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SymQuest CEO announces Twin Cities expansion

SymQuest President and CEO Larry Sudbay announced plans to expand the company’s presence in Lewiston-Auburn recently at the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Scramble Golf Tournament. In his sponsor’s remarks, Sudbay shared news of a planned relocation and expansion of the company’s local offices, as well as the selection of L-A for the company’s annual non-profit effort and $25,000 award.

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Bug Maine-ia infests State Museum


Museum educator David Hunt becomes acquainted with a tarantula at last year’s Bug Maine-ia. The event – and the tarantula – return to the Maine State Museum on Wednesday, September 10.

Maine’s largest natural science education event will create a buzz at the Maine State Museum in Augusta on Wednesday, September 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., when twenty-five exhibitors infest the premises with a variety of bug-related displays and activities. Admission to the museum for this fun-for-all-ages event will be free of charge all day.

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Ice Bucket Challenge


The Edward Little High School Marching Band, led by director Bill Buzza, recently took the Ice Bucket Challenge to benefit the ALS Association. Each member made a small donation before nominating the Wells, Marshwood, and Lawrence High School Marching Bands to take the challenge as well.

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Community Dinner celebrates Lots to Gardens


Community gardener Kirk Jones of Lewiston gets ready to enjoy his dinner.

Over 100 people attended the annual Community Dinner at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center in Lewiston recently to celebrate the hard work and learning that was accomplished this year through the Center’s Lots to Gardens program. On hand were the program’s Youth Gardeners and their families; some of the 115 families who garden in the program’s community garden plots in downtown Lewiston and at the Meadowview and Hillview housing complexes; and others who participated in or supported the program over the year.

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Rockingham Electric opens Lewiston store


A large crowd turned out to help celebrate the Grand Opening of Rockingham Electric’s new store at 170 Summer Street in Lewiston.

Rockingham Electric recently celebrated the grand opening of its new store at 170 Summer Street in Lewiston with a Contractor Open House.

“We have been serving the Lewiston community for quite some time, so it made sense to bring a full-time staff to the area,” said Rockingham Electric President Jim Pender. “We look forward to being a strong community partner and continuing to build on our green technologies and solutions.”

The Lewiston location is led by store managers Steve Letourneau and Guy Langelier. Letourneau has worked for Rockingham Electric for two years, serving most recently as store manager in Augusta. Both have worked in the electric industry in the Lewiston area for more than two decades.

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MCHP names new president


Richard E. Farmer

Richard E. Farmer of Yarmouth has been named president of the Maine College of Health Professions (MCHP). Farmer has some 40 years of experience as an educator, having served in roles ranging from teacher to executive leadership. Prior to beginning his work at MCHP in Lewiston, he was president of Sanford-Brown College, an allied health educational institution in Boston.

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Hartt Transportation breaks ground on $6.5 million truck terminal project

One of the state’s leading over-the-road transportation companies recently broke ground on a $6.5 million state-of-the-art terminal facility in Auburn. Located in Kitty Hawk Business Park, the project will also include public roadway construction of a First Flight Drive extension near Exit 75 of the Maine Turnpike.

Hartt Transportation’s new $5.3 million terminal will consist of a 30,000-square-foot office and maintenance facility with an automated public commercial truck wash. The company is also committed to funding $1.2 million in new road construction.

Hartt will sell off the four adjacent lots with visual exposure to Interstate 95, creating a transportation-related cluster development that could include office, transportation or light manufacturing uses. The park will offer a high-speed fiber optic network, underground utilities, and tastefully lit streets.

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“Unique Maine Farms” project features local connections


With stories and photos of Lewiston refugee farmers, the gardens of St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, and many farms in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties, a new project called “Unique Maine Farms” is poised to showcase the vibrant local food movement gaining momentum in south-central Maine and across the state.

A volunteer effort by Maine-certified English and social studies teacher Mary Quinn Doyle, the project is capped by a 296-page book highlighting the diversity and innovation of current farming enterprises in Maine, the state that leads New England in its number of working farms.

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StreetLeaders key to summer youth program


Left to right, from front: Divine Selenge, Tiffany Kendrick, Binto Matan, Markabo Abdi, Sahara Abdirahman, Omar Abdirahman, Hassan Hussein, Johorey Abdirahman, Illham Mohamed, Eve Niragira, Fatuma Ali, Nasafari Nahumure, Mohamed Musse, Aicha Omar, Hawa Ibrahim, Abdiweli Hussein, Fozi Mohamed, Cameron Hutchins, Delia Demers, Amal Omar, Isha Matan, Noor Abdullahi, Soumaya Ali, Mohamed Awil, MK Mohamed, Mohamed Mohamed, Leslie Cox, and Isaiah Harris.

Twenty-eight local high school youth now hold jobs as StreetLeaders for summer programming at Lewiston’s Tree Street Youth. Together, they provide mentoring and support for over 150 youths in grades K-12 as they participate in innovative sports, arts, and academic activities for six weeks over the summer.

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Swingin’ Bears host 50th Anniv. Dance

Tim Marriner

Nationally known caller Tim Marriner of Rock Hill, SC will call the square dances at the Swingin’ Bears’ special 50th Anniversary Dance on Saturday, August 23.

The big 50th Anniversary Celebration Dance of the Swingin’ Bears Square Dance Club will take place on Saturday, August 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the air conditioned cafeteria of Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris. Nationally known caller Tim Marriner of Rock Hill, SC will call the square dancing and locally acclaimed cuer Carol Arsenault of Maine will cue the round dancing. Club Caller Ray Hilton will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the event, which will also feature door prizes and refreshments.

Advance tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased from Ellen Janerico at (603) 303-6860 or Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $12.

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