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Celebration Barn presents “Summer Finale” program

Seen recently in her solo show, “A Life In Her Day,” Hilary Chaplain is among the performers slated to present new work in Celebration Barn Theater’s “Summer Finale” program on August 30 and 31 (photo by Michelle Bates).

Seen recently in her solo show, “A Life In Her Day,” Hilary Chaplain is among the performers slated to present new work in Celebration Barn Theater’s “Summer Finale” program on August 30 and 31 (photo by Michelle Bates).

Celebration Barn Theater of South Paris will present its “Summer Finale” on Friday August 30 and Saturday August 31 at 8 p.m. The two shows celebrate the end of the Barn’s summer programming season with new work by special guest artists Hilary Chaplain, David Gaines, Aaron Tucker, and others.
An acclaimed physical comedienne and actress, Hilary Chaplain has performed her award-winning original solo and ensemble work around the world. Hot on the heels of presenting her solo show, “A Life In Her Day,” at the Barn, Chaplain returns for the Summer Finale with a fresh set of performance pieces.

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Op/Ed: Mayors Against Illegal Guns is alive and growing

By Laurent F. Gilbert, Sr.
I write in response to Lewiston Mayor Bob Macdonald’s column of August 1, entitled “Mayors Against Illegal Guns goes overboard, loses credibility.” If that was Macdonald’s way of baiting me to respond, well, I’m biting.

I have never responded to his columns, although I’ve bitten my tongue repeatedly and chosen not to respond. I figured I would let him write unabated out of respect for the office, unlike he who would repeatedly criticize my weekly columns when I was mayor.

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Enough is Enough: Armored Personnel Carrier will be used to protect or save lives

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

The ground rumbled. Houses started shaking. Calls flooded the police, fire and emergency lines. Many turned on their TVs, looking for the answer. Others felt this was the end, their petitions for mercy filled the air, rising to Elysium. Then, suddenly, everything stopped.

An eerie quiet prevailed. Opening their eyes, they viewed the bright sun and blue skies. They ran from their homes to check and converse with their neighbors. Reaching the street, they suddenly froze in fear.

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Enough is Enough: Jobs: Those who don’t want them and those who are not allowed

By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
They are not our brightest.  We’re in big trouble if they are regarded as our best.  They invade Lewiston like a pestilence, infecting a few of our neighborhoods.  The majority can barely read or write even though they have lived in this country all their lives.  Collectively they appear as a breathing and walking illustration of the Maine State Disability Rating Manual.
Work skills?  Please!  But worse, they are fawned on by politicians who engage in Herculean efforts to make their idleness more comfortable.  This sympathetic policy will soon lead to a new underclass battle cry—Representation without Taxation.

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Enough is Enough: Mayors Against Illegal Guns goes overboard, loses credibility

By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
They wrote me a letter. They sent me an email. They wrote again. They sent me several more emails.
It became apparent that they wanted me on their organizational rolls. Rolls that would be seen throughout the country containing names of notable figures, not so notable figures, and a household name in Texas and Australia—mine.
Their efforts to secure my endorsement of their organization caused me to ponder. Should I let them market my name? If so, should I demand cash or some type of perks? What was my name worth? Was Dustin Pedroia pursued by the Red Sox organization with this much vigor?
In the end, I decided that being able to look myself in the mirror was more important than comprising my beliefs for a few moments of recognition. I sent them an email, “Thanks, but no thanks.”

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