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Governor’s Address: My Budget Is About Hope

Earlier this week, I spoke to the Maine state Legislature to deliver my first biennial budget proposal. It was a powerful moment in the presence of the three branches of government as our administration took the first step in planning for a new and better future for our state.

We did this without raising taxes, while preserving the Rainy Day fund for state government, and preserving the sources of revenues that Mainers have come to expect for education and health care.

The budget I presented is about Health, Opportunity, Prosperity, and Education. It is about HOPE.

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Local foodies line up for “Shine on Lewiston… Let’s Go Eat!”

A huge crowd filled the Franco Center’s Heritage Hall as visitors taste-tested the food offerings, talked with restaurant owners, and visited with LYAC and fellow community members.

“Wow, I want to go to Lewiston to eat!” says a post on the City of Lewiston’s Facebook page showing photos from the Lewiston Youth Advisory Council’s recent event, “Shine on Lewiston… Let’s Go Eat!” The council hosted the gathering at the Gendron Franco Center to highlight Lewiston as a food and dining destination.

The response was excellent, with eager attendees standing in line by 5:20 p.m. prior to the 6 p.m. opening. The twelve local eateries donating food items for sampling were Fish Bones Grill, DaVinci’s, Marco’s, Fran’s Restaurant, Pedro O’Hara, Cowbell Grill & Tap, Forage, Mother India, Luiggi’s Pizzeria, The Cupcakery, E. Claire & Pastries, and the Italian Bakery.  

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Popular “Bandstand to Billboard” returns to Franco Center

The cast of this lively revue includes Eileen Messina, Michael James Litchfield, and Renée Mahon Davis.

For the fourth year, the Gendron Franco Center will present the popular musical revue “Bandstand to Billboard – In the Groove” on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Conceived by Eileen Messina, a long-time actor, director, and choreographer at L/A Community Little Theatre, the show features a fun and sometimes romantic collection of 1950s, ’60s and ’70s hits that charted in Billboard Magazine and teens danced to on American Bandstand.

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Sacred Heart Church presents third annual Cabaret Show

Pam Vaillancourt, who will also perform in the show, will once again serve as stage and sound manager for this year’s event.

Sacred Heart Church of Auburn will present its third annual Cabaret Show on Saturday, February 23 at 7 p.m. This variety show for all ages will once again be hosted by guest entertainer Louis Philippe.

“Cabaret Night” is just one of many events the parish has undertaken as part of a fundraising drive launched in 2015 to help purchase, refurbish, and install a 1954 Casavant Opus 2277 Pipe Organ, which was acquired through a donation to the parish from the Sisters of Notre Dame in Toledo, Ohio.

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Court St. Baptist Church marks 150th with cake, tours

Court Street Baptist Church, as it appeared in the nineteenth century

Just as the City of Auburn is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, a local church building has been a prominent part of the city’s skyline for 150 years. Court Street Baptist Church, founded in 1859, conducted its first service in its new building at 129 Court Street on January 24, 1869. This was just one month before the Maine Legislature granted the charter to the City of Auburn on February 22, 1869.

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Governor’s Address: First Steps in Combatting the Opioid Epidemic

When I took office, I gave my word to Mainers suffering from substance use disorder. I told them that they are not alone. I told them that, together, we will do everything in our power to bring them back, to make our communities, our families, and our state whole once again.

Since I took office, the Director of Opioid Response, Gordon Smith, and my cabinet have identified immediate steps we will take to address the opioid epidemic. Last week, I directed my administration to implement specific actions to address this crisis. I signed my second Executive Order, “An order to implement immediate responses to Maine’s opioid epidemic.” This Executive Order defines a number of separate but related actions that will be taken by my administration, right now.

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Work to begin soon on new athletic fields at CMCC

Breaking ground for the new athletic complex are student athletes (l. to r.) Nick L’Heureux, Samantha Belardo, Keara Hunter, and Cody Dolloff.

Work will begin in early spring on a new and expanded athletic complex at Central Maine Community College that will include lights and a synthetic surface.

The complex, which will be built on the site of the current soccer field, will include NCAA-sized competition fields for baseball, softball, and soccer. The baseball and softball fields will be situated at opposite ends, with the soccer field overlapping both outfields. Baseball and softball teams will be able to play at the same time.

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Rolly’s Diner honored for 25 years of community service

Ken Blais (r.), owner of Rolly’s Diner, with Sen. Ned Claxton

At a recent meeting of the United New Auburn Association, Sen. Ned Claxton (D-Auburn) presented an official legislative sentiment on behalf of the members of the Maine House and Senate to Rolly’s Diner, honoring the business for its 25 years of community service and engagement.

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Lewiston, Falmouth students win Congressional Art Competition

“Dizzy,” photograph by Carolyn Adams

The Maine Arts Commission has announced that the winners of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition are Carolyn Adams of Lewiston High School and Julia Lee of Falmouth High School.

The Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition every year to recognize and encourage artistic talent in each congressional district. Maine’s winners, representing the state’s two congressional districts, were chosen by a panel of jurors appointed by the Maine Arts Commission.

The judges unanimously chose Carolyn Adams’ photograph “Dizzy,” which captures a dancer inside an old New England building, as the winner from Maine’s Second District.

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Arnott Fiddlers to perform at Rotary Auction

Rossby, age 13, Elsie, age 11, and Oliver, age 9, each began playing the fiddle at age four.

The Arnott Fiddlers of Otisfield will perform at the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Lunch Club Auction on Saturday, February 16. Rossby, age 13, Elsie, age 11, and Oliver, age 9, each began playing the fiddle at age four. Rossby won the competition at the 2016 Waterford World’s Fair Fiddle Contest. The young fiddlers were then invited to play as special guests of the Don Roy Trio at the four Fiddle-icious concerts of 2017 and continue to play at various special events.

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