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Agren wins $5,000 for hole-in-one


Hole-in-one prize winner Jason Agren, with Greater Androscoggin Humane Society Development Director Donna Kincer

Jason Agren was recently presented with $5,000 following his hole-in-one at the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society’s 14th annual Golf Tournament. Held in June at Martindale Country Club, Agren made the rare shot from 220 yards on hole #9, making him the first hole-in-one winner in the history of the Society’s event.

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Balloon Festival seeks volunteers

The Great Falls Balloon Festival will host its 24th annual celebration August 19 through 21 at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston and Festival Plaza in Auburn. The success of the festival depends upon the skills and time contributed by volunteers, who are needed to assist with various activities, including staffing souvenir and information booths, field clean-up, crowd control, supply delivery, staffing balloon crews, and much more. Volunteer shifts are typically one to four hours long.

Both groups and individuals are encouraged to volunteer.  To sign up, fill out the volunteer form on the festival website at or e-mail

Agencies team to offer Office Certificate


Meeting recently to review schedules and requirements for a new certificate training program to begin September 19 are (l. to r.) Jennifer Tiner and Gregory Yates of the Lewiston Public Schools, Patti Saarinen of Western Maine Community Action and the Lewiston CareerCenter, and Tracey Chase of Bonney Staffing. (Photo courtesy of Monica Millhime)

Lewiston Adult Education, Bonney Staffing, Western Maine Community Action and the Lewiston CareerCenter are partnering to provide an Office Certificate training program with a customer service focus. The program will begin on September 19. Participants will receive extensive training in the essential skills needed for an entry-level position in an office setting, including keyboarding, data entry, MS Word, MS Excel, email, calendar software, office management tools, effective communication skills, and more. Participants will also have an opportunity to job shadow with a local employer.  Upon completion of the program, students will earn a state-approved WorkReady credential and will have a guaranteed interview with Bonney Staffing.

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Enough is Enough Standing up for Lewiston taxpayers is neither bullying nor hatred

By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston

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Only Steps Forward Auburn taking steps to support businesses, attract young people

By Jonathan P. LaBonte
Mayor of Auburn

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Governor’s Address: Maine Education Association puts money into political campaigns, not classrooms

The Maine Education Association has a tremendous influence on legislators in Augusta. But make no mistake: the MEA’s mission has nothing to do with improving education for our children.
Dear Maine Taxpayer,

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Letter to the Editor

Triple Crown, Poland Spring working
to provide runners with water

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Auburn venues, L.L. Bean raffle added to July Art Walk


This month’s Art Walk adds new events and venues in Auburn.

Art Walk LA is getting into full swing! With another lineup of over 40 local artists, new live entertainment, more events and venues in Auburn, and a $250 L.L. Bean gift card raffle, this month’s Art Walk on Friday, July 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. will be one you won’t want to miss.

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Auer to hike Mt. Whitney for Wisdom’s Women


Anne Auer will celebrate her 50th birthday in a unique and challenging way: by hiking up Mt. Whitney in California this month to raise funds for the Center for Wisdom’s Women.

Anne Auer, a board member and volunteer at The Center for Wisdom’s Women, has decided to celebrate her 50th birthday by hiking up Mt. Whitney in California this summer. With an elevation of 14,496 ft., it is the highest summit in the contiguous United States.

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Comm. Concepts helps finance treehouse lodging venture


Timberstone Adventures owners Frank and Karen Ring, with their son, Josh, his wife, Cindy, and their grandchildren, Kaylee, Alanna, and Owen

Timberstone Adventures, a family-run disc golf course in Stoneham, recently expanded their operation to include a unique lodging experience: treehouses.

Owners Karen and Frank Ring worked with Zakk Maher of Community Concepts Finance Corp to secure the funding needed to construct three new treehouse cabins on their property, located only 20 minutes north of downtown Norway, abutting the White Mountain National Forrest. The Rings have already started booking reservations through the end of the summer for the newly completed treehouses, which sleep four people each. The largest treehouse, to be completed in August, will sleep eight and will boast a full kitchen, two full baths, two living rooms, and a custom built spiral staircase.

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