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Governor’s Address: Why I decided to sign into law LD 1313, known as the “Death with Dignity Act”

You know, it’s difficult to speak about death on days such as this, when spring is lifting up dormant life and summer is inviting us to happier times.

Some say that dusk is both the most beautiful and troublesome time of day. That is why the subject of impending death, the dusk of our days, is so difficult. 

This week, we dealt with a bill – commonly called the “physician assisted suicide” or “death with dignity” act – that purports to address decisions relating to end-of-life care, the dusk of our lives.

Some of the basic considerations for and against this bill were:

First, those in the shadows of life – as all of us may be at some time – deserve the highest level of care, compassion, and caution from those in charge of society’s resources, through its rules, laws, and mores.

For those who are unable to care for themselves – of whatever age, ability, or capacity – society has a great responsibility.

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“Rock, Water, Glacier, Shift!”

Students Maddox, Alyssa, and Adam learn how volcanic magma cools into igneous rock during this Ecology School class on the campus of the Poland Spring Resort. (Photo by Nathan Tsukroff)

By Nathan Tsukroff

That was the lesson of the afternoon at the Ecology School last week at Poland Spring Resort on Maine Street in Poland, the school’s home for the spring and fall of 2019. 

Sixth-grade students from Haverhill, MA spent last week studying agroecology at the expansive resort that has served summer guests for generations. Over 80 students from one school arrived on Monday, with another 60 arriving on Tuesday. They took part in classes through midday on Friday before returning to Massachusetts. 

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Public Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre partner for “Grease: The Musical”

With shows running June 18 through 30, this collaboration will be the first time the Public Theatre has presented a musical for their audience. (Photo by Janet Mitchko)

The Public Theatre in Lewiston and Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick are partnering for the first time to bring the musical “Grease” to The Public Theatre stage in Lewiston June 18 through 30.

“When the possibility of having our two professional theatres collaborate on a musical was presented, we jumped at the idea,” said TPT’s Executive-Artistic Director Christopher Schario. “We think that combining the strengths of our organizations will create a production that will surprise and delight both our audiences.”

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Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish wraps up successful diaper drive

The large collection of diapers in different brands and all sizes will be given to Catholic Charities Maine’s Relief & Hope Services program. 

For weeks, parishioners at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Auburn have responded to the call of a parish diaper drive by dropping diaper package after diaper package into baskets at Sacred Heart Church and St. Philip Church.

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Evergreen Subaru’s Share the Love campaign raises $31,450 for Tree Street Youth

Pictured here (l. to r) are Barry Dean of Evergreen Subaru, Steve Hoogendorn and Jim Harris of Subaru of New England, Julia Sleeper of Tree Street Youth, student participants from Tree Street Youth, Lynn Weisz of Evergreen Subaru, and John Hayes of Subaru of New England.

Evergreen Subaru of Auburn helped kick-off Tree Street Youth’s Project Graduation event recently by announcing how much the dealership was able to raise for Tree Street through its annual Subaru Share the Love campaign. After a thunderous hand-clapping drumroll by the staff and kids of Tree Street Youth, Evergreen announced the collective donation to be $31,450. 

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RSU 16 Adult Ed honors graduates

Among this year’s graduates were (l. to r., from front) Samra Nay, Parker Smith, Rebekah Paschke, Brawn Young, Cassandra Myers, and Morgan Nielsen. (Photo by Lucas Moulton)

Ten RSU 16 Adult Education students were honored at a cap and gown graduation ceremony recently for meeting High School completion goals. Over 75 friends and family members gathered in the gymnasium of Elm Street School in Mechanic Falls as six of the graduates marched single file to “Pomp and Circumstance,” played by pianist Lindsay Cook. 

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FREE Community Seminar Tuesday: Cartilage Restoration of the Knee

Michael O’Malley, MD

Spectrum Healthcare Partners – OA Centers for Orthopaedics’ surgeon Michael O’Malley, MD will host this discussion in Portland on June 11th, 2019. His comprehensive presentation will discuss knee pain, how cartilage restoration may help and what to expect from the procedure. He will also discuss when this procedure may be right for you and will answer any questions you may have.

Dr. O’Malley is a board-certified, fellowship trained sports medicine surgeon, who performs procedures in our outpatient surgery centers and at local hospital partner sites. As with the entire Spectrum Healthcare Partners orthopaedic team, he uses leading edge technologies and practices to provide you with exceptional care.

This free community seminar will be offered on Tuesday, June 11th from 6:00-7:00pm at OA Centers for Orthopaedics on 33 Sewall St. in Portland.

Though there is no cost for the presentation, we do request that you reserve your spot in advance. For more information or to reserve your spot now, call 207-482-7854 or email

Governor’s Address: Our bond package will position us to succeed in the years to come

This week, my Administration announced an investment strategy to improve our economy, address some of the critical challenges facing our state, and position us to succeed in the years to come. These are the goals of the bond package we submitted to the Legislature.

The first critical challenge facing our state addressed by this bond package is access to high speed internet. About 83,000 households in Maine do not have access to broadband, and ConnectME is currently able to fund only a few small projects at a time. With the availability of faster internet speeds, it’s time we change that. We can no longer be a slow-speed state in a 5G nation. 

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31st monument unveiled at Memorial Day Ceremony

Prior to the ceremony, U.S. Senator Susan Collins walks in the Auburn Memorial Day Parade with the Grand Marshall, decorated Marine Colonel Todd Desgrosseilliers (retired).

During this year’s L-A Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, officials unveiled the park’s 31st granite monument, honoring more than 200 Lewiston-Auburn servicemen. Also unveiled at the event was a new bench honoring Shingo Douglass, who died aboard the USS Fitzgerald in 2017, when it collided with a cargo ship off the coast of Japan. The bench was donated by Douglass’ family. Douglass’ grandfather is a past commander of the Auburn VFW and serves on the L&A Veterans Council. 

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Auburn Memorial Day Parade, Art Show winners

People’s Choice 1st Place: “Lewiston Falls Academy,” by Anita Poulin

The City of Auburn has announced the prize winners from its Memorial Day Parade and first annual “Art in the Park” juried art show. Winners in all categories received cash prizes in recognition of their achievement. 

The prize winners from the Memorial Day Parade were: 

Best in Show: 1st Place – Co A, 3rd Maine Volunteer Infantry; 2nd Place – Community Little Theater; 3rd Place – American Legion Post 153.

Best Band: the Riverwalk Blues Festival/Continental Shake Down.

Best Commercial Entry: 1st Place – Roundabout Farm Miniatures; 2nd Place – Cote Crane; 3rd Place – Community Credit Union.

Best Nonprofit Entry: 1st Place – Co A, 3rd Maine Volunteer Infantry; 2nd Place – Community Little Theater; 3rd Place – American Legion Post 153.

Best School Entry: 1st Place – Auburn School Department; 2nd Place -Franklin School.

Best Team: 1st Place – Auburn Cheering; 2nd Place – Auburn Special Olympics; 3rd Place – Red Eddies Football Team.

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