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Bandstand project to break ground

A groundbreaking ceremony for the forthcoming restoration of the historic bandstand in Lewiston’s Kennedy Park will take place on Tuesday, October 14 at 10:30 a.m. Members of the public are invited to attend.

The Lewiston City Council passed a resolve supporting the renovation of the bandstand in November of 2011, designating up to $75,000 in Community Block Grant funds appropriated for Kennedy Park improvements to match donations for the project received by the City. A Bandstand Restoration Committee was formed to raise private donations for the project. Donors will be recognized as part of the October 14 ceremony.

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Historical Society to tour early cemetery


Doug Hodgkin of Androscoggin Historical Society will lead a tour of Clough Cemetery in South Lewiston on Saturday, October 11.

As one of the earliest burying grounds in Lewiston and the final resting place of some of its earliest town leaders, the Clough Cemetery on Lisbon Road has tales to tell: of conflicts between early settlers (some of them squatters) and Edward Little’s father, Josiah; of a family squabble over ownership of the family farm; and of a soldier in the American Revolution.

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Mechanic Savings Bank breaks ground on new campus


Mechanic Savings Bank’s new campus will be on the corner of Minot Avenue and Elm Street in Auburn.

Mechanics Savings Bank is building a new multi-million dollar campus in Auburn. The plans include a new 4,140 square-foot branch on the corner of Minot Avenue and Elm Street. The project, which broke ground this week, is slated for completion in May of 2015. The bank will also renovate its existing 10,000 square foot office building, with an anticipated completion date in late 2016.

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Mary Dempsey at the Optimist Club


Optimist Club president George Mathews presents guest speaker Mary Dempsey, Assistant Director of the Dempsey Center, with a copy of the Optimist Creed after she spoke about the Center and its Dempsey Challenge at a recent club meeting. The LA Optimist Club works to benefit the youth of Lewiston-Auburn. For more information, see






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USM LAC students walk for NAMI


(L. to r., from front) Savannah Beaudry, Katherine Currie, Carmen Edwards, Steven Doyle, Laura Personette, Tonya Baily-Curry, Lynsey Wood, and Steve Thibeault participated in the 12th annual “Walk to Start the Talk.”

Students from the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College and their families recently took part in supporting community partner National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maine by participating in the 12th annual “Walk the Walk to Start the Talk” event at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland.

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Berman & Simmons marks 100th anniversary


The people of Berman & Simmons

Berman & Simmons, the leading personal injury law firm in Maine, celebrates its 100th anniversary this fall. Only a handful of firms in the state have achieved this milestone. Established in Lewiston in 1914, the firm is recognized nationally for its record of success in trials, a fearless approach to litigation, and for standing up for working people against powerful defendants.

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Franco Center to host Open House


Located in the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lewiston, the Franco Center will host a Community Open House on Thursday, October 2.

The Franco Center for Heritage and the Performing Arts will host a Community Open House on Thursday, October 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. Light refreshment will be served and a cash bar will available. The event will provide an opportunity to see the Center and to meet the new executive director, Mitch Thomas, as well as the staff and volunteers who help to operate the facility and its programs throughout the year.

The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend. The Center is located at 46 Cedar Street in Lewiston. For more information, call 689-1585 or see

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Pages & Pints spotlights “Artwork of the American Beer Can”


Russ Phillips will discuss his book “CANNED! Artwork of the Modern American Beer Can” at Lewiston Public Library, followed by a tour and beer tasting at Baxter Brewing Co.

The Pages & Pints series at Lewiston Public Library will kick off with Maine author Russ Phillips on Saturday, September 27 at 6 p.m. This free public event will open in the Library’s Callahan Hall, where Phillips will discuss his book, “CANNED! Artwork of the Modern American Beer Can.” The evening will then continue with tours of Baxter Brewing Co., followed by a reception and beer tasting.

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“North Woods Law” stars visit Wildlife Park


Several of the Maine Game Wardens who have appeared on Animal Planet’s popular “North Woods Law” will be on hand to meet visitors at the Maine Wildlife Park on Saturday.

You can meet some of the stars of Animal Planet’s popular TV show “North Woods Law” when they visit the Maine Wildlife Park this weekend on National Hunting and Fishing Day – Saturday, September 27 – from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

Park visitors will have an opportunity to meet Maine Game Wardens Troy Thibodeau, Jonathan Parker, Rick LaFlamme, Ethan Buck, Kris MacCabe, Alan Curtis, and Eric Blanchard and to ask them about their dangerous jobs and their appearances on the show.

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Hampton Inn open for business in Lewiston


A group of owners, managers, and crew stand before the new 93-room Hampton Inn Lewiston-Auburn on Lincoln Street, which officially opened its doors last week.

Hampton Hotels, Hilton Worldwide‘s global brand of more than 1,900 mid-priced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, and Hampton by Hilton hotels, recently announced the official opening of its newest property, the 93-room Hampton Inn Lewiston-Auburn, located at 15 Lincoln Street in Lewiston.

“We are excited to join the Hampton family with the opening of Hampton Inn Lewiston-Auburn,” said Allison Beane, general manager, Hampton Inn Lewiston-Auburn. “Our business and leisure guests can expect a friendly staff and welcoming accommodations to make their stay enjoyable.”

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