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Trinity Jubilee Center plans Empty Bowls Supper

Everyone is invited to purchase a piece of pottery, eat dinner with their family, and enjoy live music; proceeds benefit the center’s soup kitchen, which serves nearly 30,000 meals each year.

The Trinity Jubilee Center will host its 15thth annual Empty Bowls Supper on Sunday, May 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the First Universalist Church of Auburn. Potters from across the state have created hundreds of bowls, plates, and mugs and local restaurants will prepare dinner for the event. Everyone is invited to purchase a piece of pottery, eat dinner with their family, and enjoy live music.

The Jubilee Center is a community center in downtown Lewiston that is open six days a week. Proceeds from the Empty Bowls Supper benefit the center’s soup kitchen, which serves nearly 30,000 meals to the hungry and homeless each year.

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Bates Dance Program turns 50

The Bates Modern Dance Company performs “Appalachian Spring” in 1979. The photo was taken by Leonard Plavin, husband of Bates Dance Program founder Marcy Plavin.

Bates College will mark the 50thanniversary of the establishment of its Dance Program by the late Marcy Plavin with an informal performance by dance alumni and current students on Saturday, April 27 at 4 p.m. at Schaeffer Theatre, located at 329 College Street in Lewiston. Free and open to the public, the event is offered in lieu of a formal evening performance that was announced earlier in the year. For more information, call 786-6161.

Androscoggin Bank hires new Executive VP

Karen Hayden

Androscoggin Bank has announced that Karen Hayden has joined their Senior Leadership Team as Executive Vice President, Chief Funding & Client Relationship Officer. In her new position, Hayden has responsibility for funding strategies, which includes providing a seamless and positive client experience.

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Certificate of Appreciation

Members of the Marine Corps League Central Maine Detachment 810 present a Certificate of Appreciation to the Cote Corporation for proudly displaying the United States flag.Pictured here (l. to r.) are Cliff Plourde, Joseph Masse, Claire Poirier, Dan Cote Sr., Charlie Paul, and Toby Blais.

Governor’s Address: Maine’s Hire-A-Vet Campaign Exceeds Goals

Earlier this week, I was proud to join a group of business people and veterans to recognize the growing number of employers who participated in Maine’s Hire-A-Vet Campaign last year.

Maine’s Hire-A-Vet Campaign had such ambitious goals last year -100 days, 100 employers, 100 veterans hired – some thought they’d never fulfil them. Well, they not only fulfilled these goals, they far surpassed them.

This program’s contributions to expanding Maine’s workforce, supporting businesses across the state, and improving the financial well-being of our veterans would be impressive in itself, but the fact that they surpassed these goals to such a degree is nothing short of astounding.

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Op-Ed: Time to Get Our Hous(ing) in Order: Lewiston Voters Demand Change of Course

By Maura Murphy 

Whether you are in favor of or opposed to the new “mixed income” Avesta housing project proposal that has sailed through Lewiston city hearings without much meaningful discussion by the planning board or the city council, it is time for we the people to examine the implications of this project within the wider, deeper context of what we want Lewiston’s development to look like, now and into the future. 

While “mixed income housing” might sound fine upon first hearing, the picture changes when we look beyond the frame developers and supporters of the proposal have used to limit the public’s awareness and understanding of who will really benefit from this project and other similar projects it will pave the way for. 

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Renowned jazz clarinetist returns to New Gloucester

Clarinetist Brad Terry and guitarist Peter Herman will perform on Saturday, April 20 at the Village Coffeehouse.

Jazz clarinetist Brad Terry will be joined by guitarist Peter Herman for a very special concert at the Village Coffeehouse of New Gloucester on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Inspired and mentored at a young age by his childhood neighbor, Benny Goodman, Brad Terry is a world renowned clarinet player and virtuoso whistler who has played with Dizzy GillespieDoc Cheatham, Buck Clayton, Red MitchellBuddy Tate, Elliot Zigman, Eddie Thompson, John Basile, Steve Grover, and Lenny Breau. He has led jazz workshops and clinics in many countries.

This concert is a “homecoming” of sorts for Terry, who lived in the Historic Village District of New Gloucester in the early 1970s. Via a serendipitous coincidence, the current owners of his former house in New Gloucester found his contact info during a renovation of their kitchen, and Village Coffeehouse couldn’t pass up the opportunity to invite him back to his former stomping grounds to perform.

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Café Shalom Musical Variety Show

The program will feature live performances of Jazz, Pop, Classical, Rock, Blues, Irish, French, American, Yiddish, and Klezmer music, plus magic and a special surprise.

Temple Shalom of Auburn will present a Café Shalom Musical Variety Show on Saturday, April 27. There will be a pre-show wine and cheese reception at 6 p.m. Beginning at 7:00, the program will feature live performances of Jazz, Pop, Classical, Rock, Blues, Irish, French, American, Yiddish, and Klezmer music, magic, and a special surprise. 

The event will be hosted by Rebbetzin of Ceremonies Lisa Mayer. The cost is $10 per person. Temple Shalom is located at 74 Bradman Street. For more information, see 

Elmet Technologies VP named 2019 Fellow Award recipient by APMI

John Johnson

John Johnson, VP of Technology at Elmet Technologies in Lewiston,has been named a recipient of the American Powder Metallurgy Institute (APMI) International’s 2019 Fellow Award. 

Established in 1998, the Fellow Award is APMI International’s most prestigious award, recognizing members who hold a high level of expertise in the technology, practice, or overall business of the powder metallurgy (PM) and particulate materials industry. 

Johnson, who has over 20 years of experience in the PM industry, has authored more than 100 technical papers. He holds a Ph. D from Pennsylvania State University and has served on various committees and boards, including the APMI Board of Directors and the MPIF Technical Board. These contributions to the PM industry, among many others, made Dr. Johnson a model recipient for the Fellow Award.

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Litchfield student named to National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society

Receiving the honor were Bates seniors Art Churchwell, Connor DeSantis, Kyle Flaherty(of Litchfield, Maine),Calvin Johnstone,and Walter Washington.(Photos by Brewster Burns for Bates College)

Five seniors from the Bates College football team – including Kyle Flaherty of Litchfield – were honored recently as the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced the members of the 2019 Hampshire Honor Society. The society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. Flaherty is a running back majoring in history.

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