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Governor’s Address: Whatever happens outside our state, you will not be denied health coverage here in Maine

Last December, a federal district court judge in Texas issued a decision that would strike down the entire Affordable Care Act.

The Trump Administration’s Department of Justice didn’t defend key parts of the law – those that guarantee that no one should be denied coverage or charged more because of a pre-existing condition.

If that decision is upheld, about 52 million Americans with pre-existing conditions could be denied life-saving health insurance coverage.

Also, insurance companies might go back to excluding essential health benefits, like coverage for mental health, maternity, and newborn care, to all the small businesses and individuals who buy insurance on their own.

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Sam’s of Sabattus St. wins Food Pantry fundraising competition

Pictured here (l. to r.) are Sam’s Italian Foods Shift Leader Kate Major, St. Mary’s Nutrition Center Program Assistant Fiston Mubalama Lowatiwiya, Sam’s Italian Foods Manager David MacArthur, and Rep. Bettyann Sheats.

Representatives of St. Mary’s Food Pantry recently presented an award to Sam’s Italian Foods of 963 Sabattus Street in Lewiston for the store’s outstanding effort in raising money to end hunger in Maine. In addition to a plaque for display, employees were awarded free movie passes and popcorn generously donated by Flagship Cinema of Auburn and free bowling donated by Sparetime Recreation of Lewiston.  

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TRIO students earn scholarships at CMCC

Pictured here are 2019 TRIO program scholarship recipients Younoussa Ousmane, Amber Lewis, Tim Campbell, Monique Collins, Sam Brown, Sadio Aden, Kyleigh Ouelette, Rusty Young, Dylan Latham, Leon Twitchell, Bobbi Smalley, Domonique Givans, Rachel Chretien, and Ouseiny Ousmane. Not present for the photo were Kayla Thayer, Amber Getchell, and Melinda Parker.

The TRIO Student Support Services Program at Central Maine Community College has awarded over $12,000 in scholarships to 17 students this semester. These scholarship recipients were selected in recognition of their achievements and determination to succeed at the college. 

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Historical Society program spotlights Poland Spring Resort

Cyndi Robbins and Laura Brown both have long ties to the historic property.

On Tuesday, March 26, the Androscoggin Historical Society will present a program on the Poland Spring Resort. Cyndi Robbins and Laura Brown will tell stories about the facilities and its guests at 7 p.m. at the Society’s Davis-Wagg Museum on the third floor of the County Building.

Poland Spring Resort has a legendary place in the history of Androscoggin County. A huge hotel, the Poland Spring House, attracted vacationers who were the economic and social elite of the country. The resort purchased the Maine State Building of the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Other features of the historic property are the golf course, the chapel, and, of course, the bottling plant.

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Senior College Outdoor Adventure Club goes sleighing

Club members ready for adventure include (l. to r.) Charlotte Bosworth, Les Bosworth, Diane Higgens, Lucille Clement, Diane Little, Irene Frye, Louise Michaud, Mary Jane Beardsley, Cindy Boyd, Pat Vampatella, and Joanne Sabourin.

“The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh over white and drifting snow…”  Bursting into sleighing songs was irresistible when 111 members of the USM-LAC Senior College Outdoor Adventure Club set out to explore the fields and woods of High View Farm in Harrison on a sunny day in February. 

With sleigh bells ringing, two golden Belgian horses, Madison and Dixon, stepped smartly across the fields following a trail that led into a fairytale woodland. A light snow clung to the branches. “It’s like being in a Christmas card!” one member exclaimed.

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Governor Mills: I Commend the American Legion on its 100th Anniversary

When I was a little girl, I watched my father as he left for the Legion hall every week and as he left to go to his Navy Reserve unit in full uniform. He was a proud World War II veteran, who served bravely at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Pacific and saw kamikaze pilots attack his own ship.

Much later, my brother served several tours of duty off the shores of Vietnam in the U.S. Navy following my father’s lead. Both of them became members of the American Legion.

So today, I am writing about how, 100 years ago, far from home in Paris, France, a group of World War I U.S. military personnel founded the American Legion. The Legion is an organization dedicated to honoring four pillars of advocacy: veterans, defense, youth, and Americanism.

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CMCC Mustang Women bring home national title

The team celebrates in Kirk Hall, where they put in many hours of training and practice to make it to the national stage.

For second time in three years, the Central Maine Community College Mustang Women have returned home as national basketball champions. The team exploded out of the gate last week at Penn State Fayette in Uniontown, PA to capture the 2019 USCAA DII National Championship with an 85-78 victory against number one seed Villa Maria College.

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MSNBC commentator to discuss Mueller investigation at Bates College

Bates College alum Joyce White Vance (Class of ’82) teaches law at the University of Alabama. (Photo by Matthew Wood, University of Alabama)

Bates College will present a program by Joyce White Vance called “The Mueller Investigation and the Rule of Law” on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in the college’s Muskie Archives, located at 70 Campus Avenue in Lewiston. Presented by the college’s Harward Center for Community Partnerships, the program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 786-6202. 

A frequent commentator on the investigation for MSNBC and a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, Vance is Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Law at Culverhouse School of Law, University of Alabama. She is a member of the Bates Class of 1982.

Lewiston woman testifies to Senate Aging Committee on personal toll of high drug prices

Lewiston resident Michelle Dehetre (r.), with Sen. Susan Collins

While driving with two of her sons in the car last week, Michelle Dehetre, a mother of five from Lewiston who has Type 1 diabetes, had a frightening experience that has become all too common for her: she began to feel very faint. Fortunately, no one was injured, and paramedics quickly arrived on the scene to take her to the emergency room.

Dehetre is one of the millions of Americans who struggle to purchase the medications they need to maintain their health. She struggles to pay for the insulin she needs, and she cannot afford a continuous glucose monitor and pump that would help manage her diabetes, resulting in life-threatening emergencies every month.

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Four Pines Painting supports An Angel’s Wing

David Muise, owner of Four Pines Painting, and Josh Stoehner, Director of Fundraising for An Angel’s Wing

Four Pines Painting of Poland has announced that the recipient of their annual charitable giving effort is the newly formed nonprofit organization An Angel’s Wing.

Four Pines Painting’s support of the new nonprofit included painting the entirety of its forthcoming retail arm, the Walk-In Closet. Located at 1567 Lisbon Street in Lewiston, the Walk-In Closet’s profits will go toward providing a support system to individuals affected by Substance Abuse Disorder.

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