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Harriman, Printup Appointed to Board of Directors

LEWISTON, ME (September 17, 2022) — Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice is proud to announce the appointment of Phillip Harriman and Heather Printup to its Board of Directors.

A lifelong resident of Yarmouth and four-term Maine Senator, Harriman is a founding partner of Lebel & Harriman LLP, a financial advisory firm established in 1978, Board Chair of Make A Wish Maine, part of the Board of Trustees for Husson University, and Political Analysis for Newscenter Maine, Political Brew. Formerly, Harriman served as President of Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), an international financial services professional services organization, as well as Director of the Yarmouth Clam Festival.

A native of Auburn, now Poland resident, Printup is a Community Relations professional boasting more than two decades with BlueTriton Brands, formerly Nestle Waters North America, representing the Poland Spring Brand. Printup is a member of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and an Executive Board Member of the Poland Spring Preservation Society.

With the many challenges faced today in the healthcare industry at large, an organization is only as strong as the foundation provided by its Board of Directors.

“Health care in Maine and the United States is in a period of significant transformation as Medicare prepares for a massive infusion as baby boomers, who are today aging into Medicare eligibility at over 11,000 people per day,” says Ken Albert, President and CEO of Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice. “The economics and regulatory dynamics in our Maine health care system are challenging, and it takes a special group of people in our community who want to dedicate themselves to governing organizations like ours. We are so fortunate to have a strong and engaged board of directors who share their time and talents with us at Androscoggin. Adding Heather and Phil to the team will make us even stronger. We are excited to work with them both.”

Manhattan Short Film Festival at This Weekend TPT

LEWISTON, ME (September 17, 2022) — The Public Theatre will host the 25th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival on September 30 and October 1 at 7:00pm.

What makes this Film Festival so special is the diversity of the short films from around the world, and the fact that the audience determines the winners. Every person watching the festival around the world will get a ballot to determine the Best Film and Best Actor awards, so this is your chance to play film critic!” The festival also has an enviable history of showing films that have gone on to be nominated for Oscars including one that went on to win the Oscar in the Short film category! All Final Ten short films become Oscar qualified, meaning they will be automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination by screening for a week at the Arena CineLounge in Hollywood in the county of Los Angeles from September 23 to September 29.

The Ten MANHATTAN SHORT films hail from eight countries with films from Scotland, Czech & Skovakia, Spain, Australia, Finland and Lebanon, alongside two films from France and USA. This year’s Final Ten Films represent the best short films from among 870 submissions from 70 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2022, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide. This year’s final ten include Don vs Lightning (Scotland), Love, Dad (Czech & Slovakia), Save the Bees (USA), The Treatment (Spain), Freefall (France), Fetish (USA), Freedom Swimmer (Australia), The Blanket (Finland), Warsha (Lebanon) and The Big Green (France).

The ten short films will be shown at The Public Theatre on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 at 7:00pm. For tickets call 782-3200 or visit thepublictheatre.org. Masking is recommended but not required. More information about our See It Safely Protocols can be found at thepublictheatre.org. The Public Theatre is located at 31 Maple St in Downtown, Lewiston

Auburn Community Concert Band Invites New Members

AUBURN, ME (August 29, 2022) — The Auburn Community Concert Band has announced that rehearsals for their Fall concert season will begin on Wednesday, September 14th. This is an ideal opportunity for former high school and college band musicians to again experience the enjoyment of making music and performing in front of large audiences.

Membership requires a commitment to the group’s weekly schedule of Wednesday evening rehearsals. Members must be able to read music, and have their own instruments. Currently, the Auburn band has an immediate need for clarinet players, and for people who can play snare and/or bass drum. All members are required to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19.

Weekly rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the High Street Congregational Church, located between High and Pleasant Streets, in Auburn.

The band’s annual holiday concert for this year is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14th at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston. Last year’s performance was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Currently, the ACCB has 31 members, ranging in age from late-teens to mid-eighties. These members collectively represent a total of 12 central Maine towns. Before joining this organization, many of the group’s volunteer musicians had last played in a school or community band some 10 to 20 years ago, according to band director Milt Simon. “New members are often nervous when they first join, because of the lapse of time since they last practiced” said Simon. He added that “most people regain their playing skills relatively quickly.”

New members should email their intentions to Director Simon at auburncommunityband@gmail.com prior to attending their first rehearsal. Prospective members, who are unable to participate in any of the September rehearsals, will have a second opportunity to join the band during the group’s next “Open Membership Month”, happening in January.

The concert band is currently celebrating its 41st season. The organization was established by Simon back in 1981. Additional information regarding membership can be found on the band’s website at www.auburncommunityband.com.

Lewiston to Host Maine’s First Outdoor Fitness Court

LEWISTON, ME (August 30, 2022) — Maine’s first new Fitness Court® for ages 14 and over and all fitness abilities opens in September thanks to a partnership between Community Health Options, the City of Lewiston, and National Fitness Campaign (NFC). The Fitness Court, north of the canal at Simard-Payne Park, Lewiston, opens at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 9, 2022.

A Fitness Court challenge and demos led by trained local ambassadors will follow a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Parking for attendees will be available at the 16 Lincoln Street parking garage, and residents are invited to attend.

NFC has designed the Fitness Court to be the world’s best outdoor gym that enables people to use their own body weight to undertake a complete workout using seven exercise stations—in as little as seven minutes. Partners for the local Fitness Court are committed to expand free access to high-quality workouts and create equitable exercise access.

Lewiston Mayor Carl L. Sheline is enthusiastically looking forward to the Court’s opening, “This outdoor Fitness Court will complement Simard-Payne Park nicely and is an exciting addition to our riverwalk and downtown. I appreciate Community 2 Health Options & National Fitness Campaign for making this possible and for their commitment to Lewiston.”

Kevin Lewis, Community Health Options President & CEO, says, “We are proud to be the exclusive sponsor of National Fitness Campaign Fitness Courts here in Maine and look forward to expanding the network across the state. As such, we are pleased to support the City of Lewiston in its official launch of the first Community Health Options Fitness Court in Maine.” He continues, “This project is just one part of our commitment to the health and well-being of Maine people, which includes making fitness opportunities free and accessible to help build healthy communities. This also promotes enjoyment of the outdoors—especially given the beauty of this park nestled along the Androscoggin River—and encourages physical activity, whether alone or with friends or colleagues.”

Created with individuals aged 14 and over with all fitness abilities in mind, Fitness Court workouts are adaptable for all fitness levels, allowing participants to move at their own pace. Users may also download the free Fitness Court App which acts as a coach-in-your-pocket resource, elevating the outdoor gym to a digitally supported wellness experience.

Mitch Menaged, Founder of the National Fitness Campaign, is also excited about Lewiston’s celebration, “National Fitness Campaign is proud to welcome the City of Lewiston to the Campaign as a leader in health and wellness for Maine and across America.”

For more information about the September 9th ribbon cutting, please contact Lewiston’s Community Relations Coordinator, Dottie Perham-Whittier, at 207-513- 3018. For more information on Community Health Options’ support of the National Fitness Campaign, https://nationalfitnesscampaign.com/maine.

Making Sure We Support Our First Responders

 Guest Column by Sen. Ned Claxton

AUGUSTA, ME (September 2, 2022) — It’s hard to believe that we are approaching the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our nation. I know for me and so many other Americans, we can remember right where we were when we heard the news. Many of us sat there glued to our televisions, struggling to grasp the reality of the situation. It was a dark day for our country – nearly 3,000 people perished. We were shaken to our core. Among the pain that was felt, both by loved ones of the victims but also by Americans as a whole, there were those who made heroic efforts that day to save as many people as possible. These first responders displayed a truly remarkable amount of courage. On Sunday, Sept. 11, I will be attending the Auburn Fire Department’s ceremony honoring these heroes, as I have done for years. This is always a solemn but special ceremony, and I would encourage you to join if you’re able. It will take place at 8:15 a.m. at 550 Minot Ave. in Auburn.

In the Legislature, my colleagues and I know how critical our first responders and EMS personnel are, and we have worked to support them and help resolve the longstanding issues they face. One of the toughest issues is the workforce shortage, and while it’s hardly limited to EMS departments in Maine, the stakes are much higher when we can’t find folks to be there for us in our most dire times of need. Rural Maine communities have struggled the most with this in recent years, and despite EMS workers going above and beyond, working long hours and doing all they can to serve the community, we simply can’t get around the fact that we need more people in this profession.

One new law we passed this year established a new Blue Ribbon Commission to examine these issues. The commission, which had its first meeting on Sept. 1, will look for ways we can ensure EMS services are available to all Mainers, attract workers, improve workforce development, and more. There’s no doubt that these are complicated issues with no one simple solution, but by getting lawmakers, advocates and EMS personnel in a room together to discuss them, I’m hopeful that we will come away with recommendations that will make a real difference. 

Another new law we passed this year established a grant program for communities across Maine to plan for the future of EMS services in their area. Again, the workforce shortage is a huge issue. One disturbing statistic shows that Maine EMS departments have lost over 20 percent of personnel since 2013. This grant program will allow a department to plan for long term sustainability in a process known as “Informed Community Self-Determination.” This is where experts in rural EMS delivery work with local service providers in order to look at the department’s strengths, weaknesses, challenges and prospects for the future to become sustainable in the long term. That information is then shared with the folks in the community as a whole, so everyone can be knowledgeable about the current state of the department and be involved in shaping steps to move forward. We need to plan for the future and this new grant program will help us do that.

EMS providers do incredible, heroic work on a daily basis and are vital members of our community. However, they have been overworked, and faced too many challenges on their own without enough support. My colleagues and I are working hard to change that reality, so these folks can do their job, and Mainers can know that someone will be there to help when they have an emergency. I’m proud of the progress we were able to make in the last year.

As always, don’t hesitate to contact me by email at Ned.Claxton@legislature.maine.gov or by phone at (207) 287-1515.  

Nor’easters & Maine-ly Harmony “Singing Together Again”

AUGUSTA, ME (September 1, 2022) — The Nor’easters men’s barbershop chorus, based in Bath/Brunswick, directed by Kathy Robitaille, and Maine-ly Harmony women’s barbershop chorus, based in Augusta, directed by Kathy Greason, are pleased to be “Singing Together Again!” after two years of Pandemic silence! 

However there seems to be a hitch!  It’s a battle of the choruses when the women declare in song that they can do anything better than the men.  “Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)” is a show tune composed by Irving Berlin for the 1946 Broadway musical “Annie Get Your Gun.” 

The fun begins on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at 2 p.m. in the South Parish Congregational Church in Augusta.  For advanced ticket information to “Singing Together Again”, contact Barbara Combs at becombs@comcast.net, Kathy Robitaille at kattsy2@yahoo.com, Nancie Hugenbruch at 293-4779, or Lea Davis at 622-1273.

Below: The Nor’easters Men’s Barbershop Chorus and Maine-ly Harmony Women’s Barbershop Chorus. Photos courtesy of Kathy Robitaille and Lea Davis.

Help Local Families and Win a Trip to Paris with Veggies to Table

NEW CASTLE, ME (August 26, 2022) — Veggies to Table, a non-profit farm that grows and donates organic produce to locals experiencing hunger, and flowers to bring joy, is excited to announce a once-in-a-lifetime French inspired sweepstakes. The grand prize is a week-long stay in a gorgeous Paris apartment (with panoramic views and balcony) along with many French inspired runner-up prizes. All proceeds from this unique fundraiser will help Veggies to Table grow and donate even more farm-fresh veggies and flowers while bringing YOU to Paris or, Paris to YOU!

Veggies to Table founder Erica Berman moved from Paris to Maine 10 years ago with her French husband and co-founder, Alain Ollier. To share a bit of France with you all, they have organized this incredible sweepstakes.

Grand Prize:

? A week stay for two in Berman’s Montmartre apartment w/a balcony and panoramic

views

? A chauffeur to and from the airport

? Champagne and flowers upon arrival

? Lunch for two at Le Bon Georges

? Lunch for two at Mokonuts Bakery and Café

? A gift certificate for Treize au Jardin

? A standard trip planning service by Paris, Perfected

Runner-up prizes:

? A weekend in Montreal with club access at the Le Centre Sheraton hotel

? A set of luxury French bed linens

? A language class at the Penobscot Bay Language School

? Handmade chocolates from French owned, Maine based, Chocolats Passion

? A set of French Utility Soap, dish towels and a wooden dish brush from sustainable shop du Jardin AND MANY MORE PRIZES

Hunger is on the rise — With higher costs all around, food insecurity is on the rise and more local families, children, and elderly are in peril. Help Veggies to Table feed the maximum amount of the 1 in 7 Maine families living with hunger (1 in 5 children). In its first three seasons Veggies to Table grew and donated 31,000+ pounds of farm-fresh produce and gifted over 2,100 flower bouquets (40,000+ stems) to spread joy. With YOUR help they can provide even more top-quality nutrient dense produce to those in need.

What you can do to help Veggies to Table feed more of the hungry in our community:

? enter the Sweepstakes

? donate to Veggies to Table

? visit us on the farm

? volunteer on the farm or behind the scenes on grants and fundraising

? connect with us

The Sweepstakes will run from Aug 7 – Sept 17 with winners selected online on September 18. YOU can make a difference. Help us feed our neighbors living in the crisis of hunger, and you just might win a week in a Paris apartment, a weekend in Montreal or one of the many other French inspired prizes!

To Enter: https://veggiestotable.rallyup.com/winaweekinparis or scan the QR code with your phone camera.

Pictured: Veggies to Table founder, Erica Berman.

Oasis of Music Begins New Season

LEWISTON, ME (August 23, 2022) — The Oasis of Music will begin its new season at Trinity Church in Lewiston Wednesday September 7, from 12:30 to around 1:00, with a clarinet trio performing classical music selections.   

The Oasis of Music is a weekly music series of performances of roughly thirty minutes, running from September to May. Admission is free, with donations accepted. The musical genres vary greatly, in largely, but not exclusively, acoustic formats. COVID restrictions of optional mask-wearing and social distancing are observed.  For more information, call 207-344-3106.

Admission is free, with donations accepted.  For more information call 344-3106. 

Upcoming performances include: 

September 7.  Clarinet Trio, classical 

September 14  Greg Boardman, fiddle 

September 21. Jessy Kendall, experimental all vocal loop layers 

September 28  Lansley and Howard, classical flute and piano 

October 5. Jim Gallant, singer-songwriter guitarist 

October 12. Seyr Duo, Middle Eastern Music 

October 19. David Pontbriand, sitar 

October 26. Owen Kennedy, fiddle

La Rencontre Luncheon To Feature Local Musicians 

LEWISTON, ME (August 25, 2022)–The La Rencontre luncheon at the Franco Center will feature local musicians Bob Mathieu, Fernande Caron Cyr, and Nel Meservier from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8. 

After socializing, lunch will be served followed by entertainment. Lunch will consist of pot roast, potatoes, a vegetable, roll/bread, and apple crisp for dessert. La Rencontre (the gathering) is not restricted to French-speakers or even those of Franco descent.  

Meservier, a lifelong resident of the Lewiston-Auburn area, comes from a musical family. Between his brother, nephews, and nieces, at one time various family members were in a total of seven bands playing everything from rock and roll to folk music to French music. Meservier, who plays keyboard, has been performing since the age of 15. He has been a volunteer at the Franco Center since it was established in 2000. 

Mathieu is a Lewiston native who has performed in local bands including playing bass with the original Royal Knights. He has also performed with The Fascinations and is a long-time member of the Holy Family choir. He has performed with the Lewiston-Auburn Community Little Theatre. He has entertained at previous La Rencontre luncheons and continues to perform at local nursing homes. 

Cyr has been singing all her life including the glee club while attending St. Dom’s High School, with Community Little Theatre, in the choir at St. Phillips Church in Auburn, and at funerals. She has performed at the Franco Center in the past with her nephew, pianist Paul Caron and will be performing at this La Rencontre event with Paul’s uncle, Nel Meservier. 

Elaine Roop, Franco Center board president, said, “We are very fortunate to have our French cultural programs such as La Rencontre supported by FACE Foundation, TV5 Monde, and the Quebec Delegation. French culture is a big part of Lewiston’s and Auburn’s cultural heritage.” Future La Rencontre events in the 2022-23 season at the Franco Center will be held on Dec. 8, 2022, March 9, 2023, and June 22, 2023. 

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend this event. Tickets are $15 per person and must be purchased by noon Tuesday, Sept. 6. For tickets call 207-689-2000, order online at francocenter.org/shows, or visit the box office in person at 46 Cedar St., Lewiston, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Parking is in the mill lot. Handicap access is via Lincoln St. Alley. 

 Bob Mathieu, Fernande Caron Cyr, and Nel Meservier will bring musical entertainment to Heritage Hall at the Franco Center during the La Rencontre luncheon which takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8. The trio have been performing together and separately for years in the Lewiston-Auburn area. The Franco Center is at 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. 

City Kids Provides Funding to Generational Noor of Lewiston

PORTLAND, ME (August 18, 2022) – City Kids, a youth education nonprofit created by City Realty Group Managing Partners Fred Starikov and Stephen Whalen, is providing $5,000 in startup funding to Generational Noor.  A new organization based in Lewiston, Maine, Generational Noor works to end the stigma around substance abuse, mental health, alcoholism, and drug abuse in immigrant households and helps people get help leading to rehab and recovery. City Kids makes this donation to support Generational Noor’s mission and to ensure the organization has resources to address substance abuse among the immigrant community in Maine.

City Realty Group Managing Partner and City Kids Co-Founder Stephen Whalen traveled to Portland, Maine to personally present Generational Noor Founder Arman Osman and volunteers with the startup funds. Whalen sat down with the brilliant youth behind Generational Noor to hear about their experiences and discuss their future plans for the program. Whalen, who grew up in Lewiston, Maine himself, understands the fact addiction has been an issue in Maine for many years and the immigrant community sometimes takes a backseat when it comes to resources to address substance abuse and related issues. The City Kids and Generational Noor Founders discussed ways this donation can help Generational Noor in the early stages of the program.

“One of our goals is to have the funds to hire someone from the community who can really help us take Generational Noor to the next level. There are a lot of passionate people who want to help and are currently looking for work,” said Osman.

Whalen told Osman he supports the idea and will remain committed to helping this new organization grow.  “That is certainly a win-win. Because not only will you be giving somebody a job, but a job in the movement. You are off to an incredible start and one of my goals is to help put Generational Noor on the map. Once known, Generational Noor will have all the support it needs,” said Whalen.

Generational Noor seeks to educate and change the way certain immigrant communities look at substance abuse. This includes preventing youth in the community from falling into drug addiction, helping others overcome it, and giving those who have been incarcerated for drug related crimes a chance to land on their feet. For more information about Generational Noor please visit www.generationalnoor.com.

Pictured are Generational Noor Volunteers receiving $5,000 from City Kids. (Left to Right) Mazin Ahmed of Westbrook, Maine; Generational Noor Executive Director & Founder Amran Osman of Lewiston, Maine; Amran’s sisters Safa (12) & Samiira (17) Noor, both also from Lewiston; Liiban Adaan of Portland, Maine; City Realty Group Managing Partner & City Kids Co-Founder Stephen Whalen of Brookline, Massachusetts (originally from Lewiston, Maine).


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