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Seasoned healthcare leader joins Central Maine Healthcare

Steven G. Littleson, FACHE

A seasoned healthcare professional with leadership experience at multiple hospitals on the East Coast has joined Central Maine Medical Center as president. 

Steven G. Littleson, FACHE, who most recently served as chief integration and operating officer for Lancaster (PA) General Health, started his new role May 11.  

“Steve has more than 35 years of health care experience with progressive leadership and chief executive roles,” said Jeffrey L. Brickman, FACHE, CEO and President of Central Maine Healthcare. “He brings the talent and energy that a great institution like CMMC so richly deserves. He’s a dynamic leader with a passion for quality, innovation and excellence.”

Prior to his service in Lancaster, Littleson was the regional president of Jefferson Health in Philadelphia. He also served as president, hospitals division and chief operation officer for Hackensack Meridian Health (NJ). Additionally, Littleson has had senior roles at Meridian Health, Southern Ocean County Hospital in New Jersey, and Sentara Healthcare in Virginia. 

“It’s exciting to join Central Maine at a time of growth,” said Littleson.  “The medical center is not only an incredible community resource, it’s consistently at the forefront of high-quality care in the state of Maine.”

A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Littleson served as an officer and chairman of the boards of the New Jersey Hospital Association and the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals. He has served on the boards of numerous community service organizations including Boy Scouts of America, United Way, Rotary International, American Red Cross, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and he has been a regular guest lecturer for the Peking University Executive MBA program in Beijing, China. He is a certified youth lacrosse coach and served for ten years as the president of a recreational soccer league.

Littleson earned his Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Gettysburg College, his Master of Health Administration from Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University, and his Doctorate in business administration from Walden University. 

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 Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Neonatal Intermediate Care Unit, 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. 

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 Comprehensive Cancer Center, and other high-quality clinical services. 

Out & About with Rachel Morin: The Androscoggin River

The river can be quiet and still, compared to its polluted history.  It has come a long way – scenic and recreational activities thrive.

Story and photos by Rachel Morin

This is the first April in so many years I have not gone down to the Androscoggin Falls to take pictures of the Androscoggin River pouring wildly and furiously over the rocks.

It’s a glorious sight to behold and always a sizeable crowd is assembled, cameras clicking away.  Children, dogs and the roaring sound of the water add excitement and wonder at the sound of the water rushing by.

The Mighty Androscoggin, 178 miles long, originates in New Hampshire and twists and turns through Maine on its way, to join the Kennebec River at Merrymeeting Bay before it empties into the Gulf of Maine on the Atlantic Ocean.

The river has meant a lot to us Mainers and we take great pleasure in all it has to offer.  It has public boat launches and is a great resource for canoeing, kayaking and fishing.  It has biking, walking and hiking with river walks and multi-use trails.  But it is just the sight and sound of it that draws some of us.

We are proud of our Auburn River Walk that passes through the heart of the old mill district of the Twin Cities of Auburn and Lewiston.  The 1.6 mile paved and gravel path offers many scenic views of the Androscoggin River, the powerhouse that fueled the historic mill industry. 

A section of the trail crosses the Androscoggin River on a trestle built by the Grand Trunk Railroad in 1909.

Follow the path and one can read the historical markers and learn the history of Lewiston/Auburn and the river.  The segment is paved in bricks and offers benches for viewing wildlife.

Taking the right fork from Bonney Park carries you across the Androscoggin River on a 425-foot converted railroad bridge.  Viewing the river, you can appreciate the local efforts to clean up this waterway, once known as the most polluted in the state.  

As a young wife, I remember the heavy smell of river — especially on hot summer days — crossing the North Bridge and seeing the white gray foam churning below.  I so appreciate having the river walk as a place to bring my grandchildren to enjoy nature and admire the falls as their parents did.  We skipped stones and fed the ducks. 

After crossing the bridge, you will run into Simard-Payne Memorial Park, which serves as a welcoming gateway to the trail and river.  The park has several small walking paths that led down to benches along the river and a paved loop encircling the park.  At the top of the loop, a short trail leads to a gravel lot for parking and a picnic area.  Much of the description of the Auburn River Walk was taken from Traillink.com.

A footnote to how L/A residents feel about the Androscoggin River is the Logo for USM Lewiston Auburn Senior College. An Ad Hoc Committee was appointed to create a logo for the college.  The seven member group met several times during the fall of 2012 brainstorming and came up with a logo making it uniquely Lewiston-Auburn:  The Androscoggin River, falling over the rocks connecting (not dividing) Lewiston and Auburn — a landmark that is readily recognized as Lewiston-Auburn. The motto “Forever Learning” depicts the mindset of all Senior College members. Five versions of this Logo were presented to the Board in January 2013 and one version was accepted unanimously. 

In the midst of the world-wide pandemic of the Corona Virus, I have adhered to the rule of not going anywhere unless it is of prime importance.  It was hard not to go see the Falls in April as I always did. And so, I took solace in reviewing the hundreds of photos I took over the years.  I’ve enclosed a few here.   

Museum L-A launches Androscoggin River photo contest

 Museum L-A invites the public to participate in a photo contest as part of our upcoming gallery exhibit. The new exhibit dives into the history of the Androscoggin River to celebrate this waterway and its effects on the industrial development of many cities throughout Maine. Photographs submitted to the contest will help to showcase the natural beauty of one of the largest rivers in Maine.

Contest submissions must feature some part of the Androscoggin River from its headwaters to the shore. This includes general river views, shots of the Great Falls and other falls along the river, any Androscoggin watershed areas, and photos showcasing flora, fauna, or geographic features along or in the river. Museum L-A encourages submissions from anyone in the Lewiston-Auburn community and beyond to feature great views of this waterway throughout Maine. All submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the museum. Winning photographs chosen by the committee will then be mounted in Museum L-A’s gallery for the duration of the upcoming Androscoggin River exhibit.

All photographs submitted for consideration must be accompanied by a completed submission form, available on Museum L-A’s website, before the submission deadline of May 23. Photos can only be submitted by the person who took the photograph. If the photo was taken by a minor (under age 18), their legal guardian must sign the submission form for them. Individuals can submit two photos for consideration in the contest. All submissions must be sent digitally using the online submission form available on Museum L-A’s website or by sending them to marketing@museumla.org

Additional information and a submission form can be found on Museum L-A’s website, www.museumla.org. Further questions can be sent to marketing@museumla.org.

Museum L-A wishes to thank Grow L+A for their commitment and leadership in the pursuit of an upgrade of the Androscoggin River water classification and their collaboration on this photo contest project.

Museum L-A is located in the Bates Mill Complex at 35 Canal Street in Lewiston, Maine. It is currently closed to the public, but its regular hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Special tour requests and large group tours outside of these hours are available by appointment.

Seniors Not Acting Their Age: Pandemic paddling

Canoeists paddle the upper St. George River

The pandemic has complicated our lives in many ways.  Like virtually everything else, paddling while complying with safe distancing guidelines is a difficult challenge.  Shuttles are particularly problematic.

The Penobscot Paddle and Chowder Society cancelled all trips until further notice.  Although paddling is an excellent source of exercise, the decision was made out of an abundance of concern for safety.  Mandated limits on group size and social distancing were the primary factors.  

Informally, Chowderheads have formulated a system to stay active paddling while complying with the current guidelines.  Essential is keeping the group size small.  Choosing outings that are comparatively easy minimizes complications and facilitates separation on the water.  

The shuttle dilemma can be addressed by several methods.  The easiest is to have a willing household member who is not paddling drive shuttle for a participant from the same household.  Traveling to the river in separate vehicles and biking the shuttle is a functional alternative.  Separating two people in a vehicle by six feet while both are wearing masks is another choice.

Recently, my retired friend Bud Gilbert and I decided to complete a paddle on the St. George River in Searsmont and Appleton utilizing the new system.  Bud and two family members would paddle two canoes and complete a vehicle shuttle.  I would take a kayak and bike my shuttle.

The Searsmont to Appleton section of the St. George is a relatively easy Class I/II five-mile excursion and is the location of a very popular downriver race held there each spring.  The race was originally scheduled for the day after our trip but cancelled.  

Since I needed more time than Bud to complete a shuttle, I drove to the launch site in Searsmont an hour early.  Cabling my kayak and paddling gear to a tree next to the river, I traveled to the takeout on Route 105 in Appleton.  Other paddlers were making shuttle arrangements, including some who were cycling.  Leaving my car, I completed the bike ride arriving in time to relax while waiting for Bud. While this may seem a tedious convoluted chore, in actuality biking adds an enjoyable dimension to the paddling experience I call a surf and turf.

Before club trips were cancelled, Bud and I had scheduled a St. George outing on this same date in memory of the late Skip Pendleton.  One of the oldest members when he died a couple of years ago, the St. George was Skip’s favorite river and he assisted with race safety for many years.  When he arrived, Bud announced he was paddling a seventeen-foot Old Town Tripper and Skip would be his bowman in spirit.  Counting Skip, there would be three old codgers on this escapade. Two of Bud’s young family members were paddling an identical Tripper.  Since I was in a kayak less than half the size, it would be a dinghy among aircraft carriers.

Embarking in flat water, a small beaver dam was soon encountered.  Undeterred by the impediment built by the pesky rodents, our boats were able to power over the barrier and slide down a narrow chute.  Calm water continued for about two miles to a giant rock midstream, a well-known landmark indicating whitewater was around the bend.

While the canoeists rested, I hurried ahead to take pictures at the end of the rapid near Ghent Road Bridge.  The stimulating Class II stretch of whitewater begins about three hundred yards above the bridge culminating with more substantial waves and a steeper gradient requiring an awkward maneuver at the finish.  Arriving in sufficient time to snap photos of both canoes, Bud negotiated a perfect route which he attributed to an effective draw by Skip.

Below the bridge, entertaining whitewater continued unabated for a long mile and then gradually diminished to quick water.  Following a short calm sector, a horizon line indicated Magog Chute was just below, the steepest drop on the river.  Fortunately, I was far enough ahead to jump out to photograph their descents.  Both canoes successfully navigated down a narrow channel with Skip receiving kudos for another assist.

Most or the remainder of the outing was flatwater except for some waves at the takeout.  Approaching the Route 105 Bridge, many fishermen were lined up on both sides of the river, all carefully maintaining six feet of separation.  

Our assessment, the trip was a great success.  Vehicles were awaiting our arrival.  The procedures had worked very well portending more paddling adventures.

Author of “The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery” and “Mountains for Mortals – New England,” Ron Chase resides in Topsham. Visit his website at www.ronchaseoutdoors.com or he can be contacted at ronchaseoutdoors@comcast.net.

St. Dom’s students offer help to front line heroes

From pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, students at Saint Dominic Academy in Auburn and Lewiston are consistently involved in service, helping many in need around them while gaining a deeper understanding of community, generosity, and responsibility. That assistance continues to be provided during the COVID-19 pandemic and distance learning.

“The Key Club is a service organization for students to volunteer in the school and around the community,” said Pamela Kay, a nurse and health educator at St. Dom’s.

“Our club decided to donate what we would be selling in the canteen at school to the nursing staff of five different units, doctors, and respiratory therapists at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.”

A post on the CMMC Facebook page offered gratitude for the thoughtful gesture: “Team members on our nursing units, respiratory therapists and hospitalists really enjoyed the delivery of chips and full-sized candy bars from the St. Dom’s Key Club today! Thank you so much!”

Through the many service projects of the Key Club and other organizations at St. Dom’s, the students are spreading the Gospel and fulfilling a call to serve those in need. 

“We want students filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit as they are taught to be leaders in our community,” said Timothy Gallic, president of Saint Dominic Academy. “A school community filled with joy and gratitude is a mark of good things happening, and we are so grateful for the impact of the Key Club and our other service initiatives.” 

Local racer pursues dream to compete against fastest riders

William W. Clark III at his first AMA Pro Motocross race.

Minot’s William W. Clark III is chasing his dream of being a professional motocross athlete. The 28-year-old dirt-bike racer is competing in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, the world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle series that travels across the country for 12 weekends every summer.

Over the course of this grueling championship, hundreds of riders and thousands of fans converge at some of the most picturesque landscapes in the U.S. Many of the events and the tracks the series is contested on carry upwards of four decades of history, making them legendary and iconic venues for the sport of motocross, just like landmark stadiums such as Wrigley Field and Fenway Park.

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship begins in mid-May and continues until late August, and features two classes of competition–250 Class and 450 Class. The 250 Class is where the sport’s rising stars do battle, making a name for themselves in hopes of future success, just like in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The 450 Class is the championship’s premier showcase, where the biggest names in motocross like Ken Roczen, Eli Tomac, and Marvin Musquin showcase their talents in search of victory and a championship, just like NASCAR’s Cup Series. Regardless of class, these competitors are some of the toughest, fittest, and most daring athletes on the planet as they battle their own physical and mental limits, an ever-changing track, a powerful 250-pound motorcycle, and 39 other riders. There’s simply nothing like it.

All of motocross’ most well-known names have left their mark on the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, including Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana, Ryan Dungey and Jeremy McGrath. To win in this championship is distinguishing in the annals of the sport’s history, but to even have the talent to compete against the world’s best riders from around the globe is an incredible achievement in itself that deserves to be recognized. This is the most elite level of motocross and all its competitors can rightfully claim their position as one of the best in the world.

Clark has been riding dirt bikes since he was 5 years old and has been competing professionally since 2018. He chased events around New England and spent some winters in Florida as a teenager. After multiple injuries, Clark decided to put riding on hold and went off to college in 2010. He gained a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Maine at Orono in 2014. Upon graduation he got back into the sport of motocross, where the dream was still alive. He honed his talents by racing locally at MX207 and other New England venues as well as professionally in Canada before deciding to chase success at the sport’s highest level. 

With the help of family, friends, and sponsors such as Clark Metal Fabrication, FXR Racing, Central Maine Powersports, Simard and Sons, Unleashed Doggy Daycare, and ArtWorx Suspension who help pay his way to the races, Clark has had the opportunity to pursue his dreams. Motocross is a sport that requires sacrifice and the ability to overcome adversity, and without the commitment from Clark and his supporters, this dream would not be possible.

Other sponsors he would like to thank include Scott Goggles, Amsoil; Jim’s Auto Body; Yoshimura R&D; P3 Carbon; 139 Designs; Sunstar; Carter Racing; Acerbis USA; Bell Helmets; Dunlop; and ODI Grips.

Media can find additional information for the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at https://promotocross.com/page/media-policy.

Tickets for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship are available at www.ProMotocross.com.

For information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, please visit ProMotocross.com and LIKE the Pro Motocross Facebook page and follow @ProMotocross on Twitter and Instagram for exclusive content and additional information on the latest Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship news.

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, features the world’s fastest outdoor motocross racers, competing aboard homologated bikes from one of six competing manufacturers on a collection of the roughest, toughest tracks on the planet. The 12-round series begins just outside California’s famed Hangtown in May and ends at Indiana’s Ironman Raceway in August. The summer-long championship includes stops at America’s premier motocross racing facilities, with events in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, New York and Indiana. Racing takes place each Saturday afternoon, with competition divided into two classes: one for 250cc machines, and one for 450cc machines. MX Sports ProRacing, the industry leader in off-road powersports event production, manages the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. The series is televised on NBC, NBCSN and MAVTV, and is streamed live on NBC Sports Gold. The title sponsor is Lucas Oil, a leading producer of premium oils, greases, and problem-solving additives, all made in America.  More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com. 

USM LAC Senior College Outsiders Club

Elaine Bragdon, Suki Thompson, Jeanne Read, Reine Mynahan, Dick Mynahan, Carmen Cohen, Christine McCarthy, Bob Kleckner and Jeanne Lessard. 

Prior to Covid-19 and social distancing practices, the USM LAC Senior College Outsiders Club, continued a successful run of weekly hikes, walks, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing throughout the early to late winter and early March. The Club determines whether to wear boots, snowshoes or spikes according to conditions. They had some beautiful snowy, icy and relatively dry hikes. Dressing in layers proved to keep the club members comfortable throughout the season! 

A favorite hike was with the Alpine goats at Ten Apple Farm, Yarmouth Road in Gray. A basic level of fitness is required for the two to five-mile excursions, and newcomers are welcome. Call (207) 753-6510 if you are interested. 

USM/LA Senior College continues to Zoom

USM/LA Senior College, like other institutions of learning is continuing to keep the curriculum alive and well on Zoom. Thanks to one of our members, Mary Jane Beardsley, USM/LA Senior College has been on the cutting edge of senior college classes online. Originally the idea was to include those who are sick or homebound, but since the COVID-19 crisis the Senior College has found that they are ahead of the curve in getting classes out via Zoom. Many other senior colleges across the state have participated in the Senior College’s offerings and are beginning to provide classes which are available through USM/LA Senior College. Who says that senior citizens are not tech savvy? 

Many of our members are currently enjoying some early spring classes—some single presentations and some weekly for four to six sessions. The Board of Directors has put together a second spring session during which the classes will be online and free to seniors. The following is a list of those currently planned for May but stay tuned—there may be more. 

1. About Face Art Studio: 6 sessions, examining various approaches throughout history to get inspiration for our own creations of the face using various media. 

2. Got to Get Ourselves Back to the Garden:  2 sessions, botanizing and herbaria then and now and keeping records of what is happening in your garden. 

3. Online Banking Made Easy: 5 sessions, getting started, safety and security, and managing your account. 

4. Food in the Time of Plague: 4 sessions, cooking and conversation about foods that make up cuisines around the world. 

5. Fun with Snapfish: 3 sessions, create great Snapfish books for gifts! The instructor will hold an early introductory meeting so check your email. 

6. A Geezer Adventure in Vietnam: 1 session, the instructor will talk about his time living and working in Vietnam, 45 years after it became an independent country. 

7. Viruses and What to Do About Them: 2 sessions, what are viruses from a scientific perspective? How do we handle the emotional and social fallout caused by them? 

8. 1619 Slavery: 6 sessions, Is slavery the country’s very origin despite conventional. 

historical narratives of America? Does slavery, to this day decisively influence what the American nation is? 

9. A class currently being developed by Maine Audubon Society. 

For more information and/or to register you can email us at laseniorcollege@gmail.com or call: 207-753-6610. Please include your name, email, and phone.
Note: Please be patient; if you call it may take a few days for a response. 

Auburn’s Storywalk celebrate Earth Day 2020

The City of Auburn is pleased to announce the Riverwalk Storywalk for April 2020: “Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!” Stroll along Auburn’s beautiful Riverwalk and learn a few tips on simple ways to live green. 

If you have an idea for a future Storywalk theme or would like to have your work showcased in the displays during L/A Arts Last Friday Art Walk between May and September, please reach out to Sabrina Best, Auburn Recreation Director 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. 

CMCC Helps Trinity Jubilee Center

Pictured making wraps are CMCC food services worker Tom Smith (l), and CMCC food services manager Fern Langlois (r).

The food services staff at Central Maine Community College (CMCC) has been preparing and delivering some much-needed food for the Trinity Jubilee Center in downtown Lewiston. They have provided American chop suey, 200 ready-to-go egg salad wraps, baloney and cheese sandwiches, snack items and more. The Trinity Jubilee Center’s five programs—the Meals Program, Food Pantry, Day Shelter, Resource Center, and Refugee Integration Program—serve more than 1,000 people every week. Learn more at http://www.trinityjubileecenter.org.


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