By Jonathan P. LaBonte
Mayor of Auburn
This Sunday, September 11, marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States. Each year on this date, it has been commonplace for many of us to share our stories of where we were and what we felt and were thinking on that fateful day.
As we reflect back now 15 years later, we can ask ourselves what has changed since that day and did we keep the promise we made to never forget. One example I’m proud to offer for never forgetting 9/11 comes from the men and women of the Auburn Fire Department. Each year, a small ceremony is held in honor of those that lost their lives in those terrorist attacks. At the exact time the first World Trade Center tower was struck, they toll a bell.
The memorial in front of Auburn Central now includes pieces of mangled steel that were extracted from the wreckage of the World Trade Center that day. They serve as a reminder of the devastation felt by so many, from those working in the Towers or Pentagon that day to the first responders that risked their lives to save others.
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
State Representative Drew Gattine of Westbrook, welcome to the world of bare-knuckle politics, a world where—how do you liberals put it—words have consequences.
By Jonathan P. LaBonte
Mayor of Auburn
Over the last couple of weeks, the public discussion of new housing projects has led to a lot of questions, concerns and overall uncertainty about how these projects come to be, where and how they are voted on and why Auburn would support more housing being built at all.
Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice’s eighth annual Butterfly Release Celebration on August 7 raised more than $27,000 to support patient care and family support services provided at the Hospice House. The number of people attending reached 600, surpassing previous years, and 697 butterfly dedications were received.
Maura Moody has been hired as the new Unit Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine’s Auburn-Lewiston Clubhouse. Moody brings a unique set of skills and experience to the position. She has strong ties in the L/A community that were strengthened during her role as Public Relations Manager for the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council, a position for which she put her public relations degree from University of South Carolina to work. She also brings experience working with youth at the Family Violence Project and New Beginnings Youth Shelter.
Lewiston High School’s Class of 1966 recently made a donation of $2500 to the Travis Mills Foundation, a Maine-based non pro?t that assists wounded and injured veterans and their families.
The class also gifted a granite bench to Veterans Memorial Park as a class legacy. The generosity of classmates, along with contributions by local businesses Davinci’s, Fishbones, Fuel, Marche, Mother India, Orchid and Rails, helped exceed the cost of the bench, which was dedicated in July during a week of events celebrating the class’s 50th reunion.
On Saturday, September 3 at 8 p.m., Celebration Barn Theater will present Mike Miclon’s late-night talk show spoof “The Early Evening Show,” featuring special guests Mark Turcotte and Jason Tardy, along with show regulars Fritz Grobe, Tom Murphy, and more.
Mark Turcotte is a versatile comedian who’s performed for audiences ranging from sold-out event centers to his daughter’s elementary school faculty. In 2016, he was a semi-finalist in the World Series of Comedy at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. He has been selected to perform in the Boston Comedy Festival, Cleveland Comedy Festival, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival and Maine Comedy Festival. He was a finalist in the 2014 Funniest Comic on the East Coast contest at Mohegan Sun.
Retired veterans Richard Kowalczyk (l.) and Mark Cater of the Lewiston CareerCenter review plans for Maine’s upcoming Hire-A-Vet campaign, set to kick off on Thursday, September 1 at the Augusta Armory. The campaign will feature a network of state and federal agencies, recruiting resources, and non-profit connections deployed to facilitate the hiring of 100 veterans in 100 days. For more information on joining the campaign, contact coordinator Steven Roy at 624-5156 or MaineHireAVet.DOL@maine.gov. (Photo courtesy of Monica Millhime)
The Gene Haas Foundation has awarded a grant of one million dollars to Central Maine Community College to help fund the renovation and expansion of the college’s Precision Machining Technology lab. The facility will be named the “Gene Haas Precision Machining Technology Center.”
The second annual Summer Block Party to benefit Make-A-Wish Maine took place on Saturday, August 13, outdoors at Mac’s Grill of Auburn. Make-A-Wish Maine grants wishes to children facing life threatening illnesses, at an average cost of $7,000 per wish. Uncle Andy’s inaugural event last year raised enough money to fund two wishes. The goal of this year’s event, presented by Uncle Andy’s Digest, Mac’s Grill and the LA Metro Chamber of Commerce, was to raise enough money to fund four wishes, to be granted to local children here in Androscoggin County.