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Archive for December 2011

No Christmas Tree pick-up in L-A

There will be no curbside collection of Christmas trees in Lewiston or Auburn.

In Auburn, Christmas trees can be dropped off by Auburn residents at three locations until Saturday, January 21, 2012:

Public Works Garage, 296 Gracelawn Road (behind the community sand shed);

Mid Maine Waste Action Corporation (MMWAC), Goldthwaite Road, (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to noon);

Engine 2 Fire Station, 181 South Main St. (by the community sandbox).

The City of Lewiston is asking residents not to bring their Christmas trees to the curb for disposal. Instead, Christmas trees may be brought for disposal to two locations:

Public Works Yard
103 Adams Avenue, Lewiston
Open 24 Hours/Day

City’s Solid Waste Facility
424 River Road, Lewiston
Open 7:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. Weekdays; 8:00 a.m. – 12 Noon Saturdays

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Mayor’s Corner goes “10-7” after 212 columns

Mayor Larry Gilbert

By Laurent F. Gilbert Sr.

Mayor of Lewiston

That’s right! This is my last mayor’s column, after which I will be going 10-7, which is police ten code for being “out of service.”

This is my last week serving as mayor of the All-America City of Lewiston. It truly has been a great ride. As I was packing up last week, it seemed like it was just a short while ago that I was moving into the office. Well, it has been five years already.

I remember back when I was campaigning, I started going door to door the day after Christmas 2006. The election was to be held on February 27, 2007. There were days when it was bitterly cold, but I had to trudge through. Then on February 14, we got hit with a blizzard-like snowstorm that wiped out my 500 signs throughout the city. It took us a whole week to dig them out. The effort paid off, as I won the election.

Public service truly is honorable work, whether it was during my career as a police officer or while serving in elective office. Every day offers opportunities to be of service to people. Such service truly is gratifying. Sure, you subject yourself to criticism, but the rewarding feeling of having helped someone far outweighs the negative feelings from criticism. When in your heart you feel that you are serving with good intentions, nothing else matters.

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Lisbon Community FCU celebrates Grand Opening of Lewiston Branch

Lisbon Community Federal Credit Union celebrated the grand opening of its new Lewiston branch on Wednesday, Dec. 21, which is a major step forward in the credit union’s expansion into the Lewiston-Auburn area.

Established in 1959, Lisbon Community Federal Credit Union offers a variety of loan and savings programs, including savings and checking accounts, money market, IRA accounts and certificates, free VISA debit cards, home banking, bill payer and eStatements. On the lending side, mortgages, construction loans and home equity lines of credit will be offered in addition to new and used vehicle loans, recreational vehicles and VISA credit cards.

“The board welcomes the Lewiston-Auburn community to our beautiful new Sabattus Street Branch to experience how our members have been ‘building futures’ and ‘preserving dreams’ for over 50 years,” said John Silvestri, president of the Board of Directors, highlighting the Credit Union’s tagline. “We are anxious to have people in the community learn first hand how we take very seriously the Credit Union philosophy of ‘People Helping People’.”

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L-A bids farewell to Diane McManus

A crowd of family and friends bid farewell on December 8 to Diane McManus, a well-known local banker who was passionately involved in several L-A civic organizations, at a reception in her honor at Camden National Bank in Lewiston.

Most recently a regional vice president/senior market manager for Camden National Bank, she was responsible for market leadership and overseeing the bank’s small business development and commercial lending activities throughout Androscoggin County. During her career, McManus held several commercial lending and management positions with Northeast Bank, Development Concepts, Inc. and the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council.

Pictured with Diane are Camden National Bank executives (l. to r.) Greg Dufour, Tim Nightingale and Ward Graffam. (Photo by Debra Morin-Ouellette)

She was also very active in the Auburn Business Association and the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce. In 2004, McManus was honored with The Chamber’s Small Business Advocate Award. The morning after the celebration, she and her husband, Steve McManus, headed to Florida to enjoy her retirement. Pictured with Diane are Camden National Bank executives (l. to r.) Greg Dufour, Tim Nightingale and Ward Graffam. (Photo by Debra Morin-Ouellette) See more photos on page 2 of the Digital Edition.

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Museum L-A to preserve Bates textile designs

One of the original Bates designs to be preserved by Museum L-A through a grant from Historical Records Collections Grant Program.

Maine State Archivist David Cheever has announced that Museum L-A will receive $2,418 to preserve and provide better access to its historical collections as part of the Historical Records Collections Grant Program.

The program is administered by the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board, with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant program is coordinated in Maine by the State Archives.

Through this grant, Museum L-A will inventory and preserve unique art designs created by Bates Manufacturing from 1950 through 1970. The project provides proper and safe archival storage for the Museum’s historically important textile design collection. This collection preserves and celebrates the handiwork of the designs created from hand-sketch to hand-colored-art work, now replaced by computer-aided design technology used in today’s textiles.

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S&J Tuxedo and Limo Rentals celebrates Grand Opening

Owner and entrepreneur Jane Kyllonen’s goal is to create a one-stop-shop for her clients, a place where all their anxieties and problems can be solved by her talented and dedicated staff. Having already opened a hair, nail, tanning and catering business, adding a tuxedo and limo operation to her growing organization across the street only makes perfect sense.

“Naturally, a wedding or prom can be a very stressful time,” says Kyllonen. “Our goal is to get our customers to relax, indulge, enjoy their event and celebrate life’s finer pleasures.”

So far she’s on the right track.

Lewiston Mayor Larry Gilbert, Auburn Mayor Richard Gleason, state representatives, the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council, Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce and Kyllonen’s family, friends and employees gathered Saturday as the Sarah Jeanne’s organization officially celebrated their newest addition, S&J Tuxedo and Limo Rentals.

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Goldworks celebrates Grand Opening of new location

Master Jeweler Tom Cunliffe knows an opportunity when he sees one. Owner and operator of Goldworks for the last 14 years, Cunliffe understands that it’s not just the product that sells, but also the placement. “Pardon the cliché, but it really is location, location, location,” says Cunliffe.

The new home of Goldworks couldn’t be better anchored.

Situated at the former Big Apple Gas & Food Store between KFC and Irving Circle K at 33 Center Street in Auburn, Cunliffe is hoping the high-visibility store will allow his jewelry business to take advantage of the high traffic flow.

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LePage: We must preserve a quality safety net

Governor Paul R. LePage

Weekly Address

I met many hardworking people in Franklin County’s Salem Township last week during my monthly Town Hall meeting. Regular folks, who get up every morning, go to work, pay their bills and make the best with what they’ve got.

They are honest, hardworking Mainers that want what’s best for their families. There are thousands of Mainers like them, and I’m proud to say that some will be able to keep more of their hard-earned money very soon.

Democrats will argue I gave tax cuts to the rich. It’s simply not true.

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LETTER: AARP works to keep elderly safe and healthy

To the Editor:

With the myriad of problems that older adults and challenged individuals in this state face, it is our job as both advocates and legislators to protect Maine’s most vulnerable populations.

This is a tough economy, but it is even tougher when one is frail, elderly, alone and frightened. Seniors in Maine have watched all summer long as their hard-earned Social Security benefits were debated over and over again in Washington.

For two years, they haven’t benefitted from a cost of living increase.

In the last 10 years, hunger among older adults has increased by an unbelievable 80 percent. Social Security is the only source of income for one-third of Mainers age 65 and older.

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