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Big Brothers Big Sisters to “Bowl for Kids’ Sake”


Bates College student Lucy spends time with her “Little,” Hazey, at Longley Elementary School.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine invites businesses, organizations and individuals to participate in the 2017 Androscoggin Bowl for Kids’ Sake, taking place at Sparetime Recreation in Lewiston Thursday through Saturday, May 11 through 13. The event brings together teams of bowlers to raise pledges for BBBS’ one-to-one mentoring programs in local schools for “Littles,” or children ages 5 to 14.

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CM Foundation honors achievements at Annual Dinner


Students Ellie Harrington (l.) and Seve Deery-Deraps, members of CMCC’s national championship basketball team, served as greeters at the event.

Central Maine Commu­nity College’s tenth Annual Dinner took place recently at the Hilton Garden Inn of Auburn. The event was hosted by the college’s CM Education Foundation Board of Directors. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards to students and others for their achievements or contributions to the college.

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Governor’s Address: High energy costs kill jobs, harm the economy

I’ve been talking about energy costs since I became Governor, but most people don’t realize what high energy costs mean. Quite simply, they mean jobs.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

The more companies have to pay in energy costs, the less money they have for higher salaries and new jobs. If we want to attract and retain high-paying career jobs, we need to make our electricity rates more competitive.

Democrats always say Maine has the lowest costs of electricity in New England. But Maine has the highest percentage of industrial electricity load of any state in New England. Even small changes in electricity prices hit our industries very hard.

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Only Steps Forward: Chamber, city government can work together to grow the economy

By Jonathan P. LaBonte

Mayor of Auburn

Over the last couple of years, there’s been much local debate about how much taxpayer money, and for what, should go to various non-profit entities in and around Auburn and Lewiston. As the argument would often go, you have to provide taxpayer dollars to these groups if you want to grow your economy.

Thankfully for this region, there’s one entity that does support economic growth—and it hasn’t been asking for taxpayer dollars: the LA Metro Chamber of Commerce.

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Enough is Enough: Veterans Administration, Vet Center, CBOC offer resources to those in crisis

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Last week, I was invited by Dean Joyce Gibson of LA College to attend and comment on an exhibit being shown at the college. The exhibit consisted of 26 life-sized black silhouettes, each bearing the picture of a serviceman whose life had ended in suicide.

I was reluctant to attend. Being a Vietnam veteran, I still carry a lot of animosity towards those who shunned and labelled returning Vietnam veterans as “baby killers.” Many of Vietnam’s returning veterans were driven to suicide. There was no grief because, quite frankly, no one cared. Instead of condolences, it was “good riddance.”

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YWCA hosts annual Stand Against Racism on Sunday


Members of Lewiston High School’s 21st Century Leaders program work on their mural “Women of Color and Leadership,” which they will unveil at the event.

The YWCA of Central ME will host its sixth annual Stand Against Racism on Sunday, April 30 from noon to 4 p.m. This year’s event will be a day of education, dialogue, and art around the theme “Women of Color Leading Change.” The Lewiston-Auburn community is invited to join in celebrating and learning from the leadership of women of color students and activists and connecting with larger movements for racial justice in Maine.

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Local physician receives Degree of Fellow from AAFP


A. Frederick Hartman, MD, FAAFP

Frederick Hartman, MD, FAAFP, a family physician at B Street Health Center, a practice of Community Clinical Services affiliated with St. Mary’s Health System inLewiston,has achieved the Degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP is the national medical association representing nearly 124,900 family physicians, residents and medical students.

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WMTS launches survey to get feedback on public transportation needs

In response to a growing need for public transportation, Western Maine Transportation Services has launched an online survey to get public feedback on how to improve public transportation throughout its service area, which includes Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties and the cities of Brunswick and Topsham.

“We’re seeking input from as many people in our service area as we can reach, whether they use currently-available public transportation or not,” said WMTS General Manager Sandy Buchanan. “This survey is about determining real-world needs so WMTS can work to offer relevant rural and urban public transportation options for everyone’s benefit.”

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Immaculate Heart of Mary teens distribute Easter gift bags


Parish teens assembled items donated by parishioners into nearly 200 gift bags for the residents and patients of Bolster Heights, Clover Health Care, and the Odd Fellows’ and Rebekahs’ Home of Maine.

In celebration of Easter, teens at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Auburn recently delivered gift bags of candy, hand lotion, lip balm and other toiletries to Bolster Heights Health Care Facility, Clover Health Care, and the Odd Fellows’ and Rebekahs’ Home of Maine.

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Governor’s Address: Regional services can improve funding for education

Democrats say they want to reduce property taxes. But they don’t have the courage to actually do it.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

You can’t talk about reducing property taxes without addressing state funding for education. Education costs are a major driver of local property taxes.

Democrats keep telling people that my administration has cut education funding. That is absolutely not true. State funding has increased every year since I have been Governor.

The real problem is that student enrollment is plummeting as costs keep climbing. Since I became Governor in 2011, Maine has 10,000 fewer students, but we are still spending over $100 million more a year.

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