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Noel Paul Stookey to perform at Community Concepts’ annual Benefit Dinner & Concert

Noel Paul Stookey was a member of the legendary singing group Peter, Paul & Mary.

Community Concepts invites the community to support its mission by attending its annual Benefit Dinner and Concert, this year featuring Noel Paul Stookey of the legendary Peter, Paul & Mary on Friday, September 14 at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston.

Come together for a night of delicious food prepared by Fish Bones’ Chef Tony, with specially chosen wine pairings. Afterward, get inspired by the hopeful music of Noel Paul Stookey.

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Governor’s Address: The Right to Vote Is for Citizens

People don’t value the things they get for free. Giving legal residents who are not yet citizens the right to vote devalues becoming a citizen of our country.

Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling recently proposed that the City amend its charter to allow non-citizens to vote in Portland’s municipal elections.

I’ve written a letter to the mayor advising him that allowing non-citizens to vote is a clear violation of state law.

First, Maine law specifies that any person registering to vote must be a citizen. It states “[a] person who meets the following requirements may vote in any election in a municipality.” [Title 21-A ss. 111]

It then lists citizenship as criteria number one – quote: “the person must be a citizen of the United States.”

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Senator Collins congratulates Auburn Police Chief Phil Crowell on retirement

During her Senate service, Senator Collins has worked with Chief Crowell on issues ranging from the opioid crisis to human trafficking.

At a recent retirement ceremony for Auburn Police Chief Phil Crowell, Jr., U.S. Senator Susan Collins delivered remarks congratulating him on his 25 years of distinguished service in law enforcement. Senator Collins also presented Chief Crowell with a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol. Crowell was recently appointed to be Auburn’s new Assistant City Manager.

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L/A Festival Weekend offers dance party, Poutine, Greek food, and more

The popular annual Greek Festival features traditional Greek dinners, a la cart items, appetizers, Taverna beverages, and pastries and other desserts.

Museum L/A’s future home on Beech Street, the Gendron Franco Center on Oxford and Cedar Streets, and Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on Hogan Road are three of the locations that will host parts of Lewiston-Auburn Festival Weekend 2018. The weekend’s events will include Museum L/A’s Dance Party Under the Stars II, the premier of the L/A Poutine Feast-ival & Pichenotte Tournament, and the annual two-day Lewiston-Auburn Greek Festival.

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Native American Summer Market at Shaker Village

One of the only Maliseet basket makers in Maine, Master Basket Maker Fred Tomah has been making brown ash baskets for nearly 35 years.

Some of the state’s finest, award-winning Native American artists will be featured at the tenth annual Native American Summer Market at Shaker Village on Saturday, August 25, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Taking place at the world’s only active Shaker Community, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester, this is the southernmost annual gathering of Wabanaki artists in Maine. Free and open to the public, this rain-or shine event provides a rare opportunity to learn about and experience aspects of Maine’s Native American culture.

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Gypsy Lew Theater presents “Much Ado About Nothing” in Dufresne Plaza

This production of Shakespeare’s comedy about the romantic entanglements of soldiers just returned victorious from war is set in post-WWII Hawaii.

As part of Lewiston Public Library’s Ye Olde Shakespeare Week, Gypsy Lew Theater Company will present a “Shakespeare in the Plaza” production of “Much Ado About Nothing.” Free and open to the public, the outdoor performances will take place Thursday through Sunday, August 23 through 26, at 7 p.m. at Dufresne Plaza, located 72 Lisbon Street in Lewiston.

Bring blankets and chairs and grab a spot to watch the show. Some chairs will be provided. If it rains, performances will be moved inside to Lewiston Public Library’s Callahan Hall. Donations to support the company will be gratefully accepted.

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Governor’s Address: The Universal Home Care Referendum will be disastrous for Maine’s economy

Ballot Question 1 is another benign-sounding, feel-good referendum. In reality, it’s one more in a long line of over-simplified referendums with a real downside for Maine’s economy.

Like the minimum wage referendum, which also changed how restaurant servers are paid, and the people’s veto question on ranked choice voting that was completely misleading, Question 1 lacks essential information.

It asks, “Do you want to create the Universal Home Care Program to provide home-based assistance to people with disabilities and senior citizens, regardless of income, funded by a new 3.8% tax on individuals and families with Maine wage and adjusted gross income above the amount subject to Social Security taxes, which is $128,400 in 2018?”

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Franco Center Piano Series opens with free Frank Glazer tribute

Ksenia Kostelanetz studied with Glazer while spending summers with her family in Maine.

Pianist Ksenia Kostelanetz will present the fourth annual “Frank Glazer Memorial Steinway Concert” at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston on Thursday, August 23 at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public, this special program will open the 18th annual Piano Series season at the center, whose magnificent performance hall now houses two donated Steinway grand pianos.

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Museum L-A seeks photos of past local musicians for dance party tribute

Considered by many to be the music patriarch of Maine, Roger Renaud is one of many local musicians who will be remembered at Museum L-A’s Dance Party Under the Stars II on September 7.

Did you know that, in the 1940s and ’50s, Lewiston-Auburn had the highest number of professional musicians per capita in the United States?

Museum L-A will honor the work and legacy of those musicians at its upcoming Dance Party Under the Stars II on Friday, September 7, from 7 to 11 p.m. Featuring local band Good & Plenty, who will play popular music from the 1970s and ’80s, the event will take place outdoors at the museum’s future home, located on the shores of the Androscoggin River near Simard-Payne Park and the footbridge that spans the river to Bonney Park in Auburn.

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Community Concepts supports E. Claire and Pastries expansion  

Pictured here (l. to r.) are CCFC Business Advisor Kevin Smart, E. Claire and Pastries owner Emily Fournier, her mother and business partner Denise Fournier, and CCFC Underwriter Natalie Beale.

Community Concepts Finance Corporation recently provided working capital to help E. Claire and Pastries expand its product line to offer wholesale baked goods (breads and desserts) to local restaurants and cafés. The bakery, which recently held its one-year anniversary celebration, offers breakfast, lunch, pastries, candies, and beverages at 35 Canal Street in Lewiston.

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