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L-A Rotary plans 100th Anniversary Celebration

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Planning committee members include (l. to r.) Peter Kowalski, Monica Millhime, Monique Roy, Sylvia Plourde and Chip Morrison. Not available for the photo were Jan Barrett, John Belisle and Shawn Wright. (Photo by Betsy Sibley) 

The Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club, Charter 291-District 7790, will host a formal celebration of its 100th Anniversary on Saturday, April 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn of Auburn. A reception and social hour will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., a seated dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m., and entertainment will follow at 9 p.m. The entrée selections will be lobster stuffed haddock, filet mignon and stuffed chicken breast. Tickets are $50 each with an RSVP deadline of April 1. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Monica Millhime at 753-9040 or monica.millhime@maine.gov.

Governor’s Address: Bad tax policy forces Maine families to flee to other states

As your Governor, I want all Mainers to prosper. Providing opportunities for people to help themselves is the best pathway to success.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

Unfortunately, liberals believe a bigger government, higher taxes and more spending is going to help Mainers prosper. For decades, they spent millions of taxpayer dollars on welfare programs with no accountability. They increased the tax burden on families and businesses, driving them out of state.

Now Maine has the second-highest income tax in the United States. Some folks have told me they can no longer afford to live here. In a time when we need to attract people into our state, we are driving them away with bad tax policies.

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Only Steps Forward: School spirit can connect community to civic activity

By Jonathan P. LaBonte

Mayor of Auburn

Last spring, I was provided an opportunity to visit Edward Little High School for a day to visit with students as part of an effort to connect students with community. My role was to connect the civic activity of Auburn Hall with their daily life.

How to make the position of mayor and what happens in city government relevant to these students, I found, depended on the particular group in front of me and where their questions led.

As they walked in, I recall one particular group of students talking about the baseball team and how the season was going. It was the perfect lead in to speak to this group of students about the role of sports in Auburn’s economic development (as I’ve highlighted in previous reports). But it also allowed me to talk to them about how their efforts, and often their success, can play a large role in developing community, not just purely the dollars and cents of the economy.

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Enough is Enough: Lewiston voters to face push for socialist policies again

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

He’s back!

Just when you thought he was gone, he has been resurrected from the dustbin of political has-beens. Yes, Ben Chin will again attempt to rally enough of Bates student voters hoping to attain his dream: changing Lewiston into a liberal clone of Massachusetts.

It was interesting to see the placement of his mayoral announcement in Lewiston Daily’s City Section, Page 1, above the fold. I can’t remember a mayoral announcement getting this type of coverage. Such fanfare is surprising for a job that is defined by city charter as nothing more than a position whose duties include cutting ribbons, running Lewiston City Council meetings and voting to break a tie.

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Ratepayers would pay a premium for solar power

To the Editor:

I’d like to respond regarding the cost of solar power that Governor Paul R. LePage was speaking about in his recent address (“PUC decision confirms ratepayers pay twice,” TCT, Feb. 27, 2016). I looked into buying a solar power setup for my home during the summer of 2016. My home is already geothermal heated, and I wanted to double down on the “green life.”

During discussions with the solar power company, it was determined that I spent about $2,000 per year in electricity (a large portion of that runs the geothermal heat pump). To replace 100 percent of the expended electrical costs, the entire system would cost me just aver $52,000. When you figure in the anticipated half-percent degradation of the panels annually, it would take just about 28 years for the panels to “break even.”

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Charter Commission’s Report Lacking in Facts

To the Editor:

I am an Auburn City Councilor and a member of the executive board of the Coalition Opposed to Lewiston-Auburn Consolidation (COLACmaine.org.) I have reviewed the recent consultant’s report presented by the Lewiston-Auburn Joint Charter Commission and am stunned by the lack of depth and any meaningful information in the report.

On the very first page of the report, the consultant states that a merger of Auburn and Lewiston “could” result in annual savings of between $2.3 million to $4.2 million for the cities. Having participated in several budget cycles in Auburn, I can assure you that this “estimate” is pure nonsense. We have cut our budgets to the bone.

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Chamber of Commerce selects new President and CEO

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Becky Conrad has a track record of experience in the community’s business, education and nonprofit sectors.

After a three-month search process that generated over 50 applicants from across the country, the board of directors of the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce has selected Rebecca Swanson Conrad as the agency’s next President and CEO, effective March 27.

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LPL painting goes on loan for major Hartley exhibition; co-curator to speak at library March 7

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Donna Cassidy will discuss “Marsden Hartley’s Maine at Home and Abroad” in the library’s Callahan Hall.

In advance of the opening of a major new exhibition of works by Lewiston-born artist Marsden Hartley at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on March 15, Donna Cassidy, a co-curator of the exhibit, will present a program called “Marsden Hartley’s Maine at Home and Abroad on Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Lewiston Public Library’s Callahan Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

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Friends and family “Banding Together for Nick” with gala fundraiser

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The event will reunite Nick Knowlton, who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in December, with original Terry & the Telstars bandmates Danny Caron, Pete Nadeau, and Terry McCarthy.

A fundraising gala for popular singer Nick Knowlton, who was recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer, will take place on Sunday, March 12 at 1 p.m. at the Ramada Inn of Lewiston, where Knowlton performed for many years as a DJ and with various bands. “Banding Together for Nick” will bring together many of the talented friends Knowlton has made across the country over his five-decade career to pay tribute to the local music legend and help raise money for his hospital and medical expenses.

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Auburn Schools staffer to discuss TV experience at next Food for Thought luncheon

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Tanya Vanesse not only beat out competitors half her age to make it onto “Fear factor Live,” but she won the entire competition!

At the next session of LA Senior College’s Food for Thought luncheon on Friday, March 10, Auburn School Department Computer Technician Tanya Vanesse will present a program called “My Fear Factor Live Reality TV Experience,” in which she will discuss her recent appearance in the studio version of “Fear Factor Live” at Universal Studios.

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