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Conway Post 135 installs new officers

The Harry J. Conway American Legion Post 135 of Sabattus recently installed new officers for 2019-20. In the front row (l. to r.) are Auxiliary Officers Debra Devoe (Chaplain), Joan Caron, (1st Vice President), Denise Michaud (President), and Joan Fournier (Sgt. at Arms). Absent from the photo is Jennifer Caron (Secretary-Treasurer). In the back row (from l.) are Post Officers Joe Tetreault (2nd Vice Commander), Amedeo Lauria (Service Officer), Donald Caron (1st Vice Commander), David Devoe (Chaplain), Joseph Michaud (Commander), Jim Rancourt (Adjutant), Tracey Rancourt (Americanism Officer), and Don Gosselin (Sgt. at Arms). Absent from the photo are Anthony Culpovich (Finance Officer) and Gordon Smith (Historian).

Museum L-A unveils new Franco Trail project; organizers expect boost in tourism

Museum L-A intern Catherine Picard of Quebec gestures toward a map of “Franco Trail L-A.”

Representatives of Museum L-A recently took to the stage at a local Franco-American landmark, the Gendron Franco Center, to unveil the museum’s new “Franco Trail L-A,” a self-guided walking tour featuring at least 18 Lewiston-Auburn sites and attractions relevant to the history of local Franco-Americans. The new initiative includes a paper map, a website, and a free smartphone app that guides users taking the tour. 

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Governor’s Address: It’s time to develop a long-term strategy to move our state’s economy forward

Campaigning across the State of Maine last year, I visited a lot of towns like Madison, Millinocket, Old Town, and Bucksport – towns that have lost paper mills over the last decade.

While most of these mills are still idle, some towns are actually finding new life. I’m pleased that, just this week, our Administration welcomed a new business to Bucksport, where one company is moving forward with a $250 million salmon farm near the site of the old mill.

Our heritage industries – farming, fishing, and forestry – are adapting and diversifying with a changing economy. Our small businesses, from Kittery to Fort Kent, are innovating and engaging in exciting new work.

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Franco Trail bus tour offers test run

Stopping at 18 historic locations and sites, this special all-day tour will include two meals and a show at the Gendron Franco Center. (Photo by NorthEast Charter & Tour Co. Inc.)

A new Franco Trail L-A bus tour will offer a special test run on Friday, May 24 at 9 a.m. The bus will weave its way through the streets of Lewiston and Auburn, stopping at historic locations and sites that reflect the area’s French heritage as a tour guide explains their significance.

At least 18 locations have been identified and included as part of this all-day tour. The normal cost of the tour would be $75, but this special opportunity costs only $36, which includes all stops and attractions, plus two meals and a show at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston. 

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Auburn names Grand Marshal for 150th Anniversary Memorial Day Parade

Colonel Todd Desgrosseilliers is a native of Auburn who, after 30 years of service, retired as a decorated United States Marine.

Auburn Mayor Jason J. Levesque has announced that Marine Colonel Todd Desgrosseilliers (retired) has been selected as the Grand Marshal of Auburn’s Sesquicentennial Memorial Day Parade.

The parade will start on Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. on Mill Street in New Auburn. It will follow Main Street into Auburn’s downtown, turn onto Court Street, then Turner Street, and proceed through Great Falls Plaza. It will then cross the bridge to conclude at Veterans’ Memorial Park in Lewiston, where a special Memorial Day ceremony will take place. 

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CMCC honors Medical Assistant Program grads

Pictured here (l. to r.) are Michelle Snow, Nicole Herald, Kristen Rickett, Taylor Bergeron, Halimo Mire, Brooke Reynolds, and Lisa Yaworksy.

A Pinning Ceremony was held earlier this month for graduates of the Central Maine Community College Medical Assistant Program. Family and friends were in attendance as members of the program’s 2019 graduating class were awarded their special medical assistant pins. Also participating in the ceremony were externship coordinator Anne Russo-Ladd and instructors Dr. Carmin Iadonisi and Tracey Martin.

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AREA Leadership Award

Sue Tymoczko (l.), with Kay Grindall

The Androscoggin Retired Educators’ Association recently presented its Leadership Award to Sue Tymoczko at the Maine Education Retired Convention in Augusta. Tymoczko, who taught math at Edward Little High School for 32 years, is the group’s membership chair. For many years, she has served as captain of teams participating in the Dempsey Challenge and Autism Walk. She also works as a tax preparer for AARP and is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Red Hat Society.

Governor’s Address: Remembering Corporal Eugene Cole

When Attorney General Mike Carpenter first dedicated the Maine Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to our fallen officers back in 1991, he declared “there never should be in the State of Maine another name added to it.”

With solemn grief and a renewed commitment to fulfilling that promise, we all gathered this week to add the eighty-sixth name to that memorial.

While the men whose names are chiseled into the law enforcement memorial departed this life in supreme acts of sacrifice, that is not the only thing they had in common. For those individuals – every one of them – the rule of law was not some dusty book sitting on a shelf or some set of bygone beliefs enshrined on a faded plaque. 

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Auburn Citizen of the Year honored at State House

Peter Murphy (c.), named 2019 Auburn Citizen of the Year for his involvement in local volunteer organizations and his commitment to the community, recently visited the Maine State House, where he received a legislative sentiment and congratulations from the entire House of Representatives. He is pictured here with Auburn Representatives Bruce Bickford and Bettyann Sheats. 

5K Run-Walk will honor Dennis P. Sampson

A Community 5K Run-Walk in memory of Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Dennis P. Sampson will take place on Saturday, June 22 at Poland Spring Inn. The event will begin at 9 a.m. from a starting line in Preservation Park. Sign-ins will begin at 8:15 and Poland Spring Heritage Days events will follow at 10:00. 

Sampson passed away unexpectedly on May 5, 2018 while off-duty at his residence in Poland. Proceeds from this event will fund a scholarship to support a graduating Poland Regional High School student entering a first responder field, such as police, fire, rescue, and EMS. Sampson spent time working in local schools and occasionally provided opportunities for students to job shadow with him. 

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