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Governor’s Address: Maine’s judges must be above reproach

One of my most important duties is to appoint judges to Maine’s district, superior and supreme judicial courts. The Maine people must know our judges are impartial, objective and committed to a fair and honest judicial process.

I have been praised for ignoring the political affiliation of judges and striving to appoint the most qualified people to the bench. We insist that judges demonstrate they are above reproach when it comes to making the important decisions that affect the lives of Mainers.

However, I must apologize to the Maine people for an appointment I made to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Justice Joe Jabar. I did not intend to reappoint him to the Supreme Court, not because I had anything against him personally, but rather because I wanted to appoint another more conservative justice to balance out the court.

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Tree Street Youth launches Community Connections

Chris Delamater of Northeast Bank attends an LA Metro Chamber Breakfast with Tree Street intern Chris Suazo.

Tree Street Youth has launched a regional Community Connections initiative to support workforce development by providing service learning opportunities for local youth with project business partners. The effort will strive to engage the local business community by creating opportunities to connect with talented potential future employees, while supporting the civic engagement of the community’s youth and future leaders.

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Community Little Theater announces cast of “Urinetown”

Ashleigh St. Pierre as Penelope Pennywise and Dan Kane as Caldwell B. Cladwell

L/A Community Little Theatre has announced the cast for its upcoming production of “Urinetown.” The 2001 Broadway hit features music by Mark Hollmann and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, with book by Greg Kotis. Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious, touchingly honest, musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics, and musical theatre itself! This production is directed by Kay Warren, assistant directed by Nicole Chase, produced by Brandon Chaloux, and choreographed by Jake Boyce, with musical direction by Rebecca Caron.

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Concerts for a Cause presents Scott Ainslie

Ainslie is a musician, historian, and storyteller who explores the African and European roots of American music.

The First Universalist Church of Auburn’s Concerts for a Cause series will present musician Scott Ainslie on Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society.

Scott Ainslie is a musician, historian, and storyteller who explores the African and European roots of American music and culture. He has studied with elder musicians on both sides of the color line – in the traditions of old-time Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo, as well as Black Gospel and Blues.

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Take Out-Only Bean Supper March 3

The event will benefit a soup kitchen in Cochabamba, Bolivia operated by Lewiston native Fr. Robert Lacasse (center rear).

The next Take Out-Only Bean Supper presented by the Holy Cross Knights of Columbus will support the soup kitchens of Fr. Robert Lacasse, O.M.I. A native of Lewiston, Fr. Lacasse opened his first soup kitchen in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 2008 and his second in 2010, both with support from Lewiston’s Prince of Peace parish. The soup kitchen feeds about 125 children daily.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 3 at the new time of 1 to 4 p.m. Customers may purchase menu items “a la carte” or as a package special. Orders may be called in after 12 noon at 212-5163 for pick-up at the Holy Cross church hall, located at 1080 Lisbon Street in Lewiston.

Act now! – Get $100 Thursday!

Seeking participants 20 years & older to participant in an issue-oriented focus group on Thursday evening, March 1 from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.  Sandwiches, coffee and water will be served. Only residents of Androscoggin County are eligible. Participants will be paid $100 to listen to brief presentations and respond to questions.  Session will be held in downtown Lewiston.  Contact Nicole at or call 520-1457.  Only a few seats left!

Governor’s Address: Let’s Ensure Maine’s Minimum Wage Law Does No Harm

We need to make sure that employees in Maine do not see the same cut in pay that’s happening to low-wage workers in Seattle.

The Department of Labor submitted a bill this year to establish a training wage and slow the increase of the minimum wage. It would also eliminate indexing once the wage rises to $12 an hour in 2020.

There’s a big difference in the cost of living in Aroostook and Cumberland Counties. One wage doesn’t fit all employers. Other states recognize that a statewide minimum wage poses a problem. New York State allows its Commissioner of Labor to set the wage for counties outside New York City and its three surrounding counties.

In 2019, Maine’s minimum wage will be the same as that of Massachusetts – and in 2020 it will be higher. Think about that.

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“Antique Chests and Their Stories” at Andro. Historical Society

Presenter Churchill Barton, inside the Brettuns Village Trunk Shop

Androscoggin Historical Society will host a program on “Antique Chests and Their Stories” on Tuesday, February 27 at 7 p.m. Presented by Churchill Barton of Brettuns Village Trunk Shop, the program will take place at the Society’s Davis-Wagg Museum on the third floor of the County Building.

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Senior College has a cure for the winter blues

Despite snow and ice, USM LAC Senior College members enjoyed many one-day winter term classes on a variety of subjects. From travelogues to painting, issues of health to historical insights, and three days of playing games old and new, members had fun exploring new ideas. Not a member? It’s not too late to join for the remainder of the academic year. A $25 membership opens the way to registering for spring classes and club memberships extending through the summer months. The catalog for spring courses was distributed recently and can be reviewed online at

Norlands offers Winter Living History Day

Visitors may take a horse-drawn sleigh ride, see traditional ice cutting demonstrations on nearby Bartlett Pond, and enjoy numerous other activities.

The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore will be open on Saturday, February 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a “Cabin Fever Reliever” Winter Living History Day. Journey into the past for some old-time fun, led by interpreters in period clothing who will portray members of the Washburn Family and their neighbors c. 1870.

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