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Governor’s Address: Mainers can overcome drug addiction with the right help and people involved

Mainers who have overcome drug addiction have powerful stories and when they share their struggle it is hard to ignore.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

When Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and President Trump senior advisor Kellyanne Conway visited Maine last week, most of the media tried to ignore the reason why they were here.

There were articles claiming the Trump administration and Maine is at odds over a narcan bill I introduced. However, that was fake news. We are not at odds about this bill and all the media wanted to do was create controversy.

The media failed to focus on the real issue. The real issues are the people who shared their stories of addiction; the doctors who shared their experience with addiction; the advocates who work day in and day out with people who want to recover from their addiction.

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Enough is Enough: Lead paint, local legislators and skeptical attitudes toward business

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Early on in my capacity as Lewiston’s Mayor, I came to the realization how out of touch with the public our state legislators had become.

Once they win a legislative seat many, not all, form and project a state of mind that tells them they alone are the only ones who understand and are capable of solving the problems facing our state. (This goes a long way to understanding the distress we find our state economy.)

It would prove beneficial if our state and federal (both elected and non-elected) officials were to be required to spend time living among those voters whose lives will be affected by their decisions. This OJT (on-the-job training) will hopefully allow them the ability to write legislation based on realistic experiences, not the words of lobbyists and social service groups.

A major problem currently facing our nation, our state and the City of Lewiston is the alarming rate of lead poisoning of children found in ours and other communities.

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Preventing and Treating Opioid Addiction in Maine

Maine is implementing an innovative, multimodal approach to preventing and treating opioid abuse. In recent years, we have pursued the following initiatives:

Strengthen opioid prescribing limits

About 75% of those addicted to heroin first became addicted to a prescribed opioid.

In 2016, Gov. LePage introduced, gained bipartisan support for, and ultimately signed a law to:

Cap opioid prescriptions at 100 morphine milligram equivalents (MME), with reasonable exceptions for certain conditions.

Limit opioid scripts to 7 days for acute pain and 30 days for chronic pain.

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CMCC graduates its largest class ever

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Nursing graduates Kaitlyn Washburn, Amanda Stewart, Trisha Robbins and Priscilla Pierre are pictured here during the closing processional of the CMCC Commencement Exercises.

Almost 600 members of the Class of 2017 at Central Maine Community College – the largest graduating class in the school’s history – marched in Commencement recently before a packed house of family, friends, and supporters at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston. President Scott Knapp presented the graduates with their diplomas, assisted by Dean of Academic Affairs Betsy Libby and members of the faculty.

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Citizen of the Year honored at State House

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Ken Blais (second from right), owner of Rolly’s Diner and named 2017 Auburn Citizen of the Year by the Auburn Business Association, was recognized recently by the Maine House of Representatives in Augusta. He is pictured here with (from l.) Auburn City Councilor Leroy Walker, Rep. Bettyann Sheats (D-Auburn), and Rep. Bruce Bickford (R-Auburn).

Program to spotlight results of Franco-American veterans project

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Lewiston native Colonel Donald Dubay, USA-Ret., who served in the Vietnam War, the Middle East, and Operation Desert Storm, will be the featured speaker at the event.

With support of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Franco-American Collection at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College recently called upon local Franco-American veterans and their families to provide information about their U.S. military service for inclusion in a historical archive.

The vast wealth of stories, information, and memorabilia they brought forward, reflecting a century of contributions by both men and women in World War I, World War II, the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq, will be the subject of a capstone exhibit at Lewiston-Auburn College on Tuesday, May 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public, the event will also include a program called “Franco-Americans: A Bridge to International Diplomacy” and a reception to recognize those who made contributions to the project.

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Maine Innovation Expo this weekend

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Those attending the first Maine Innovation Expo on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Museum L-A can expect to see interactive displays and demonstrations by the Landing School of Boat Building and Design, Alternative Manufacturing, the Maine Drones Society, Healthy Homeworks, Rancourt & Company Shoecrafters, and many other Maine organizations, artists, and students. The event is free and open to the public. The museum is located at 35 Canal Street in Lewiston, and free parking is available in the Canal Street, Chestnut Street, and Lincoln Street parking garages. For more information, call 333-3881.

Longtime local physician retires

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Dr. Roger Austin

Dr. Roger Austin, a longtime local practitioner who spent the last 11 years of his career at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice’s Hospice House, has retired after more than 40 years of patient care. More than 100 people gathered at an open house celebration at DaVinci’s Restaurant recently to pay tribute to the physician who spent 39 years caring for patients from the Lewiston-Auburn area.

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Memorial Day Parade, Ceremony set for May 27

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Pictured here (l. to r., from front) are L & A Veterans Council members Don Dube, Jerry Dewitt, Norm Cote, Helen Taylor, Arthur Roy, Al Landry, Carl Haskel, Norm Bussiere, Moe Fournier, Bert Dutil, Cecile Burgoyne, and Don Gosselin.

The L & A Veterans Council will host their annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony on Saturday, May 27. The parade will form at Kennedy Park in Lewiston at 8:30 a.m. and will depart at 9:30. Groups interested in participating, such as musical units, Honor or Color Guards, marching units, antique car clubs, military units or vehicles, military cadets, Boy and Girl Scout troops, fraternal and civic organizations, etc. should call Jerry Dewitt at 576-0376 or Bert Dutil at 786-2305 to register for the line-up.

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Bates professor to discuss Wabanaki place names at AHS annual meeting

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Working with Bates students and Wabanaki scholars, Joseph Hall has developed a map of Wabanaki place names for the western part of Maine.

Associate Professor Joseph Hall of Bates College will present a talk titled “What Does ‘Androscoggin’ Mean?” at the annual meeting of the Androscoggin Historical Society on Tuesday, May 23. The event will take place at Marco’s Restaurant at 12 Mollison Way in Lewiston. The business meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a social time. Tickets for the dinner, which starts at 6:30 p.m., are $20 for society members and $25 for nonmembers. They must be reserved by Friday, May 19, by calling 784-0586.

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