At the Police Athletic League (PAL) Center in Auburn recently, state and local officials joined St. Mary’s Nutrition Center of Lewiston, Cultivating Community of Portland, and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation to launch the Good Food Bus – a colorful, repurposed school bus turned mobile food market.
The City of Auburn recently became the first city in the state to sign up for one of Governor Paul LePage’s newest initiatives, the Maine Hire-A-Vet campaign, which began on September 7. The goal of the campaign is to sign up at least 100 employers who will pledge to recruit and hire at least one veteran each, for a total of 100 veterans hired.
“Auburn has continued to show itself as an employer that supports its staff on active duty and their families when they’ve been called to serve overseas,” said Mayor Jonathan LaBonté. “This is one of the reasons I’m proud to serve this city as its mayor. Our City Manager and Assistant City Manager, both of whom are veterans, responded quickly to establish Auburn as the first municipality in Maine to sign on to the ‘Hire-A-Vet’ program. Auburn is committed to this initiative, and we look forward to adding more veterans to our team.”
The campaign will support employers seeking to expand their hiring of veterans through a network of state and federal agencies, resources and nonprofits; education on military language and culture; assistance with recruiting, hiring, assimilation and retention; a Veteran Hiring Toolkit; and recognition for the hiring and advancement of veterans.
After being named “Best Theatre in Maine” for the third year in a row this summer by Down East Magazine’s annual readers’ poll, The Public Theatre will launch its 25th season this month with a heart-pounding new adaptation of the classic thriller “Wait Until Dark.” Running October 16 through 25, the play features a blind but capable woman who finds herself in mortal danger when a group of con-men enter her apartment. Can she outmaneuver her tormentors by turning her disability to her advantage?
U.S. Senator Angus King joined local and state officials in Lewiston recently to mark the opening of a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for Modula, a global manufacturer of automated vertical storage systems. The facility, which will serve as Modula’s North America headquarters, employs about 50 people and is the result of a $10 million investment by the company. In his remarks at the event, King emphasized that Modula is part of a positive manufacturing trend in Maine and around New England. Read the rest of this entry »
Avant-Garde Maine held a ribbon cutting ceremony at their downtown Lewiston paint bar and art studio at 182 Lisbon Street in Lewiston on September 17.
Our administration will start testing applicants for food stamps to determine if they have more than $5,000 in assets. It has just come to my attention that this is the federal law.
Dear Maine Taxpayer,
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
It’s time for a major overhaul of the many laws and policies dealing with confidentiality, laws that dictate how federal, state and local government are run.
A person’s medical records, financial statements and other personal information should be blocked from busybodies who seek it out of curiosity. This type of information should remain protected.
Recently, a friend asked if it would be possible to locate a gentleman he had known for many years and was now terminally ill. He sought to contact the man with the hope of providing him help and comfort in his final days. I called an organization I felt could locate the man.
By Jonathan P. LaBonte
Mayor of Auburn