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Governor’s Address: Senators Collins and King Did Not Put Mainers First in ObamaCare Debate

Those elected to represent the people of Maine have a responsibility to prioritize the needs of our state. But Maine’s Senators do not put Mainers first.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

The people who elected Senators King and Collins are already facing fewer insurers, higher premiums and soaring out-of-pocket costs. But the Senators killed any effort to reform ObamaCare and provide Mainers with affordable health insurance.

Senator Collins falsely claimed that “Maine would lose $2 billion over the next 10 years and billions more after that.” Although some states would have seen a decrease in future funding, Maine would not.

Funding in Maine would have increased by 43 percent—and we would have had the flexibility to spend more on Medicaid, if necessary.

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Enough is Enough: Many gave their lives for our flag, others kneel in protest

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

“The greatest day in my life was when I looked up and saw the flag flying on top of Suribachi.” Thus my uncle, Marine Master Sergeant Robert Macdonald, said to my grandmother upon returning home shortly after the war.

He had experienced the hell called Iwo Jima. When the flag was raised atop Mt. Suribachi, morale among the Marines, Navy and Army personnel spiked. They thought that after five days of savage fighting, the island had been secured. Unfortunately, the battle would rage another 31 days.

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Royal Oak Room gala raises $12K for Alzheimer’s Association

Many attended the Gatsby-themed event in period dress.

The Royal Oak Room, formerly home to Maine Central Railroad, celebrated its 100th anniversary recently with a Gatsby-themed event that raised over $12,000 for the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The gala, which honored the property’s historic past while celebrating its present success as a premier event venue, featured live music provided by Mike Willette’s Big Band, swing dance performances, and a silent auction.

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Museum L-A plans “Graveyard Shift” event

Based on a short story by Stephen King, this PG-13 evening will feature a dramatic (and scary) reading by Mike Miclon, tours, and refreshments.

This month, Museum L-A will present a unique evening event based on a short story by Stephen King featuring a young worker who discovers a horrible secret in the basement of a decrepit Maine Mill. Called “Graveyard Shift,” the event will take place on Friday, October 20, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Museum L-A in Lewiston.

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Historical Society plans Kora Temple tour

Designed by George M. Coombs, Kora Temple was built in 1908 in Moorish and Exotic Rival architectural styles.

Androscoggin Historical Society will convene a tour of the historic Kora Temple, located at 11 Sabattus Street in Lewiston, on Saturday, October 7 at 1 p.m. Free and open to the public, the event will provide an opportunity to learn about the building and the role it has played in the community. While many may have visited the building for Kora suppers or the annual Christmas “Feztival of Trees,” they may not have had an opportunity to closely view its features or learn about its murals, gold filigree, and Tiffany chandeliers.

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First Universalist launches new concert series with gypsy-jazz ensemble

Ameranouche plays a passionate style of music they call “gypsy flamenco swing.” 

Concerts for a Cause, a new series at Auburn’s First Universalist Church, will present the acclaimed gypsy-jazz ensemble Ameranouche on Friday, October 6, at 7:30 p.m. Produced by local musician and church choir director Dave Rowe and a dedicated group of church members, the series will bring special concerts to the L/A community while raising money for area charities. This show will benefit the church and recovery funds for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Tickets are $15 at the door, cash or credit.

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Nutrition Center announces chefs for 12th annual Soirée

Carl Sheline and Dr. Rosemarie Sheline of Maple Way Dental Care, lead sponsor for the event, arrive at the Agora Grand Event Center for the 2016 Nutrition Center Soirée. 

St. Mary’s Nutrition Center has announced the roster of local chefs and food producers who will participate in the 12th annual Nutrition Center Soirée on Friday, October 13. The line-up includes Chef Tony Scherrer of Fish Bones American Grill, who will mentor teens from the Nutrition Center’s youth programs as they prepare a variety of meatball appetizers using products from Double Z Land & Livestock; Chef Emily Claire Fournier of E. Claire and Pastries and Chef Kevin Cunningham of Cunningham Catering, who will provide appetizer tasting stations featuring their creations; Chef Erin Dow of Eatswell Farm, who will cater the sit-down dinner; and Tripp’s Farmhouse Café, which will provide a variety of desserts.

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Auburn Suburban Baseball Softball caps successful season

The opening day pitch was perfectly executed by Erin Caouette, daughter of the late Paul “Bud” Caouette. 

Auburn Suburban Baseball Softball showed some fresh legs this season by reaching a new milestone: its 470 players, ranging from Tee Ball to Major Baseball to Senior Softball, was the greatest number of players registered in the last 20 years.

The opening day pitch for the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripkin league was perfectly executed by Erin Caouette, daughter of the late Paul “Bud” Caouette. Erin and her teammates stepped in for Bud, who passed away just weeks before opening day. Bud was a police officer for the City of Auburn for 22 years and was also one of the pillars of ASBS in its formative years, serving as a board member for ten years, coaching Minor and Major Softball, and always encouraging young players with his gentle but serious smile.

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Margaritas to host Auburn “Battle of the Badges”

Members of the Auburn Police and Fire Departments will race to finish a Taco Gigante, a crispy foot-long shell filled with two pounds of fixings.

In honor of National Taco Day, Margaritas of Auburn will host a friendly “Battle of the Badges” between the Auburn Police and Fire Departments on Wednesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. The team with the first competitor to finish every bite of a two-pound, 12-inch Taco Gigante will win bragging rights for the next year, along with a $100 gift certificate and a $250 donation to the charity of their choice.

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Court Street Baptist Church to host New England Festival of Praise

Kathy Haley

Commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and sponsored by the Mark Thallander Foundation, the New England Festival of Praise will take place on Sunday, October 1 at 6 p.m. at Court Street Baptist Church of Auburn. The event will feature former Crystal Cathedral organist Mark Thallander; renowned pianist, vocalist, and composer Ken Medema; Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul organist Scott Vaillancourt; music minister, singer and host Kathleen Haley; the Prince of Peace Handbell Choir; and a choir comprised of Maine and New Hampshire singers. A free will offering will be collected. Court Street Baptist Church is located at 129 Court Street in Auburn.

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