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Digitization Day caps Franco Collection’s wartime series


Recent speaker James Myall displays a historic photo, one of the various types of wartime-related materials local Franco-Americans are invited to bring in for the event.

The final event in the Franco-American Collection’s program series “Franco-Americans During Wartime: A Heritage of Service” will take place on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when members of the Franco-American community are invited to bring in their wartime-related materials to be digitized. Those who do will leave with their original materials, along with a digital copy, and will have the option of depositing a digital copy at the Collection to be preserved and used for research.

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Geiger looks to local partnerships, clean energy for upcoming expansion project


The new facility will provide enough work space to accommodate a planned 25 to 50 additional employees over the next three to five years.

The Geiger company has announced that it is remaking its former manufacturing facility into a state-of-the-art management and distribution space. Including equipment, the firm will invest $12 million on the project, which, when completed, will occupy a total of 105,000 square feet. The expansion will provide enough work space to accommodate a planned 25 to 50 additional employees over the next three to five years.

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Lost Valley’s new Mountain of Terror opens Friday


Organizers have been tight lipped about the nature of the featured scare, but hint that the theme is not from our planet.

Are you a Halloween fright seeker looking to have the living daylights scared out of you? If so, Scott and April Shanaman, the new owners of Lost Valley in Auburn, have the event for you! They’ve transformed the lodge basement at Lost Valley into a pro-level haunted attraction for the month of October. Dubbed “The Dark Cellar,” the attraction is part of Lost Valley’s new Mountain of Terror, which opens Friday, October 14, at 6 p.m.

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Cromwell Center works to stop bullying


The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness provided its free disabilities awareness, sensitivity and anti-bullying program at Park Avenue Elementary School in Auburn recently as a part of the school’s Anti-Bullying Awareness Day. Since 2003, the Cromwell Center has provided free programs to over 72,804 children in 3,970 classrooms in central and southern Maine. Here Park Avenue students assemble to make a school-wide peace sign.

Advocates for the hungry plan Election Day Food Drive


Announcing the initiative are (l. to r.) Pastor John Robbins of Hope Haven Gospel Mission, Bryan Dench and Darcie Beaudin of Skelton Taintor & Abbott, Erin Reed of Trinity Jubilee Center and Maureen Costello Wedge of Sun Media Group.

Local advocates for the hungry, including representatives of Hope Haven Gospel Mission, Trinity Jubilee Center, the Lewiston and Auburn school departments, and Lewiston-Auburn businesses, gathered recently to announce an unprecedented effort to reduce the burden of food insecurity in the area. Their goal? To turn election day into a day of hope by collecting 10,000 pounds of food in an Election Day Food Drive.

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YMCA-NAPA tournament raises $30,000 for local children


Jim Whitmore of JCW NAPA Distributors congratulates Pennell Woodard, who was inducted into the 2016 YMCA Hall of Fame during the tournament.

Thirty-five teams turned out recently for the seventh annual YMCA-NAPA Charity Golf Tournament, netting $30,387. The event took place at Martindale Country Club in Auburn and featured more than 50 sponsors from the local business community. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA’s financial assistance program, which last year gave away more than $95,000 in scholarships to local children and families who would otherwise not be able to participate in enrichment programs at the Y, including summer camp, swim lessons, youth sports, and dance.

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Norlands plans 19th-century-style Full Moon Fling


In keeping with Norlands’ mission as a living history center, guests are encouraged, but not required, to dress in 19th-century period attire.

The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore will host a 19th-century New England-style gathering under an October full moon with their Full Moon Fling on Saturday, October 15. The event will celebrate and support the rebuilding of Norlands’ barn, which was lost in a disastrous fire in 2008 but is now in process of being rebuilt.

This rare evening event will feature a barn dance with live music, seasonal food prepared by an expert chef, a comedy improv show, raffles, and the beauty of Norlands at night. In the spirit of Norlands’ mission as a living history center, guests are encouraged, but not required, to dress in 19th-century period attire.

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Downtown Trick or Treat set for Oct. 28

The Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce will host a Downtown Trick or Treat on Lisbon Street in Lewiston on Friday, October 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. The fun will begin at Dufresne Plaza, 72 Lisbon Street in Lewiston, where the chamber will hand out reusable trick or treat bags and maps listing the participating businesses. More than 25 downtown businesses will hand out goodies for the event, with other fun activities planned, including a haunted house and photo stop.

Businesses that would like to participate in and/or sponsor the event can still sign up. For more information, contact Deborah Carroll of the LA Metro Chamber at 783-2249 or

Coming to L-A next week: Maine Conference on the Arts


Keynote speaker Crystal Williams is a poet, essayist, and Vice President for the Office of Diversity at Bates College.

Focused on the intersections of creativity, industry, art and innovation, the Maine Arts Commission’s second Maine International Conference on the Arts will take place at Lewiston’s Gendron Franco Center and Bates Mill complex on Thursday and Friday, October 6 and 7. Advance registration, which confers a 15% discount on conference attendance, closes on September 30.

Intended for artists, arts organizations, arts educators, community developers, and policymakers, the conference is designed to provide networking, inspiration, and learning for Maine artists and communities. It was made possible by a statewide collaboration of Maine arts organizations and the Commission’s special international partnership with New Brunswick, Canada.

“We create world class art in this state, and Maine has a deep culture and long history of driving industry and innovation through creativity,” said Julie Richard, Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission. “We need and deserve a world class arts conference.”

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St. Dom’s Class of 1966 celebrates 50th Class Reunion

n-stdoms-reunionThe St. Dom’s Class of 1966 celebrated their 50th Class Reunion recently at Saint Dominic Academy. The evening started off with a social hour followed by the taking of a class photo. Sr. Therese Demers led a tribute to all deceased classmates and a closing prayer was led by Fr. Richard Malo. Dinner was catered by Mac’s Grill and dessert was provided by The Italian Bakery. Suzanne Roy presented a special power point called “Golden Memories,” Louise Landry Robert, Linda Rouleau St. Pierre, Patricia Poulin Patry and Linda Michaud Holdway led the group in singing the school song, and Carmen Berube Coulombe held a drawing of many gifts and prizes. After dinner, the classmates enjoyed dancing to music provided by DJ Chad Leighton. They wrapped up their Reunion Weekend with a delicious brunch at the Green Ladle on Sunday. A great time was had by all who attended.

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