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Oasis of Music presents fiddle concert

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Owen Kennedy performs regularly with the Maine Folque Co-op and the Pineland Fiddlers.

Young fiddler Owen Kennedy will be the featured performer at the Oasis of Music concert on Wednesday, May 17. This free event will take place from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 247 Bates Street in Lewiston. He will perform a program of energetic traditional tunes from Quebec and Maritime Canada, Scottish and Celtic classics, and a few New England favorites. For more information about the performance, call 344-3106.

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Governor’s Address: Our teachers should be paid what they are worth

Good teachers are critical to Maine’s future, so let’s pay them adequately.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

Our children are our most valuable asset, and as a parent, I have been fortunate to raise my family in Maine. Unfortunately, while Maine is a good place to raise a family, our teachers are earning below-average salaries.
The average salary for teachers in New England states is more than $70,000. In Maine, they settle for $20,000 less, which is $8,000 below the national average.
Sadly, union bosses who claim to represent our educators don’t want to work on solutions that will increase teacher wages and help improve their teaching skills.

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Only Steps Forward: Officer Bud Caouette leaves a legacy of commitment to our community

By Jonathan P. LaBonte

Mayor of Auburn

Lengthy City Council budget meetings and debates about taxes being too high. Fiery rhetoric about whether or not two cities should merge. The non-stop noise that comes from 24-hour news cycles and social media.
Each of these reasons and many more can take the blame for not stopping to celebrate some of the blessings in this community, specifically some of the people who are living in a way to leave a lasting impact.
As I sat in Kirk Hall on the campus of Central Maine Community College on Saturday, I witnessed the telling of stories and the raw emotion that came from a community impacted by such a person: the late Officer Bud Caouette.

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Enough is Enough: Should General Assistance from Maine taxpayers be spent out of state?

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

They swooped down from the North. They swarmed up from the South. Surged in from the West and streamed in from the East. Their destination was Maine’s capital, Augusta. All had very pressing business at the State House.
If you had business in the capital city last Thursday, you probably experienced difficulty getting off Augusta’s I-95 exits (both North and South) and experienced unusually heavy traffic and delays on Western Avenue.
No, President Donald Trump was not paying a social visit to Governor Paul LePage. There were no high-profile celebrities in town. For many of those coming to Augusta, the threat of a severe change in their lifestyle hovered like the sword of Damocles above their heads. Gasp!

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Evergreen Subaru donates $27,500 to Androscoggin Land Trust

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Representatives of Androscoggin Land Trust and Evergreen Subaru gather to complete the Subaru Share the Love campaign. From left are Wes Davis of ALT, Bill Bergeon of Subaru of New England, Bob Kleckner of ALT, Evergreen Subaru managing owner Doug Weisz, Josh Bisson, Ashley Marquis and Barry Dean of Evergreen Subaru, Shelley Kruszewski, Dana Little, Jim Pross, Woody Trask, Marian Claxton, Doug Boyd and Mary Howes of ALT, and Lynn Weisz of Evergreen Subaru.

Evergreen Subaru and Subaru of America, Inc. recently donated $27,500 to Androscoggin Land Trust, selected by Evergreen as their “Hometown Charity” for Subaru’s 2016 Share the Love program. The check was presented to board members and staff of Androscoggin Land Trust by Evergreen Subaru’s managing owner, Doug Weisz, and representatives of the ES team.

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Juliana L’Heurex to address Rotary Club

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For three decades, L’Heureux has written about Franco-Americans through newspaper articles and published essays. 

At the next lunch meeting of the LA Rotary Club on Thursday, May 11, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Ramada Inn of Lewiston, Juliana L’Heureux will discuss the contributions of the area’s Franco Americans to the nation’s wars and military campaigns.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters to “Bowl for Kids’ Sake”

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Bates College student Lucy spends time with her “Little,” Hazey, at Longley Elementary School.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine invites businesses, organizations and individuals to participate in the 2017 Androscoggin Bowl for Kids’ Sake, taking place at Sparetime Recreation in Lewiston Thursday through Saturday, May 11 through 13. The event brings together teams of bowlers to raise pledges for BBBS’ one-to-one mentoring programs in local schools for “Littles,” or children ages 5 to 14.

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CM Foundation honors achievements at Annual Dinner

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Students Ellie Harrington (l.) and Seve Deery-Deraps, members of CMCC’s national championship basketball team, served as greeters at the event.

Central Maine Commu­nity College’s tenth Annual Dinner took place recently at the Hilton Garden Inn of Auburn. The event was hosted by the college’s CM Education Foundation Board of Directors. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards to students and others for their achievements or contributions to the college.

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Governor’s Address: High energy costs kill jobs, harm the economy

I’ve been talking about energy costs since I became Governor, but most people don’t realize what high energy costs mean. Quite simply, they mean jobs.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

The more companies have to pay in energy costs, the less money they have for higher salaries and new jobs. If we want to attract and retain high-paying career jobs, we need to make our electricity rates more competitive.

Democrats always say Maine has the lowest costs of electricity in New England. But Maine has the highest percentage of industrial electricity load of any state in New England. Even small changes in electricity prices hit our industries very hard.

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Only Steps Forward: Chamber, city government can work together to grow the economy

By Jonathan P. LaBonte

Mayor of Auburn

Over the last couple of years, there’s been much local debate about how much taxpayer money, and for what, should go to various non-profit entities in and around Auburn and Lewiston. As the argument would often go, you have to provide taxpayer dollars to these groups if you want to grow your economy.

Thankfully for this region, there’s one entity that does support economic growth—and it hasn’t been asking for taxpayer dollars: the LA Metro Chamber of Commerce.

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