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Lake Auburn Analysis: City is on the Right Track

AUBURN, ME (August 10, 2022) – The City of Auburn has received confirmation that it is on the right track with proposed ordinance changes. The city can move one step forward towards goal of modernizing lake protection ordinances by limiting density and incorporating best practices in phosphorus control and subsurface wastewater disposal in the Lake Auburn Watershed.

This work follows up on a comprehensive analysis that FB Environmental conducted for the City of Auburn in 2021, with Horsley Witten Group and Dr. Adam Daigneault of the University of Maine, and peer review by David Rocque, a licensed state site evaluator and soil scientist.

 The full report and newest memo can be viewed online at, as part of a staff presentation at a meeting of the Auburn Planning Board this evening, and as part of a presentation to the Auburn City Council during their August 15 meeting.

According to FBE, although the changes result in improvement in water quality over a “do nothing different” scenario, the city’s (and its partners’) work to protect Lake Auburn is not done.

According to the report, the City of Auburn has taken valuable action to protect Lake Auburn, however “the goal [to protect Lake Auburn] cannot be ultimately met without the cooperation of [other towns within the watershed] to implement similar development strategies controlling phosphorus in the watershed.”

Auburn staff look forward to working with the Auburn Water District and Lake Auburn Watershed Protection Commission during review of phosphorus control plans and updating of the watershed base plan through a public process.

Music, Free Drawing, Dance Classes and More at Art Walk L/A

LEWSTON, ME (August 11, 2022) —  Head downtown on August 26, 2022 for Art Walk L/A from 5-7 pm and the Music in the Park summer concert from 7-9 p.m. in Kennedy Park! 

Enjoy live, in-person arts experiences in more than a dozen locations, including a performance by Three Point Jazz at 5 p.m in Dufresne Plaza.*  

Arts Downtown

Join the Sketchy Friends from 5-6 pm in Dufresne Plaza for some fun, casual figure and portrait drawing. This free event is open to all ages, with no prior drawing experience required! Just bring a chair and your favorite drawing materials. Or get your groove on in a salsa dancing class with Danza Latina from 5-6 pm at Museum L-A. No experience needed to try this free class for ages 14+.

 Also check out arts happenings at these and other Art Walk LA venues:

The Studio, 291 Lisbon St. Artists Grayling Cunningham and friends

Munka Studio, 221 Lisbon St. Clean Water

Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St. Works by Lewiston Middle Schooler Nessa Sammuel 

Downtown Handmade, 182 Lisbon St., 2nd floor. Proprietor Sheri Withers Hollenbeck and friends 

Kimball Street Studios, 191 Lisbon St. Art Quilts Maine

Obscura Cafe, 108 Lisbon St. J Anthony Fiori live caricature drawings

Museum L-A, 36 Chestnut St., Lewiston Salsa dancing with Danza Latina 

Art Walkables 

Looking for to-go food items along the art walk route? Try these spots!

Sambusas and Somali tea at Mogadishu Store, 240 Lisbon St.

David-Made Pizza at Forage, 180 Lisbon St.

Blueberry Toasties at Obscura Cafe, 109 Lisbon St.

Spicy Tots at Boba, 97 Lisbon St.

Music in the Park summer concert series**

After the art walk, head to Kennedy Park, where this month’s concert features Draudiga and Adelyn Bell.

  Art Walk LA and all LA Arts programs would not be possible without the generous support of community partners including Community Arts Champion sponsors Austin Associates, P.A., Bates College, Baxter Brewing Co., Berman & Simmons, the City of Auburn, the City of Lewiston, DaVinci’s Eatery, Dirigo Federal Credit Union, Liberty Mutual, Munka Coworking, Payroll Management, the Sun Journal, the Szanton Company, as well as the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation,  Maine Arts Commission, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Onion Foundation, and the Ladd Foundation. 

Since 1973, LA Arts, the arts agency for the cities of Lewiston and Auburn Maine, has pursued a mission to engage and inspire a vibrant community through arts and culture. The agency works with governments, businesses, schools and local arts and cultural organizations to create opportunities for community members across the generations to experience, learn, and participate in the arts. LA Arts organizes arts programs and initiatives, supports the work of local artists and arts organizations, and highlights the essential role the arts play in shaping an economically vital, socially integrated, and forward-looking future for its community. Learn more at

*Rain location: Callahan Hall, Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St., Lewiston

**Rain location: 1800 Club, 34 Court St, Auburn

Sawyer Memorial Hosts Food Truck Social

GREENE, ME (August 6, 2022) — The Sawyer Memorial will host its first Food Truck Social with live music from the Pond Lilies and games on Saturday, August 20th from 12-3PM!

Stop by for an afternoon of great entertainment and fun! Local food trucks will descend on our large parking lot ready to share their cuisine with you. Come listen to live music as the Pond Lilies perform Celtic, Acadian and other enchanting melodies. There will be games, prizes and so much more! The first 100 people to attend will receive a $5 voucher to use at any of the food trucks for this event. Bring the family, bring yourself, but you do not want to miss this one! Seating will be provided. This event is rain or shine.

The event will be held at the Sawyer Memorial, 371 Sawyer Rd., Greene. FMI 207-946-5311 or visit

Great Falls Balloon Festival Guest Guide

 The first impression that comes to mind when we see hot air balloons is the free spirit and grace of floating where ever the wind decides to take you. But there is much more to a hot air balloon launch and flight than just riding the wind.

Hot air balloons are considered aircraft and are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) just as fixed-wing aircraft are. Hot air balloon pilots must pass a yearly in-flight certification to maintain his or her license as a commercial pilot. The Great Falls Balloon only invites pilots who have met these qualifications.

The balloons themselves must pass a yearly safety inspection which includes testing the fabric of the balloon, fuel system, integrity of the basket, burners, and all other related equipment before the balloon receives its annual airworthiness certificate to fly.

Unlike fixed-wing aircraft, a hot air balloon is dependent upon fair weather. Ideal conditions are calm winds below 8 mph and cool temperatures. Since wind and heat come with the sun, the ideal time for a balloon to fly is early in the morning before the sun gets too high in the sky and in the early evening as the sun begins to descend. The exception to this rule would be wintertime flying when the sun is less intense.

To inflate the balloon, pilots use inflation fans to fill the balloon with outside air. This process is called cold packing. When the balloon is inflated enough the pilot uses his burner to heat the inside air to approximately one hundred degrees warmer than the outside temperature. This is when the balloon takes shape and is ready to fly on a new adventure.

It is the heat inside the balloon that makes the balloon rise. If the outside air temperature is too high, the pilot would need to add more heat to the balloon to compensate. High heat can cause damage to the fabric of the balloon. This is why balloons rarely fly in the heat of the day.

Hot air balloon pilots are always aware of the weather and the function of their equipment. The safety of the people in the basket is a top priority for the pilots always have the final say in whether the conditions are right for them to fly.

The experience that our visitors get at the Great Falls Balloon Festival is rare in the ballooning world. At most festivals, spectators are not allowed in the area where balloons are launching.

However, this up-close-and-personal venue also poses some challenges. Our main launch site is small. Our visiting balloons are huge. Our visitors are smitten. But our pilots and crews need space. A lot of it. They also need to be able to see and hear each other to keep themselves and everyone else on the field safe.

Maintaining a safe environment is a top priority, and it is crucial to the future of the festival.

Below are some things to keep in mind when visiting the festival:


Don’t Smoke. Our visiting balloons carry tanks full of propane gas. Due to the obvious fire hazard created by the use of propane gas, as well as the risk of damage to the balloon envelopes, smoking is prohibited.

Don’t bring your dog. Or your cat, or bird, or snake. With the exception of service animals, NO PETS of any kind are allowed on festival grounds.

Don’t bring your wheels. This includes bikes, skateboards, scooters, roller skates, and unicycles. The level of foot traffic on the walkway around the park is very high, especially at launch time.

Don’t drink. No alcohol is allowed on festival grounds.


Launches are scheduled for 6 am and 6 pm throughout the weekend and are always weather permitting. This includes wind and clouds as well as more obvious conditions like rain and lightning.

In the event of questionable conditions, Our Balloonmeister will wait as long as they can in hopes of a turn for the better. However, a launch decision may be delayed by up to an hour if weather conditions are changing. Ideally, the balloons will launch by 6:45 p.m. This time frame provides a fair ride for our passengers and gets everyone back on the ground before we run out of daylight.

Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston is our main launch site. Additional launch sites may be added if needed.


Specials fly only in the morning. At our evening launches, the special shape balloons will inflate and stay at the field to glow for the crowd. They are large, complex, and hard to pack up in the dark.


This ground-level light show is a crowd favorite! Following the Friday evening launch, some of our visiting balloons will return to the field, inflate and light their burners for a ground-level light show, weather permitting.


There is an ATM available at Simard-Payne Memorial Park, near the Information/Souvenir Booth.

WHA Rotating Art Gallery for August at CMMC

LEWISTON, ME (August 5, 2022) — The Woman’s Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston is proud to display the work of two artists, Jeanelle Demers and Michele Townsend for the month of August.

A well-known local artist from Lewiston-Auburn, Demers has recently branched out from painting pet portraits to experimenting with botanical illustrations. She has found a new love of photographing flowers and plants while traveling to different areas and drawing from those photos. The prints on display are giclee reproductions of ink drawings from her travel sketchbook combined digitally with acrylic underpaintings. She has been enjoying this new endeavor, combining her love of wild things from the natural world with color and linework. More information and artwork is available through her website

Having an exhibit for the first time at CMMC, Townsend has been working with pastels for 40 years with a focus on nature and animals. “I enjoy working with my fingers close to the paper and seeing the pastels blend together to complete each piece”

The works on display may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop located adjacent to the main lobby at Central Maine Medical Center. A percentage of sale proceeds benefits patients of CMMC. As a result of the hospital safety precautions due to the pandemic, the art gallery is only available for viewing for staff, patients, and their designated visitors at this time.

Below: Lighthouse – Michele Townsend

School of Rock Opens This Weekend at CLT 

AUBURN, ME (August 5, 2022) — The Community Little Theatre production of School of Rock – The Musical opens this weekend. Based on the 2003 movie, the show features all the original songs from the movie, 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, and a band of some very talented local youth. School of Rock will warm your heart and blow you away in equal measure! 

School of Rock will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on August 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20; and at 2:00 p.m. on August 14 and 21. Tickets are general admission and may be purchased online at or by calling 783-0958. If space allows, tickets will also be available at the door. 

Below: Owen Hiltz, left, as “Freddie Hamilton” and Jeff Fairfield as “Mr. Hamilton” rehearse a scene from the Community Little Theatre production of School of Rock – The Musical. The hit musical opens Thursday, August 11. 

Auburn’s Newest Police K-9 Makes First Apprehension

AUBURN, ME (August 1, 2022) – The Auburn Police Department’s newest K-9 has only recently completed his patrol certification and is already protecting and serving the community. Deputy Chief Tim Cougle reports that last evening at 12:25AM, emergency dispatchers received a 911 call from a female who was believed to be in distress. Officers were able to locate the female at 514 Turner Street. She reported that she had been assaulted by a male subject known to her during a domestic dispute. The assailant was reported to have fled into nearby woods once he knew the police were on their way.

K-9 Brick, Auburn’s newest police dog along with his handler, Officer Andrew Jarman were called to the scene to assist in the search for the suspect.

“Once deployed and given his search command, Brick immediately began to pull officers deep into the woods,” said Cougle. “Brick directed the officers to a large, overturned tree where the suspect was located, crouched down, trying to hide from them.”

The suspect was taken into custody without incident and charged with Felony Domestic Violence Assault and Violating Conditions of Release.

“Without Brick, this suspect would not have been captured so quickly and efficiently, preventing a larger police search of the area,” said Cougle. “He’s a great dog; smart and determined. And Officer Jarman is doing an outstanding job with him. We anticipate years of exceptional work from this K-9 team.”

Brick completed his first level of training, patrol certification, on July 20.

Below: Officer Jarman and Brick.

Get Involved in the Great Falls Balloon Festival

Fly your balloon with us!

Are you interested in flying your hot air balloon at The Great Falls Balloon Festival? We are always excited to speak with and welcome new pilots to the festival. Flying at the Great Falls Balloon Festival includes tons of benefits including lodging, food, gift packs, and more.

Want to fly at this year’s festival? Fill out this form at and we will reach out.

Participate in the photo contest!

First, second, and third place will receive a Souvenirs Swag Bag at the 2021 Great Falls Balloon Festival


Are you interested in volunteering at The Great Falls Balloon Festival? The success of the festival is dependent upon the skills and time of our countless volunteers. We are looking for volunteers in these areas:

Balloon Crew

Crowd Support

Bridge/Gate Support

Souvenir Booth

Welcome/Greeter at Entrances

Pancake Breakfast

Parade Support

Family Fun Day

Committee Member

Runner/Festival Support


Balloon Ride Assistant

And much more!

Volunteer Requirements: All volunteers must meet all these requirements:

Volunteer must be over the age of 16, 18 for balloon crew; Volunteer must not bring children, for their safety; Volunteers who are working one of the gates or crowd control must wear a safety vest which will be provided; Balloon crew members should report to Simard-Payne Memorial Park at 5:30 am for morning launches and 5 pm for evening launches; Potential balloon crew volunteers are asked to please take into consideration that some of the balloon equipment is heavy; All volunteers must be respectful to all guests

Want to get involved in this year’s festival?

Fill out this forum or email and we will reach out closer to the festival.

Join us at the parade!

Please join us on Saturday, August 20, 2022, at 11 a.m. for the festival parade!

The parade will line up on Elm Street, Auburn, proceeding down Elm Street. It will turn left onto Main Street, right onto Court Street and across the Longley Bridge. It will then turn right onto Lincoln Street, and then a right onto Chestnut Street and disperse on Oxford Street. The parade will last approximately 2 hours.

Sponsor us!

Thank you for your interest in becoming a sponsor of the 28th annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.

In 1992, a group of business people, civic leaders and friends began discussing new ways to celebrate our community, while at the same time providing fundraising opportunities to local non-profits and civic groups. With the help of local businesses, an army of volunteers and the cooperative efforts of the cities of Lewiston and Auburn, the Great Falls Balloon Festival has become more than anyone could have imagined.

The festival now reaches well beyond the great community of Lewiston/Auburn­—it enjoys a national reputation as a first-class event and is a destination for many visitors to the state of Maine.

The sight of dozens of hot air balloons in the skies over Lewiston/Auburn is a spectacular experience. With free admission, annual attendance above 100,000, financial impact in excess of $2,000,000 and hundreds of thousands of dollars raised by participating non-profit groups, it’s easy to see why our community eagerly anticipates the festival.

Like any business or event, cash flow is the most difficult task to manage. Support from local businesses enables continued growth and free attendance for festival visitors. If you are unable to make a cash donation, please consider a contribution of goods or services. In either case, your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Download our complete sponsorship guide at for more details about sponsoring the festival.

Thank you for your support! Questions?

Bridgton Hospital Golf Tournament Details Announced

BRIDGTON, ME (July 28, 2022) — Bridgton Hospital is hosting its 30th Annual Golf Tournament on Wednesday, August 31 at Bridgton Highlands Country Club. This long-standing tournament has raised more than $1 million over the years to support the many services and programs offered by Bridgton Hospital.

“We are grateful to the local businesses and community members who have come out year after year for this annual fundraiser. The proceeds from this year’s tournament will support critical trauma equipment for Bridgton Hospital’s Emergency Department, ensuring the high-quality care the community needs, close to home during a medical emergency,” said Peter J. Wright, FACHE, president of Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital.

Player registration and sponsorships are available now at The $125 player registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments throughout the course, hors d’oeuvres after play, player gifts, prizes and more. Players can sign up as an individual or register as a foursome. Sponsorships from $250 to $10,000 are packaged to include marketing benefits, player registrations, mulligans and raffle tickets for an easy registration process on the day of the event.

To register, sponsor or for more information about the event or Bridgton Hospital, please contact the Central Maine Healthcare Philanthropy Office at (207) 795-2668 or email

Lewiston Celebrates Opening of Obscura Cafè & Drinkery

LEWISTON, ME (July 27, 2022) — A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held for the opening of Obscura Cafè & Drinkery in Lewiston at 10:30 AM on Thursday, August 4, 2022. Lewiston Mayor Carl Sheline will be joined by John Rice, Director of Operations at Schooner Estate Senior Living Center and Board Chair of the Board for LA Metro Chamber, Senator Susan Collin’s Office Representative Carlene Trembly, Congressman Jared Golden’s Office District Representative Katherine Drummond, and members of the public.  

Obscura Cafè & Drinkery is a 1920’s reminiscent eatery, drinkery, and entertainment venue that aims to bring an all inclusive experience to Downtown Lewiston’s Arts District. Serving an American style menu of paninis, salads, flatbreads, specialty waffles and charcuterie, Obscura provides a creative menu that is also accessible for guests with gluten sensitivity and vegan diets. Our bar features a large selection of craft beers, canned cocktails, and wine. The space boasts a large projection theater screen above the bar that shows silent films and speakeasy style lounge downstairs for performances and events that will be opening soon. You can learn more at

“We’ve always had the vision to give the iconic Lamey-Wellehan building a second life while preserving the history of the space and of the Wellehan family legacy. With the full support and belief of Jim Wellehan, we made that happen”, says co-owner and Lewiston native, Corey DuFour. 

 “As a company that is owned and operated by several artists, we wanted to create a space that creatives could gather and be represented. From fine artists, to musicians, artisans and other performers of the arts, we will have opportunities to hold events and displays that will showcase the talents of our local art community’, says co-owner and local artist, Angie Lafrance.

 Ms. Angie Lafrance, will be speaking on behalf of Obscura Cafè & Drinkery at the ribbon cutting ceremony on August 4th. Obscura will then be open for patronage following the ceremony.

 What: Ribbon Cutting for Obscura Cafè & Drinkery

When: Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 10:30 AM

Were: 108 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, ME

Who: Obscura Cafè & Drinkery, City of Lewiston, LA Metro Chamber

Why: To celebrate the opening of Obscura Cafè & Drinkery, a new eatery in Downtown Lewiston that pays tribute to the past, present, and future in the iconic and historical Lamey-Wellehan building.

Contact Us!

89 Union Street, Suite 1014
Auburn, ME 04210
(207) 795-5017