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Nutrition Center lays groundwork for new garden by planting sunflowers

The sunflowers will help remediate lead in the soil and beautify the space until the garden can be designed and planted.

Nearly 50 people gathered at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center recently to celebrate the forthcoming creation of a new learning garden at their Bates Street location. Last fall, the Nutrition Center cleared the lot behind their building and planted a cover crop to prepare the land for a new garden.  When soil tests revealed lead levels just above recommended levels, organizers decided to forgo gardening this summer and plant sunflowers instead, which will help remediate lead in the soil and beautify the space until the learning garden can be designed and built.

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Land Trust hosts second Boats ’n’ Brews River Race

Roughly seven miles long, the race course starts at the foot of the Great Falls and ends at the Durham Public Boat Launch. NorthEast Charter & Tour Co. will provide free shuttle service back to Auburn.

The Androscoggin Land Trust will present its second annual Great Falls Boats ’n’ Brews River Race on Saturday, June 24. This amateur competitive river race will begin at 9 a.m. just below the Great Falls. Race day registration and check-in will be at Festival Plaza from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and paddlers will enter the water at the Auburn Public Boat Launch behind Festival Plaza.

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Sodalist of the Year

Marie Hebert (r.) was named Sodalist of the Year by the St. Anne Sodality of Holy Family, Prince of Peace Parish of Lewiston at the group’s annual meeting recently.  She was honored for her devotion and contributions of time and effort to the sodality, church and community. The event took place at the Green Ladle on the Lewiston High School campus, where Louis PhilIip provided the entertainment. In attendance was her husband, Robert, children, and friends. She is pictured here with vice president Claudette Jalbert.

World Refugee Day celebration at Simard Payne Memorial Park

The event will feature music and performances, craft demos, food samples, activities for children, and Catholic Charities of Maine’s “Far from Home” refugee experience simulation.

This year’s Lewiston-Auburn World Refugee Day celebration will take place on Thursday, June 29, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Simard Payne Memorial Park at 46 Beech Street in Lewiston.

World Refugee Day is a global event celebrating and honoring the courage and struggles of the more than 15 million refugees worldwide who have been displaced by war and persecution. Each year, Maine welcomes refugees and asylum seekers from countries around the world and helps them safely rebuild their lives. Lewiston-Auburn has become home to refugees and asylum seekers from more than 12 countries, resulting in one of Maine’s most diverse communities.

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Letter to the Editor: Charter Commission picks familiar new name

To the Editor:

The Maine law on municipal consolidations stipulates that the Lewiston Auburn Joint Charter Commission is responsible for choosing the name of the new city. The Charter Commission has announced their decision: Lewiston-Auburn, Maine.

During the past two months, the Lewiston Auburn Joint Charter Commission (aided on a pro-bono basis by a team from Association for Consulting Expertise) engaged with voters in both cities to solicit ideas for the new name. The Commissioners participated in radio, TV and newspaper interviews to encourage citizens to suggest names. In all, over 1,000 submissions were received.

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Governor’s Address: As usual, budget comes down to crunch time

Folks, it’s déjà vu all over again.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

I submitted a balanced budget in January. But—as usual—the Legislature has waited until the very last minute to get serious about it.

They are scurrying around like Keystone Cops, trying to get a budget done and get it to me with just seconds to spare. This is the fourth biennial budget of my term, and they have done this every time.

This year, however, is worse than ever. It is due in part to the inexperience in the Legislature. Too many new legislators have not participated in the budget process. They are basically clueless.

Even worse, there is a massive leadership void in the majorities of the House of Representatives and Senate. Good leaders could help guide inexperienced legislators through the budget process.

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Enough is Enough: Most dangerous city in the state, welfare oversight and nip bottles

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

The headline in “The Wall Street Journal” read, “The Most Dangerous City in Every State.” I neither subscribe to nor read this publication, opting to spend my money on what I consider a more important necessity—my breakfast.

I spend my days in coffee shops speaking with members of the public, reading three newspapers and hard-covered books. I do this in lieu of surfing the Internet.

But others do!

Last week upon entering the first of my daily breakfast stops, one of the regular patrons stopped me and brought my digestive system to instant agita (upset stomach) and my mental state to a boil. She told me there was an article floating around on the Internet characterizing Lewiston as the most dangerous city in Maine. She had no idea of the source.

Calling my crack office staff, they quickly located the article and printed a copy for my review.

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Franco Center to host “Fête Nationale” celebration

Highlighting the festivities will be a special dedication ceremony honoring the center’s founding executive director, Rita S. Dubé.

The Fête Nationale of Quebec, the Feast Day of St. Jean the Baptist, will be celebrated locally with a traditional meal and entertainment on Friday, June 23 at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston. Highlighting the festivities will be a special dedication ceremony honoring the Franco Center’s founding executive director, Rita S. Dubé.

The event will start with a social hour and cash bar in the center’s Heritage Hall at 10:30 a.m. A traditional feast day meal of Soup Bouillon, Salade de Printemps, Meat Tourtiere, and Cake des Fêtes will be served at 11:30 a.m. At noon, churches from across the Twin Cities will mark the occasion by ringing their bells. At 12:30 p.m., a program in the center’s Performance Hall will feature live traditional music by Nel Meservier and Les Troubadours. Special guests will include Marie-Claude Francoeur of the Québec Delegation to Boston. Concluding the program will be a surprise tribute and traditional fireworks display.

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Chamber plans public forum on proposed L-A merger

The Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce has not taken a position on the proposed merger of Lewiston and Auburn, but to provide an opportunity for members and citizens to hear both sides of the issue, it will present a public forum on the question on Tuesday, June 20, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the event will take place in Kirk Hall, Room 103, at Central Maine Community College. Doors will open at 5:15 p.m. For more information, call the chamber at 783-2249 or see www.LAMetroChamber.com.

APL kicks off summer reading with “Mad Science”

In “Engineering a Better World,” Mad Science demonstrates how engineers design things to make the world a better place.

Auburn Public Library will kick off its 2017 Kids’ Summer Reading Program with Mad Science of Maine on Monday, June 26 at 6 p.m. in its Androscoggin Community Room. Children may sign up for the summer reading program at the event.

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