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Mary Mayhew to address Rotary Club Jan. 26

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Mayhew has served as Commissioner of Maine Department of Health and Human Services since 2011.

Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Lewiston Auburn Rotary Club on Thursday, January 26, from noon to 1 p.m. at Rolandeau’s Restaurant, 775 Washington Street in Auburn. The public is invited to attend. Reservations are recommended for the general public and visiting Rotarians. To make a reservation, call 753-9040.

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Varney retires from Bennett Breast Care Center

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Kathi Varney

Kathryn “Kathi” Varney, longtime Nurse Practitioner at the Sam & Jennie Bennett Breast Care Center at Central Maine Medical Center, officially retired in early December 2016. Varney, who stepped into her role at the center’s inception, left a legacy of delivering top-notch care by professional staff in a calm and welcoming environment.

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Museum L-A takes step toward AMA accreditation

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Taking the pledge on behalf of the museum were Board Chair John Cleveland and Executive Director Rachel Desgrosseilliers.

Museum L-A recently received a “Pledge of Excellence” certificate from the American Alliance of Museums in affirmation that the Museum pledges “to operate according to national standards and best practices to the best of [its] abilities and in accordance with [its] resources.”

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Auburn Ski Association presents scholarships

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Brooke Lever and Anna Hathaway receive their scholarships recently at Lost Valley.

Congratulations to 2016 Edward Little High School graduates Brooke Lever and Anna Hathaway, who each received a $500 Auburn Ski Association Scholarship at Lost Valley recently.

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Governor’s Address: The Story You Will Not Hear in the Media about the Budget

In 2002 when Governor Angus King left office the State was seeing red—big time. He left a billion-dollar structural deficit for the next administration. Today, all of that is nearly eliminated.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

Mainers who rack up debt and fail to pay it are adversely affected with poor credit scores and sometimes sued for payment. This impacts their ability to buy a car, apply for a loan or a mortgage, and it can even prevent them from renting an apartment.

Interest rates will also be very high for someone with bad credit. High debt can also harm a state’s credit rating, so it’s important to maintain fiscal responsibility in state government.

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Only Steps Forward: We must encourage real estate investment in Auburn

By Jonathan P. LaBonté

Mayor of Auburn

In the next month, movement will begin on developing the 2017-18 city budget. As I highlighted last week, there are already some challenges we will face with growing expenses from other areas of the city and likely more that we have yet to be briefed up.

And while cutting expenses and prioritizing spending will be central to this budget, we cannot lose focus on a key way to hold the line on taxes and reduce them over time: economic growth.

There are lots of ways to measure economic growth; well-compensated consultants and “experts” will happily provide presentation upon presentation about what it means and how you do it. Are you focusing on job creation, on growing wages, on companies relocating or expanding in your city?

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Enough is Enough: Legislation is aimed at improving the livability of Lewiston

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Over the past five years, Lewiston’s third-floor staff has done yeoman’s work in cleaning up and slowly moving Lewiston forward. Our code department has done a great job in accelerating the removal of blighted and dangerous buildings from our landscape.

These buildings served as urban fire loads that in the past have contributed to major destructive fires, resulting in injuries and property destruction. Worse, it placed residents in constant fear of their safety. This was unacceptable, and our staff has worked hard to greatly reduce these fears.

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Helping the animals

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Evan Greaton

Evan Greaton, a sixth-grade student at Geiger Elementary School in Lewiston, recently presented the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society with special holiday donations for the animals, which he asked for this year in lieu of Christmas gifts. Friends and family members generously donated pet food, treats and toys, all of which will help care for the thousands of unwanted animals the Humane Society helps each year. For more information about volunteering at the shelter or adopting an animal call, 783-2311 or see www.SavingPetsInMaine.org.

Boetcher updates Optimist Club on changes at Lost Valley

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Optimist Club members Sabrina Best and Jason Hanken of the Auburn and Lewiston Recreation Departments present guest speaker Tad Boetcher of Lost Valley Ski Area a copy of the Optimist Creed. Boetcher updated the club on the new features of the Lost Valley Complex, including a tubing run, cross country and snow shoeing trails, new snow making capabilities and chair lift updates.  For more information, see the Lost Valley website at www.lostvalleyski.com.

Kate Preston, RN receives DAISY Award

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Preston is a registered nurse in CMMC’s Special Delivery Family Birthing Center.

Registered nurse Kate Preston has been recognized by Central Maine Medical Center as a DAISY Award recipient. The award is sponsored by the DAISY Foundation to honor nurses who in their work consistently demonstrate the attributes of a nursing profession role model. These include compassion, critical thinking, passion for life, patient- and family-focused care, patient advocacy, and support of fellow healthcare team members. Preston works in the Special Delivery Family Birthing Center, located on the third floor of the Chalke (formerly Memorial) Wing. She was nominated for the award by the family of a patient in her care.

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