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Governor’s Address: The Legislature has one last shot to get things done

Here we are in August. It’s the dog days of summer, and the Legislature is supposed to come back to wrap things up. I hope we can believe them this time.

We need to move three very important sets of legislation forward to get the people’s business done.

I had hoped the Legislature would have completed its business by now and adjourned sine dieso I could call a special session to deal exclusively with the reforms to the child welfare system.

I had wanted to protect those critical bills from being held hostage in a political battle of wills in the Legislature.

However, we cannot continue to wait while the Democrats dilly-dally by holding tax conformity hostage so they can get taxpayer-funded Clean Elections money to run their campaigns.

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“Young Frankenstein” opens this weekend at CLT

The Monster, played by Michael Blakemore (c.), rehearses the big “Puttin’ on the Ritz” tap number in CLT’s “Young Frankenstein.” With him (from l.) are cast members Jennine Cannizo (Frau Blucher), Mason Lagasse (Igor), Zack Handlen (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein), Colleen Katana (Inga), and Bailee Sabine, dancer.The plays runs August 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and August 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. at Great Falls Performing Arts Center in Auburn. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $12 for students. They can be purchased at 783-0958 or www.laclt.com.

 

Green Dot LA quilt on display at Auburn Public Library

Here at the library’s quilt installation are Green Dot L/A Steering Committee members Susan Cooper, Eileen Fair, Kitsie Claxton, and Patty Weidler.

The public is invited to visit the Auburn Public Library for the exhibit of “KindSpring,” a quilt created by local Green Dot LA members in support and celebration of the Green Dot bystander intervention program designed to help reduce threats and violence in the Twin Cities. 

As a local volunteer initiative committed to making the community a better and safer place, Green Dot Lewiston-Auburn offers strategies for safe and effective responses to hurtful and hateful words and behaviors. The quilt’s design conveys the program’s central image of positive “green dot” actions that people can learn in response to negative “red dot” incidents of harassment or violence. 

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Hemond’s Off-Road Bash coming August 18-19

This weekend event will feature exciting activities to watch and do for the whole family.

Hemond’s Moto-X, Maine 4×4, and Minot Historical Society are teaming up to host Hemond’s Off-Road Bash on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19, at Hemond’s Moto-X and Off-Road Park, located on Route 119 in Minot. This weekend event will be packed full of fun for everyone. Not only will there be tons of off-roading, but there will be plenty of events for the public to watch and do, including activities for the kids.

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Donor gift launches enrichment program at Greater Androscoggin Humane Society 

Here with Priscilla Gendron (back l.) and GAHS Development Director Donna Kincer are Gendron’s great grandchildren (l. to r., from front) Gavin Bisson, Johnny Gendron, Paislee Turner, Gianna Colapietro, Isabella Gendron, and Jessie Gendron.

Thanks to a $5,000 gift from Priscilla Gendron, the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society will begin a comprehensive Enrichment Program for the animals in its care. This new program will be aimed at modifying the development and expression of abnormal and/or problematic behaviors and contributing to the overall well-being of the animals as they await adoption.

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Governor’s Address: Where have the state employee unions been when it mattered?

Last week I spoke to you about the reforms we are proposing for the child welfare system, including better staff training and better support for our front-line caseworkers. Suddenly, a lot of organizations want to take credit for these reforms, including the state employees’ union.

This is not about sharing the credit or the blame. Reforming our child welfare system is the right thing to do. However, I take exception to the union’s sudden interest in this issue.

Based on internal reviews at DHHS, a number of changes have already been made in how child welfare cases are handled. We have also been gathering suggestions from DHHS’s employees.

However, the state employees’ union director, Alec Maybarduk, told the media last week that the union does not think DHHS workers’ concerns are being addressed. As Governor, I am troubled by the response of the state’s unions.

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Lewiston native has flag flown over City Hall in advance of Navy retirement ceremony

U.S. Navy Logistics Chief Petty Officer Jessica Doucette retires on August 31 after 24 years of distinguished service.

“I could have flown this flag anywhere in the world, but nothing is more important to me than my family in my beautiful State of Maine and Lewiston,where it all began,” saidU.S.Navy Logistics Chief Petty Officer Jessica Doucette. A native of Lewiston, Doucette will retire on August 31 after 24 yearsof distinguished service with the United States Navy. In preparation for her retirement ceremony, sherequested that a United States flag be flown over Lewiston City Hall.

As a result, the flagshe provided wasraised in her honor by Lewiston Mayor Shane Bouchard on Thursday, July 26 at 8:30 a.m. Family members and friends in attendanceincluded her parents, Michael andConstance Doucette; her brother, Randall;her grandmother, Lily Gagnon; and several aunts and uncles.

Representatives from the offices of U.S.Congressman Bruce Poliquin and U.S.Senator Susan Collins’were on hand and area veterans werealso invited to attend.

The flag flown at the event will be honored during theflag passing portionofher official retirement ceremony in Mayport, Florida, whereDoucette is currently serving as the Senior Enlisted Leader at the Aviation Support Detachment at Mayport Naval Station.

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Bates Dance Festival concludes with Young Artists Concert

Youth Arts Program faculty member Rob Flax leads a student performance at the 2015 Bates Dance Festival finale. (Photo by Arthur Fink/Bates Dance Festival)

The 2018 Bates Dance Festival will conclude on Saturday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m. with the annual Young Artists Concert. The event will present repertory pieces in jazz, modern, Afro-modern and hip-hop performed by students in the BDF Professional Training Program, along with the culminating performance of the Youth Arts Program, featuring local artists ages 7 through 16 under the direction of Colombian folkloric dancer Priscilla Rivas. The event will take place in Alumni Gymnasium at 130 Central Avenue on the Bates College campus in Lewiston. Tickets are $10/5. For more information or to buy tickets, see batesdancefestival.org.

Auburn resident recognized as Top Next Generation Advisor by Forbes

Adam Dunbar

Adam Dunbar, First Vice President of Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors in Portland has been recognized as a 2018 Top Next Generation Advisor by Forbes.

“It’s an honor to be named to this ranking,” said Dunbar, who lives in Auburn and has fourteen years of experience in the financial services industry. “Each day, I show up with one goal in mind – helping my clients succeed financially. It is quite an honor to be recognized for doing what I love to do.”

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Short Folks for Hope Foundation supports Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine

From left: Isaiah, Allie, Ian, and Kristen Short, founder of the Short Folks for Hope Foundation, present a donation check to Mary Dempsey, Sue Craib and Karen Fillebrown of the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine.

The Short Folks for Hope Foundation recently donated $300 to the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine. The funds were raised at a Folk Fair held at Longley Square in Norway recently in support of various cancer charity organizations.

The event included arts and crafts vendors, demonstrations by the Phoenix Academy of Martial Arts, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles artist Steve Lavigne, music performances by Sea Siren Trio, Small Town Something, and Rusty Wiltjer, Mr. Drew and His Animals, Too, and Fur Cons including Lagoona the Dutch Angel Dragon.

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