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Governor’s Address: I am proud to support “An Act To Protect Health Care Coverage for Maine Families”

This past December, a federal district court judge in Texas issued a decision that would strike down the Affordable Care Act.

If that decision is upheld, nearly twelve million Americans – including more than 75,000 people in Maine – will lose life-saving health insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions and essential health benefits like mental health coverage, maternity and newborn care.

I cannot stand idly by while Maine children and families once again may be forced to go without health care they need.

My Administration is moving swiftly, in concert with the Legislature, to help protect Mainers with pre-existing conditions, regardless of what happens to the Affordable Care Act in the courts or in Congress.

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Maine Event Comedy plans weekend shows

Friday’s headliner Ali Simpson was recently selected for Comedyfort in Boise, Idaho and Michigan’s 10-day LaughFest.

Maine Event Comedy will present two local shows this weekend.

The series will debut at Cowbell Grill & Tap with Funniest Comic in New England finalist Kyron Hobdy on Thursday, January 31 at 7 p.m. He’ll be joined by Brian Brinegar and Julie Poulin.

Then Portland’s Ali Simpson will perform at The Pub at Baxter on Friday, February 1 at 9 p.m. The show will also feature Boston’s Jeff Medoff, New Hampshire’s Randy Williams, and New York City’s Tanael Joachim.

Both shows are free and open to those ages 21 and older. Cowbell is located at 49 Lisbon Street in Lewiston. For more information, call 333-5188 or see cowbellgrillandtap.com.

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Bonny Eagle lineman wins Gaziano Award

Award winner Aiden McGlone (c.) is pictured here with Peter DeSimon, Gaziano Awards president (l.), and Jeff Kane, retired president of National Distributors and son-in-law of award founder Frank Gaziano.

Aiden McGlone of Bonny Eagle High School in Standish was recently presented the Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Offensive Lineman Award at a ceremony at the Augusta Civic Center. The award honors the top senior offensive linemen in the state based upon achievement on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. Winning the award for defensive linemen was Thomas Palmer of Thornton Academy.

The two winners each received a trophy, a leather jacket, and a $5,000 scholarship, the largest high school football scholarship of its kind in the country.

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Andro. Historical Society presents genealogy conference

One of the presenters, Helen Shaw, will discuss “Gravestones: A Reflection of New England History.”

Androscoggin Historical Society will host a genealogy conference on Saturday, February 9 at 2 p.m. in the Community Room at Auburn Public Library. The event will feature presentations by Helen A. Shaw, former president of the Maine Genealogical Society, and genealogy researcher Stephanie Hawkins.

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Bird Club open house spotlights local artist, club founders

Jonathan Y. Stanton (1834-1918) was a much beloved Bates College professor for whom the Stanton Bird Club is named. (Photo courtesy of the Bates College Archives)

The February meeting of the Stanton Bird Club will be a special one as the club continues its 100th anniversary celebration with an Open House featuring paintings, drawing, and prints by artist Dan Cake, a beloved local artist who is remembered for his splendidly meticulous images of the birds of Maine.

L/A Arts Gallery at 221 Lisbon Street in Lewiston, which is hosting an ongoing exhibition of Cake’s work, will open its doors for this Bird Club event on Sunday, February 3 from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Governor’s Address: It’s Time to Mobilize State Government to Stem the Tide of the Opioid Epidemic

In the past five years, at least one thousand, six hundred and thirty people in Maine have died from drug overdose – more than the population of Chesterville, Eastport, or North Berwick.

418 died in 2017 alone – more than one a day.

These people are not “junkies.” They are our neighbors, co-workers, family members, school mates, and graduates of our high schools and colleges. They are our sons and daughters. They are people without labels, citizens without stereotype.

History will note that we have lost an entire generation of people to the opioid epidemic and that we have simply failed to address this preventable disease. It’s time to mobilize Maine state government to stem the tide of this deadly epidemic.

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“Human Error” opens Friday at Public Theatre

The East Coast premiere of this timely new comedy opens at the Public Theatre in Lewiston on Friday, January 25. The play, which explores the consequences when a blundering fertility doctor mistakenly implants the embryo of a latte-sipping liberal couple into the womb of an NRA-cardholding conservative family, runs through February 3. Showtimes are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with an added Saturday matinee on February 2 at 3 p.m. For tickets, call 782-3200 or see thepublictheatre.org.

 

Local author to discuss new Rock Hudson bio at LPL, APL

Author Mark Griffin is a resident of Lewiston. (Photo by Keary Nichols)

Lewiston resident Mark Griffin will celebrate the release of his ground-breaking new book, “All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson,” at upcoming events at Lewiston and Auburn Public Libraries. The book, published by HarperCollins in December, has received enthusiastic critical reviews for being perceptive, empathetic, and exhaustively researched.

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Auburn Ski Assoc. awards scholarship

Evelyn Bilodeau

The Auburn Ski Association recently presented a $500 scholarship to 2018 Edward Little High School graduate Evelyn Bilodeau, who is currently attending Rochester Institute of Technology. Bilodeau graduated fourth in her class at ELHS, where she was also a committed member of the soccer and ski teams and the concert, marching, jazz, and pep bands. She helped lead her Odyssey of the Mind team to the World Finals during her sophomore year, was selected as a delegate to the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute, and was a member of the National Honor Society.

CCU donates 6,124 diapers to Promise Early Educ. Center

Pictured here (l. to r.) with students of the Early Head Start Classroom at Coburn are Amber Dawn Doiron (PEEC), Jennifer Hogan (CCU), Betsy Sibley (CCU), Jen Leonard (PEEC), Betsy Norcross Plourde (PEEC), Tiffany Mathon (CCU), Lorraine Foster (CCU), and Andrew Lunn (CCU).

Community Credit Union recently capped off its 11thannual Diaper Drive by delivering over 6,124 diapers to the staff and children of Promise Early Education Center, formerly known as Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care. CCU board members, staff, and members raised $1,100 to purchase the diapers.

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