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Governor’s Address: Let’s Encourage Young People to Move Here and Enjoy Our State All Year Round

Attracting talented young people to Maine and making this state their home is a top priority of my administration. As you may have seen, a new sign now greets all people arriving at our state at the Kittery line. It says simply: “Welcome Home.”

I’m not the only one rolling out the welcome mat for Maine’s future innovators, business people, employers, and working people. Maine’s tourism industry is also showing the world that there is no place like home, and no place like Maine.

Maine welcomed more than 37 million visitors in 2018, including over 6 million visitors who discovered our state for the very first time.

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Women’s Literary Union to host Christmas (in July!) Tea Party at Foss Mansion

This benefit event to help raise the Bells of St. Louis at their permanent new home in Anniversary Park invites the community to enjoy a holiday-themed afternoon tea – without the stress of the holidays!

The Women’s Literary Union will host a Christmas (in July!) Tea Party at Auburn’s historic Foss Mansion on Thursday, July 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. This benefit will support Auburn’s 150th Anniversary Bricks Project to raise the Bells of St. Louis at their permanent new home in Anniversary Park. 

The Christmas season is supposed to be a time of celebration, good cheer, and relaxation, but as we know, relaxation often just doesn’t happen. The Woman’s Literary Union of Androscoggin County invites the community to enjoy a holiday-themed afternoon tea without the stress of the holidays. 

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Minot Historical Society to host Civil War Encampment

Reenactors from the 3rd Maine Infantry, 15th Alabama, and 5th Connecticut will demonstrate what life was like for common soldiers during the war. 

Minot Historical Society will host their annual Civil War Encampment at 493 Center Minot Hill Road on Saturday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Reenactors from the 3rd Maine Infantry, 15th Alabama, and 5th Connecticut will demonstrate what life was like for common soldiers during the war. The soldiers will conduct drills and mock battles throughout the weekend. Those sensitive to sudden loud noises should bring proper hearing protection to avoid being startled. 

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City plans “Come Home, Auburn” event for ELHS alumni

The City of Auburn, Auburn School Department, and the Auburn 150th Committee have announced “Come Home, Auburn,” a special weekend that invites all alumni of Edward Little High School home to Auburn November 1 through 3.

Highlights of “Come Home, Auburn” will include a “Battle of the Bridge” football game featuring Edward Little vs. Lewiston High School at Walton Field on Friday, November 1; various alumni games and gatherings throughout the day, including a ceremony for the unveiling of the Bell Tower in Anniversary Park and a huge alumni reunion at Lost Valley, on Saturday, November 2; and a Family Fun Day at Edward Little High School, complete with a Family 5K and Kids Zone, as well as tours and presentations on the new Edward Little High School project, on Sunday, November 3. 

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Robbins elected State Regent of Maine DAR

Mrs. Beverly Foster Robbins

Mrs. Beverly Foster Robbins was recently elected and sworn in as the new State Regent of the Maine State Organization of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the organization’s 128th Continental Congress in Washington, DC.

Robbins joined the Mary Dillingham Chapter of MSODAR in 2003 after moving to Lewiston from Jacksonville, Florida. She joined DAR in 2002 as a member of the Kan Yuk Sa Chapter of Jacksonville. 

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Governor’s Address: If your family needs a helping hand, please visit a Summer Food Service Program site near you

No child should ever go hungry. But right now, one in five children in Maine don’t know where their next meal is coming from. 

While our biennial budget helps feed more hungry children in schools by eliminating the reduced-price lunch category and moving these kids to the free-lunch category, it can be hard for families to get nutritious food when schools are out for the summer.

I want to tell you about the Summer Food Service Program. Funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it helps fill the gap with free, nutritious meals for children and is available statewide in areas of need at sites like schools, nonprofit summer places, government agencies, faith-based organizations, and churches.

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MSAD 52 director named MAEA Administrator of the Year

Razell Ward

Razell Ward, Director of MSAD 52 Adult Education, was recently named Adult Education Administrator of the Year by the Maine Adult Education Association at their annual conference in Orono.

Ward has been active in adult education for over 18 years, first as a lead teacher for MSAD 52 Adult and Community Education and then for the past eight years as the MSAD52 director. She formerly worked as a social worker for various community agencies.

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Lewiston native secures career milestone driving win

David Ingraham, who got his start on the Pine Tree Circuit before becoming a fixture at Yonkers and Pompano Park, recently scored the 7500th win of his career at Scarborough Downs. (Photo by Michael Newman)

While the rest of the nation prepared to enjoy patriotic pyrotechnic displays on the Fourth of July, fans at Scarborough Downs were treated to fireworks of a different kind when driver David Ingraham turned in a stellar three-win performance en route to scoring the 7500th driving win of his career.

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Community Little Theatre announces cast of “Mamma Mia!”

Playing the lead roles of Donna Sheridan and her daughter, Sophie, are real-life mother and daughter Eileen and Sophie Messina.

Community Little Theatre has announced the cast of the final production of its 79th season, the smash musical “Mamma Mia!” Featuring the music of pop supergroup ABBA, “Mamma Mia!” ran for over 14 years on Broadway, making it the ninth longest running show in Broadway history. 

The show’s music consists entirely of renditions of ABBA’s songs, including “Dancing Queen,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Voulez-Vous,” “SOS,” and, of course, the title track.

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CMCC student wins James McGowan Award

Award recipient Zakiya Sheikh, with Dean of Students Nick Hamel

Central Maine Community College student Zakiya Sheikh was recently selected to receive the Maine Community College System’s James McGowan Award.

McGowan retired last year as the director of the MCCS Center for Career Development. Given in recognition of his many years of service to Maine’s community colleges, the award is presented each year to a student at one of Maine’s seven community colleges who exemplifies a deep love of Maine, a desire to give back to one’s community in meaningful ways, and a commitment to lifelong learning. The award includes a $1,000 check.

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