For decades, Simones Hot Dogs in Lewiston has been a hot spot for politicians to gather, and this week it was no different. Donald J. Trump, Jr. made it one of his campaign stops on Tuesday during his visit to Maine. After speaking to supporters at Howell’s Gun Shop in Gray and the GOP campaign headquarters in Auburn, Trump Jr. arrived at Simones. The restaurant was packed wall to wall with patrons eager to meet him and offer their support for the presidential candidacy of his father, Donald J. Trump. Trump Jr. was greeted by Governor Paul R. LePage and welcomed by an uproar of cheers from supporters. Someone promptly thrust one of Simones’ “famous” red hot dogs into his hands. As Trump Jr. took a generous-sized bite of the hot dog, the room exploded in chants of “Trump, Trump, Trump!” Making his way through the crowded room, patrons approached him, offering well-wishes and requesting “selfies”, which he graciously took time for. Pictured at the event is George Simones, Melissa Simones, Governor Paul R. LePage, Donald J. Trump, Jr., James Simones and Linda Simones. More photos and video at www.facebook.com/TwinCityTimes. (TCT photo by Laurie A. Steele)
Is there anything cooler than a full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency working out of an early 1900s downtown department store?
Rinck doesn’t think so. After 16 years in business and several years of continued growth, the Auburn full-service marketing agency recently announced plans to move into 13,000 square feet of the former W.T Grant Co. department store in downtown Lewiston. The city was the second location in the Grant department store chain, which grew to more than 1,100 stores in 40 states by the mid-1900s, according to the W.T. Grant Foundation. The move is expected to happen by January of 2017.
The City of Lewiston’s Early Voting Polling Place is now open and ready to serve voters. With many planning to cast their votes by absentee ballot, and just two weeks remaining before the statewide deadline for absentee voting on November 3, the City is accommodating those who want to vote early by setting up an Early Voting Polling Place in the City Council Chambers on the first floor of Lewiston City Hall.
The First Universalist Church of Auburn recently welcomed new members Valerie Davis and John Cavanaugh of New Gloucester and Merry Carver of Livermore Falls. In their new member session, the group learned about the history of Unitarian Universalism, as well as opportunities to minister within the church. Such sessions are offered several times per year by the church’s Membership Committee. For more information, call 783-0461 or visit www.auburnuu.org.
The final event in the Franco-American Collection’s program series “Franco-Americans During Wartime: A Heritage of Service” will take place on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when members of the Franco-American community are invited to bring in their wartime-related materials to be digitized. Those who do will leave with their original materials, along with a digital copy, and will have the option of depositing a digital copy at the Collection to be preserved and used for research.
The Geiger company has announced that it is remaking its former manufacturing facility into a state-of-the-art management and distribution space. Including equipment, the firm will invest $12 million on the project, which, when completed, will occupy a total of 105,000 square feet. The expansion will provide enough work space to accommodate a planned 25 to 50 additional employees over the next three to five years.
Are you a Halloween fright seeker looking to have the living daylights scared out of you? If so, Scott and April Shanaman, the new owners of Lost Valley in Auburn, have the event for you! They’ve transformed the lodge basement at Lost Valley into a pro-level haunted attraction for the month of October. Dubbed “The Dark Cellar,” the attraction is part of Lost Valley’s new Mountain of Terror, which opens Friday, October 14, at 6 p.m.
The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness provided its free disabilities awareness, sensitivity and anti-bullying program at Park Avenue Elementary School in Auburn recently as a part of the school’s Anti-Bullying Awareness Day. Since 2003, the Cromwell Center has provided free programs to over 72,804 children in 3,970 classrooms in central and southern Maine. Here Park Avenue students assemble to make a school-wide peace sign.
Local advocates for the hungry, including representatives of Hope Haven Gospel Mission, Trinity Jubilee Center, the Lewiston and Auburn school departments, and Lewiston-Auburn businesses, gathered recently to announce an unprecedented effort to reduce the burden of food insecurity in the area. Their goal? To turn election day into a day of hope by collecting 10,000 pounds of food in an Election Day Food Drive.
Thirty-five teams turned out recently for the seventh annual YMCA-NAPA Charity Golf Tournament, netting $30,387. The event took place at Martindale Country Club in Auburn and featured more than 50 sponsors from the local business community. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA’s financial assistance program, which last year gave away more than $95,000 in scholarships to local children and families who would otherwise not be able to participate in enrichment programs at the Y, including summer camp, swim lessons, youth sports, and dance.