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New Year’s L-A to feature “Dinner, Dance, Drop, and Draw”

Critics have called Portland-based band The Substitutes “5-pieces of pure rock ‘n’ roll charisma that people seem to dig.”

The Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston will host its annual New Year’s L-A celebration on Sunday, December 31. This fun and elegant evening will feature a buffet dinner, including appetizers, two main course choices, and assorted desserts, prepared by the center’s staff and served from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. After that, guests will dance to the music of Portland-based rock ‘n’ roll band “The Substitutes” from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. The doors and bar will open for the evening at 7 p.m.

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Androscoggin Readers Theater

The group includes members (l. to r.) Joanne Sabourin, Faith Towle, Joel Goodman, Judy Webber, Nancy Daniels, and Curt Webber. Absent from the photo are Bob Gardner, Linda Jackson-Washburn, Chris Lansley, and director Naomi York. (Photo by Rachel Morin)

Members of Androscoggin Readers Theater enjoyed a Christmas Luncheon at DaVinci’s in Lewiston recently. The group visits local retirement communities in the spring and fall to present performances of their original, humorous scripts that explore the quirks, peculiarities, and idiosyncrasies of senior life, all in good fun.

Mr. Drew and His Animals Too at Auburn Public Library

Mr. Drew and His Animals Too will visit Auburn Public Library for the first time on Thursday, December 28, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Come learn about animal rehabilitation and a variety of different animals with Mr. Drew. This family-friendly program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 333-6640, ext. 3.

Students read work from Senior College Poetry Workshop

The poets were (l. to r.) Linda DeSantis, Nancy Orr, Harolyn Zaldumbide, instructor Bill Frayer, Diane Clay, Darlene Glover, and Eloise O’Neill.

Ten members of the Poetry Workshop at USM LAC’s Senior College recently invited friends and family to listen to their work. Before they read, each poet summed up their feelings about poetry. “People evolved,” said Nancy Orr, who had taken the course before. “We had to dig deeply to get across images we conceived,” observed Eloise O’Neil. “Poetry channels life experience in a positive direction,” noted Linda DeSantis.

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Governor LePage’s Letter to Legislative Leadership Outlining Principles of Medicaid Expansion

By Governor Paul R. LePage

Medicaid expansion, as passed by the voters on November 7, 2017, will become law shortly. The Legislature must now step up and identify a way to fund this, and it is your duty to the people of Maine to identify a way to pay for expansion that is both fiscally prudent and sustainable.

Implementation and funding of Medicaid expansion must be based on the cost estimates of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, and it must meet the following principles:

1. No  tax increases on Maine families or businesses.

2. No use of the Budget Stabilization Fund or money that will be directed this year to the fund with the goal of reaching $300 million; diversion of these funds would drain a key budget stability resource and only provide funding on a one-time basis.

3. No use of other one-time funding mechanisms or budget gimmicks.

4. Full funding of our Section 21 and 29 waitlists, and no reduction of services or funding for our elderly or disabled populations and prioritization of our fiscal obligations.

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Enough is Enough: Politics today involve more mud-slinging than skill

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Never nod when you can wink, never speak when you can nod, never write when you can speak and never discuss sensitive issues with more than two people in the room to maintain deniability.

This is effective if the other person is not wearing a wire.  Good common sense advice.  But in today’s world, common sense is no longer practiced.

In days long gone by, politics was a skillful art, practiced by above-intelligent individuals familiar with foreign and domestic policies. Those desiring a career in politics would hitch their wagon to a successful politician. This allowed them to be groomed on the finer points of politics.

Success dictated you had the ability to carefully listen to the information and not only make a clear decision, but also justify it using your acquired skill in public speaking.

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Central ME Detachment 810 donates Toys for Tots

In conjunction with Bedard Medical of Auburn, Central Maine Detachment 810 of the Marine Corps League recently presented over 100 new toys to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines of Brunswick for the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots program. Pictured here (l. to r.) are Commandant Charlie Paul, Ben Nadeau, Mike Nadeau, Annette Nadeau, and Marine Sgt.-at-Arms Cliff Plourde.

Rotary Club to share “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”

Longtime Rotarians Mac McPeake and Stephanie Gelinas will present a lively reading of the holiday classic on Dec. 21. All are invited.

The next meeting of the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club will feature guest speakers Mac McPeake and Stephanie Gelinas to share the holiday classic “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” on Thursday, December 21, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Village Inn at 165 High Street in Auburn.

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Mitch Thomas and Friends return to Franco Center for “Holiday in Lights”

Pianist, singer, and songwriter Mitch Thomas has gathered a large cast of his talented friends for this fourth annual holiday music celebration on Saturday, December 16.

The fourth annual “Holiday in Lights” with Mitch Thomas and Friends will take place on Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the performance hall of the Gendron Franco Center at 46 Cedar Street in Lewiston. Thomas, a local pianist, singer, and songwriter who serves as the executive director of the Franco Center and directs and performs at Community Little Theatre, will present several seasonal favorites, including his own composition “Light a Candle for Peace.”

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Museum’s new online store features historic Bates Mill designs

Through the website, Museum L-A offers customizable items featuring beautiful, historic designs created right here in Lewiston.

Museum L-A has launched a new online store featuring home and personal décor printed with historical artwork designed by the workers and artists of Bates Mill. The unique and exquisite patterns are from Museum L-A collections that were rescued from dumpsters by museum staff.

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