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Work-study partnership trains new CNAs

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Pictured (l. to r., from front) are Cher Tara of the CareerCenter; students Casey Moore, Paula Caron, Jennifer Robichaud, Jennifer Daigneault, and Roxanne Belle; Brittany Blais of St. Mary’s Health System; Nursing Unit Manager Danielle Harmon; CNA Instructor Gloria Barker; students Emily Jackson and Casey Fitzpatrick; CNA Instructors Teri Cyr and Brianna Robinson; Linda Roberts of the CareerCenter; and Jennifer Tiner of Lewiston Adult Education. (Photo by Monica Millhime)

Nine Lewiston Adult Education students recently graduated as Certified Nurses’ Aides at a pinning ceremony attended by family, friends, administrators, teachers, and community partners. The students successfully completed a collaborative program of Ready2Work provided by Lewiston Adult Education and an On-the-Job Training Program through grant funding provided by Western Maine Community Action and the Lewiston CareerCenter.

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Community Little Theatre’s “Chicago” opens Nov. 4

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Colleen Katana as Roxie Hart and Melissa Stevens as Velma Kelly head up the cast.

Community Little Theatre’s production of the hit musical “Chicago” will open on Friday, November 4. In “Roaring Twenties” Chicago, Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap… until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess,” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream”: fame, fortune – and acquittal.

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CCU, Evergreen Subaru “Fill the Forester” for Trinity Jubilee Center

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Pictured here (from l.) are Scott Turcotte of Trinity Jubilee Center, Matthew Shaw of CCU, Marc Joyal-Myers and Josh Bisson of Evergreen Subaru, and Jennifer Hogan and Monty Moose of CCU.

In a celebration of their lending partnership, Community Credit Union and Evergreen Subaru recently teamed up for a Building Community Day event featuring a “Fill the Forester” collection of diapers for the Trinity Jubilee Center. Those who came in to the dealership at 774 Center Street in Auburn were also invited to enjoy some frozen yogurt from the Top It Frozen Yogurt Bar, spin a wheel for prizes, and speak with a sales person about any of Evergreen’s new or used cars. The event collected almost 2,000 diapers.

Located in downtown Lewiston, the Trinity Jubilee Center’s five programs, Meals, Food Pantry, Day Shelter, Resource Center, and Refugee Integration, serve more than 1,000 people every week. “This generous contribution of diapers will help more than 100 families,” said Executive Director Erin Reed.

Governor’s Address: Question 2: 3 Percent Tax for Education

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

Question 2 will not solve education funding in Maine. Don’t be fooled. It will just raise the income tax to 10.15% on successful Maine households. It won’t put more money into classrooms. It won’t go to rural schools. It will go into the General Fund. The Legislature can spend it however they want.

Question 2 won’t help education. It will drive successful people out of Maine. Maine is already having a hard time attracting doctors, engineers, scientists and other professionals. Slapping them with a 10% income tax will guarantee they won’t come here. They can go next door to New Hampshire, where there is no income tax. Chasing high-income earners out of Maine creates less tax revenue for education—not more.

Before you cast your vote, please educate yourself on this misleading question.

Thank You,

Paul R. LePage

Governor

Arts and culture plan can be used to help L-A grow and prosper

By Jonathan P. LaBonte, Mayor of Auburn

In the coming weeks, the Auburn City Council will be hearing a presentation on a Cultural Plan developed by LA Arts along with partners in the network known as Arts and Culture Lewiston-Auburn. Together, along with support from both cities, they have invested in a Cultural Plan for the Twin Cities.

Now traditionally, citizens and those around government hear the word “plan” and begin to yawn, recognizing that there are bookcases full of plan after plan. The exciting part about this document is just how actionable it is.

With budgets continuing to be tight and residents squeezed with their tax bills, the words “arts and culture” may sound like frills best left to another city. What I would suggest for Auburn is that we look specifically at workforce development, investments in neighborhoods that will help attract talent to move to our city and how new businesses might choose Auburn because of those activities.

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Rinck announces expansion plans

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The Rinck team on the roof of the W.T. Grant Co. building in Lewiston, where the agency plans to move by January 2017 (Photo by Rinck)

Is there anything cooler than a full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency working out of an early 1900s downtown department store?

Rinck doesn’t think so. After 16 years in business and several years of continued growth, the Auburn full-service marketing agency recently announced plans to move into 13,000 square feet of the former W.T Grant Co. department store in downtown Lewiston. The city was the second location in the Grant department store chain, which grew to more than 1,100 stores in 40 states by the mid-1900s, according to the W.T. Grant Foundation. The move is expected to happen by January of 2017.

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Lewiston opens Early Voting Polling Place

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Lewiston residents who can’t wait until Election Day on Nov. 8 may vote at City Hall via absentee ballot until Nov. 3.

The City of Lewiston’s Early Voting Polling Place is now open and ready to serve voters. With many planning to cast their votes by absentee ballot, and just two weeks remaining before the statewide deadline for absentee voting on November 3, the City is accommodating those who want to vote early by setting up an Early Voting Polling Place in the City Council Chambers on the first floor of Lewiston City Hall.

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First Universalist welcomes new members

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Here (l. to r., from front) are new members Valerie Davis, John Cavanaugh and Merry Carver, with Rev. Dr. Jodi Hayashida, Anne Kinney, and Membership Committee chair Peggy Cox.

The First Universalist Church of Auburn recently welcomed new members  Valerie Davis and John Cavanaugh of New Gloucester and Merry Carver of Livermore Falls. In their new member session, the group learned about the history of Unitarian Universalism, as well as opportunities to minister within the church. Such sessions are offered several times per year by the church’s Membership Committee. For more information, call 783-0461 or visit www.auburnuu.org.

Digitization Day caps Franco Collection’s wartime series

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Recent speaker James Myall displays a historic photo, one of the various types of wartime-related materials local Franco-Americans are invited to bring in for the event.

The final event in the Franco-American Collection’s program series “Franco-Americans During Wartime: A Heritage of Service” will take place on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when members of the Franco-American community are invited to bring in their wartime-related materials to be digitized. Those who do will leave with their original materials, along with a digital copy, and will have the option of depositing a digital copy at the Collection to be preserved and used for research.

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Geiger looks to local partnerships, clean energy for upcoming expansion project

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The new facility will provide enough work space to accommodate a planned 25 to 50 additional employees over the next three to five years.

The Geiger company has announced that it is remaking its former manufacturing facility into a state-of-the-art management and distribution space. Including equipment, the firm will invest $12 million on the project, which, when completed, will occupy a total of 105,000 square feet. The expansion will provide enough work space to accommodate a planned 25 to 50 additional employees over the next three to five years.

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