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Maine Innovation Expo this weekend

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Those attending the first Maine Innovation Expo on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Museum L-A can expect to see interactive displays and demonstrations by the Landing School of Boat Building and Design, Alternative Manufacturing, the Maine Drones Society, Healthy Homeworks, Rancourt & Company Shoecrafters, and many other Maine organizations, artists, and students. The event is free and open to the public. The museum is located at 35 Canal Street in Lewiston, and free parking is available in the Canal Street, Chestnut Street, and Lincoln Street parking garages. For more information, call 333-3881.

Longtime local physician retires

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Dr. Roger Austin

Dr. Roger Austin, a longtime local practitioner who spent the last 11 years of his career at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice’s Hospice House, has retired after more than 40 years of patient care. More than 100 people gathered at an open house celebration at DaVinci’s Restaurant recently to pay tribute to the physician who spent 39 years caring for patients from the Lewiston-Auburn area.

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Memorial Day Parade, Ceremony set for May 27

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Pictured here (l. to r., from front) are L & A Veterans Council members Don Dube, Jerry Dewitt, Norm Cote, Helen Taylor, Arthur Roy, Al Landry, Carl Haskel, Norm Bussiere, Moe Fournier, Bert Dutil, Cecile Burgoyne, and Don Gosselin.

The L & A Veterans Council will host their annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony on Saturday, May 27. The parade will form at Kennedy Park in Lewiston at 8:30 a.m. and will depart at 9:30. Groups interested in participating, such as musical units, Honor or Color Guards, marching units, antique car clubs, military units or vehicles, military cadets, Boy and Girl Scout troops, fraternal and civic organizations, etc. should call Jerry Dewitt at 576-0376 or Bert Dutil at 786-2305 to register for the line-up.

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Bates professor to discuss Wabanaki place names at AHS annual meeting

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Working with Bates students and Wabanaki scholars, Joseph Hall has developed a map of Wabanaki place names for the western part of Maine.

Associate Professor Joseph Hall of Bates College will present a talk titled “What Does ‘Androscoggin’ Mean?” at the annual meeting of the Androscoggin Historical Society on Tuesday, May 23. The event will take place at Marco’s Restaurant at 12 Mollison Way in Lewiston. The business meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a social time. Tickets for the dinner, which starts at 6:30 p.m., are $20 for society members and $25 for nonmembers. They must be reserved by Friday, May 19, by calling 784-0586.

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Oasis of Music presents fiddle concert

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Owen Kennedy performs regularly with the Maine Folque Co-op and the Pineland Fiddlers.

Young fiddler Owen Kennedy will be the featured performer at the Oasis of Music concert on Wednesday, May 17. This free event will take place from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 247 Bates Street in Lewiston. He will perform a program of energetic traditional tunes from Quebec and Maritime Canada, Scottish and Celtic classics, and a few New England favorites. For more information about the performance, call 344-3106.

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Governor’s Address: Our teachers should be paid what they are worth

Good teachers are critical to Maine’s future, so let’s pay them adequately.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

Our children are our most valuable asset, and as a parent, I have been fortunate to raise my family in Maine. Unfortunately, while Maine is a good place to raise a family, our teachers are earning below-average salaries.
The average salary for teachers in New England states is more than $70,000. In Maine, they settle for $20,000 less, which is $8,000 below the national average.
Sadly, union bosses who claim to represent our educators don’t want to work on solutions that will increase teacher wages and help improve their teaching skills.

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Only Steps Forward: Officer Bud Caouette leaves a legacy of commitment to our community

By Jonathan P. LaBonte

Mayor of Auburn

Lengthy City Council budget meetings and debates about taxes being too high. Fiery rhetoric about whether or not two cities should merge. The non-stop noise that comes from 24-hour news cycles and social media.
Each of these reasons and many more can take the blame for not stopping to celebrate some of the blessings in this community, specifically some of the people who are living in a way to leave a lasting impact.
As I sat in Kirk Hall on the campus of Central Maine Community College on Saturday, I witnessed the telling of stories and the raw emotion that came from a community impacted by such a person: the late Officer Bud Caouette.

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Enough is Enough: Should General Assistance from Maine taxpayers be spent out of state?

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

They swooped down from the North. They swarmed up from the South. Surged in from the West and streamed in from the East. Their destination was Maine’s capital, Augusta. All had very pressing business at the State House.
If you had business in the capital city last Thursday, you probably experienced difficulty getting off Augusta’s I-95 exits (both North and South) and experienced unusually heavy traffic and delays on Western Avenue.
No, President Donald Trump was not paying a social visit to Governor Paul LePage. There were no high-profile celebrities in town. For many of those coming to Augusta, the threat of a severe change in their lifestyle hovered like the sword of Damocles above their heads. Gasp!

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Evergreen Subaru donates $27,500 to Androscoggin Land Trust

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Representatives of Androscoggin Land Trust and Evergreen Subaru gather to complete the Subaru Share the Love campaign. From left are Wes Davis of ALT, Bill Bergeon of Subaru of New England, Bob Kleckner of ALT, Evergreen Subaru managing owner Doug Weisz, Josh Bisson, Ashley Marquis and Barry Dean of Evergreen Subaru, Shelley Kruszewski, Dana Little, Jim Pross, Woody Trask, Marian Claxton, Doug Boyd and Mary Howes of ALT, and Lynn Weisz of Evergreen Subaru.

Evergreen Subaru and Subaru of America, Inc. recently donated $27,500 to Androscoggin Land Trust, selected by Evergreen as their “Hometown Charity” for Subaru’s 2016 Share the Love program. The check was presented to board members and staff of Androscoggin Land Trust by Evergreen Subaru’s managing owner, Doug Weisz, and representatives of the ES team.

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Juliana L’Heurex to address Rotary Club

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For three decades, L’Heureux has written about Franco-Americans through newspaper articles and published essays. 

At the next lunch meeting of the LA Rotary Club on Thursday, May 11, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Ramada Inn of Lewiston, Juliana L’Heureux will discuss the contributions of the area’s Franco Americans to the nation’s wars and military campaigns.

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