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Work to begin soon on new athletic fields at CMCC

Breaking ground for the new athletic complex are student athletes (l. to r.) Nick L’Heureux, Samantha Belardo, Keara Hunter, and Cody Dolloff.

Work will begin in early spring on a new and expanded athletic complex at Central Maine Community College that will include lights and a synthetic surface.

The complex, which will be built on the site of the current soccer field, will include NCAA-sized competition fields for baseball, softball, and soccer. The baseball and softball fields will be situated at opposite ends, with the soccer field overlapping both outfields. Baseball and softball teams will be able to play at the same time.

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Rolly’s Diner honored for 25 years of community service

Ken Blais (r.), owner of Rolly’s Diner, with Sen. Ned Claxton

At a recent meeting of the United New Auburn Association, Sen. Ned Claxton (D-Auburn) presented an official legislative sentiment on behalf of the members of the Maine House and Senate to Rolly’s Diner, honoring the business for its 25 years of community service and engagement.

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Lewiston, Falmouth students win Congressional Art Competition

“Dizzy,” photograph by Carolyn Adams

The Maine Arts Commission has announced that the winners of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition are Carolyn Adams of Lewiston High School and Julia Lee of Falmouth High School.

The Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition every year to recognize and encourage artistic talent in each congressional district. Maine’s winners, representing the state’s two congressional districts, were chosen by a panel of jurors appointed by the Maine Arts Commission.

The judges unanimously chose Carolyn Adams’ photograph “Dizzy,” which captures a dancer inside an old New England building, as the winner from Maine’s Second District.

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Arnott Fiddlers to perform at Rotary Auction

Rossby, age 13, Elsie, age 11, and Oliver, age 9, each began playing the fiddle at age four.

The Arnott Fiddlers of Otisfield will perform at the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Lunch Club Auction on Saturday, February 16. Rossby, age 13, Elsie, age 11, and Oliver, age 9, each began playing the fiddle at age four. Rossby won the competition at the 2016 Waterford World’s Fair Fiddle Contest. The young fiddlers were then invited to play as special guests of the Don Roy Trio at the four Fiddle-icious concerts of 2017 and continue to play at various special events.

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Governor’s Address: I am proud to support “An Act To Protect Health Care Coverage for Maine Families”

This past December, a federal district court judge in Texas issued a decision that would strike down the Affordable Care Act.

If that decision is upheld, nearly twelve million Americans – including more than 75,000 people in Maine – will lose life-saving health insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions and essential health benefits like mental health coverage, maternity and newborn care.

I cannot stand idly by while Maine children and families once again may be forced to go without health care they need.

My Administration is moving swiftly, in concert with the Legislature, to help protect Mainers with pre-existing conditions, regardless of what happens to the Affordable Care Act in the courts or in Congress.

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Maine Event Comedy plans weekend shows

Friday’s headliner Ali Simpson was recently selected for Comedyfort in Boise, Idaho and Michigan’s 10-day LaughFest.

Maine Event Comedy will present two local shows this weekend.

The series will debut at Cowbell Grill & Tap with Funniest Comic in New England finalist Kyron Hobdy on Thursday, January 31 at 7 p.m. He’ll be joined by Brian Brinegar and Julie Poulin.

Then Portland’s Ali Simpson will perform at The Pub at Baxter on Friday, February 1 at 9 p.m. The show will also feature Boston’s Jeff Medoff, New Hampshire’s Randy Williams, and New York City’s Tanael Joachim.

Both shows are free and open to those ages 21 and older. Cowbell is located at 49 Lisbon Street in Lewiston. For more information, call 333-5188 or see cowbellgrillandtap.com.

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Bonny Eagle lineman wins Gaziano Award

Award winner Aiden McGlone (c.) is pictured here with Peter DeSimon, Gaziano Awards president (l.), and Jeff Kane, retired president of National Distributors and son-in-law of award founder Frank Gaziano.

Aiden McGlone of Bonny Eagle High School in Standish was recently presented the Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Offensive Lineman Award at a ceremony at the Augusta Civic Center. The award honors the top senior offensive linemen in the state based upon achievement on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. Winning the award for defensive linemen was Thomas Palmer of Thornton Academy.

The two winners each received a trophy, a leather jacket, and a $5,000 scholarship, the largest high school football scholarship of its kind in the country.

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Andro. Historical Society presents genealogy conference

One of the presenters, Helen Shaw, will discuss “Gravestones: A Reflection of New England History.”

Androscoggin Historical Society will host a genealogy conference on Saturday, February 9 at 2 p.m. in the Community Room at Auburn Public Library. The event will feature presentations by Helen A. Shaw, former president of the Maine Genealogical Society, and genealogy researcher Stephanie Hawkins.

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Bird Club open house spotlights local artist, club founders

Jonathan Y. Stanton (1834-1918) was a much beloved Bates College professor for whom the Stanton Bird Club is named. (Photo courtesy of the Bates College Archives)

The February meeting of the Stanton Bird Club will be a special one as the club continues its 100th anniversary celebration with an Open House featuring paintings, drawing, and prints by artist Dan Cake, a beloved local artist who is remembered for his splendidly meticulous images of the birds of Maine.

L/A Arts Gallery at 221 Lisbon Street in Lewiston, which is hosting an ongoing exhibition of Cake’s work, will open its doors for this Bird Club event on Sunday, February 3 from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Governor’s Address: It’s Time to Mobilize State Government to Stem the Tide of the Opioid Epidemic

In the past five years, at least one thousand, six hundred and thirty people in Maine have died from drug overdose – more than the population of Chesterville, Eastport, or North Berwick.

418 died in 2017 alone – more than one a day.

These people are not “junkies.” They are our neighbors, co-workers, family members, school mates, and graduates of our high schools and colleges. They are our sons and daughters. They are people without labels, citizens without stereotype.

History will note that we have lost an entire generation of people to the opioid epidemic and that we have simply failed to address this preventable disease. It’s time to mobilize Maine state government to stem the tide of this deadly epidemic.

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