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Local clergy convene for Veterans Day prayer service

Area clergy will gather to lead the 13th annual community-wide Veterans Day prayer service, “We Remember & Give Thanks,” on Friday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at Holy Family Church, 607 Sabattus Street in Lewiston.

All are invited, regardless of denomination or faith affiliation, to this evening of reflection, when local clergy will join together to honor through prayer and song those who have served or are serving in the United States Armed Forces. All active and inactive military and their families are invited to attend. Active soldiers who live in the area or are home on leave are encouraged to attend in uniform.

Words cannot explain our gratitude to each and every veteran for their service in defense of our country and to those who gave the ultimate gift to ensure our freedom. The entire community is invited to give thanks and remember.

Partnership provides on-the-job-training

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Alternative Manufacturing, Inc. of Winthrop has teamed with Western Maine Community Action, a partner of the Lewiston and Augusta CareerCenters, to develop an on-the-job training program. WMCA provides grant funding to qualified candidates to enter into training programs supported by participating businesses in healthcare, manufacturing, technology, and other fields, while the employers provide paid, on-the-job training to employees engaged in productive work resulting in knowledge or skills essential to the job. Pictured here with program graduates David Bennett and Noah Spargo are Alternative Manufacturing, Inc. President and CEO Greg Boyd (l.) and Linda Roberts (r.) of the Maine Department of Labor. (Photo by Monica Millhime)

Norlands hosts Veterans Day “Tour, Talk and Tea”

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Maine’s Civil War Governor, Israel Washburn, Jr., enlisted 50,000 men in less than two years – more troops per capita than any other state.

The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center will honor local Civil War veterans and spotlight the accomplishments of Maine’s Civil War Governor, Israel Washburn, Jr., in a special living history “Tour, Talk and Tea” program on Saturday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited and tickets, which are $13, must be purchased by November 10.

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Poliquin has family ties to Lewiston-Auburn

Congressman Bruce Poliquin grew up in Central Maine, but he has a close connection to the Lewiston-Auburn area, too. His grandfather grew up in Lewiston.

Congressman Bruce Poliquin grew up in Central Maine, but he has a close connection to the Lewiston-Auburn area, too. His grandfather grew up in Lewiston.

If you turn on C-Span early enough, you can see a Congressman crisscrossing the House of Representatives’ floor, introducing himself to Republicans and Democrats alike. That Congressman is Bruce Poliquin.

A third-generation Mainer, Congressman Bruce Poliquin grew up in Central Maine, but he has a close connection to the Lewiston-Auburn area, too. His grandfather grew up in Lewiston. The Poliquins lived in the area where Lewiston High School now sits.

“It’s pretty exciting to represent the Lewiston-Auburn area in Congress, with my grandfather having grown up in the area. It makes me proud to fight for the families of L/A and all of Maine,” he said.

“Growing up in a working-class Franco-American family, my parents wanted me to understand our heritage and to instill family values. I worked the night shift at a Maine factory and painted metal roofs in the summer so I could afford college. Now I work just as hard in Congress.”

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Donald Trump Jr., Gov. LePage visit Simones Hot Dogs

George Simones, Melissa Simones, Governor Paul R. LePage, Donald J. Trump, Jr., James Simones and Linda Simones. More photos and video at www.facebook.com/TwinCityTimes. (TCT photo by Laurie A. Steele)

George Simones, Melissa Simones, Governor Paul R. LePage, Donald J. Trump, Jr., James Simones and Linda Simones. More photos and video at www.facebook.com/TwinCityTimes. (TCT photo by Laurie A. Steele)

For decades, Simones Hot Dogs in Lewiston has been a hot spot for politicians to gather, and this week it was no different. Donald J. Trump, Jr. made it one of his campaign stops on Tuesday during his visit to Maine. After speaking to supporters at Howell’s Gun Shop in Gray and the GOP campaign headquarters in Auburn, Trump Jr. arrived at Simones. The restaurant was packed wall to wall with patrons eager to meet him and offer their support for the presidential candidacy of his father, Donald J. Trump. Trump Jr. was greeted by Governor Paul R. LePage and welcomed by an uproar of cheers from supporters. Someone promptly thrust one of Simones’ “famous” red hot dogs into his hands. As Trump Jr. took a generous-sized bite of the hot dog, the room exploded in chants of “Trump, Trump, Trump!” Making his way through the crowded room, patrons approached him, offering well-wishes and requesting “selfies”, which he graciously took time for. Pictured at the event is George Simones, Melissa Simones, Governor Paul R. LePage, Donald J. Trump, Jr., James Simones and Linda Simones. More photos and video at www.facebook.com/TwinCityTimes. (TCT photo by Laurie A. Steele)

Enough is Enough: Ballot questions seek to turn Maine into liberal “paradise”

It appears that the Missouri Compromise of 1820 granting statehood to Maine may soon be nullified. As I write, there are sinister activities going on behind the scene designed to assure the reunification of Maine and Massachusetts.

For many years Maine, whose slogan is “The Way Life Used to Be,” has served as a welcoming destination for the Massachusetts working-class exodus, escaping the tyranny of Moon Bat liberalism.

Now Maine’s life is being threatened by unvetted northeast Progressive interlopers who want to turn Maine into a Moon Bat paradise, where every aspect of our lives will be controlled by their superior thinking. You don’t believe me? Let’s look at the upcoming ballot questions.

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Tourney raises $70K for planned CMMC Birthing Center

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Representing Rodrigue & Son Painting, Steven, Kathleen, Dylan, and Cody Rodrigue took 1st Place Gross in the tournament.

Central Maine Medical Center’s annual Fall Golf Classic, held recently at Martindale Country Club in Auburn, raised over $70,000 for the hospital’s planned Special Delivery Family Birthing Center. The tournament hosted twenty-eight foursomes who enjoyed an event complete with bag valet service, a continental breakfast, a barbecue lunch, hors d’oeuvres, and a commemorative jacket for each player.

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Powell named RSU 16 Student of the Month

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LiSha Powell, with Tri-Town Optimist Club President Jeff Gagnon

The Mechanic Falls, Minot and Poland Tri-Town Optimist Club has named Poland Community School sixth grader LiSha Powell its RSU 16 Student of the Month for October. Powell is described by her teacher as a positive classroom role model who leads by example and consistently goes above and beyond in all she does.

Only Steps Forward: Downtown Transportation Center provides high-quality hub

Last week, the City of Auburn along with many different partners held a ribbon cutting for the Downtown Auburn Transportation Center. This center has been in the planning stages for over 12 years, first appearing as a recommendation in the Auburn Downtown Action Plan for Tomorrow (ADAPT) plan.

The original concept, as I’ve highlighted before in this and other reports, was to provide transportation connections from other cities and states to our downtown and for our residents and businesses to reach other regions. Over time, plans were downsized and a design to build just a small warming shack on Spring Street emerged to service just the local bus system.

Thankfully, with involvement from the office of Senator Susan Collins, MaineDOT staff member Sue Moreau and Phil Nadeau from the City of Lewiston and the local transit committee, we were able to pause the Spring Street project and revisit the original intent of a transportation center.

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New endowment will benefit St. Dom’s students

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Laurianne Cormier was still attending to her volunteer duties at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center a short time before her death on June 23, 2015, just two weeks shy of her 103rd birthday.

The Catholic Foundation of Maine has announced the establishment of a new endowment to honor a woman who touched the lives of countless people and to assist students who demonstrate a commitment to both academics and service.

The Laurianne Michaud Cormier Endowment will allow for an annual scholarship to be awarded to a Saint Dominic Academy student who excels in the classroom and is a volunteer at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston or another area health-care facility.

Cormier, a native of Lewiston, attended St. Peter’s Parochial School and graduated from Cours Supérieur, an upper school for girls, in 1928. Both of her daughters graduated from St. Dominic High School, now Saint Dominic Academy. As a child, Cormier dreamed of becoming a nurse, but the death of her father and the need to help support her family during the Great Depression required her to set aside that dream. In her retirement, she became a dedicated volunteer at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, accumulating nearly 20,000 hours of service over 35 years.

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