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Auburn Welcomes New Downtown Project

AUBURN, ME (July 27, 2022) – The City of Auburn and Great Falls Construction are pleased to announce that Great Falls Construction is planning to purchase 186 Main Street, a city-owned lot in the heart of Auburn’s beautiful downtown district.

Based in Gorham, Great Falls Construction (GFC) has more than 30 years of experience in construction management, design build, and general contracting. Their plans for the site include an extraordinary new mixed-use facility. The hope is that the ground and first floors will be occupied by a brewery, distillery, restaurant tenant, while the remainder of the facility will have rental apartment units with a variety of studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom offerings.

“This is a true economic development ‘win’ for our downtown,” said Jay Brenchick, Auburn’s director of economic development. “It has been a pleasure working with Great Falls Construction and exploring their vision for this property; we’re proud to help make this project a reality.”

According to president and owner Jon Smith, the team at Great Falls Construction is excited about the project. “This is a gorgeous location, near the Androscoggin River and within walking distance to Auburn’s vibrant downtown. We are pleased to not only bring a top-notch eatery to central Maine, but also to help add some much-needed housing units. This beautiful building will complement the charm and character of Auburn’s downtown district and demonstrate our team’s meticulous craftsmanship.”

The project aligns well with the city’s strategic vision for the downtown, according to Mayor Jason Levesque. “Focusing on our downtown and the Androscoggin River emerged as a final recommendation of our recent strategic plan,” said Levesque. “And for the last several years, we have worked hard to transform our downtown into a place where people can work, live, and play. With this significant investment by Jon and the terrific crew at GFC, that will become reality.”

“It has been a pleasure working with the economic development team in Auburn,” added Smith. “Their vision for the city, commitment to excellence, and great customer service have helped make this project a reality for our team and the Auburn community.”

Petsmart Supports  Greater Androscoggin Humane Society

LEWISTON, ME (JULY 26, 2022) – Nearly 50 million pets in the U.S. cannot access even the most basic veterinary care. Due to cost and other barriers, pets in under-resourced communities often do not receive essential services such as preventative care, vaccinations, spay/neuter services, dental and other medical care. In the U.S., 70 percent of homes include pets. As research continues to reveal the benefits of the human-animal bond, a movement is underway to connect pet parents to the health care their pets need to keep them and their families healthy. With a $110,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, Greater Androscoggin Humane Society (GAHS) will support pets and pet parents in need of these veterinary services by expanding affordable basic wellness services. These include vaccinations, sterilization surgery, and other medical needs that will help pets stay in homes where they are loved. Pets like Tigga the cat —he was brought in with a urinary blockage for which his family was not able to afford treatment. The team at GAHS was able to successfully remove the blockage and get this handsome boy back on his feet and feeling better. Unfortunately, this scenario is all too common, with seven other urinary blockages in cats alone since February of this year.

“Every day, we hear from community members who are struggling to provide veterinary care to their dog or cat. We are dedicated to improving access to basic wellness care to help pets and people in need,” said Katie Lisnik, GAHS Executive Director. “We are so thankful for the support of PetSmart Charities, which will help us grow our program through equipment and facility improvements.”

According to the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute, pets make a significant impact in the health and wellness of the people they love. This grant funding will help more families in need receive the veterinary care that ensures pets live long, healthy lives.

“Pets are important members of the family,” said Aimee Gilbreath, president of PetSmart Charities. “We know 40 percent of low-income pet parents cite a lack of access to veterinary care as a top reason for surrendering their pets. And that’s an impossible choice to have to make. We’re proud to support the meaningful progress being made by the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society to keep pets and people together.”

Visit savingpetsinmaine.org to learn more about our veterinary services, adoptions, volunteering, fostering and so much more!

LPL Hosts Boppa Chua Music Program With Marc Black

LEWISTON, ME (July 20, 2022) — Musician Marc Black brings history to life through the songs of 1950s and 60s in his Boppa Chua Program, hosted at the Lewiston Public Library on Tuesday, August 2 at 5:30pm. This free, public program will take place in Callahan Hall and is directed towards adults though all ages may participate.

New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Marc Black, will be our guide through an evening of song, storytelling, and laughter through these two historically defining decades. We’ll celebrate wonderful songs as diverse as “Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini” and “Blowin’ in the Wind,” as well as tunes by artists ranging from Dean Martin to George Harrison. In addition to the music and conversation, this program features a slide show by Susan Black that is sure to slide our minds right back in time. Marc will also perform his own group’s top forty hit from his tour with The Doors, Neil Diamond, The Dave Clark Five and Van Morrison.

Marc Black is an eclectic folk-rocker who deals with life, and all its social and political challenges, one song at a time. Inducted into the New York Chapter of the Blues Hall of Fame in June of 2014, he has performed and recorded with many luminaries including Art Garfunkel, John Sebastian, Rick Danko, Richie Havens, Taj Mahal and Pete Seeger. He was chosen to play at one of the Levon Helm’s Midnight Rambles and was also named Folk Artist of the Year on ABC Radio.

While still in high school, Marc’s band, the Blades of Grass, reached the top forty performing alongside the biggest acts of the day including the Doors, Van Morrison and Neil Diamond. Marc also won the American Library Association Award for Best Children’s Album of the year for his production of American Children.

His song subjects have ranged from his love for the New York Mets to good coffee and just about everything in between. Marc’s guitar influences include the fingerstyle blues of Mississippi Hurt and Lightnin’ Hopkins while vocally you can hear his appreciation for Tim Hardin and Mose Allison. Marc has produced 15 audio recordings and his YouTube videos have been viewed more than a hundred thousand times. http://www.myspace.com/guthriesplaceThe Lewiston Public Library is located downtown at 200 Lisbon Street at the corner of Pine Street. More information on Tuesday’s program is available by contacting the Lewiston Public Library at 513-3135 or LPLReference@lewistonmaine.gov.

For further information, contact: Katherine Webber, 207-513-3134

Dylan Cox Joins Law Firm of Skelton Taintor & Abbott

LEWISTON, ME (July 10, 2022) — The law firm of Skelton Taintor & Abbott, of Lewiston announces that Dylan Cox has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney. Mr. Cox graduated from the University of Maine School of Law (J.D., 2021) and Saint Joseph’s College of Maine (B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Criminal Justice, Magna Cum Laude, 2017). He is admitted to practice in all Maine state courts (2022).

Mr. Cox intends to focus on real estate, business and corporate law, and estate planning.

“We are pleased and proud to welcome Dylan as an associate of this firm,” said Director, Daniel A. D’Auteuil, Jr. “He will be a key member of the team that enables us to serve our clients so well in this time of a booming real estate market and high demand for legal advice and assistance”.

Mr. Cox clerked for Skelton Taintor & Abbott from (2020-2022). He also interned at the District Attorney’s Office, South Paris, Maine in (2012-2013) and at Oxford Hills Law, in South Paris before that.

Skelton Taintor & Abbott is a full service trial and general practice law firm representing clients throughout Maine. With the addition of Attorney Cox, the firm consists of 12 attorneys practicing in virtually all fields of law and in both federal and state courts.

Shannon White Joins Maine Source Homes & Realty

AUBURN, ME (July 12, 2022) — Shannon White, a native of Turner who has lived in Lewiston-Auburn since the age of 16, has joined Auburn-based Maine Source Homes & Realty as a Sales Agent/Realtor®.  Previously, Ms. White’s caring passion for people and homes had led her to serve as administrator of the Section 8 Department in the Lewiston Housing Authority, where she also served as a backup inspector.

“As Maine Source continues to grow, we are very excited to be hiring one of the most successful, motivated, and results-oriented newer agents around, Shannon White,” said Jon Mercier, Designated Broker®/ Owner at Maine Source Homes & Realty. Mr. Mercier noted that Ms. White will serve as a listing and buyer specialist within the in-house Ferraro Team headed by Broker/ Realtor® Toni Ferraro.

When not helping folks sell or buy their dream home in Maine, Shannon White loves being with her four children, who range in age from 8 to 23. As a family team, they love adventures and anything to do with animals.  Shannon hopes one day her daughters will join her in real estate.

About Maine Source Homes & Realty

Based in the Lewiston-Auburn area, Maine Source Homes & Realty is dedicated to helping customers find the perfect home-ownership solution. Whether one wishes to buy, sell, or build a home, Maine Source Homes & Realty invites customers and prospects to benefit from its 50 years of trustworthy experience and expertise.

Photo courtesy of Maine Source Homes & Realty.

Talented Youth in Rehearsal for CLT’s School of Rock

AUBURN, ME (July 21, 2022) — The Community Little Theatre stage is a rocking scene these days as a talented young cast prepares for the upcoming production of School of Rock – The Musical. Pictured here left to right at a recent rehearsal are Maisy Seaver (“Katie,” bass guitar), Isana Bell (“Marcy,” back-up singer), Daphne Cifelli (“Shonelle,” back-up singer), Meaghan Rivard (“Tomika,” lead singer), Owen Hiltz (“Freddie,” drums), Brendon Bouchard (“Dewey Finn”), Zane Deletetsky (“Lawrence,” keyboard), and Dashiell Legawiec (lead guitar).

School of Rock will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on August 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20; and at 2:00 p.m. on August 14 and 21. For tickets or more information, visit https://www.laclt.com/school-of-rock-2022

CMMC Congratulates Family Medicine Residency Graduates

LEWISTON, ME (July 15, 2022) — Central Maine Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency recognized seven third-year family medicine residents at their recent graduation program on June 23, 2022.

Honored at the commencement exercises were family physicians: (Front Row): Anthony Pastore DO, Dana Kennedy DO, Chief Resident, Cecilia Davies MD, Isabella Taylor DO, Chief Resident. (Back Row): Chris Caracciolo DO, Ian Corbett DO, Jeffrey Badillo MD, Chief Resident.

Bethany Picker, MD, program director, gave the welcome address. In attendance were Family Medicine Residency faculty, residents, residency staff, as well as graduating residents’ families and special invited guests.

“This graduating class of family physicians spent slightly more than eight months practicing in a pre-pandemic world,” said John Alexander, MD, MHCM, FACEP, senior vice president, chief medical officer, Central Maine Healthcare. “Despite all of the upheaval in their training, and in healthcare in general, they are transitioning to full-time practice as highly qualified, and moreover, highly empathetic caregivers.”

Dr. Picker presented the following:

Chief Resident Certificates – Jeffrey Badillo MD, Dana Kennedy MD, Isabella Taylor DO

Professionalism Award – Ian Corbett DO

Resident Research Award – Cecilia Davies MD

Resident Teacher of the Year – Anthony Pastore DO

Dr. Picker presented the graduates with their diplomas and gifts.

Here is where our family medicine graduates will be practicing:

Jeffrey Badillo, MD, Outpatient Medicine, Northern Light Mercy Hospital, Portland, ME;

Christopher Caracciolo, MD, Integrative Medicine Fellowship, Maine Medical Center Portland, ME;

Ian Corbett, DO, CMH Topsham Family Medicine, Topsham, ME;

Cecilia Davies, MD, Geriatrics Fellowship, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah;

Dana Kennedy, MD, Lamoille Health Partners, Morrisville, VT;

Anthony Pastore, DO, Mercy Primary Care, Windham, ME;

Isabella Taylor, DO, CMH Lisbon Family Practice, Lisbon, ME.

Live Artmaking, Music and More at Art Walk L/A July 29

LEWISTON, ME (July 14, 2022) — Head downtown on July 29, 2022 for Art Walk L/A from 5-7 pm and the Music in the Park summer concert from 7-9 p.m. in Kennedy Park! Enjoy live, in-person arts experiences in more than a dozen locations, including a performance by acoustic musician Toby McAllister at 5 p.m in Dufresne Plaza,* plus Lewiston High School Jazz Band alumni perform at the Hartley Block, 155 Lisbon St. at 5:30 pm.

Art Downtown

Check out a live painting event with artist Michael Ranucci from 5-7 pm at Munka Studio! Also visit visual arts happenings at these and other Art Walk LA venues:

The Studio, 291 Lisbon St. Artists Grayling Cunningham and friends

LA Community Acupuncture, 223 Lisbon St. Artist Angela Dumais

Munka Studio, 221 Lisbon St. Cows and Moons

Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St. Photographer Norma Warden

Downtown Handmade, 182 Lisbon St., 2nd floor. Proprietor Sheri Withers Hollenbeck and friends

Kimball Street Studios, 191 Lisbon St. Bangor Artist Diana Young

The Hartley Block, 155 Lisbon St. Bates Dance Festival Presents Arthur Fink: Images from the Studio and Stage

Art Walkables

Looking for to-go food items along the art walk route? Try these spots!

Sambusas and Somali tea at Mogadishu Store, 240 Lisbon St.; David-Made Pizza at Forage, 180 Lisbon St.; Spicy Tots at Boba, 97 Lisbon St. Music in the Park summer concert series**

After the art walk, head to Kennedy Park, where this month’s concert features

Secondhand Clams

Mouth Washington

Buddusky

Art Walk LA and all LA Arts programs would not be possible without the generous support of community partners including Community Arts Champion sponsors Austin Associates, P.A., Bates College, Baxter Brewing Co., Berman & Simmons, the City of Auburn, the City of Lewiston, DaVinci’s Eatery, Dirigo Federal Credit Union, Liberty Mutual, Munka Coworking, Payroll Management, the Sun Journal, the Szanton Company, as well as the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation, Maine Arts Commission, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Onion Foundation, and the Ladd Foundation.

Since 1973, LA Arts, the arts agency for the cities of Lewiston and Auburn Maine, has pursued a mission to engage and inspire a vibrant community through arts and culture. The agency works with governments, businesses, schools and local arts and cultural organizations to create opportunities for community members across the generations to experience, learn, and participate in the arts.

LA Arts organizes arts programs and initiatives, supports the work of local artists and arts organizations, and highlights the essential role the arts play in shaping an economically vital, socially integrated, and forward-looking future for its community. Learn more at www.laarts.org.

*Rain location: Callahan Hall, Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St., Lewiston **Rain location: 1800 Club, 34 Court St, Auburn

Auburn PD Invites Community to NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2022!

AUBURN, ME (July 15, 2022) — On Tuesday, August 2 at 5:30PM, Festival Plaza and Main Street will be the scene of Auburn’s biggest and best block party of the year. Folks from across Auburn will join the APD in the heart of our beautiful downtown for food, fun, live music, and a family-friendly fun.

This is the 18th year that the Auburn PD has hosted National Night Out (NNO), which is a FREE, anti-crime, public safety event. Police department staff and community partners will serve up hotdogs, punch, and plenty of family style fun! There will be police, fire & public works staff and equipment at NNO, along with lots of local organizations, businesses, and community partners.

Other highlights will include LIVE music by the VERY popular L-A Harley Band, shooting hoops with local basketball legend Troy Barnies, free popcorn, games & activities, bounce house & inflatable obstacle course, balloons, and lots of giveaways.

See you at National Night Out!

Woman’s Literary Union Garage Sale Held July 23

AUBURN, ME (July 12, 2022) — Want to find a treasure? Have extra items to donate? The Woman’s Literary Union Garage Sale is for you! The WLU Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, July 23rd from 9am to 1pm at the Foss Mansion, 19 Elm Street, Auburn.

Sales and donations help restore the Foss Mansion. Built in 1914-1917, the Horatio Foss Mansion is a mix of Georgian revival and Spanish influence. The mansion was bequeathed to the WLU by Ella Foss in 1941. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and now available for rentals.

The WLU of Androscoggin County was organized in 1892. Early WLU projects included raising money for local playgrounds and parks, and promoting early childhood education and Kindergarten in the local school system. Today, the WLU holds events throughout the year to raise funds for scholarships and to support the Foss Mansion. One very popular event is the Prom Gown Giveaway. During prom season, the WLU makes girls’ dreams come true with free formal dresses, gowns and accessories.

The Woman’s Literary Union of Androscoggin County is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. For more information check womansliteraryunion.org or call Kathy Lawrence at 795-6134 or email at kathylawrence.maine@gmail.com

Below: WLU President Kathy Lawrence with some of the Christmas in July items at the WLU Garage Sale


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