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Governor’s Address: It’s Time to Move Forward on Affordable Senior Housing

For one thousand, one hundred and sixty-nine days, Mainers who voted in support of affordable senior housing have waited for their voices to matter. They comprise almost 70 percent of those who went to the polls three years ago who voted for the senior housing bond.

No longer will we wait. Earlier this week, I signed a financial order to internally transfer some of the voter-approved $15 million senior housing bond to immediately pay for weatherization and home improvement projects so Maine seniors can live safely in their own homes.

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Final weekend for CLT’s “Lend Me A Tenor”

Beleaguered opera company assistant Max, played by Benjamin Morang (r.), tries to comfort world-famous tenor Tito Merelli, played by Paul Menezes, in a scene from Community Little Theatre’s production of the comedy “Lend Me A Tenor.” Final performances will take placeThursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.To buy tickets, call 783-0958 or see LACLT.com.

 

Remembering Hope Weston

Weston displays her artwork on the all-occasion cards she made for the Schooner Open House in September 2017.

“It is with sadness that we inform our members of the passing of our long-time friend, Hope Weston. Hope, who had been an active Senior College member for many years, as recently as this past semester, passed away yesterday, January 9,  at the age of 103.”

We received this sad message about our dear Hope’s passing from the Board of Directors at USM’s Lewiston Auburn Senior College. Our Senior College Logo was centered above, giving it a personal touch.

Many of us knew, as word spread quickly through Schooner Retirement Community, where she lived the past dozen or more years. At age 103 and six months, Hope would have been 104 this July 6, 2019. She was the oldest member of Senior College.

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ELHS students design “Nights at the PAL Hop” exhibit at Museum L-A

For the first Kids as Curators exhibition of 2019, students from Edward Little High School have curated, designed, and installed an exhibit in Museum L-A’s gallery space called “Nights at the PAL Hop: How Music Can Change History.”

Focused on the history of music in the local community, the exhibit opened with a public reception featuring a live musical performance of a student-led band on Wednesday, January 16.

The Kids as Curators program brings students from area schools to Museum L-A to create special exhibitions. For this exhibit, the co-teacher team of Alyssa McLean and Sarah Brooks of ELHS asked students from the school’s music and social studies departments to work together to explore the history of music in the local area.

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Bates College observes MLK Day with Sunday and Monday events

Bates junior Abby Westberry and William Coggins of Morehouse College chat prior to the 2018 edition of the annual Rev. Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays (Class of 1920) Debate. (Photo by Theophil Syslo, Bates College)

Barbara Ransby, an author, historian and social justice activist, will present the keynote address for Bates College’s observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 21. The address will take place at 9 a.m. in the college’s Peter J. Gomes Chapel at 275 College Street in Lewiston.

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Governor’s Address: Health Care Is a Human Right

More than a year ago, Maine voters, including many of you reading this right now, voted overwhelmingly to expand Medicaid at the ballot box. Maine people have waited long enough. My Administration is implementing the will of the people.

Medicaid expansion is the law of the land in Maine, and that is why, on my first day in office, I issued Executive Order Number One, which directs the Department of Health and Human Services to implement Medicaid expansion as swiftly and aggressively as possible.

That was just over a week ago. Since then, we’ve already enrolled 529 Mainers in health care coverage under the Medicaid expansion program.

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College Transition Program has January start in Lewiston

College Transition Program instructor Amy Hatch poses with program graduate Bright Lukusa during a recent graduation celebration.

Those looking to prepare for college and scholarship help can sign up for the Winter-Spring 2019 session of the College Transition Program at Lewiston Adult Education. The free program reviews reading, writing, and math skills in a college-style setting. It will also include an expanded focus on time management and finding and applying for scholarships.

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Mechanics Savings sponsors annual Remembrance Ornament

Kristin Melville, Director of Marketing and Development for Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice, and Jeff Gosselin, Senior Vice President of Mechanics Savings Bank

Mechanics Savings Bank has returned as the sponsor for Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice’s annual Remembrance Ornament fundraiser. Thanks to Mechanics’ support, proceeds from the ornament sales will directly impact patient care for the home health and hospice organization.

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New House Republican Leader hails from Oxford

Kathleen Dillingham

Representative Kathleen Dillingham of Oxford has been elected House Republican Leader for the 129th Maine Legislature. Beginning her third term, Kathleen represents House District 72, which is comprised of Mechanic Falls, Otisfield, and Oxford.  

While serving in the Legislature, Dillingham continues to work with her father, aunts, and uncles on the family farm. She is also working toward a degree in Public Administration.

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Agencies partner to offer welding program

Pictured here (l. to r.) are Tina Christophersen of Oxford Hills-Nezinscot Adult Education, Patti Saarinen of Western Maine Community Action, Heidi Durgin of Oxford Hills-Nezinscot Adult Education, and Kyle Lamb of Bancroft Contracting Corporation. (photo by Monica Millhime)

Western Maine Community Action and Oxford Hills-Nezinscot Adult Education are partnering with Bancroft Contracting Corporation to offer a new professional welding program. The 92 hour-long program will teach students welding processes used by Bancroft Contracting Corporation and other local employers. Students will learn how to produce high quality welds. The program will include 72 hours of hands-on welding and safety instruction and 20 hours of math for welders and job-readiness skills training.  

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