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Governor helps kick off Kettle Campaign


Salvation Army officers from throughout the state attended the event. Pictured here (l. to r.) are Dr. Drew Poulopoulos, Divisional Music Director; Lieutenant Kama Lyle of the Capital Region Corps; Lieutenant Daniel Johnson of the Lewiston Corps; Major Annette Lock of the Portland Corps; Lieutenant Dominic Nicoll of the Houlton Corps; Governor Paul R. LePage; Major James LaBossiere, Divisional Commander; Lieutenant Joel Lyle of the Capital Region Corps; Major Patricia Henry, Divisional Program Secretary; Captain Rebecca Kirk of the Bangor Corps and Craig Evans, Divisional Development Director.

The Salvation Army kicked off its annual Christmas Kettle Campaign recently when Governor LePage brought greetings and a Salvation Army Brass Ensemble played holiday carols during a brief ceremony at the Statehouse. The charitable organization expects to have more than 130 red kettles on street corners and shopping areas throughout the state through December 24.

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Concert raises $3,000 for park


The recent “Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree” benefit concert featuring local musicians and their talented children was a success, attracting nearly 250 fans and raising approximately $3,000 for the Pettingill School Park project. Event organizers wish to thank the performers, raffle donors Betty Harris and Charlene Leclair, Doug and Gini Haines of Haines Photography and the Franco Center for their contributions, as well as event volunteers Carolyn Court, Pauline Taylor, Margaret Craven, Rep. Peggy Rotundo and Judy Cartmel. See the Friends of Pettingill Facebook page for more photos from the event.

 “$25K for Kids” grant goes to Longley Elementary School

Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation has named Longley Elementary School the 2015 recipient of its annual $25K for Kids grant. The award was presented at the Foundation’s annual meeting recently at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center of Lewiston. Focused on its mission of providing the three essentials of life – food, shelter and security – to as many children as possible, the $25K for Kids award was presented to Gov. James B. Longley Elementary School to help it maintain and expand its afterschool programming for students in grades pre-K to 6.

Longley Elementary School employs 80 full-time staff members and currently serves over 400 students from downtown Lewiston, all of whom live within walking distance and almost all whom live in poverty.

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AHCH releases 2015 Remembrance Ornament


This year’s ornament is made of hand-cast pewter and features the tree of life.

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice has unveiled its Holiday Remembrance Ornament for 2015. Each year, thanks to sponsorship provided by Mechanics Savings Bank, a unique ornament is created and made available to all who want to remember a loved one. This year’s ornament is made of hand-cast pewter and features the tree of life. Proceeds from sales of the ornament support home health and hospice services for patients who do not have resources to pay for care and bereavement services.

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Medieval Feast returns to Franco Center this weekend

You can party like it’s 1399 when the Franco Center hosts its annual Medieval Feast on Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22.

The Franco Center will once again produce one of the area’s more unique and magical program events with the seventh edition of its Medieval Feast on Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21, beginning at 6 p.m.

This event harkens back to the medieval tradition of royalty inviting guests to a feast to watch knights compete on horseback. The Medieval Feast is meant to recreate just such a gathering, excluding only the horses. Guests may imagine themselves in the center of a medieval courtyard awaiting the arrival of the king and queen, who they will join, along with an assortment of knights, minstrels, friars, squires and wenches, in the Great Hall for an evening of colorful entertainment and a banquet. Read the rest of this entry »

Twin Cities Holiday Celebration expands for 2015

The annual Twin Cities Holiday Celebration on Saturday, November 28 will expand into a daylong event this year, with activities expected to run from noon to 8:30 p.m. Sponsored by Center Street Dental of Auburn, the celebration’s growth is due to the involvement of the L-A chapter of the Union of Maine Visual Artists, who stepped forward to help longtime organizers, the Lewiston Downtown Holiday Celebration Committee and the Auburn Business Association, expand the usual evening event into one encompassing afternoon activities. All event details will be posted as they are finalized at Read the rest of this entry »

Fighting Spirit supports Dempsey Challenge


Top fundraisers in the Dempsey Challenge Shootout, Braden Gagnon, Isaac Bellemore and Ryan Bellemare pose with Mary Dempsey and the captains of the L/A Fighting Spirit.

The L/A Fighting Spirit held two fundraisers recently in support of this year’s Dempsey Challenge. The team’s Charity Jersey Auction raised $5426, while the junior team’s Shootout raised $888.

The auction featured special purple team jerseys in honor of Valerie Goneau, who passed away in 2011 from a rare form of cancer. Valerie was the sister of Eric Goneau, who played for the Fighting Spirit that season, and served as an inspiration for the team as she battled her illness. The team played in the jerseys on October 17 and then presented them to the winning bidders after the game.

Thanks to Positive Tracks, the Fighting Spirit’s donation to the Dempsey Center will be doubled

Veterans Council still has space on Monument #28

The Lewiston-Auburn Veterans Council would like to remind the community that spaces are still available to have the name of a loved one inscribed on the next monument, #28, of Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston.

To be eligible, honorees must be from the State of Maine and must have served in a branch of the armed services, including the National Guard, Reserves or Merchant Marine. They may be living or deceased, on active duty or retired. A $35 engraving fee and a copy of the honoree’s Honorable Discharge, DD214, or any other document stating that they were in one of the armed services, must be included with the application. The unveiling of the monument is expected to take place on the Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Autumn Night Out raises $64K for Hospice House patients


Jack Rozos, Tim Kinney, Barbara Kinney and Dr. Stephen Kinney enjoy themselves during Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice’s 12th annual Autumn Night Out. (Photo by Doug & Gini Haines Photography)

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice’s 12th annual Autumn Night Out Gala & Auction in October raised more than $64,000 to help supplement care for Hospice House patients in need and to support the agency’s bereavement and volunteer services. Held at Poland Spring Resort in Poland, the event sold out this year with 235 people seated. Seventeen of the agency’s staff and volunteers donated their time to the event, helping to ensure that the evening ran as smoothly as possible. Valet parking was provided courtesy of the staff of Fortin Group Funeral Homes. Read the rest of this entry »

Auburn Ski Assoc. presents annual Ski Swap

The Auburn Ski Association will present their 52nd annual Ski Swap on Sunday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Auburn Middle School on Falcon Drive in Auburn. This event offers great deals and selection on new and used winter sports equipment, including skis, boots, poles, snowboards, helmets, clothing and more.
To sell your quality used equipment on consignment, bring items to the Auburn Middle School cafeteria from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 14. There will be a 50 cent per item charge and ASA will keep 18 percent of sale proceeds. Checks from the sale of your items will be available after the swap from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

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