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AHCH’s Autumn Night Out fundraiser tops $100,000 

Autumn Night Out emcee Norm Karkos and Heather Printup led a spirited game of Top Hats and Coat Tails. 

The 14th annual Autumn Night Out to benefit the hospice program at Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice was held at the Poland Springs Inn and Resort on October 20, and support garnered for the independent, non-profit organization exceeded all expectations.

The event raised more than $100,000, making it the most successful fundraiser of any kind in the organization’s history. The success was due in part to the contributions of sponsors, the many volunteers, those who donated auction items, and attendees who bid on auction items.

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Rotary Club cookbook to benefit Alzheimer’s Association

Rotarian Joanne Bollinger (l.) receives copies of the cookbook for distribution from project editor and coordinator Lorraine Bard. (Photo courtesy of Monica Millhime)

Members of the Lewiston Auburn Rotary Club have published a collection of culinary delights shared by Rotarians and members of the community in their first edition of a Community Cookbook. Proceeds from sales of the book will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Maine. Peter Baker of AAM will address the fellowship group on Thursday, January 18 at noon at the Village Inn of Auburn. The cookbooks are $10 each. To receive a copy, contact project chair Lorraine Bard at 783-9421 or

CMCC dedicates new Gene Haas Precision Machining Technology Center

Precision Machining student Nicholas Kondax cuts the ribbon at the dedication ceremony. Looking on are (from l.) Kathy Looman of the Haas Foundation, Amy Landry of AVCOG, Alan Brigham of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Mark Scarano of the Northern Border Regional Commission, and Diane Dostie of CMCC.

Government, industry, and education officials joined Central Maine Community College students and staff members recently at a dedication ceremony for the official opening of the college’s new Gene Haas Precision Machining Technology Center.

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Belly Dance event to benefit Wounded Warrior Project 

Imari & the Sahara Desert Dancers have committed seventeen years to sharing the art of Belly Dancing across the region.

Imari & the Sahara Desert Dancers will present One Hip Afternoon of Belly Dancing to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project on Sunday, November 12 at 2 p.m. at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston. The event will feature special guest percussionist Bernie Vigna.

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Governor’s Address: Important Questions Regarding Our Future Are on the Ballot; Make Your Voice Known

Maine needs you to make important decisions that will affect our future. Please vote on November 7.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

There are several important issues on the ballot, including two statewide citizens’ initiatives, a bond question and a proposal to amend our state constitution.

Question 1 is about putting a third casino in Maine. The casino can only be in York County and can only be operated by one legal entity. Don’t be misled by the slick ad campaigns.

Question 1 is not about funding our schools, creating jobs or lowering taxes. It is about gambling. Period.

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Enough is Enough: If you are over 65, get the facts about Medicaid expansion

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Before we start this week’s column, let’s take a short walk down memory lane.  The lane is in Lewiston, and it’s appropriately called “Welfare Lane.”

Back in 1964 our greatest benevolent President “Passed a law in 64 to give those who ain’t got a little more.”  President Lyndon Johnson launched the “Great Society” program.  It became a blessing to those who benefited from it.

It became a recurring nightmare of those taxpayers who have been forced to fiscally maintain its stability.

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Ricker Hill Orchards named MGFPA Producer of the Year 

 Family business partners (l. to r.) Jeff Timberlake, Harry Ricker, and Andy Ricker

The Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association has named Ricker Hill Orchards of Turner its 2017 Producer of the Year. While Ricker Hill Orchards has been known primarily for its apples, grown at orchards spread across seven Maine towns and ninety percent of which are sold in Maine and Eastern New Hampshire, the business has in recent years successfully expanded in several different directions.

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Concerts for a Cause presents Women in Harmony

The group promotes social justice through songs that convey the importance of connection and community.

The Concerts for a Cause series at Auburn’s First Universalist Church will present Women in Harmony on Friday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 (cash or credit) at the door and the church is located at 169 Pleasant Street (across from Dairy Joy) in Auburn.

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Captain retires after 29 years in Navy; looks to Mount Vernon roots as source of his success

Capt. Thomas L. Dearborn, born in Korea of a Korean mother and U.S. Army serviceman father, was adopted and raised by Richard and Marjory Dearborn in Mount Vernon, Maine.

Mount Vernon native Capt. Thomas L. Dearborn retired from the U.S. Navy on October 1 after 29 years of honorable service. His many years of success in the Navy come from his unique story of humble beginnings and the household that shaped him into the caring, dedicated leader he would later become.

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Norlands presents Veterans Day dinner and living history program

Director of Interpretation and Training Willi Irish will portray “Patty Benjamin Washburn” while reading excerpts from the Revolutionary War journal of Patty’s father, Lieutenant Samuel Benjamin.

The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore will present a special tribute honoring local Revolutionary and Civil War veterans on Saturday, November 11 at 5 p.m. The event will include a harvest dinner made fresh from local farm ingredients and an entertaining living history program in a one-of-a kind historical setting. The cost is $23 per person. Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased by November 8 by calling 897-4366. If not enough tickets are sold, the event will be canceled.

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