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Maine chef to appear on Food Network reality show


Shaun “Yaz” Yazbek will compete on “Chopped” on Tuesday, March 1.

Shaun “Yaz” Yazbek will compete on the Food Network reality show “Chopped” next month. Yazbek will compete with three other chefs in an episode titled “Truck Stop Stars,” pitting the four competitors against each other for a $10,000 prize.

The show, now in its 27th season on Food Network, gives four chefs a mystery basket of ingredients, which then must be turned into a dish. The show is broken into three courses: an appetizer, an entrée, and a desert. Chefs are given different mystery ingredients for each course. After each course, one of the chefs is eliminated by the panel of judges who base their results on creativity, presentation, and taste.

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CLT’s “Shakespeare in Hollywood” Opens This Weekend

The entire cast of Community Little Theater’s “Shakespeare in Hollywood.”

The entire cast of Community Little Theater’s “Shakespeare in Hollywood.”

The hilarious comedy “Shakespeare in Hollywood” opens this weekend at the L-A Community Little Theater. Written by Ken Ludwig (“Lend Me a Tenor,” Moon Over Buffalo”) and directed by Mitchell Clyde Thomas, the play is a fanciful and farcical romp set in 1930s Hollywood.

Winner of The Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play of the Year in 2004, this fast-paced comedy is right out of the screwball films of the 1930s. A “play within a play” that melds fact with fiction, it follows the real-life quest to bring Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the silver screen in 1934. In the midst of all of the business of making this talking picture, Oberon, King of the Fairies, and his sidekick Puck magically arrive, having taken a wrong turn on their way home from the wood near Athens. And then the fun begins!

Performances will be held on February 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m. and February 14 and 21 at 2:00 p.m. All performances will be held at the Great Falls Performing Arts Center on 30 Academy Street in Auburn. Tickets may be ordered online at or by calling 783-0958.

County Republicans elect new chair


Patti Gagne of Lewiston was elected unanimously to fill the post.

A capacity crowd of Androscoggin County Republicans met at Auburn City Hall recently and unanimously elected Lewiston native and small business owner Patti Gagne as their new Chair. Several state, county, and local Republican office holders were in attendance for the event.

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“For the Love of Art” show set for Feb. 13


“Passion” by Jesse Kendall is one of the many original works to be displayed on the themes Lust, Passion, Companionship and Sweetness at the four participating downtown venues.

Make the viewing of artworks interpreting and celebrating four categories of love part of your Valentine’s Day weekend by attending the “For the Love of Art” show, presented by the Lewiston-Auburn chapter of the Union of Maine Visual Artists, on Saturday, February 13, from 4 to 7 p.m.

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Middle School Select Choir sings at State House


Reps. Gina Melaragno, David Sawicki and Bruce Bickford, all of Auburn, welcome the Auburn Middle School Select Choir to the State House recently. The choir sang the national anthem to open the day’s session.

Lisbon Falls native named Sailor of the Week


Petty Officer 3rd Class Cody Donovan, aboard the USS Green Bay, currently positioned in Sasebo, Japan

Petty Officer 3rd Class Cody Donovan of Lisbon Falls, a graduate of Lisbon High School now serving aboard the USS Green Bay (LPD 20), recently earned the ship’s Sailor of the Week award. The honor recognizes superior performance of enlisted personnel, emphasizing outstanding achievement, exemplary personal conduct and military bearing, and demonstrated initiative in the performance of duty. The program also motivates personnel to strive for improvement in their assigned duties and leadership.

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Chamber unveils new name, logo, website


Matt Leonard, President and CEO of the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, with the Chamber’s recently unveiled new logo

The Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce hosted a press conference last week to unveil the results of its recent branding efforts. After months of analysis, market research and in-depth conversations with its directors, members, staff, and local residents – all carried out with local branding agency The Brand Collective – the Chamber will now be called the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

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Poliquin unveils “No Welfare for Terrorists” bill in Lewiston


Poliquin’s bill would close a loophole that currently allows those with a federal conviction of terrorism or being an accomplice to terrorism to receive welfare food stamps.

Congressman Bruce Poliquin was in Lewiston last week to announce a federal welfare reform bill he is introducing to ensure that convicted terrorists never receive taxpayer-funded benefits. The bill will close a loophole that currently allows those with a federal conviction of terrorism or being an accomplice to terrorism to receive welfare food stamps.

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Mechanics Savings Bank, Biddeford Savings finalize alliance

Mechanics Savings Bank and Biddeford Savings recently announced the finalization of their alliance as members of the newly formed bank holding company Maine Community Bancorp. The alliance, creating the first multi-bank mutual holding company in the state, was completed after receiving approvals from each bank’s board of directors, corporators, depositors and appropriate regulatory agencies.

Richard J. Vail, President and CEO of Mechanics Savings Bank, and Charles M. Petersen, President and CEO of Biddeford Savings, will serve as co-CEOs of the holding company while continuing to serve as CEOs of their respective banks. Each bank will retain its name, state charter, and status as a vibrant community bank.

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St. Dominic Academy Students of the Month


The Bussiere Family were named Super Saints of the Month

Saint Dominic Academy has named its January Students of the Month for grades seven through twelve. Teachers nominate students and a committee of administrators, staff and faculty choose from the candidates. Students are selected based upon exemplary character, service, leadership and scholarship in and around the St. Dom’s community. One student from each grade is selected, and an additional student is named the overall Student of the Month.

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