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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
At its recent Girls Rock! Weekend, Hardy Girls Healthy Women celebrated the outstanding accomplishments of five Maine girls with its annual Girls Rock! Awards. Two of those award recipients are from Lewiston.
The Entrepreneurship Award went to Sahro Hassan, a senior at Lewiston High School. Hassan saw a niche in the fashion market for designs for Muslim women that are both fashionable and modest, so she decided to start her own business, Fashionuji. Her goal was to empower young women to express their personalities and identities through fashion and to inspire other girls in her community to find their passions and work toward purposeful goals.
“The entire Central Maine Medical family mourns the passing of Amanda Dempsey,” said Peter Chalke, President and CEO of Central Maine Healthcare. “She was both a great lady and a determined fighter who displayed tremendous courage, class and grace during her long battle with cancer.”
Patrick Dempsey’s experiences dealing with his mother’s illness while living in California led to the creation of the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. In 2007, the Dempsey Family approached Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with the idea of creating a local cancer support organization. Amanda had received cancer treatment at CMMC, and the family wished not only to help other families affected by cancer but also to give back to their local community. The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing was founded in 2008 by Amanda’s children, Patrick, Mary and Alicia, in honor of Amanda and in partnership with CMMC.
With the recent cancellation of the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival (LAFF), a new festival has emerged as a forum for many who were planning to show films at this year’s LAFF to present their work.
At a recent press conference, Ramsey Tripp, speaking for a group of community members determined to keep independent film alive in the Twin Cities, announced that the Emerge Film Festival will take place on Saturday, June 14 at the Franco Center in Lewiston. Emerge is a completely separate entity from the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival.