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Auburn Police Department names Deputy Chief

Timothy Cougle

The Auburn Police Department has announced the promotion of Lieutenant Timothy Cougle to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police. Cougle, a life-long resident of Auburn, is a 21-year veteran of the department. He began his career with the APD in January of 1997 and has served as a Detective, Patrol Sergeant, and Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant, he has served as Commander of all three divisions of the department: Patrol, Support Services, and, most recently, Criminal Investigations.

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Saint Dom’s students enjoy skating party

Students from Saint Dominic Academy’s Lewiston campus, which includes Pre-K through Grade 5, enjoyed a morning of skating recently at Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn.

They were joined by several high school students from the school’s Auburn campus, who helped out with the younger ones, some of whom were skating for the first time. They were also joined by one much older skater.

The students didn’t know what to expect when Bishop Robert P. Deeley took to the ice, and apparently he didn’t either.“I hope it’s like riding a bike,” he joked. “It’s been at least 30 years!”

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Guest Column: When a Plan Comes Together

By Andy Torbett

Political irony is on full display in Maine. The staple of many a politician, hypocrisy has now been foisted upon the voting process. Toddling mere months into its infancy, Ranked Choice Voting was found unconstitutional by the State Supreme Court for use in state elections and has now mired the state in a muck of necessary legal challenges into its federal constitutionality. Media punditry has circled the wagons around their collective talking point that challenging RCV at the federal level erodes the peoples’ confidence in the “institution” of voting, seemingly oblivious to the millions of dollars and years of political spin spent on ads, campaign mailings, and signature drives, all in an effort to erode the voters’ confidence in Maine’s already constitutionally established voting system.

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Mitch Thomas and Friends return for “Holiday in Lights”

Pianist, singer, and songwriter Mitch Thomas also serves as executive director of the Gendron Franco Center.

Mitch Thomas and Friends will present their fifth annual “Holiday in Lights” concert on Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston. The doors and bar will open at 6 p.m. for a pre-show reception.

Thomas, a local pianist, singer, and songwriter who serves as the executive director of the Gendron Franco Center and directs and performs at Community Little Theatre, will perform several seasonal favorites, including his own compositions and arrangements “Light a Candle for Peace” and “The Friendly Beasts.”

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Lewiston names new Public Works Director

Dale Doughty

City Administrator Edward Barrett has announced that Dale Doughty will be Lewiston’s next Public Works Director. Doughty will start his new job on December 27, replacing David Jones, who will retire on January 9.

Doughty comes to the city after twenty-two years with the Maine Department of Transportation, including the last eight years as Director of Maintenance and Operations, where he managed a budget of over $170 million and 1,250 employees. He has also served MDOT as manager of its Eastern Region and on assignments for its Planning and Program Development Division.

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Song and dance take center stage in CLT’s “Holiday Spectacular!”

Dancers performing in the show include (l. to r. from front) Margaret Borwn, Julia Groover, McKenzie Richard, Maria Groover, Ethan Rombalski, Andy Dolci, and Maxwell Draper. Absent from the photo are Danica Hemond and Ansley Watson.

Great Falls Performing Arts Center will be filled with song, dance, music, and laughs when Lewiston-Auburn Community Little Theatre presents a “Holiday Spectacular!”on Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8, at 7:30 p.m.

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Dirigo FCU donates $23,525 to hunger relief agencies

The credit union’s management team invited seventeen local agencies to their Auburn branch, located at 26 Washington Street, to receive donation checks ranging in size from $500 to $3500.

Dirigo Federal Credit Union partnered with the Maine Credit Union League in 2018 to raise $23,525 for the League’s ongoing Campaign for Ending Hunger. All money raised was distributed to hunger relief organizations and food pantries in Androscoggin and Oxford Counties. Donations from $500 to $3,500 were given to seventeen local agencies, including Rural Community Action Ministry, Trinity Jubilee Center, St. Martin de Porres, St. Mary’s Food Pantry, Poland Community Church Food Bank, Oxford Helping Hands Food Pantry, Hope Haven, New Beginnings, The Root Cellar, Mannafed, Seniors Plus, and Good Shepard Food Bank.

CMCC students awarded MEREDA scholarships 

Scholarship recipients Crystal House (l.) and Elena McNeil (r.) are pictured here with MEREDA vice president of operations Shelly Clark.

Crystal House and Elena McNeil, second-year students in the Business Administration and Management program at Central Maine Community College, have been awarded $1,250 scholarships from the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) for study during the current academic year.

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Norlands celebrates holiday 19th-century style

Bonnie Brown, owner of Shaky Barn Farm Gardens in Livermore, created the beautiful greenery that decorates Norlands for the holidays. She is assisted here by volunteer Sarah Delaney.

On Saturday, December 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center of Livermore will celebrate the holiday in 19thcentury style. At the event, visitors will have the opportunity to tour the elegantly decorated Washburn Family mansion, built in 1867, and enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides.

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Budget Recommendations for Critical Investments Make Sense for Mainers

Last week I sent Governor-elect Janet Mills my administration’s recommended budget proposal. I called her attention to key measures I believe we must take to maintain the state’s fiscal health, drive economic growth, and be good stewards of the state’s property.

A new Governor has only a few weeks to craft a budget proposal. Our development of the next biennial budget should be useful to the Governor-elect and her team.

The state’s cash pool has grown substantially since fiscal year 2012, from approximately $500 million to nearly $1.5 billion today. During that period, Other Special Revenue – typically generated by licensing and fees – has quadrupled to more than $400 million. 

These balances are due to sound financial management and a strong economy. Now our state should put the money to work on behalf of all Mainers. 

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