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Fr. Parent to discuss French-Canadian founding mothers


Rev. Robert A. Parent

On Saturday, April 26, the Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society will present a discussion by society president Rev. Robert A. Parent on the “filles du roi,” or “daughters of the king,” the 770 or so single women and girls who, from 1663 to 1673, underwent the long and perilous ocean crossing from France to Quebec to become wives and mothers in the New World.

The presentation will take place at 11 a.m., after a general business meeting at 10:00, in the Androscoggin Community Room at Auburn Public Library. Both the meeting and presentation are free and open to the public.

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Joan Benoit-Samuelson to headline Great Falls Fitness Seminar


Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit-Samuelson

The third annual Great Falls Fitness Seminar, “An Evening with Joan Benoit Samuelson,” will take place on Tuesday, April 29 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Franco Center in Lewiston.

The event is appropriate for seasoned runners looking to improve performance, as well as beginning runners and those just thinking about getting into running. Dr. Paul Cain of Central Maine Orthopaedics will emcee the event. Samuelson will begin the evening with an address at 6 p.m., followed by a Q&A with a panel of running experts, including Dr. James Timoney, Dr. Elizabeth Rothe, and Eric Gosselin of Select Physical Therapy.

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Emerge Film Festival tickets now available

Tickets for the Emerge Film Festival, taking place Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14, are now available for purchase at www.francocenter.org.

The festival will kick off on Friday at 8:30 p.m. with a “Friday the 13th Horror Film Double Feature” at the Franco Center in Lewiston. Sponsored by Baxter Brewing Co., the event will feature two movies by Maine filmmaker Corey Norman, “The Hanover House” and “Natal.” Baxter Brewing Co. will be on hand to sell beer to moviegoers.

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2014 CA$H Coalition reaps $3.5 million in refunds for local residents


Coalition co-chairs Chris Adler (l.) and Dottie Perham-Whittier, with Site Coordinator KC Geiger

When the Lewiston-Auburn CA$H Coalition celebrated its 11th anniversary of free tax preparation and asset-building outreach on April 9, its IRS-certified local volunteers were recognized for preparing 2,042 returns, resulting in a total of $2,876,000 in Federal refunds and $701,000 in State refunds that will go back into the pockets of local residents.

Those numbers accounted for 43% of the total tax prep work done by Maine’s ten such coalitions during the 2014 tax season and brought the Coalition’s 11-year claim tally for L-A area residents to $22,561,674.

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Business-to-Business Trade Show set for June 12


The 19th annual Androscoggin Business-to-Business Trade Show, “Building for the Future,” will take place on Thursday, June 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

Presented by the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council and sold out the last eight years, Maine’s premier one-day business networking event has grown to attract 2,500 business professionals and nearly 200 exhibitors from throughout New England.

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Pack 111 works to mark graves of 1945 fire victims

Cub Scout Pack 111 of Auburn is planning a fundraising campaign to purchase headstones to mark the graves of victims of a tragic nursery fire that occurred during the final months of World War II.

Most Auburn residents are unaware that sixteen children, almost all of them babies, and one adult died in a horrific New Auburn fire on January 31, 1945. The early morning blaze spread quickly through a South Main Street home, then operating as a boarding home for babies of war workers and servicemen.

The tragedy shocked the nation, overshadowing war news of the day. Newspapers around the country reported the story on their front page. Arch Soutar, a reporter covering the fire for The Lewiston Evening Journal, wrote, “A shiver and a shudder has gone up from every home where a baby’s cry, or a child’s laugh, is heard.”

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Lamey-Wellehan celebrates 100


Jim Wellehan, President of Lamey-Wellehan Shoes, recently received a legislative sentiment at the State House honoring his company on the centennial anniversary of its founding. Started by Wellehan’s father, Dan Wellehan, and Dan’s partner, Charlie Lamey, Lamey-Wellehan Shoes now has six stores with more than 100 employees. Wellehan is pictured here with Senator John Cleveland (D – Auburn).


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Mitch Thomas & Friends Concert features local talent


Erin Menzer and Paul Kinney

Tickets can still be reserved in advance or purchased at the door for the Mitch Thomas & Friends Concert on Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Holy Family Parish Hall in Lewiston. This family-friendly event for all ages is presented by the Knights of Columbus to raise funds in support of causes connected to their ministries.

The concert will feature a number of talented local musicians, including trumpeter Jody Steidel, bassist Jeff Munson, guitarist Neil James and drummer Dr. Jeff Mayerson. Blues guitarist Paul Kinney will take the stage to play with the band and accompany singing sensation Erin Menzer. Also scheduled to perform are talented teenage vocalists Maddy and Mia-Angelina Leslie of Lewiston.

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Emerge Film Fest to kick off with “Horror Double Feature”

The Emerge Film Festival continues to take shape and promises to be a remarkable event. The festivities will kick off on Friday, June 13 with a “Friday the 13th Horror Film Double Feature & Beer Fest,” sponsored by Baxter Brewing.

Following a tour and reception for All-Access ticket-holders, filmmakers and event sponsors at the brewery, the festival will launch its movie lineup with a pair of horror films from Bonfire Films: the short film “Natal” and the feature-length film “The Hanover House.” Both films are directed by Maine filmmaker Corey Norman. Norman and members of the cast and crew of both films will be present at the event.

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Circus Olé! returns to South Paris


This animal-free extravaganza showcases the circus arts while featuring giant theatrical animal puppets.

The third annual Circus Olé and Feast of Fools will take place on Saturday, April 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Community Forum of the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris.

This animal-free extravaganza showcases the circus arts while raising awareness about the mistreatment of circus animals. All Circus Olé animals are giant theatrical puppets created by Trash Into Art, a community collective founded by Rijah Newell that uses street theater to illuminate social and environmental issues.

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