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Citizens Police Academy starts Sep. 6

Have you ever wondered what exactly the police do, why, and what it’s like to have to make a split-second decision? If so, apply to participate in this fall’s Lewiston Citizens Police Academy! This free, ten-week program will meet every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lewiston Police Department or Central Maine Community College. The program runs from September 6 through November 15.

This is a great opportunity for community members to familiarize themselves with their police department, gain new perspectives about law enforcement, and share ideas with the LPD. Participants will tour the police department, explore the vehicles, and learn about various topics, including the history of policing in general and in Lewiston, covert drug investigations, criminal investigations, evidence collection, case preparation, recruitment, and community outreach.

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Agren to address Rotary Club

Eric Agren, owner of Fuel and Marche restaurants on Lisbon Street in Lewiston, speaks about his experience of not only opening business on the then mostly abandoned street, but to moving into an apartment downtown during the Great Falls Forum at the Lewiston Public Library Thursday.

Eric Agren will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club on Thursday, August 25 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Ramada Inn of Lewiston. Part of the family that owns and operates Agren, Maine’s largest appliance and mattress retailer, he will discuss entrepreneurship through the lens of his career working for appliance-focused web development companies, buying groups and manufacturers before returning to the family business to help with daily operations. Guests are welcome to attend. For more information, call 753-9040 or email

Enough is Enough Party elites think their offices were willed to them

By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston

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Governor’s Address: Bad decisions in Augusta result in higher electric prices

Bad decision-making in energy policy is expensive. These bad decisions show up on your electric bill, and they’ve been holding Maine back for 30 years.

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Only Steps Forward Winning a personal victory takes more than showing up

By Jonathan P. LaBonte
Mayor of Auburn

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Charter Commission will not seek vote on merger in November

By Gene Geiger
Charter Commission Chair

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Tambrands employees support SeniorsPlus


Employee Relations Manager Sharon Riddle of Tambrands (c.), with help from Nate Miller and Holly Zielinski of SeniorsPlus, displays one of the fifteen blankets P&G employees made and donated to SeniorsPlus for their annual Day of Caring.

Employees of Proctor & Gamble-Tambrands Inc. of Auburn recently donated fifteen no-sew fleece blankets to SeniorsPlus. The blankets will be distributed to selected clients of SeniorsPlus in need of comfort and warmth. Employees from the Auburn Tambrands Flexi Center made the blankets for clients of SeniorsPlus as part of the annual community service project sponsored by Procter & Gamble. The goal of the site project, called “Day of Caring,” is to give back to people in need in Androscoggin County and surrounding communities. Employees of Proctor & Gamble-Tambrands Inc. donated their time on that day.

L/A Arts appoints new director


Louise Rosen

The board of directors of L/A Arts has confirmed the appointment of Louise Rosen as Consulting Director. Rosen has worked internationally in independent media and the arts for over 25 years and has extensive experience in business affairs, fundraising, programming, marketing and operations. As a longstanding figure in the international film community, she teaches and speaks at conferences and film festivals, including Toronto’s Hot Docs Forum, DOK Leipzig and Sheffield DocFest.

In Maine, Rosen was the Founding Director of the Points North Documentary Forum, a professional development initiative for filmmakers at the Camden International Film Festival, and former Vice Chair of the Maine Film & Video Association. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Independent Feature Project/NY and is a Trustee of the Maine Media Workshops + College.

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CA$H Coalition seeks new tax site coordinator

Since 2004, the Lewiston-Auburn CA$H Coalition has developed a strong presence in the Twin Cities, helping local residents claim over $29 million in federal and state tax refunds through filings provided free of charge by IRS-certified coalition volunteers. However, the Coalition is facing a major transition this year as long-time tax site coordinator KC Geiger steps down from that role.

“It’s a tremendous loss,” says Lewiston Community Relations Coordinator and LA CA$H Coalition Co-Chair Dottie Perham-Whittier. “KC has done an exemplary job, keeping the free tax sites running like a well-oiled machine. This program is a huge resource for the community, and the Coalition is seeking ways to effectively maintain the service.”

To that end, the Coalition is seeking a Program Administrator who could dedicate 25 to 30 hours per week for a stipend amount. Funded by a state-wide VITA grant, the amount of the stipend will be negotiable based upon the candidate’s tax law knowledge and organizational experience.

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AHCH welcomes veterans home from Honor Flight


AHCH staff and volunteers wait at the Portland Jetport to welcome home the veterans of the recent Maine Honor Flight, including AHCH patient Theodor “Ted” Perry.

Among the 27 veterans returning home recently from their Honor Flight Maine trip was a patient of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice. After Theodor “Ted” Perry experienced the journey of a lifetime, he returned home to a crowd of loving and supportive family, caregivers, volunteers and staff.

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