By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
The face of Lewiston is changing.
When I arrived in Lewiston in the summer of 1977, Lewiston was nearing the end of the mill era. A few years prior to my arrival, the federal government had come in, dangled large amounts of money and promised a new, utopian city.
Mesmerized by all that cash, the City Fathers bit. The promise of a shiny, new city did not materialize. Instead, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) created what could be called a ghetto: houses in disrepair and streets strewn with trash.
The 7th annual Spirit of the Game Award was presented to Ian Meleikis of Edward Little High School recently at the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches Awards Banquet in Bangor. As the East Division award recipient, Meleikis received a trophy and a $500 Spirit Scholarship to assist with his higher education.
Since 2009, the annual award has honored two high school seniors, one each from the East and West Divisions, who embody the spirit of the game of basketball, exemplifying sportsmanship and support while inspiring their teammates and coaching staff.
The Emerge Film Festival will present the world premiere screening of “Child of Grace,” a full-length feature mystery shot on location in Millinocket, Maine in 2013. Directed by Ian McCrudden and produced by Thomas Hildreth the film is based upon the novel “June Bug” by Chris Fabry and stars Thomas Hildreth, Emma Myles, Maggie Elizabeth Jones and Ted Levine.
The screening will take place on Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Franco Center. A Q&A with McCrudden, Hildreth and Myles will follow the film, immediately followed by a “Maine’s Emerging Flavors Reception” for the filmmakers, cast, crew and VIP All-Access ticket holders. Sponsored by Stella Artois and the Maine Office of Tourism, the reception will feature Maine-made specialty foods.
Hildreth and crew are excited to premiere the film in Maine to call attention to the quality films being made in the state. Hildreth’s first film, “Islander,” was shot on Vinalhaven, and his next Maine project, “The Cutting,” will be shot in Portland. He was born and raised in the Portland area.
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.
Experience a late winter ritual done the old-fashioned way when Norlands, Maine’s oldest living history farm and museum, celebrates Maine Maple Sunday on March 22.
Offering “traditional food with a modern taste,” CAVU Café officially opened its doors this week at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport. Featuring views across the airfield, the new dining spot, which takes its name from the aviation acronym for “Clear And Visibility Unlimited,” offers distinctive food in a unique setting.
The Maine Gladiators White Team representing Lewiston-Auburn won an eight-team tournament on February 22 to become State Champions of their 30-team Tier IV Squirt Division. Pictured here (l. to r., from front) are Bella Webster, Rocco Landry, Everett Mailhot, Madoxx Taylor, Aaron Whitely, Michael Phillips, Donnie D’Auteuil, Will Dyer, Rebecca Lussier, Lauren Powers, Luke Vaillancourt, Matthew Powers, Greg Vaillancourt and Marc Mailhot.
St. Mary’s Nutrition Center is seeking applicants for its 2015 Summer Youth Gardener program for teens ages 14 through 18. The popular job-training program accepts 24 youth each summer for one of two four-week sessions, each meeting five days per week. Students learn how to grow and cook healthy food for their families and community while attending workshops on leadership development, hunger, community change and diversity. Participants are paid a stipend and take a “veggie share” (a bag of vegetables from the garden), along with tips and recipes on how to make a healthy meal from their bounty, home to their families each week. For more information about the program, or to access an application, see http://tinyurl.com/YouthGardenerApplication.
The Nutrition Center hopes to raise nearly $30,000 in local sponsorships to fund the participation of all 24 youth in the program this summer. A $1,2000 contribution supports the participation of one youth in the program. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact the Nutrition Center at 513-3848 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bates women’s soccer and field hockey teams combined efforts recently to inspect and sort nearly 5000 lbs. of food, equating to 4,000 meals for Maine families, for the Good Shepherd Food Bank. They also packaged 640 Senior Brown Bags destined for 320 senior citizen households.
Parivash Rohani of Auburn will be the featured speaker at the USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College’s “Food for Thought” luncheon on Friday, March 13 at 11:30 a.m. In her presentation, called “Glimpses of Iran,” she will narrate a PowerPoint presentation of photos of the country and its art, taken on her recent journey there.