Husband and wife pro cyclists Brent and Jamie Bookwalter of Asheville, North Carolina will take part in the fifth annual Dempsey Challenge presented by Amgen. This will mark their first appearance at the non-competitive fundraising event, taking place October 12-13 in Lewiston. The couple will join fellow pro riders Freddie Rodriguez, Ally Stacher, Carmen Small and Alison Tetrick as participants in this year’s event.
Brent’s career highlights include runner-up finishes at this year’s Tour of Alberta, the USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship and the Tour of Qatar. The 29-year-old native of Albuquerque, New Mexico rides for BMC Racing Team and was a member of Cadel Evans’ 2011 Tour de France-winning team.
Jamie, 27, who rides for Team Colavita/Fine Cooking, earned top-20 finishes in the National TimeTrial Championship and the Grand Prix Cyclist de Gatineau, and scored a USA-best top 20 in the 2008 Mountain Bike World Championships. She holds a master’s degree in forest entomology from the University of Georgia.
Community Little Theatre’s Bill Hamilton and Phil Vampatella have lost count of how many sets they have designed and constructed, both together and with others, over many seasons of service with CLT.
They may not know how many, but their experience shows. The set of the company’s current production, Joseph Kesselring’s classic comedy, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” is turning into the latest masterpiece by this fearless team of volunteer carpenters and their co-creators, Carol Hodgkin and Glynnis Nadel, who are adding the artistic décor to Director Adam P. Blais’ design.
The production will open on Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. for its two-week run at Great Falls Performing Arts Center in Auburn. Tickets are $18; $15 for seniors ages 60+; $12 for children ages 12-. They may be purchased at the Box Office, by calling 783-0958, or at LACLT.com.
The Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial will present “Blazing Paddles,” an adventure film narrated by Gray Warriner, on Friday, October 4 at 2 and 7 p.m.
The film provides an up-close look at the thrills, scenic grandeur, and half-forgotten history of some of the country’s great white water rivers. There’s no need for a life jacket, but if you’re afraid of water, you might want to find an aisle seat!
The event is free and open to the public. Sawyer Memorial is located at 371 Sawyer Road in Greene. For more information, call 946-5311 or see www.sawyer-foundation.com.
Maine humorist Tim Sample will perform at the Freeport Theater of Awesome on Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, at 7 p.m.
Widely acknowledged as New England’s premier native humorist, Sample’s books, albums, and videos (including four albums and a video for the Bert and I company) have sold well over a million copies. For eleven years he was a correspondent for CBS News and a regular essayist on the Emmy Award-winning television show “CBS News Sunday Morning,” hosted by veteran newsman Charles Osgood. Novelist Stephen King has likened Sample’s work to that of Mark Twain, and Charles Kuralt called him “Maine’s humorist laureate.”
Sample was born and raised in Maine and has never lived (or, for that matter, wanted to live) anywhere other than the Pine Tree State. Over the years, he has performed thousands of shows in venues as diverse as the Los Angeles Convention Center, the Mall of America, the New York Yacht Club and the Caribou Performing Arts Center. These days, he averages 50 to 70 concert and after-dinner appearances per year.
Celebration Barn Theater of South Paris will present its “Summer Finale” on Friday August 30 and Saturday August 31 at 8 p.m. The two shows celebrate the end of the Barn’s summer programming season with new work by special guest artists Hilary Chaplain, David Gaines, Aaron Tucker, and others.
An acclaimed physical comedienne and actress, Hilary Chaplain has performed her award-winning original solo and ensemble work around the world. Hot on the heels of presenting her solo show, “A Life In Her Day,” at the Barn, Chaplain returns for the Summer Finale with a fresh set of performance pieces.
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
They wrote me a letter. They sent me an email. They wrote again. They sent me several more emails.
It became apparent that they wanted me on their organizational rolls. Rolls that would be seen throughout the country containing names of notable figures, not so notable figures, and a household name in Texas and Australia—mine.
Their efforts to secure my endorsement of their organization caused me to ponder. Should I let them market my name? If so, should I demand cash or some type of perks? What was my name worth? Was Dustin Pedroia pursued by the Red Sox organization with this much vigor?
In the end, I decided that being able to look myself in the mirror was more important than comprising my beliefs for a few moments of recognition. I sent them an email, “Thanks, but no thanks.”
Josh Kennison, an elite para-athlete from South Paris, has been selected to compete in the 100m and 200m sprints at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France on July 21 and 22.
While prestigious, being selected to compete in this event is just one in a long line of athletic accomplishments for Kennison, whose track and field credits include breaking the world record for the long jump in 2013.
A quad amputee who was born missing both of his feet and arms, as well as his tongue and half of his jaw, Kennison is the embodiment of what it means to overcome all obstacles.
Fadumo Musse, a junior at Lewiston High School, has been selected as one of three winners in the Maine Community College System’s Journey Into Writing Contest and named a 2013 Governor’s Young Writer of the Year.
With the other two winners, Muse was recently presented with an award and a $2,500 check by First Lady Ann LePage and MCCS President John Fitzsimmons in a ceremony at the Blaine House. The other two winners were Emily Evans of Searsport and Arianna Tang of Frankfort, both juniors at Searsport District High School.
Text and photos by Rachel Morin
I joined my son and his wife, Gerry and Debbie Bolen-Morin of Turner, to see their town’s annual Fourth of July Parade, followed by events on the green, that they have been enjoying and raving about for years. I’m glad I did. It was a great day. I felt as if I had stepped back in time to be a part of the camaraderie of a small country town.
Over 1,000 spectators lined the street for the colorful parade and applauded as the American Legion Post 111 Honor Guard led the way, followed by a contingent of marching veterans and a veterans’ float. The parade participants included an impressive lineup of fire trucks and emergency vehicles from Buckfield, Canton, Greene, Leeds, Mechanic Falls, Turner and Wales.