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Bates College recognized for community engagement


Bates students Colette Girardin, Rusty Epstein and Nancy Weidner perform “Seussical the Musical” in May 2013 during the Robinson Players’ annual production for local schoolchildren (photo by Mike Bradley/Bates College).

Bates College recently received national recognition from a federal agency and a major foundation for its efforts to build community engagement into the education of its students.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected Bates for its Community Engagement Classification for the second time, a distinction held by only two colleges in Maine and 157 colleges nationwide. The recognition is based on myriad aspects of community engagement, from impacts on student learning, to ways in which a college evaluates and rewards faculty involvement, to the community’s assessments of a college’s value as a partner.

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Nor’Easters medal at Synchronized Skating Sectionals


The Open Juvenile Team: (l. to r.) Violet Singer, Ava Demer, Nathalie Grobe, Katie Kusturin, Sophie Lawsure, Erin Holmes, Jazmine Margel, Maxine Ewing, Cecilia Kusturin and Eden Larsen (photo by Sara Gray).

The Nor’Easters Open Juvenile Team won their first ever medal at the U.S. Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships, held January 22 through 24 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, New York. After finishing third among a deep field of 29 teams in their qualifying round, the Open Juvenile Team stormed to the pewter medal with a fourth place finish in the Championship Round. The Nor’Easters Open Adult Team also competed, earning sixth place in their division.

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Franco Center to host Mike Michaud tribute


Congressman Mike Michaud, with the Center’s founding executive director, Rita Dube (photo by Mitch Thomas)

The Franco Center in Lewiston will host a tribute to Congressman Michael H. Michaud on Friday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Michaud recently retired from Congress after serving as the U.S. Representative for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District from 2003 to 2015. This primarily rural district, including the cities of Lewiston, Auburn, Bangor and Presque Isle, comprises nearly 80 percent of the state by area and is the largest Congressional district by area east of the Mississippi River.

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Brakey presents Legislative Sentiment to First Congregational Church of New Gloucester


On Sunday, January 18, Senator Eric Brakey (R-Androscoggin) presented a legislative sentiment in recognition of the 250th Anniversary of the First Congregational Church of New Gloucester. Earlier in the month, Senator Brakey had welcomed Pastor Linda Gard to the State House to serve as Pastor of the Day and to be present as the Legislative Sentiment was read on the floor of the Maine State Senate. Pictured here (l. to r.) are Pastor Linda Gard, Selectman Jane Sturgis, Senator Eric Brakey and Cindy Brakey.

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Norlands hosts Valentine’s Day dinner


Charles Washburn married Sallie Cleaveland in New York City on May 11, 1865. He was serving as the American Minister to Paraguay at the time. Their long distance courtship is one of several Washburn Family love stories guests will hear on Saturday, February 14.

Looking for a unique evening out for Valentine’s Day? The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore will present a Valentine’s Day dinner and history program called “Keepers of the Hearth: A Conversation Between the Washburn Ladies” on Saturday, February 14. Participants will enjoy a delicious heritage dinner and an entertaining living history program in a setting like no other in Maine.

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Local manufacturer attends State of the Union


Kathie Leonard with U.S. Senator Angus King. Leonard, President and Co-Founder of Auburn Manufacturing, Inc., which produces specialized, high-temperature textiles for export around the world, was King’s invited guest to this year’s State of the Union address in Washington, D.C.

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L-A CA$H Coalition kicks off tax season; appointments for free tax prep now available


Coalition Co-Chair Dottie Perham-Whittier

The L-A CA$H Coalition held a press conference recently to kick off this year’s tax filing season. Once again, the Coalition will provide free tax preparation and e-filing of Federal and State income tax returns for low-to-moderate income residents. Tax preparation by the program’s IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers will begin on January 24 at the Lewiston Memorial Armory and Auburn City Hall. Tax returns will be prepared by appointment only; no walk-ins will be accepted. Appointments can be made by calling 513-3160 on or after January 15. For more information, see

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ELHS grad, now Clark student, rebrands “Fashion Cookbook”


Clark University students Hannah Martin of Auburn (r.) and Patricia DeCarvalho have rebranded “The Fashion Cookbook,” a blog Martin started as a junior at Edward Little High School.

College seniors Hannah L. Martin of Auburn and Patricia DeCarvalho of Worcester, Massachusetts, both LEEP Fellows at Clark University, have refreshed and rebranded “The Fashion Cookbook,” a fashion and lifestyle blog that Martin started as a junior at Edward Little High School. The two presented their LEEP Project, “Launching and Branding ‘The Fashion Cookbook’,” at Clark’s annual Fall Fest academic showcase.

Martin is a member of Clark’s class of 2015. She is currently enrolled in Clark’s accelerated B.A./Master’s program, where she is pursuing a degree in professional communications with a focus in marketing. The blog began as a venue to document Martin’s developing personal style and to combine her two interests, cooking and fashion. Because of her blogging efforts, she was invited as a high school senior to attend Teen Vogue’s Fashion University in Manhattan.

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Morrison to retire as head of Safe Voices


Jane Morrison

The Safe Voices Board of Directors has announced the retirement of Executive Director Jane Morrison after five years serving and advocating for domestic violence victims throughout central Maine.

Morrison, who plans to step down this June, has played an integral role in raising awareness of domestic violence and promoting Safe Voices’ services across communities in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties. Under her leadership, Safe Voices has developed a reputation for sound fiscal management and commitment to community partnerships while delivering best-practice services to men, women and children affected by domestic violence.

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Lisbon H.S. breaks ground on new gymnasium

n.LisbonHS.GymSchool Committee Chairperson Traci Austin (c.) has the ceremonial honor of breaking ground for Lisbon High School’s new gymnasium on Saturday, January 3. Joining her are (l. to r., from front) Superintendent Richard Green; Town Manager Diane Barnes; School Committee Asst. Chair Kathi Yergin; former School Committee member Marcey Crosskill; Asst. Superintendent Heather Wilmot; School Committee member Pete Reed; Denis Landry of Contractor Landry/French; Eric Dube of Casco Bay Engineering; School Committee member George Caron; Ryan Kanteres, Nathanial Cram and Scott Simmons of Scott Simmons Architect; and Dillon Pesce of the Lisbon Town Council.

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