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MAINE Oxy donates $20,000 to Travis Mills Foundation

Members of Maine Oxy’s Golf Committee present SSG Travis Mills (c.) with a $20,000 donation check at the Travis Mills Foundation Retreat in Rome, Maine. Pictured here with Mills are (from l.) Diana Picavet, Jamie Richards, Dan Guerin, Tom Cyr, Denise Guerin, and Allison Brothers.

MAINE Oxy recently hosted its annual charity golf tournament, raising $20,000 to benefit the Travis Mills Foundation. The amount was the largest the tournament has raised to date and represented the company’s largest charitable donation ever.

“Thanks to our generous sponsors and players, it’s the biggest donation we’ve ever made,” said Dan Guerin, Maine Oxy President and CEO. “I’m thrilled it’s going to an organization that focuses on people who’ve sacrificed so much for us.”

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Governor’s Address: The Attorney General Does Not Place a High Priority on Fighting Fraud

One of my proudest accomplishments has been the dramatic reduction of fraud in our welfare and unemployment systems. Unfortunately, the Attorney General does not consider fraud a high a priority.

The anti-fraud efforts of the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services have produced results. DHHS has been aggressively cracking down on welfare fraud. In 2011, when I first took office, DHHS only sent 32 cases to the Attorney General for prosecution. In 2015, we sent 105.

To date, we’ve sent 488 welfare fraud cases for prosecution. Of these, 137 are still pending. Democrats used to say that fraud in the welfare system is just anecdotal. You don’t hear that anymore – 488 cases in eight years isn’t an anecdote.

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Evergreen Subaru purchases Best Buy building in Auburn

The dealership plans to begin construction in the spring of 2019, with the hope of moving into the new building in early 2020.

Evergreen Subaru in Auburn has purchased the currently vacant Best Buy building on Turner Street, with a plan to convert it into a best-in-class Subaru store.

“We have definitely outgrown our current space,” said Evergreen Subaru’s Managing Owner, Doug Weisz. “And, while we had been exploring creative expansion opportunities for our current property, repurposing and building out the empty Best Buy building provides the fastest and least disruptive means of growing our business.”

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Lisbon Credit Union names Rock Star Award winner

Tracy Collins

Lisbon Credit Union has announced that the latest winner of its quarterly Rock Star Award recognizing an employee for outstanding service was Tracy Collins. In recognition of the honor, she received a trophy, a $50 award, and a paid day off. 

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CDL training returns to Oxford Hills-Nezinscot Adult Ed.

Here (l. to r.) are Adult Education Director Tina Christophersen, course instructor Jerry Verrill, and Big Rig Shops owner Floyd Thayer.

Oxford Hills-Nezinscot Adult Education has announced that it will offer Commercial Driver’s License Class A Truck Driver Training this fall. Potential students need to have a CDL permit and pass a Department of Transportation drug screening and physical.

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Optimist Club inducts new officers

Outgoing Optimist Club President Sabrina Best welcomes new club President Mamie Ney, Vice President Angela Snow, and Secretary Sheryl Mathews. The Lewiston-Auburn Optimist Club is a service club that participates in projects supporting kids in the community. For more information, call 783-5269 or visit www.optimist.org.

 

Congressman Bruce Poliquin Has Strong Family Ties to Lewiston

Congressman Bruce Poliquin

Many may not know that Congressman Bruce Poliquin has strong family ties to Lewiston. In fact, Poliquin’s family comes from Androscoggin County. His great-grandfather lived and raised his family in a home on land that sits near today’s Lewiston High School. Official 1920 Census records confirm that his grandfather Poliquin grew up in that house.

Bruce Poliquin as baby (r.) with brother.

“I’m proud to have a strong connection to the Lewiston-Auburn area,” said Poliquin. “It’s a privilege to represent Androscoggin County in the United States Congress. It’s even more special knowing my family is from the area.”

Bruce Poliquin as a child (r.) with his brother and father

A census record dated January 20, 1920 notes that a census taker stopped by the Poliquin household in Lewiston and recorded Lionel Poliquin as living in the family household. Bruce’s grandfather Lionel was 16 years old at the time.

Bruce Poliquin’s mother, Nurse Louise Poliquin

“It’s amazing to see the census document with my grandfather’s name listed,” said Poliquin. “It’s also fun to see his brothers and sisters, my great aunts and uncles, listed along with my great grandfather.”

1920 Census record of Congressman Bruce Poliquin’s grandfather Lionel Poliquin from Lewiston, Maine.

The document states that the family spoke French.

“I’m proud to part of the Franco-American community,” said Poliquin. “It wasn’t always easy for our Franco-American family members. Many historians have noted that the Ku Klux Klan was active in Maine back in the 1920s, targeting French-speaking Americans. However, we persevered, and the Franco American community became known for its hard work and determination.”

As Maine’s Congressman, Poliquin stands out as a Franco-American leader for the state.

He has pushed hard for welfare reform in Congress. This past year, he helped write part of a major bill that included Maine-based welfare reforms, specifically work requirements for work-capable adults who choose to take welfare benefits.

The legislation, commonly called the Farm Bill, deals with policies regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP. Poliquin’s additions to the bill require 20 hours per week of work, job training, or community service for adults applying for taxpayer-funded food assistance who are able to work.

“We Mainers – of all stripes and backgrounds – have a tradition of working hard and caring for one another,” said Poliquin. “We don’t want a handout, we just want a fair shot. I think that’s an important part of who we are.”

“I’m all in for compassionately helping our fellow Americans build brighter futures by furthering their education, training for employment, and finding a job,” said Poliquin. “Common sense work requirements will make sure limited taxpayer-funded welfare benefits are directed to those with disabilities, the elderly sick, children, and others who cannot care for themselves.”

Poliquin also successfully fought against illegal and unfair trade from China to help save jobs at Auburn Manufacturing, Inc. The Lewiston-Auburn area company produces a heat-resistant industrial material, and Chinese producers were selling unfairly subsidized material at illegally cheaper prices, putting Auburn Manufacturing at a competitive disadvantage.

Poliquin testified before the International Trade Commission, winning a huge victory by successfully arguing on behalf of the jobs at Auburn Manufacturing.

“Mainers can compete and win against anyone – the rules just have to be fair,” said Poliquin. “Fair trade is so important, and I’m proud to fight for a level playing field and for our jobs.”

Poliquin, who serves on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee in the House, also led the effort to fix staffing shortages at the Lewiston Vet Center that had persisted for two years. Counseling personnel at the Vet Center had been understaffed for several months, limiting service to veterans and their families in the area. Poliquin pushed the VA to fill the vacancies, working across the aisle with local Republican and Democratic lawmakers and officials.

“Every day I work on issues which impact the Lewiston-Auburn area and the region,” he added. “From fighting unfair trade which harmed Auburn Manufacturing, to fighting VA staff shortages in the area, to being a voice on ideas to lower healthcare costs, I get to speak up and fight for Maine. It’s exciting and gratifying.”

Congressman Bruce Poliquin is a third-generation Mainer who represents Maine’s 2nd District, which includes Androscoggin County, in Congress.

Governor’s Address: Question 1 on November’s Ballot is Bad Policy

There are so many bad policies rolled into Question 1 on November’s ballot that it’s hard to know where to begin. I’m going to highlight what I consider to be the most dangerous.

Question 1 attempts to create a “Universal Home Care Program” that purports to provide home-based assistance to people with disabilities and senior citizens.

In reality, it creates a new 3.8 percent tax on individuals and families. It will create a new, massive bureaucracy with no state oversight, and it will put people on wait lists. It will also violate patient confidentiality, and will it hurt our economy.

This new tax will drive high-income earners out of the state. But don’t be fooled. It won’t just affect the wealthy. Hard-working couples will be hit too.

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Inaugural “Penny” Woodard Golf Tournament raises over $30,000 for local children

Jim Whitmore of title sponsor JCW congratulates Pennell Woodard, who was inducted into the YMCA Hall of Fame during the Y’s annual charity golf tournament in 2016.

Thirty-one teams recently turned out for the Inaugural Pennell “Penny” Woodard Memorial Golf Tournament, netting $31,239 to benefit the YMCA’s financial assistance program. The event took place at Martindale Country Club in Auburn and featured 47 sponsors from the local business community.

Formally known as the YMCA-NAPA Charity Golf Tournament, this year’s event took on a special significance as it was renamed for one of the tournament’s founding committee members. 

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Celebration Barn wraps season with Gawler Family Band

The group performs an eclectic assortment of old and new songs from various folk traditions.

For the final show of its 2018 performance season, Celebration Barn Theater will present the Gawler Family Band in concert on Saturday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. John and Ellen Gawler and their daughters Molly, Edith, and Elsie, joined by Bennett Konesni, will offer an eclectic assortment of old and new songs from various folk traditions.

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