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Temple Shalom Presents Free Play, Under a Yellow Star

AUBURN, ME (January 13, 2022) — Temple Shalom is proud to present “Under a Yellow Star”, on Sunday, January 22 at 4:00 pm. A peer-education play, based on real children and their writings during the Holocaust. The cast members (MSAD 17 students) are representing these children. Students have researched their roles as well as other survivors. Students will be teaching peers and others about the Holocaust, tolerance and understanding of the difference between people.

Students have also researched the camps, the ghettos, the Kindertransport, The Righteous Among Nations propaganda and censorship. Students have worked through many exercises to understand why normal German citizens went along with Hitler’s pogrom. They have also researched genocides and crimes against humanity before and after WWII.

After the performance the children, who range in age from 5-16 and three adult actors, will come back onto the stage to answer questions from the audience about the Holocaust. The cast members will talk about what kids can do to help create a diverse, accepting and welcoming community for all. This look at the Holocaust from a child’s perspective helps children understand the dangers of prejudice and discrimination and how it can spread on a large scale.

This performance is geared to adults and students in 5th through 8th grade. The performance will be held at Temple Shalom, 74 Bradman Street, Auburn, Maine on Sunday, January22, 2023 at 4:00 pm. The performance is approximately 90 minutes, is free and open to the public.

Under a Yellow Star is sponsored by SAD 17, Maine Humanities Council, Oxford Hills Rotary, Norway Savings Bank, Oxford Federal Credit Union, Dirigo Federal Credit Union, Bearfoot Realty and private donors

“It’s Only A Play” Opens this Weekend at CLT

The Terrence McNally comedy “It’s Only A Play” opens this weekend at Community Little Theatre (CLT). Pictured here left to right in a scene from the show are Brian Pfohl, who portrays the playwright Peter Austin; Jamie Bannister, who plays the producer Julia Budder; and Jen Groover, who plays the diva Virginia Noyes. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on January 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28; and at 2:00 p.m. on January 22 and 29. All performances will be held at the theatre at 30 Academy Street in Auburn. Call 207-783-0958 or visit LACLT.com for tickets and information.

Auburn’s Watershed Protection Efforts

AUBURN, ME (January 5, 2023) — The City of Auburn continues to take bold steps in the protection of Lake Auburn. The city is pursuing ordinances that are fair, easier to understand, and based on the best available science. At their next meeting, by giving a clear directive to the Planning Board, the Auburn City Council will take a historic vote that will start the process of prohibiting any future homes/animal farms within the portion of the Lake Auburn watershed zoned “Agriculture and Resource Protection.”

While not party to the lawsuit, in good faith, Auburn participated in recent mediation sessions to help resolve issues identified in a lawsuit filed by the City of Lewiston against the Auburn Water District. Despite productive and hopeful discussions among the three local government entities, the underlying lawsuit of Lewiston v. AWD remains unresolved.

“After failed attempts to help resolve this matter, the Auburn City Council will take action to protect the quality of the lake by implementing smart policy,” said Auburn Mayor Jason Levesque.

This action was on hold while the three entities were engaged in mediation. The city has already put into place the most stringent phosphorus control standards in the State of Maine. The city has also adopted zoning standards to encourage housing development in areas outside the watershed district to utilize existing utilities and infrastructure.

Subsequent action by the Auburn City Council will include implementing necessary septic ordinance revisions; increasing the minimum lot size within the watershed district; a subsurface wastewater disposal system inspection program; and adopting a revised watershed boundary line that embraces a conservative approach to the watershed boundary line confirmed by multiple outside consultants.

“Auburn believes that transparent, easier to understand watershed regulation that reduces development potential and holds a higher science-based standard for phosphorus control and wastewater disposal is worth pursuing without delay,” said Eric Cousens, Auburn’s Director of Planning, Permitting & Code. “We are hopeful that these science-based standards can be expanded by the Lake Auburn Watershed Protection Commission (LAWPC) to increase protections to the watershed in upper watershed towns draining into Auburn.”

“Auburn can no longer allow failing septic systems to continue being replaced with systems that are polluting our drinking water,” added Mayor Levesque. “Watershed protection efforts should be based on science, expert opinions, and best available technology. We are also optimistic that LAWPC will work to insist that the towns in the upper watershed take the same protective action.

Fontaine Team Participates in ‘Wish Day’ Send Off

(January 5, 2023) — Fontaine Family – The Real Estate Leader recently participated in a Make-A-Wish Maine wish kid send off. Since 2009, Fontaine Family Team has been fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Maine organization which grants wishes for seriously ill children in Maine each year.

This year Fontaine’s Bid for Wishes Virtual Auction raised over $26,000, with half of the funds going to Lewiston teen Johnathan Morin. The funds raised allowed the team to participate in Johnathan’s “Wish Day” send off to vacation in Hawaii with his family.

If you would like to participate in the 9th Annual Fontaine Bid for Wishes scheduled for May 2023 on their Facebook business page (fb.com/fontaineteam), send an email to crystal@fontaineteam.com.

TPT to Host ‘Play in the Snow’

LEWISTON, ME (January 5, 2023) – As every Mainer knows, cabin fever will be setting in shortly (if it hasn’t already) and The Public Theatre has the solution! PLAY in the Snow: a skiing, snowboarding and tubing event for the whole family on a special Saturday night with a special, low-cost ticket! Let’s all get outdoors and have some fun!

Play in the Snow will take place at Lost Valley, in Auburn, on Saturday, January 21, 2023 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm. The event will include skiing, snowboarding, tubing, raffle baskets (featuring themes for adults and children), a 50/50 raffle, Cookies, S’Mores Making Kits, FREE hot chocolate, and a mountain’s worth of fun! 

Lost Valley is typically closed for skiing and snow tubing on Saturday evenings, but The Public Theatre is renting out the entire mountain to allow for a family night of fun at a bargain price. Just $25 to ski or snowboard and only $15 to snow tube. (Standard Lost Valley lift tickets are $39 and $50 for a weekend half day or Friday evening; tubing tickets are $19 per hour.) Tubing Capacity is limited so hurry and purchase your tickets today before they sell out!

Play in the Snow will raise much needed funds to bring live professional theatre to Maine, delighting and inspiring audiences with life-affirming contemporary plays. This event also supports The Public Theatre’s education and outreach programs. Throughout the pandemic, the Theatre has partnered with schools and libraries across Maine to bring the arts—in the form of FREE in-person or virtual workshops, creative collaborations, specially priced student matinees, and more.

For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, visit thepublictheatre.org. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities please contact the Theatre by phone at 207-782-3200.

General Surgeon Receives 2022 Heart of Hospice Award

LEWISTON, ME (January 5, 2023) — Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice (Androscoggin) awarded Dr. David Dixon, retired surgeon from Franklin Memorial Hospital with the 2022 Heart of Hospice Award. The award was presented to Dr. Dixon at a recent gathering of Androscoggin clinicians, administrators, and staff at the their offices in Wilton. Dr. Dixon was nominated by hospice staff for his positive impact in end-of-life care for patients and families.

Kate Sicotte, Director of Hospice Services said, “Since May of 2005, our Androscoggin hospice team has worked closely with you, Dr. Dixon, to address the needs of those living with life limiting illness and to ensure that every person is able to receive the unique, holistic care provided by hospice.  You embrace Androscoggin’s mission and values and have spent your entire career serving and caring for people.  You have been a long-standing pillar in your community, and at Androscoggin we know that without your support and advocacy, our mission and goals would be difficult to achieve.” 

Ms. Sicotte went on to say, “You are very loved by the Wilton team.  They describe you as a mentor, visionary, dedicated, and always prepared and simply “Dr. D”.  You are known to everyone in the medical community in Franklin County and beyond and you’re well respected for your long career as a general surgeon at Franklin Memorial Hospital, where you were known as “Big Red”.  You served as Medical Director at FMH.  In 2009, you received the annual Franklin Memorial Community Health Leadership Award for your service as a visionary physician and outstanding citizen having served your community for nearly 40 years.  In 2010, the Franklin Memorial Hospital’s resident house for 3rd year medical students was dedicated in your honor and today is known as “The Dixon House”.

Nominations for the Heart of Hospice Award come directly from the Androscoggin hospice staff. The award is presented to an individual or individuals who positively impact the mission and the goal of the hospice program: to provide accessible, compassionate, skilled and holistic end-of-life care to all who may require it. 

Sen. Brakey: New Legislature, New Year, New Hopes

By Sen. Eric Brakey

AUGUSTA, ME (December 30, 2022) – This weekend marks the start of 2023. It’s a New Year for America and for the world. It’s a fresh start, especially here in Maine as a newly elected Legislature takes office. And for many of us who were recently elected, this time of year is a chance of renewed hope and reflection on what Maine’s people expect from us as Legislators – after all, you elected us.

Hello, I am Senator Eric Brakey of Androscoggin County; and it’s my pleasure to join you for our first Republican Radio Address of 2023.

First, I want to thank the voters of my district — the people of Auburn, New Gloucester, Poland, and Durham — for entrusting me to represent them in the State Senate as their voice in Augusta. It is an honor to serve the people of Maine, once again.

Back in 2014, I was elected to my first Senate term as the youngest state senator in America and re-elected in 2016. After a four-year hiatus, I am honored to be back to defend the freedom and paychecks of Maine’s people. I’m sure all of my fellow elected colleagues of both parties respect the responsibility we’ve been given to serve you.

So what does 2023 look like? First, let me give you a bird’s eye view of what has happened.

In looking back at the last year, Maine ratepayers were hit with an 83% rate increase in their electric bills at the start of 2022. If you were a small-to medium-sized business that used the Public Utilities Commission’s Standard Offer, those rates rose as high as 300% before settling down later in the year.

And in what feels like déjà vu all over again, those rates are going up another 45% on average beginning January 1. That is a 165% increase in the price of electricity in just two years.

If you use fuel oil to heat your home, you’ve seen a sudden spike in heating oil prices. Beginning in February 2022, prices began inflating before hitting a peak of $5.92 per gallon in May with high rates persisting until today. In contrast, the price of fuel oil on the day President Joe Biden took office was just $2.27 per gallon – it’s more than doubled since.

And it’s not just energy. A dozen eggs that cost you $1.70 at the beginning of 2022 now costs nearly $5 as this year closes. That’s a whopping 191 percent jump. When you factor in the cost of milk, vegetables, gasoline and even the price of eating out, 2022 will not be remembered as a good vintage by any means.

There are many reasons for rising prices that we must tackle, from the effects of war overseas, restrictions on domestic energy production, supply chain disruptions from lockdown policies that proved to be counterproductive and unnecessary, and the federal government printing trillions of dollars out of thin air and stealing the purchasing power of your paycheck and retirement account with every new dollar they print.

The economic challenges before us are great and big government keeps making things worse; but as we leave a painful 2022 behind and look ahead at what this New Year may bring, I’m reminded of the spirit of Maine’s people. We’ve weathered a lot these past 12 months, and together we can overcome the challenges ahead.

A New Year brings with it the one thing we all look forward to the most – hope.

In 2023, I hope we can restore a constitutional balance to state government.

I hope that all my legislative colleagues work together knowing we are here to represent not partisan or special interests, but the Maine people from every corner of this state.

I hope we can get a handle on our drug and opioid addiction crisis and help those suffering a mental health crisis.

I hope we can end the workforce shortage, getting able-bodied adults back to work and our labor participation rate back to where it should be

I hope we can prioritize pipelines and not pipe dreams to bring affordable energy prices to Maine people.

I hope we can develop affordable housing for all those who need it by engaging the market and respecting property rights.

I hope we can ensure our elderly who need beds in nursing homes can get one.

I hope our students can make up the ground they’ve lost after years of disruptions and unnecessary school closures.

I hope we can rein in the Governor’s emergency powers so Maine’s people can have a voice in the laws that govern us.

I hope we can all return to the way life should be.

Most importantly, I hope 2023 will prove to be a better vintage for everyone than 2022 was.

Again, I’m Senator Eric Brakey of Androscoggin County; and I wish you and yours a safe, happy and prosperous New Year.

Sen. Eric Brakey represents the communities of District 20. He is the Senate Republican Lead for the Legislature’s Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee and the State and Local Government Committee.

New Year, New You 2023 at APL! 

AUBURN, ME (December 29, 2022) — Mindfulness Meditation Seriespresented by Tisha Bremner of Inner Light Wellness; Tuesdays – January 10, 17, 24 & 31 – 4:30-5:15 p.m. Online, via Zoom 

 In this series, participants will be introduced to a variety of techniques that will help clear their minds, calm their emotions, and shift their perspectives during times of challenge.  Each session offers tools that can be implemented right away to make positive improvements building resilience and managing stress.  Each topic is discussed in a 45-minute class with an optional Q&A session. 

Week 1:  Introduction to Mindful Meditation; Week 2: Nurturing Emotions; Week 3: The Power of Gratitude; Week 4: Self-Compassion Matters 

This series will be led by Tisha Bremner,  Learn more about Tisha at innerlightwell.com. 

This program will take place via Zoom, and registration is required.  To register, call the Reference Desk at 207-333-6640, ext. 4.  Be sure to provide your email address when registering.  Participants will be emailed the Zoom link on the first day of the series, January 10.  The link will be the same for all 4 sessions. 

Cooking Healthy on a Budgetpresented by Healthy Androscoggin; Wednesday & Thursday – January 18 & 19 – 3:30-5:00 p.m.  In person – Androscoggin Community Room  

Want to learn how to prepare delicious, healthy foods and stay within your budget? Join this FREE, 2-class series to gain tools, information and recipes to help you sharpen your skills! These engaging classes cover topics to help you shop, cook, and eat healthier foods while staying within your food budget. All participants receive a colorful cookbook with 24 healthy, low-cost recipes and nutrition tips. Each session will include either a food demo, prep, or take-home option! 

This series will be led by Becca Schoen, SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator from Healthy Androscoggin. Becca’s passion is growing food – watching the amazing process of seed to plant – and then transforming it into delicious dishes in the kitchen! 

NOTE:  This is a two-class series, please plan to attend both sessions — Wednesday, January 18 and Thursday, January 19! 

For our planning purposes, registration is required.  Please visit the Events page of APL’s website – www.auburnpubliclibrary.org – or contact the Reference Desk at 207-333-6640, ext. 4. 

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:  www.lewistonmaine.gov/licenseyourdog 

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.


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