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Adventure photographer to speak at ALT’s Annual Meeting

An adventure photographer based in Portland, Brian Threlkeld’s clients include Maine Outdoor Brands, Planet Dog, and Smartwool.

The Androscoggin Land Trust will host their Annual Meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn of Auburn on Tuesday, November 13, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature ALT highlights from the past year, award recognition for outstanding impact, and the photography and words of guest speaker Brian Threlkeld, who will present a program called “Through the Lens of Adventure Photography: The Interconnectedness of Maine Land Conservation and Public and Economic Health.”

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Governor’s Address: Question 1 is a Shell Game

Question 1 plays on voters’ emotions to pass policies that will hurt the very people it’s supposed to help.

There are five questions on the ballot next week. I support Questions 2 through 5. These are bond questions that will make much-needed improvements in our transportation infrastructure, keep our water clean, and make strategic investments in our universities and community colleges to better train our workers and keep our young people in Maine.

Question 1 is another story all together.

We have seen these over-simplified referendum questions before. They are backed by out-of-state interests, and they sound great on paper. But the devil is in the details.

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Norway Savings Bank CEO elected to ABA Board of Directors

Patricia W. Weigel

Patricia W. Weigel, President and CEO of Norway Savings Bank, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Bankers Association.

At its annual convention in New York City recently, the ABA elected Weigel and nine other bankers from across the country to join the 21 other bankers who are currently serving terms on the board. Weigel has been elected to serve a three-year term.

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Veterans Day “Pass In Review and Musical Tribute”

The program is presented by the L & A Veterans Council.

The L & A Veterans Council will host their annual “Pass In Review and Musical Tribute” on Sunday, November 11 at 10 a.m., with line up at 9 a.m., at the Lewiston Armory. The group invites all Color and Honor Guards from area veterans’ posts, fire and police departments, social and fraternal organizations, and youth organizations to participate in the Pass in Review. Area high school bands and school choirs are invited to perform a few songs or musical selections for the Musical Tribute.

The council invites the community to come honor our veterans by attending this annual Veterans Day event. Coffee and donuts will be provided by the American Legion Post 22 and Auxiliary. For more information, call Jerry Dewitt at 576-0376 or Bert Dutil at 786-2305.

Take “Uke 101” with MSAD 52 Adult Ed

Mike Burd

Professional musician Mike Burd, who tours nationally playing bass with Maine’s own Dave Mallett, will be the instructor for an adult education class called “Play the Ukelele” on Wednesdays, November 7 through December 5, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Leavitt Area High School. Participants will have fun, make new friends, and learn just enough of the fundamentals to start playing simple songs right away. If you don’t have your own instrument and tuner, a limited number of loaners are available. The course fee is $80 and includes instructional materials. For more information, call 225-1010; to register, see

Public Safety Workshop

The Mechanic Falls Police Department recently conducted a public safety workshop for local elected officials to discuss new resources being made available to combat the growing crime rate and drugtrafficking in rural communities.Pictured here (l. to r.) are workshop participants Sen. Jim Hamper, Sgt. James Daigle of the Mechanic Falls P.D., Rep. Kathleen Dillingham, Rep. Ellie Espling, Carlene Tremblay of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ office, and Chief Jeffery Goss of the Mechanic Falls P.D.


Governor’s Address: Our Seniors Have Much to Consider at the Polls

One of the most reliable groups of voters are our senior citizens. Their life experience gives them a perspective many other voters don’t have.

I have consistently fought the Democrats on issues critical to protecting the elderly in our state. This week, I want to speak directly to our senior citizens.

First, thank you for all you have done for our great state. You’ve worked hard, raised families, given back to your community, and helped your neighbors in need. It hasn’t been easy.

You’ve seen many changes to our industries: the loss of textile and shoe manufacturing; the exponential rise of our tourism sector; and the boom, bust, and resurrection of our forest-products sector.

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“The Music Man” at Community Little Theatre

Community Little Theatre presents its final performances of “The Music Man” this weekend, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Featuring a large cast and a host of unforgettable songs, Meredith’s Willson’s classic musical comedy is a must-see theater experience for adults and children alike. For more information or to buy tickets, call 783-0958 or see


Local photo among Fresh Air Fund contest winners

Nia, from Queens, NY, escapes from the summer heat while staying with the Ziegler Family of Auburn this summer as part of the Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program. (Photo by Heather Ziegler)

The Ziegler Family of Auburn, who participated in the Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program this summer, were among the winners of the fund’s 2018 Photo Contest. Winners were selected from the hundreds of photos submitted by volunteer host families along the East Coast and Southern Canada. The photos capture the fun-filled experiences volunteer host families shared with Fresh Air children this summer. The Zieglers’ photo, which was selected as a winner in the “Swimming” category, features Fresh Air child Nia (age 10) of Queens, NY swimming with her host family in Auburn. 

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St. Mary’s community celebrates hospital’s 130th anniversary

Bishop Robert P. Deeley, with four members of the St. Mary’s community who received St. Marguerite d’Youville Awards for exemplifying the health system’s core values: pediatrics practice manager Ashley Goodwin, occupational therapist Laurie Russell, cultural broker and interpreter Asha Qanyare, and senior perianesthesia nurse Darlene Dennis

On the same patch of land where she lived as an orphan at age 5, Gabrielle De Moras of Lewiston, now in her 80s, is in awe as she looks at the sprawling St. Mary’s campus before her.

“It’s very different,” said De Moras, who now lives at the St. Mary’s Residences. “Sometimes things go and fade away after a while, but I guess God really wanted to keep St. Mary’s going because it’s still here after all these years!”

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