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Webber named Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law category

Rebecca Webber (l.) and legal assistant Diann King

Attorney Rebecca S. Webber of Skelton Taintor & Abbott has been named 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” in the State of Maine for the category “Employment Law, Individuals.” Only a single lawyer in each practice area is honored as the lawyer of the year, making this accolade particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on polls of other lawyers who practice in the same area.

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Food for Thought luncheon presents “Inventing a University in Vietnam”

Retired from Bates College as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Bill Hiss traveled to Vietnam last March to help create those offices at the new Fulbright University Vietnam. Taken almost 25 years ago, this photo shows him discussing American higher education with a class of high school juniors in Vietnam, some of whom became the first students to attend college in the U.S.

When Ngan Dinh, a member of the Bates College Class of ’02, asked Bill Hiss to help create the first liberal arts college in Vietnam, it was an irresistible invitation. Retired from Bates as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Hiss traveled to Vietnam last March to help create those offices at the new Fulbright University Vietnam.

He will share his experiences at USM LAC Senior College’s next Food for Thought luncheon on Friday, September 14 at 12 p.m. The event will take place in Room 170 at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn campus at 50 Westminster Street in Lewiston.

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Side By Each Brewing Co. to open in Auburn

The business is co-owned by brewers Ben Low and Matt Johannes.

Brewers Ben Low and Matt Johannes have announced that they plan to open Side by Each Brewing Co. at 1110 Minot Avenue in Auburn this winter. They plan to offer an eclectic, frequently changing menu of 12 or more beers, in styles to include IPAs, sours, Belgian- and British-style ales, German lagers and wheat beers, barrel-aged specialties, and new creations. 

“We like drinking and brewing just about any kind of beer, if it’s made well,” Johannes said. “So the consistent theme of our lineup will be quality, not style. We’ll never put a beer on tap if we’re not proud of it.”

Side By Each will also operate as a café, offering a full range of coffee and espresso drinks, as well as equipment, supplied by Portland’s Coffee By Design. 

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Center for Wisdom’s Women launches final phase of Sophia’s House fundraising campaign

Campaign co-chairs Audrey Chapman and Mike Carey invite all ages to the public kick-off event on Sunday, September 9.

The Center for Wisdom’s Women invites the public to a community celebration to launch the last phase of its capital campaign for Sophia’s House. Taking place on Sunday, September 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. on the grounds of 143 Blake Street, on the corner of Walnut Street behind St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, the event will feature food, building tours, games, and community building activities as special guests share music and poetry.

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Governor’s Address: Let’s Keep Our Economy on the Right Path by Attracting More Workers

The Maine Department of Labor recently released its projections for job growth for the next several years. The media has focused on its prediction of a net increase of only 100 jobs by 2026. As usual, they missed the real story.

There is a saying that “demography is destiny.” It means the size and ages of your population determine your future. As the oldest state, we must put forth policies that ensure our population includes enough younger people to replace the baby boomers who are retiring.

The Labor Department’s prediction is an important call to action about our population and workforce. It echoes the call I made when I introduced legislation this spring to attract younger workers to Maine.

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Protection Advances for Lewiston Sr. Citizens

By Cassandra Allen

The overall crime rate in Lewiston is down by 24%, but police report a recent surge in home-safety related crimes, such as burglaries and motor vehicle theft. The rise in crime coincides with an uptick in Lewiston’s winter weather damages, leaving elderly citizens to look for better options in emergency care at home. Fortunately, senior citizens in the Twin Cities benefit from a number of local resources that are available to help protect them in the face of adversity.

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Good n’ Plenty reunites for Dance Party Under the Stars II

Good n’ Plenty was a popular local band in the 1970s and ’80s. Members included (l. to r.) Nick Knowlton, Denny Breau, Debbie Morin, Billy Belskis, Kathy Haley, Greg Day, and Perry Morin.

Museum L-A will present its Dance Party Under the Stars II on Friday, September 7, from 7 to 11 p.m.  After last year’s successful party on the roof of a downtown parking garage, many have been asking to do it again. This year’s event will take place at the site of the museum’s future home, located on the banks of the beautiful Androscoggin River near Simard/Payne Park and the footbridge that spans the river to Bonney Park in Auburn.

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New president named for St. Mary’s Health System

Steven C. Jorgensen

Following an extensive nationwide search, Covenant Health has announced the appointment of Steven C. Jorgensen as president of St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston and senior vice president of Covenant Health, effective immediately.

Most recently, Jorgensen was vice president for business development and chief operating officer for Essentia Health in Minnesota. In addition, he served in a variety of roles at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, including as head of human resources, administrator, and chair of clinical operations at the clinic’s Jacksonville location.

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Welding sparks student interest at Lewiston Adult Education

Among those taking the fall 2017 Welding I class at LAE were Lewiston H.S. teachers Rebecca Spilecki and Terry Waite.

Welding II returns to Lewiston Adult Education this fall. The class, which begins September 6, will meet once a week for three hours, giving students an opportunity to gain valuable practice in this skilled trade. Topics covered will include metal inert gas welding (MIG), tungsten inert gas welding (TIG), and flux-cored arc welding. All students will receive a certificate documenting their hours of hands-on experience. The instructor will be John Clements.

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Noel Paul Stookey to perform at Community Concepts’ annual Benefit Dinner & Concert

Noel Paul Stookey was a member of the legendary singing group Peter, Paul & Mary.

Community Concepts invites the community to support its mission by attending its annual Benefit Dinner and Concert, this year featuring Noel Paul Stookey of the legendary Peter, Paul & Mary on Friday, September 14 at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston.

Come together for a night of delicious food prepared by Fish Bones’ Chef Tony, with specially chosen wine pairings. Afterward, get inspired by the hopeful music of Noel Paul Stookey.

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