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Maine Native American Summer Market at Shaker Village


Passamaquoddy master-basket maker Molly Neptune Parker and daughter Dolly Barnes with a selection of their fancy baskets

The eighth annual Maine Native American Summer Market will take place at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village on Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission to this rain-or-shine event – which is the southernmost gathering of Wabanaki artists in the state – is free of charge.

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Enough is Enough Enough about politicians; let’s talk about other mobsters

By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston

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Only Steps Forward Chinese investors, city staff still working on project

By Jonathan P. LaBonte
Mayor of Auburn

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Governor’s Address: Governor’s tax-reform proposals are recognized as some of the best in the country

My 2016 “State of the State” address has been listed one of the best in the country in terms of the economic policy proposals we put forth.
Dear Maine Taxpayer,

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Op-Ed Strategy is needed to provide a space for senior programming

By Belinda Gerry
Former Auburn City Councilor

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Veterans celebrate new Stolen Valor law


Among those who joined Senate President Thibodeau at the news conference were veterans from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Veterans from the Belfast, Maine Veterans of Foreign Wars joined Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) recently to celebrate the enactment of new “Stolen Valor” legislation. The bill, LD 1642, “An Act Regarding Stolen Valor,” strengthens the current law against Mainers who make false claims about having served in the United States armed forces. Veterans from the Belfast VFW asked Senate President Thibodeau to sponsor the bill prior to the beginning of the 127th Legislature.

Under the new law, anyone who makes such claims will be subject to the state law governing theft by deception. It also specifies that any fine imposed on such a person must be deposited into the Maine Military Family Relief Fund. The bill passed unanimously in both the Maine House and Senate before being signed by Governor Paul LePage.

Model Railroad Club hosts Train Fest


Miya Pelletier watches Thomas the Tank Engine at the Great Falls Model Railroad Club.

The Great Falls Model Railroad Club will celebrate the Lewiston-Auburn Balloon Festival with its sixth annual Train Fest on Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21. The club’s two-story, wheelchair-accessible headquarters at 144 Mill Street in Auburn will be open for the event on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. All five permanent layouts will be in operation, with pictures and models of hot-air balloons suspended from the ceiling to float in the blue skies above them. A scavenger hunt will encourage people to go into each room to find specific hot-air balloons near all of the model railroad layouts and in the club’s library.

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Citizens Police Academy starts Sep. 6

Have you ever wondered what exactly the police do, why, and what it’s like to have to make a split-second decision? If so, apply to participate in this fall’s Lewiston Citizens Police Academy! This free, ten-week program will meet every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lewiston Police Department or Central Maine Community College. The program runs from September 6 through November 15.

This is a great opportunity for community members to familiarize themselves with their police department, gain new perspectives about law enforcement, and share ideas with the LPD. Participants will tour the police department, explore the vehicles, and learn about various topics, including the history of policing in general and in Lewiston, covert drug investigations, criminal investigations, evidence collection, case preparation, recruitment, and community outreach.

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Agren to address Rotary Club

Eric Agren, owner of Fuel and Marche restaurants on Lisbon Street in Lewiston, speaks about his experience of not only opening business on the then mostly abandoned street, but to moving into an apartment downtown during the Great Falls Forum at the Lewiston Public Library Thursday.

Eric Agren will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club on Thursday, August 25 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Ramada Inn of Lewiston. Part of the family that owns and operates Agren, Maine’s largest appliance and mattress retailer, he will discuss entrepreneurship through the lens of his career working for appliance-focused web development companies, buying groups and manufacturers before returning to the family business to help with daily operations. Guests are welcome to attend. For more information, call 753-9040 or email

Enough is Enough Party elites think their offices were willed to them

By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston

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