Retired veterans Richard Kowalczyk (l.) and Mark Cater of the Lewiston CareerCenter review plans for Maine’s upcoming Hire-A-Vet campaign, set to kick off on Thursday, September 1 at the Augusta Armory. The campaign will feature a network of state and federal agencies, recruiting resources, and non-profit connections deployed to facilitate the hiring of 100 veterans in 100 days. For more information on joining the campaign, contact coordinator Steven Roy at 624-5156 or MaineHireAVet.DOL@maine.gov. (Photo courtesy of Monica Millhime)
The Gene Haas Foundation has awarded a grant of one million dollars to Central Maine Community College to help fund the renovation and expansion of the college’s Precision Machining Technology lab. The facility will be named the “Gene Haas Precision Machining Technology Center.”
The second annual Summer Block Party to benefit Make-A-Wish Maine took place on Saturday, August 13, outdoors at Mac’s Grill of Auburn. Make-A-Wish Maine grants wishes to children facing life threatening illnesses, at an average cost of $7,000 per wish. Uncle Andy’s inaugural event last year raised enough money to fund two wishes. The goal of this year’s event, presented by Uncle Andy’s Digest, Mac’s Grill and the LA Metro Chamber of Commerce, was to raise enough money to fund four wishes, to be granted to local children here in Androscoggin County.
The eighth annual Maine Native American Summer Market will take place at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village on Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission to this rain-or-shine event – which is the southernmost gathering of Wabanaki artists in the state – is free of charge.
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
By Jonathan P. LaBonte
Mayor of Auburn
Governor’s Address: Governor’s tax-reform proposals are recognized as some of the best in the country
My 2016 “State of the State” address has been listed one of the best in the country in terms of the economic policy proposals we put forth.
Dear Maine Taxpayer,
By Belinda Gerry
Former Auburn City Councilor
Veterans from the Belfast, Maine Veterans of Foreign Wars joined Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) recently to celebrate the enactment of new “Stolen Valor” legislation. The bill, LD 1642, “An Act Regarding Stolen Valor,” strengthens the current law against Mainers who make false claims about having served in the United States armed forces. Veterans from the Belfast VFW asked Senate President Thibodeau to sponsor the bill prior to the beginning of the 127th Legislature.
Under the new law, anyone who makes such claims will be subject to the state law governing theft by deception. It also specifies that any fine imposed on such a person must be deposited into the Maine Military Family Relief Fund. The bill passed unanimously in both the Maine House and Senate before being signed by Governor Paul LePage.
The Great Falls Model Railroad Club will celebrate the Lewiston-Auburn Balloon Festival with its sixth annual Train Fest on Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21. The club’s two-story, wheelchair-accessible headquarters at 144 Mill Street in Auburn will be open for the event on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. All five permanent layouts will be in operation, with pictures and models of hot-air balloons suspended from the ceiling to float in the blue skies above them. A scavenger hunt will encourage people to go into each room to find specific hot-air balloons near all of the model railroad layouts and in the club’s library.