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Downtown Trick or Treat set for Oct. 28

The Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce will host a Downtown Trick or Treat on Lisbon Street in Lewiston on Friday, October 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. The fun will begin at Dufresne Plaza, 72 Lisbon Street in Lewiston, where the chamber will hand out reusable trick or treat bags and maps listing the participating businesses. More than 25 downtown businesses will hand out goodies for the event, with other fun activities planned, including a haunted house and photo stop.

Businesses that would like to participate in and/or sponsor the event can still sign up. For more information, contact Deborah Carroll of the LA Metro Chamber at 783-2249 or

Coming to L-A next week: Maine Conference on the Arts


Keynote speaker Crystal Williams is a poet, essayist, and Vice President for the Office of Diversity at Bates College.

Focused on the intersections of creativity, industry, art and innovation, the Maine Arts Commission’s second Maine International Conference on the Arts will take place at Lewiston’s Gendron Franco Center and Bates Mill complex on Thursday and Friday, October 6 and 7. Advance registration, which confers a 15% discount on conference attendance, closes on September 30.

Intended for artists, arts organizations, arts educators, community developers, and policymakers, the conference is designed to provide networking, inspiration, and learning for Maine artists and communities. It was made possible by a statewide collaboration of Maine arts organizations and the Commission’s special international partnership with New Brunswick, Canada.

“We create world class art in this state, and Maine has a deep culture and long history of driving industry and innovation through creativity,” said Julie Richard, Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission. “We need and deserve a world class arts conference.”

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St. Dom’s Class of 1966 celebrates 50th Class Reunion

n-stdoms-reunionThe St. Dom’s Class of 1966 celebrated their 50th Class Reunion recently at Saint Dominic Academy. The evening started off with a social hour followed by the taking of a class photo. Sr. Therese Demers led a tribute to all deceased classmates and a closing prayer was led by Fr. Richard Malo. Dinner was catered by Mac’s Grill and dessert was provided by The Italian Bakery. Suzanne Roy presented a special power point called “Golden Memories,” Louise Landry Robert, Linda Rouleau St. Pierre, Patricia Poulin Patry and Linda Michaud Holdway led the group in singing the school song, and Carmen Berube Coulombe held a drawing of many gifts and prizes. After dinner, the classmates enjoyed dancing to music provided by DJ Chad Leighton. They wrapped up their Reunion Weekend with a delicious brunch at the Green Ladle on Sunday. A great time was had by all who attended.

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Former collection coordinator to discuss “Franco-American Voices from the Front Lines”


James Myall

James Myall will return to the Franco-American Collection in Lewiston on Tuesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. as the presenter of a program called “Sous les Drapeaux: Franco-American Voices from the Front Lines.” Mayall, who served as coordinator of the Collection from 2011 to 2014, will look at various unique aspects of Franco-Americans’ experiences serving in the U.S. armed forces, including divided national identities, use of the French language, and questions of patriotism and discrimination before, during and after wartime.

Part of the ongoing series “Franco-Americans During Wartime: A Heritage of Service,” which began last spring, the program is free and open to the public. It will take place in Room 170 at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College.

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St. Martin de Porres Residence celebrates milestone, plans to expand

Praising it as an act of mercy, Bishop Robert P. Deeley celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul recently for the St. Martin de Porres Residence in Lewiston, which for the past 25 years has served as a place of shelter and hope for the homeless.

“This is a place of welcome, of acceptance, of new possibilities, and of new beginnings,” said Bishop Deeley during the Mass. “That was the vision of Brother Irénée 25 years ago and continues to guide the mission to the present.”

The residence was founded in 1991 by Brother Irénée Richard, O.P., a Dominican brother and deacon of the Catholic Church. Guests, as they are called and treated, receive an evening meal and a place to stay overnight. During the day, they must work to better their situation.

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Poland Comm. School students make history come alive


Gifted and talented art students from Poland Community School capped off a special five-month art education unit by presenting a program in period dress at the resort’s Maine State Building. Pictured here (l. to r.) are Jake Twigg, Lily Moreau, Anna Brettler and Ben Cushman.

Nineteen gifted and talented art students in Grades 2 through 6 at Poland Community School made connections to the history of their community during a special five-month art education unit called “Maine Landmarks, Their Stories.”

Working with RSU 16 gifted and talented teacher Ell Fanus and Poland Community School art teacher Jonathan Graffius, the students were charged with selecting a community landmark, learning about its history and the stories associated with it, and connecting their art to what they uncovered.

Chosing Poland Spring Resort as their subject, the students met with Poland Spring Preservation Society’s publicity director, Kate MacGregor, to learn more about the resort’s history. With this knowledge in hand, they then created a historic timeline and selected specific periods of interest.

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Museum L-A to host “One of a Kind” Sale


Among the items available will be an extensive folk doll collection, posters and prints of a variety of vintage subjects, and wood and iron hallway coat racks that originally graced St. Peter’s School before its demolition.

On Saturday, September 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Museum L-A will host a unique fundraising event that will have the added benefit of making room for its permanent collections.

This “One of a Kind” Sale, featuring a wide variety of unique and unusual items, will take place in the Atrium, located just before Museum L-A in the Bates Mill Complex, at 35 Canal Street in Lewiston. Please no “early birds,” and enter the parking lot from Chestnut Street. No artifacts or any part of the museum’s official collection will be included in the sale.

Available for purchase will be exhibit materials, props, an extensive folk doll collection, doll craft supplies and accessories, lights and lighting materials, posters and prints of a variety of vintage subjects (including The Hurricane, the International Snow Shoe Convention, Puck, A Stubborn Cinderella, the Lightening Express (Train), and Maurice Chevalier), rarely seen WWII photographs, Christmas decorations, bean bag chairs, framed prints of old-time musical groups, and much more.

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Lewiston staffer named Asst. City Clerk of the Year


Allison Pease

City of Lewiston’s Assistant City Clerk, Allison Pease, has been named Maine’s 2016 Assistant City Clerk of the Year by the Maine Town and City Clerks’ Association. She was honored recently at the association’s annual Awards Luncheon, which took place in Waterville.

The Maine Town and City Clerks’ Association is an organization of over 700 municipal clerks, deputy clerks, and assistant clerks who serve throughout the state. The Assistant Clerk of the Year award was created in 2010 to honor and recognizes a member whose effort goes above and beyond the job description and who is committed to improving municipal government services. Pease has served as Lewiston’s Assistant City Clerk since December 2000.

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Historical Society program explores lives of Muskie, Nixon

At the next meeting of the Androscoggin Historical Society, the careers of two major political figures in 20th-century America will be explored in a talk by a scholar who has studied the lives of both.

Senator Edmund S. Muskie of Maine and President Richard M. Nixon were political opponents. In 1972, Muskie, a frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, was initially considered to be the most formidable potential candidate to challenge the incumbent Nixon. For that reason, Muskie was a primary target of actions by the Nixon reelection campaign that became part of the Watergate scandal.

Despite their clashing ambitions and different perspectives on politics and governance, however, their lives and careers reveal surprising similarities that are worth exploring.

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Enough is Enough: Legislators should focus on their constituents, not the Governor

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

What will the Democrats think of next?  Every day they seem to come up with another strategy which they hope will be successful in removing our Maine People’s Choice Governor, Paul R. LePage, from office.

It is sad when so much thought and effort is put into removing the Governor. It would be nice if this type of effort would be focused on a suffering constituency instead of a group of politicians uncomfortable with our current Governor.

The latest scam, in their repertoire of their ever shrinking bags of cons, is claiming the Governor’s recent actions will keep tourists from coming to our State. Please, give me a break! And just how was this conclusion reached?

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