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Gypsy Lew Theater presents “Much Ado About Nothing” in Dufresne Plaza

This production of Shakespeare’s comedy about the romantic entanglements of soldiers just returned victorious from war is set in post-WWII Hawaii.

As part of Lewiston Public Library’s Ye Olde Shakespeare Week, Gypsy Lew Theater Company will present a “Shakespeare in the Plaza” production of “Much Ado About Nothing.” Free and open to the public, the outdoor performances will take place Thursday through Sunday, August 23 through 26, at 7 p.m. at Dufresne Plaza, located 72 Lisbon Street in Lewiston.

Bring blankets and chairs and grab a spot to watch the show. Some chairs will be provided. If it rains, performances will be moved inside to Lewiston Public Library’s Callahan Hall. Donations to support the company will be gratefully accepted.

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Governor’s Address: The Universal Home Care Referendum will be disastrous for Maine’s economy

Ballot Question 1 is another benign-sounding, feel-good referendum. In reality, it’s one more in a long line of over-simplified referendums with a real downside for Maine’s economy.

Like the minimum wage referendum, which also changed how restaurant servers are paid, and the people’s veto question on ranked choice voting that was completely misleading, Question 1 lacks essential information.

It asks, “Do you want to create the Universal Home Care Program to provide home-based assistance to people with disabilities and senior citizens, regardless of income, funded by a new 3.8% tax on individuals and families with Maine wage and adjusted gross income above the amount subject to Social Security taxes, which is $128,400 in 2018?”

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Franco Center Piano Series opens with free Frank Glazer tribute

Ksenia Kostelanetz studied with Glazer while spending summers with her family in Maine.

Pianist Ksenia Kostelanetz will present the fourth annual “Frank Glazer Memorial Steinway Concert” at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston on Thursday, August 23 at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public, this special program will open the 18th annual Piano Series season at the center, whose magnificent performance hall now houses two donated Steinway grand pianos.

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Museum L-A seeks photos of past local musicians for dance party tribute

Considered by many to be the music patriarch of Maine, Roger Renaud is one of many local musicians who will be remembered at Museum L-A’s Dance Party Under the Stars II on September 7.

Did you know that, in the 1940s and ’50s, Lewiston-Auburn had the highest number of professional musicians per capita in the United States?

Museum L-A will honor the work and legacy of those musicians at its upcoming Dance Party Under the Stars II on Friday, September 7, from 7 to 11 p.m. Featuring local band Good & Plenty, who will play popular music from the 1970s and ’80s, the event will take place outdoors at the museum’s future home, located on the shores of the Androscoggin River near Simard-Payne Park and the footbridge that spans the river to Bonney Park in Auburn.

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Community Concepts supports E. Claire and Pastries expansion  

Pictured here (l. to r.) are CCFC Business Advisor Kevin Smart, E. Claire and Pastries owner Emily Fournier, her mother and business partner Denise Fournier, and CCFC Underwriter Natalie Beale.

Community Concepts Finance Corporation recently provided working capital to help E. Claire and Pastries expand its product line to offer wholesale baked goods (breads and desserts) to local restaurants and cafés. The bakery, which recently held its one-year anniversary celebration, offers breakfast, lunch, pastries, candies, and beverages at 35 Canal Street in Lewiston.

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District Attorney to address Rotary Breakfast Club

Andrew Robinson

The next meeting of the Auburn-Lewiston Rotary Breakfast Club on Wednesday, August 22 at 7 a.m. will feature District Attorney Andrew Robinson. The club meets Wednesdays at 7 a.m. at the United Methodist Church at 439 Park Avenue in Auburn. All are welcome to attend. Breakfast is $10.

It seems that we have all been touched, in some way, by the opioid epidemic over the past few years. And many ask, what can be done? District Attorney Robinson will speak to the club about one local initiative working to address the problem: Drug Court, an alternative sentencing program that provides rehabilitation not usually accessible within the prison system.

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Governor’s Address: The Legislature has one last shot to get things done

Here we are in August. It’s the dog days of summer, and the Legislature is supposed to come back to wrap things up. I hope we can believe them this time.

We need to move three very important sets of legislation forward to get the people’s business done.

I had hoped the Legislature would have completed its business by now and adjourned sine dieso I could call a special session to deal exclusively with the reforms to the child welfare system.

I had wanted to protect those critical bills from being held hostage in a political battle of wills in the Legislature.

However, we cannot continue to wait while the Democrats dilly-dally by holding tax conformity hostage so they can get taxpayer-funded Clean Elections money to run their campaigns.

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“Young Frankenstein” opens this weekend at CLT

The Monster, played by Michael Blakemore (c.), rehearses the big “Puttin’ on the Ritz” tap number in CLT’s “Young Frankenstein.” With him (from l.) are cast members Jennine Cannizo (Frau Blucher), Mason Lagasse (Igor), Zack Handlen (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein), Colleen Katana (Inga), and Bailee Sabine, dancer.The plays runs August 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and August 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. at Great Falls Performing Arts Center in Auburn. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $12 for students. They can be purchased at 783-0958 or


Green Dot LA quilt on display at Auburn Public Library

Here at the library’s quilt installation are Green Dot L/A Steering Committee members Susan Cooper, Eileen Fair, Kitsie Claxton, and Patty Weidler.

The public is invited to visit the Auburn Public Library for the exhibit of “KindSpring,” a quilt created by local Green Dot LA members in support and celebration of the Green Dot bystander intervention program designed to help reduce threats and violence in the Twin Cities. 

As a local volunteer initiative committed to making the community a better and safer place, Green Dot Lewiston-Auburn offers strategies for safe and effective responses to hurtful and hateful words and behaviors. The quilt’s design conveys the program’s central image of positive “green dot” actions that people can learn in response to negative “red dot” incidents of harassment or violence. 

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Hemond’s Off-Road Bash coming August 18-19

This weekend event will feature exciting activities to watch and do for the whole family.

Hemond’s Moto-X, Maine 4×4, and Minot Historical Society are teaming up to host Hemond’s Off-Road Bash on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19, at Hemond’s Moto-X and Off-Road Park, located on Route 119 in Minot. This weekend event will be packed full of fun for everyone. Not only will there be tons of off-roading, but there will be plenty of events for the public to watch and do, including activities for the kids.

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