Issue for November 18, 2021

Celebrating 33 years of local news

Scouts learn about trucks

Augusta Cub Scout Pack #684 held a “Touch A Truck” event on Saturday, October 23, at Mill Park. Youth from around the area climbed on, and in, large rigs and small earthmovers learning from the owners how each worked. The event also had information about Cub Scouting for those who struggle and wanted more than one day of fun…

Katie Brann named emerging leader of the year by CM Growth Council

Central Maine Growth Council and KV Connect are pleased to present their 2021 Emerging Leader of the Year Award to Katie Brann, chairman of KV Connect, the young professionals’ group of mid-Maine, and Financial Advisor at Golden Pond Wealth Management, in Waterville…

Your Local News

TIF members approve revised application form

CHINA — Five members of China’s Tax Increment Financing Committee (TIF) used their Nov. 15 meeting to make administrative updates…

Rollins, Wilkens to lead planning board

CHINA — China Planning Board members began their Nov. 9 meeting by electing new leaders, since former Chairman Randall Downer has retired. Co-chairman Toni Wall moved that Scott Rollins become chairman and James Wilkens co-chairman; the motion was approved…

PHOTO: Cub Scouts carve their great pumpkins

SKOWHEGAN — Cub Scouts from Skowhegan Cub Pack #485 show off the great pumpkins they carved in time for Halloween…

PHOTO: On goal

SKOWHEGAN — Nixon Souviney, of Winslow, directs this kick towards the opposing goal in soccer action…

EVENTS: Elvis impersonator at Victor Grange Nov. 20

FAIRFIELD — Victor Grange #49 sponsors a dinner theater evening starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Grange Hall, located at the junction of Routes 139/104 and 23 in Fairfield Center…

Order fresh, sweet citrus, now!

PALERMO — Healthy, sparkling citrus fruit will be delivered to your door as early as Thanksgiving, if you order right now. To get it by Christmas, the deadline is December 15, and you can send it anywhere in the continental U.S.A.. Proceeds of the sale will help the Living Communities foundation support the Palermo Food Pantry and the Community Center..

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Libraries – Continued (new)

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]

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Women in education

CENTRAL ME HISTORY — Readers of recent articles in this series on the history of central Kennebec Valley towns will have noticed differences between education for men and education for women from the late 1700s into the 20th century… by Mary Grow [1955 words]

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Windsor & Winslow schools

WINDSOR/WINSLOW HISTORY — Windsor residents are fortunate to have a well-researched town history by Linwood H. Lowden, published in 1993, that includes an equally well-researched chapter on schools by C. Arlene Barton Gilbert… by Mary Grow [1817 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…

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!

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: Children’s Book Author Jeanine Deas to Hold Book-Signing Event

SKOWHEGAN — Local children’s book author Jeanine Deas will be signing copies of her new book, We’re All in the Kitchen, at an appearance at InspirArt North Gallery, in Skowhegan, 75 Water Street, on Sunday, November 28, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m…and many other events!


BENTON – Richard O. Pullen, 75, passed away on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at Northern Light Hospital, in Bangor. He was born October 21, 1946, in Waterville, the son of George Pullen and Marilyn Hafford… and remembering 14 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 | Benjamin Franklin preferred the turkey as the national bird of the United States, but he never publicly voiced his opposition to the bald eagle. In a letter to his daughter, Sarah Bache, on January 26, 1783, he wrote how he disapproved of the Society of Cincinnati, which he described as a chivalric order, for having a bald eagle in its crest…


by Gary Kennedy | Well, here we are again and I wish I had a lot of great news to share with you but these are trying times and, unfortunately, it seems the negatives out-weigh the positives. It seems even some of the positives are masking negative intent. I have received much anxious correspondence lately, it causes me into very deep thought; I never thought I’d see what appears a good thing masking as something else…


by Debbie Walker | I do not have a green thumb. My interest is mostly in the more unusual plants, at least I think they are unusual. This time I am trying to keep a Venus Fly Trap alive. Did you ever try to grow one?…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull | This week’s column is being taken from the August 4, 2005, issue of The Town Line paper. It starts out, Good morning my friends, Don’t worry, be happy! 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…


by Peter Cates | The 1989 anthology Maine Speaks has a poem from the Bristol native Abbie Huston Evans (1882-1983). Before sharing it, I offer the biographical details on her life provided in the above text, as they give a good maximum summation with minimum paragraphs…


(NAPSI) | During this season of family, friends and food—lots of food—now can be a great time to consider changing up your home fitness regimen and workout plans. One consideration is to incorporate exercises and workouts that strengthen and tone your core muscles. The good news is that a strong core can offer numerous health benefits whether you lead an active or a leisurely lifestyle…