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Lotus presents $10,000 check to Good Shepherd Food Bank

At its “Feed the Hungry” event on September 25, Lotus offered free meals to everyone who entered the restaurant, asking customers to consider donating to Good Shepherd Food Bank in return.

Lotus Restaurant has presented Good Shepherd Food Bank with a $10,000 donation, raised through contributions from Lotus customers and matching funds from the restaurant’s owners.

At its “Feed the Hungry” event on September 25, Lotus offered free meals to everyone who entered the restaurant, asking customers to consider donating to Good Shepherd Food Bank in return. The goal was to help feed the hungry, and Lotus found their goal was beneficial in two ways.

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Teams test local knowledge at LYAC’s “What Do You Know About Lewiston?”

A team works on their answer.

Four teams and numerous onlookers gathered in the Council Chambers at Lewiston City Hall recently to test their knowledge about their home city, past and present. “What Do You Know About Lewiston?” was organized by the Lewiston Youth Advisory Council to help debunk old stereotypes and misconceptions the group feels don’t reflect the “New Lewiston.

LYAC members led the teams through several group activities, including Trivia Questions, Categories, Hat Talk, and Surprise Pick. Topics included Lewiston businesses, the arts, parks, restaurants, history, schools, and colleges. The teams displayed their answers by paddle, with answers known to some in attendance and a learning experience for others.

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Subaru of America donates 2018 Outback to Meals on Wheels

Pictured here at the unveiling of the new service vehicle are Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte, Regional Representative for Senator Angus King Ben Tucker III, Subaru of New England District Sales Manager Bill Bergeon, and SeniorsPlus Nutrition and Community Services Director Holly Zielinski.

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, and in keeping with its commitment to support local communities nationwide, Subaru of America, Inc., in partnership with Meals on Wheels America, has donated a new Meals on Wheels delivery vehicle to SeniorsPlus.

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Iconic image of LA region now on sale at Chamber

Artist Kenneth Harvey, with his “View of Lewiston from Auburn Riverwalk”

Kenneth Harvey’s “View of Lewiston from Auburn Riverwalk” was voted “Best in Show” among the responses to the L-A Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s recent call to Maine artists for a new, 2017 iconic image of the LA Metropolitan region. The contest was part of the festivities to celebrate the Chamber’s 130th anniversary. The painting has been reproduced in 100 limited-edition prints that are for sale for $100 each at the Chamber, located at 415 Lisbon Street in Lewiston.

Kenneth Harvey of Sabattus is a self-taught watercolorist. After working for a major corporation for 32 years, he retired to follow his lifelong dream of becoming a full-time artist and paints primarily en plein air, mostly in the coastal Boothbay area of Maine.  

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 lbard1953@twc.com.

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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