabitants of the Kennebec Valley lived off the land, using natural resources to provide food, shelter, clothing, transport, decoration and other necessities and frivolities… by Mary Grow [1937 words]

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Native Americans – Conclusion

CENTRAL ME HISTORY — No historian your writer has found says how many Native Americans lived in the Kennebec River Valley before the Europeans arrived. The Maine Historic Preservation Commission has a document on its website estimating 25,000. Another on-line estimate for Maine and Maritime Canada (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) says 32,000… by Mary Grow [2062 words]

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Native Americans – Part 4

CENTRAL ME HISTORY — Last week’s article talked about Native American sites along the Kennebec River between Fairfield and Sidney on the west bank, but the east bank between Ticonic (Winslow) and Cushnoc (Augusta) was skipped for lack of space. This week’s article will remedy the omission by talking about Vassalboro and about sites inland on the east side of the river (as was done for the west side last week)… by Mary Grow [1958 words]

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Native Americans – Part 3

CENTRAL ME HISTORY — The Kennebec tribe’s village at Cushnoc (a word that means head of tide, most historians agree) was on high ground on the east bank of the Kennebec River in what is now Augusta, about 20 miles south Ticonic village (described last week)… by Mary Grow [1967 words]

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: Sheepscot Lake Assn. annual membership meeting

PALERMO — Sheepscot Lake Association will be hosting its Annual General Membership meeting on Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m., at the Palermo Consolidated School, on Rte 3. Please attend that evening to renew your membership, meet your neighbors, and discuss the programs that help keep the lake healthy… and many other local events!

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WINSLOW – Madeline R. Vigue, 97, of Winslow, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Lakewood Continuing Care, in Water­ville. She was born June 24, 1925, the daughter of Alexandre and Marie Bernard… and remembering 3 others.

Common Ground: Win a $10 gift certificate!

DEADLINE: Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Identify the people in these three photos, and tell us what they have in common. You could win a $10 gift certificate to Hannaford Supermarket! 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: Lisa Hockley, Skowhegan

Town Line Original Columnists


by Roland D. Hallee | From time to time, it happens. You see something unusual, don’t know what it is, so you go to your research material to find the answer. You use multiple sources, do your homework, then, when you think you have found the answer, it ends up being wrong…


by Eric W. Austin | Often social change is driven by technological innovations, particularly advances in how we communicate. Think about the invention of writing as one of those advancements that transformed, over a thousand years, oral societies into written ones. We take writing for granted today, but at the time it was revolutionary…


by Peter Cates |  The seventh former President Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) has drawn much controversy during the more than 180 years since his years at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue from 1829 to 1837. His stand against the abolition of slavery, his being a wealthy plantation owner with slaves at his large Tennessee mansion known as the Hermitage, his signing into law the forced removal of native Americans from their ancestral lands in Georgia and Alabama to the Oklahoma Indian Territory (resulting in so many deaths from disease and malnutrition on the Trail of Tears) and his abrasive uncouth personality alienated many of the more socially refined ladies and gentlemen during his lifetime…


by Roland D. Hallee | Let’s now proceed with what life was like on The Plains in the 1950s and ‘60s. The Lockwood-Dutchess Textile Mill (the cotton mill as it was known), which was housed in three large, brick buildings at the foot of Main St., was in full operation…


(NAPSI) | For years, people have been told by brands and influencers to be “body positive” and embrace the way their bodies look—no matter the shape or size. Sounds good, right?…