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Central ME Detachment 810 donates Toys for Tots

In conjunction with Bedard Medical of Auburn, Central Maine Detachment 810 of the Marine Corps League recently presented over 100 new toys to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines of Brunswick for the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots program. Pictured here (l. to r.) are Commandant Charlie Paul, Ben Nadeau, Mike Nadeau, Annette Nadeau, and Marine Sgt.-at-Arms Cliff Plourde.

Rotary Club to share “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”

Longtime Rotarians Mac McPeake and Stephanie Gelinas will present a lively reading of the holiday classic on Dec. 21. All are invited.

The next meeting of the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club will feature guest speakers Mac McPeake and Stephanie Gelinas to share the holiday classic “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” on Thursday, December 21, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Village Inn at 165 High Street in Auburn.

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Mitch Thomas and Friends return to Franco Center for “Holiday in Lights”

Pianist, singer, and songwriter Mitch Thomas has gathered a large cast of his talented friends for this fourth annual holiday music celebration on Saturday, December 16.

The fourth annual “Holiday in Lights” with Mitch Thomas and Friends will take place on Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the performance hall of the Gendron Franco Center at 46 Cedar Street in Lewiston. Thomas, a local pianist, singer, and songwriter who serves as the executive director of the Franco Center and directs and performs at Community Little Theatre, will present several seasonal favorites, including his own composition “Light a Candle for Peace.”

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Museum’s new online store features historic Bates Mill designs

Through the website, Museum L-A offers customizable items featuring beautiful, historic designs created right here in Lewiston.

Museum L-A has launched a new online store featuring home and personal décor printed with historical artwork designed by the workers and artists of Bates Mill. The unique and exquisite patterns are from Museum L-A collections that were rescued from dumpsters by museum staff.

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Holiday Giving Train ready to roll in Downtown Lewiston

Located outside Healthy Androscoggin’s office at 124 Lisbon Street, the Giving Train is filled with healthy, non-perishable food items available to everyone. Donations are invited!

Healthy Androscoggin has turned its summer Edible Lisbon Street Planters into a Holiday Giving Train for the community. The Giving Train, located outside Healthy Androscoggin’s office at 124 Lisbon Street, is filled with healthy, non-perishable food items that are available to everyone. The concept of “Take a Meal – Leave a Meal” encourages those who want to help their neighbors address the issue of food insecurity to leave healthy food items in the cars of the train. Likewise, those facing food insecurity are encouraged to help themselves to the healthy options available in the train.

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St. Mary’s Medical Assistant Training Program a team effort

Pictured here (l. to r., from front) are program graduates Marie Blessing, Audrey Condon, Dancile Nshimirimana, Francis Nguyen, Kassandra Hebert, Katie Hamilton, Darcy Goyette, instructor Mary Ann Gowell, Jessica Biron, Dinah Morris, Tracy Crossman, Sandra Barnich, Trisha Newcomb, Justine Gray, Lori Adkins, Melissa Dalton, Kelsa Brennan, Kayla Caron, Patti Saarinen of the Lewiston CareerCenter, Paula Bolduc, Julian Kirouac, Brittany Wilkins, Miranda Hutchinson, and WMCA Employment & Training Specialist Cathy Stairs.

St. Mary’s Health System recently held a graduation ceremony for 19 local students who completed a special train-to-work course designed to prepare them for jobs as Medical Assistants. Course instructor Mariann Gowell welcomed administrators, staff, family, friends, and community partners for the presentation of certificates. Brittany Blais, St. Mary’s Talent Acquisition Partner and Human Resources Manager, also shared remarks and thanked partners for making the program possible.

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Send a note to a veteran this holiday season

Charlotte Crowley, Olivia Crowley, and Michael Klick write notes and draw pictures on cards that Museum L-A will deliver to veterans’ nursing homes and hospitals this holiday season. All are invited to visit Museum L-A to write a note to a veteran and to view the museum’s current exhibit, “The Work of War: Honoring Our Veterans and the Ones They Left Behind”. For more information, call 333-3881 or see

French-language Holiday Sing-Alongs December 8, 12

Les Troubadours are (l. to r., from front) Gail Lawrence, Aliette Couturier, Jeannette Gregoire, Doris Bonneau, Madeleine LeBlanc, Jacynthe Jacques, and Rita Gosselin.

Community members will have two opportunities to sing the French “Chansons de Noël” and other songs of the season with Les Troubadours in December. The first French Sing-Along will be on Friday, December 8 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 170 at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College. The second will be on Tuesday, December 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the D’Youville Pavillion chapel. Both events are free and open to the public. Songbooks will be provided so those who don’t know the songs or are less than fluent in French can follow along. The sing-alongs are sponsored by the Franco-American Collection at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College, located at 51 Westminster Street in Lewiston. D’Youville Pavillion is at 102 Campus Avenue in Lewiston. For more information, call 576-4109.

Holiday season kicks off in Twin Cities

All smiles with Santa and Mrs. Claus

People of all ages turned out to line the decorated streets of Lewiston, Auburn, and New Auburn for the Twin Cities Holiday Celebration on Saturday, November 25. The Parade of Lights, led by event sponsor Maple Way Dental, featured colorful floats, municipal vehicles, bicycles, walking units, Mayor Bob Macdonald of Lewiston, Mayor Jonathan LaBonte of Auburn, and costumed characters Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Cuppy of Dunkin Donuts.

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Maine Music Society presents annual Christmas Concert

Led by Artistic Director John Corrie, the MMS Chorale rehearses for their annual concert with accompanist Bridget Convey.

The Maine Music Society will present its annual Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 10 at 3 p.m. at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston.  New this year, the program will also include music from the traditions of Chanukah, the Jewish celebration of light.

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