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MSAD 52 instructor completes TESOL certification

Stacey Keniston was last year’s recipient of the Maine Adult Education Association scholarship, which supports teachers in enhancing their instructional practice.

Stacey Keniston of Turner recently completed a 15-week online course through Anaheim University to become Teaching Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)-certified. Keniston was last year’s recipient of the Maine Adult Education Association scholarship, which supports teachers in enhancing their instructional practice.

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First Universalist Church welcomes new members

Here (l. to r., from front) are Patrianna Ferris, Ed Bell, Wendy Darling, membership chair Paula Spruill, Rev. Jodi Hayashida, Peggy Cox, David Dexter, Steve and Jackie Majerus-Collins, Angie Foss, and Lou Giard. Not pictured is Gregory Onnen.

The First Universalist Church of Auburn welcomed several new members in April. This energetic group learned about the history and principles of Unitarian Universalism and opportunities to minister within the church. New member sessions are offered twice each year by the Membership Committee. For more information, call 783-0461 or visit

First-Friday Showcase at Fusion Lounge

Dawn Hartill

Comedian Dawn Hartill will host the First-Friday Showcase on Friday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at Ramada Inn’s Fusion Lounge at 490 Pleasant Street in Lewiston. Free and open to those ages 21 and older, the show will feature Connor McGrath, Nick Gordon, Jack Slattery, and Leonard Kimble.

From Lewiston, Hartill is a mom to three teenage boys and spends her weekends as a radio personality on Maine’s Big Z 105.5. In 2016, she won the Strand Cup Comedy Competition. She has also been a quarter-finalist in the Empire Summer Comedy Classic, a semi-finalist in March Comedy Madness in Portland, and a finalist in the Last Comic Laughing Competition. McGrath, who was named Maine’s Best Comedian by the Portland Phoenix in 2017, manages the Portland Comedy Co-Op and has opened for national headliners such as Ray Harrington. For more information, call 784-2331.

Watch the Crosstones on Maine Public Television

The episode will be broadcast locally on Saturday, May 5 at 4:30 p.m.

Contemporary a cappella group the Bates College Crosstones will compete on the season-four premiere of WGBH’s televised singing competition “Sing That Thing!,” to be broadcasted locally by Maine Public Television on Saturday, May 5 at 4:30 p.m. The episode will also feature Boston Jazz Voices and Chelmsford High School’s The Thursdays. After the performance, coaches Annette Philip, Anthony Trecek-King, and Jared Bowen will offer constructive feedback to each group and decide which will move on to perform in the finale later in the season.

Governor’s Address: Minimum Wage Propaganda Drives Higher Prices and Taxes

Maine’s progressives have been selling the benefits of the minimum wage increase using faulty analysis. Don’t buy the hype.Our businesses and our state budget will face significant challenges when the minimum wage rises to 11 and 12 dollars an hour over the next two years.

We’ve all heard the old saying about lies and statistics. Here’s the latest example: two recent blogs by the progressive Maine Center for Economic Policy incorrectly use workforce data to support raising the minimum wage.

In a January 8 blog, MECEP incorrectly attributes our 2017 wage gain to the increased minimum wage. According to economists at our Department of Labor, total wages paid were unusually low in the fourth quarter of 2016 and unusually high in the first quarter of 2017. This was not due to the minimum wage referendum. Rather, many employers delayed bonuses and other annual performance payments from December to January.

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Pirates, wenches, mishaps, and merrymaking on deck at Franco Center

Some of the Buccaneer Banquet Players are (from l.) Tony Morin, Jay Barrett, Dan Kane, Emily Flynn, Heather Marichal, and Sean Wallace. (Franco Center photo)

The Gendron Franco Center will once again produce one of Maine’s most unique, delicious, and hilarious experiences with its first ever Buccaneers Banquet on Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, beginning at 6 p.m. The center is located at the corner of Cedar and Oxford Streets in Lewiston.

Guests are invited to imagine themselves on the dock beside a huge pirate ship, awaiting the glorious arrival of the Pirate King, Captain Broadside, Iron Bottom, Low-Tide Jones, One-Eyed Ruby, Captain Morgan, and many others. They will join this merry band on the deck of the ship, filled with magic, color, and entertainment, where its wenches in service will serve a robust feast prepared by Chef John Pulsifer and his galley crew.

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Curious Minds series examines “Social Movements and the Law”

Leonard “Lenny” Sharon is a defense attorney with a multi-state, federal, and criminal law practice centered in Androscoggin County.

The next program in the Curious Minds Lecture Series will feature attorney Leonard Sharon and activist Ray Luc Levasseur, who will discuss the intersection between the law and social movements on Tuesday, May 1 at 2 p.m. at Auburn Public Library.

In the 1960s and 1970s, when the civil rights and anti-war movements were in full force, the term “movement lawyer” was coined to describe lawyers and legal workers who not only represented protesters in court but were also active participants. The tradition of “movement” law continues today with projects such as the Black Movement Law Project. Come hear Leonard Sharon and Ray Luc Levasseur talk about their experiences during the 1960s and 1970s and the importance of legal protections for those who protest.

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Totally Trades Conference encourages girls to explore careers traditionally populated by men

High schools serving Auburn, Lewiston, Lisbon, Sabattus, Wales, Turner, Greene, Leeds, Poland, and Buckfield plan to send ninth graders to the event.

New Ventures Maine, in collaboration with Lewiston Regional Technical School, Central Maine Community College, and other community partners, is offering a hands-on, half-day conference designed to encourage girls to consider careers in fields traditionally populated by men. The Totally Trades Conference will bring together over one hundred ninth-graders from Androscoggin County schoolson Friday, May 25 at CMCC in Auburn.

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“American Pickers” looking for unique antique collections in Maine

The show follows “pickers” Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they hunt for America’s hidden historic treasures.

The hit documentary series “American Pickers” is planning to film in Maine soon and is looking for people in the area who have unique antique collections with interesting stories behind them.

The show explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History by following Mike Wolfeand Frank Fritz, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s historic hidden treasures.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, they want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. Their goal is to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

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Governor’s Address: Democrats’ Failure Now Means Big Hassles on Tax Day Next Year

Americans paid their 2017 federal and state income taxes this week. Filing taxes isn’t a pleasant or easy task, but the lack of action by Democrats in the Legislature will make filing a nightmare next year.

Maine’s tax laws, as those of most states, piggyback on the federal IRS code. This is called “tax conformity.” States conform to avoid having two sets of laws – one for federal taxes and another for state taxes.

Aligning the state to the federal tax code usually requires minor fixes. But because the federal tax reform was comprehensive, we must make changes in a way that does not increase Mainers’ taxes. This requires the Legislature to pass a conformity bill.

Unfortunately, the failure of leadership by Speaker of the House Sara Gideon has made it likely that tax conformity will not happen this year.

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