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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

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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Lotus presents $10,000 check to Good Shepherd Food Bank

At its “Feed the Hungry” event on September 25, Lotus offered free meals to everyone who entered the restaurant, asking customers to consider donating to Good Shepherd Food Bank in return.

Lotus Restaurant has presented Good Shepherd Food Bank with a $10,000 donation, raised through contributions from Lotus customers and matching funds from the restaurant’s owners.

At its “Feed the Hungry” event on September 25, Lotus offered free meals to everyone who entered the restaurant, asking customers to consider donating to Good Shepherd Food Bank in return. The goal was to help feed the hungry, and Lotus found their goal was beneficial in two ways.

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Teams test local knowledge at LYAC’s “What Do You Know About Lewiston?”

A team works on their answer.

Four teams and numerous onlookers gathered in the Council Chambers at Lewiston City Hall recently to test their knowledge about their home city, past and present. “What Do You Know About Lewiston?” was organized by the Lewiston Youth Advisory Council to help debunk old stereotypes and misconceptions the group feels don’t reflect the “New Lewiston.

LYAC members led the teams through several group activities, including Trivia Questions, Categories, Hat Talk, and Surprise Pick. Topics included Lewiston businesses, the arts, parks, restaurants, history, schools, and colleges. The teams displayed their answers by paddle, with answers known to some in attendance and a learning experience for others.

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Subaru of America donates 2018 Outback to Meals on Wheels

Pictured here at the unveiling of the new service vehicle are Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte, Regional Representative for Senator Angus King Ben Tucker III, Subaru of New England District Sales Manager Bill Bergeon, and SeniorsPlus Nutrition and Community Services Director Holly Zielinski.

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, and in keeping with its commitment to support local communities nationwide, Subaru of America, Inc., in partnership with Meals on Wheels America, has donated a new Meals on Wheels delivery vehicle to SeniorsPlus.

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Iconic image of LA region now on sale at Chamber

Artist Kenneth Harvey, with his “View of Lewiston from Auburn Riverwalk”

Kenneth Harvey’s “View of Lewiston from Auburn Riverwalk” was voted “Best in Show” among the responses to the L-A Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s recent call to Maine artists for a new, 2017 iconic image of the LA Metropolitan region. The contest was part of the festivities to celebrate the Chamber’s 130th anniversary. The painting has been reproduced in 100 limited-edition prints that are for sale for $100 each at the Chamber, located at 415 Lisbon Street in Lewiston.

Kenneth Harvey of Sabattus is a self-taught watercolorist. After working for a major corporation for 32 years, he retired to follow his lifelong dream of becoming a full-time artist and paints primarily en plein air, mostly in the coastal Boothbay area of Maine.  

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