Students, staff and family members of Lisbon Community School, Philip W. Sugg Middle School, and Lisbon High School partnered this holiday season with the Town of Lisbon, the Giving Tree program, and the U.S. Marine Corp. to support the Maine Toys for Tots campaign.
“Student volunteers met to decide which projects they wanted to support this year,” said Lisbon Schools Community Resource Coordinator Monica Millhime. “Collecting toys during the holiday season was at the top of the list again this year.”
Boy Scout Troop 121 of Auburn will again collect discarded Christmas trees for delivery to a local recycling center this year. Last January, in the first year of the service, the Troop collected over 80 trees from residents of Auburn; this year, the troop will expand the service to include residents of Lewiston. While the cities of Auburn and Lewiston provide locations for free tree disposal, they no longer collect the trees at curbside.
Mechanics Savings Bank is a long time supporter of its local fire departments and the charities they support. On December 8, a team of Mechanics Savings Bank employees donned red and green tutus and candy cane-striped socks to participate in the Auburn Fire Department’s “Local 797 Truckload of Christmas 5K.”
“This was a great way to meet my personal fitness goals, give back to the community, and have a lot of fun with my co-workers,” said Terri Cook, Performance Improvement Project Manager at Mechanics Savings Bank. “This is what Christmas is all about… spreading cheer and embracing the opportunity to make the season a little brighter for others.”
The works of two painters are on display at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman’s Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery through January 9.
Paintings by Irene Duplissis and Melanie Ness are on display in the main lobby hallway near CMMC’s 60 High Street entrance.
Duplissis has been painting professionally for many years. She has devoted much time to teaching art locally, participating in workshops and developing her own talent. Her work, which frequently depicts the character of New England, can be seen at her gallery in Auburn, as well as in private collections throughout the United States and abroad.
Officers of the American Legion William J. Rogers Post 153 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1603, including Tibby Dupuis, Carl Douglass, Hugh Brown, Don Beaulieu, Frank W. Hulett and Paul R. Bernard, recently placed “Wreaths of Enduring Memory” on all veterans’ graves in Auburn Plains Cemetery on Route 4.
The project was the latest step in an ongoing effort by local veterans’ organizations, led by American Legion Post 153 of Auburn, to restore dignity to the humble resting place, also known as North Plains Burying Ground, Pleasant Plains Cemetery, Plains Cemetery and Poverty Corner Cemetery.
Federal officials, city representatives, and members of the public recently helped celebrate the official groundbreaking of Phase II of the Auburn Industrial Park.
A joint venture between the City of Auburn and the Auburn Business Development Corporation (ABDC), the new eight-lot subdivision will consist of approximately 100 acres of land adjacent to the Auburn-Lewiston Airport. Officials estimate the park could produce nearly $1.2 million annually in new property taxes, capture up to $80 million in private investment, and create over 200 jobs over the next 10 to 15 years for the City of Auburn.
Phase II of the project involves the construction of approximately 3,100 linear feet of industrial roadway to coincide with public water and sewer line instillation, natural gas line extension, and the addition of three-phase electrical power. Once completed, the subdivision will be large enough to accommodate approximately 1.3 million square feet of new construction.
For one weekend only, on December 13, 14, and 15, The Public Theatre will present its acclaimed original adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” followed by a holiday sing–a-long featuring Christmas Carol fiddler Jennifer Armstrong.
The Public Theatre’s own version of Dickens’ classic tale has become a holiday favorite in Lewiston-Auburn. Performed by six actors and a fiddler, this inventive adaptation was developed and written for The Public Theatre by Artistic Director Christopher Schario in 1993. It has since been published by Dramatists Play Service and is now regularly performed by theatres around the world.
The Woman’s Literary Union (WLU) of Androscoggin County will open its historic Foss Mansion for a Christmas Open House on Friday, December 13 from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, December 14 from 1 to 6 p.m., and Sunday, December 15 from 1 to 6 p.m.
WLU members and local professionals have decorated the mansion’s rooms on the first and second floors. Orphan Annie’s has transformed the library into a spectacular holiday room, and the Great Falls Model Railroad Club will have a fun, Christmas-themed train set on display.
The festive holiday décor blends beautifully with the mansion’s architectural splendor. Built between 1914 and 1917 for Horatio G. and Ella May Fletcher Foss, the house featured the latest in technological innovations, including dual electric and gas lighting, a central vacuum system, concealed lighting in the dining room, bathrooms with flushing toilets and plumbing, and closet lights that turned on when the doors were opened.
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
For all you supporters of the Second Amendment, here’s something that will cheer you up during the holiday season. I doubt you’ll see this in any major Maine newspaper.
On Friday, November 29, I came across an editorial in the New York Post entitled “Illegal Mayors Against Guns.” It starts off: “They call themselves mayors against illegal guns. But apparently not all of them are not against illegal activity.”
This January, Mayors Thomas Menino of Boston and Michael “Nanny” Bloomberg of New York City, co-founders of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), will step down from office. Like them or not, both men have earned national stature. This stature thrust MAIG into the forefront of the battle waged by those on the Left who want to strip you of your Second Amendment rights.
Their departure leaves a void in MAIG leadership. The question now is who has the stature and leadership abilities that will be needed to replace these men? Certainly not the following mayors.
Our first mayor in this column’s spotlight is Mayor Gordon Jenkins of Monticello, New York. He was arrested for OUI. This caused Mayor “Do you know who I am?” Jenkins to go into a rage at the police station, which ended up with him handcuffed to a chair. The reason? He punched a clock at the police station.
- Museum L-A will host a fun and elegant Great Gatsby Party on Friday, November 22 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center.
Featuring a decadent tower of “bubbly,” a chocolate fountain, a cash bar, and light refreshments, the event will evoke Jay Gatsby’s jazz-era parties in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel of 1920’s America, “The Great Gatsby.” Guests will be treated to a free glass of “bubbly” to toast the evening.
Providing the music will be the Mike Willette Swing Band. The 13-member ensemble will perform “a musical history of Big Bands from the 1920s through the 1970s,” says vocalist Mike Willette. “It will be music you can dance to.”
Also on display will be a historic chandelier – recently restored by Lighting Concepts of Lewiston – that once hung in the lobby of Lewiston’s Empire Theatre. Opening in 1903 with an appearance by Raymond Hitchcock, a prominent Broadway star of the time, the Empire transitioned over the years at its 142 Main Street location (near the current site of Pedro O’Hara’s) from play house to movie house to church before it was demolished in 2005.
The 1920s was a time of Prohibition, the national ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol ushered in by the 18th Amendment. The ban proved difficult to enforce, and widespread public disdain led to the proliferation of underground activities and establishments – including speakeasies – that distributed and sold alcohol illegally.