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Rinck announces expansion plans


The Rinck team on the roof of the W.T. Grant Co. building in Lewiston, where the agency plans to move by January 2017 (Photo by Rinck)

Is there anything cooler than a full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency working out of an early 1900s downtown department store?

Rinck doesn’t think so. After 16 years in business and several years of continued growth, the Auburn full-service marketing agency recently announced plans to move into 13,000 square feet of the former W.T Grant Co. department store in downtown Lewiston. The city was the second location in the Grant department store chain, which grew to more than 1,100 stores in 40 states by the mid-1900s, according to the W.T. Grant Foundation. The move is expected to happen by January of 2017.

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Lewiston opens Early Voting Polling Place


Lewiston residents who can’t wait until Election Day on Nov. 8 may vote at City Hall via absentee ballot until Nov. 3.

The City of Lewiston’s Early Voting Polling Place is now open and ready to serve voters. With many planning to cast their votes by absentee ballot, and just two weeks remaining before the statewide deadline for absentee voting on November 3, the City is accommodating those who want to vote early by setting up an Early Voting Polling Place in the City Council Chambers on the first floor of Lewiston City Hall.

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First Universalist welcomes new members


Here (l. to r., from front) are new members Valerie Davis, John Cavanaugh and Merry Carver, with Rev. Dr. Jodi Hayashida, Anne Kinney, and Membership Committee chair Peggy Cox.

The First Universalist Church of Auburn recently welcomed new members  Valerie Davis and John Cavanaugh of New Gloucester and Merry Carver of Livermore Falls. In their new member session, the group learned about the history of Unitarian Universalism, as well as opportunities to minister within the church. Such sessions are offered several times per year by the church’s Membership Committee. For more information, call 783-0461 or visit

Digitization Day caps Franco Collection’s wartime series


Recent speaker James Myall displays a historic photo, one of the various types of wartime-related materials local Franco-Americans are invited to bring in for the event.

The final event in the Franco-American Collection’s program series “Franco-Americans During Wartime: A Heritage of Service” will take place on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when members of the Franco-American community are invited to bring in their wartime-related materials to be digitized. Those who do will leave with their original materials, along with a digital copy, and will have the option of depositing a digital copy at the Collection to be preserved and used for research.

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Geiger looks to local partnerships, clean energy for upcoming expansion project


The new facility will provide enough work space to accommodate a planned 25 to 50 additional employees over the next three to five years.

The Geiger company has announced that it is remaking its former manufacturing facility into a state-of-the-art management and distribution space. Including equipment, the firm will invest $12 million on the project, which, when completed, will occupy a total of 105,000 square feet. The expansion will provide enough work space to accommodate a planned 25 to 50 additional employees over the next three to five years.

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Lost Valley’s new Mountain of Terror opens Friday


Organizers have been tight lipped about the nature of the featured scare, but hint that the theme is not from our planet.

Are you a Halloween fright seeker looking to have the living daylights scared out of you? If so, Scott and April Shanaman, the new owners of Lost Valley in Auburn, have the event for you! They’ve transformed the lodge basement at Lost Valley into a pro-level haunted attraction for the month of October. Dubbed “The Dark Cellar,” the attraction is part of Lost Valley’s new Mountain of Terror, which opens Friday, October 14, at 6 p.m.

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Cromwell Center works to stop bullying


The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness provided its free disabilities awareness, sensitivity and anti-bullying program at Park Avenue Elementary School in Auburn recently as a part of the school’s Anti-Bullying Awareness Day. Since 2003, the Cromwell Center has provided free programs to over 72,804 children in 3,970 classrooms in central and southern Maine. Here Park Avenue students assemble to make a school-wide peace sign.

Advocates for the hungry plan Election Day Food Drive


Announcing the initiative are (l. to r.) Pastor John Robbins of Hope Haven Gospel Mission, Bryan Dench and Darcie Beaudin of Skelton Taintor & Abbott, Erin Reed of Trinity Jubilee Center and Maureen Costello Wedge of Sun Media Group.

Local advocates for the hungry, including representatives of Hope Haven Gospel Mission, Trinity Jubilee Center, the Lewiston and Auburn school departments, and Lewiston-Auburn businesses, gathered recently to announce an unprecedented effort to reduce the burden of food insecurity in the area. Their goal? To turn election day into a day of hope by collecting 10,000 pounds of food in an Election Day Food Drive.

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YMCA-NAPA tournament raises $30,000 for local children


Jim Whitmore of JCW NAPA Distributors congratulates Pennell Woodard, who was inducted into the 2016 YMCA Hall of Fame during the tournament.

Thirty-five teams turned out recently for the seventh annual YMCA-NAPA Charity Golf Tournament, netting $30,387. The event took place at Martindale Country Club in Auburn and featured more than 50 sponsors from the local business community. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA’s financial assistance program, which last year gave away more than $95,000 in scholarships to local children and families who would otherwise not be able to participate in enrichment programs at the Y, including summer camp, swim lessons, youth sports, and dance.

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Norlands plans 19th-century-style Full Moon Fling


In keeping with Norlands’ mission as a living history center, guests are encouraged, but not required, to dress in 19th-century period attire.

The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore will host a 19th-century New England-style gathering under an October full moon with their Full Moon Fling on Saturday, October 15. The event will celebrate and support the rebuilding of Norlands’ barn, which was lost in a disastrous fire in 2008 but is now in process of being rebuilt.

This rare evening event will feature a barn dance with live music, seasonal food prepared by an expert chef, a comedy improv show, raffles, and the beauty of Norlands at night. In the spirit of Norlands’ mission as a living history center, guests are encouraged, but not required, to dress in 19th-century period attire.

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