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Mason, Crafts present Joint Resolution to Israeli Knesset


Sen. Garret Mason and Rep. Dale Crafts present a Joint Resolution of the 126th Maine Legislature affirming its support of Israel to Revital Swid of the Israeli National Legislature.

Maine Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin) and Representative Dale Crafts (R-Lisbon) met with a member of the Israeli National Legislature, known as the Knesset, recently to present a Joint Resolution from the 126th Maine Legislature.

“It was an honor to meet with Revital Swid of the Israeli Knesset to present this Joint Resolution supporting Israel,” said Senator Mason. “To do so in Israel was especially momentous. The Joint Resolution describes Maine’s connections to and support of Israel, a message I was proud to convey.”

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Franco Center presents “Just Us” Family Christmas Show

Made up of family members and friends who have been singing together for generations, “Just Us” entertainers present their annual Christmas show on Saturday, December 5.

The “Just Us” entertainers will present their 15th annual “Just Us” Family Christmas Show on Saturday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Franco Center. The group first performed at the Center in the summer of 2000 to raise funds for the then Festival de Joie. Since then, this eclectic troupe of family members and friends, who have been singing great songs together for generations, has performed at the Center 35 times for various events. Songs are learned by ear without sheet music and performed live; harmony comes from the heart of each talent.

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YWCA honors Lee Young


Lee Young will be honored with the YWCA of Central Maine’s first annual Women of Achievement Award at a gala celebration on Thursday, December 3.

The Board of Directors and staff of the YWCA of Central Maine will present their first annual Women of Achievement Award to Lee Young of Auburn at a gala event on Thursday, December 3 at the Ramada Inn of Lewiston.

The Women of Achievement Award recognizes exceptional community contributors. Award recipients are women leaders in Maine who have exhibited a unique combination of qualities, including leadership and a commitment to civic engagement, service and advocacy, that emulate the mission of the YWCA and leave a lasting impact in our state and local community.

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UU Theater stages “Be the Change”


Ron Spoffard (c.) as the poet Rumi shares inspiration with (l. to r.) Judy Webber, Maureen Perry, Bill Eldridge, Kellie Pelletier, Prince T Dickson and John Spruill in “Be the Change.”

UU Theater will present “Be the Change” on Saturday, December 5 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 6 at 1 p.m. Set at an imaginary dinner party, the play uses wit and humor to explore the moral struggles of our age as a frustrated activist dreams up her heroes – including Maya Angelou, Buckminster Fuller, Jesus, Martin Luther King, Jr., Marge Piercy, Rumi, Rev. Howard Thurman and Thich Nhat Hanh – to advise her in how to brave the everyday frustrations we all face.

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Governor helps kick off Kettle Campaign


Salvation Army officers from throughout the state attended the event. Pictured here (l. to r.) are Dr. Drew Poulopoulos, Divisional Music Director; Lieutenant Kama Lyle of the Capital Region Corps; Lieutenant Daniel Johnson of the Lewiston Corps; Major Annette Lock of the Portland Corps; Lieutenant Dominic Nicoll of the Houlton Corps; Governor Paul R. LePage; Major James LaBossiere, Divisional Commander; Lieutenant Joel Lyle of the Capital Region Corps; Major Patricia Henry, Divisional Program Secretary; Captain Rebecca Kirk of the Bangor Corps and Craig Evans, Divisional Development Director.

The Salvation Army kicked off its annual Christmas Kettle Campaign recently when Governor LePage brought greetings and a Salvation Army Brass Ensemble played holiday carols during a brief ceremony at the Statehouse. The charitable organization expects to have more than 130 red kettles on street corners and shopping areas throughout the state through December 24.

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Concert raises $3,000 for park


The recent “Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree” benefit concert featuring local musicians and their talented children was a success, attracting nearly 250 fans and raising approximately $3,000 for the Pettingill School Park project. Event organizers wish to thank the performers, raffle donors Betty Harris and Charlene Leclair, Doug and Gini Haines of Haines Photography and the Franco Center for their contributions, as well as event volunteers Carolyn Court, Pauline Taylor, Margaret Craven, Rep. Peggy Rotundo and Judy Cartmel. See the Friends of Pettingill Facebook page for more photos from the event.

 “$25K for Kids” grant goes to Longley Elementary School

Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation has named Longley Elementary School the 2015 recipient of its annual $25K for Kids grant. The award was presented at the Foundation’s annual meeting recently at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center of Lewiston. Focused on its mission of providing the three essentials of life – food, shelter and security – to as many children as possible, the $25K for Kids award was presented to Gov. James B. Longley Elementary School to help it maintain and expand its afterschool programming for students in grades pre-K to 6.

Longley Elementary School employs 80 full-time staff members and currently serves over 400 students from downtown Lewiston, all of whom live within walking distance and almost all whom live in poverty.

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AHCH releases 2015 Remembrance Ornament


This year’s ornament is made of hand-cast pewter and features the tree of life.

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice has unveiled its Holiday Remembrance Ornament for 2015. Each year, thanks to sponsorship provided by Mechanics Savings Bank, a unique ornament is created and made available to all who want to remember a loved one. This year’s ornament is made of hand-cast pewter and features the tree of life. Proceeds from sales of the ornament support home health and hospice services for patients who do not have resources to pay for care and bereavement services.

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Medieval Feast returns to Franco Center this weekend

You can party like it’s 1399 when the Franco Center hosts its annual Medieval Feast on Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22.

The Franco Center will once again produce one of the area’s more unique and magical program events with the seventh edition of its Medieval Feast on Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21, beginning at 6 p.m.

This event harkens back to the medieval tradition of royalty inviting guests to a feast to watch knights compete on horseback. The Medieval Feast is meant to recreate just such a gathering, excluding only the horses. Guests may imagine themselves in the center of a medieval courtyard awaiting the arrival of the king and queen, who they will join, along with an assortment of knights, minstrels, friars, squires and wenches, in the Great Hall for an evening of colorful entertainment and a banquet. Read the rest of this entry »

Twin Cities Holiday Celebration expands for 2015

The annual Twin Cities Holiday Celebration on Saturday, November 28 will expand into a daylong event this year, with activities expected to run from noon to 8:30 p.m. Sponsored by Center Street Dental of Auburn, the celebration’s growth is due to the involvement of the L-A chapter of the Union of Maine Visual Artists, who stepped forward to help longtime organizers, the Lewiston Downtown Holiday Celebration Committee and the Auburn Business Association, expand the usual evening event into one encompassing afternoon activities. All event details will be posted as they are finalized at Read the rest of this entry »

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