The Twin Cities’ 18th annual Liberty Festival on July 4 this year will feature live entertainment on two stages starting at 5 p.m., along with dozens of food and merchandise vendors. Festivities will be capped at 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks display over the Great Falls.
The Great Falls Plaza Stage in Auburn will feature performances by Skosh, Zealous Bellus, JLD Project, Render, and Chris MacKay & the Toneshifters, as well as Dr. Fatfinger after the fireworks. The Veteran’s Memorial Park Stage in Lewiston will feature performances by the Veayo Twins, Cold Blue Steel, Sonic Nova, Audio Vibe and Terry and the Telstars. DJ Bernardzo will entertain crowds between live performances.
The rain date is Saturday, July 5. For more information about the festival, including a complete entertainment schedule, see www.libertyfestival.org.
To help meet the growing need for qualified professionals in the area of technology security, Central Maine Community College (CMCC) is now offering a program in Network Security/Computer Forensics.
This associate degree option focuses on securing, testing, and analyzing information as it is stored, manipulated, and communicated across networks. The skills learned will give students a strong background in computer technology and networks, and graduates can choose to go directly into the workforce or transfer to a baccalaureate degree program. Graduates will be prepared to work as PC repair technicians, network security officers and analysts, network administrators, forensic analysts, and computer managers.
Courses offered this fall are Introduction to Visual Basic, Introduction to PC Repair/OS, and Linux Operating System. Other courses in the program include Networking, Server Administration, Introduction to Virtual Machines, Computer Forensics I and II, Network Security, Advanced Networking Concepts, and Penetration Testing.
This new degree program is made possible through “Maine is IT!,” a federally-funded initiative that is enabling Maine’s community colleges to add new programs, certificates, courses, and short-term training in information technology. As the lead institution for this grant, CMCC is adding new industry-recognized certifications, onsite testing, new and enhanced associate degree programs, and advanced certificates for those who already have associate degrees.
Applications for admission are now being accepted; open registration for fall courses starts July 7. For more information about the Network Security/Computer Forensics program or any other Maine is IT! program and scholarships at CMCC, contact Emily Butterfield at 755-5375 or firstname.lastname@example.org or see online at www.cmcc.edu.
The Twin City Titans and the Maine Gladiators announced recently that the two organizations will merge. The merger will create one of the largest youth hockey programs in the state, with over 600 young players competing with teams from other leagues throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Participants will range in age from 4 to 18, most of them living in the Lewiston-Auburn area.
“We see this as an opportunity to grow both programs and enhance opportunities for local kids” said Denis Berube, president of the Twin City Titans.
Andy Guerin, president of the Maine Gladiators, said that the two organizations have been discussing the merger for some time now. Guerin will assume the role of president of the new organization, which will be called the Maine Gladiators.
Thursday, June 19 was the last day in public education for four teachers at Lewiston High School (LHS). Caroline Sample grew up in England and taught in London, Cameroon and Old Orchard before coming to LHS in 2006. Her experiences in Africa made her a great asset to the school’s ELL department, where she taught English to immigrant students. She leaves education with 41 years of experience.
Maine Community Health Options (MCHO), Northern New England’s only nonprofit, Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP), has partnered with Northeast Delta Dental to offer dental coverage within upcoming MCHO plans for 2015.
“Good health requires good oral health, yet many lack access to basic oral health care,” said Kevin Lewis, chief executive officer of MCHO. “This is particularly troublesome for Maine and New Hampshire children without adequate access to care, because we know that oral health is tied to kids’ health, school performance, and overall wellbeing. Therefore, we’re pleased to partner with Northeast Delta Dental to increase access to pediatric dental coverage directly within MCHO plan offerings, and also make it easier for everyone to purchase complementary dental plans.”
American Legion Post 153 of Auburn installed new officers recently. Pictured here (l. to r.) are Commander Dan St. Pierre, 1st Vice Commander John Pape, 2nd Vice Commander Phil Brushwein, Adjutant Ken Winter, Finance Levite “Tibby” Dupuis, Service Officer Alan Aliberti, Chaplain Claire Poirier, (second row) Sergeant-at-Arms Paul “Bud” Caouette, Americanism Officer David Jacobs Pratt, Trustees Carl Douglas, Fern Labbe, Keith Davis, and Bill Watson, State Historian Ron Caron, and State Adjutant & Post Judge Advocate and National NEC Officer Paul L’Heureux.
Spencer Dunn, a sophomore at Edward Little High School, won the one-mile race walk on Friday, June 13 at the New Balance High School Outdoor National Championships in Greensboro, NC. Dunn took the lead halfway through the first lap and never looked back, finishing the race in a time of 7:10.44, missing his personal best by 3 seconds. Dunn, who is coached by Dr. Tom Eastler of Farmington, earned his fourth high school All-American in his two-year high school track career and returns to Maine as the National Race Walk Champion.
The Public Theatre achieved a significant milestone recently when it performed for its 100,000th student.
This was no accident. In response to the nationwide challenges of widespread budget cuts in arts education, as well as demographic trends yielding a “graying audience” for the performing arts, The Public Theatre has redoubled its efforts in recent years to bring the performing arts into the hearts and lives of Maine students by making school field trips to the Theatre more affordable, inspiring, and educational.
For instance, in 2010, they created a special youth-priced ticket that allows anyone age 18 or younger to attend any performance for only $5 – the lowest price for professional theatre in New England. This effort was made possible by generous support from a variety of community businesses and foundations.
Bishop Robert P. Deeley recently blessed and dedicated the new St. Louis Garden Mausoleum at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lewiston. The mausoleum contains 76 single crypts and 64 companion crypts, as well as 284 cremation crypts. The planning process for the mausoleum began nearly three years ago and construction began last autumn.
The Garden Mausoleum is located near the cemetery’s larger mausoleum and chapel and is named for the recently closed St. Louis Church in Auburn. During Saturday’s dedication ceremony, Georgette Berube, a former parishioner, presented a brief history of the parish.
Those who gathered for the dedication also heard Laurier Raymond, Jr., chairman of the cemetery’s board of directors, speak about the cemetery’s rich history. Originally known as the French Cemetery, St. Peter’s opened in 1876. At the time, it was just eight acres, but it has since grown to 70 acres of developed land.
The Dominican Fathers owned and operated St. Peter’s Cemetery from 1881 until 1994, when it became a diocesan cemetery.
The fifth graders of Lisbon Community School were pleased to present Principal Carlene Iverson with a flowering crab tree as their legacy gift to the school. Members of the future Lisbon High School Class of 2012 were assisted with the presentation by Ed Bush of Maine Landscape-Bush’s Bushes of Lisbon Falls. Bush planted the tree during the presentation, with assistance from Lisbon H.S. Class of 2010 alumni Joe Doughty. Bush also extended his services beyond the planting to include perpetual care of existing shrubs on the school campus.