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Archive for April 2011

Lewiston Casino group announces newest investors

Great Falls Recreation and Redevelopment LLC have announced the latest investors to join the team: Colonel (Ret.) James J Tracey Sr. and Elizabeth (Dalton) Tracey.

Col. Tracey, past senior officer of the Maine National Guard and past assistant superintendent of Lewiston Schools, cited his Lewiston roots and veterans as his reasons for joining. “Obviously, this is a tremendous opportunity for Lewiston that the voters have embraced by a 2-1 margin,” he said. “No other casino in Maine gives a penny to help veterans.”

According to the Maine office of fiscal and program review, the Lewiston Casino will give close to $500,000 per year to veterans’ groups (American Legion, VFW, Franco-American War Veterans, etc.) for them to forward to veteran-related charities.

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Local events highlight Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Every day, nearly 39 Mainers—approximately 14,000 per year—experience sexual violence. Sexual assault advocates across the state are working to change these numbers by bringing awareness and prevention education into the spotlight this month.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Sexual Assault Crisis Center (SACC) will host a range of events designed to enhance community awareness of ways to prevent sexual violence in Androscoggin County and across Maine.

“Each time we give community members a space to talk and learn about these issues, we are one step closer to ending sexual violence in Maine,” says Marty McIntyre, executive director of SACC. “When we think that 39 Mainers experience sexual violence each day, it can seem like an insurmountable problem. We need to teach our communities that it is possible to end sexual violence if everyone gets involved and takes action.”

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Mayor’s Corner: “The Humanity of Cesar Chavez is a Guide for Maine’s Future”

By Laurent F. Gilbert Sr.

Mayor of Lewiston

Several months ago Joey Lopez, originally from Texas and now director of the Maine Chapter League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and his friend Albeni Dasilva, formerly of Brazil, came to see me in support of Latin American issues.

Lopez and Dasilva invited elected officials and police officers for a Latin American meal at LULAC State Directors location at 40 Strawberry Ave. in Lewiston. It was a wonderful celebration, and it provided an opportunity for L-A officials to get to know L-A LULAC members. Joey Lopez and I became good friends. I introduced him to hockey, and now he is as staunch a MAINEiacs fan, as I am. I recently became a member of LULAC. Together we worked on the DREAM Act, a subject I addressed in an earlier column.

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Baxter Brewing Company is doubling capacity

Baxter Brewing Company, Maine’s newest microbrewery and the only New England brewer to ship all its beer only in metal packaging (cans and kegs), is doublinge its production capacity after only 90 days of operations.

“Demand has been absolutely phenomenal from all corners of Maine, from restaurants, bars, beverage stores, convenience stores, grocery chains, from everyone!” said company founder and president, Luke Livingston. “We are extremely gratified.”

The brewery began shipping its first two varieties of beer, Pamola Xtra Pale Ale and Stowaway IPA, in January. The handcrafted beers ferment for a week and then are cold conditioned for two more weeks, a three-week process that is longer than typical for other Maine breweries, but which produces smoother, more robust beers.

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