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Archive for April 2014

Fr. Parent to discuss French-Canadian founding mothers


Rev. Robert A. Parent

On Saturday, April 26, the Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society will present a discussion by society president Rev. Robert A. Parent on the “filles du roi,” or “daughters of the king,” the 770 or so single women and girls who, from 1663 to 1673, underwent the long and perilous ocean crossing from France to Quebec to become wives and mothers in the New World.

The presentation will take place at 11 a.m., after a general business meeting at 10:00, in the Androscoggin Community Room at Auburn Public Library. Both the meeting and presentation are free and open to the public.

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Joan Benoit-Samuelson to headline Great Falls Fitness Seminar


Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit-Samuelson

The third annual Great Falls Fitness Seminar, “An Evening with Joan Benoit Samuelson,” will take place on Tuesday, April 29 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Franco Center in Lewiston.

The event is appropriate for seasoned runners looking to improve performance, as well as beginning runners and those just thinking about getting into running. Dr. Paul Cain of Central Maine Orthopaedics will emcee the event. Samuelson will begin the evening with an address at 6 p.m., followed by a Q&A with a panel of running experts, including Dr. James Timoney, Dr. Elizabeth Rothe, and Eric Gosselin of Select Physical Therapy.

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Emerge Film Festival tickets now available

Tickets for the Emerge Film Festival, taking place Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14, are now available for purchase at

The festival will kick off on Friday at 8:30 p.m. with a “Friday the 13th Horror Film Double Feature” at the Franco Center in Lewiston. Sponsored by Baxter Brewing Co., the event will feature two movies by Maine filmmaker Corey Norman, “The Hanover House” and “Natal.” Baxter Brewing Co. will be on hand to sell beer to moviegoers.

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Enough is Enough: Concerns voiced in coffee shops can create city policies

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

I ran for Mayor of Lewiston not for fame or notoriety, but because I was an irate taxpayer, sick of special interests and the liberal progressive policies put forth by academic and trust-fund elitists. Policies that ran counter to what the average person experienced every day. Policies embraced by spineless politicians that were opposite of the will of the middle class taxpayers that elected them.

I am a “coffee shop mayor.” I am not going to plant myself in my desk chair, which looks more like a throne, compared to the average executive’s chair, and hold court in an office to create an illusion that citizens who visit the mayor are in the presence of greatness, not their equal.

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2014 CA$H Coalition reaps $3.5 million in refunds for local residents


Coalition co-chairs Chris Adler (l.) and Dottie Perham-Whittier, with Site Coordinator KC Geiger

When the Lewiston-Auburn CA$H Coalition celebrated its 11th anniversary of free tax preparation and asset-building outreach on April 9, its IRS-certified local volunteers were recognized for preparing 2,042 returns, resulting in a total of $2,876,000 in Federal refunds and $701,000 in State refunds that will go back into the pockets of local residents.

Those numbers accounted for 43% of the total tax prep work done by Maine’s ten such coalitions during the 2014 tax season and brought the Coalition’s 11-year claim tally for L-A area residents to $22,561,674.

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Business-to-Business Trade Show set for June 12


The 19th annual Androscoggin Business-to-Business Trade Show, “Building for the Future,” will take place on Thursday, June 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

Presented by the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council and sold out the last eight years, Maine’s premier one-day business networking event has grown to attract 2,500 business professionals and nearly 200 exhibitors from throughout New England.

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Pack 111 works to mark graves of 1945 fire victims

Cub Scout Pack 111 of Auburn is planning a fundraising campaign to purchase headstones to mark the graves of victims of a tragic nursery fire that occurred during the final months of World War II.

Most Auburn residents are unaware that sixteen children, almost all of them babies, and one adult died in a horrific New Auburn fire on January 31, 1945. The early morning blaze spread quickly through a South Main Street home, then operating as a boarding home for babies of war workers and servicemen.

The tragedy shocked the nation, overshadowing war news of the day. Newspapers around the country reported the story on their front page. Arch Soutar, a reporter covering the fire for The Lewiston Evening Journal, wrote, “A shiver and a shudder has gone up from every home where a baby’s cry, or a child’s laugh, is heard.”

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Lamey-Wellehan celebrates 100


Jim Wellehan, President of Lamey-Wellehan Shoes, recently received a legislative sentiment at the State House honoring his company on the centennial anniversary of its founding. Started by Wellehan’s father, Dan Wellehan, and Dan’s partner, Charlie Lamey, Lamey-Wellehan Shoes now has six stores with more than 100 employees. Wellehan is pictured here with Senator John Cleveland (D – Auburn).


Enough is Enough: Welfare fraud, waste and abuse cannot be excused

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

I like former mayor Larry Gilbert as a person. I simply dislike much of what he says and does.

His op-ed last week took TCT readers down a nostalgic trail of columns past, similar to airings of TV shows of the past.

It was classic —15 paragraphs long, eight of which were used to retell and remind us of the French kid who left Lewiston at an early age, moved to California and like the Prodigal Son made his way back to Lewiston becoming a renowned public figure. Upon concluding reading the column, like Clara of the Wendy’s TV commercials, I asked: “Where’s the beef?”

Upon reading the first two paragraphs, I came thought the former mayor was going to discuss students’ ability to learn when the distraction of spring arrives. Imagine my surprise upon reading the next paragraph, which began criticizing Governor Paul R. LePage and me for our “overly obsessive attitude towards welfare.”

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Mitch Thomas & Friends Concert features local talent


Erin Menzer and Paul Kinney

Tickets can still be reserved in advance or purchased at the door for the Mitch Thomas & Friends Concert on Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Holy Family Parish Hall in Lewiston. This family-friendly event for all ages is presented by the Knights of Columbus to raise funds in support of causes connected to their ministries.

The concert will feature a number of talented local musicians, including trumpeter Jody Steidel, bassist Jeff Munson, guitarist Neil James and drummer Dr. Jeff Mayerson. Blues guitarist Paul Kinney will take the stage to play with the band and accompany singing sensation Erin Menzer. Also scheduled to perform are talented teenage vocalists Maddy and Mia-Angelina Leslie of Lewiston.

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