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Assad Family brings Brazilian songbook to Bates


This extraordinary family of guitarists, singers, and composers – brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad, their sister Badi, and their daughters, Clarice and Carolina – will perform a diverse program of Brazilian and Latin American music on Sunday, April 6 at Olin Arts Center.

Featuring brothers a Washington Post reviewer has called “the best two-guitar team in existence,” the Assad Family will bring an eclectic program of Brazilian and Latin American music to Bates College’s Olin Arts Center on Sunday, April 6 at 7 p.m.

Tickets for this Olin Arts Alive concert are $22, available at batestickets.com. Limited free tickets are available for students and seniors (ages 65-plus) at bit.ly/oacbates. Olin Arts Center is located at 75 Russell Street in Lewiston. For more information, call 786-6163 or email olinarts@bates.edu.

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Chamber makes $5,000 contribution to City of Lewiston

“Wow,” was the reaction of Mayor Robert E. Macdonald upon hearing that the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce had made a $5,000 contribution to the City of Lewiston. Located at 415 Lisbon Street in Lewiston, the Chamber is a non-profit organization and is thereby tax-exempt.

“Although the Chamber is tax-exempt, we use municipal services,” said Chamber president Charles “Chip” Morrison. “Our Board members are very community-minded, and they recognize the challenges posed by current municipal budgets. So they wanted to contribute to the cost of the services our organization benefits from.”

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Dempsey to receive Maine Creative Industries Award

The Maine Center for Creativity (MCC) recently announced that actor and cancer activist Patrick Dempsey will be one of the co-recipients of this year’s Maine Creative Industries Award, a prestigious biennial honor that recognizes exceptional people and organizations who enrich Maine’s growing reputation as a state where the arts and enterprise meet and flourish.

The other recipient of the award will be Jackson Laboratory, a leading-edge genetics research laboratory located in Bar Harbor. The awards will be presented on November 15 at a gala celebration in Portland.

“These exemplary honorees showcase Maine’s creativity in separate ways – Mr. Dempsey as a product of our rich performing arts community, which led to his success and ability to found the Dempsey Center, and Jackson Laboratory as an example of our world-class research and development industry,” said Jean Maginnis, founder and executive director of MCC. “Their common accomplishment is their imaginative approach to bringing comfort, care and the pursuit of a cure to cancer patients in Maine and beyond.”

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LAC, ELHS students convene for civil rights workshop


Students from ELHS and LAC take part in a civil rights workshop hosted recently by LAC’s Druker Office of Community Engagement. From l. to r. are Ayuub Sharlot (EL), Angela Hamel (LAC), Jessica Sinclair (LAC and EL), Sierra-Lynn Frost (EL), Morgan Laferierre (EL), Patrick Garner (EL), Dante Baskett (EL), Allie Flowers (EL), and Riley McCurdy (EL). Standing in back are Renee Morin (LAC) and Pamela Lebourdais (LAC).

The Druker Office of Community Engagement at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College (USM LAC) recently hosted a daylong workshop about civil rights for students from the college and Edward Little High School (ELHS). Called “Bringing it Home: Civil Rights Struggles from Birmingham to Maine,” the workshop examined similarities and differences between civil rights struggles in Lewiston-Auburn, the United States, and globally 50 years ago and today.

Funded by a USM Diversity Mini Grant, the workshop brought together approximately 50 students from ELHS and 25 students from USM, along with staff from both schools, to build community among students while exploring the ethics and history of civil rights movements.

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Rice-DeFossé enters Franco Hall of Fame


Lewiston legislators congratulate Mary Rice-Defossé (c.) on becoming one of seven new members inducted into the Franco-American Hall of Fame this year. Pictured with Rice-DeFossé are (l. to r.) Representative Nathan Libby, Patricia DeFossé, Senator Margaret Craven and Representative Michel Lajoie. Rice-DeFossé is a French professor at Bates College in Lewiston.

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Enough is Enough: Fight drug problem by targeting dealers, not making excuses

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.

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Envisioning a new Downtown Auburn


Auburn Economic Development Specialist Alan S. Manoian (r.) gestures as he expands for Gerard Dennison on his ideas about the future of Downtown Auburn at a recent presentation at Auburn Public Library (photo by Rachel Morin).

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Tickets still available for NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship


The Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston becomes the first Maine venue ever to host the NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship on March 21 and 22.


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.

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Sheldon Goes Out With A Bang!


E.L.H.S senior Sheldon Bang wrestles Dakota Jacques of Mountain Valley H.S. in the 138 lb. weight class at a meet on December 14 (photo Courtesy of Sheldon Bang).

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.”

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Collins meets with LaBonte, Bicycle Coalition members


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.


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