A concert to benefit former Franco Center Director Louis Morin, who suffered a life-threatening stroke in March, will take place at the Franco Center on Saturday, July 19 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event will feature live performances by several of Maine’s finest bands, including Rustic Overtones, the Grateful Dead tribute band Lazy Lightning, the Phish tribute band Pardon Me Doug, and The Kind. Getting the night started will be local favorite $2 Pistol.
The Franco Center is donating the use of its Heritage Hall for the event and all the bands are performing gratis. Prior to taking the Director’s position at the Franco Center, Morin spent many years working for and with MPBN and has been a lifelong supporter of local music and the arts. He was one of the original members of the bands Lazy Lightning and The Kind.
The 32nd annual Moxie Festival, running Friday through Sunday, July 11 through 13 at various Lisbon venues, will feature three new events for 2014.
The Kavanaugh Amusement Carnival will run from Thursday through Sunday at Don’s Automotive on Capital Avenue, just off of Route 196. Featuring 10 to 12 rides, games, food vendors, and other activities for all ages, the Carnival will operate on Thursday from 5:30 to 10:00, Friday from 5:30 to 11:00, Saturday from noon to 11:00, and Sunday from 11 to 5:00. A $16 bracelet will provide unlimited access to rides on Thursday and Sunday; rides on Friday and Saturday will be by ticket only.
The Franco Center in Lewiston has selected Mitchell Clyde Thomas of Durham to be its new Executive Director. Thomas will join the Center’s staff as the third director in its 14-year history. He replaces Louis Morin, who suffered a severe stroke in March. Board Chairman and Interim Executive Director Raymond Lagueux made the announcement last week on behalf of the Board of Directors.
The Town of Poland’s Community and Economic Development Committee and Board of Selectmen recently unveiled the first of three phases of interpretative signage to help visitors identify the town’s most important historical assets.
Tourism has been an important part of the town’s history for two centuries. In August of 2013, the Poland Spring Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places. One of only a handful in Androscoggin County, the district is composed of the golf course and over two dozen historical buildings, including the Maine State Building, All Souls Chapel, and former springhouse and bottling plant of Poland Spring Water.
Two other phases will be installed, including new signage for the six major entrances into town. For more information, see www.historicpolandspring.com.
The 2014 Bates Dance Festival, taking place July 8 through August 9, will feature new works by a variety of renowned contemporary artists, including performances by Prometheus Dance, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, David Dorfman Dance, Vincent Mantsoe and Yin Mei.
Founded in 1982 at Bates College, the annual six-week Festival brings together an international community of contemporary choreographers, performers, educators and students to study, perform and create new work together at what has become a respected summer laboratory for artists making important contributions to contemporary dance.
Mainstage performances will take place in the College’s air-conditioned Schaeffer Theatre, located at 305 College Street in Lewiston. Tickets for mainstage performances are $25 ($18 for seniors, $12 for students). Advance reservations may be made by calling 786-6161 Monday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased online at batestickets.com. For more information about the Festival, see batesdancefestival.org.
The Twin Cities’ 18th annual Liberty Festival on July 4 this year will feature live entertainment on two stages starting at 5 p.m., along with dozens of food and merchandise vendors. Festivities will be capped at 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks display over the Great Falls.
The Great Falls Plaza Stage in Auburn will feature performances by Skosh, Zealous Bellus, JLD Project, Render, and Chris MacKay & the Toneshifters, as well as Dr. Fatfinger after the fireworks. The Veteran’s Memorial Park Stage in Lewiston will feature performances by the Veayo Twins, Cold Blue Steel, Sonic Nova, Audio Vibe and Terry and the Telstars. DJ Bernardzo will entertain crowds between live performances.
The rain date is Saturday, July 5. For more information about the festival, including a complete entertainment schedule, see www.libertyfestival.org.
To help meet the growing need for qualified professionals in the area of technology security, Central Maine Community College (CMCC) is now offering a program in Network Security/Computer Forensics.
This associate degree option focuses on securing, testing, and analyzing information as it is stored, manipulated, and communicated across networks. The skills learned will give students a strong background in computer technology and networks, and graduates can choose to go directly into the workforce or transfer to a baccalaureate degree program. Graduates will be prepared to work as PC repair technicians, network security officers and analysts, network administrators, forensic analysts, and computer managers.
Courses offered this fall are Introduction to Visual Basic, Introduction to PC Repair/OS, and Linux Operating System. Other courses in the program include Networking, Server Administration, Introduction to Virtual Machines, Computer Forensics I and II, Network Security, Advanced Networking Concepts, and Penetration Testing.
This new degree program is made possible through “Maine is IT!,” a federally-funded initiative that is enabling Maine’s community colleges to add new programs, certificates, courses, and short-term training in information technology. As the lead institution for this grant, CMCC is adding new industry-recognized certifications, onsite testing, new and enhanced associate degree programs, and advanced certificates for those who already have associate degrees.
Applications for admission are now being accepted; open registration for fall courses starts July 7. For more information about the Network Security/Computer Forensics program or any other Maine is IT! program and scholarships at CMCC, contact Emily Butterfield at 755-5375 or firstname.lastname@example.org or see online at www.cmcc.edu.
The Twin City Titans and the Maine Gladiators announced recently that the two organizations will merge. The merger will create one of the largest youth hockey programs in the state, with over 600 young players competing with teams from other leagues throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Participants will range in age from 4 to 18, most of them living in the Lewiston-Auburn area.
“We see this as an opportunity to grow both programs and enhance opportunities for local kids” said Denis Berube, president of the Twin City Titans.
Andy Guerin, president of the Maine Gladiators, said that the two organizations have been discussing the merger for some time now. Guerin will assume the role of president of the new organization, which will be called the Maine Gladiators.
Thursday, June 19 was the last day in public education for four teachers at Lewiston High School (LHS). Caroline Sample grew up in England and taught in London, Cameroon and Old Orchard before coming to LHS in 2006. Her experiences in Africa made her a great asset to the school’s ELL department, where she taught English to immigrant students. She leaves education with 41 years of experience.
Maine Community Health Options (MCHO), Northern New England’s only nonprofit, Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP), has partnered with Northeast Delta Dental to offer dental coverage within upcoming MCHO plans for 2015.
“Good health requires good oral health, yet many lack access to basic oral health care,” said Kevin Lewis, chief executive officer of MCHO. “This is particularly troublesome for Maine and New Hampshire children without adequate access to care, because we know that oral health is tied to kids’ health, school performance, and overall wellbeing. Therefore, we’re pleased to partner with Northeast Delta Dental to increase access to pediatric dental coverage directly within MCHO plan offerings, and also make it easier for everyone to purchase complementary dental plans.”