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Gipper’s Scholarship winners

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Tom Fournier of Gippers, with 2013 Gipper’s Scholarship winners Rachel Gagne (Edward Little High School) Bethany Fox (Saint Dominic Academy) and Natalie Rousseau (Lewiston High School). Rachel is studying biology at Simmons College, Bethany is studying Elementary Education at St. Joseph’s College, and Natalie is studying biology at Florida Southern University. They each received a check for $750 at a reception held for them and their families at the restaurant.

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Bates Museum of Art features collage, shaman objects from Vietnam

Paper masks used in shaman rituals of the Yao people of Vietnam.

Paper masks used in shaman rituals of the Yao people of Vietnam.

In an exhibition believed to be the most extensive of its kind in the United States, the Bates College Museum of Art will present in January an extraordinary selection of painted scrolls, masks and other objects used in the shamanist ceremonies of five ethnic minorities in northern Vietnam.

“How to Make the Universe Right: The Art of the Shaman in Vietnam and Southern China” will open at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, with a talk by Trian Nguyen, associate professor of art and visual culture at Bates, in Room 104 of Olin Arts Center. The exhibition is based upon recent research by Nguyen. A reception will follow the lecture.

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LFA, Falcon Shoe donate winter boots

Sonia Taylor of the Jesus Party (2nd from l.), with Lewiston Firefighters Association members (from l.) Jon Demers, Todd LeClerc, and Alan Hodgkins.

Sonia Taylor of the Jesus Party (2nd from l.), with Lewiston Firefighters Association members (from l.) Jon Demers, Todd LeClerc, and Alan Hodgkins.

Members of the Lewiston Firefighters Association (LFA) recently got an opportunity to keep the feet of over forty people warmer this winter, thanks to a donation of forty pairs of winter boots by Falcon Performance Footwear of Auburn.

Known for its strong tradition of craftsmanship, and innovation, Falcon has been making quality footwear in Maine for over four decades. LFA distributed the boots through Hope Haven Gospel Mission and the Jesus Party.

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CMCC, Husson sign major new agreement

Representatives of Central Maine Community College and Husson University sign a major new agreement allowing students to more easily transfer credits between the two schools.

Representatives of Central Maine Community College and Husson University sign a major new agreement allowing students to more easily transfer credits between the two schools.

Central Maine Community College (CMCC) and Husson University have approved a memorandum of understanding that will facilitate the transfer of credits between the two schools and provide CMCC students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transition from CMCC to Husson.

The agreement outlines admission and program requirements. It also specifies which CMCC courses can be used to meet general elective and major requirements at Husson. To assist in the advising process, individual course equivalencies listed by program are included in the agreement. Read the rest of this entry »

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St. Dom’s food drive nets 1000 pounds for food pantry

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The fifth grade class at Saint Dominic Academy in Lewiston organized a food drive in recent months to benefit St. Mary’s Food Pantry.

The students challenged their peers to donate non-perishable food items from their own pantries and place them in designated receptacles at the school. They also organized a Halloween dance to help reach their goal of collecting 1,000 pounds of food.

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At the end of the community service project, the students loaded a school bus with the collected food and delivered it to the pantry, where they were delighted to learn that they had eclipsed their goal by delivering a total of 1,037 pounds.

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Lisbon students support Toys for Tots campaign

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Two of the newest junior volunteers at Lisbon Community School, fifth graders Madison Ryder (c.) and Emma Tapley, help Assistant Principal Ryan Patrie sort the school’s donations to the Maine Toys for Tots Campaign (photo courtesy of Monica Millhime).

Students, staff and family members of Lisbon Community School, Philip W. Sugg Middle School, and Lisbon High School partnered this holiday season with the Town of Lisbon, the Giving Tree program, and the U.S. Marine Corp. to support the Maine Toys for Tots campaign.

“Student volunteers met to decide which projects they wanted to support this year,” said Lisbon Schools Community Resource Coordinator Monica Millhime. “Collecting toys during the holiday season was at the top of the list again this year.”

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Troop 121 expands Christmas tree collection service

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Scouts from Troop 121 of Auburn load trees for delivery to a local recycling center.

Boy Scout Troop 121 of Auburn will again collect discarded Christmas trees for delivery to a local recycling center this year. Last January, in the first year of the service, the Troop collected over 80 trees from residents of Auburn; this year, the troop will expand the service to include residents of Lewiston. While the cities of Auburn and Lewiston provide locations for free tree disposal, they no longer collect the trees at curbside.

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Mechanics Savings Bank supports Auburn Fire Department

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Mechanics Savings Bank employees Terri Cook, Chelsey Cooper, and Kristina Cote donned red and green tutus and candy cane-striped socks to participate in the Auburn Fire Department’s “Local 797 Truckload of Christmas 5K.” They are pictured here with Tommy Hunter and Justin Carver of the Auburn Fire Department.

Mechanics Savings Bank is a long time supporter of its local fire departments and the charities they support. On December 8, a team of Mechanics Savings Bank employees donned red and green tutus and candy cane-striped socks to participate in the Auburn Fire Department’s “Local 797 Truckload of Christmas 5K.”

“This was a great way to meet my personal fitness goals, give back to the community, and have a lot of fun with my co-workers,” said Terri Cook, Performance Improvement Project Manager at Mechanics Savings Bank. “This is what Christmas is all about… spreading cheer and embracing the opportunity to make the season a little brighter for others.”

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CMMC WHA Gallery features Duplessis, Ness

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“Truck” by Irene Duplessis

The works of two painters are on display at the Central Maine Medical Center Woman’s Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery through January 9.

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“Buffalo Fence” by Melanie Ness

Paintings by Irene Duplissis and Melanie Ness are on display in the main lobby hallway near CMMC’s 60 High Street entrance.

Duplissis has been painting professionally for many years. She has devoted much time to teaching art locally, participating in workshops and developing her own talent. Her work, which frequently depicts the character of New England, can be seen at her gallery in Auburn, as well as in private collections throughout the United States and abroad.

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Veterans restore dignity to Auburn Plains Cemetery

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From left: Tibby Dupuis, Carl Douglass, Hugh Brown, and Don Beaulieu place “Wreaths of Enduring Memory” on veterans’ graves in Auburn Plains Cemetery (photo by Paul R. Bernard).

Officers of the American Legion William J. Rogers Post 153 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1603, including Tibby Dupuis, Carl Douglass, Hugh Brown, Don Beaulieu, Frank W. Hulett and Paul R. Bernard, recently placed “Wreaths of Enduring Memory” on all veterans’ graves in Auburn Plains Cemetery on Route 4.

The project was the latest step in an ongoing effort by local veterans’ organizations, led by American Legion Post 153 of Auburn, to restore dignity to the humble resting place, also known as North Plains Burying Ground, Pleasant Plains Cemetery, Plains Cemetery and Poverty Corner Cemetery.

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