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Norlands serves up pancakes, old-time maple sugaring


Sap will be boiling in the sugar shack when Norlands celebrates Maine Maple Sunday on March 22. (Photo by Ryan Burnham)

Experience a late winter ritual done the old-fashioned way when Norlands, Maine’s oldest living history farm and museum, celebrates Maine Maple Sunday on March 22.

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CAVU Café open for business at Auburn-Lewiston Airport


Celebrating the Grand Opening of CAVU Café are (l. to r.) Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte, Lewiston Mayor Bob Macdonald, owner Richard Bennett, manager Molly Hill, general manager Delian Valeriani, chef Pete Lara, Androscoggin Chamber past chair Patti Gagne, Airport Board of Directors chair Edouard Plourde and Chamber president Chip Morrison. (TCT Photo by Jen Pike)

Offering “traditional food with a modern taste,” CAVU Café officially opened its doors this week at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport. Featuring views across the airfield, the new dining spot, which takes its name from the aviation acronym for “Clear And Visibility Unlimited,” offers distinctive food in a unique setting.

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We’re Number One!

n.Squirts.ChampsThe Maine Gladiators White Team representing Lewiston-Auburn won an eight-team tournament on February 22 to become State Champions of their 30-team Tier IV Squirt Division. Pictured here (l. to r., from front) are Bella Webster, Rocco Landry, Everett Mailhot, Madoxx Taylor, Aaron Whitely, Michael Phillips, Donnie D’Auteuil, Will Dyer, Rebecca Lussier, Lauren Powers, Luke Vaillancourt, Matthew Powers, Greg Vaillancourt and Marc Mailhot.

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Nutrition Center seeks applicants, sponsors for summer program


Chris and Kate Abbruzzese (far left and right) of Double Z Land and Livestock in Turner, with (l. to r.) Eve Niragira, Mohamed Abdullahi, Elias Atkins, Community Cooking Educator Paul Drowns, Ryan Marley, Youth Program Coordinator Sarah Ullman and Hawo Dakane. The Abbruzzese’s contribution of $1,200 will fund the participation of one youth in the Summer Youth Gardener job-training program.

St. Mary’s Nutrition Center is seeking applicants for its 2015 Summer Youth Gardener program for teens ages 14 through 18. The popular job-training program accepts 24 youth each summer for one of two four-week sessions, each meeting five days per week. Students learn how to grow and cook healthy food for their families and community while attending workshops on leadership development, hunger, community change and diversity. Participants are paid a stipend and take a “veggie share” (a bag of vegetables from the garden), along with tips and recipes on how to make a healthy meal from their bounty, home to their families each week. For more information about the program, or to access an application, see

The Nutrition Center hopes to raise nearly $30,000 in local sponsorships to fund the participation of all 24 youth in the program this summer. A $1,2000 contribution supports the participation of one youth in the program. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact the Nutrition Center at 513-3848 or


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Bates Bobcats support food bank


The Bates College women’s soccer and field hockey teams sorted nearly 5000 pounds of food recently at the Good Shepherd Food Bank. (Photo courtesy of Bates women’s soccer and field hockey)

The Bates women’s soccer and field hockey teams combined efforts recently to inspect and sort nearly 5000 lbs. of food, equating to 4,000 meals for Maine families, for the Good Shepherd Food Bank. They also packaged 640 Senior Brown Bags destined for 320 senior citizen households.

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Rohani discusses Iran trip at next Food for Thought


Originally from Iran, Parivash Rohani of Auburn will share photos and impressions of her recent trip there to visit her ailing mother on Friday, March 13.

Parivash Rohani of Auburn will be the featured speaker at the USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College’s “Food for Thought” luncheon on Friday, March 13 at 11:30 a.m. In her presentation, called “Glimpses of Iran,” she will narrate a PowerPoint presentation of photos of the country and its art, taken on her recent journey there.

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Race dates set for L-A Triple Crown 5K Series


This year’s Greater L-A Triple Crown 5K Series will kick off on Sunday, June 7 with the YMCA Fit Fest at Festival Plaza in Auburn.

Registration for the eighth annual Greater L-A Triple Crown 5K Series, presented by the Maine Orthopedic Foundation, is now open. The popular series, which attracted nearly 2000 participants in 2014, consists of three five-kilometer (3.1-mile) races and is open to runners and walkers of all ages.

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Harvard center lauds CA$H Coalition

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government recently recognized the L-A CA$H Coalition as one of its 2015 “Bright Ideas in Government.”

The City of Lewiston facilitated the launching of the L-A CA$H “community team” partnership in 2003 after then-Lewiston City Councilors Renee Bernier, Lillian O’Brien and Ronald Jean attended an informational meeting at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston regarding the use of free tax return preparation to promote the Earned Income Tax Credit.

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Legislators honor Berman & Simmons


Pictured here (l. to r., from front) are Craig Bramley, Sen. Nate Libby, James O’Connell, Michael Bigos, Rep. Heidi Brooks, Timothy Kenlan, Rep. Jared Golden and Daniel Kagan.

State legislators visited the Berman & Simmons law firm recently to congratulate members on its 100th anniversary. The firm has been a fixture on Lisbon Street in Lewiston since its founding in 1914. Sen. Nate Libby (D-Lewiston), Rep. Jared Golden (D-Lewiston) and Rep. Heidi Brooks (D-Lewiston) presented the lawyers at Berman & Simmons with a certificate of recognition signed by the officers of the Maine Senate and House. The recognition was sponsored by Libby, Golden and Brooks, as well as Rep. Peggy Rotundo (D-Lewiston) and Rep. Michel Lajoie (D-Lewiston). Berman & Simmons lawyers represent plaintiffs in personal injury, medical malpractice and other civil cases throughout the state.

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Scouts, community mark 70th anniversary of tragic nursery fire


A member of Pack 111 places a flower for one of the victims on the bronze memorial plaque.

On February 7, St. Peter’s Cemetery hosted a 70th anniversary memorial service for the seventeen victims of a tragic nursery fire that occurred in Auburn, shocking the nation in the final months of World War II. Organized by Cub Scout Pack 111 of Auburn, Matthew Richard of the Fortin Group and Gerard Raymond of St. Peter’s Cemetery., the event remembered the victims, sixteen of whom were infants, of the tragic fire at Lacoste Babies Home in New Auburn on January 31, 1945.

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