Issue for June 27, 2024


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The office will re-open at 9 a.m., Monday, July 8, 2024.

Celebrating 36 years of local news

Area boy scouts do training in the woods

Area adult leaders in Scouting, and some from as far away as Rangeley, Kittery and Melrose, Massachusetts, took part in a weekend training course held at Camp Bomazeen on May 17 and 18 designed to make them better leaders by giving them confidence with their outdoor skills… by Chuck Mahaleris

Town News

Transfer station committee still working out relations with Palermo

CHINA – At their June 18 meeting, China Transfer Station Committee members continued to work on three items: straightening out China’s relations with Palermo, enforcing regulations and promoting recycling…

School board hears positive reports for end of year

VASSALBORO – At their June 18 meeting, Vassalboro School Board members heard positive reports about the end of the current school year and continued planning for the next one…

Name that film!

Identify the film in which this famous line originated and qualify to win FREE passes to The Maine Film Center, in Waterville: “Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!” Email us at with subject “Name that film!” Deadline for submission is July 5, 2024.

Webber’s Pond comic

Webber’s Pond is a comic drawn by a local central Maine resident (click on the thumbnail to enlarge)…

Bridge construction update

WINSLOW – Please find here the anticipated traffic impacts and bridge closures for the week of June 24…

Northern Light Inland Hospital earns A grade for protecting patients

CENTRAL ME – Northern Light Inland Hospital has received the top score possible, an ‘A’, in the spring 2024 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade program. This national distinction recognizes Inland’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital…

Spectrum Generations request for proposals

CENTRAL ME – Spectrum Generations, Central Maine’s Area Agency on Aging, provides community-based services through the Older Americans Act (OAA) Title III, parts B, C, E, and D. Spectrum Generations serves Kennebec, Somerset, Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc Counties as well as the towns of Brunswick and Harpswell…

Inland Hospital expands orthopedic surgical services

CENTRAL ME – Northern Light Inland Hospital is proud to expand orthopedic surgical services for our community and region, making access to care quicker and easier – including same day access…

PHOTO: Refreshing

WINSLOW – Pat Byther photographed this bald eagle by the stream on the China Road, in Winslow…

PHOTO: Bobbin’ along

CLINTON – Joan Chaffee, of Clinton, photographed this robin perched in a tree. It seems to be well fed….

Erskine Academy third trimester honor roll

CHINA – Listing of honor roll students for the third trimester at Erskine Academy.

Carrabec High School 4th quarter honor roll

NO.ANSON – Listing of honor roll students for the fourth quarter at Carrabec High School.

Zachary Ross named to the dean’s list at The College of St. Scholastica

SIDNEY – Zachary Ross, of Sidney, was named to the Spring 2024 dean’s list at The College of St. Scholastica, in Duluth, Minnesota.

Emerson College student Ella Conway earns dean’s list honors

SKOWHEGAN – Ella Conway, of Skowhegan, earned dean’s list honors from Emerson College, in Boston, Massachusetts, for the Spring 2024 semester. Conway is majoring in media arts production and is a member of the Class of 2026..

Lily Ker named to WPI dean’s list

WATERVILLE – Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), in Worcester, Massachusetts, has announced that Lily Ker, of Waterville, a member of the class of 2027, majoring in interactive media and game development, was named to the university’s dean’s list for academic excellence for the spring 2024 semester.

Oakland’s Emma Concaugh graduates from College of the Holy Cross

OAKLAND – Emma Concaugh, of Oakland, received a bachelor of arts degree from College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Massachusetts. Concaugh was among 751 bachelor of arts degree recipients Holy Cross celebrated at its 178th Commencement held in person on Friday, May 24.

Logan McDonald named to the dean’s list at Lehigh

BINGHAM – Logan McDonald, of Bingham, achieved dean’s list status at Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, during the spring 2024 semester.

Matthew Parent named to Clarkson University’s dean’s list

OAKLAND – Matthew G. Parent, of Oakland, a junior majoring in software engineering, was named to the dean’s list for the Spring 2024 semester at Clarkson University, in Potsdam, New York.

Local happenings

EVENTS: A China school reunion planned for July 18

CHINA – As we all know, history cannot be changed and, sometimes unfortunately, it can be repeated in a negative sense. But most important of all, it must never be forgotten. This is one of the primary goals of our now, solidly in place, China Historical Society, and to follow that path we are going to coordinate an event with our annual meeting on Thursday, July 18… by Bob Bennett

EVENTS: Albion bicentennial photo contest underway

ALBION – Albion bicentennial photo contest is open to anyone, but photos must be taken in Albion. There are four categories: people, animals, still life and landscape in three age groups, 12 years old and under, 13-20, and over 20…

EVENTS: Madison blood drive planned at legion

MADISON – A blood drive hosted by American Legion Tardiff-Belanger Post #39, 20 S. Maple Street, Madison, will take place on Thursday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sign up at or call 800-733-2767 or contact Richard at…

EVENTS: L.C. Bates Museum activities

HINCKLEY – The following programs will be presented at L.C. Bates Museum, on the campus of the Goodwill-Hinckley School, on Rte. 201, in Hinckley…

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: Public supper in Freedom

FREEDOM – There will be a public supper on Saturday, July 6, 2024, 4:30 – 6 p.m., at the Freedom Congregational Church Hall. Menu will include roast pork, mashed potato, gravy, baked beans, vegetable, dinner rolls, punch, coffee, and assorted homemade desserts. Adults $10, children 12 and under, $5, children 3 and under eat free… and many other local events!


ALBION – Lois Louise Shores, 85, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Lois was born on August 14, 1938, in Clinton, the daughter of Clayton and Marion Hunt… and remembering 8 others.

Give Us Your Best Shot

The best recent photos from our readers!…

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Windsor (new)

WINDSOR HISTORY — Your writer has chosen next to discuss the eastern towns, starting with the southernmost, Augusta’s eastern neighbor, Windsor. Henry Kingsbury commented in his Kennebec County history, at the beginning of his chapter on Windsor, that the town had “two of its sides parallel with the general course of the Kennebec river,” though it had no frontage… by Mary Grow

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Clinton

CLINTON HISTORY — The town of Clinton, Benton’s ancestor and northern neighbor, is the northernmost Kennebec County town on the east bank of the Kennebec River. Historian Carleton Edward Fisher wrote that Clinton’s first white settler was probably Ezekiel Chase, Jr., who might have arrived by 1761, before the Kennebec Proprietors claimed the area… by Mary Grow

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Benton

BENTON HISTORY — Continuing north on the east side of the Kennebec River, the next town after Winslow is Benton. Next north of Benton is Clinton… by Mary Grow

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Vassalboro – Winslow

CENTRAL ME HISTORY — Going north from Augusta on Route 201 on the east bank of the Kennebec River, one follows the approximate route of Massachusetts Governor William Shirley’s 1754 military road between Fort Western, in present-day Augusta, and Fort Halifax, in present-day Winslow… by Mary Grow

Common Ground: Win a $10 gift certificate!

DEADLINE: Wednesday, July 11, 2024

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: Jane Vigue, Winslow

Town Line Original Columnists


by Roland D. Hallee | A reader recently told me they saw some fireflies, and asked whether it is early for them. I guess it all depends on a number of factors…


by Peter Cates | In his 1941 anthology Reading I’ve Liked, editor Clifton Fadiman (1904-1999) wrote why he felt that so many children’s books are terrible…


by Gary Kennedy | Well, things at the VA are slowly changing. The Community Living Center which was supposed to be built four years ago has been started. However, for some reason that I haven’t been able to figure out, as of yet, construction has stopped again. Another construction site has begun in the rear of Building 205…


by Jayne Winters | “It takes a village to raise a child” is an African proverb referencing the need for a community of people to provide and assure its children grow in a healthy, safe environment. It’s not limited to children, however, as evidenced by all that has happened at Duck Pond Wildlife Rehab Center since last month’s column…


(NAPSI) | While the Healthy Eating Pyramid is a good indicator of the types (and quantities) of foods we should eat to stay healthy, there are certain foods that are healthier than others when it comes to our eyes…