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Supporters break ground on new Kennedy Park bandstand

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Project stakeholders line up for the official groundbreaking.

Kennedy Park was the site of much excitement on October 14 as supporters of the Park Bandstand Restoration Project gathered to celebrate the start of construction with a groundbreaking and donor recognition ceremony. Lending an extra charge to the proceedings was news of an announcement earlier in the day of a major donation to the project by Bangor Savings Bank.

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Healthy Androscoggin, LAPHC present “Marijuana & Youth” forum

The Lewiston-Auburn Public Health Committee (LAPHC) and Healthy Androscoggin will host a forum on “Marijuana & Youth” on Tuesday, October 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Lewiston Middle School. Free and open to the public, the forum will focus on the health and developmental impacts of youth marijuana use, along with the power of prevention.

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Fiddle-icious schedules local concert dates

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Maine’s largest fiddle orchestra has local performance dates scheduled in Lewiston (November 2) and Topsham (October 25).

Maine’s largest fiddle orchestra, Fiddle-icious, has set the dates for its 2014 concert series. This is the eleventh year the group will entertain area audiences with traditional music in an atmosphere of infectious energy and joy. Fiddle-icious is a non-profit, all-volunteer community organization that now numbers 140 members, hailing from Kittery to Augusta.

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Franco Center kicks off new 15/20 Series with youth Halloween party

The Franco Center in Lewiston will host a Halloween party for area youth ages 15 to 20 on Friday, October 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Young people from all area high schools, as well as recent graduates who have not yet reached their 21st birthday, are invited to attend.

The party will kick off the Center’s new 15/20 Club Series, featuring events for area youth ages 15 to 20. Young people are encouraged to spread the word about this unique new series of events planned and organized entirely for – and by – area students.

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Ribbon cutting at Hampton Inn

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Hampton Inn held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of their new Lewiston hotel at an open house on October 9. Pictured here (l. to r.) are Chip Morrison of Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Manuel of USDA Rural Development, Shari Young and Terence Nadeau of Lincoln Street Hoteliers, LLC, Ben Kechen of Machias Savings Bank, Lewiston Mayor Robert MacDonald, Chris Thompson and Peg Griswold of Lincoln Street Hoteliers, LLC, Senator Susan Collins, Allison Beane, Gerry Lacasse and Samantha Labrecque of Hampton Inn Lewiston-Auburn, Henry Sirois of Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch and Amanda Theberge of Hampton Inn Lewiston-Auburn and Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch (TCT photo by Laurie A. Steele).

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AMS student competes in NE Regionals

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Auburn Middle School (AMS) seventh grader Sadie Cogle will compete this weekend in the juvenile girls division of the New England Regional Figure Skating Championships at the Gordon H. Paquette Arena in Burlington, Vermont. In her first Regionals, she’ll skate to music from the Twilight movie soundtrack.

Sadie started skating at age five through the Learn-to-Skate programs in Auburn and Falmouth. She is coached by Carol Pichette and Maryann Carroll. Off the ice, she enjoys horseback riding, singing in the school chorus, and spending time with friends.

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Night golfers raise $10k for CMHVI

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Golfers prepare to participate in CMMC’s unique Charles Day Glow Golf Scramble, hosted recently by Martindale Country Club.

Central Maine Medical Center’s recent Charles Day Glow Golf Scramble at Martindale Country Club raised $10,000 for the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute (CMHVI).

Slated to become CMMC’s fifth premier social event, the unique glow-in-the-dark tournament provides a fun and exciting experience while creating an opportunity to support the work of Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute.

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Northeast Bank donates $5k for bandstand

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Northeast Bank Community Banking Division President Jeanne Hulit presents a $5,000 donation check to City of Lewiston Finance Director Heather Hunter.

Northeast Bank announced recently that it will donate $5,000 towards the restoration of the historic bandstand in Lewiston’s Kennedy Park.

“We are proud to support such an important and historically significant landmark in the community” said Jeanne A. Hulit, President of the Community Banking Division. “We hope our contribution will further the efforts of the Bandstand Restoration Committee to create a space where residents and visitors alike can enjoy what Lewiston-Auburn has to offer.”

The Kennedy Park Bandstand Restoration Committee was formed in 2013 with a goal of reviving the historic bandstand – originally built in 1868 – as a destination for local arts and cultural events.

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Heart Walk raises $127,500

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Event co-chair Kevin Lewis of Maine Community Health Options, with reporter Morgan Sturdivant of WMTW Channel 8.

The 16th annual Central Maine Heart Walk took place on September 14 in Lewiston-Auburn and Rumford to benefit the life-saving research and education of the American Heart Association (AHA). The AHA’s largest event in Central Maine, the flagship walk in Lewiston-Auburn drew approximately 1,200 walkers, who together raised over $127,500.

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Auburn students create “Little Free Libraries”

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Auburn Middle School principal Celeste Beaudet, with students Kristina Bickford and Gretchen Hood

If you want a good book to read in Auburn, there are now a few more places to look, thanks to students participating in the after school and summer programs provided by Auburn Middle School’s Community Learning Center.

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