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Miss Moxie Pageant winners

Pictured here (l. to r., from front) are Lilith Surran, Antonella Jane Osnoe, Miranda Torrey, Delainy Gillis, Autumn Oxton, Erica Davis, and Alison Lee.

The Moxie Festival Committee has announced the winners of the recent Miss Moxie Pageant, the first held since the early 1990’s when the event was a staple of the annual festival. The winners across age categories were Junior Princess Lilith Surran (Gorham), Princess Antonella Jane Osnoe (Glenburn), Pre-Teen Miranda Torrey (Lisbon), Junior Teen Delainy Gillis (Glenburn), Teen Autumn Oxton (Nobleboro), Miss Erica Davis (Harpswell), and Ms. Alison Lee (Augusta).

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State champions visit State House

The Class A State Championship-winning St. Dominic Academy Varsity Ice Hockey Team visited the Maine State House recently to receive a Legislative Sentiment honoring their championship season. They are pictured here with Senator Ned Claxton (at rear). 

Governor’s Address: Paid leave is a forward-looking policy that is good for our economy

Like most of you, I’ve known times when I was sick at work, or had to leave work to take care of a sick child, or had some other type of emergency that called me away from work. It’s not something anybody wants to do. We here in Maine have a good work ethic, we value our jobs, and we are proud of that.

But unexpected circumstances are a fact of life – and that is exactly why these emergencies should not break the bank for the working men and women in Maine.

So earlier this week, I signed bipartisan legislation to make Maine the first state in the nation to allow paid leave – not just sick leave – but paid leave for employees working for an employer with more than ten people.

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Leeds Central School supports K9s on the Front Line with $4,600 donation

K9s on the Front Line staff members Gina Blaszyk (l. front) and Linda Murray (r. front) pose with Leeds Central School students and their teacher, Jennifer Groover. (Photo by Rinck Advertising)

A Leeds Central School classroom conversation about service dogs has led to one of the largest-ever donations given to a Maine nonprofit that trains and pairs shelter dogs with combat-wounded veterans.

Linda Murray, co-founder and vice president of Portland-based K9s on the Front Line, visited the school recently to receive a donation check for $4,600 to support the organization’s mission to improve the lives of military veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or a traumatic brain injury.

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Lewiston student honored by Cromwell Center

Caring Classrooms Contest winner Louisa Strong, with Cromwell Center executive director Susan Greenwood (Photo by Claire Houston)

Louisa Strong, a fifth grader at Geiger Elementary School in Lewiston, was honored recently by the Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness as the winner of their Caring Classrooms Contest. The contest encourages students served in the center’s Grades 1 through 6 disabilities awareness program to write about how the program impacted them and their views on respect, empathy and inclusion.

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Conway Post 135 installs new officers

The Harry J. Conway American Legion Post 135 of Sabattus recently installed new officers for 2019-20. In the front row (l. to r.) are Auxiliary Officers Debra Devoe (Chaplain), Joan Caron, (1st Vice President), Denise Michaud (President), and Joan Fournier (Sgt. at Arms). Absent from the photo is Jennifer Caron (Secretary-Treasurer). In the back row (from l.) are Post Officers Joe Tetreault (2nd Vice Commander), Amedeo Lauria (Service Officer), Donald Caron (1st Vice Commander), David Devoe (Chaplain), Joseph Michaud (Commander), Jim Rancourt (Adjutant), Tracey Rancourt (Americanism Officer), and Don Gosselin (Sgt. at Arms). Absent from the photo are Anthony Culpovich (Finance Officer) and Gordon Smith (Historian).

Museum L-A unveils new Franco Trail project; organizers expect boost in tourism

Museum L-A intern Catherine Picard of Quebec gestures toward a map of “Franco Trail L-A.”

Representatives of Museum L-A recently took to the stage at a local Franco-American landmark, the Gendron Franco Center, to unveil the museum’s new “Franco Trail L-A,” a self-guided walking tour featuring at least 18 Lewiston-Auburn sites and attractions relevant to the history of local Franco-Americans. The new initiative includes a paper map, a website, and a free smartphone app that guides users taking the tour. 

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Governor’s Address: It’s time to develop a long-term strategy to move our state’s economy forward

Campaigning across the State of Maine last year, I visited a lot of towns like Madison, Millinocket, Old Town, and Bucksport – towns that have lost paper mills over the last decade.

While most of these mills are still idle, some towns are actually finding new life. I’m pleased that, just this week, our Administration welcomed a new business to Bucksport, where one company is moving forward with a $250 million salmon farm near the site of the old mill.

Our heritage industries – farming, fishing, and forestry – are adapting and diversifying with a changing economy. Our small businesses, from Kittery to Fort Kent, are innovating and engaging in exciting new work.

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Franco Trail bus tour offers test run

Stopping at 18 historic locations and sites, this special all-day tour will include two meals and a show at the Gendron Franco Center. (Photo by NorthEast Charter & Tour Co. Inc.)

A new Franco Trail L-A bus tour will offer a special test run on Friday, May 24 at 9 a.m. The bus will weave its way through the streets of Lewiston and Auburn, stopping at historic locations and sites that reflect the area’s French heritage as a tour guide explains their significance.

At least 18 locations have been identified and included as part of this all-day tour. The normal cost of the tour would be $75, but this special opportunity costs only $36, which includes all stops and attractions, plus two meals and a show at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston. 

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Auburn names Grand Marshal for 150th Anniversary Memorial Day Parade

Colonel Todd Desgrosseilliers is a native of Auburn who, after 30 years of service, retired as a decorated United States Marine.

Auburn Mayor Jason J. Levesque has announced that Marine Colonel Todd Desgrosseilliers (retired) has been selected as the Grand Marshal of Auburn’s Sesquicentennial Memorial Day Parade.

The parade will start on Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. on Mill Street in New Auburn. It will follow Main Street into Auburn’s downtown, turn onto Court Street, then Turner Street, and proceed through Great Falls Plaza. It will then cross the bridge to conclude at Veterans’ Memorial Park in Lewiston, where a special Memorial Day ceremony will take place. 

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