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Governor’s Address: Candidates should focus on what really matters to the Maine people

As the political season heats up, I have a news flash for the candidates: I am not on the ballot in November. You are not running against me.

Some candidates think that criticizing me is the pathway to victory. If they want to attack me, that’s fine. I’m used to it. But they should at least be honest about it.

I had to call out Attorney General Janet Mills for using false information to attack me in one of her TV ads. Like a true politician and the cagey lawyer she is, she only changed one word in the ad. It’s still misleading.

Now young Jared Golden from Lewiston is calling me out in one of his TV ads. Golden is running for a seat in the United States Congress, yet he is leading the ad with comments about me.

News flash: I am not running for Congress, and he is not running for governor.

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Arbor Week celebrated at Pettingill School Park

Pettingill School Park was the recipient of another donation from the Lewiston-Auburn Community Forest Board. A Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) purchased from funds provided by Central Maine Power was planted along the park’s College Street boundary. Friends of Pettingill thanks Richard Shea, chairman of the citizen’s group, and Steve Murch and his crew from Lewiston Public Works for doing the planting.


Jorgensen wins Saint Dominic Academy Principal’s Award

Senior Taylor Jorgensen of Manchester will attend Bowdoin College in the fall.

Saint Dominic Academy senior Taylor Jorgensen of Manchester has been selected to receive the school’s 2018 Principal’s Award. Sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association, the award is given in recognition of a high school senior’s academic achievement and citizenship.

Jorgensen finished second in her class academically and participated in Varsity Golf, Varsity Softball, and Competition Cheering while at St. Dom’s. She will attend Bowdoin College in the fall. 

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AREA presents Leadership Award

Josephine Dupal is a retired elementary school teacher of the Auburn School Department.

The Androscoggin Retired Educators’ Association recently presented its Leadership Award to AREA past-president and vice president Josephine Dupal of Lisbon. Dupal taught elementary school in Auburn for many years at Lincoln School, Sherwood Heights School, C.P. White School, and Western Avenue School. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Dyslexia School in Portland and volunteers at the Public Theater in Lewiston and Maine State Music Theater in Brunswick. She has been a member of Eastern Star for 52 years and has served on the Advisory Board for Rainbow Girls.

“Music for Mavis” series presents Rabbi Sruli and Lisa

When they aren’t leading Temple Shalom Synagog in Auburn, this husband-and-wife duo performs a toe tapping, dance-inspiring brand of old-world Klezmer music.

The “Music for Mavis” concert series at the Turner Gazebo will present Rabbi Sruli and Lisa on Tuesday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. Sometimes known as “Hoot ‘n’ Annie,” this husband-and-wife duo from Temple Shalom Synagog in Auburn perform a toe tapping, dance-inspiring brand of old-world Klezmer music that lifts the spirit and brings joy to those who hear it.

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Governor’s Address: Maine Has an Exciting Opportunity to Reduce Energy Costs

I have been talking about the need to reduce energy prices for nearly eight years. Maine is a manufacturing state, and high energy prices have a direct and negative affect on the cost of doing business and the ability to create good-paying jobs.

Central Maine Power Company won the proposal to create a transmission line to deliver electricity from renewal energy sources from Quebec to the State of Massachusetts. So my administration is now seeking input from experts on how we can benefit from this new era in Maine energy policy and options.

CMP’s transmission line is Maine’s first direct high-voltage electric interconnection with Quebec, which is good news. But the selection process that chose CMP’s transmission line also included several other transmission and energy supply proposals within or close to Maine. These proposals could also benefit our state.

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Center for Wisdom’s Women launches campaign to fund Sophia’s House

Members of the Sophia’s House Cabinet, Honorary Council, Advisory Board, and The Center for Women’s Wisdom Board of Directors gathered to launch the campaign. Pictured here (top to bottom) are (along the wall) Cathy Carey, Mike Carey, Kristen Cloutier, Eliza Madden, Sue Sproul, Kate Marble, Peg Hoffman, John Emmerson, Bruce King; (center right) Shawn Yardley, Julia Harper, Judy Maloney, Luanne Rhoades, Lee Myles, Janice deLima, Klara Tammany, Sarah Barton; (center left) Sarah Strong, Hannah Quimby, Karen Krzywda, Audrey Chapman, Barbara Trafton, Paula Marcus-Platz; (along the stair railing) Lindsay Gannon, Gabriella Russell, Elizabeth Keene, Katy Sperl, Tanya Sadler, Peggy Rotundo, Anne Auer, Carl Lakari; (outside the stairwell) Tom Platz (standing), Gary Friedmann (seated).

The Center for Wisdom’s Women has launched a $700,000 fundraising campaign to transform the former St. Patrick’s convent into a long-term residential recovery community for women to be called “Sophia’s House.” More than $199,750 has already been raised, including a significant lead gift from the Sisters of Charity.

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Saturday’s Maine Innovation Expo to feature leader on international space collaboration

ELHS graduate Ken Hodgkins is the director of the U.S. Office of Space and Advanced Technology.

Edward Little High School graduate Ken Hodgkins, director of the Office of Space and Advanced Technology in the U. S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science, will be a featured speaker at the Maine Innovation Expo, taking place Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Museum L-A. Admission to the expo is free and open to all; tickets can be reserved in advance at 

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Veterans Council plans Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

L & A Veterans Council members organizing the event include (l. to r., from front) Advisor Bert Dutil, Franco-American Veterans Post 31; Secretary Helen Taylor, Amvets Auxiliary Post 6; Chairman Jerry Dewitt, DAV Chapter 11; Vice Chairman Norm Cote, American Legion Post 22; Treasurer Cecile Burgoyne, Amvets Post 6; Don Dube, Franco-American Veterans Post 31; Maurice Fournier, American Legion Post 153; Albert Landry and Normand Bussiere, VFW Post 9150; Jo Paradis, Military Order of the Purple Heart; Carl Douglas, VFW Post 1603; and Clair Poirier and Charley Paul, Marine Corps League. (Absent from the photo is Donald Gosselin, American Legion Post 135.)

The L & A Veterans Council will host a Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony on Saturday, May 26. The parade will start at 9:30 a.m. at Kennedy Park in Lewiston, will proceed to Auburn, and will return to Lewiston to end at Veterans Memorial Park on the corner of Lincoln and Main Streets, where the ceremony will begin around 10:30 a.m.

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Relevant Radio’s “Fr. Rocky” to speak in Lewiston

Fr. Francis Hoffman

Fr. Francis Hoffman, known affectionately to his listeners as “Fr. Rocky,” will speak at the Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul in Lewiston on Sunday, May 20, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Hoffman, the executive director and CEO of Relevant Radio, has been an on-air contributor since 2003. All are welcome to attend the event, which is sponsored by Presence Radio, Maine’s only Catholic radio network.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be offered prior to Fr. Rocky’s presentation. If you plan to attend, please email 

Relevant Radio broadcasts on nearly 130 stations reaching 38 states and is the top Catholic radio app with 450,000 downloads in 192 countries. The network produces a variety of popular programs to help strengthen the family, solve everyday problems, and raise the hearts and minds of listeners to God.

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