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Archive for January 2011

L/A Arts bestows Minerva Award on Eric Agren

Jim Handy, Eric Agren, Mike Barriault and Dennis Barriault at Minerva Award presentation.

By Rachel Morin

TCT Columnist

Gallery 5 was packed last Thursday evening with family, friends, artists and business associates at a reception honoring Eric Agren, owner of Fuel and Marché restaurants, as the 2010 recipient of the Minerva Award.

The Minerva Award, named after the Greek goddess for the arts and sciences, was initiated and created in the spring of 2009 by L/A Arts, the local arts agency for the Twin Cities of Lewiston and Auburn. The award recognizes the need to emphasize the role the arts play in addressing social, educational and economic development issues.

The annual award is given to an individual who has used the power of the arts to enrich and enhance the lives of those in the L-A community, although residence in the area is not required.

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Mayor’s Corner: City Administrator Ed Barrett’s first year

This is the first of a two-part column. The second part will run next week.

By Laurent F. Gilbert Sr.

mayor of lewiston

The start of this year marks my final year as Mayor of Lewiston, as well as the completion of Ed Barrett’s first year as Lewiston’s city administrator. I firmly believe that I speak on behalf of the entire Lewiston City Council when I say that it has been an extreme pleasure for all of us to work with Ed during this past year.

He is the ultimate professional in his field and simply a wonderful person to be affiliated with. I count my blessings having Ed as our city administrator during my final term of office.

In order for you, the readers, to get to know Ed Barrett a little better, as we on the city council and city staff do, I thought I would submit a list of interview questions for him to answer. Since it is a bit lengthy to better get to know him and his lovely wife Nancy, this particular column will be in two parts starting this week and ending next week. So here goes.

Ed, as we get into the New Year it will be the start of your second year as Lewiston’s city administrator. What are your thoughts about coming to Lewiston and serving your first year here?

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Weekly Review: Improving Auburn’s website; blizzard costs; United Way

By Glenn E. Aho

Auburn City Manager

If money were not an object, just think of the possibilities for the city to improve its welcome mat along Washington Street and onto Minot Avenue! That will be the focus of an innovative committee the city will be calling together to help form ideas, and who knows, maybe even a plan that can be put into action.

As written in the City Manager’s January 2009 Special Report, community-spirited problem solving works best when people are drawn into and invited to participate. Today, we are looking to assemble interested, local people for an informal discussion regarding the condition of Auburn’s threshold and welcoming mat—Washington Street and Minot Avenue. In this forum, it will be Auburn business owners and residents helping its government to identify problems and solutions to help build a better Auburn.

The corridor into our city has potential for change: there are several developments underway that, if coordinated, could help turn the theoretical into reality. There are local businesses owners willing to invest into the right project. There are properties along the corridor that could be changing hands. The city might be in the position to sell the police station. The MDOT is finalizing its plans for the Rotary and potentially creating space for developing a “gateway.”

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Medical marijuana seminar at APL

Remedy Compassion Center, one of eight nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries certified by the Department of Health and Human Services, will be hosting a free seminar, “All About Medical Marijuana,” at the Auburn Public Library’s Community Room, 49 Spring St. in Auburn on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Guest speaker Dr. Dustin Sulak, D.O., will present information about how marijuana affects the body, smoke-free alternatives, optimal dosage, and the various strains used to treat different ailments. Dr. Sulak is an osteopathic physician with a practice in Hollowell, Maine. He has lectured on integrative medicine, medical marijuana, and the endocannabinoid system to clinicians and patients across the country.

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