By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
I’m beginning to come to the realization that anything Governor Paul LePage tries to do to make Maine safer, less costly and create a more business-friendly environment is immediately pounced on and declared evil by academics, shyster politicians, cognac-sniffing elitists, arrogant nobodies that declare themselves community leaders and those with both hands in the working men/women’s pockets.
They look down on those who tediously labor daily and exhibit common sense: men and women whose perception of Maine is formed by their daily community interaction, not by some theoretical academic fancy put forth in the classroom. The above-mentioned groups work hard to bring those who do not share their views over to their way of thinking. They try to modify opponents’ thoughts so that reality is looked on as nothing more than an aberration.
Their latest attack on Governor LePage involves his plan to add 14 drug agents, four judges and four prosecutors to deal with Maine’s dangerous and growing drug problem.
For the first time ever, a Maine venue will host the NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship. The event will take place on Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston. Tickets are still available for the general public.
The event will feature two semifinal games on Friday at 4 and 7:30 p.m. and will conclude with the national championship game on Saturday at 7 p.m. There will be a separate admission for each day. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students, and children under 18.
Tickets may be purchased in person at the Colisee, 190 Birch Street in Lewiston, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; over the phone at (207) 783-2009 x525; and online at www.NCAA.com/tickets.
Bowdoin College and the Maine Sports Commission are co-hosting the event.
By Ashley Bowden
Sheldon Bang, a senior at Edward Little High School, ended his final wrestling season with his 100th match victory on January 15; on February 15, he went on to became the Class A State Champion.
Bang has been wrestling on and off for around nine years, five of them with a youth wrestling program and the other four in high school. “I love the competition,” said Bang. “No other sport hinges so much on an individual’s effort, in my opinion. When it comes to performance, it’s just you against your opponent. Your success doesn’t depends on how well the rest of the team performs.”
Sheldon, along with his brothers, Steven, Shawn, and Skyler, started wrestling as children. “We all started wrestling at a young age, following in the footsteps of our father, who also wrestled in high school,” Bang said. “I started youth wrestling when I was about five, but I didn’t stick with it in middle school because, when I moved here, Auburn Middle School didn’t have a wrestling program.”
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins met in her D.C. office recently with Auburn Mayor Jonathan Labonte and members of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine to discuss cycling and pedestrian safety issues. From l. to r. are (sitting) LaBonte; BCoM Communications Director Brian Allenby; BCoM Event & Development Coordinator Elizabeth Hall; (standing) BCoM board member Peter Garrett; BCoM founder Charley LaFlamme; Senator Collins; BCoM Community Spoke Bob Rand of Lewiston, and BCoM Community Spoke Tony Barrett of Harpswell.
Dizzy Grant of the legendary Harlem Globetrotters visited Portland this week to discuss the team’s 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour that will bring the team to the refurbished Cumberland County Civic Center on Sunday, March 23 at 2 p.m. and the Augusta Civic Center on Monday, March 31 at 7 p.m.
The sharp-shooting Grant discussed the 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour, the Trotter Bounce, the team’s World Vision partnership, and what local fans can expect to see at the Globetrotters upcoming performances.
Central Maine Medical Center will present an Accenting Your Health program called “Oh, My Aching Head… What Is a Migraine Headache?” on Thursday, March 20 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Katarina Latkovich, M.D., of Central Maine Internal Medicine will discuss migraine headaches, including what triggers them, what might prevent them, and what can be done to make them subside.
Latkovich earned her medical degree at the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia and completed her residency training at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
The program will take place in the Chairmen’s Rooms, located on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building in Lewiston. There is no cost, but those interested in attending are urged to register in advance by calling 795-8448, emailing email@example.com, or online at www.cmmc.org.
Interpreter services are available upon advance request.
Sandcastle Clinical & Educational Services is a private, nonprofit agency committed to providing quality services for children with special needs and those at risk of developmental issues. Established in 1996, the organization provides education, early identification, prevention, and therapy to 600 children each year.Mechanics Savings Bank recently donated $2,500 to Sandcastle Clinical & Educational Services. The funds will be used to support the nonprofit’s only major fundraising event: Maine’s Got Talent. Lewiston-Auburn’s premier music competition will take place at the Ramada Conference Center in Lewiston on Saturday, March 8. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00. Tickets can be purchased online at www.sandcastlemaine.org. For more information, call 782-2150.
“Sandcastle is so appreciative of the ongoing support of Mechanics Savings Bank,” said Sandcastle Executive Director Stephanie Gelinas. “Mona Leavitt, the bank’s Chief Deposits Officer, has given endlessly of her time and talent, serving as the chair of our fundraising committee and sitting on our finance committee.”
Members of the American Legion William J Rogers Post 153 recently honored members of the Auburn Police Department who have served in the military by presenting them with money clips bearing the Auburn Police Department logo. Here (seated) are Post 153 members Colby Dill, Ed Desgrosslieres, and Paul R. Bernard and (standing) APD personnel Eric Bell, Bernice Westleigh, Richard Mercier, Benjamin Quinell, Jason Moore, Shawn Carll, Richard Coron, Phillip Crowell, Jr., Donald Cousins, and Terrence McCormick. Not pictured are Paul Caouette, Nicholas Gagnon, James Philips, Gregory Pealatere, Howard Kroll and Scott Laliberte, who is serving in Afghanistan.