Week of September 26, 2019

Celebrating 31 years of local news

Oakland Public Library opens Cassidy’s Corner

Project in memory of the late Cassidy Charette, a dedicated community volunteer

Storytime is part of most preschool and kindergartener’s day, but it’s made even sweeter when a book is read outside in the sun, surrounded by flowers, friends, and topped off with jelly donuts. “I am kind when I share my ice cream with my friend,” kindergartner William Mitchell shares with his 14 classmates from Atwood Primary School who came to learn about spreading kindness at the Oakland Public Library on Friday, September 20, as part of the opening of “Cassidy’s Corner,” a new outdoor reading space created by the ShineOnCass Foundation… photos & text by Monica Charette

Your Local News

TIF members seek additional volunteers to serve

CHINA — Five members of China’s Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Committee and Town Manager Dennis Heath shared information on several ongoing projects at the Sept. 23 committee meeting…

VCS students in line for joint project with NASA

VASSALBORO — Vassalboro School Board members applauded when they heard at their Sept. 17 meeting that students at Vassalboro Community School (VCS) are in line for a joint project with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, commonly called NASA…

Superintendent shares acronym meanings

VASSALBORO — At the Sept. 17 Vassalboro School Board meeting, Superintendent Alan Pfeiffer shared a list of more than 200 educational bureaucracy acronyms he obtained at a recent conference…

China Transfer Station survey

CHINA — The China Town Office is conducting a survey of residents who use the China Transfer Station. It only takes a few minutes to complete. Please click the link above to open a new window with the survey. Thank you!

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Should the House of Representatives begin an inquiry into implementing the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump?

LAST WEEK: Should Congress have initiated impeachment proceedings against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for an alleged sexual misconduct while he was in college?
Yes: 27.8% (54) – No: 72.2% (140) – 194 respondents

Winslow youth football grades 3/4 team

WINSLOW — Photo by Central Maine Photography…

Winslow youth football grades 5/6 team

WINSLOW — Photo by Central Maine Photography…

Kassman speaks on history of weathervanes

CHINA — On Sunday September 8, the China Village (ACB) Library hosted a presentation by Dr. Larry Kassman on weather vanes. Dr. Kassman covered some of the history of weather vanes, common weather vane forms, and the value of many of the unique weather vanes around the world…

New farm to table, wellness center coming

WINDSOR — After weeks of work and negotiations, the old Resurrection building on Rte. 32, in Windsor, has been purchased and plans are in place to transform the long-vacant building into a community focal point for wellness, dining and gathering…

Kennebec Historical Society honors archivist Plummer

AUGUSTA — The Kennebec Historical Society’s Personnel Committee has picked longtime archivist Ernest L. Plummer, of Pittston, as the first recipient of the society’s newly-established W. Scott Hill Service Award…

Red Sox historian to speak at ACB

CHINA — Albert Church Brown Memorial Library is delighted to host author and historian of the Red Sox, Ray Sinibaldi Sunday, September 29, at 2 p.m…

Kennebec Federal Savings named to “Best Places to Work in Maine” list for sixth straight year

CENTRAL ME — For the sixth year in a row, Kennebec Federal Savings has been named to the list of “Best Places to Work in Maine” by The Maine State Council of the national Society for Human Resources Management…

Kennebec retired educators support classrooms

CENTRAL ME — The Kennebec Retired Educators Association (KREA) is awarding two $150 grants to two educators in Kennebec County for classroom use…

Food service program feeds community kids

WATERVILLE — The Alfond Youth & Community Center is participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program to make evening meals available at no separate charge to children ages birth through 18 years…


Catherine Riley named to Cedarville University dean’s honor list

Catherine Riley, a mathematics major from Chelsea, was named to the dean’s honors list at Cedarville University, in Cedarville, Ohio. This recognition required Riley to maintain a 3.75 minimum GPA while carrying at least 12 credit hours during spring semester 2019.

Paige McGlauflin named to Emerson College dean’s list

Paige McGlauflin, a resident of Sidney, has been named to the Emerson College dean’s list for the Spring 2019 semester, in Boston, Massachusetts. McGlauflin is majoring in journalism. The requirement to make Emerson’s dean’s list is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.

Steward named to dean’s list at Bob Jones University

Matthew Steward, a junior criminal justice major, of Skowhegan, was among over 800 Bob Jones University students named to the Spring 2019 dean’s list, in Greenville, South Carolina.

Lasell University Welcomes New Students

Lasell University, in Newton, Massachusetts, welcomed more than 580 new students to its Newton, Massachusetts campus this month.
  Mya Maxim, of South China, became a psychology student at Lasell this fall.
  Dylan Presby, of South China, became a sport management student at Lasell this fall.


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2019 Real Estate Tax Due Dates

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


SEW FOR A CAUSE will meet at St. Bridget Center from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Thurs., Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Nov. 21 & Dec. 5. All are welcome to come for part of the day or the whole day… (…and many other local events!)


WHITEFIELD — Michael Charles Shaw passed away on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born in Writtle, England, son of Charles W. Shaw, of Waltham, Massachusetts, and Sylvia E. (Childs) Shaw, of Writtle, England… and remembering 9 others.

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Town Line Original Columnists


by Roland D. Hallee | We could not enjoy the outdoors during the day because these little monsters were everywhere, trying to find anything that contained liquid. Due to the recent dry spell, they are looking for anything sweet with sugars…


by Dan Beaulieu | I was walking by a prominent Waterville building the other day and could not help but notice this scene. Well, actually, I heard it first when the solitude of my daily walk was shattered by the blasting of the worst loud music I’d ever heard…


by Gary Kennedy | I need to address some of the positives and negatives. Each year the veterans administration is allocated an amount of money which is initially requested by each unit. It takes a lot of variables brought to mind to bring about a proposed budget for this sort of fleeting business…


by Peter Cates | The Budapest String Quartet began in 1917 when Budapest, Hungary, was a major center for classical music education with composers Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly and violinist Jeno Hubay and others. Four unemployed instrumentalists founded it and gave its debut concert in December of that year…


by Debbie Walker | Wow! We are moving into the fall months fast!!! I am reasonably sure that most of you have special activities all thru the fall. I’d love it if you would drop me a line and share some of them with me…

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & PercySOLON & BEYOND

by Marilyn Rogers-Bull | The Solon Pine Tree Club met on Saturday, September 22, for their last meeting of the club year. The 16 members sent over 120 exhibits to each of four fairs this year…


(NAPSI)—Everyone should plan for natural disasters, but this planning is especially important if you have a chronic health condition such as diabetes. Follow these nine steps to be ready…