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Governor’s Address: We Must Always Appreciate Our Veterans

This year, Veterans Day marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, which ended on the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. It changed the course of the Twentieth Century.

World War I was a new kind of warfare, a global conflict fought with new technologies, like airpower and chemical weapons. The war that was fought to make the world “safe for democracy” forever changed the way we fight. But the essential element of that fight to defend our freedom is our people. Veterans Day is the day we pause to remember those who have fought in every American war, both before World War I and since.

During the past eight years, the First Lady and I have made supporting our military, their families, and our veterans a priority. We’ve met thousands of Maine veterans, and each of them has touched our hearts.

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Fallen Game Warden Tribute Run

Since the bureau was established in 1880, 15 Maine game wardens have died in the line of duty.

The Maine Warden Service recently hosted its 11th annual Fallen Game Warden Tribute Run, established to bring awareness to the 15 Maine game wardens who have died in the line of duty since the bureau was established in 1880. Braving wintry precipitation and temperatures just above freezing, nearly 30 runners began the morning Tribute Run at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro and made the 14-mile trek to the Fallen Officer Memorial in Augusta. 

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Apple detective to speak at Food for Thought luncheon

John Bunker

USM LAC Senior College will present apple historian John Bunker at its next Food for Thought luncheon on Friday, November 9 at noon.

Apples are John Bunker’s passion. He grows them, writes about them, lectures about them, and researches their history. He is also an apple detective, searching out varieties once thought to be extinct that are still quietly thriving on old Maine farms and fields.

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CCU supports Greene Baptist Church Food Pantry

Community Credit Union recently presented the Greene Baptist Church Food Pantry with a donation check for $250. Located within the Baptist Church in Greene, the pantry is open to town residents on the first and third Thursday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. They serve approximately 75 families per month and give out about 20 Thanksgiving Baskets each November. Pictured here (l. to r.) are Betsy Sibley of Community Credit Union, Kenneth Smith and Eugene Ridley of Greene Baptist Church, and JoAnn Jackson of CCU.


Adventure photographer to speak at ALT’s Annual Meeting

An adventure photographer based in Portland, Brian Threlkeld’s clients include Maine Outdoor Brands, Planet Dog, and Smartwool.

The Androscoggin Land Trust will host their Annual Meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn of Auburn on Tuesday, November 13, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature ALT highlights from the past year, award recognition for outstanding impact, and the photography and words of guest speaker Brian Threlkeld, who will present a program called “Through the Lens of Adventure Photography: The Interconnectedness of Maine Land Conservation and Public and Economic Health.”

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Governor’s Address: Question 1 is a Shell Game

Question 1 plays on voters’ emotions to pass policies that will hurt the very people it’s supposed to help.

There are five questions on the ballot next week. I support Questions 2 through 5. These are bond questions that will make much-needed improvements in our transportation infrastructure, keep our water clean, and make strategic investments in our universities and community colleges to better train our workers and keep our young people in Maine.

Question 1 is another story all together.

We have seen these over-simplified referendum questions before. They are backed by out-of-state interests, and they sound great on paper. But the devil is in the details.

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Norway Savings Bank CEO elected to ABA Board of Directors

Patricia W. Weigel

Patricia W. Weigel, President and CEO of Norway Savings Bank, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Bankers Association.

At its annual convention in New York City recently, the ABA elected Weigel and nine other bankers from across the country to join the 21 other bankers who are currently serving terms on the board. Weigel has been elected to serve a three-year term.

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Veterans Day “Pass In Review and Musical Tribute”

The program is presented by the L & A Veterans Council.

The L & A Veterans Council will host their annual “Pass In Review and Musical Tribute” on Sunday, November 11 at 10 a.m., with line up at 9 a.m., at the Lewiston Armory. The group invites all Color and Honor Guards from area veterans’ posts, fire and police departments, social and fraternal organizations, and youth organizations to participate in the Pass in Review. Area high school bands and school choirs are invited to perform a few songs or musical selections for the Musical Tribute.

The council invites the community to come honor our veterans by attending this annual Veterans Day event. Coffee and donuts will be provided by the American Legion Post 22 and Auxiliary. For more information, call Jerry Dewitt at 576-0376 or Bert Dutil at 786-2305.

Take “Uke 101” with MSAD 52 Adult Ed

Mike Burd

Professional musician Mike Burd, who tours nationally playing bass with Maine’s own Dave Mallett, will be the instructor for an adult education class called “Play the Ukelele” on Wednesdays, November 7 through December 5, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Leavitt Area High School. Participants will have fun, make new friends, and learn just enough of the fundamentals to start playing simple songs right away. If you don’t have your own instrument and tuner, a limited number of loaners are available. The course fee is $80 and includes instructional materials. For more information, call 225-1010; to register, see

Public Safety Workshop

The Mechanic Falls Police Department recently conducted a public safety workshop for local elected officials to discuss new resources being made available to combat the growing crime rate and drugtrafficking in rural communities.Pictured here (l. to r.) are workshop participants Sen. Jim Hamper, Sgt. James Daigle of the Mechanic Falls P.D., Rep. Kathleen Dillingham, Rep. Ellie Espling, Carlene Tremblay of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ office, and Chief Jeffery Goss of the Mechanic Falls P.D.


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