Week of February 27, 2020

Celebrating 32 years of local news

China’s Anita Smith cited by statewide group

Anita Smith, of China, was recently presented the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maine Environmental Educators Association at the Maine Audubon headquarters located at Gilsland Farm, in Falmouth. This award recognizes Mrs. Smith’s many years of service promoting the benefits and rewards of being outside in nature…

China/Vassalboro fifth graders help with revegetation program

Fifth grade students from China Middle School and Vassalboro Community School are continuing the work started two years ago by fellow students helping with the revegetation project at the Masse Dam site, in Vassalboro…

Your Local News

Policing in small towns facing changes; Sheriffs to take on increased responsibilities

VASSALBORO — The Feb. 20 Vassalboro selectmen’s meeting began with a discussion with Kennebec County Sheriff Ken Mason, who said that Vassalboro and other small towns in Kennebec, Franklin and Hancock counties are facing changes in law enforcement assistance…

Dozens of people attend selectmen candidates forum

CHINA — All three candidates in China’s March 3 special election for selectman, and an audience of more than three dozen people, turned out for the Feb. 23 candidates’ forum at the Albert Church Brown Memorial Library in China Village…

Three needed expenses discovered; selectmen review final, final warrant

CHINA — China selectmen thought they approved the final warrant for the April 4 town business meeting at their Feb. 18 meeting. Afterwards, Town Manager Dennis Heath discovered three needed expenditures that had been overlooked…

Take our weekly survey!

Are fears about vaccines fueled by accurate information?

LAST WEEK: Do you agree with the Alabama lawmaker proposing that men get a mandatory vasectomy at age 50 or after having fathered three children?
Yes: 19.2.% (30) – No: 80.8% (126) – 156 respondents

Four Seasons Club fishing derby revived

CHINA — The China Four Seasons Club (CFSC) and The China Village Volunteer Fire Department (CVVFD) are pleased to announce the first China Lake Ice Fishing Derby to be held on Sunday March 1…

The Vassalboro Ministry Association fundraiser set

VASSALBORO — The spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held February 29, from 4:30 – 6 p.m., at the Vassalboro Methodist Church. They will have a 50/50 raffle and special home-made pies donated by community members…

Leap year baby celebrates eighth birthday

CENTRAL ME — Back in 1988, Aaron Conlogue, was born on February 29. Thirty-two years later, Aaron will be celebrating his eighth official birthday. His daughter will be turning eight years old on April 30. So, they are both celebrating their eighth birthday in 2020…

Oak Grove School Foundation offers grants

CENTRAL ME — The Oak Grove School Foundation is accepting applications for grants to support the education and cultural needs of students and non profit organizations in the greater Central Maine area…

“Foundations of Investing” coming to Winslow Public Library

WINSLOW —“Foundations of Investing,” presented by local financial advisor Sasha Fitzpatrick, is coming to Winslow Public Library, 136 Halifax Street, on Wednesday, March 4, starting at 5:30 p.m. Ms. Fitzpatrick’s 30-minute overview presentation will clearly explain the basics of sound investing…

Lovejoy Health Center welcomes Brandy LeClair

ALBION — The staff at Lovejoy Health Center will be welcoming Brandy LeClair, clinical social worker, to the practice this winter. With the addition of Brandy to the team, the practice is expanding its counseling services…

FISHY PHOTO: Bassin’ through the ice

OAKLAND — Hunter Hallee, 13, of Rome, caught this bass while ice fishing on McGrath Pond, in Oakland, on Sunday, February 23, with his maternal grandfather, Terry Greenleaf, of Oakland, and Hunter’s sister, Megan…

ICE OUT 2020? Take a guess. Win a prize!

CHINA — When will the last of the ice disappear from China Lake? Email us your guess by noon, Friday, April 10 and you could win a prize! To help you out, here are dates for the last 145 years…

School News

Tyler Dostie receives academic honors from Nichols College

VASSALBORO — Tyler Dostie, a Nichols College student, in Dudley, Massachusetts, from Vassalboro, achieved dean’s list status for the fall 2019 semester at Nichols College, which ended in December…

Alexa Gallant named to Emerson College dean’s list for Fall 2019 semester

AUGUSTA — Alexa Gallant, a native of Augusta, has been named to the Emerson College dean’s list, in Boston Massachusetts, for the Fall 2019 semester. Gallant is majoring in writing, literature and publishing and is a member of the class of 2022.

Maggie Pono has been named to the Champlain College president’s list for the Fall 2019 semester

SKOWHEGAN — Maggie Pono, of Skowhegan, has been named to the Champlain College president’s list for the Fall 2019 semester, in Burlington, Vermont.

Kuntz named to the dean’s list at Ohio Christian University Adult & Graduate Studies Program

CENTRAL ME — Christopher Kuntz has been named to the dean’s list for the Fall 2018 semester at Ohio Christian University Adult & Graduate Studies Program, in Circleville, Ohio.

Polling places and times for March 3, 2020 primary

CENTRAL ME — Location of local polling places for the upcoming March 3 election including: China, Fairfield, Madison, Palermo, Sidney, Somerville, Waterville and Windsor…

2019-’20 Real Estate Tax Due Dates

Due dates for 2019 Real Estate taxes for Chelsea, China, Palermo, Vassalboro, Waterville and Windsor…

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER, Vassalboro Ministry Association, helping with fuel assistance for Vassalboro residents in need, Sat., Feb. 29, 4:30 – 6 p.m., Vassalboro Methodist Church. Donations always welcome: VMA Fuel Fund, P.O. Box 302, North Vassalboro, ME 04962… (…and many other local events!)

Obituaries

VASSALBORO – Nicholas Alan Blaschke, 26, of Vassalboro, passed away at home in a tragic house fire on Thursday, February 13, 2020. Nicholas was born on May 19, 1993, in Waterville. He was the last baby born at Seton Hospital, in Waterville… and remembering 12 others.

Common Ground – Round 14: Win a $10 gift certificate!

DEADLINE: Friday, March 13, 2020

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 townline@townline.org or through our Contact page. Include your name and address with your answer. Use “Common Ground” in the subject!

Previous winner: Peggy Beck, of So. China.

Town Line Original Columnists

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee | I now look back at that evening and think to myself, “what ever happened to all the fireflies?” We used to see some at our camp in Vassalboro, but I don’t think I have seen one in many, many years. Where have they gone? Actually, the phenomenon is worldwide…

Emily CatesGARDEN WORKS

by Emily Cates | The crackle of a cozy fire, the crinkling pages of a seed catalog, the whistling of the kettle bubbling with water for my tea— all creature comforts to accompany me as I search for treasures hidden within the pages…

Peter CatesREVIEW POTPOURRI

by Peter Cates | After barely making ends meet for decades, Quaker poet/abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) hit paydirt in 1866 with the publication of Snowbound, an account of an 1800s family stuck inside the farmhouse during a beautiful blizzard and getting some quality time during its duration…

GROWING YOUR BUSINESS

by Dan Beaulieu | Over the years I have helped a number of businesses get started and during that time I have developed this list of questions that, if answered carefully, thoughtfully, and completely, you will have your strategic business plan…

I’M JUST CURIOUS

by Debbie Walker | My son-in-law shared a four-minute video with me this past week. The title of it is Life of Privilege Explained in a $100.00 Race. In fact, if you would like to view it on computer just type in the title in your search bar…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull | Have been thinking more and more about getting driven out of our homes in Flagstaff when CMP built the dam, as I read the pros and cons of their proposed corridor through Maine. It made me wonder how many of you may have read the book, There Was A Land

FOR YOUR HEALTH

(NAPSI)—You may have heard the terms—winter blues, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Depressive Disorder with a Seasonal Pattern. No matter what you call it, with approximately 17.3 million adults in the U.S. experiencing seasonal depression feeling gloomy this time of year isn’t uncommon—but it can be overcome…