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Governor Mills: I Commend the American Legion on its 100th Anniversary

When I was a little girl, I watched my father as he left for the Legion hall every week and as he left to go to his Navy Reserve unit in full uniform. He was a proud World War II veteran, who served bravely at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Pacific and saw kamikaze pilots attack his own ship.

Much later, my brother served several tours of duty off the shores of Vietnam in the U.S. Navy following my father’s lead. Both of them became members of the American Legion.

So today, I am writing about how, 100 years ago, far from home in Paris, France, a group of World War I U.S. military personnel founded the American Legion. The Legion is an organization dedicated to honoring four pillars of advocacy: veterans, defense, youth, and Americanism.

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CMCC Mustang Women bring home national title

The team celebrates in Kirk Hall, where they put in many hours of training and practice to make it to the national stage.

For second time in three years, the Central Maine Community College Mustang Women have returned home as national basketball champions. The team exploded out of the gate last week at Penn State Fayette in Uniontown, PA to capture the 2019 USCAA DII National Championship with an 85-78 victory against number one seed Villa Maria College.

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MSNBC commentator to discuss Mueller investigation at Bates College

Bates College alum Joyce White Vance (Class of ’82) teaches law at the University of Alabama. (Photo by Matthew Wood, University of Alabama)

Bates College will present a program by Joyce White Vance called “The Mueller Investigation and the Rule of Law” on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in the college’s Muskie Archives, located at 70 Campus Avenue in Lewiston. Presented by the college’s Harward Center for Community Partnerships, the program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 786-6202. 

A frequent commentator on the investigation for MSNBC and a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, Vance is Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Law at Culverhouse School of Law, University of Alabama. She is a member of the Bates Class of 1982.

Lewiston woman testifies to Senate Aging Committee on personal toll of high drug prices

Lewiston resident Michelle Dehetre (r.), with Sen. Susan Collins

While driving with two of her sons in the car last week, Michelle Dehetre, a mother of five from Lewiston who has Type 1 diabetes, had a frightening experience that has become all too common for her: she began to feel very faint. Fortunately, no one was injured, and paramedics quickly arrived on the scene to take her to the emergency room.

Dehetre is one of the millions of Americans who struggle to purchase the medications they need to maintain their health. She struggles to pay for the insulin she needs, and she cannot afford a continuous glucose monitor and pump that would help manage her diabetes, resulting in life-threatening emergencies every month.

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Four Pines Painting supports An Angel’s Wing

David Muise, owner of Four Pines Painting, and Josh Stoehner, Director of Fundraising for An Angel’s Wing

Four Pines Painting of Poland has announced that the recipient of their annual charitable giving effort is the newly formed nonprofit organization An Angel’s Wing.

Four Pines Painting’s support of the new nonprofit included painting the entirety of its forthcoming retail arm, the Walk-In Closet. Located at 1567 Lisbon Street in Lewiston, the Walk-In Closet’s profits will go toward providing a support system to individuals affected by Substance Abuse Disorder.

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Governor’s Address: Task Force Will Address PFAS Exposure in Maine

In response to reports nationwide regarding the prevalence of a group of chemicals known as PFAS, earlier this week I signed an Executive Order creating a Governor’s Task Force to mobilize state agencies and other stakeholders to review the prevalence of PFAS in Maine and to put forward a plan to address these dangerous chemicals.

While PFAS were once common chemicals used in products ranging from clothing to cookware, scientific studies reveal that they could pose a danger to the health of people, which is why they have been phased out over the past several decades. But because of their frequent use since the 1950s, contaminated sites have been identified across the country, including some here in Maine.

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“Central Maine’s Funniest Comedian” to be crowned at Franco Center Invitational

Local comedian and Franco Center board member Dawn Hartill hosts the event.

Twelve local comics have been chosen to compete in the Central Maine Comedy Invitational on Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston. They will vie for a chance to take home the grand prize of $250 and the title of “Central Maine’s Funniest Comedian.”

Local comedian and Franco Center board member Dawn Hartill will host the event. The first winner of the title, Billy Jack Goodwin, will headline with a guest appearance. Each contestant will be given five minutes to present an original monolog that would be considered “PG-13.” The 2019 winner will be chosen by audience vote at the end of the evening. Admission is $5 at the door.

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Student Senate leaders at CMCC

The Student Senate at Central Maine Community College is the governing body for all student activities and the official student voice on campus. Elected by the student body, members are responsible for allocating funds received from activity fees paid by students. Pictured here (l. to r.) are officers William Bishop, president; Derek Kuusela, vice president; Brink Beaulieu, treasurer; and Casay Mohamed, secretary.


Rotary Lunch Club supports Washburn School

The L-A Rotary Lunch Club recently donated $600 to community partner Washburn Elementary School of Auburn to help families of students provide holiday staples. Thanks to the donation, 67 families received contributions of food and clothing to make the holidays brighter. Here above are school principal Andrew Bard, L-A Rotary Gift of Caring Project Chair Lorraine Bard, and school guidance counselor Maggie Luce. (Photo by Jackie Majerus-Collins)


Jazz pianist to perform at Bates College

Frank Carlberg is 2018-19 artist-in-residence of the college’s music department.

Jazz pianist-composer Frank Carlberg, 2018-19 artist-in-residence of the Bates College music department, will lead two concerts in March. Both concerts are free and open to the public, but tickets are required from 

Carlberg will perform with his quartet, Dream Machine,on Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the college’s Olin Arts Center Concert Hall at 75 Russell Street in Lewiston.Featuring accordion, tenor sax, bass, and drums, the band’s music, “resides in the area between dusk and dawn of our consciousness and draws from half-remembered recollections of things past,” asserts Carlberg. “Images of fantasy and reality intermingle in memories of carnivals, side shows, and fairgrounds.”

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