The Nor’Easters Open Juvenile Team won their first ever medal at the U.S. Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships, held January 22 through 24 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, New York. After finishing third among a deep field of 29 teams in their qualifying round, the Open Juvenile Team stormed to the pewter medal with a fourth place finish in the Championship Round. The Nor’Easters Open Adult Team also competed, earning sixth place in their division.
The Franco Center in Lewiston will host a tribute to Congressman Michael H. Michaud on Friday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.
Michaud recently retired from Congress after serving as the U.S. Representative for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District from 2003 to 2015. This primarily rural district, including the cities of Lewiston, Auburn, Bangor and Presque Isle, comprises nearly 80 percent of the state by area and is the largest Congressional district by area east of the Mississippi River.
On Sunday, January 18, Senator Eric Brakey (R-Androscoggin) presented a legislative sentiment in recognition of the 250th Anniversary of the First Congregational Church of New Gloucester. Earlier in the month, Senator Brakey had welcomed Pastor Linda Gard to the State House to serve as Pastor of the Day and to be present as the Legislative Sentiment was read on the floor of the Maine State Senate. Pictured here (l. to r.) are Pastor Linda Gard, Selectman Jane Sturgis, Senator Eric Brakey and Cindy Brakey.
Looking for a unique evening out for Valentine’s Day? The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore will present a Valentine’s Day dinner and history program called “Keepers of the Hearth: A Conversation Between the Washburn Ladies” on Saturday, February 14. Participants will enjoy a delicious heritage dinner and an entertaining living history program in a setting like no other in Maine.
The L-A CA$H Coalition held a press conference recently to kick off this year’s tax filing season. Once again, the Coalition will provide free tax preparation and e-filing of Federal and State income tax returns for low-to-moderate income residents. Tax preparation by the program’s IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers will begin on January 24 at the Lewiston Memorial Armory and Auburn City Hall. Tax returns will be prepared by appointment only; no walk-ins will be accepted. Appointments can be made by calling 513-3160 on or after January 15. For more information, see www.lewistonmaine.gov/lacash.
College seniors Hannah L. Martin of Auburn and Patricia DeCarvalho of Worcester, Massachusetts, both LEEP Fellows at Clark University, have refreshed and rebranded “The Fashion Cookbook,” a fashion and lifestyle blog that Martin started as a junior at Edward Little High School. The two presented their LEEP Project, “Launching and Branding ‘The Fashion Cookbook’,” at Clark’s annual Fall Fest academic showcase.
Martin is a member of Clark’s class of 2015. She is currently enrolled in Clark’s accelerated B.A./Master’s program, where she is pursuing a degree in professional communications with a focus in marketing. The blog began as a venue to document Martin’s developing personal style and to combine her two interests, cooking and fashion. Because of her blogging efforts, she was invited as a high school senior to attend Teen Vogue’s Fashion University in Manhattan.
The Safe Voices Board of Directors has announced the retirement of Executive Director Jane Morrison after five years serving and advocating for domestic violence victims throughout central Maine.
Morrison, who plans to step down this June, has played an integral role in raising awareness of domestic violence and promoting Safe Voices’ services across communities in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties. Under her leadership, Safe Voices has developed a reputation for sound fiscal management and commitment to community partnerships while delivering best-practice services to men, women and children affected by domestic violence.
School Committee Chairperson Traci Austin (c.) has the ceremonial honor of breaking ground for Lisbon High School’s new gymnasium on Saturday, January 3. Joining her are (l. to r., from front) Superintendent Richard Green; Town Manager Diane Barnes; School Committee Asst. Chair Kathi Yergin; former School Committee member Marcey Crosskill; Asst. Superintendent Heather Wilmot; School Committee member Pete Reed; Denis Landry of Contractor Landry/French; Eric Dube of Casco Bay Engineering; School Committee member George Caron; Ryan Kanteres, Nathanial Cram and Scott Simmons of Scott Simmons Architect; and Dillon Pesce of the Lisbon Town Council.
The Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn recently added five newly elected members to its ranks. The 20-member council, made up of representatives from a variety of businesses, agencies, sectors and walks of life, was created in the summer of 2012 in response to an in-depth Community Food Assessment that identified areas for improvement in the local food system. They group works to educate the public, serve as a forum for discussing issues, foster coordination between sectors, evaluate and influence policy and support programs that meet local needs.