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SeniorsPlus announces public hearings

LEWISTON, ME – SeniorsPlus, the designated Area Agency on Aging for Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties, will hold two public hearings on its 2025-2028 Area Plan that outlines the organization’s vision to serve the older and disabled adults populations over the next four years. 

The public is invited to participate. Comments also are welcome via email or US mail. Written comments must be received on or before June 28, 2024, via mail to SeniorsPlus, 8 Falcon Road, Lewiston ME, 04240 or via email to ljohnson@seniorsplus.org. For more information, visit www.seniorsplus.org or call 1-800-427-1241. 

Area Plan on Aging public hearings will take place on Thursday, June 20, from 1 to 2 p.m. in-person at 8 Falcon Road, Lewiston, and from 2 to 3 p.m. via Zoom. To register for either option please call 795-4010 or 1-800-427-1241.

 An advanced draft plan can be reviewed at www.seniorsplus.org  between June 6 and June 20, 2024, or interested parties may request a copy by calling the office of SeniorsPlus at 795-4010 or 1-800-427-1241.

 Established in 1972, SeniorsPlus is the Western Maine designated Agency on Aging covering Franklin, Oxford, and Androscoggin counties. The overall program goal of SeniorsPlus, which is headquartered in Lewiston, is to assist older adults and adults with disabilities in Franklin, Oxford, and Androscoggin counties to remain safely at home for as long as possible. Our mission is to enrich the lives of older people and adults with disabilities, their families and communities, and to support them to make informed choices.

Central Maine Healthcare shows its pride

LEWISTON, ME — Pride flags were raised at all three Central Maine Healthcare (CMH)hospitals on Monday to mark the beginning of Pride Month. 

Before the flag raisings at Bridgton Hospital, Rumford Hospital and Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) in Lewiston, representatives from CMH leadership made brief remarks about why it is important for team members to embrace a culture of inclusivity and belonging throughout the healthcare system. 

“Pride Month is an acknowledgement of LGBTQ+ culture and the support of LGBTQ+ rights,” said Dick Kropp, chief people officer, Central Maine Healthcare.  “Here at Central Maine Healthcare, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are at the forefront of all of our interactions with patients, visitors and team members.”

 Central Maine Healthcare also distributed pride flags for team members to display in their workstations and offices.

Lewiston Trades for MEintroduces 8th grade girls to trades

LEWISTON, ME—The Lewiston Trades for ME conference welcomed girls in eighth grade to learn about careers in the trades. Schools sending students to the conference included Philip W. Sugg Middle School (Lisbon), Bruce M. Whittier Middle School (Poland); Oak Hill Middle School (Sabattus), Lewiston Middle School Auburn Middle School, and Tripp Middle School (Turner). The conference was hosted by New Ventures Maine (NVME) and Lewiston Regional Technical Center (LRTC) and was held at LRTC.

A dozen workshops were held—from Automotive Technology and Building Construction to Criminal Justice, Firefighting, and Welding—which provided an opportunity for girls and gender-expansive youth to experience trade professions through hands-on activities, presentations, and demonstrations.

Students created home layout designs, put cars on lifts, built wall shelves, learned about crime scene investigation, wired electrical switches, practiced firefighting techniques, and used torches and metals to solder copper into shapes to take home.

Conference participants commented on their experiences after the event:

“I learned that jobs that are usually known to be for males can be for women too. I had a lot of fun and wow, it was better than I expected.”

“I enjoyed how “hands-on” the experience was and how we got to do a lot of things.”

“I really enjoyed the hands-on experiences that were given….I also enjoyed hearing first-hand how others felt during their time at LRTC.”

Trades for ME conferences are designed to highlight careers in which women are traditionally underrepresented. “This is an opportunity for students to explore career possibilities in the trades,” said Chris Morin, NVME Workforce Specialist and Trades for ME conference organizer. “The students meet women who are working in jobs that may not be on their radar and connect with career opportunities in their county and around the state.”

Conference admission is free. Funding for Trades for ME is provided by Maine Career and Technical Education/MaineDOE (utilizing federal Carl D. Perkins funds) and the Maine Department of Transportation. Additional support and in-kind contributions are provided by businesses and community partners, including Oxford Federal Credit Union, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Spectrum, Darling’s, and Consigli Construction.

For more information visit the Trades for ME website at tradesforme.org or contact Chris Morin at christina.m.morin@maine.edu or 207-753-6531.

Photo courtesy of New Ventures Maine

La Rencontre concert to feature Phil House and Kathy Haley

LEWISTON, ME—The Franco Center presents its La Rencontre luncheon Thursday, June 20. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for socializing. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. followed by featured musical artists Phil House and Kathy Haley.  

This event is open to everyone and is meant for the community to connect with each other and with their neighbors of diverse cultures, languages, and backgrounds. The day’s theme will be the national festival of Quebec: St. Jean Baptiste, that country’s patron saint.

 Phil House has been playing the organ at the First Universalist Church of Auburn, at weddings at the All Souls Chapel at the Poland Spring Resort, and many other venues for more than 35 years. House has shared the stage for about 33 years with his good friend Kathy Haley of Danville. 

 House taught himself to play piano at age 5. By 12 years old he was the organist for the Bryant Pond Baptist Church. He’s played professionally in Nashville, Tennessee nightclubs at night and church during the day, for more than a decade. When he moved back to Maine, he played piano in Graziano’s lounge until he found a church that needed his talents. He stays busy playing at other venues including senior community living centers. 

Kathy Haley began performing early as a church organist, pianist and folk singer with the group Chord Majority.  Haley was one of the lead singers with the Top 40 dance band Good and Plenty and then later with the vocal group The Girls of LA.  She enjoys musical theater and has performed in the Pit Orchestra for many productions for LA-Community Little Theater and Lewiston High School. Currently, Haley is the accompanist for the Edward Little High School choral groups. Haley’s main role is organist/choir director at the Court Street Baptist Church of Auburn. 

 Tickets are $17 and include the meal and entertainment. All seats are reserved. Tickets must be purchased by noon Thursday, June 13, so the number of meals to prepare is known. Tickets will not be sold at the door. 

Call the box office at 207-689-2000 or visit between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Purchase online at http://www.francocenter.org/shows.

La Rencontre series is sponsored by FACE Foundation, TV5 Monde, and the Quebec Delegation Boston.  

The Franco Center is at 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. Parking is in the Oxford Street mill lot. Handicap access in on the Lincoln St. Alley side of the building.

La Rencontre will feature musical artists Phil House and Kathy Haley in a noontime concert Thursday, June 20, at the Franco Center at 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. Tickets are $17 per person and include lunch and a concert. Buy tickets before noon June 13 at www.francocenter.org/shows or 207-689-2000. Submitted photo.

Make baby keepsakes for Father’s Day with LPL

LEWISTON, ME — On Friday, June 7th from 10:00am – 11:30am, the Lewiston Public Library Children’s Department will be offering the program Baby Keepsakes: Following in Your Footsteps in honor of Father’s Day. Caregivers will be able to create a personalized keepsake using their baby’s footprint on top of their adult shoe print. 

This activity will take place in the back of the Children’s Department on the third floor of the library.

The program is recommended for babies ages birth to 2 years and their caregivers. Siblings are also welcome to attend.
This program is free and there is no registration. Participants are invited to bring a clean adult shoe for this program.

The Lewiston Public Library is located downtown at 200 Lisbon Street at the corner of Pine Street. For more information, please contact the Lewiston Public Library’s Children’s Department at 207-513-3133 or LPLKids@lewistonmaine.gov

Franco Center kicks off business envelope challenge

LEWISTON, ME—This year marks the start of the 25th performance season of the Franco Center as a 501(c)(3) Maine nonprofit organization. The nonprofit was founded in 2000 with the mission of saving the historically significant former church building and preserving the culture and heritage of the French-Canadian immigrants. The building has been rehabilitated, providing the community with a center for live performances, educational and cultural heritage programs.

“As we look forward to sustaining the Franco Center – we need your help! We challenge members of the business community to buy an envelope (or two or three) to benefit the work we do,” said Theresa Shanahan, development administrator at the Franco Center. “We want to continue to provide performances and educational opportunities and make improvements that benefit the experience you receive here at the Franco Center.”

Shanahan added, “Every donation makes a difference and gets us closer to our goal of $80,200. This is a big goal, and business leaders are an important part of making it a successful one.”

What it is: The Envelope Challenge is an electronic version of the popular paper envelope fundraiser where 400 envelopes are available for “sale” on a secure website. Each envelope is worth its face value; for example, the 200th envelope is worth $200; the 10th envelope is worth $10. There are donation options of all amounts from $1 to $400.

“Each donation brings a chance to win any of our gift prizes: $100 gift card to L.L. Bean, Downeaster voucher for a round trip for two, passes for our ‘Escape’ room, Franco Center History Tours, business ad on our website – and more,” said Penny Drumm, administrator at the Franco Center. “The more you purchase the greater your chances! When you choose an envelope, we will mail you the physical envelope so you will have your raffle ticket along with whatever you may have won.”

As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, all donations are tax deductible, and every donation will receive a tax letter.

To make a donation online, visit www.francocenter.org and the Business Envelope Challenge information is prominently displayed. A click on the Donate Now button brings you to a page where you can select an envelope that matches your donation amount.

“Going back to the first events held at the Franco Center in the early 2000s, ticket sales still don’t cover the operating costs of the venue,” said Denise Scammon, marketing director at the Franco Center. “This fundraising campaign aimed at local businesses will hopefully bring in operating cash.”

Scammon added, “Androscoggin County has 110,000 residents. If each donated $20 once a year, we would be able to cover operating costs and urgent repairs and improvements to the building. We’d like to keep our doors open.”

The Franco Center is at 46 Cedar Street in Lewiston. Other donations can be made online at www.francocenter.org/donate or call 207-424-0401.

The Franco Center’s marquee sign notes the venue is for performing arts and events, but staff say so much more goes on in the building including community rentals for weddings and business meetings, tribute band concerts, history tours, escape room activities, French-themed luncheons, and other programs. The nonprofit organization is initiating a fundraising campaign that staff hopes brings in funds to cover operating expenses. Franco Center photo.

State primary, school budget election absentee ballots available

LEWISTON, ME – Absentee ballots are now available for Lewiston registered voters from the City Clerk’s Office for the State Primary and School Budget Validation Referendum Election, both on Tue., Jun. 11. The deadline to request absentee ballots is Thu., Jun. 6.

 Registered voters who need an absentee ballot may call the City Clerk’s Office at (207) 513-3124; order online from the City website (www.lewistonmaine.gov/elections); mail in an application form (to 27 Pine Street); or come into the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 27 Pine Street, second floor from 8:30 AM to 4 PM on weekdays. Office hours are Mon. – Fri., 8:30 AM – 4 PM.

 Since the purpose of the State primary election is for members of political parties to select their nominees to run in the November general election, registered voters enrolled in the Democratic or Republican parties will receive a ballot for their political party. Per State law, voters enrolled in one of the other political parties (Green-Independent, No Labels, or Libertarian) are not able to receive a State candidate ballot in this election. 

Registered voters who are not enrolled in any political party have the choice to select the Democratic or Republican ballot in this election since State law changed this year to semi-open primary elections.   

Every race on both party ballots is uncontested except for U.S. Representative to Congress on the Republican ballot and House District 96 on the Republican ballot. 

The following candidate races will be appearing on the Lewiston ballots: U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative to Congress, State Senate, State Representative for Districts 93, 94, 95, and 96, and Register of Probate. All voters will receive a municipal referendum ballot for adoption of the school budget.

The City’s website (www.lewistonmaine.gov/elections) contains sample ballots, directions to polling places, and other information that voters may find useful.  

Voters with questions may contact the City Clerk’s Office at (207) 513-3124.

CLT’s “Alice in Wonderland” opens June 14

AUBURN, ME — A creative twist on a classic tale, Community Little Theater’s production of Alice in Wonderland promises to be an unforgettable experience. Based on the famous novel by Lewis Caroll, Alice in Wonderland tells the well-known story of Alice, a young girl who goes on an incredible journey when she falls down a rabbit hole and finds herself in a colorful and whimsical fantasy world. While most of us are very familiar with the tale, Jason Pizzarello’s adaptation of this beloved tale throws in some new twists, while still staying to the original story. The production will have a unique steampunk motif, some amazing special effects and an impressive cast of 25 talented actors.

Director, Britny Anderson, said that she chose Alice in Wonderland because of her love of fantasy and interesting characters along with her interest in the deeper themes that run through the storyline. Alice in Wonderland is full of underlying themes and hidden meanings. Anderson stated that she chose the Jason Pizzarello adaptation because she appreciated how strongly the theme of identity was apparent in the story.

To further embellish on the story, she decided to add a unique steampunk motif to the production. She stated “ I decided to apply a steampunk concept to the show, which takes the nostalgia and technology of the Victorian era and adds the whimsy of this fantastic futuristic version of it”. She added, “Wonderland is open to any interpretation; it is moldable and I find that very freeing”

The set, which includes working gears, steamworks and other exciting features, was also designed by Britny Anderson. “The goal”, she said, “is to have the show be as immersive as possible”. When asked how Chesire Cat’s famous grin would be achieved, she say “we’re going to use a little theater magic.”

The costumes, designed by Jennifer Fox, will be the traditional Alice in Wonderland costumes with a little steampunk flair added on.

During her adventures in Wonderland, Alice (Izabelle Rizzolo) meets the some fun and peculiar characters, such as The White Rabbit (Dana Chabot), The Mad Hatter (Jason Pelletier), The March Hare (Greg Lambert) Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum (Shayna Barnhard and Oliver Caron), just to name a few. Among the whimsy and chaos, along this crazy journey, Alice even meets herself (Maisy Seaver).

CLT will present “Alice inWonderland” June 14th, 15th, 20th, and 21st at 7:30 p.m, and June 16th, 22nd and 23rd at 2:00 p.m. Call 783-0958 or visit www.LACLT.com for tickets and information.

The Playing Cards rehearse with the Dormouse: Cards: L to R: Mara Cunningham; Helenna McCauley; Evie True, Link Brown; Shayna Barnhard; Mia Rodriguez; Angela Gallant; Julie Pfohl (Dormouse)

CMH obtains ownership of orthopedic surgery center

 AUBURN, ME — Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has approved the full ownership of Central Maine Healthcare’s (CMH) orthopedic ambulatory surgical center which is located in Auburn.

Last year, Central Maine Health Ventures, Inc. (“CMHV”), a subsidiary of CMH, signed a letter of intent to acquire the 50% membership interest that was owned by Spectrum Healthcare Partners in Central Maine Orthopedics Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) which is located at 690 Minot Avenue in Auburn. Approval of the acquisition was contingent upon the approval of a certificate of need (CON) which has now been granted by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services.

 CMHV has a proven track record of accredited, high-quality surgical services to orthopedic patients and has been responsible for day-to-day operations for the past two years.

 “An ambulatory surgical center provides a substantial benefit to patients by offering a high-quality, cost-effective facility,” said Steve Littleson, president and CEO of Central Maine Healthcare. “An additional benefit for patients is the ambulatory surgical center shares a building with Central Maine Therapy Services which recently opened a state-of-the-art facility for orthopedic conditions and post-operative rehabilitation.” 

Patients will also benefit from an integrated electronic medical health record under the ownership of one parent company. One electronic medical health record will ensure timely communication between primary care and other specialty providers across the Central Maine Healthcare system.

 “This is great news for central Maine,” said Lauren Adey, MD, chief of the Central Maine Healthcare orthopedics. “We have an outstanding team of surgeons and nurses who provide access to affordable, convenient and high-quality orthopedic care.”

 Central Maine Healthcare orthopedics has been designated by Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Blue Distinction Center for knee and hip replacement surgery as well as spine surgery. It has also been named a Cigna Center of Excellence for joint replacement.

Read ME summer book discussions at APL

AUBURN, ME — The Auburn Public Library is pleased to announce that again this year, they are a Read ME participating library!

Read ME is the Maine Humanities Council’s statewide summer reading program offered in partnership with Maine State Library and Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Each year a well-known Maine author recommends two titles by lesser-known Maine authors with libraries and their patrons participate in a summer of reading and discussing the featured books.

This year’s featured books are Moon in Full: a modern-day coming-of-age story by Marpheen Chann and The Road to Dalton by Shannon Bowring.

The 2024 program starts Thursday, May 30, from 11-12, on Maine Public Radio with a special episode of Maine Calling. Recommending author Jaed Coffin will join the host, along with featured authors Marpheen Chann and Shannon Bowring to discuss their books and answer questions from libraries and readers across the state.

Auburn Public Library will host a book discussion of Moon in Full on Wednesday, July 17, from 4-5 p.m. Books will be available for those who register after June 13.

Maine Humanities Council will host an online conversation with author Marpheen Chann on Thursday, July 18, from 7-8 p.m.

Auburn Public Library’s book discussion of The Road to Dalton will take place on Wednesday, August 14, from 4-5 p.m. Books will be available to those who register after July 11.

Maine Humanities Council’s online conversation with author Shannon Bowring will take place on Thursday, August 15, from 7-8 p.m.

To register for either book discussion hosted by APL, visit www.auburnpubliclibrary.org or contact the Reference Desk at 207-333-6640, ext. 4. For more information about the online conversations hosted by Maine Humanities Council, visit their website at https://www.mainehumanities.org.

When: Wednesday, July 17, 2024 — 4:00-5:00 p.m. (Moon in Full)

Wednesday, August 14, 2024 – 4:00-5:00 p.m. (The Road to Dalton)

Where: In person – Auburn Public Library, Conference Room (ground floor)


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