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Governor’s Address: No one should have to choose between food, fuel, and medicine

In 2017, the retail prices of some of the most widely prescribed medications that older Americans take to treat everything from diabetes to high blood pressure increased by an average of 8.4 percent – four times the rate of inflation.

Nationwide, one in four Americans struggles to pay for their prescription medication, while one in ten simply do not take their medicine as prescribed because of the high costs.

No one should have to choose between food, fuel, and medicine.

Earlier this week, I signed into law a comprehensive prescription drug reform package. These four new laws will allow the wholesale importation of prescription medicine, create a prescription drug affordability board, increase drug price transparency, and better regulate pharmacy benefit managers – those middle men that you know about.

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Auburn unveils tower plan to display bells from St. Louis Church

The tower, which will stand at 40 feet, 9 inches, will anchor the New Auburn Village Center Plan, a multiple-phase improvement plan focusing on the riverfront between Mill and Broad Streets. 

The Bells of St. Louis Committee recently hosted a “Celebration and Fundraising Kick-Off” at New Auburn’s Anniversary Park. Those attending were able to view the site of a new tower that will serve as the permanent home for the four bells that, for nearly a century, graced the neighborhood’s former St. Louis Church.

“This tower will be the second-tallest monument in Maine,” said Auburn Mayor Jason Levesque. “As a true and lasting symbol of the heritage and history of Auburn, it will stand as testament to the vibrance and resurgence of our city as we head into our next 150 years.” 

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Proud Bowdoin graduate!

Lisa Yankura Bouffard of Wales, a full-time employee of the Dining Services Department at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, graduated from Bowdoin this spring after taking one class each semester for the past 18years. In honor of her achievement, she was awarded a legislative sentiment by the Maine Legislature. She is pictured here with Senator Jeff Timberlake (R – Androscoggin). Congratulations, Lisa!

Make-A-Wish comedy fundraiser features headliner Karen Morgan

A finalist on Nick at Nite’s “Search for the Funniest Mom in America,” Morgan set aside a career as a successful trial attorney to pursue comedy full-time.

In partnership with Uncle Andy’s Digest, L-A Metro Magazine, and Side By Each Brewing, Maine Event Comedy will present nationally touring comedian Karen Morgan at Side By Each Brewing on Saturday, June 29 at 8 p.m. The show will also feature Steve Scarfo, Luke Hanbury, and Julie Poulin. All proceeds from this special comedy fundraiser will benefit Make-A-Wish Maine.

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Maine College of Health Professions graduates 82

The Class of 2019 includes 63 students in nursing and 19 students in radiologic technology. (Photo by Dave Gondek Photography)

In a ceremony at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, the Maine College of Health Professions in Lewiston recently graduated 63 students in nursing and 19 students in radiologic technology. The graduates were awarded Associate Degrees in Applied Science in their respective fields. Several graduating students also received awards during the ceremony.

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Governor’s Address: I am proud of the hard work lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have put into this budget process

Earlier this week, joined by Democratic and Republican lawmakers and Independent members of the Legislature, I was pleased to sign the state’s biennial budget into law.

The biennial budget is the culmination of months of work by my Administration and by both Democrats and Republicans on the Appropriations Committee and in the Legislature.

I am very proud of the hard work that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have put into this budget process and of the bipartisan agreement we’ve achieved as a result of that hard work.

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Totally Trades conference introduces young women to “non-traditional” career options

Community businesses and educational staff provided thirteen hands-on workshops, including welding, coding robots, building construction, drones, firefighting, automotive repair, EMT, forensics, digging and dozing, plumbing, electricity, and telecommunications. 

One hundred and ten female ninth grade students from areas high schools convened at Central Maine Community College recently for a hands-on introduction to a variety of trade occupations. These trades, formerly affiliated almost exclusively with males, are today increasingly open to females, but are still widely considered “non-traditional occupations.”

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APL kicks off kids’ and teens’ summer programs with master storyteller Odds Bodkin

A published children’s author and award-winning recording artist, Bodkin combines dramatic voices, vocal effects, and live music to create imaginative experiences for his audiences.

Auburn Public Library will kick off its 2019 summer programs for kids and teens, themed “A Universe of Stories,” with two events featuring Master Storyteller Odds Bodkin. The first, for children and their families, will be on Monday, June 24 at 6 p.m.; and the second, for teens and adults, will be on Tuesday, June 25 at 1 p.m.

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Forest Service, Fire Department work with residents to keep Taylor Pond area safe from fire

The chipping crew included (l. to r.) Fire Chief Robert Chase, Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Fifield, intern Bailey Harrington, intern Tyler Curtis, intern R. J. Gross, Fire Prevention Officer David O’Connell, and Ranger Kent Nelson.

For two years running, the Auburn Fire Department and the Maine Forest Service have worked together with residents of the Taylor Pond area to decrease the risk of catastrophic fire and loss of property around the pond. 

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Make-A-Wish Comedy Show coming to Norway Savings Bank Arena

Headliner Dan Boulger has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO’s Aspen Comedy Show, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

The City of Auburn, Uncle Andy’s Digest, and Maine Event Comedy will present a Make-A-Wish Comedy Show on Friday, July 26 at 8 p.m. at Auburn’s Norway Savings Bank Arena. Prior to the show, there will be a social hour and raffles in the mezzanine area. Admission is $25. All proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Maine. 

This night of laughs will feature four talented comedians. Headliner Dan Boulger has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO’s Aspen Comedy Show, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He is a winner of the Boston Comedy Festival. 

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