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LYAC helps “Lewiston Remembers Its Musical Eras”


Lewiston Youth Advisory Council members at the 1960s table

The Lewiston Youth Advisory Council met its goals on Saturday, December 3 when it brought generations of Lewiston residents together, added to Lewiston’s arts and cultural scene, and creatively took a trip down memory lane to revisit Lewiston’s musical life from 1920 to the present.

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City of Auburn offers Sand Buckets for Seniors

For the third year in a row, Auburn Public Services will offer Sand Buckets for Seniors, delivering a free bucket of sand to senior citizens living in Auburn for use on their walkways, steps and driveways this winter. Auburn homeowners ages 65 and older who wish to receive a free bucket of sand to use on their steps and walkways should contact Auburn Public Services by December 16 at 333-6670.

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“Keeping Christmas at Norlands” December 10


This beautiful quilt by the Livermore Village Scrappers will be raffled at the event. Tickets are $3 for one, $5 for two, or $10 for ten, available by calling 897-4366. You need not be present to win. 

The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore will open for an interactive, family-friendly Christmas celebration called “Keeping Christmas at Norlands” on Saturday, December 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors will have an opportunity to experience a variety of 19th-century Christmas and winter activities, including horse-drawn wagon rides, caroling, period crafts, storytelling, parlor games, cooking in the farmer’s cottage, and learning in the one-room schoolhouse. Tours of the Washburn Family’s Italianate 1867 mansion, now decorated for the holidays, will be offered, and mulled cider and other refreshments, made fresh on the woodstove, will be available while supplies last.

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Poland Spring employee honored for volunteerism


Shelley Pittman receives the 2016 Volunteer Coordinator of the Year award at Nestlé Waters North America’s annual “Thanks for Giving” luncheon in Stamford, Conn.

Poland Spring employee Shelly Pittman was recently honored at the annual “Thanks for Giving” luncheon hosted by Nestlé Waters North America to commemorate employee volunteerism. Pittman was one of five recipients recognized at the event, which also honors nonprofits that serve local communities throughout the country, such as the American Red Cross and United Way.

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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


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”


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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