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Side By Each Brewing offers delivery, curbside pick-up services

Side By Each Brewing Co., the Auburn, Maine brewery that opened in 2019, announced that the company will commence delivery and curbside pick-up of many of its beer and coffee offerings, and that they expected these services to last for the duration of the coronavirus outbreak. The brewery and its adjoining business partner, Pinky D’s Poutine Factory, also remain open for takeout of beer, coffee, food, and most of their other products. 

“With our taproom only open for takeout due to the pandemic, we’re continually looking for new ways to get our beer to people while being responsible about social distancing and public health,” said Matt Johannes, who started the brewery with co-owner Ben Low. 

“We’ve basically lost 80% of our sales overnight,” said Low, “so we have to be open minded and creative and try new things without sacrificing our primary goals of quality and service.” 

Low and Johannes stated that they are planning to keep their four employees on during the crisis, though they have cut back their operating hours. 

“We’ve really been touched by the outpouring of support from our regulars and our Community Supported Brewing program members, our business partners, and our community as a whole,” Johannes said. 

“The next few weeks will be challenging to say the least, but if that support continues, we’ll be okay,” Low added. 

Side By Each offers a Community Supported Brewing program in which members pay for a year or six month share and gradually redeem their shares for growlers of the company’s beer, along with other benefits. Members will be able to receive their growlers via curbside or home delivery, Johannes and Low stated. 

Customers will be able to pick up growlers of Side By Each Brewing’s frequently changing selection of 15 or more house-brewed beers, along with most of their coffee offerings, breakfast sandwiches and pastries, merchandise, and gift cards, at the curbside of the brewery, located at 1110 Minot Avenue in Auburn. Pinky D’s Poutine Factory, a separate business in the same building, also remains open for takeout and can bring anything from their menu to waiting vehicles. 

Side By Each Brewing will also deliver many of their products, including growlers of beer filled to order, boxes of coffee, coffee beans, merchandise, and other items, within a 10 mile radius of the brewery during morning and evening delivery runs Tuesday through Saturday. 

Items available for curbside and home or office delivery, as well as details on the ordering process and times, are listed on the brewery’s website (www.sidebyeachbrewing.com) and Facebook page, and orders can be placed by phone (689-3030) or email (sxe2u@sidebyeachbrewing.com). “Our community is strong, and we’ll get through this if we work together,” Low said. “We want to be a part of the solution for our customers, and we’re counting on the community to be part of ours.” 

Pinky D’s Poutine open for takeout

Pinky D’s takeout door entrance.

Pinky D’s Poutine Factory is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and are following strict sanitation and hygiene procedures. They sincerely care about the well-being of their patrons, their staff and their partners at Side By Each Brewing. 

Pinky D’s is happy to continue to serve the community through their takeout window located through their separate entry door. They are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Their full menu of poutine, wings, flatbread, burgers and more is available for takeout. You can also call ahead and place your order at (207) 809-2030.

Governor Mills: We have risen to the challenges of our times before and we are rising to the challenges before us now.

You know my parents used to tell me that we cannot control everything that happens to us, but what we can control—and what we must control—is how we react to what happens to us.

I know you are concerned, even scared, about your health and that of your loved ones. I know you are thinking about where your next paycheck will come from, or your next bag of groceries. I know that anxiety and concern for the unknown fill the air right now. When your child or grandchild tells you that they are scared, tell them: it’s okay to be scared. Anxiety is normal. The future is uncertain.

But remind them always: we have each other. We are all family. Tell them we have been here before, in one way or another. We fought wars together. We survived blizzards, ice storms, attacks on our nation. We have risen to the challenges of our times before and we are rising to the challenges before us now.

I want to assure you that medical professionals and Maine CDC experts are working around the clock to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and to keep you all healthy and safe.

My Administration has worked with the Legislature, we’re working with Maine’s Congressional Delegation, with other governors and businesses and health care providers, to support small businesses, their employees, and those who are self-employed who been impacted by the coronavirus.

I am proud of that work, but what I am even prouder of is what I see in communities across Maine: I see businesses that are partnering with local nonprofits to make lunches and dinners for those in need. I see teachers conducting classes online and school staff delivering homework packets and meals to children at home. I see fitness instructors offering online classes to keep people active, and parishes live-streaming faith services and hosting online prayer gatherings. I see Maine people simply reaching out to one another to ask “How are you, how can I help?”

Fred Rogers, Mr. Rogers, said, “When I was young and I would see scary things on the news, my mother would say, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Maine people are helpers, and they are everywhere. They are our doctors, nurses, EMS, firefighters, police officers, grocery store clerks, gas station attendants, childcare workers, government employees; they are you; they are your neighbor; they are your loved ones. They are Maine people.

While I know times are difficult and uncertain, let us remember what we can control, what we can do, not just what we cannot. Remember what we can control—ourselves, our love for another, and our love for this shared state we are so lucky to call home.

Today we go outside and enjoy the state parks, go to a beach, climb a mountain—whether it’s Bald or Battie or Bradbury—enjoy the outdoors, keeping your social (physical) distance.

Today, we keep our distance from one another so that tomorrow we can come together again.

When people look back on us years from now, they will say that Maine did sacrifice but Maine stood strong. They will say: Maine people were tough; Maine people hung together; Maine provided the helpers; Maine people survived; Maine rose again better than ever.

Preliminary approval for CMH Cancer Center

The Central Maine Cancer Center, a planned $38 million investment for state-of-the-art care at Central Maine Medical Center’s Lewiston campus, has received initial approval from state regulators. 

The facility was proposed last December by Central Maine Healthcare (CMH). It will provide convenient, centralized access to the system’s superior outpatient oncology services, along with needed facility and equipment updates, CMH officials said.

“Our patients will receive cutting-edge care in one central location,” said Jeffrey L. Brickman, FACHE, CEO and President of Central Maine Healthcare. “The Cancer Center will provide the convenient access to care we are committed to offering.” Brickman noted that the new facility will house brand-new equipment, including new linear accelerators critical for radiation therapy. It will also be home to the Central Maine Cancer Institute, providing multispecialty, team-based care. 

The Certificate of Need Unit of the state’s Department of Health and Human Services reviewed CMH’s application and this week announced preliminary approval.  Final review and approval is still pending from DHHS Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew.

Central Maine Medical Center has been providing care to the community for more than a century. As the hospital grew on its sprawling campus, its oncology service become spread out nearly three football fields apart, separating radiation oncology, medical oncology and surgeons. Meanwhile, radiation therapy equipment cannot be replaced in its current location—in one of the oldest buildings at the hospital.

At the same time, cancer incidence in Maine has increased, and Androscoggin County remains one of the areas with the highest occurrence of cancers in the state.

In a letter supporting the project, the Dempsey Center wrote: “The {center} would offer Central Mainers another reason to get the highest quality of care close to where they live and work.”

Central Maine Healthcare (CMH) is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving 400,000 people living in central, western, and mid-coast Maine. CMH’s hospital facilities include Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Bridgton Hospital, and Rumford Hospital. CMH also supports Central Maine Medical Group, a primary and specialty care practice organization. Other system services include the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, a regional trauma program, LifeFlight of Maine’s southern Maine base, the Central Maine Cancer Center, and other high quality clinical services. 

Central Maine Medical Center located in Lewiston, is a Level II Trauma Center serving Androscoggin County and the surrounding region. CMMC’s “Centers of Excellence” include the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, the Central Maine Cancer Center, and a Trauma Services Program. CMMC is also the southern Maine base for LifeFlight of Maine, the state’s only medical helicopter service. Supported by the latest technologies, CMMC’s skilled professionals provide outstanding care delivered with compassion, kindness, and understanding. Learn more at: www.cmmc.org.

Auburn Storywalk celebrates women’s history month

The City of Auburn is pleased to announce the Riverwalk Storywalk for March 2020: “A Celebration of National Women’s History Month.” Each display along Auburn’s beautiful Riverwalk highlight achievements made by women alongside local Auburn photographic journalist Norma Warden’s selections depicting female culture. 

If you have an idea for a future Storywalk theme for 2020 or would like to have your work showcased in the displays during L/A Arts “Last Friday Art Walk” between May and September, please contact Auburn Recreation Director Sabrina Best at sbest@auburnmaine.gov or 333- 6611. 

In October of 2019, the City of Auburn, in collaboration with LA Arts, announced the completion of the delightful new “Storywalk” project along Auburn’s beautiful Riverwalk. The project includes eight durable display cases, which can be found between Festival Plaza and Bonney Park. They showcase different “art and culture” pieces each month. Residents and visitors of all ages are encouraged to take a monthly stroll along the Riverwalk to enjoy the displays which are changed monthly by the Auburn Recreation Department. 

Historical Society exhibits for Maine Bicentennial

An 1820 map of what is now downtown Lewiston and Auburn, redrawn from the original in the collection of Maine Historical Society.

The Androscoggin Historical Society has installed exhibits that recognize local participation in the separation of Maine from Massachusetts in 1819 to 1820.

For each town that existed in 1819 in what became Androscoggin County, these displays include election returns on the question of separation, as well as the returns concerning adoption of the State’s constitution. The delegates to the Constitutional Convention from these towns are also listed.

Of particular interest to residents of the Twin Cities is a map used by Pejepscot Proprietor Josiah Little in 1820 of the area that includes the Great Falls and the confluence of the Little Androscoggin with the Great Androscoggin River. This now is the downtown area of Lewiston and Auburn. The map was redrawn from a digital copy of the original map in the Maine Historical Society’s collection.

These documents are found, along with artifacts representative of the period, one in a display case in the entrance of Auburn Hall and two in a display case on the second floor of the Lewiston Public Library. 

For more information, call 784-0586 or email info@androhist.org.

Franco Center cancellations and postponements

At the Gendron Franco Center, the safety of their patrons is always of primary concern. The Center will continue to follow the guidelines from state and local health officials to help ensure the safety of patrons and staff.  Given this consideration, The Gendron Franco Center administration and staff have made a decision to postpone the following events: the Josee Vachon Concert scheduled for March 18 is re-scheduled to June 10; the 4th Annual Comedy Invitational scheduled for March 20 is re-scheduled to June 19; Skosh: Celebration of the Music of Prince scheduled for April 18 is re-scheduled to June 20; and the Medieval Feast scheduled for March 27/28 re-scheduled to July 24/25.  Cancellations include La Rencontre, March 19; Scottish Fiddle Orchestra April 1; La Rencontre, April 9; the Piano Concert with David Fung, April 17, and the Adult Prom Apr 11.  We ask that people not to visit in person at this time regarding tickets, but to contact us by phone (207-689-2000) or email boxoffice@francocenter.org with any questions or concerns.

WLU prom gown giveaway

Looking for a free dress for prom? You can get one at the 7th Annual Fairy Godmother Gown Giveaway on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Foss Mansion located at 19 Elm Street, Auburn. 

Sponsored by the Woman’s Literary Union, donating gowns is a good cause. It benefits you cleaning out your closet and donors become a fairy godmother by helping girls find the perfect gown for the perfect evening. For more information or to donate your extra gowns call 795-6134. 

The Woman’s Literary Union was organized in 1892 with a mission of intellectual, cultural, and educational advancement of the community and to preserve the Foss Mansion which is on the National Registry of Historic Places. The WLU of Androscoggin County is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. For more information check womansliteraryunion.org 

POSTPONED – date TBD

Franco-American singer performs at the center

Franco-American singer, Josee Vachon, performs at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston on Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m.  Born in Québec and raised in Maine, Josée Vachon has been sharing her Franco-American upbringing for over 25 years through traditional and contemporary folksongs from Québec and Acadia and through her own compositions.

Though she often entertained at family gatherings, she began singing publicly with the support of the Franco-American Center at the University of Maine, where she discovered others who shared her rich heritage. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages in 1984, she continued to perform, quickly gaining recognition as a new Franco-American voice through early performances at state festivals in Maine and at schools and parish soirées.

Josee has won special awards including a bronze medal from La Société Académique ARTS-SCIENCES-LETTRES of Paris, France, 2019 in recognition of her musical career and receiving the Franco-American of the Year 2018 award from the Franco-American Center of New Hampshire.  She has served as the Franco-American Ambassadrice, presenting at Constitution Hall, Washington D.C.; Women’s Singing Traditions of New England Tour; and L’Institut Francais in Berlin, Germany.  Her International television appearances included “Bonjour!” from March 1987 to April 1998, hosting over 500 tapings of the most widely seen French-language television show in the US and airing on cable and public television stations in Louisiana, the Northeastern US and Canada.

Ms. Vachon has 12 solo recordings to her credit and continues to perform and record the music that best represents her love of Franco-American culture.

Reserved tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Box Office, calling 689-2000 or online at francocenter.org.  All ticket-buyers are welcome to a reception prior to the concert at 5 p.m.  Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.


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