Federal officials, city representatives, and members of the public recently helped celebrate the official groundbreaking of Phase II of the Auburn Industrial Park.
A joint venture between the City of Auburn and the Auburn Business Development Corporation (ABDC), the new eight-lot subdivision will consist of approximately 100 acres of land adjacent to the Auburn-Lewiston Airport. Officials estimate the park could produce nearly $1.2 million annually in new property taxes, capture up to $80 million in private investment, and create over 200 jobs over the next 10 to 15 years for the City of Auburn.
Phase II of the project involves the construction of approximately 3,100 linear feet of industrial roadway to coincide with public water and sewer line instillation, natural gas line extension, and the addition of three-phase electrical power. Once completed, the subdivision will be large enough to accommodate approximately 1.3 million square feet of new construction.
For one weekend only, on December 13, 14, and 15, The Public Theatre will present its acclaimed original adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” followed by a holiday sing–a-long featuring Christmas Carol fiddler Jennifer Armstrong.
The Public Theatre’s own version of Dickens’ classic tale has become a holiday favorite in Lewiston-Auburn. Performed by six actors and a fiddler, this inventive adaptation was developed and written for The Public Theatre by Artistic Director Christopher Schario in 1993. It has since been published by Dramatists Play Service and is now regularly performed by theatres around the world.
The Woman’s Literary Union (WLU) of Androscoggin County will open its historic Foss Mansion for a Christmas Open House on Friday, December 13 from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, December 14 from 1 to 6 p.m., and Sunday, December 15 from 1 to 6 p.m.
WLU members and local professionals have decorated the mansion’s rooms on the first and second floors. Orphan Annie’s has transformed the library into a spectacular holiday room, and the Great Falls Model Railroad Club will have a fun, Christmas-themed train set on display.
The festive holiday décor blends beautifully with the mansion’s architectural splendor. Built between 1914 and 1917 for Horatio G. and Ella May Fletcher Foss, the house featured the latest in technological innovations, including dual electric and gas lighting, a central vacuum system, concealed lighting in the dining room, bathrooms with flushing toilets and plumbing, and closet lights that turned on when the doors were opened.
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
For all you supporters of the Second Amendment, here’s something that will cheer you up during the holiday season. I doubt you’ll see this in any major Maine newspaper.
On Friday, November 29, I came across an editorial in the New York Post entitled “Illegal Mayors Against Guns.” It starts off: “They call themselves mayors against illegal guns. But apparently not all of them are not against illegal activity.”
This January, Mayors Thomas Menino of Boston and Michael “Nanny” Bloomberg of New York City, co-founders of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), will step down from office. Like them or not, both men have earned national stature. This stature thrust MAIG into the forefront of the battle waged by those on the Left who want to strip you of your Second Amendment rights.
Their departure leaves a void in MAIG leadership. The question now is who has the stature and leadership abilities that will be needed to replace these men? Certainly not the following mayors.
Our first mayor in this column’s spotlight is Mayor Gordon Jenkins of Monticello, New York. He was arrested for OUI. This caused Mayor “Do you know who I am?” Jenkins to go into a rage at the police station, which ended up with him handcuffed to a chair. The reason? He punched a clock at the police station.
- Museum L-A will host a fun and elegant Great Gatsby Party on Friday, November 22 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center.
Featuring a decadent tower of “bubbly,” a chocolate fountain, a cash bar, and light refreshments, the event will evoke Jay Gatsby’s jazz-era parties in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel of 1920’s America, “The Great Gatsby.” Guests will be treated to a free glass of “bubbly” to toast the evening.
Providing the music will be the Mike Willette Swing Band. The 13-member ensemble will perform “a musical history of Big Bands from the 1920s through the 1970s,” says vocalist Mike Willette. “It will be music you can dance to.”
Also on display will be a historic chandelier – recently restored by Lighting Concepts of Lewiston – that once hung in the lobby of Lewiston’s Empire Theatre. Opening in 1903 with an appearance by Raymond Hitchcock, a prominent Broadway star of the time, the Empire transitioned over the years at its 142 Main Street location (near the current site of Pedro O’Hara’s) from play house to movie house to church before it was demolished in 2005.
The 1920s was a time of Prohibition, the national ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol ushered in by the 18th Amendment. The ban proved difficult to enforce, and widespread public disdain led to the proliferation of underground activities and establishments – including speakeasies – that distributed and sold alcohol illegally.
By Ashley Bowden
Wattpad.com is an online community for people to publish their writing, as well as read works by new and established authors. The site bills itself as “the world’s largest community for discovering and sharing stories” and is becoming increasingly popular with teens.
“Twenty million people all over the world spend 4.5 billion minutes a month on Wattpad discovering, reading and sharing stories,” said CEO and co-founder Allen Lau in an e-mail interview. “About half of the Wattpad community is teens like Edward Little High School students.”
Museum L-A and the Franco-American Collection at Lewiston-Auburn College are collaborating to present two exhibitions honoring local veterans and the contributions of Twin City residents to the country’s wartime efforts.
The Franco-American Collection’s exhibit, called “Sous les Drapeaux: Under the Colors,” features the stories of local Franco-American veterans who served in conflicts from World War One to Korea. Exploring themes of identity and patriotism within the Franco-American community, the exhibit was curated by Atrium Art Gallery Coordinator Robyn Holman and Franco-American Collection Coordinator James Myall.
By Robert Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
When I moved to Lewiston in 1977, the city was on the decline as a mill town. Foot traffic on Lisbon Street had declined dramatically. Businesses were leaving for the malls, a place where there was no shortage of retail businesses or parking. The city was on life support.
But on Friday and Saturday nights back then, lower Lisbon Street came alive. Bars and social clubs were filled with workers, eager to unwind after a week of tedious labor. This led to many incidents involving them letting off steam, much of which required a police response.
This weekend interaction drew many who jockeyed for parking spaces, refreshments at the ready, to get the best possible view of the upcoming night’s action (fights).
The Town of Lisbon recently held a groundbreaking ceremony at the Sabattus Boat Launch for the new Androscoggin River Trail.
The ceremony began with brief remarks from Town Manager Steve Eldridge, who thanked everyone for coming and supporting the trail project. Public Works Director Ryan Leighton provided a brief history of the development of the Lisbon Trails System and of the design and permitting process for this phase. Other speakers included Steve Warren and Noyes Lawrence, current and former Lisbon Trails Commission members, who were instrumental in moving the project forward.
Lawrence asked those in attendance if they knew how many people were using the Lisbon Trails System to date. The answer to that question is approximately 50,000 people per year. In addition to locals, those users include people from across Maine and even outside the state. “Having a trail system like this in a community is good for the economics of Lisbon,” said Duane Scott of the Maine Department of Transportation.