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Song and dance take center stage in CLT’s “Holiday Spectacular!”

Dancers performing in the show include (l. to r. from front) Margaret Borwn, Julia Groover, McKenzie Richard, Maria Groover, Ethan Rombalski, Andy Dolci, and Maxwell Draper. Absent from the photo are Danica Hemond and Ansley Watson.

Great Falls Performing Arts Center will be filled with song, dance, music, and laughs when Lewiston-Auburn Community Little Theatre presents a “Holiday Spectacular!”on Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8, at 7:30 p.m.

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Dirigo FCU donates $23,525 to hunger relief agencies

The credit union’s management team invited seventeen local agencies to their Auburn branch, located at 26 Washington Street, to receive donation checks ranging in size from $500 to $3500.

Dirigo Federal Credit Union partnered with the Maine Credit Union League in 2018 to raise $23,525 for the League’s ongoing Campaign for Ending Hunger. All money raised was distributed to hunger relief organizations and food pantries in Androscoggin and Oxford Counties. Donations from $500 to $3,500 were given to seventeen local agencies, including Rural Community Action Ministry, Trinity Jubilee Center, St. Martin de Porres, St. Mary’s Food Pantry, Poland Community Church Food Bank, Oxford Helping Hands Food Pantry, Hope Haven, New Beginnings, The Root Cellar, Mannafed, Seniors Plus, and Good Shepard Food Bank.

CMCC students awarded MEREDA scholarships 

Scholarship recipients Crystal House (l.) and Elena McNeil (r.) are pictured here with MEREDA vice president of operations Shelly Clark.

Crystal House and Elena McNeil, second-year students in the Business Administration and Management program at Central Maine Community College, have been awarded $1,250 scholarships from the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) for study during the current academic year.

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Norlands celebrates holiday 19th-century style

Bonnie Brown, owner of Shaky Barn Farm Gardens in Livermore, created the beautiful greenery that decorates Norlands for the holidays. She is assisted here by volunteer Sarah Delaney.

On Saturday, December 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center of Livermore will celebrate the holiday in 19thcentury style. At the event, visitors will have the opportunity to tour the elegantly decorated Washburn Family mansion, built in 1867, and enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides.

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Budget Recommendations for Critical Investments Make Sense for Mainers

Last week I sent Governor-elect Janet Mills my administration’s recommended budget proposal. I called her attention to key measures I believe we must take to maintain the state’s fiscal health, drive economic growth, and be good stewards of the state’s property.

A new Governor has only a few weeks to craft a budget proposal. Our development of the next biennial budget should be useful to the Governor-elect and her team.

The state’s cash pool has grown substantially since fiscal year 2012, from approximately $500 million to nearly $1.5 billion today. During that period, Other Special Revenue – typically generated by licensing and fees – has quadrupled to more than $400 million. 

These balances are due to sound financial management and a strong economy. Now our state should put the money to work on behalf of all Mainers. 

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Foss Mansion opens for Christmas Open House and Fair

Built between 1914 and 1917, the beautiful Foss Mansion is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The Woman’s Literary Union of Androscoggin County will open its historic Foss Mansion at 19 Elm Street in Auburn for a Christmas Open House and Fair on Saturday, December 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

WLU members have decorated the mansion’s first floor, including the grand staircase, for the holidays and Santa will be on hand in the morning for your Christmas photos. Gift baskets, baked goods, holiday items, raffle tickets, and “knit and stitch” items will be available for purchase.

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Rotary Breakfast Club hosts Holiday Breakfast

The Edward Little High School A Capella Choir will perform when the Auburn-Lewiston Rotary Breakfast Club meets for its annual Holiday Breakfast, prepared by Kristie’s Café, on Wednesday, December 5 at 7 a.m. The event will occur at the group’s usual meeting place, United Methodist Church, located at 439 Park Avenue in Auburn. The cost is $10. All are welcome to attend.

 

Lisbon names new Moxie Festival coordinator

Julie-Ann Baumer

The Town of Lisbon has announcedthat Julie-Ann Baumer will serve as coordinator of the 2019 Moxie Festival. The2019 event will be administered by the Parks & Recreation Department instead of the Economic & Community Development Department.

“We are excited to have Julie-Ann working with the organizing committee and our staffto spearhead the festival,” said Director of Parks & RecreationMark Stevens. “She has deep roots here and a ton of energy and passion for our town.”

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French Sing-Alongs set for Dec. 3 and 14 

Les Troubadours members Mary Ann LeClerc, Louise Bolduc, Rita Gosselin, Jacynthe Jacques, Jeannine Doucette, Doris Bonneau, Aliette Couturier, and Gail Lawrence, with pianist Jeannette Gregoire

Community members will have two occasions to sing French holiday songs with local singing group Les Troubadours this season. The first session on Monday, December 3 at 2 p.m. will take place in the chapel at St. Mary’s D’Youville Pavilion. The second session on Friday, December 14 at 1:30 p.m. will be at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College.

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Governor’s Address: Let Us Give Thanks for Our Abundance and Freedom

In 1981, in his first Thanksgiving proclamation as president, Ronald Reagan stated: “America has much for which to be thankful. The unequaled freedom enjoyed by our citizens has provided a harvest of plenty to this Nation throughout its history. In keeping with America’s heritage, one day each year is set aside for giving thanks to God for all of His blessings.”

Today, as we did then, Mainers have much to be thankful for. We are blessed to live in a beautiful state. The bounty of the sea and the great productivity of our farms provide an incredible variety of food. It not only sustains us, but attracts people from all over the world.

But it is important to remember that, despite this incredible food environment and our growing prosperity, there are still people who need help. That is why Ann and I held our eighth and last food drive earlier this month to assist our fellow Mainers who are food insecure.

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