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YWCA of Central Maine appoints new Executive Director

Melanie LaMore Gagnon

The YWCA of Central Maine has selected Melanie LaMore Gagnon to be its new Executive Director. LaMore Gagnon brings more than a decade of experience serving the Central Maine area, most recently as the Director of Shelter and Housing Services at Safe Voices. She replaces Jane Morrison, who has served as Interim Executive Director since April. LaMore Gagnon will join the organization on October 15.

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Lisbon Krazy Kwilters support Safe Voices

Safe Voices has received more than 25 handmade quilts, along with pajamas, hats, and mittens, from the Lisbon Krazy Kwilters. The quilts will be distributed to residents in Safe Voices’ domestic violence shelter programs. Pictured here are group members showing their handiwork to Safe Voices staffer Victoria Stanton at the MTM Community Center in Lisbon.


“Educating for Sustainability” at Boxberry School

Quinlan Friel, Grade 3 of Albany Township, gathers loose parts from nature for his tinker tray.

The Boxberry School in Harrison is utilizing a new curriculum framework this year as they work toward Educating for Sustainability (EfS). Seal Rossignol, Administrative Coordinator for the school, attended a week-long summer institute at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont in July, where she received training in understanding the tenets of EfS, which include place-based education, project-based learning, service learning, and systems thinking. She is bringing this information back to Boxberry and working with new staffers Deanna Fahey and Cassandra Harmon to design curriculum around these pedagogies.

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Governor’s Address: Smart investments in marine terminal have opened new markets to Maine companies

A decade ago, the International Marine Terminal in Portland was nothing more than a derelict ferry dock in an overgrown, empty lot. Yet, in the 1800s, that same lot was booming with hundreds of ships and trains. We have brought this port back to life.

When I became Governor, MaineDOT Commissioner Dave Bernhardt laid out an ambitious vision for the IMT. Our administration secured investments that would transform the IMT back into a bustling, multi-modal freight facility.

By 2013, federal, state and private investments in the port led to Eimskip’s decision to make Maine its North American headquarters, positioning our state for a new era in the global shipping industry.

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Hundreds recognize public safety community at Blue Mass in Lewiston

The large American flag, held in place atop ladder trucks provided by the Auburn and Lewiston Fire Departments, waved in a slight breeze as the Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps and the Maine State Police Pipe and Drum Unit offered a stirring performance of “Amazing Grace.” Honor guards from around the area stood in front of the Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul in Lewiston, standing reverently as the music made its way down Ash Street and beyond.  

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Great Falls Forum kicks off 2018-19 season

Joseph Jackson is coordinator of the Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition and a program coordinator with Maine Inside Out.

The 2018-19 season of the Great Falls Forum kicks off on Thursday, September 20 when Joseph Jackson, coordinator of the Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition and a program coordinator with Maine Inside Out, presents an address called “Prison Reform in Maine and the Need for Those with Lived Experience to Lead the Discussion.” Free and open to the public, the program will take place from 12 to 1 p.m. in Callahan Hall at Lewiston Public Library.

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Uptown Cruizahs plan end-of-season Cruise-In

Club members and others will display their antique, classic, or customized vehicles. (Photo courtesy of Eileen Laliberte)

The Uptown Cruizahs Car Club will host their end-of-season Cruise-In on Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tractor Supply Co. on Route 26 in Oxford. Club members and others will display their antique, classic, or customized vehicles and concessions will be available at reasonable prices. There will be a 50/50 raffle and other prizes. As with the regular Monday Cruise Nights, this event will take place weather permitting. Proceeds will benefit local charities. For more information, call Dan Tripp at 890-8778 or Garry Allen at 595-2691.

UUCC concert features “Klezmer Music” with Sruli and Lisa

Sruli Dresdner and Lisa Mayer

The Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Augusta will host a one-hour concert of “Klezmer Music” on Saturday, September 22 at 4 p.m. The event will feature Sruli Dresdner on accordion and clarinet and Lisa Mayer on violin and vocals.

International Klezmer personalities Sruli and Lisa have performed on PBS-TV and National Public Radio, as well as at festivals, concerts, and synagogues across the globe. The multi-instrumentalists and vocalists play the clarinet, violin, accordion, base recorder, cello, and drum. They have been featured at the Cracow Festival of Jewish Culture in Poland, the Jerusalem Cultures Center, and in Weimar, Germany. The Los Angeles Times has called them “superb musicians.”

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Governor’s Address: Businesses beware: higher unemployment taxes are on the horizon

In this tight labor market, we must use every tool at our disposal to encourage laid-off workers to search for work and to take the jobs they are offered.

Unemployment is insurance, not an entitlement. It is a safety net – not a means of subsidizing one employer’s payroll on the backs of all other employers. Yet, the Legislature doesn’t understand the basic principles of the unemployment system.

They voted for a bill that attempts to turn this insurance program into an entitlement: LD 700, “An Act to Give Flexibility to Employees and Employers for Temporary Layoffs.” This new law grants a six-week waiver from the work search, provided an employer gives a recall date.

It effectively takes these workers out of the labor market while they collect benefits, despite our acute workforce shortage.

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St. Dom’s grad to compete in Miss America Competition

Olivia Mayo is a member of the Saint Dominic Academy Class of 2015.

A member of Saint Dominic Academy’s Class of 2015 will represent the State of Maine in front of viewers from across the nation this weekend. Minot native Olivia Mayo will compete for the title of Miss America 2019 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Sunday, September 9, at 9 p.m. on ABC. Maine viewers can watch the competition on WMTW (Channel 8 in Portland) and WVII (Channel 7 in Bangor).

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