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 Auburn Superintendent to address Rotary Breakfast Club


Katy Grondin

The guest speaker at the next meeting of the L-A Rotary’s Breakfast Club on Wednesday, March 22 from 7 to 8 a.m. will be Katy Grondin, Superintendent of Schools for the City of Auburn. The event will take place at the United Methodist Church at 439 Park Avenue in Auburn.

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DownEasters complete first season


Pictured here (l. to r.) are team members MinAh Kim, Nina Silvia, Sue Gagne-Rousseau, Heidi Coffin, Sarah Holmes, Coach John Niles Merrill, Chelsea Ferk, Sarah Lawsure Moulton, Maureen Matatall, Suzanne Collins Gagne, Lynne Cote, and Clelia Signaud.

Maine’s only Adult Synchronized Skating team, comprised of members ranging in age from 19 to 63 and with varying levels of skating skills, just completed their first competitive season as the DownEasters. The team finished the season with two gold medal performances, a bronze medal performance and a fifth-place finish at the U.S. Figure Skating Eastern Synchronized Skating Championships in Hershey, Pa. Coached by John Niles Merrill, a member of U.S. Figure Skating and a Certified A-level coach with the Professional Skating Association, the team made their home at Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn.

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L-A College to stream one-day conference on French Canadian migrations to New England


Mary Rice-DeFosse, professor of French and Francophone Studies at Bates College, will be a panelist at the event.

On Monday, March 20, Mary Rice-DeFosse, professor of French and Francophone Studies at Bates College, will speak at a conference called “French Connections: Franconnexions.” While the event will take place at the University of Vermont, those who want to see her speak need only travel as far as USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College, where the Franco-American Collection will stream all three sessions live via Facebook for viewing in Room 283.

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Maine Music Society to present Bach’s Mass in B Minor


Imagine the sound of 66 blended voices, six soloists, and 26 musicians performing this timeless piece, with the Franco Center’s stained glass windows providing the ambience.

Under the direction of Artistic Director John Corrie, the Maine Music Society Chorale and Orchestra will present Johann Sebastian Bach’s incomparable Mass in B Minor on Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, March 26 at 3 p.m. at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston.

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Governor’s Address: ObamaCare’s Welfare Expansion Has No Place in Health Care Reform

When it comes to health care costs, nothing is free. It will always be expensive for someone—and that someone is you, the taxpayer.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

Medicaid expansion is back in the news, both nationally and in Maine. In Washington, leaders are debating how to replace ObamaCare. In Maine, socialist welfare lobbyists put Medicaid expansion on the ballot for the November 2017 election.

I have successfully vetoed this misguided policy five times, and I am working hard to ensure it is defeated for good both in Washington and in Maine. ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion has already been a budget-buster for states. It is a major part of the reason why ObamaCare has completely failed.

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Only Steps Forward: Asylum-seeking families benefit from city, community support

By Jonathan P. LaBonte

Mayor of Auburn

Recent news reports have brought up the expenditure trends of the City of Auburn’s General Assistance program. In particular, those reports are calling attention to the mix of current citizens of Auburn to those living here and seeking asylum from their home country.

By making statements like “the budget is up 18% over this time last year,” those reports are attempting to sensationalize the issue.

Rather than feeding into the sound bites, I wanted to offer some context so, as a community, we might discuss this issue.

First and foremost, we must recognize that Auburn does have a poverty problem. While we may often be seen as the “more well to do” of the Twin Cities, the fact remains that we share the demographic challenges of Lewiston.

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Enough is Enough: The hatred of personal politics blinds both sides

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

War is a terrible thing—especially if it involves someone close to you.

War is more than a 30-second clip on the nightly news or some sham Hollywood movie loosely based on an actual event with great special effects and loud, scary audio designed to fatten the pockets of Hollywood executives. To many, it’s very personal.

Tucked away and out of sight are the very real casualties of war. Men and women who are no longer whole in either body or mind. Families who will forever bear the absence of a loved one taken from them because of their deceased’s love for their country.

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LAE Super Saturday offers new technologies, old favorites


In this 2016 photo, instructor Justin Dimmel shows precalculus students at Lewiston High School how virtual reality connects with math.

The mix of classes featured at Lewiston Adult Education’s Spring Super Saturday on March 18 will spotlight emerging technologies while bringing back some returning favorites.

One of the new offerings will explore the potentials of Virtual Reality. Justin Dimmel, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education and Instructional Technology at the University of Maine, and graduate student Camden Bock will explain how using goggles and remote controls can immerse viewers in a Virtual Reality environment. Children and teens may attend this class with the instructors’ permission.

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Pleasant Note celebrates 11 years of Open Mic


Longtime participants toast the popular weekly Open Mic & Poetry Slam at last year’s anniversary program.

On Friday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m., The Pleasant Note Coffeehouse will celebrate the 11th anniversary of its Open Mic & Poetry Slam at the First Universalist Church of Auburn. Since 2006, this free monthly show has drawn people of all ages who share the spirituality of music and spoken word.

Guitars and singers are to be expected, yet Open Mic has welcomed belly dancers, poets, rappers, storytellers and dogs to perform over the years. Karaoke is occasional offered. Participants say they like this monthly show for the excellent sound quality and the focus on the performer.

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Local artist to discuss historical tableau at Franco-American Collection


Mercedes Gastonguay’s large oil painting “A la mémoire de nos ancêtres” (“In memory of our ancestors”) is an original work honoring the Canadians who immigrated to the Lewiston-Auburn area.

The Franco-American Collection at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College will provide an opportunity to enjoy tea and a discussion with local artist Mercedes Gastonguay on Friday, March 17, from 1 to 2 p.m. The focus of the discussion will be Gastonguay’s large oil tableau “A la mémoire de nos ancêtres” (“In memory of our ancestors”), an original new work honoring the Canadians who immigrated to the Lewiston-Auburn area.

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