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Lewiston to Hold Riverfront Island Presentation & Open House

LEWISTON, ME (December 29, 2022) — MARK YOUR CALENDAR:  Come to a Riverfront Island Master Plan Update Open House on Jan. 12 at the Lewiston Public Library’s Callahan Hall, 200 Lisbon Street (snow date is Jan. 24). 

View current ideas and comment on the design concepts being considered for inclusion in the Master Plan. This plan covers the Riverfront Trail, Simard-Payne Park, the canals, Island Point, and bike and pedestrian connections, as well as undeveloped parcels near the riverfront. From 5-7 PM, designs for each of these areas may be viewed at your own pace.  There will be a short public presentation on the designs at 5:30 PM.  Questions may be directed to the Planning & Code Department by calling 207-513-3125.

One-Month Grace Period for Licensing Pets Expires Jan. 31

LEWISTON, ME (December 29, 2022) — The Lewiston City Clerk’s Department is reminding all Lewiston dog owners that the one-month grace period for licensing their pets will expire Jan. 31.  Per state law, a dog’s license expires Dec. 31 of each year, and a $25 state late fine will be added to each license for all dogs licensed after Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023.     

According to the City Clerk’s Office, only about seventy percent of the dogs that were licensed in 2022 have been re-licensed for the new year.  

“We do not want our residents to have to pay the $25 late fine, but it is a state requirement.  In Nov., we sent letters to all owners of dogs licensed in 2022 to remind them that the licenses expire Dec. 31 and the late fine is effective Feb. 1,” said City Clerk Kathy Montejo.   

Dog license fees are $11 for a male or female dog and $6 for a spayed or neutered animal, which means the late fine is more than the cost of the license itself.

 “We have over 800 dogs that still need to be re-licensed,” said Montejo, “which means that we will be doing a lot of dog licensing during the next month, before the Jan. 31 late fine begins, or many of our residents will have to pay the state-mandated late fee.”   Per state requirements, the late fine is assessed per dog and not per household. 

Many dog owners may not have re-licensed their pet because they may have misplaced the animal’s rabies certificate, which is required to be shown at the time of licensing.  Pet owners should contact their veterinarian’s office to request a duplicate copy of the rabies certificate if they cannot locate their copy.

 As a convenience, dog owners may mail in their license renewal information, and the tag for the new year will be mailed back to the owner.  The dog owner should mail a copy of the rabies certificate, along with the dog’s name; the owner’s name, address, phone number; and a check payable to the City of Lewiston for the correct amount.  Residents may also register their dog’s license online at the City’s website: 

Rabies is a serious problem in the State of Maine.  Residents are urged to take the time to protect their pet against this deadly virus.   If an animal is suspected of having rabies, it is quarantined.   If during this time, the signs of rabies still appear, the only way to test an animal for rabies is to euthanize the animal.   Dog licensing ensures rabies vaccination which protects the health of your pet.

 The City Clerk’s Department has office hours on Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.   Questions can be directed to the City Clerk’s Department at 513-3124.

Fontaine Participates in Q97.9’s Cans for a Cure

(December 20, 2022) — Every October since 2005, Fontaine Family – The Real Estate Leader’s entire team participates in WJBQ Q97.9’s “Cans for a Cure” which raises money to help those fighting breast cancer in Maine. All agents and staff members encourage clients, friends, family and businesses to save cans and bottles to donate to the cause. The goal each year is to completely fill their moving van with cans and bottles and they’re proud to say they’ve done once again this year. Follow Fontaine Team on Facebook to learn more about their involvement in the community.

Lewiston Director Receives QHC Recognition

LEWISTON, ME (December 19, 2022) — Elaine Brackett, Lewiston’s Social Services Director since November 2019, has a passion that daily fuels her response to clients.  One of eight children who grew up in a dysfunctional setting, she knows firsthand what it’s like to live in an abandoned building, have no home heating oil, and have no food. Brackett, a Lewiston native, was a long-time caretaker for her parents and siblings, and her self-care was last on the list.

She eventually knew she wanted a different life for herself and took a fork in the road towards self-sufficiency by facing the unknown to pursue change and accepting her first job.  Today, she advocates the same for the clients she serves, and her dedicated efforts have recently rendered her the title of Quality Housing Coalition (QHC) Housing Champion of 2022, touted as a “tireless advocate” by Victoria Morales, Executive Director/Founder of the QHC.

“We hope that (this recognition) provides you with meaningful acknowledgement of our appreciation for the hard work you are doing in the area of housing for the Lewiston community,” said Morales when sharing the news with Brackett.

Brackett commenced her tenure with the City of Lewiston as a Caseworker, serving for 32 years in that capacity, was promoted to Deputy Social Services Director, and then took the Social Services helm in 2019. Prior to working for the City of Lewiston, she worked as a Community Service Worker for Community Concepts.

She works daily with various landlords and organizations in response to housing and other needs for low-income individuals and families. 

“Everyone has a story, and when I meet with clients, it’s important to focus on their potential.  Not only do I want to assist with their immediate need but also want to embrace them and get to know them,” said Brackett.  “Once an initial need is addressed, I continue outreach as to programs and opportunities that a particular client might benefit from on their individual road to self-sufficiency.”

Brackett clearly believes in positive outcomes and doesn’t give up on individuals as evidenced by a client she served 30+ years ago.  The woman was homeless and asked Brackett to keep her stuffed animal for her and take care of it until she came back for it.  The stuffed animal still prominently sits in Brackett’s office, “I told her I’d watch over it for her, and I will until she comes back.”

“Director Brackett has been helping people her entire career.  We appreciate her dedication to the City of Lewiston and its residents for over three decades, and she is incredibly deserving of this recognition,” said Mayor Carl L. Sheline.

“I’m humbled,” was Brackett’s response when learning of the Quality Housing Coalition recognition, taking a moment to also praise the Coalition’s efforts, “They are as enthusiastic about helping folks as I am.”

Mayoral Holiday Address by Mayor Sheline

LEWISTON, ME (December 20, 2022) — Happy holidays! During this special time of the year, I extend an offering of joy, peace, and love to everyone in Lewiston. I also want to recognize all of our community members who are serving our country in the armed forces away from home. I am filled with gratitude for their sacrifice and thank them for their service. 

As the new year fast approaches, I’m sure that 2023 will be full of new opportunities and challenges.  Whatever the new year brings, I have confidence that we can move forward together. May you have a joyful holiday season and a happy new year. 

Merry Christmas to You and Yours,

Mayor Carl L. Sheline

“Surviving Divorce” to be Held in Lewiston

 LEWISTON, ME (December 20, 2022)—Prince of Peace Parish is offering a divorce ministry for men and women who have suffered from or are going through the difficulty of divorce.

“Surviving Divorce” is a 12-week program that will begin on Wednesday, January 4, with sessions running each Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the hall of Holy Cross Church on 1080 Lisbon Street in Lewiston. Each week, the group will review a 30-minute video covering a variety of topics like shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness, money, the courts, the kids, the ex-spouse, annulment, dating, sexuality, spirituality, remarriage or staying single, and much more.

“This program was created to bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a divorce. It is for the newly separated and divorced and those still struggling with issues many years later,” said Fr. Daniel Greenleaf, pastor of Prince of Peace Parish. “It will help them answer their questions, restore hope, and begin authentic healing.”

Admission to the group is only permitted through the third session in order to preserve group mutual trust and congeniality.
There is a registration fee of $20 to cover the cost of participant workbooks and supplies, but financial assistance is available if needed. Pre-registration is required to ensure that there are enough materials and to that the program is right for you.

To register or for additional details, call the parish office at 207-777-1200 or contact the program’s facilitators: Liz Oken (207-754-6366) or Brian Labrecque (207-576-6288).

New Members Join MaineCF’s Androscoggin County Committee

PORTLAND & ELLSWORTH, ME (December 12, 2022) — Charles Nero and Melissa Hue are the newest members of the Maine Community Foundation’s (MaineCF) Androscoggin County Committee.

MaineCF’s county committees are made up of community members who live or work in the county and serve as local ambassadors for the foundation, sharing their knowledge and providing on-the-ground local leadership for the foundation.

The Androscoggin County Committee’s volunteer county advisors review grant proposals for MaineCF’s Community Building Grant Program and recommend grant awards from the Androscoggin County Fund. Community Building supports a broad range of projects and organizations across the state, including arts, education, environment, economic development, and human services.

Nero is the Benjamin E. Mays ’20 distinguished professor of rhetoric, film, and screen studies at Bates College, where he serves on several committees. He resides in Lewiston.

Hue is the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director for the City of Lewiston and lives in Portland. She serves on the boards of Special Olympics and New Beginnings.

Other committee members include Becky Conrad of Auburn, Joleen Bedard of Turner, and Andrea Breau, Anne Kemper, Muhidin Libah, and Adilah Muhammad of Lewiston.

In 2022, the Androscoggin County Fund awarded seven grants totaling $52,500, with two additional grant proposals totaling $15,000 funded by donors with advised funds at MaineCF.

The Maine Community Foundation brings people and resources together to build a better Maine through strategic giving, community leadership, personalized service, local expertise and strong investments. To learn more about the foundation, visit

Humane Society Announces “Cold Paws, Warm Heart” Winners

LEWISTON, MAINE (December 15, 2022) – The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society announces the winners of their “Cold Paws, Warm Heart” Annual Raffle. With over $15,000 in ticket sales the winners were: Nancy West of Shrewsbury, Vermont winning $500 of home heating assistance and a handmade quilt, Billy Ladd of Augusta with $300 of home heating assistance, Rosita Friel of Buckfield with $200 of home heating assistance and Amanda Strout of Minot with $100 of home heating assistance. All proceeds from the raffle directly benefit the Humane Society.

The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society provides a safe haven for over 2,500 sick, homeless and abused animals in the greater Androscoggin area per year. The primary support for the shelter comes from fundraising events and donations of concerned citizens.

The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society is located at 55 Strawberry Avenue in Lewiston. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering at the Shelter or adopting an animal call 783-2311 or visit the website at You can also join them on www.facebook/GAHumane.

Deputy Chief Graduates From FBI National Academy

AUBURN, ME (December 10, 2022) – Auburn Chief of Police Jason Moen is proud to announce that Deputy Chief Timothy A. Cougle has graduated as a member of the 284th session of the FBI National Academy. The graduation took place at the National Academy in Quantico, Virginia on December 8, 2022. DC Cougle is the sixth officer in department history to complete this prestigious program. Nationally, fewer than one percent of officers have the opportunity to attend the program.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy offers ten weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training. Participants must have proven records as professionals within their agencies to attend. On average, these officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

The 284th session consistent of two hundred and thirty-seven law enforcement officers from forty-nine states and the District of Columbia. The class included members of law enforcement agencies from 25 countries, 5 military organizations, and 5 federal civilian organizations.

“This experience was definitely a highlight of my law enforcement career,” said Cougle. “To be surrounded by, learn from, and connect with some of the best law enforcement professionals in the world was a unique opportunity and an experience I will never forget. I was able to gain perspective and knowledge from people who are doing the same job, facing the same opportunities and challenges, and making a difference in their communities. I’m grateful to my family, my friends, and the team at Auburn PD for the sacrifices they made that allowed me to be a part of this rewarding professional development training.”

Cougle, a life-long resident of Auburn, is a 25-year veteran of the department. He has served as a patrol officer, detective, patrol sergeant and lieutenant, and was commander of all three divisions within the department: patrol, support services and criminal investigations prior to his appointment as deputy chief.

“All of us at the Auburn PD are very proud of Deputy Chief Cougle,” said Police Chief Jason Moen, who is also a proud graduate of the National Academy. “This is a huge accomplishment, and the experience will serve him – and our agency – well in the years to come.”

Auburn’s most recent FBI National Academy graduates include Retired Chief Phillip L. Crowell, Jr., and current Chief Jason D. Moen.

Hometown Careers Are Alive and Well at Lewiston Fire Department

LEWISTON, ME (December 13, 2022) – The Lewiston Fire Department continues to see advancement within the ranks, and it also has two new firefighters on board.  

William Wallace, Jr., has been promoted to Fire Captain on C shift. Prior to his promotion, Wallace spent just over 10 years as Lieutenant of Engine 7A shift responding out of Central Station. He is a Maine State Fire Instructor specializing in fire pumps and water supply, a certified Fire Officer II, Firefighter II, and Fire Instructor II. He is also a licensed EMT as well as Hazmat Technician. In addition, Captain Wallace is an active participant in the department’s Grave Marker Committee which places memorial flags annually for fallen firefighters and retired members who have since passed away. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, fishing, hunting, and spending quality time with his wife, Christine, and dog, Dash.

Eric Watson has been promoted to Lieutenant.  He began his career as a volunteer firefighter in the Towns of Sabattus/Lisbon at age 18 and commenced his tenure with Lewiston Fire in 2011. Lt. Watson is a Southern Maine Community College graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science.  Watson has worked with contractors and Code Enforcement to obtain dozens of buildings to train in before being demolished. With those buildings, he has taught roof ventilation and forcible entry specialty training.  Eric also works for the Maine Fire Service Institute, assisting to build the state’s advanced force and soon-to-be ventilation program. He also is on-call with the Maine Forest Service and has most recently been deployed to California, Colorado, West Virginia, and Washington. 

Robert Gayton has been promoted to Lieutenant on Engine 3-A Platoon.  He began his fire service career in 2004 with the Town of Sabattus. He has completed his Bachelor’s Degree in American History from the University of Maine Farmington, as well as his Associates Degree in Fire Science from Southern Maine Community College (SMCC), graduating top in the program.  He commenced his career with the City of Lewiston in 2011 as a firefighter on Engine 5, became involved with Local 785 early on, and has progressed to his current role of Vice-President. The majority of his time with Lewiston has been spent on both Engine 5 and 7.  Lt. Gayton has also been involved with the LFD Rookie School and Honor Guard for over ten years. In addition, he is a Peer Advisor and a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team member for the department.  Lt. Gayton also served as an Adjunct Professor for SMCC’s Fire Science Program for eight years. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his three children and hunting/fishing.  “I’m extremely proud to be part of this organization and its history,” said Lt. Gayton. 

Cory Higgins is a third-generation firefighter and has been promoted to Lieutenant. He started his fire career at age 18 and was hired by the Lewiston Fire Department in June of 2011.  He enjoys teaching and mentoring new firefighters. He grew up in Lewiston and Brunswick playing hockey, soccer, and lacrosse.  Following 2008 graduation from Brunswick High School, he attended Southern Maine Community College for fire science work for the federal government as a summer wildlife firefighter.  He likes to spend his free time camping, ATVing, snowmobiling, and fishing with his children.

 Hannah Maurais is a new Lewiston firefighter, coming to Lewiston from Windham.  She graduated from Southern Maine Community College with a degree in Fire Science in 2020 and a Basic EMT license. 

Brady Downing is another new Lewiston firefighter, originating from Poland and a fire service family background. He is a Southern Maine Community College graduate with a degree in Fire Science and holds an Advanced-EMT license.  Downing eagerly looks forward to a career with the City of Lewiston.

William Wallace

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