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Enough is Enough: Veterans Administration, Vet Center, CBOC offer resources to those in crisis

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Last week, I was invited by Dean Joyce Gibson of LA College to attend and comment on an exhibit being shown at the college. The exhibit consisted of 26 life-sized black silhouettes, each bearing the picture of a serviceman whose life had ended in suicide.

I was reluctant to attend. Being a Vietnam veteran, I still carry a lot of animosity towards those who shunned and labelled returning Vietnam veterans as “baby killers.” Many of Vietnam’s returning veterans were driven to suicide. There was no grief because, quite frankly, no one cared. Instead of condolences, it was “good riddance.”

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YWCA hosts annual Stand Against Racism on Sunday

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Members of Lewiston High School’s 21st Century Leaders program work on their mural “Women of Color and Leadership,” which they will unveil at the event.

The YWCA of Central ME will host its sixth annual Stand Against Racism on Sunday, April 30 from noon to 4 p.m. This year’s event will be a day of education, dialogue, and art around the theme “Women of Color Leading Change.” The Lewiston-Auburn community is invited to join in celebrating and learning from the leadership of women of color students and activists and connecting with larger movements for racial justice in Maine.

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Local physician receives Degree of Fellow from AAFP

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A. Frederick Hartman, MD, FAAFP

Frederick Hartman, MD, FAAFP, a family physician at B Street Health Center, a practice of Community Clinical Services affiliated with St. Mary’s Health System inLewiston,has achieved the Degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP is the national medical association representing nearly 124,900 family physicians, residents and medical students.

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WMTS launches survey to get feedback on public transportation needs

In response to a growing need for public transportation, Western Maine Transportation Services has launched an online survey to get public feedback on how to improve public transportation throughout its service area, which includes Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties and the cities of Brunswick and Topsham.

“We’re seeking input from as many people in our service area as we can reach, whether they use currently-available public transportation or not,” said WMTS General Manager Sandy Buchanan. “This survey is about determining real-world needs so WMTS can work to offer relevant rural and urban public transportation options for everyone’s benefit.”

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Immaculate Heart of Mary teens distribute Easter gift bags

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Parish teens assembled items donated by parishioners into nearly 200 gift bags for the residents and patients of Bolster Heights, Clover Health Care, and the Odd Fellows’ and Rebekahs’ Home of Maine.

In celebration of Easter, teens at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Auburn recently delivered gift bags of candy, hand lotion, lip balm and other toiletries to Bolster Heights Health Care Facility, Clover Health Care, and the Odd Fellows’ and Rebekahs’ Home of Maine.

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Governor’s Address: Regional services can improve funding for education

Democrats say they want to reduce property taxes. But they don’t have the courage to actually do it.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

You can’t talk about reducing property taxes without addressing state funding for education. Education costs are a major driver of local property taxes.

Democrats keep telling people that my administration has cut education funding. That is absolutely not true. State funding has increased every year since I have been Governor.

The real problem is that student enrollment is plummeting as costs keep climbing. Since I became Governor in 2011, Maine has 10,000 fewer students, but we are still spending over $100 million more a year.

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Only Steps Forward: Street sweepers, spring clean-up and improving curb appeal

By Jonathan P. LaBonte

Mayor of Auburn

Spring has sprung here in Auburn, and that means more sprouting of leaves on trees and the greening of grass in our dozens of city parks. In the coming weeks, street sweepers will be out in our neighborhoods, spring clean-up efforts will have bulky waste piling up by the curb, and road construction crews will be taking to many city streets.

One of the first priorities someone hears from their realtor when they are looking to sell their home is curb appeal. On a much larger scale, the same applies to a city. When visitors, potential new residents or even interested investors and business owners travel through our community, the first impression makes a big difference—and spring is the big season to kick this off.

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Enough is Enough: Campaign for Lewiston’s mayoral election is well under way

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

Most of Lewiston’s mayoral candidates are slowly approaching the starting gate. But one candidate has left the gate and taken a quarter mile lead—and day by day that lead is being increased. That candidate is Ben Chin.

There are six-and-a-half months until Lewiston’s mayoral election. Unlike the others who are running for the Mayor’s Office, there is no grass growing beneath Chin’s feet. He is organized, well-funded and well-known. But most importantly, deep down in his belly, he has an overwhelming desire to win.

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Willy Wonka to highlight WLU’s annual Doll Tea

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An entertaining presentation of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory will highlight the annual Doll Tea on Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, at the Woman’s Literary Union, located at 19 Elm Street in Auburn. Sessions are at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday and noon and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $11 per person. For more information, call 795-6134; to buy tickets, send check via mail or pay with PayPal online at www.womansliteraryunion.org.

Doctor to discuss prevalence of inherited cholesterol disorder among Franco Americans

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Dr. Dervilla McCann

At the Spring General Meeting of the Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society on Saturday, April 22 at 11 a.m., Dr. Dervilla McCann will discuss the prevalence of an inherited cholesterol disorder among the Franco Americans of New England. Free and open to the public, the program will take place at Auburn Public Library.

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