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Governor’s Address: Stopping the Backroom Energy Deals in Augusta

Since 2010, average residential New England electric rates have increased by 20 percent. But in Maine, they have remained essentially flat.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

Liberals, special interests and the Democrats in the Legislature are constantly trying to carve out gravy trains for wealthy energy companies, then make you pay for it. Not on my watch! That’s why our rates have not increased since I took office in 2010.

Electric fees are like regressive taxes. Our low-income households and our elderly struggle every month to keep the lights on. Increasing rates, add ons, and fees on our must vulnerable should be an outrage to all of us, but liberals constantly support rich energy lobbyists over low-income and elderly Mainers.

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Only Steps Forward: New committee to focus on sports tourism, attracting visitors

By Jonathan P. LaBonté

Mayor of Auburn

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the Norway Savings Bank Arena was host to yet another game for the women’s hockey program at the University of Maine. While the result was a tie with the rival team from the University of New Hampshire, the attendance was still more than three times what they typically see for home crowds at the Alfond Arena in Orono.

In the coming months, the City of Auburn will be looking at opportunities to submit bids to host national sports tournaments out of the facility, drawing thousands of participants and spectators if we are successful. Auburn’s Arena is not the Cross Arena in Portland, nor is it the Cross Center in Bangor, but it is slowly filling a unique niche for sporting events in northern New England. And thankfully, that’s not all it is now doing.

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Enough is Enough: Our duty is to the taxpayer, not political agitators

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

During my 69 years as a proud citizen of our country, I have never seen this kind of reaction to a Presidential election.

Over the past eight years, we on the right side of the political spectrum were disappointed by the election and re-election of President Barack Obama. But this is how Democracy works. We accepted the results and moved on. We did not demonstrate, riot or cause property damage to people’s homes and businesses.

Over the past five years Lewiston has been a peaceful and safe place to live and work. Our citizens’ days are occupied with navigating through the personal problems that come into play daily, not perceived injustices happening around us.

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Boys & Girls Club serves up Thanksgiving dinner

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The nearly 100 members in attendance enjoyed a hearty holiday feast.

For more than 10 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine’s Auburn-Lewiston Clubhouse has served up Thanksgiving dinner for the local kids and teens who make up its membership. Thanksgiving dinner at the Clubhouse is especially important for those who might not have a holiday dinner at home. Often, a healthy meal or snack at the Boys & Girls Club is the last nourishment of the day for many of its members. Last year, the Clubs served more than 91,000 daily meals and snacks to members in Southern Maine, representing a 19% increase from the prior year.

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“Lewiston Remembers Its Musical Eras” this weekend

The Lewiston Youth Advisory Council will lead those attending on a trip down memory lane when they present a multimedia program called “Lewiston Remembers Its Musical Eras” on Saturday, December 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lewiston Armory.

Free and open to the public, the program was organized by the LYAC as a positive way to unite generations of the city’s residents through music and historical reflection. “We have learned so much about Lewiston’s history while planning this event, and we are proud of Lewiston’s past and its present,” said LYAC Chair Jazy Dumas.

The program will include a slideshow about Lewiston; period dance demonstrations, refreshments, and music by DJ-Brian C; “I Remember When” audience interviews; a look back at the PALHOP; and a musical finale by Weatherhead. For more information about the program, contact LYAC advisor Dottie Perham-Whittier at 513-3000, ext. 3205.

MMS Chorale to present “Heritage Christmas”

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This year’s program will feature Christmas songs from the United States, including heartwarming arrangements of many holiday favorites.

The Maine Music Society Chorale will present “Celebrating A Heritage Christmas” on Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 at 3 p.m. at the Gendron Franco Center at 46 Cedar Street in Lewiston. This year’s concert will feature Christmas music from the United States. The program will include heartwarming arrangements of such holiday favorites as “White Christmas,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” as well as lively traditional spirituals and an a cappella rendition of Morten Lauridsen’s “Ave Maria.” The evening will conclude with a round of festive carols sung together by the performers and audience.

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Auburn Public Library introduces 3D printer

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Adult Services Manager Marty Gagnon readies the new printer for a project.

Auburn Public Library has acquired a new Sindoh 3D printer and will offer two December workshops to introduce it to library visitors. The hour-long workshops will take place in the library’s Androscoggin Community Room on Monday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, December 13 at 1:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public.

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Only Steps Forward: Thankful for our public servants, local businesses, volunteers

By Jonathan P. LaBonté

Mayor of Auburn

The week of Thanksgiving tends to quickly turn most people’s attention to the Christmas season and the blitz of advertisements, gift wish lists and for many the stress of trying to keep up the Joneses. And in Lewiston-Auburn, where the decades of economic stagnation we are battling to turn around has left more families struggling in poverty than generations ago, the holiday season brings all sorts of added pressure.

Rather than let that consumerism get too much control over our thoughts this week, I’d ask you to join me in thinking about what you are thankful for in your life, and in this community, and perhaps put on your “to do” list lending a hand to those in need.

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Enough is Enough: Put politics away; Project Healing Waters helps vets

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Today is Thanksgiving Day. A time for family gatherings. A time to reflect and be thankful for the grace and blessings we have received from the Lord.

We should observe the day in a jubilant, positive manner in order to prepare ourselves for the season of peace, Christmas, which will shortly follow.

This week is time to lock crazy Grandpa and his political rantings deep in a soundproof cellar. The elections are finally over. Television has returned to commercials ranging from the cars we drive to the clothes we wear to the medications that will prevent us from soiling our cars and clothing.

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Twin Cities Holiday Celebration set for Nov. 26

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At last year’s event, Ben Grenier accepts the window decorating contest trophy on behalf of Rainbow Bikes.

Get ready for a fun filled community event that is free and open to the public! Join the cities of Lewiston and Auburn for their Twin Cities Holiday Celebration! The planning committee has come together with local artists of the Union of Maine Visual Artists-LA Chapter to bring you this special two-part event on Saturday, November 26, including the Festival of Art and Lights from noon to 4 p.m. and the Parade of Lights at 6 p.m.

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