To inaugurate the Holy Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis, Bishop Robert P. Deeley opened the fourth and final holy door in the Diocese of Portland when he celebrated Mass at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston on December 20, the fourth Sunday of Advent.
On Thursday, December 31, the Franco Center will celebrate New Year’s Eve and ring in 2016 with a year-ending “Dinner, Dance, Drop and Draw!” After the doors and bar open for a fun and elegant evening at 7 p.m., a delicious buffet dinner, prepared and served by the Franco Center staff, will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. After that, guests will dance to live music from across the decades, performed by nine-piece band Every Other Sunday.
Then, just before midnight, everyone will ascend to the center’s magnificent Performance Hall, with its own “balloon drop,” champagne toast and drawing of the evening’s New Year’s L/A prize, for the Times Square countdown to 2016 on the big screen.
Elementary students of Saint Dominic Academy present their annual Christmas Pageant at the school’s Auburn campus recently. Open to the public, the annual performance, which takes place on the Sunday after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, is one of many special activities students take part in during the Christmas season.
Alba-Technic, LLC of Winthrop is one of five companies to win the nationwide Head Health Challenge III. The challenge is an open innovation competition sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Football League, Under Armour, and General Electric (GE) to support the discovery, design and development of advanced materials that better absorb and dissipate impact.
Alba-Technic has developed a patented, shock-absorbent honeycomb material with an outer layer that diverts the energy from a fall or hit. The material is normally soft and compliant, but upon impact, the outer layer changes into a hard shell to spread the energy and protect the user from injury.
Central Maine Community College has appointed Kevin Cady as the head coach of its new men’s hockey team that is slated to begin play next fall. Cady spent eleven years in hockey operations with the Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres organizations. Over the course of his 750 games in professional hockey, he worked closely with many former NHL greats, including Hall of Famers Bernie Parent, Bob Clarke, Bill Barber, Mark Howe and Daryl Sittler. He also served under several top NHL coaches, including Pat Quinn, Bob McCammon and Kevin Dineen.
At a special celebration at the Ramada Inn of Lewiston, the YWCA of Central Maine recently presented Lee Young of Auburn with the agency’s inaugural Women of Achievement Award. Young was recognized for her many years of service on the YWCA Board of Directors and for her civic and volunteer service to Lewiston-Auburn and to the greater State of Maine.
From now through December 31, Lewiston Public Library will provide a free gift-wrapping service for patrons gifting tablets and e-readers this holiday season. Just bring your tablet or e-reader to the library’s reference desk to be wrapped! Items must be pre-boxed, as gift wrap and ribbon only (no boxes) will be provided.
Each tablet or e-reader gift-wrapped by the library will come with a coupon for a complimentary one-hour tutorial with a knowledgeable librarian. Patrons wishing to wrap their own gifts may also come by the library for copies of the coupon.
LPL offers year-round, one-on-one sessions for patrons wanting to learn how to check out items from the library’s large collection of digital audiobooks and ebooks. The sessions are available to the public free of charge but must be scheduled in advance. For more information, contact the Adult & Teen Services Desk at 513-3135 or LPLReference@LewistonMaine.gov.
The Franco Center will present “Holiday in Lights” with Mitch Thomas & Friends on Saturday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. This annual holiday event will take place in the center’s magnificent Performance Hall. Doors will open at 6:15 for a pre-show reception.
The YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston held its inaugural Hall of Fame Celebration and Annual Meeting recently at Martindale Country Club. The event offered reflections on the organization’s past, present and future, including potential YMCA projects on Stetson Road in Auburn and Bates Mill #5 in Lewiston.
“Tonight’s Hall of Fame honorees reflect the Y’s best-of-the-best in servant leadership,” said YMCA Chief Executive Officer Steven Wallace. “In honoring them, not only do we reflect on our organization’s past 148 years of service, but we reaffirm our commitment to the future with both a new YMCA and a 93-acre Outdoor Learning & Education Center.”
The Lewiston-Auburn 9-1-1 Emergency Communications System earned its second reaccreditation from the Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation in Miami recently, marking nine years of commitment to a voluntary process of compliance demonstrated by adherence to management and operational policies and procedures.
LA 9-1-1 first achieved accreditation in 2009 and has twice since demonstrated their adherence to the policies and practices that make up the CALEA state-of-the-art standards. LA 9-1-1 remains the only accredited 9-1-1 Center in Maine and only one of two CALEA accredited 9-1-1 Centers in New England. There are currently only 47 CALEA accredited 9-1-1 Centers throughout the U.S.