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Central Maine Healthcare hires new CFO

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David C. Thompson

David C. Thompson has joined Central Maine Healthcare as the system’s new Chief Financial Officer. Thompson comes to CMH from Centura Health in Englewood, CO, where he’s served as Chief Financial Officer since 2003. During his tenure at Centura, he also worked alongside Jeff Brickman, CMH’s new President and Chief Executive Officer.

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APL hosts “Origami by Children”

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The traveling exhibit is on display in the library’s Children’s Department through March 15.

Auburn Public Library is currently hosting a traveling exhibit of outstanding works of origami created by children from around the world. Called “Origami by Children,” the exhibit is sponsored by OrigamiUSA and may be viewed in the library’s Children’s Department through March 15.

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Governor’s Address: Experts recognize that lowering taxes would make Maine more competitive

Legislators may not understand how taxes work, but experts recognize the tax reforms in my budget would make Maine more competitive and more prosperous.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

The non-partisan Tax Foundation has reviewed the tax changes in my budget, which reduces individual income taxes, lowers corporate taxes, broadens the sales tax and eliminates the death tax. They called my plan “a recipe for a more competitive state.”

They also liked my effort to simplify the income tax and reduce it to a flat tax of 5.75% in 2020. We have also proposed lowering the top corporate rate from 8.93% to 8.33%, which would still be relatively high compared to the national average.

But the Tax Foundation said this reduction would make Maine more competitive with its neighboring states.

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Only Steps Forward: Auburn’s city budget depends on citizens’ priorities

By Jonathan P. LaBonté

Mayor of Auburn

If you take the time to read this weekly report, odds are you aren’t just doing it out of boredom. Perhaps you are from Auburn and catching up on local issues. Or, most likely, you are an Auburn resident, business owner or taxpayer and you want to ensure you know more about what’s happening with your tax dollars.

While citizens elect a city council, and that council adopts a budget, your input as the investors paying those bills is essential for two reasons. Are the goals of the Auburn City Council and city manager ones that you support; if not, how do we align them? And if they are, how much should we ask of you in tax money to implement them?

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Enough is Enough: Those who commit violent criminal behavior should stay in prison

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Imagine having to caution and remind your children, as they leave your house for the playground, to drop to the ground if they hear a gunshot. Further, you remind them to remain on the ground, in place, until told by an adult to get up.

Imagine being in your apartment hosting a family get-together when suddenly a bullet comes crashing through a window, killing one of your relatives. This happened in the Bronx on New Year’s Eve.

In a 12th-floor apartment, Luis Diego was hugging his niece and welcoming in the New Year. Suddenly a bullet came through the window, killing him. He now goes down as New York City’s first 2017 homicide victim.

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O’Malley named Lewiston Police Chief

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Brian O’Malley is a 27-year veteran of the department and has held a variety of positions within the agency.

City Administrator Ed Barrett has announced the appointment of Brian O’Malley as Chief of the Lewiston Police Department. For the last six months, O’Malley has served as Interim Police Chief following former Chief Michael Bussiere’s retirement.

The City undertook a nationwide search for a new Chief. “Brian O’Malley was the consensus choice of a diverse hiring panel that evaluated over twenty qualified applicants for the position,” said Barrett. “Through that process, it became clear that he is strongly committed, not only to continuing and building upon the success the department has achieved, but to the community it serves. I look forward to working closely with Brian as he takes up this new challenge.”

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Bean Supper features Park Ave. Pickers

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The group holds a jam session open to all musicians on the second Tuesday of each month.

The Park Avenue Pickers Gospel and Blue Grass Band will perform at the United Methodist Church of Auburn’s monthly Public Bean Supper on Saturday, January 28. The music will begin at 4:15 p.m. and the supper will begin at 5:00. The menu will include baked beans, casseroles, potato salad, hot dogs, coleslaw, breads, beverages and pies. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6 to 12, and free for kids ages 5 and under. Come early for the best selection of pies.

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Fire Chief tapped as new 9-1-1 Director

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Chief Paul M. LeClair has been a member of the Lewiston Fire Department for 36 years.

A search committee has selected Lewiston Fire Chief Paul M. LeClair as the new director of the LA 9-1-1 Communication Center, effective March 1. LeClair has been a member of the Lewiston Fire Department for 36 years, serving as a Lieutenant and Assistant Fire Chief before being appointed Fire Chief in 2006. He will continue his public safety career with an agency he has been engaged with since its formation in 1996, most recently serving as its Interim Director since November.

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Hammond Tractor supports GAHS

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The staff of Hammond Tractor Company in Auburn recently presented the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society with a donation of $1,200. Years ago, the company’s employees and owners decided that, in lieu of Christmas gifts for the employees, a donation would be made each year to a local non-profit. Each Hammond Tractor location is responsible for choosing the designated nonprofit in their community. Pictured here (l. to r.) are Hammond Tractor Product Support Manager Dave Ponsant, Steven Dostie and Donna Kincer of GAHS, and Hammond Tractor-Auburn Manager Marie Herrick.

Only Steps Forward: Get out and enjoy Auburn during Annual Winter Festival

By Jonathan P. LaBonte

Mayor of Auburn

It’s winter. We are in Maine. And despite the thaw that came through the last couple of weeks, we still have a couple more months of cold and snow.

Luckily, here in Auburn there are things to do all winter to get outside and stay active. And, one weekend each winter, the city partners with dozens of groups in the community for the Annual Winter Festival. You won’t want to miss it this year.

The last weekend of January is packed full of activities that can keep you outside and active or inside staying warm with music and hot chocolate. The beauty of this event is it truly does offer a little something for each resident, or visitor, to experience.

If you have kids and want them to burn some energy, you’ll want to come down to Main Street where city staff will be building a massive playground out of snow for the weekend. It will be open all day and is free for kids. With so many other activities in walking distance from there, park in the garage and make the playground your first stop.

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