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Foss Mansion opens for Christmas Open House and Fair

Built between 1914 and 1917, the beautiful Foss Mansion is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The Woman’s Literary Union of Androscoggin County will open its historic Foss Mansion at 19 Elm Street in Auburn for a Christmas Open House and Fair on Saturday, December 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

WLU members have decorated the mansion’s first floor, including the grand staircase, for the holidays and Santa will be on hand in the morning for your Christmas photos. Gift baskets, baked goods, holiday items, raffle tickets, and “knit and stitch” items will be available for purchase.

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Rotary Breakfast Club hosts Holiday Breakfast

The Edward Little High School A Capella Choir will perform when the Auburn-Lewiston Rotary Breakfast Club meets for its annual Holiday Breakfast, prepared by Kristie’s Café, on Wednesday, December 5 at 7 a.m. The event will occur at the group’s usual meeting place, United Methodist Church, located at 439 Park Avenue in Auburn. The cost is $10. All are welcome to attend.

 

Lisbon names new Moxie Festival coordinator

Julie-Ann Baumer

The Town of Lisbon has announcedthat Julie-Ann Baumer will serve as coordinator of the 2019 Moxie Festival. The2019 event will be administered by the Parks & Recreation Department instead of the Economic & Community Development Department.

“We are excited to have Julie-Ann working with the organizing committee and our staffto spearhead the festival,” said Director of Parks & RecreationMark Stevens. “She has deep roots here and a ton of energy and passion for our town.”

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French Sing-Alongs set for Dec. 3 and 14 

Les Troubadours members Mary Ann LeClerc, Louise Bolduc, Rita Gosselin, Jacynthe Jacques, Jeannine Doucette, Doris Bonneau, Aliette Couturier, and Gail Lawrence, with pianist Jeannette Gregoire

Community members will have two occasions to sing French holiday songs with local singing group Les Troubadours this season. The first session on Monday, December 3 at 2 p.m. will take place in the chapel at St. Mary’s D’Youville Pavilion. The second session on Friday, December 14 at 1:30 p.m. will be at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College.

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Governor’s Address: Let Us Give Thanks for Our Abundance and Freedom

In 1981, in his first Thanksgiving proclamation as president, Ronald Reagan stated: “America has much for which to be thankful. The unequaled freedom enjoyed by our citizens has provided a harvest of plenty to this Nation throughout its history. In keeping with America’s heritage, one day each year is set aside for giving thanks to God for all of His blessings.”

Today, as we did then, Mainers have much to be thankful for. We are blessed to live in a beautiful state. The bounty of the sea and the great productivity of our farms provide an incredible variety of food. It not only sustains us, but attracts people from all over the world.

But it is important to remember that, despite this incredible food environment and our growing prosperity, there are still people who need help. That is why Ann and I held our eighth and last food drive earlier this month to assist our fellow Mainers who are food insecure.

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Veterans honored, remembered at Interfaith Prayer Service

Members of several faith communities gathered at Holy Family Church in Lewiston on Monday, November 12, to express their gratitude and to pray for those who have served our country in the Armed Services, as well as those who continue to serve today.

More than 200 people attended the 15th annual “We Remember and Give Thanks” community prayer service hosted by Prince of Peace Parish, including many veterans who rose and saluted as the flag of each of the five branches of service was carried forward during the Presentation of the Colors at the beginning of the evening.

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City of Auburn names new Police Chief

Jason D. Moen

City Manager Peter Crichton has announced that Jason D. Moen has been selected as Auburn’s 22nd Chief of Police. Moen has been a police officer for the City of Auburn for twenty-three years and has held a variety of positions within the department, including Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, and Lieutenant in all three of the department’s divisions. He was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police in December 2006 and was named Interim Chief of Police in August of 2018, following the retirement of Chief Phillip L. Crowell, Jr.

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Program explores Muskie’s role in pivotal 1968 presidential campaign

U.S. Sen. Edmund Muskie confers with staffer Leon Billings during a congressional hearing circa 1970–71. (Barry M. Blackman/Courtesy of the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library)

Bates College will host an event marking the 50thanniversary of the pivotal 1968 U.S. presidential campaign on Thursday, November 29 at 3:30 p.m. at the college’s Muskie Archives, located at 70 Campus Avenue in Lewiston. The program will explore the role played in the campaign by Democratic vice-presidential candidate Edmund Muskie, a member of the Bates College Class of 1936, and the campaign’s continuing relevance today.

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MainStreet Foundation awards $25K for Kids grant to New Beginnings

Pictured here (l. to r.) are Lacey Donle, Outreach Program Coordinator; Danylle Carson, New Beginnings Board VP and Attorney at Wilson & Associates; Julie Buffington, New Beginnings Board Treasurer and Chief Retail Officer, SVP Androscoggin Bank; Chris Bicknell, Executive Director; Connor Tamminen, Outreach Staff Member; Topher Balderas, Outreach Program Director; Sam Buhlig, Outreach Staff Member; Jessy Kendall, Outreach Staff Member; Rachel Spencer-Reed, Director of Development and Community Services; Steve Closson, MainStreet Foundation Chair; and Paul Andersen, CEO of Androscoggin Bank.

Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation has announced that the 2018 recipient of its annual $25K for Kids grant will be New Beginnings. Aligning with the Foundation’s goal of providing the essentials of life – food, shelter, and security – to at-risk youth, New Beginnings will use the $25,000 award to increase the availability of food and housing resources to youth who utilize their programs.

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Governor’s Address: Our Next Governor’s Success is the Success of Our State

Last week, the Maine voters cast their ballot to elect Janet Mills as their next Governor, and the first female Governor of Maine. I wish her well in her new role.

I love Maine, and I have worked hard to leave the state in better shape than when I found it. My administration has been successful in doing so.

Over the past eight years, our administration has eliminated red tape, cut taxes, reformed welfare and created charter schools. We’ve improved Maine’s infrastructure, created new trade relationships and reformed health insurance to lower costs, to name just a few of our accomplishments.

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