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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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Model Railroad Club presents Train Fest


Lilly and Ayden Franzen of Poland admire the G-gauge display at last year’s Train Fest. The fourth annual event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17.

The Great Falls Model Railroad Club will celebrate the Lewiston-Auburn Balloon Festival this weekend with its fourth annual Train Fest, a two-day, family fun event in the Railroad Club building at 144 Mill Street in Auburn.

The two-story, wheelchair accessible building, across the street from the Barker Mill, will be decorated with model hot-air balloons, some of which will float temporarily in the blue skies of the Club’s four permanent model train layouts. Railroad enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy seeing these layouts in operation with new scenery details for this event.

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66 years and running


Henry R. Gilbert (c.) of American Legion Post 22 in Lewiston receives certificates of appreciation and continuous membership from Post Commander Jerry DeWitt (r.), with assistance from Post 153 Commander Dan St. Pierre. Gilbert, a World War II veteran, has been a Legion member in good standing for the past 66 years.

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Down East Dickering at Farmer’s Market


Dickering duo Roland “Yummy” Raubeson and his son Mitch, from the History Channel’s new hit show “Down East Dickering,” tried their hand at something a little different on a recent summer Sunday: vending at the Lewiston Farmers’ Market. In an attempt to prove that Yummy’s assorted berry jams, known as “Yummy’s Yummies,” truly are worthy of the title “award winning,” Yummy and Mitch set up shop at the market as guest vendors for a day and offered taste tests of their jam to market goers. Those who could not get enough had the option of taking home a jar for a suggested donation. Of course, Yummy and Mitch also spent some time dickering with other vendors over some surprise goodies. How did they fare as market vendors? Tune in to the show next season to find out!

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Baltrus retires as MCHP president


Susan Baltrus

Maine College of Health Professions (MCHP) President Susan Baltrus has retired after 35 years of service as a nursing educator at CMMC.

“Sue Baltrus has led Central Maine Medical Center’s health professions educational programs through a comprehensive transition, ranging from administrative consolidation to program growth to regional clinical expansion,” said Central Maine Healthcare President and CEO Peter E. Chalke. “Her career as a healthcare professional and educator has been exemplary.”

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Plourde Scholarship helps Pettingill project


This portrait of Mayor Alfred A. Plourde hangs in the hallway at Lewiston City Hall (photo by Dave Gudas).

The Alfred A. Plourde Memorial Scholarship recently awarded its remaining balance of $1733.42 to the Friends of Pettingill group, who are working with the City of Lewiston to convert the site of the former Pettingill Elementary School into a city park.

The award was made by Janice Plourde, who has administered the scholarship since it was established in 1990. Ms. Plourde retired from her teaching position in 2012 after 53 years of working for the Lewiston School Department. The scholarship fund was established in memory of her husband, Alfred A. Plourde, who served as mayor of Lewiston from 1984 to 1987 and strongly believed in the potential of youth.


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