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Margaritas to host Auburn “Battle of the Badges”

Members of the Auburn Police and Fire Departments will race to finish a Taco Gigante, a crispy foot-long shell filled with two pounds of fixings.

In honor of National Taco Day, Margaritas of Auburn will host a friendly “Battle of the Badges” between the Auburn Police and Fire Departments on Wednesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. The team with the first competitor to finish every bite of a two-pound, 12-inch Taco Gigante will win bragging rights for the next year, along with a $100 gift certificate and a $250 donation to the charity of their choice.

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Court Street Baptist Church to host New England Festival of Praise

Kathy Haley

Commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and sponsored by the Mark Thallander Foundation, the New England Festival of Praise will take place on Sunday, October 1 at 6 p.m. at Court Street Baptist Church of Auburn. The event will feature former Crystal Cathedral organist Mark Thallander; renowned pianist, vocalist, and composer Ken Medema; Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul organist Scott Vaillancourt; music minister, singer and host Kathleen Haley; the Prince of Peace Handbell Choir; and a choir comprised of Maine and New Hampshire singers. A free will offering will be collected. Court Street Baptist Church is located at 129 Court Street in Auburn.

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LTE: Use facts, not emotion, to decide on Lewiston-Auburn merger

To the Editor:

Be an informed voter.

Whether or not to merge Lewiston and Auburn is an important decision. Depending who you listen to, it will bring great benefit—or not.

We owe it to ourselves, our kids and grand-kids to make a good decision, one that is based on solid facts. Who should we listen to?

Most of us read what we can find, and we listen to the opinions of people who know what they’re talking about before making an important decision.

So, how do you know when people know what they’re talking about? When they use facts, not emotion, to support their conclusions.

Lewiston and Auburn have been successfully saving money and doing things better by doing them together for more than a hundred years. Think of the cost and probable reduced service if we had not long ago decided to share a water supply, a sewage treatment plant, a 911 dispatch center, an economic development agency and the list goes on. We should consolidate because it works, and it has for over a hundred years.

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Governor’s Address: You must act now to save the American health care system

If we are going to save the American healthcare system, we need your help—and we need it now.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

I have been in close contact with many people working hard on this issue in Washington D.C. We’re nearing the number of votes needed to end the national nightmare of ObamaCare. A new piece of legislation could be voted on this week.

I don’t need to tell you how damaging ObamaCare has been. Premiums are skyrocketing yet again, and deductibles are about to jump significantly. Everyone who pays for their insurance knows what is happening.

Democrats are trying to use the massive failure of ObamaCare to have the federal government completely take over the healthcare system. Folks, if we don’t do something now, that could happen.

This week, we have one last shot to get the votes in the United States Senate to save the healthcare system from total collapse or a big government takeover. I am convinced this is our last chance.

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Enough is Enough: Civility and pride should start with personal appearance

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

What is the matter with today’s society?

Growing up in a middle/lower middle class family in Boston, I developed traits that were instilled and reinforced by my family. One was pride in your personal appearance. This helped define who you were.

The families in the neighborhood stressed and made sure that their children presented a respectable appearance in public, not one mirroring a character in a Charles Dickens novel. The fact that your family might be financially limited did not give you an excuse to look like the neighborhood waif.

At public school, you showed up groomed. Your educational ensemble if you were female included a blouse, skirt or slacks and appropriate footwear (and the occasional tight sweater).

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Ride for suicide awareness on Sunday

The ride will depart from the Auburn Mall parking lot at 11 a.m. and will end at Thompson’s Point in South Portland at about 12:30.

A group motorcycle ride from Auburn to Portland on Sunday, September 24 will help increase awareness of suicide and its after-effects. Riders will convene in the lower parking lot of the Auburn Mall near Center Street at 10 a.m. After enjoying free coffee and pastries, sharing memories of lost loved ones, and hearing opening remarks by event organizers and former Auburn and Lewiston Mayor John Jenkins, riders will depart at 11 a.m. along the scenic route to downtown Portland. The ride will end at 12:30, when riders meet-up with participants at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk at Thompson’s Point in South Portland.

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Public Theatre unveils season schedule

Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Maine writer Elizabeth Peavey will collaborate with the Public Theatre to present a new version of her popular play “My Mother’s Clothes are Not My Mother,” to run November 10 through 19.

“September is here, which means it’s time to go ‘back to theater’,” says Christopher Schario, Artistic Director of the Public Theatre in Lewiston. On the heels of being named “Best Theater Group in Maine” for the fifth year in a row by Down East Magazine’s Readers’ Poll and enjoying record breaking attendance for last season’s production of “Ripcord,” Lewiston-Auburn’s professional theater company is excited to start its 27th season.

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Young athletes represent Auburn at State Summer Track Meet

Setting new state records at the event were 100 and 200m racer Lindy Hyndman and the Boys’ Ages 8 & Under 4×100 Relay Team of Tallen Berry-Hart, Peyton Langlois, Brodyn Rodrigue, and Eben Thibodeau.

The following young athletes represented the City of Auburn in the 2017 State Summer Track Meet for those ages 8 through 15. Setting State USATF records at the event were Lindy Hyndman, who won the Age 15 Girls 100 and 200m races with times of 13.75 and 28.59; and Tallen Berry-Hart, Peyton Langlois, Brodyn Rodrigue, and Eben Thibodeau, who won the Boys’ Ages 8 & Under 4×100 Relay with a time of 1:10.78. The old record of 1:10.90 had stood since 1991.

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Noted Bluesman to perform at Bates College

Corey Harris

The Olin Concert Series at Bates College will present a concert by Blues musician Corey Harris on Sunday, September 24 at 2 p.m. in the college’s Olin Arts Center Concert Hall at 75 Russell Street in Lewiston. Aside from being a Bates College alumnus and the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Award, Harris is acclaimed for his rare ability to persuasively channel the raw emotion of acoustic blues, drawing from historical influences that span from New Orleans to the Caribbean to Africa.

For free tickets for students and seniors ages 65-plus, call 786-6135 or email Tickets for all others are $25 at (Photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Governor’s Address: Affordable softwood lumber prices are needed now more than ever

After the devastation from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the families who have to rebuild their lives need affordably priced lumber.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

Unfortunately, corporate greed from a coalition of big lumber companies has already sent those prices skyrocketing. Making a profit is the goal of any company—and it should be.

But it is unconscionable that this coalition is in a position that could lead to price-gouging Americans in distress.

The issue is tariffs levied on Canadian softwood. The coalition is holding the U.S. Department of Commerce hostage, trying to slap a tariff on softwood exports to the United States from New Brunswick. But New Brunswick, Atlantic Canada and Quebec border mills have been exempt from the tariff for over three decades.

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