Archive for April 2013
The grand opening of a new Lewiston art gallery this Friday night will feature an array of unique fashion designs courtesy of Portland-based architect Paul Lewandowski.
Prose Gallery, at 223 Lisbon Street, will feature the works of Lewandowski on both mannequins and live models in an exhibit starting Friday, April 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. There is no charge to attend.
Lewandowski has turned down an opportunity to appear on Project Runway and was featured in the August 2012 issue of Marie Claire magazine – pretty heady praise for a Lewiston native who uses everyday household interior design and architectural items in his clothing lines. He has been making a splash for several years participating in the IIDA New England Chapter fashion show, but this will be his first time displaying his fashions in Lewiston.
Those in the L-A area in need of dental care but unable to visit a dentist’s office can now call upon a new business that will bring dental hygiene services to them.
Lewiston-Auburn’s newest business, Healthy Maine Smiles, provides professional dental care for seniors, the disabled, and those with limited access to traditional dental options. Co-owners Caidra Harris and Jennifer Belanger hope to improve access to oral health opportunities for area residents by offering preventative oral health services in a familiar and safe environment of the customer’s choosing.
Moving rail cars full of merchandise through Auburn will become a little easier when a new rail project that broke ground recently is completed later this year. The Rangeley Branch rail line restoration project will alleviate congestion on the existing rail line servicing the Maine Intermodal Transportation Facility by providing an alternative rail line for the movement and delivery of freight to area businesses.
“After working on this project for over 10 years, the re-establishment of this rail line comes as welcome news,” said AVCOG executive director Bob Thompson. “The implementation of this project, opening up hundreds of acres for rail-related development, is a major step towards attracting businesses, creating jobs, and facilitating strong economic development opportunities for many years to come.”
As rail cars carrying freight are brought into the Port of Auburn, LLC and the Maine Intermodal Transportation Facility, they are unloaded during the day and removed at night. The main rail line that runs through the facilities is also used to assemble and disassemble trains at various times during the day as needed. Approaching trains must wait until this process is completed before they can proceed through to their destination.
To the Editor:
Florida’s fourth-grade students, in international testing, rank second in the world in reading, even surpassing Finland, an educational powerhouse, which ranked third. This is incredible!
Florida, with a large Hispanic and black population (the state is only 57% white) would be expected to perform poorly. But this amazing fourth-grade success portends improved performance in Florida’s higher grades.
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
It takes vision to create a desirable city—vision in the form of young entrepreneurs: young entrepreneurs who have a dream, drive and a can-do attitude; entrepreneurs who can successfully navigate all obstacles before them. To the women and men that subscribe to this world, “quitting is not an option.”
You also need well-versed, seasoned business people—business people who have knowledge and understand the workings of commerce, business, industry, banking, local, state and federal government operations; business people who know how to get things done; business people whose advice and counsel will almost surely guarantee success.
The YWCA of Central Maine will host its second annual “Stand Against Racism” on Saturday, April 27. Part of a series of events organized by local YWCA’s across the country, the day will consist of walking and public demonstration to promote recognition of racism in Maine. Walkers who participate will become community leaders in helping to break the cycle of racism.
After last year’s successful launch, the Y hopes to enlist at least 100 people for this year’s event. The first 100 who sign up will receive t-shirts as symbols of their dedication.
The Lewiston-Auburn CA$H Coalition marked its 10th year helping local residents save money by providing free tax preparation and asset-building assistance at an anniversary celebration on April 10.
There was much to celebrate. From January 24 through April 1, Coalition volunteers prepared 1,783 returns, resulting in $2,816,000 in claimed Federal refunds and $534,000 in claimed State refunds. Those numbers brought the Coalition’s 10-year tally for claimed Federal and State tax refunds on behalf of Lewiston-Auburn area residents to $18,984,674!
The Franco-American Heritage Center will host its next “La Rencontre” French language luncheon on Friday, May 3 at 11:30 a.m. The meal will feature of a choice of lobster roll or chicken salad roll, along with macaroni salad, chips, pickles and a cookie for dessert.
Following the meal, Auburn resident and baritone Larry Gowell will perform for patrons in the Franco Center’s Performance Hall. He will be accompanied on at least one song by chanteuse Joëlle Morris, a native of France who currently resides in Winthrop and, like Gowell, has become a favorite of Franco Center audiences.
Gowell will be trailed by a camera crew from “Bill Green’s Maine,” a program that airs weekly on WCSH-TV. The program’s producers are capturing footage to tell the story of Gowell’s life and unique place in baseball history.
Parishioners of St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, on the corner of Dunn and Third Streets in New Auburn, learned the sad news this weekend that their church will be demolished due to unsafe structural conditions. While sad, the news was not entirely unexpected; the congregation, which has been attending services at Sacred Heart Church in Auburn while their home church was being evaluated, had already been informed that the cost of required repairs would likely be exorbitant.
A meeting to discuss the situation was held in the downstairs hall following the weekend liturgy. The hall was filled to capacity. There will be more meetings in the future as plans are made for the church’s demise.
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
When I became mayor, I made a promise that I would address the welfare fraud being committed by the out-of-town transients that blow weekly into Lewiston. I have worked with Lewiston’s welfare director, Sue Charron, developing legislation and finding legislative sponsors to introduce bills aimed at eliminating fraud and abuse.
I am happy to report that we are on the verge of achieving our goal.
In the next few weeks, this column will present detailed plans designed to improve the livability and marketability of our town. In order to achieve these goals, you, the reader, will be asked to perform a simple task.