Among those taking part in the Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 24 were Auburn City Councilor Tizz Crowley and U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran Timothy P. Dotts. Crowley wore a mourning dress typical of the post-Civil War era and Dotts was dressed in the guise of medical doctor Oren Horr, who served as a surgeon during the Civil War. Upon the war’s end, Horr returned to Lewiston and opened a practice on Pine Street.
The Federal Communications Commission recently authorized Gleason Media to begin broadcasting at 105.5 FM. This has paved the way for Gleason’s to become the first FM radio station licensed for the Lewiston-Auburn area that locates their studio in the Twin Cities; other stations licensed for the area broadcast from Portland.
Broadcasting as “the new Z105.5 – The Pulse of L-A,” the station features a “storefront studio” at 555 Center Street in Auburn, reminiscent of the one seen on the TV show “Northern Exposure.” The studio is not sound-proof and, at times, listeners can hear actual background noise, such as sirens, coming from the street outside.
The station’s “community” format emphasizes local news and events. Their morning “Breakfast Club” program features guests from local businesses and organizations, their local newscasts include excerpts from city council meetings, and they are the only station in the area to broadcast high school sports. When not hearing community news, listeners can expect to hear a blend of hits from today back to the 80s. The station can also be accessed live online at Z1055.com.
Reading exercises our brains, improves our concentration, teaches us, entertains us and relaxes us. Most importantly, perhaps, reading is a key to independence. Being able to read food labels, medication labels, bills, and newspapers are all daily tasks that require reading. So how can we continue with this vital activity when we develop vision problems?
The Auburn Police Department (APD) has partnered with Project Lifesaver to implement a new service designed to track and rescue those with cognitive conditions who tend to wander. The service will answer a critical need for protecting citizens of Auburn who are at risk, including those with Alzheimer’s, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Down Syndrome or Dementia.
Clients enrolled in the service will wear a wristwatch-sized radio transmitter on their wrist or ankle. The transmitter will constantly emit a radio-frequency signal, which can be tracked regardless of where the person has wandered, including within densely wooded areas, marshes, concrete structures, and steel buildings. When a loved one goes missing and a caregiver notifies 9-1-1, officers will be dispatched to the wanderer’s last known area. The service has an average rescue time of approximately 30 minutes.
Several Maine music icons have volunteered their talents for a special “Tunes in June” concert to benefit Friends of Pettingill and their work to create a city park at the site of the former Pettingill School in Lewiston. Singer-songwriter and standout guitarist Denny Breau has assembled an all-star cast for the second annual show, scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 1 at the Franco Center in Lewiston.
The event will include reunion performances by the popular ’60s group the Royal Knights and local favorites Good ’n Plenty. Slated to appear are Nick Knowlton, Debbie Morin, Phil House, Kathy Haley, Dan Caron, Malinda Liberty, and Ed Boucher, with the rest of the original Royal Knights: Paul Boucher, Guy Mathieu, and Ronnie Morin. World-class drummer Bob Elie will travel from San Diego to round out the ensemble.
L/A Arts will turn downtown Lewiston into a vibrant arts district once again this summer when Art Walk L/A resumes for the season on Friday, May 30. This monthly series will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on the last Friday of every month through September.
This year, over twenty greater Lisbon Street organizations and several empty storefronts will open their doors to the community to host visual art galleries, live performances, and special exhibits. Free performances at Dufresne Plaza will return as a focal point of the festivities. New for this year will be an online catalog of the works on display, giving patrons an opportunity to browse, enjoy, and even purchase featured items before and after the event.
The mission of Art Walk L/A is to foster a sense of community while celebrating the vibrancy of downtown Lewiston-Auburn through self-guided tours of participating venues that have been converted into temporary arts spaces. At the beginning of the season, participating businesses decide whether to curate their own spaces or have L/A Arts do so, with all venues displaying new work by local artists each month. Maps of the Art Walk route provide patrons with information about the artists and exhibits. Live performances take place at Dufresne Plaza or, in the event of rain, in Callahan Hall at Lewiston Public Library.
The members of Cover One Eye – Edward Little High School students Noah Libby, Kenzie Tufts, and Trevor Laliberte – may be feeling a little like rock stars right now. The trio recently took Best Band honors at the 2014 MAMM Slam, the state’s premier competition for high school bands and solo performers.
Since forming the band in the summer of 2012, Noah Libby (guitar and vocals), Kenzie Tufts (bass), and Trevor Laliberte (drums and vocals) the trio has spent considerable time and energy writing, recording, playing shows, and developing their unique musical style, an energetic blend of punk and hardcore. As the contest winners, the band will receive $1,000, along with coveted recording time, TV appearances, radio play, plum gigs and professional marketing direction.
In partnership with Argo Marketing and Great Falls Marketing, the Corporate and Community Services Division of Central Maine Community College (CMCC) will present a free Customer Service Representative training program from May 27 to June 5. The program will take place weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Argo Marketing, Great Falls Marketing, and CMCC have worked together to develop this quick but thorough training program to provide participants with the right skills to build a career in this growing field. The course will cover critical skills for workers in this industry, including customer service, communication, basic math, computers, and recognizing and managing stress. A resume writing, interview and job-search skills workshop will also be included.
Successful completion of the training will be recognized by hiring managers from Argo Marketing and Great Falls Marketing, and each participant will be interviewed for job opportunities. Registration for the course is open and ongoing, but space is limited. For more information or to register, contact the Lewiston CareerCenter at 753-9005.