The Lewiston-Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority (LAWPCA) was presented with a 2014 Environmental Excellence Award recently for their voluntarily efforts to go beyond regulatory requirements to promote innovation and environmental sustainability.
LAWPCA was recognized by Governor Paul R. LePage and Maine DEP Commissioner Patricia Aho for its anaerobic digestion and co-generation facility for waste water solids that went operational in 2013. Others receiving the statewide awards were Texas Instruments, Allagash Brewery, and the Maine Water Environment Association.
An Auburn committee made up of city officials and representatives from local veterans’ groups has announced several events for Memorial Day weekend.
The annual Twin Cities Memorial Day Parade will take place on Saturday, May 24 at 9:30 a.m. The route will start in Lewiston and cross the bridge to include Great Falls, Turner and Court Streets in downtown Auburn. Following the parade, there will be a ceremony at Veterans’ Memorial Park, where veterans and local officials will honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Luncheon events at several Auburn American Legion and VFW posts will follow the service.
As a result of a county-wide partnership, the Lewiston-Auburn 9-1-1 Center has begun accepting anonymous reports of underage age drinking and drug use via text message, website and mobile application.
The program, known as AndroTip, allows concerned citizens, parents and teens to anonymously submit information they might otherwise feel uncomfortable reporting. The information is sent through a Canadian server, which encrypts the information and sends it to the L-A 9-1-1 communications center. The text the Center receives is stripped of any identifying name or number information.
The L-A Veterans Council needs you!
If you would like to help place individual flags at the gravestones of the 5,000 veterans buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lewiston, report to contact person Jerry Dewitt at the Mausoleum on Switzerland Road in Lewiston on Sunday, May 18 at 1 p.m.
Each year, towns and cities are required by state law to purchase and place individual American flags at the gravestone of every veteran buried in their cemeteries by Memorial Day. Lewiston places over 7,000 flags in its 13 cemeteries, 5,000 of which are placed in St. Peter’s Cemetery alone.
Volunteers carry out this work. While the L-A Veterans Council coordinates the work for St. Peter’s Cemetery, many of their members are elderly and are unable to assist. They need your help.
Three L-A residents, along with four departments of first responders in the Lewiston-Auburn region, are among those to be honored this year as “Real Heroes” by the American Red Cross of Maine.
“These are truly special people who share the common thread of taking action to help others,” says Jennifer Gaylord, Branch Manager of the United Valley office of the Red Cross. “This year, as a special recognition, we’re honoring the Fire and Police Departments from Auburn and Lewiston for their tremendous work during the 2013 Lewiston fires.”
Receiving the “Blood Real Heroes Award” is Hallie Twomey of Auburn. Twomey is a supporter of giving the gift of life through blood drives and organ donation. She tragically lost her son to suicide four years ago and organizes an annual blood drive in his honor. Twomey and her husband gave the ultimate gift of life by choosing to donate their son’s organs. In addition, Twomey has raised thousands of dollars for the New England Organ Bank, is currently in the live organ donation process, and actively promotes organ donation awareness.
Bates College will confer honorary degrees on four leaders from the arts, business, journalism and technology during the college’s 148th Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 25.
Delivering the Commencement address and receiving an honorary degree will be Isabel Alexis Wilkerson, author of the acclaimed “The Warmth of Other Suns.” Also receiving honorary degrees during the ceremony will be pioneering computer scientist John Seely Brown, renowned actress and social activist Glenn Close, and leading Maine entrepreneur and champion of corporate social responsibility David Shaw.
By Senator Susan Collins
Each year, some of Maine’s most exceptional students are chosen to attend one of the United States military service academies. One of my greatest honors as a United States Senator is having the opportunity to nominate to the academies these exceptional students, many of whom will be our nation’s future military leaders. That nomination process is again underway.
The academies include the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY; the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO; the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; and the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Admission to the United States Coast Guard Academy, also a federal service academy, does not require a congressional nomination.
On Saturday, April 26, the Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society will present a discussion by society president Rev. Robert A. Parent on the “filles du roi,” or “daughters of the king,” the 770 or so single women and girls who, from 1663 to 1673, underwent the long and perilous ocean crossing from France to Quebec to become wives and mothers in the New World.
The presentation will take place at 11 a.m., after a general business meeting at 10:00, in the Androscoggin Community Room at Auburn Public Library. Both the meeting and presentation are free and open to the public.
The third annual Great Falls Fitness Seminar, “An Evening with Joan Benoit Samuelson,” will take place on Tuesday, April 29 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Franco Center in Lewiston.
The event is appropriate for seasoned runners looking to improve performance, as well as beginning runners and those just thinking about getting into running. Dr. Paul Cain of Central Maine Orthopaedics will emcee the event. Samuelson will begin the evening with an address at 6 p.m., followed by a Q&A with a panel of running experts, including Dr. James Timoney, Dr. Elizabeth Rothe, and Eric Gosselin of Select Physical Therapy.
Tickets for the Emerge Film Festival, taking place Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14, are now available for purchase at www.francocenter.org.
The festival will kick off on Friday at 8:30 p.m. with a “Friday the 13th Horror Film Double Feature” at the Franco Center in Lewiston. Sponsored by Baxter Brewing Co., the event will feature two movies by Maine filmmaker Corey Norman, “The Hanover House” and “Natal.” Baxter Brewing Co. will be on hand to sell beer to moviegoers.