Issue for November 9, 2023

Celebrating 35 years of local news

Glidden family honors WWII soldier from Palermo

Saturday, September 30, 2023, family members of World War II soldier from Palermo, Malcolm Leroy Glidden, honored his memory with a gathering at the Malcolm Glidden American Legion Post #163, in Palermo. The presentation was put together by Post Commander Paul Hunter with documentation that he researched and obtained from the National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri, and information from other sources like,, Sons of Liberty Museum and American Legion records… Submitted by Patricia Glidden Clark

So. China American Legion plans expansion of Veterans monument

The Boynton-Webber American Legion Post #179 has recently announced plans to expand the veterans memorial at the four corners in South China Village. The plan entails adding a brick pathway leading up to the monument, with the names of veterans engraved on each brick. “My idea for the brick walkway at the South China memorial is to honor our local veterans,” says Post #179 Commander Neil Farrington. “It really doesn’t matter if you served during a time of war or in peacetime. This project is meant to honor all area veterans”… by Eric W. Austin

Town News

China election results

CHINA – The unofficial returns from the November 7, 2023, municipal election for the town of China are as follows…

Select board to continue looking at South China boat landing

CHINA – After another 70 minutes’ discussion of the South China boat landing at their Nov. 6 meeting, China select board members again kicked the issue down the road. This time, they added a road map. On a 4-1 vote, with Janet Preston dissenting, board members approved a motion saying they, in cooperation with the China Lake Association, will continue investigating the town landing and will maintain it as a public boat launch…

Only two members present causes postponements

VASSALBORO – With only two of three members present at their Nov. 2 meeting, Vassalboro select board members postponed action on several items; but they could not postpone the request to close the transfer station on Saturday, Nov. 11…

Maine delegation announces $38M in LIHEAP funding for Maine

CENTRAL ME – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden announced that Maine has been awarded more than $38 million in funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program (LIHEAP) in 2024…

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: “One word: Plastics.” Email us at with subject “Name that film!” Deadline for submission is November 9, 2023…

Webber’s Pond

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

Massage Therapy: More than just a muscular experience

VASSALBORO – Slowing down and creating stillness may feel impossible at times. And yet, we can slow down. Practices such as meditation, yoga, breathwork, massage, and dance can help by allowing us to create a somatic experience which – in essence – connects the mind to the body. “I work to create a space for deep listening to the messages that are coming up, emotionally, physically and mentally… by Gillian Lalime

Fresh fruits for Christmas

PALERMO – The Living Communities Foundation, which runs the Palermo Community Center and the Palermo Community Garden, and hosts the Palermo Food Pantry announces that they are, once again, teaming up with Florida Indian River Groves to bring you freshly-picked oranges, grapefruit, and mandarins shipped anywhere in the contiguous USA to arrive before Christmas!…

Nicole Hernandez, inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

WATERVILLE – Nicole Hernandez, of Waterville, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Hernandez was initiated at University of West Georgia…

Northern Light Women’s Health welcomes Certified Nurse Midwife

WATERVILLE – Northern Light Women’s Health, in Waterville, welcomes Danielle Pelletier, CNM, certified nurse midwife. Danielle has been working in women’s health services for over 30 years, the last 12 years as a midwife. She went into the field after the birth of her daughter in 1989 when she felt a void in her own support and education while navigating pregnancy and birth…

Local happenings

EVENTS: Warming up for Christmas concert set

FAIRFIELD – After a five year hiatus, Steve and Linda Fotter and friends are putting on a benefit concert for Operation Hope managed by the Waterville Police Dept. It is called Warming Up for Christmas and will be held November 18, 5 p.m., at the Williamson Auditorium, at Lawrence High School, in Fairfield… by Mark Huard

EVENTS: Lincoln County Dems to discuss dark money in politics at Nov. 16 meeting

DAMARISCOTTA – The Lincoln County Democratic Committee (LCDC) will hold its next hybrid meeting on Thursday, November 16, at 7 p.m., at the American Legion Post #42, 527 Main Street, in Damariscotta, and online via Zoom…

EVENTS: Family Festival of Trees scheduled for Elks Lodge

WATERVILLE – Alfond Youth & Community Center and Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce combine efforts to present Festival of Trees this holiday season, continuing a proud tradition reinvigorated last season, with a change of venue to the Waterville Elks Lodge…

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: So. China breakfast to honor veterans

So. CHINA — The South China Community Church puts on a breakfast the second Saturday of every month. For $10 you get sausage and gravy, biscuits, pancakes, bacon, eggs, tator tots, muffins or coffee cake, fruit, juice and coffee. On November 11 veterans get their meal for $5… and many other local events!


VASSALBORO – Rita M. (Pare) Arbour Glidden, 95, formerly of Cross Hill Road, in Vassalboro, passed away peacefully of natural causes at the Augusta Center for Health and Rehabilitation in the early morning, on Sunday, October 29, 2023. Rita was born to Ernest and Georgianna (Blouin) Pare on Jan. 6, 1928, on the Pare family farm in Vassalboro, the ninth of eleven children… and remembering 11 others.

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Inventors – Part 3 (new)

ME HISTORY — Here is Earl H. Smith’s introduction to Martin Keyes in Smith’s Downeast Genius, beginning with a comparison to the inventor profiled in this series two weeks ago. “Like Alvin Lombard, Martin Keyes (1850–1914) was blessed with an inquisitive and clever mind, but unlike his burly tractor-making neighbor, Keyes was a diminutive and fastidious man…” by Mary Grow

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Agriculture & Inventions – Part 2

ME HISTORY — Colby College historian Earl H. Smith found four more local inventors besides Hanson Barrows and Alvin Lombard, whose work was last week’s topic. They were William Kendall, of Fairfield, and Waterville; Laroy Starrett, of China and Newburyport, Massachusetts; and in the 20th century, Martin Keyes and Frank Bunker Gilbreth… by Mary Grow

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Inventions, agriculture & others

ME HISTORY — Previous articles have talked about how agricultural work changed from the 1700s through the 1800s, as manpower was replaced by animal-power and then machines. Other changes, too, helped farmers produce more or expend less effort or both… by Mary Grow

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Agriculture – Part 7

VASSALBORO HISTORY — Recent articles have mentioned two Vassalboro men, Thomas Stackpole Lang and Hall Chase Burleigh, who each deserve more attention for their agricultural contributions, along with Lang’s father, John Damon Lang… by Mary Grow

Common Ground: Win a $10 gift certificate!

DEADLINE: Wednesday, November 16, 2023

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: Maylou Ripley, Oakland

Town Line Original Columnists


by Roland D. Hallee | There is a road off Lakeview Drive, in China, called Killdeer Point Road, that takes you to Killdeer Point, on the lake. We know the area received its name when someone exploring the area saw what he thought was a killdeer, and so named the point. So, what is a killdeer?…


by Norma Best Boucher | I just spent one of the best mornings I could want. I didn’t set out to do that. I don’t think that life works that way. I do try to start every day with a positive attitude, but this morning God just pointed me in a direction and said, “Enjoy!”…


by Peter Cates | The emotional nuance, strength, vulnerability, anger, calm before the storm, joy, love, maturity, chaos, decorum-every ounce of one’s humanity – is channeled from her very inner self with phenomenal discipline and authenticity into the trio of characters mentioned below…


by Debbie Walker | So, I did go to the audition. Before the night was over, I decided I didn’t come close to the other actors with their college degrees in theater. They also needed an assistant to the stage manager, with the plan being once trained they would become The stage manager. Well, I am now the assistant to the stage manager, at least I am going to try it…


(NAPSI)—The first time I heard about Crisis Text Line was when one of my students shared information about this mental health support service in one of my classes on strategic storytelling. I was doubtful that a text messaging service, provided entirely by trained volunteers, could make a difference in people’s lives. Yet, I was intrigued and curious…