Week of February 21, 2019

Celebrating 30 years of local news

Instructional coaching important part of RSU #18

Teaching is not for the faint of heart. As rewarding as the profession is, it can also be overwhelming to be the caretaker of dozens of young minds while juggling planning, assessments, and trying to keep up with the best new trends in curriculum within your classroom…

Your Local News

Board begins preliminary school budget review

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro School Board members began review of the preliminary 2019-2020 school budget at their Feb. 12 meeting, despite missing several major pieces…

Lions club hosts speaking competition

CHINA — Five members of the Erskine Academy speech and debate team, in South China, competed in the event. Arthur Sollitt, Adam Ochs, Conor Skehan, Caleb Sacks, and Hagen “Joki” Wallace were accompanied by Nicholas Waldron, advisor…

Erskine, Lawrence in tournament action

CHINA/FAIRFIELD — Erskine Academy, of South China, and Lawrence High School, of Fairfield, squared off in the semi-final of the Eastern Maine Basketball Tournament, held at the Augusta Civic Center, on Saturday, February 16. Lawrence won the game, 53-38 (photos)…

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Travis Mills to deliver Unity College 2019 commencement address

UNITY — Whether they know it or not, the more than 130 Unity College graduates receiving diplomas on Saturday, May 11, all persevered using the mantra of the college’s esteemed 2019 commencement speaker, retired Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills: “Never give up. Never quit.”…

Empty Bowls fundraiser to be held at Messalonskee

OAKLAND — Empty Bowls has been a fundraiser for several years at Messalonskee High School. The purpose of this project is to raise money for food pantries in our communities…

Fishy Photo: Good bass fishing

WINDSOR — According to Frank Richards, president of the Webber Pond Association, fishing on the pond has been good this winter. James Beaudry, of Windsor, displays one of his recent catches on the lake (photo)…

2019 Real estate tax schedule

Find out when real estate taxes are due for China, Vassalboro, Windsor & Winslow.

School News

McCowan named to Muhlenberg College’s Fall 2018 dean’s list

WINSLOW — Kathleen McCowan, of Winslow, was named to the dean’s list at Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, for the fall 2018 semester. To earn this academic achivement, students must earn a GPA of 3.50 or higher for the term.

Dugal graduates from JMU during December Commencement

SIDNEY — James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, was pleased to graduate more than 930 members of the campus community. Commencement ceremonies took place in December 2018. Included was Chandler Dugal, of Sidney, who earned a degree in History.

Local students named to dean’s list at RIT

OAKLAND/MERCER/ATHENS — The following local residents made the dean’s list at Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, New York, for the 2018 fall semester: Ada Phillips, of Oakland, who is in the software engineering program; Kieran McCarthy-O’Flaherty, of Oakland, who is in the computer engineering program; Tory Leo, of Mercer, who is in the computer science program; and Ashley Avery, of Athens, who is in the hospitality and tourism management program.

Roger Williams University announces fall 2018 dean’s list

OAKLAND/WATERVILLE — Select students have been named to the fall 2018 dean’s list at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. Full-time students who complete 12 or more credits per semester and earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher are placed on the dean’s list that semester. Area students include Emma Dehetre, of Oakland, and Michael Oliveira, of Waterville.

Catherine Riley named to dean’s honor list

CHELSEA — Cedarville University student Catherine Riley of Chelsea, majoring in mathematics, was named to the dean’s honor list for fall 2018, in Cedarville, Ohio.


from Rodney Rolfe (Skowhegan) — We must enforce our current immigration laws and stop the flow of drugs, gangs and people promoting sex trafficking into our country…

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AUGUSTA NATURE CLUB will hold a luncheon meeting on Wednesday, February 27, at the Capital Area Technical Center. Luncheon is served at noon. The program will be edible bugs presented by Camden Martin from Entosense, Inc., of Lewiston. FMI: Jackie McNeill, 622-2419…


WINSLOW — Debby J. Gagne passed away on Friday, February 8, 2019, at her home in Winslow, following a year-long battle with ovarian cancer. Debby was born in Waterville on August 16, 1955, the daughter of Raymond (“John”) and Ruth (Mathieu) Bourque… and remembering 11 others…

Town Line Original Columnists


by Roland D. Hallee | Where have all the shrimp gone? If you enjoy the sweet taste of Maine’s northern shrimp, the news is not good. Depending on to whom you talk…


by Gary Kennedy | I will try to hit on several of the things that seem to be of interest to our readers regarding veterans and their perceived difficulties with first contacts with the VA System. We receive a lot of phone calls which ask about receiving VA help and the best way to approach that perceived negative…


by Peter Cates | Karl Ristenpart was one of the most solid interpreters of Antonio Vivaldi’s music, along with that of Johann Sebastian Bach and others. He made a large number of recordings between the early-to-mid-’50s and his very sudden death from a heart attack on Christmas Eve 1967, during a tour with his Sarre players in Portugal…


(NAPSI) — For those “young-at-heart” seniors, sticking to healthy habits is the key to aging well. With some simple steps, you can keep a healthy routine that also gives you more time to do the things you love. Joe Koren, pharmacy manager at Walgreens, shares his top five tips for managing your health with a busy schedule…

Age Healthier With These Five Tips


by Debbie Walker | Please let me know what your reaction is to this column. When I heard about it, and still now, I can hardly believe it. No, I have not tried ‘Watermelon Ham’ as yet…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy | First I would like to thank the Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club for the wonderful gift of love in the form of a very large plate of home made, delicious cookies on Valentines Day…