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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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Phase II of new Industrial Park breaks ground

Helping break ground on Phase II of the new Auburn Industrial Park are (l. to r.) Governor Lepage's Account Executive for the Maine Dept. of Economic and Community Development Brian Doyle; Deputy Commissioner for the Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection John Silvestri; City of Auburn Mayor Jonathan P. LaBonte; President of the Auburn Business Development Corporation Darcie Beaudin; State Rep. of Senator Susan M. Collins Carlene Tremblay; and District Rep. of Congressman Michael H. Michaud Andrea Quaid.

Helping break ground on Phase II of the new Auburn Industrial Park are (l. to r.) Governor Lepage’s Account Executive for the Maine Dept. of Economic and Community Development Brian Doyle; Deputy Commissioner for the Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection John Silvestri; City of Auburn Mayor Jonathan P. LaBonte; President of the Auburn Business Development Corporation Darcie Beaudin; State Rep. of Senator Susan M. Collins Carlene Tremblay; and District Rep. of Congressman Michael H. Michaud Andrea Quaid.

Federal officials, city representatives, and members of the public recently helped celebrate the official groundbreaking of Phase II of the Auburn Industrial Park.

A joint venture between the City of Auburn and the Auburn Business Development Corporation (ABDC), the new eight-lot subdivision will consist of approximately 100 acres of land adjacent to the Auburn-Lewiston Airport. Officials estimate the park could produce nearly $1.2 million annually in new property taxes, capture up to $80 million in private investment, and create over 200 jobs over the next 10 to 15 years for the City of Auburn.

Phase II of the project involves the construction of approximately 3,100 linear feet of industrial roadway to coincide with public water and sewer line instillation, natural gas line extension, and the addition of three-phase electrical power. Once completed, the subdivision will be large enough to accommodate approximately 1.3 million square feet of new construction.

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“A Christmas Carol” returns to Public Theatre

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Dale Place portrays Scrooge in The Public Theatre’s original adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” running for four shows only Dec. 13-15.

For one weekend only, on December 13, 14, and 15, The Public Theatre will present its acclaimed original adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” followed by a holiday sing–a-long featuring Christmas Carol fiddler Jennifer Armstrong.

The Public Theatre’s own version of Dickens’ classic tale has become a holiday favorite in Lewiston-Auburn. Performed by six actors and a fiddler, this inventive adaptation was developed and written for The Public Theatre by Artistic Director Christopher Schario in 1993. It has since been published by Dramatists Play Service and is now regularly performed by theatres around the world.

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Foss Mansion opens doors for Christmas Open House

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The historic Foss Mansion at 19 Elm Street in Auburn will be decked out in holiday trim for a Christmas Open House from December 13-15.

The Woman’s Literary Union (WLU) of Androscoggin County will open its historic Foss Mansion for a Christmas Open House on Friday, December 13 from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, December 14 from 1 to 6 p.m., and Sunday, December 15 from 1 to 6 p.m.

WLU members and local professionals have decorated the mansion’s rooms on the first and second floors. Orphan Annie’s has transformed the library into a spectacular holiday room, and the Great Falls Model Railroad Club will have a fun, Christmas-themed train set on display.

The festive holiday décor blends beautifully with the mansion’s architectural splendor. Built between 1914 and 1917 for Horatio G. and Ella May Fletcher Foss, the house featured the latest in technological innovations, including dual electric and gas lighting, a central vacuum system, concealed lighting in the dining room, bathrooms with flushing toilets and plumbing, and closet lights that turned on when the doors were opened.

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