A groundbreaking ceremony for the forthcoming restoration of the historic bandstand in Lewiston’s Kennedy Park will take place on Tuesday, October 14 at 10:30 a.m. Members of the public are invited to attend.
The Lewiston City Council passed a resolve supporting the renovation of the bandstand in November of 2011, designating up to $75,000 in Community Block Grant funds appropriated for Kennedy Park improvements to match donations for the project received by the City. A Bandstand Restoration Committee was formed to raise private donations for the project. Donors will be recognized as part of the October 14 ceremony.
As one of the earliest burying grounds in Lewiston and the final resting place of some of its earliest town leaders, the Clough Cemetery on Lisbon Road has tales to tell: of conflicts between early settlers (some of them squatters) and Edward Little’s father, Josiah; of a family squabble over ownership of the family farm; and of a soldier in the American Revolution.
Mechanics Savings Bank is building a new multi-million dollar campus in Auburn. The plans include a new 4,140 square-foot branch on the corner of Minot Avenue and Elm Street. The project, which broke ground this week, is slated for completion in May of 2015. The bank will also renovate its existing 10,000 square foot office building, with an anticipated completion date in late 2016.
Optimist Club president George Mathews presents guest speaker Mary Dempsey, Assistant Director of the Dempsey Center, with a copy of the Optimist Creed after she spoke about the Center and its Dempsey Challenge at a recent club meeting. The LA Optimist Club works to benefit the youth of Lewiston-Auburn. For more information, see www.optimist.org.
Students from the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College and their families recently took part in supporting community partner National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maine by participating in the 12th annual “Walk the Walk to Start the Talk” event at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland.
Here’s your chance to be a film critic! For one weekend only, Fri Sept 26 & Sat Sept 27 at 7:30, Sun Sept 28 at 4pm, the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival comes to The Public Theatre in Lewiston. During a one week period, 10 short films from around the world will be screened in over 300 cities spanning six continents and each audience member will cast a vote for their favorite of the 10 short film finalists. Votes from each participating cinema will be submitted to festival headquarters and the winner will be announced. Past finalists have included nominees and winners of the Oscar in the short film category, so come and discover the next big filmmaker at The Public Theatre at 31 Maple St in Downtown Lewiston. For tickets visit www.thepublictheatre.org or call 782-3200. To view information on the10 short films, visit: www.manhattanshort.com General admission: $8.
Berman & Simmons, the leading personal injury law firm in Maine, celebrates its 100th anniversary this fall. Only a handful of firms in the state have achieved this milestone. Established in Lewiston in 1914, the firm is recognized nationally for its record of success in trials, a fearless approach to litigation, and for standing up for working people against powerful defendants.
The Franco Center for Heritage and the Performing Arts will host a Community Open House on Thursday, October 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. Light refreshment will be served and a cash bar will available. The event will provide an opportunity to see the Center and to meet the new executive director, Mitch Thomas, as well as the staff and volunteers who help to operate the facility and its programs throughout the year.
The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend. The Center is located at 46 Cedar Street in Lewiston. For more information, call 689-1585 or see www.francocenter.org.