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Deputy City Administrator to retire June 30

After 18 years with the City of Lewiston, Deputy City Administrator Phil Nadeau has announced his impending retirement, effective June 30. Following a total of 23 years in public administration, Nadeau recently submitted his letter of resignation and shared the news with municipal employees. He looks forward to spending more time with his family.

“Phil Nadeau is a class act,” said Mayor Robert E. Macdonald. “While I understand his decision, this is a tremendous loss for the City of Lewiston. He has given his heart and soul during his service with city government, and we have all benefitted from his expertise and insight.”

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Jon “Bowzer” Bauman to appear at Franco Center

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Bauman will present a brief message called “Hands Off Medicare” before posing for photos with those attending.

The public is invited to meet Jon “Bowzer” Bauman at a free event at the Gendron Franco Center on Tuesday, January 17 at 2 p.m.  Bauman, formerly of Sha Na Na and TV game show fame, is a co-founder of Senior Votes Count. He will be in Maine with Social Security Works to present a message called “Hands Off Medicare.” All are welcome to attend the brief talk in Heritage Hall and then stay for photographs with Bauman, who will be joined by Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works. This is Bauman’s second appearance at the Franco Center.

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Only Steps Forward: Water district, 911 expenses will increase burden on taxpayers

By Jonathan P. LaBonte

Mayor of Auburn

Last week in my report, I predicted the Auburn City Council would find a means in the upcoming budget process to reduce the tax burden on its taxpayers.

That task became difficult on January 1 when two things happened: Androscoggin County confirmed a property tax increase of nearly 7% and the Auburn Water District has floated increasing their rates by nearly 20%.

While the county tax increase was set in stone when the budget committee failed to find a means to reduce county expenditures, a major driver of increased county spending over time has been the county-based 911 communications–a system that Auburn subsidizes through its property taxes, only to have to fund 50% of a duplicative system at LA 911.

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Enough is Enough: Keep term limits in Maine to prevent political corruption

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Power corrupts! In politics, a percentage of seasoned politicians inevitably develop The Tammany Hall Syndrome, succumbing to a carrot being dangled in front of them by lobbyists.They are secure in their seat. No one credible ever challenges them.

Thus they feel very secure in their elected position and, like every criminal, they feel they are much too smart and powerful to get caught.

Running for a political office is an honorable endeavor. While a few narcissists dream of making it a career, most candidates enter into the fray with good intentions. They want to better their community and state. They are willing to sacrifice a portion of their personal and family time to accomplish this.

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CMCC awards IT Support Specialist Certificates

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Here at a recent recognition dinner are new IT Support Specialist Certificate recipients (l. to r.) Kevin Ellingwood, Walter Morris, Joshua Paine, Zachary Danforth, Alan Roberge, Travis Nardone, Kyle Fleming, John Jordan, Phillip Giasson, and David Baizley. Absent from the photo are Eric Mrazik, Matthew Betsch, and Robert McLaughlin.

Thirteen candidates recently earned the Information Systems Support Specialist Certificate offered through the Corporate and Community Services Department at Central Maine Community College. Certificate recipients successfully complete a combination of national certifications, including CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, Microsoft Windows Operating Systems Fundamentals, Microsoft Networking Fundaments, Microsoft Windows Server Administration Fundamentals and Microsoft Security Fundamentals.

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City seeks volunteers to serve on boards, committees

Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald is seeking interested citizen volunteers to serve as members of the City’s various boards and committees. Applications from Lewiston residents will be accepted until the positions are filled. The following boards and committees have current openings: the Board of Appeals, Finance Committee, Historical Preservation Review Board, L/A Community Forestry Board, Library Board of Trustees, and Planning Board.

Due to residency requirements in the City Charter, neither the Board of Appeals nor the Planning Board may have more than two members serving simultaneously from the same ward. This is to ensure adequate and balanced representation from all sections of the city.

Application forms and committee descriptions are available at the City Clerk’s office or on the City’s website. Completed applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s office for processing. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the process, contact the City Clerk’s office at 513-3124 or see www.lewistonmaine.gov.

Food for Thought spotlights military cemeteries and memorials

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Retired Army officer Alan Gregory will discuss his work as the former CFO of Arlington National Cemetery and the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Alan Gregory of New Gloucester will be the presenter at Lewiston-Auburn Senior College’s next Food for Thought luncheon on Friday, January 13 at noon in Function Room 170 at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn Campus. In his session, called “Final Resting Place,” Gregory will share stories and images of Arlington National Cemetery, as well as the overseas military cemeteries and memorials operated and maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission. 

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Spiller’s partners with CareerCenter to provide paid training

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Pictured here (l. to r.) are Business Employment Services representative Linda Roberts, training candidate Kimberly King, Spiller’s Controller Diane Kirouac, and Spiller’s President Raymond Martel. (Photo by Monica Millhime)

Spiller’s of Lewiston recently partnered with Western Maine Community Action, a member agency of the Lewiston CareerCenter, to offer on-the-job training to qualified candidates. Through funding provided by the Maine Department of Labor and Business Employment Services, participating employers in healthcare, manufacturing, technology, and other fields provide trainees with productive work resulting in knowledge or skills essential to the full and adequate performance of the job, while WMCA reimburses the employer for up to 50% of the trainee’s wages for the duration of the program. For more information on on-the-job training opportunities, call 753-9040 or email monica.millhime@maine.gov.

Governor’s Address: Honor the will of the people, but do no harm

As we look forward to the New Year, we think of those who are struggling to get by. Unfortunately, their struggle is about to get worse.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

Maine needs to attract more jobs, more families and more opportunity. Raising the minimum wage too high, too fast will make it much harder to do that.

Increasing low wages sounds like a good idea on the face of it. But the economic devil is in the details. A couple of sentences on a ballot do not explain the details of the law that regulates the wage hike.

If the question asked voters to slash the pay of their favorite waitress, they would have said no. If the question asked voters to force the elderly to pay higher prices on everything they buy, they would have said no.

And if the question asked voters if they want their friends laid off because employers could not absorb the increase in the minimum wage, they would have said no.

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Only Steps Forward: 2017 should offer help for small busineses, more volunteers

By Jonathan P. LaBonté

Mayor of Auburn

As we wind down 2016 and look ahead to 2017, there’s no better time than now to offer some predictions for 2017.

And to start the year off right, I will offer the optimistic predictions for what is to come for our community. While some may be a reach, I’m thinking that a little positive energy might help us to achieve these and more.

Let’s start with new jobs at new small businesses. Created in late 2016, Auburn’s Storefront Traffic Accelerates Revitalization, or STAR, program, will help to create dozens of new jobs in several new neighborhood and downtown businesses. Existing local businesses expanding, as well as others wanting to be part of the growth of Auburn, will spend 2017 investing in locations like Spring Street, Court Street, Main Street, Hampshire Street and Mill Street, generating foot traffic and bringing new life to our historic neighborhoods.

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