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Calvary Christian wins A.C.E.L. hoops championship

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Players from Calvary Christian Academy visited the State House recently to receive a Legislative Sentiment recognizing them for winning the A.C.E.L. Basketball Championship. This was the 18th championship for the school under the guidance of Coach Wes Clark. The team included Curtis Blodgett, Aidan Kelley, Michael Scollon, CJ Grimbilas, Brian Hewitt, Jesse Stevens, Jared Berry, Caleb Chabe, Jonny Conner, Darin Hewitt, Isaac Staples, Kemuel Stevens, Joshua Berry, Alexandar Case, Jordan Fournier and Caleb Staples. The junior varsity coach is Jon Case. Team members are pictured here with Sen. Garret Mason.

Auburn UU bean supper to help “Bring Nastya Home”

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A 16-year-old girl from Ukraine who had never lived with a family before she visited Maine this winter, Nastya hopes to be adopted by church members Casey Knight and Peter Floyd.

Auburn UU will host a bean supper to “Bring Nastya Home” on Saturday, April 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. Church members Casey Knight and Peter Floyd are seeking to adopt Nastya, a 16-year-old girl from Ukraine who, before she visited Maine this winter, had never lived with a family and faces a bleak future after she leaves the orphanage back home.

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Governor’s Address: Democrats’ budget is one page of talking points

Democrat politicians in Augusta will take every opportunity to spend more of your money, and most Mainers simply can’t afford it.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

Last week, Speaker of the House Sara Gideon announced something we already knew: Democrats in Augusta are ready to raise your taxes and spend more of your money.

Democrats claim to represent the little guy, but their actions do the opposite. They increase taxes and grow big government. This doesn’t help the working people of Maine.

The Maine media applauded the Democrats’ proposal as an alternative budget. But they failed to report the most important fact: it isn’t a real budget.

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Only Steps Forward: Merger of L-A is still hypothetical until commission finishes its work

By Jonathan P. LaBonte

Mayor of Auburn

“Do your job.”

Those three simple words have come to take on so much more meaning after they left the mouth of Coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots. It was the rallying cry for the team, and it signified how important it was for each player and coach to focus on their responsibility and that task only.

And so, as we are now four years removed from the start of the petition drive for the commission to merge Auburn and Lewiston, we have to wonder what has taken so long to complete the process of a proposal.

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Enough is Enough: Non-citizens fall into four categories, not just “immigrant”

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Every once in a while, a movie may come out that you’re dying to see. You wait with great anticipation for the movie’s premiere date to arrive.

When the release date finally comes, you and your friends make plans to go to the local theater and enjoy the movie. Weeks of continuous advertisement at the local theater, on TV and the newspaper has continued to whet your appetite to view the film.

You and your friends go to the theater, park your car and get in line to purchase your tickets. Sales are brisk. Just before getting to the window, from out of nowhere comes a group of people who are allowed by management to cut into line and purchase the remaining tickets, shutting you and your friends out.

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OpEd: Maine Family Planning will continue to support Planned Parenthood despite Senate action

By Maine Family Planning

Vice President Mike Pence recently made the following statement at the White House Panel on Women’s Empowerment: “President Trump and our administration are going to work tirelessly to empower women to climb the ladder of opportunity and contribute even more to America’s success in the years ahead. And I know, under President Trump’s leadership, the future for our country and the future for American women is brighter than ever before.”

Less than 24 hours later, the Vice President took his seat as the President of the Senate and cast the tie-breaking vote to allow states to discriminate against abortion providers in distributing federal family planning funds.

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One LA launches campaign for Lewiston-Auburn merger

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One LA supporters attending a campaign kick-off event in Auburn included (l. to r. on stage) campaign co-managers Carl Sheline and Gabrielle Russell, Bruce Rioux, Donna Stickeno, and treasurer Marc Roy. (Photo by Rinck Advertising)

One LA, the group supporting a November referendum question to make Lewiston and Auburn one city, gathered recently for a campaign kick-off event at the Hilton Garden Inn of Auburn. Over the next seven months, One LA supporters will hold public meetings and go door-to-door in neighborhoods throughout Lewiston and Auburn to engage the public about the important vote for the future of both cities. The online home for the campaign is OneLANow.com.

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Kassbohrer ATV selects Lost Valley as site of new facility

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Kassbohrer ATV, Inc. is the North American division of German parent company Kassbohrer AG and the distributor of PistenBully snow grooming equipment.

Lost Valley Management, LLC. and Kassbohrer ATV, Inc., the North American division of German parent company Kassbohrer AG, have announced that Lost Valley in Auburn has been selected by Kassbohrer as the future site of a new facility for the company’s regional headquarters. The company is the distributor of PistenBully snow grooming equipment.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk set for April 29 

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The organizing committee includes (l. to r., from front) Ann Gosselin, Katie Roy, Marcia Humason Akers, Gloria Dooley, Louise Martel, co-chair Tracey Roy and Mike Roy. Not pictured are co-chair Debra Humason-Fulgham, Eileen Ferrante, and Ryan Beisaw.

The Androscoggin County Multiple Sclerosis Walk will take place on Saturday, April 29 at Lewiston High School. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. in the school gymnasium and the walk will start promptly, rain or shine, at 10 a.m. Please note that this is a later start time than in years past.

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Wildlife Park opens Saturday

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Nearly 30,000 followers have kept up with park happenings during the off-season, “liking” and commenting on photos of park wildlife posted on Facebook.

The Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, will open for the 2017 season on Saturday, April 15 at 9:30 a.m., just in time for the long Patriots Day weekend and school vacation week. Park staff have been working diligently to remove enough snow so paths will be clear, most wildlife exhibits will be open, and the parking lot and access road will be passable. While the turtle ponds may still be frozen over and the nature trails may not yet be walkable, visitors will be excited to see a new beaver in her pond in the furbearer exhibit.

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