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Bates Dance Festival ramps up for final weekend

jumatatu m. poe & Jermone Donte Beacham’s “This is a Formation: Intervention” will fuse performance and live action on the streets of Portland and Lewiston. (Photo by Gemma Galiana)

As the 2019 Bates Dance Festival ramps up for its final weekend, favorite traditions will blend with cutting-edge choreography on Bates College stages and even on the streets of Lewiston and Portland.

The weekend will kick off with the festival’s final 2019 Concert on the Quad, featuring the reggae band Stream, on Thursday, August 1; the festival will wrap up on Sunday, August 4, with the weekend’s second “How Was the Show?” community chat at Lewiston’s Bear Bones Bear.

In between, there will be full-tilt performances by Joanna Kotze, nora chipaumire, and J-Sette artists jumatatu m. poe & Jermone Donte Beacham, whose “This is a Formation: Intervention” – comprising equal parts performance and street action – will take place in Portland on August 2 and in Lewiston on August 3.

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Auburn Police Dept. to host National Night Out

This annual summer block party at Festival Plaza and Main Street features free family fun, food, and live music. 

On Tuesday, August 6, Festival Plaza and Main Street will be the scene for the Auburn Police Department’s National Night Out against crime. This annual event, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and continuing until dusk, invites Auburn residents downtown for a family-friendly block party featuring food, fun, and live music.

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Court St. Baptist Church names transitional pastor

Reverend James Grumbine, Jr.

The Reverend James Grumbine, Jr. has been named the transitional pastor of Auburn’s Court Street Baptist Church. He succeeds retiring Rev. Dr. David R. Clark and will assess the spiritual gifts of the parishioners and the programming needs of the congregation to prepare the church for its next permanent pastor.

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Governor’s Address: There is no simple solution to the opioid epidemic, but there is hope

The following is an excerpt from Governor Mills’ remarks at her July 15 opioid response summit, “Turning the Tide: Maine’s Path Forward in Addressing the Opioid Crisis.”

You know, I subscribe to many newspapers, national and local. One I picked up at breakfast the other day began with a description of a city neighborhood which sounded like the setting of a television crime drama. It read:

“The sidewalks are littered with cigarette butts and people loiter outside the nearby grocery store. A man and a woman, both in their pajamas, scream at each other from opposite ends of the sidewalk. 

“A driver with all the car windows rolled down yells as he blows through a stop sign. The tires screech loudly as the car whips around the corner.

“The neighborhood children spend most of their day outside, riding their bicycles up and down the connecting streets. But by 8 p.m. they all disappear. Even if they aren’t on curfew, it’s as if they know better than to be alone on these streets at night.

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ELHS Class of 1959 enjoys 60th Reunion

Pictured here (l. to r., from front) are reunion attendees Brian Harris, Annette Jutras. Sue Couillard, Betty Magno, Jeannette Label, Robert Vallerand, Mike Gentile, Marcia Roak, Anita Demers, Barbara Berry, Irene David, Lucille Lapage, Helen Chenard, Louise Morin, Donna Russell, Bayna Boothby, Sandra Carter, Elizabeth Buker, Barbara Fowles, Marion Brown, Sylvia Eaton, Judy Cormier, Martha Cotter, Nancy Davis, Jean Sudds, Ellen Goldberg, David Burgess, Robert Williams, David Rubin, David Blood, Peter Durgin, Robert Turner, Andy Couillard, Walter White, Phil Libby, Joseph Cohen, John Savage, Bill Holt, Lee Bingham. Carlton Sedgeley, Donald Shoppe, Bill Gould, and John Gould. (Photo by Nicole  Rand,

Members of the Edward Little High School Class of 1959 celebrated their 60th Reunion recently at the Fore Seasons Restaurant at Turner Highlands Golf Club in Turner. Forty-four classmates and 16 guest attended the reunion dinner, where the guest speaker was Rachel Desgrosseilliers, executive director of Museum LA. Other reunion highlights included a guided tour of Museum L-A, an evening social gathering, and a cake with an edible photo of the Edward Little statue. The class plans to have its next reunion in 2021.

LA Arts Gallery to host live art and dance performance for next Art Walk LA

LA Arts artist-in-residence Jonathan Allen will perform with dancer-choreographer Joanna Kotze. (Photo by Ted Roeder)

LA Arts, in collaboration with the Bates Dance Festival, will present “Do You Know What’s Worrying Me?”, a live visual art and dance performance by New York-based artist Jonathan Allen and dancer-choreographer Joanna Kotze, with music by Ryan Seaton, as part of Art Walk LA on Friday, July 26, at 6 p.m. Free and open to all, the performance will take place in the LA Arts Gallery at 221 Lisbon Street in Lewiston.

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Donald M. Gay Scholarship awarded to Abigail Hart

Hart plans to major in journalism at Suffolk University in Boston beginning this September. 

Abigail Elise Hart has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Donald M. Gay Scholarship. Ranked eighth in her Edward Little High School graduating class of 205 students, Hart plans to major in journalism at Suffolk University in Boston beginning this September. 

According to ELHS counselor Michael Dunn, journalism is a subject Abby has been fascinated by for years. “Her combination of curiosity and courage are gifts that she puts to good use in any adventure in which she is invested.”

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Maine Highland Fiddlers coming to Sawyer Memorial

With fiddles, guitar, bodhran, and vocals, this group of six makes music that recaptures the kitchen party atmosphere central to the Celtic tradition.

The Maine Highland Fiddlers will perform at the Sawyer Memorial in Greene on Friday, August 2 at 2 and 7 p.m. Both shows are free and open to the public.

The Maine Highland Fiddlers are part of the revival of traditional Celtic music currently thriving across the North Atlantic rim. The music of Scotland, Cape Breton Island, Ireland, and the Shetland Islands echoes the rich heritage of Maine’s early Celtic settlements. 

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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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