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Governor’s Address: Democrats hold a double standard when it comes to protecting vulnerable youth

Last week I vetoed a controversial bill, LD 912, “An Act to Clarify the Scope of Practice of Certain Licensed Professionals Regarding Conversion Therapy.” I’d like to tell you why.

LD 912 defines conversion therapy as “any practice or course of treatment that seeks to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including… any effort to change gender expression or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender.” The bill prohibits the use of conversion therapy by licensed mental health personnel, licensed medical personnel, and many other licensed individuals.

LD 912 was overbroad and bad policy. It attempted to regulate professionals who already have a defined scope of practice and standard of care under Maine’s licensing laws.

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Hope Weston turns 103

Weston reminisces by a photo of her father on her 103rd birthday. (Photo by Rachel Morin)

When Hope Weston turned 103 on July 6, she had already been celebrating her birthday the entire week of the Fourth with her large, extended family and many friends who gathered for the occasion.

A final celebration came on her actual birthday, when a chocolate cake topped with peanut butter frosting was served at the Camden Dining Room at Schooner Estates as friends gathered around to sing “Happy Birthday” to a beaming Hope.

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This week at the BDF:  Rennie Harris’ PureMovement

Harris is known for taking hip hop dance to a mainstream audience.

The featured troupe at the Bates Dance Festival this week is Rennie Harris’ PureMovement. Harris is known for taking hip hop dance from the inner city to a mainstream audience, transforming both art form and audience in the process. Delving into the organic, spiritual tapestry of house music and dance, his performance piece “Lifted” explores tensions between self-determination and family, religion and society.

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Local historian publishes new book

Portrait of Elwin E. and Mary Additon with their first daughter, Louise

Local historian Douglas Hodgkin has written another biography – this time about a member of his own family. Hodgkin’s great grandfather, a farmer, local civic leader, and Androscoggin County politician, is the subject of the new book “Elwin E. Additon: Progressive Farmer and Politician.”

Elwin Additon (1864-1942) owned a farm in Leeds and held many offices in town government, including school board, moderator, and selectman. When his buildings burned in 1921, he moved to North River Road in Auburn.

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Shaw’s supports Marines Helping Veterans program

Marine Corps League Central Maine Detachment 810 presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Dan Perreault, store manager of Shaw’s in Lewiston, for the store’s outstanding support of the league’s Marines Helping Veterans program. This is the third year that Shaw’s has supported the program, which benefits the Maine Veterans Home, Honor Flight Maine, the Wounded Heroes Program of Maine, and the Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope in Augusta.


Governor’s Address: Let’s work together and do the right thing for our seniors

Over the last seven and a half years, the Legislature and I have had many disagreements over process, policy and approach to governing. But the true value of our republic is that, although we disagree, we can still move our state and our country forward.

While differences on tax reform, welfare policy and economic development may create friction between political parties and branches of government, there is one area where I hope and believe we all share a similar passion – care and compassion for our elderly.

I sent a letter this week to the legislative leadership asking them to work with me to protect our seniors from losing their homes. We will not always agree on what compassion looks like, but I believe that ensuring seniors can remain in their homes is something we should mutually agree on.

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Governor’s Address: Medicaid expansion and paying home-care workers must be done in a fiscally responsible manner

Medicaid expansion is the law, and I am committed to implement it. But I am forced to veto LD 837. And home care workers need better pay. But I am forced to veto those bills, too.

The Legislature has passed bills to implement Medicaid expansion and reimburse home-care workers, but they did it in a fiscally irresponsible manner. We cannot allow bills to move forward that will harm the economy.

That’s why I have no choice but to veto these bills.

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Reggie’s supports Maine Warden Service with Kawasaki Loaner Program

Reggie’s GM Craig Caron instructs game wardens about updates to the new models before they are put to work.

The Maine Warden Service and Reggie’s Kawasaki & Ski-Doo of Leeds have teamed up again this year to provide additional vehicles for law enforcement and search and rescue operations during Maine’s busy boating season. As a result of the Kawasaki User Relations Loaner Program, three new recreational vehicles and two trailers have been loaned to the Warden Service for the summer at no charge. 

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Auburn dentist honored by Maine Dental Association

Dr. James Helmkamp

Dr. James Helmkamp, a dentist who practices in Auburn, has been recognized by the Maine Dental Association with inclusion on its Honor Wall.

The Honor Wall recognizes “those who have given extraordinary service to the Maine Dental Association” and is displayed at the organization’s headquarters in Manchester. Helmkamp, along with Dr. James Sparaga, were lauded as the Honor Wall’s newest members at the Maine Dental Association’s annual convention on June 9 at the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland.

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Bates Dance Festival opens with “MYCELIAL: Street Parliament”

In this exploration of interconnectedness in the digital age, a custom mobile app will guide audience members through multiple performance environments. (Photo by Zac Whittenburg)

The 2018 Bates Dance Festival season will open with the U.S. premiere of “MYCELIAL: Street Parliament,” a collaboration between Chicago-based Erica Mott Productions and Egyptian dancers and musicians. In this exploration of interconnectedness in the digital age, a custom mobile app will guide audience members through multiple performance environments.

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