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“Central Maine’s Funniest Comedian” to be crowned at Franco Center Invitational

Local comedian and Franco Center board member Dawn Hartill hosts the event.

Twelve local comics have been chosen to compete in the Central Maine Comedy Invitational on Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston. They will vie for a chance to take home the grand prize of $250 and the title of “Central Maine’s Funniest Comedian.”

Local comedian and Franco Center board member Dawn Hartill will host the event. The first winner of the title, Billy Jack Goodwin, will headline with a guest appearance. Each contestant will be given five minutes to present an original monolog that would be considered “PG-13.” The 2019 winner will be chosen by audience vote at the end of the evening. Admission is $5 at the door.

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Student Senate leaders at CMCC

The Student Senate at Central Maine Community College is the governing body for all student activities and the official student voice on campus. Elected by the student body, members are responsible for allocating funds received from activity fees paid by students. Pictured here (l. to r.) are officers William Bishop, president; Derek Kuusela, vice president; Brink Beaulieu, treasurer; and Casay Mohamed, secretary.


Rotary Lunch Club supports Washburn School

The L-A Rotary Lunch Club recently donated $600 to community partner Washburn Elementary School of Auburn to help families of students provide holiday staples. Thanks to the donation, 67 families received contributions of food and clothing to make the holidays brighter. Here above are school principal Andrew Bard, L-A Rotary Gift of Caring Project Chair Lorraine Bard, and school guidance counselor Maggie Luce. (Photo by Jackie Majerus-Collins)


Jazz pianist to perform at Bates College

Frank Carlberg is 2018-19 artist-in-residence of the college’s music department.

Jazz pianist-composer Frank Carlberg, 2018-19 artist-in-residence of the Bates College music department, will lead two concerts in March. Both concerts are free and open to the public, but tickets are required from 

Carlberg will perform with his quartet, Dream Machine,on Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the college’s Olin Arts Center Concert Hall at 75 Russell Street in Lewiston.Featuring accordion, tenor sax, bass, and drums, the band’s music, “resides in the area between dusk and dawn of our consciousness and draws from half-remembered recollections of things past,” asserts Carlberg. “Images of fantasy and reality intermingle in memories of carnivals, side shows, and fairgrounds.”

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Governor’s Address: I want you to hear the truth about the NECEC project directly from me

Last night, thousands of Maine households turned up their thermostats to keep their families warm as cold weather engulfed us. At $2.90 a gallon, many households are spending their precious savings on heating oil.

The State of Maine sends five billion dollars out of state every year to pay for our use of nonrenewable fossil fuels. We’re the most dependent on heating oil of any state in the country, with nearly 70 percent of Maine homeowners relying on oil for heat.

Our high costs of energy and electricity are a barrier to our health and a deterrent to our economy. Our cars and trucks account for more than half of our carbon dioxide emissions.

I ran for Governor with a promise to reduce this dangerous reliance on fossil fuels, to address our carbon footprint, and to accept the challenge of preventing and mitigating climate change. We simply cannot afford to do nothing.

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Who Is Lewiston Mayor Shane Bouchard? 

Mayor Shane Bouchard’s poker-faced expression doesn’t reveal many clues about what he might be thinking or what he is like. Lewiston Community Relations Coordinator Dottie Perham-Whittier, who has worked with 11 mayors during her employment with the City of Lewiston, offers a glimpse: “Mayor Bouchard has a confident, to-the-point, go-getter type of presence, but when it comes to teenagers and dogs, you see a whole different side of him – he’s a real softie!”

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Maine Arts Commission awards major cultural development grant to Lewiston-Auburn

The plan calls for spurring economic development through installations of public art in each city.

The Maine Arts Commission has awarded the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and L-A Arts a MAC Creative Communities = Economic Development (CCED) Phase 2 Grant of $75,000 for the implementation of Cultural Plan LA. Proceeds will be used to improve the image of Lewiston-Auburn and spur economic development through public art installations in each city.

The Chamber of Commerce serves as the lead organization for the grant; Cultural Plan LA will be implemented by L/A Arts, with support from the Chamber of Commerce, Arts and Culture LA (ACLA), and the municipalities of Lewiston and Auburn.

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Rumford artist wins 2019 Moxie Festival Logo Contest  

A design created by Rumford artist and teacher Brent Bachelder was selected as the winning logo for the 2019 Moxie Festival. The artwork consists of four iconic images, all of them with a bottle of Moxie. DaVinci’s Mona Lisa, Vincent Van Gogh, and a Picasso-esque figure are shown enjoying the distinctively different beverage while the figure from Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” wails because his Moxie bottle is empty.

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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church welcomes new priest

Rev. Father Jon C. Emanuelson begins his pastoral leadership of the church on March 1.

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston and the Parish Council and members have announced the arrival of a new parish priest (Proistamenos) to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Lewiston. Rev. Father Jon C. Emanuelson will begin his pastoral leadership of the church on March 1.

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Birthday Open House at Court St. Baptist Church 

The City of Auburn and Court St. Baptist Church are both 150 years old this year. (Photo by David Gilpatric)

Court Street Baptist Church and the City of Auburn share a milestone anniversary in 2019: both the city’s incorporation and the church’s construction took place 150 years ago this year. The church recently celebrated both milestones with a special open house, which also served as one of numerous “cake sites” across the city where the public was invited to come in for a piece of 150thbirthday cake. Visitors at the open house learned about the history of the church by taking a tour, which included the sanctuary, with its stained-glass windows, murals, and organ, and the classrooms of the newer education wing.

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