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Salvation Army needs bell ringers

Volunteers Gladys and Maynard Chapman of United Methodist Church of Auburn ring the Salvation Army bells at the Auburn Kmart on Black Friday. The Salvation Army needs volunteer bell ringers. If you or your group would like to join other local organizations, including the Optimist Club, Rotary Club, Minot Fire Department, Lewiston Fire Department, and Moody’s Collision Center, as volunteer bell ringers for the Salvation Army’s holiday campaign, contact Salvation Army Lt. Dan Johnson at 402-8632.

Bates College renames annual dance concert

The event has been renamed this year in honor of the late Bates dance program founder Marcy Plavin, shown here at right during a dance alumni reunion concert in 2011. (Photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Bates College’s annual Fall Dance Concert, renamed this year in memory of Bates dance program founder Marcy Plavin, will take place in performances on Saturday, December 2 at 5 p.m.; Sunday, December 3 at 2 p.m.; and Monday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. Happening in the college’s Schaeffer Theatre at 329 College Street in Lewiston, the program will feature a tribute to Marcy Plavin by Bates faculty members, thesis works presented by students, and pieces by visiting artists, including Marlies Yearby (“Rent”) and New York choreographer Vanessa Justice. Admission is free, but a suggested $5 donation is encouraged. Tickets are required from www.eventbrite.com. For more information, call 786-6161.

Governor’s Address: A Thanksgiving Wish from Maine Governor Paul R. LePage

Mainers are generous people, and we are known to help our neighbors when there is a need. Whether it during a natural disaster, a holiday season or any time of the year, Mainers take care of Mainers.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

Generosity comes in many different forms. It can be donations of money or your time. Some people—including those who have very little to give—will donate slightly worn coats or help serve meals or volunteer at a shelter.

Earlier this month, I joined the Salvation Army to kick off its Annual Kettle Campaign. Proceeds from the campaign help to provide food, clothing, utilities and emergency disaster aid.

They also help give children the opportunity to attend The Salvation Army’s Camp Sebago.

The Kettle Campaign helps to provide services and programs to over 40,000 men, women and children during the holidays and throughout the year.

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Enough is Enough: This Thanksgiving, focus on the family, not the stores

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Thanksgiving is upon us. It used to be a time for family get-togethers around the dinner table where the enjoyment of eating, conversation, relaxation and the warmth of family resounded throughout the entire house.

There were also the high school football games played in the morning hours. Arch rival against arch rival. When the game ended, you were thankful if your team won, but even more thankful if you made it home without being pummeled by supporters of the losing team.

In many homes, dinners are scheduled so that football fanatics can maximize their intense passion of the professional football games during Thanksgiving afternoon and early evening.

But throughout four-plus centuries, Thanksgiving has radically changed. Originally the day was set aside to thank God for the blessings he had bestowed upon his people and the abundance of produce harvested from the land.

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Collins recognizes Wayne combat veteran in Congressional Record

WWII combat veteran Richard Lincoln, with Mark Winter of Senator Collins’ Augusta office

In a statement submitted to the Congressional Record recently, U.S. Senator Susan Collins recognized Richard Lincoln, a 91-year-old combat veteran of Wayne, Maine, for his leadership and bravery demonstrated during World War II. Mark Winter, Senator Collins’ Augusta State Office Representative, presented the Congressional Record Statement to Lincoln on the Senator’s behalf at a ceremony at the Augusta Maine Veterans Home.

“Showing courage, sacrifice, and devotion to duty, the all-draftee 88th Infantry Division played a significant role in the defeat of the German Army in Italy during World War II,” said Senator Collins. “Mr. Lincoln truly embodies these patriotic values, and I thank him for the personal sacrifices he has made to preserve our freedom at home and to keep us safe.”

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Concerts for a Cause welcomes jazz trio for “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

The Heather Pierson Trio is comprised of Pierson on piano, Shawn Nadeau on bass, and Craig Bryan on drums.

UU Auburn’s Concerts for a Cause will present the Heather Pierson Jazz Trio for a performance of Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on Friday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Universalist Church, located at 169 Pleasant Street in Auburn. Tickets are $15, cash or credit, at the door. For more information, call 783-0461 or see www.uuconcerts.org.

Heather Pierson is a pianist, singer-songwriter, and performer based in Conway, NH. She is joined in the trio by Shawn Nadeau on bass and Craig Bryan on drums. Together they will perform the entirety of Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and other well-known and popular Christmas tunes.

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New St. Catherine of Siena Residence to open in Lewiston

The residence is located on Sabattus Street, in the former St. Andre Group Home.

In commemoration of World Day of the Poor (November 19), established by Pope Francis, Bishop Robert P. Deeley recently blessed the new St. Catherine of Siena Residence in Lewiston. The 10-bed shelter for women is expected to open in early December.

The new residence is a ministry of the St. Martin de Porres Residence, a shelter founded in Lewiston 26 years ago by Brother Irénée Richard, O.P. That shelter currently accommodates up to six male guests and four female guests, but there has been an increase in the number of calls, especially from women.

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Safe Voices director to address Rotary Club

Victoria Stanton

The next meeting of the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club will feature guest speaker Victoria Stanton on Thursday, November 30, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Village Inn at 165 High Street in Auburn.

Stanton is the Director of Development and Engagement at Safe Voices, the domestic violence resource center based in Lewiston. In her role, she helps corporate partners and community members connect to Safe Voices in meaningful ways, including through awareness-raising events, volunteerism, sponsorship, and philanthropy.

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Governor’s Address: We Must Not Be Fiscally Irresponsible in Implementing Medicaid Expansion

It took a lot of work to balance Maine’s budget, bring fiscal responsibility to state government and restore our rainy day fund. Expanding Medicaid must maintain a balanced budget, protect our reserves and not raise taxes on hard-working Mainers.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

For seven years, I have made very tough decisions to move Maine from poverty to prosperity.  My administration has always put forth budgets that provide services to hard-working taxpayers at an affordable cost.

The Legislature’s budgets are driven by special interests, and they just push costs down the road. We shut down state government this summer to negotiate a budget Mainers could live with. But some programs are not funded in the second year, and the Legislature doesn’t know how fill those gaps.

On top of that, we now must fund Medicaid expansion. The referendum did not specify how to pay for the state’s massive share of the costs. Remember, before the federal matching dollars come to Maine, we must pay our share first.

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Enough is Enough: Sports teams, coworkers and Somali candidates are all Lewstonians

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

While serving as mayor of Lewiston over the past six years there were two issues, always locked in my mind, that caused anxiety.

The first and foremost was the death of a city worker on the job, especially a death that was extremely violent or cause by unusual circumstance. How do you console a grieving family?  Just a few hours before, the family had probably said what would be the final goodbye to their loved one.

Then there are the coworkers of the deceased. A short time earlier, these coworkers had been yucking it up with the deceased, making plans for the end of their shift or possibly an upcoming weekend. Some may have been present and witnessed the death. What do you say to console them?

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