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Planting Memory Mums at CMMC


Gathering at CMMC to help plant mums are (l. to r.) Spruce Bay Farm and Landscape co-owners Erin Jones and Glenn Bolduc, Dempsey Center Assistant Director Mary Dempsey, WHA vice-president and project chairperson June van Mourik, WHA president and project co-chair Sharon Poulin, WHA board member Terry MacLean, and CMMC medical imaging manager and Cindy Harradon.

The Central Maine Medical Center Woman’s Hospital Association Memory Mums Project is raising money for three cancer-related services: the Dempsey Center; the Bennett Breast Care Center, funding free mammograms for underinsured or uninsured patients; and the Rydholm Center’s Cancer Care Immediate Needs Fund.

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Minot Consolidated School wins National Blue Ribbon recognition

Minot Consolidated School in RSU 16 was among 335 public and private schools across the country, and one of two schools in Maine, to be named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015 by the U.S. Department of Education recently. The other Maine school accorded the honor was Coastal Ridge Elementary School in York.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students demonstrate high achievement learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.

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 “Wait Until Dark” opens October 16


From left: Jon Krupp, Amy Hutchins and Michael Serratore in a scene from “Wait Until Dark”

Just in time for Halloween, the Public Theatre will launch its 25th season with a heart-pounding new adaptation of the classic thriller “Wait Until Dark,” playing October 16 through 25.

When a blind woman unexpectedly finds herself alone in her apartment with a sinister group of con-men, she is forced to rely upon her courage and wits to survive. Can she outmaneuver her tormentors by turning her disability to her advantage?

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Downtown Lewiston Trick-or-Treat

On Friday, October 23 from 4 to 6 p.m., the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce will host a Downtown Lewiston Trick-or-Treat. The fun will begin at Dufresne Plaza at 72 Lisbon Street, where the Chamber will hand out reusable shopping/trick-or-treat bags and maps listing all of the participating businesses. More than 20 downtown businesses will hand out goodies that evening, while Argo Marketing will host a haunted house.

The Chamber is still signing businesses up to participate. For more information, contact Deborah at the Chamber at 783-2249 or

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Agencies partner to launch Good Food Bus


Pictured (l. to r.) are St. Mary’s Nutrition Center Director Kirsten Walter; Emily Horton, representing Congresswoman Chellie Pingree; Cultivating Community Food Access Program Manager Stephanie Aquilina; St. Mary’s Nutrition Center Food Access Coordinator Sherie Blumenthal; Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation President Karen Voci; and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Vice President Edward Kane.  

At the Police Athletic League (PAL) Center in Auburn recently, state and local officials joined St. Mary’s Nutrition Center of Lewiston, Cultivating Community of Portland, and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation to launch the Good Food Bus – a colorful, repurposed school bus turned mobile food market.

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Auburn first city to join Hire-A-Vet campaign

The City of Auburn recently became the first city in the state to sign up for one of Governor Paul LePage’s newest initiatives, the Maine Hire-A-Vet campaign, which began on September 7. The goal of the campaign is to sign up at least 100 employers who will pledge to recruit and hire at least one veteran each, for a total of 100 veterans hired.

“Auburn has continued to show itself as an employer that supports its staff on active duty and their families when they’ve been called to serve overseas,” said Mayor Jonathan LaBonté. “This is one of the reasons I’m proud to serve this city as its mayor. Our City Manager and Assistant City Manager, both of whom are veterans, responded quickly to establish Auburn as the first municipality in Maine to sign on to the ‘Hire-A-Vet’ program. Auburn is committed to this initiative, and we look forward to adding more veterans to our team.”

The campaign will support employers seeking to expand their hiring of veterans through a network of state and federal agencies, resources and nonprofits; education on military language and culture; assistance with recruiting, hiring, assimilation and retention; a Veteran Hiring Toolkit; and recognition for the hiring and advancement of veterans.

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Public Theatre announces season schedule


Tony Award-winning actress Judith Ivey will direct the snappy new comedy “The Ladies Foursome,” playing January 22 through 31. 

After being named “Best Theatre in Maine” for the third year in a row this summer by Down East Magazine’s annual readers’ poll, The Public Theatre will launch its 25th season this month with a heart-pounding new adaptation of the classic thriller “Wait Until Dark.” Running October 16 through 25, the play features a blind but capable woman who finds herself in mortal danger when a group of con-men enter her apartment. Can she outmaneuver her tormentors by turning her disability to her advantage?

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Modula opens new facility in Lewiston


Senator Angus King helps cut the ribbon at Modula’s new manufacturing facility, which will serve as the company’s North American headquarters.

U.S. Senator Angus King joined local and state officials in Lewiston recently to mark the opening of a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for Modula, a global manufacturer of automated vertical storage systems. The facility, which will serve as Modula’s North America headquarters, employs about 50 people and is the result of a $10 million investment by the company. In his remarks at the event, King emphasized that Modula is part of a positive manufacturing trend in Maine and around New England. Read the rest of this entry »

Avant-Garde Paint Bar hosts ribbon cutting in Lewiston

Chamber president Matt Leonard with Ashley Fuller and Nicole and Corey Bouyea of Avant-Garde and Lewiston Mayor Robert MacDonald. TCT photo by Laurie A. Steele

Chamber president Matt Leonard with Ashley Fuller and Nicole and Corey Bouyea of Avant-Garde and Lewiston Mayor Robert MacDonald. TCT photo by Laurie A. Steele

Avant-Garde Maine held a ribbon cutting ceremony at their downtown Lewiston paint bar and art studio at 182 Lisbon Street in Lewiston on September 17.

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Governor’s Address: Maine Will Test Assets for Those Seeking Food Stamps

Our administration will start testing applicants for food stamps to determine if they have more than $5,000 in assets. It has just come to my attention that this is the federal law.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

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