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Enough is Enough: MaineCare ride service bashed by media bashing, politics

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

How many of you reading this column have ever heard of CTS? If I told you the initials stood for Coordinated Transportation Solutions, would that ring a bell? Probably not.

Yet at the beginning of January of this year, this company dominated the news in a very negative fashion. This was the company contracted by Maine’s Office of MaineCare Services to provide rides to those on MaineCare (Medicaid) needing transportation to appointments.

CTS was contracted by the State of Maine after the federal government forced the state into a brokering system after it concluded that contracting only one company, in this case Community Concepts, presented a conflict of interest. Enter CTS, who brokered contracts with several companies, including Community Concepts, to provide the transportation needs of individuals on MaineCare.

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Enough is Enough: City councilors cannot punt away budget problems

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Our city budget season is upon us. Seven women and men, elected from throughout Lewiston, will spend long days and sleepless nights scrutinizing the budgets of our various city departments. They will labor over what capital expenditures can be put off and what, if any, services can be cut or curtailed.

They have become the stewards of Lewiston’s fiscal health. All at some point will question what possessed them to run for the council and take on this thankless task.

Each year balancing the city’s needs against what property taxpayers can afford becomes harder. The Washington goose that at one time was very fertile has now gone sterile. Reality in Augusta is defined by vocal special interest groups who at the start of the legislative season take up residence inside the walls of the State House. Here they repeatedly present legislators with dubious facts which go unchallenged by the majority of the clueless we have representing us. This results in the passage of legislation which in the long run will shaft the majority of our taxpaying population.

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Earning laughs for a good cause

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Some of New England’s funniest comedians performed for a full house at the Auburn Fireside Inn on February 7, bringing in $712 for the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. Pictured here (l. to r.) are Comedy Fix founder Mark Turcotte, Stephen Cloutier, Dee Turcotte, Shawn Carter, Phoebe Angle, Paul Landwehr, Dempsey Center Youth and Family Services Coordinator Tookie Bright and Stephanie Doyle. The next show is scheduled for Friday, March 14. For more information, see http://comedyfixlive.com.

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F.A.B. Winter Dance Showcase breaks new ground

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This year’s F.A.B. Winter Dance Showcase on March 1 features a diverse line-up, including a piece that incorporates elements of traditional Franco-American dance.

The ninth annual “F.A.B.” Winter Dance Showcase will take place on Saturday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Franco Center in Lewiston. The event, whose name stands for “Franco-American and Bates,” is produced by the Franco Center in association with Bates College.

F.A.B. aims to bring the mid-Maine dance audience together with artists from around the region. Visually stunning and kinetically mesmerizing, the event energizes Lewiston’s most beautiful auditorium with a kaleidoscope of dance styles.

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Local 797 plans comedy shows

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Rob Steen, who has appeared on David Letterman seven times, will be one of three comedians performing at the Ramada Conference Center on Friday, May 23.

The Auburn Firefighters Local 797 Children’s Fund will present two 21+ comedy shows on Friday, May 23 at 7 and 9 p.m. at the Ramada Conference Center in Lewiston. The shows will feature three professional comedians, including Rob Steen, who have appeared on Letterman, Leno, at Foxwoods Casino and Mohegan Sun. Proceeds will benefit programs supported by the Children’s Fund.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation of $10. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling (207) 432-6968 or emailing alex@ecmgevents.com.

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Josh Ritter concert set for March 2

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Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter performs acoustic versions of his acclaimed songs on Sunday, March 2 at Bates College’s Olin Arts Center.

Touring behind a 2013 recording celebrated for its fresh approach to the weary theme of love gone wrong, singer-songwriter Josh Ritter will perform on Sunday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall at Bates College in Lewiston.

Named one of the “100 Greatest Living Songwriters” by Paste magazine in 2006, Ritter is an American musician and author known for his distinctive Americana style and storytelling lyrics. The Bates concert is part of an acoustic tour presenting Ritter’s songs in stripped down, intimate arrangements.

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Enough is Enough: Snowstorms spur trip down memory lane

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Calmness reigned as our coffee group sat around in Tim Horton’s last Thursday, waiting for the fulfillment of this week’s latest prophesy from the hallowed heights of Mt. Washington’s abode of the Gods of meteorology. Snow was coming!

Conversation turned to a walk down memory lane of winters past. Winters without the Weather Channel. Winters reported by three TV channels that ceased to broadcast after 1 a.m. It was a time when the weathermen were plain looking and the least important members of the news staff. The accuracy of their forecast was slightly more accurate than a coin toss.

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Enough is Enough: Americans prosper from hard work, not progressive theories

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

I become incensed when I hear the continual chant of our progressive state legislators, blaming every evil that befalls the country and the world on rich people.

Unless you were lucky enough to be born into a rich family, like Maine’s Senate President Justin Alfond or the Kennedys of “Camelot,” chances are your wealth was obtained through long hours, personal drive, creativity and the knowledge of how to obtain financial stability through labor, not government handouts.

This self-reliance makes you an enemy of those charged with creating a “Nanny State.”

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Local chiropractor raises funds for Boston Marathon victims

 

After fulfilling a life-long dream by completing the Boston Marathon last year, local chiropractor Ryan Metivier plans to run in the event again this year, this time to raise funds to help the Mainers affected by the 2013 Marathon bombing.

After fulfilling a life-long dream by completing the Boston Marathon last year, local chiropractor Ryan Metivier plans to run in the event again this year, this time to raise funds to help the Mainers affected by the 2013 Marathon bombing.

Qualifying to run in the Boston Marathon was one of local chiropractor Ryan Metivier’s life-long goals. When he crossed the finish line in 2013, he thought it was the icing on the cake.

“With the grueling winter training regimen, my busy schedule, and those long, cold Sunday morning runs, I never thought I would be motivated to run it again,” he said.

All of that changed with the bombing that marred the 2013 event. In the aftermath of the attack, he felt compelled to be a part of this year’s Marathon as well. He has decided to dedicate this year’s effort to raising funds to benefit the Mainers affected by the tragedy.

“I feel like I’m paying tribute to those who were struck down last year,” he said. “It’s like not running would somehow mean that the ‘bad guys’ won. I want to show people what this race really means.”

While training for the marathon this winter, Metivier has thought about how he could turn the long, tiring training process into a friendly competition. Inspired by the 2013 world champion Boston Red Sox, he is challenging members of the community to join him in growing out their beards Red Sox-style and “using the savings from those razor blades to team up and donate money” to benefit local Marathon victims.

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Franco Center Comedy Series continues Feb. 7

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The Franco Center’s stand-up comedy series will resume on Friday, February 7 at 8 p.m. with headliner Michael “The Korean Comedian” Cho and warm-up sets by New Hampshire comics Greg Boggis and Matt Barry. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

The show is the second of five monthly stand-up comedy nights taking place through May at the Franco Center, in addition to an evening with comedian Bob Marley, who returns with two back-to-back shows on the night of April 12.

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