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County Republicans elect new chair


Patti Gagne of Lewiston was elected unanimously to fill the post.

A capacity crowd of Androscoggin County Republicans met at Auburn City Hall recently and unanimously elected Lewiston native and small business owner Patti Gagne as their new Chair. Several state, county, and local Republican office holders were in attendance for the event.

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“For the Love of Art” show set for Feb. 13


“Passion” by Jesse Kendall is one of the many original works to be displayed on the themes Lust, Passion, Companionship and Sweetness at the four participating downtown venues.

Make the viewing of artworks interpreting and celebrating four categories of love part of your Valentine’s Day weekend by attending the “For the Love of Art” show, presented by the Lewiston-Auburn chapter of the Union of Maine Visual Artists, on Saturday, February 13, from 4 to 7 p.m.

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Middle School Select Choir sings at State House


Reps. Gina Melaragno, David Sawicki and Bruce Bickford, all of Auburn, welcome the Auburn Middle School Select Choir to the State House recently. The choir sang the national anthem to open the day’s session.

Lisbon Falls native named Sailor of the Week


Petty Officer 3rd Class Cody Donovan, aboard the USS Green Bay, currently positioned in Sasebo, Japan

Petty Officer 3rd Class Cody Donovan of Lisbon Falls, a graduate of Lisbon High School now serving aboard the USS Green Bay (LPD 20), recently earned the ship’s Sailor of the Week award. The honor recognizes superior performance of enlisted personnel, emphasizing outstanding achievement, exemplary personal conduct and military bearing, and demonstrated initiative in the performance of duty. The program also motivates personnel to strive for improvement in their assigned duties and leadership.

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Chamber unveils new name, logo, website


Matt Leonard, President and CEO of the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, with the Chamber’s recently unveiled new logo

The Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce hosted a press conference last week to unveil the results of its recent branding efforts. After months of analysis, market research and in-depth conversations with its directors, members, staff, and local residents – all carried out with local branding agency The Brand Collective – the Chamber will now be called the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

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Poliquin unveils “No Welfare for Terrorists” bill in Lewiston


Poliquin’s bill would close a loophole that currently allows those with a federal conviction of terrorism or being an accomplice to terrorism to receive welfare food stamps.

Congressman Bruce Poliquin was in Lewiston last week to announce a federal welfare reform bill he is introducing to ensure that convicted terrorists never receive taxpayer-funded benefits. The bill will close a loophole that currently allows those with a federal conviction of terrorism or being an accomplice to terrorism to receive welfare food stamps.

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Mechanics Savings Bank, Biddeford Savings finalize alliance

Mechanics Savings Bank and Biddeford Savings recently announced the finalization of their alliance as members of the newly formed bank holding company Maine Community Bancorp. The alliance, creating the first multi-bank mutual holding company in the state, was completed after receiving approvals from each bank’s board of directors, corporators, depositors and appropriate regulatory agencies.

Richard J. Vail, President and CEO of Mechanics Savings Bank, and Charles M. Petersen, President and CEO of Biddeford Savings, will serve as co-CEOs of the holding company while continuing to serve as CEOs of their respective banks. Each bank will retain its name, state charter, and status as a vibrant community bank.

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St. Dominic Academy Students of the Month


The Bussiere Family were named Super Saints of the Month

Saint Dominic Academy has named its January Students of the Month for grades seven through twelve. Teachers nominate students and a committee of administrators, staff and faculty choose from the candidates. Students are selected based upon exemplary character, service, leadership and scholarship in and around the St. Dom’s community. One student from each grade is selected, and an additional student is named the overall Student of the Month.

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“Jam the Gym” raises funds for Auburn PAL


A great time was had by all at the recent “Jam the Gym” event held in Kirk Hall gymnasium at Central Maine Community College. In what can only be described as an “epic basketball battle,” the Auburn Police Department All-Stars narrowly defeated the CMCC Mustangs, with all proceeds to benefit the Auburn Police Activities League. Among the participants pictured here are Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte (front, third from right), Auburn Police Chief Phil Crowell (standing, fourth from right), and CMCC Athletic Director Dave Gonyea (far left).

Franco Center plans Super Bowl Party

The Gendron Franco Center will host its second annual Super Bowl Party on Sunday, February 7, starting at 4 p.m. This family-friendly event will feature a delicious menu of food items for sale at the Heritage Clubhouse Cafe, raffles of great prizes provided by local businesses, fun activities for kids, a cash bar and a chance to watch the big game go down on a ten-foot-tall screen.

The doors, café and bar will open at 4 p.m. for a “tailgate dinner” before or during Super Bowl 50. There will be a $5 cover charge at the door, with children ages 5 and under admitted for free. Guests of all ages are encouraged to get comfortable by bringing a favorite beanbag, folding or camp chair and/or blankets and by wearing favorite team wardrobe items.

The Franco Center is located at 46 Cedar Street in Lewiston. For more information, call 783-1585, see or visit the Box Office Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m.

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