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LA CA$H Touts Over $3.7 Million in Claimed Refunds for Area Residents

Coalition Co-chair Chris Adler and site coordinator KC Geiger congratulate IRS- certified volunteer tax preparer Wayne Penley.

Coalition Co-chair Chris Adler and site coordinator KC Geiger congratulate IRS-
certified volunteer tax preparer Wayne Penley.

The Lewiston-Auburn CA$H Coalition celebrated another tax season success on April 8. Its IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers facilitated $3,728,000 in federal and state refund claims for area residents during the 2015 tax season, bring its 12-season tally to $26,289,674.

Once again, LA CA$H is the lead coalition of 10 throughout the state of Maine, providing free tax preparation and asset-building opportunities to low-to-moderate income individuals/families.  Taxes were prepared during the season at the Lewiston Memorial Armory and Auburn City Hall. Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald and Auburn City Councilor Belinda Gerry participated in the April 8 celebration.

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2015 JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award Recipient

The Good Shepherd Food Bank hosted the 8th Annual JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award Dinner in its Auburn warehouse. This year’s deserving recipient is Bill Williamson – president of Bank of America, Maine. Pictured here are Cole Pike – grandson of the late JoAnn Pike, Bill Williamson, Kristen Miale – President of The Good Shepherd Food Bank and John Pike – son of JoAnn Pike. (TCT Photo by Jen Pike)

The Good Shepherd Food Bank hosted the 8th Annual JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award Dinner in its Auburn warehouse. This year’s deserving recipient is Bill Williamson – president of Bank of America, Maine. Pictured here are Cole Pike – grandson of the late JoAnn Pike, Bill Williamson, Kristen Miale – President of The Good Shepherd Food Bank and John Pike – son of JoAnn Pike. (TCT Photo by Jen Pike)

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Stuffed Animal Parade

Students in Kathy Dow’s third grade class at Lisbon Community School recently earned the right to have a Stuffed Animal Parade as a result of their good work toward a classroom goal of transitioning from one part of the day to the next. Pictured here (l. to r., from front) are paraders Syriana Rich, Penelope Lucas, Lydia Davis, Gavin Doughty, Caleb King, Drew Gannon, Dylan McFarland, Aiden Kettelhut, Henri Fidler, Angelina Fillmore, Sarah Moore, Kristian Merrill, Kellsie Buzzell, Johnny Pitcher, Emma St. Pierre, Lillyn Provencher, Anna Roupe, Luke Booker, Jackson Fischer and Ms. Dow.

Students in Kathy Dow’s third grade class at Lisbon Community School recently earned the right to have a Stuffed Animal Parade as a result of their good work toward a classroom goal of transitioning from one part of the day to the next. Pictured here (l. to r., from front) are paraders Syriana Rich, Penelope Lucas, Lydia Davis, Gavin Doughty, Caleb King, Drew Gannon, Dylan McFarland, Aiden Kettelhut, Henri Fidler, Angelina Fillmore, Sarah Moore, Kristian Merrill, Kellsie Buzzell, Johnny Pitcher, Emma St. Pierre, Lillyn Provencher, Anna Roupe, Luke Booker, Jackson Fischer and Ms. Dow.

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Energy Policies Must Drive Down Costs for Mainers

Environmental groups downplay our energy challenges because we did not see the catastrophic price increases we saw last winter. They couldn’t be more wrong.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

We are not just trying to avoid price increases. We must lower energy costs to make our state competitive. High energy costs make it difficult for our businesses to compete or expand. When prices spike in the winter, some mills shut down to save on energy costs. We need to create jobs, not lose them because of high energy prices.

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Enough is Enough: Democratic legislators must do what’s right for taxpayers

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

The number-one duty of every United States citizen is to vote.

Some don’t participate because they haven’t a clue when it comes to the significance of voting. Some are low-informational individuals who may or may not vote.

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Androscoggin County Chamber chooses new helm

Chamber head-matthew_leonard

  Following a lengthy national search by its board of directors, the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce has selected Matt Leonard, 39, from among 54 applicants as president and CEO. Leonard replaces outgoing helm Chip Morrison, beginning his term on May 11.

Leonard grew up in Maine but currently resides in San Diego, California, where he is completing his career as a senior executive advisor in the military.

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Ribbon Cutting April 1 at L/A’s New Indoor Playground Kiddo’s

(l.-r.): Mark Kontio, Mary LaFontaine, Chiara Ferrante, Jon and Meghan Levesque, and their children, Diane Jackson, Larry Giroux, Jonathan Labonte

(l.-r.): Mark Kontio, Mary LaFontaine, Chiara Ferrante, Jon and Meghan Levesque, and their children, Diane Jackson, Larry Giroux, Jonathan Labonte

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Maine Gladiators Youth Hockey Team

The Maine Gladiators Squirt Tier II team completed their outstanding regular season at the New England District Super Regional Tournament in South Burlington, Vermont, earning a spot through their Maine State Championship win on March 8. Six states were represented and eight State Championship teams advanced to the Super Regional Tournament. The Maine Gladiators faced teams from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Vermont, finishing a proud second.

The Maine Gladiators Squirt Tier II team completed their outstanding regular season at the New England District Super Regional Tournament in South Burlington, Vermont, earning a spot through their Maine State Championship win on March 8. Six states were represented and eight State Championship teams advanced to the Super Regional Tournament. The Maine Gladiators faced teams from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Vermont, finishing a proud second.

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Chamber YPLAA Y-Not Kick Off event

(l.-r.) Mary Dempsey, Kayla Quesnel, Meghan Hunt, Connor Beatty, Melissa Donahue, Jill St. Laurent, Cecilia Conroy, Matthew Shaw and Jessica Bernier. See more photos on pages 2-3.

(l.-r.) Mary Dempsey, Kayla Quesnel, Meghan Hunt, Connor Beatty, Melissa Donahue, Jill St. Laurent, Cecilia Conroy, Matthew Shaw and Jessica Bernier. See more photos on pages 2-3.

 

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Welfare to Work Works and More Reform Makes it Better

Before we started reforming Maine’s welfare system in 2011, people could stay on “temporary” welfare for as long as they wanted.The rule for eligibility was: “When in doubt, hand it out.”

Hello, this is Governor Paul LePage.

When I became Governor, I knew our welfare system needed to be fixed. We had too many people on the welfare rolls, and there was zero accountability.

We’ve worked with thousands of Mainers to help them become more self-reliant and economically independent. Our administration is willing to provide the time and effort it takes to help fellow Mainers.We have enacted a five-year cap on TANF benefits.But that isn’t the only solution.We now offer welfare recipients the opportunities and support they need to succeed.

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