In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hebron Academy middle schoolers sported pink socks during their last soccer game of the season. They also hosted a Breast Cancer Benefit Bake Sale and pitched in with Portland radio station Q97.9’s “Cans for a Cure” can and bottle drive, rallying the community to donate a ton of recyclable cans.
To collect the bursting bags of redeemables, Q97.9 radio personality Lori Voornas paid Hebron Academy a personal visit on October 17, pulling up in her pink ribbon truck, which the middle schoolers helped load.
Zimmie’s Comics, a former longtime fixture of Downtown Lewiston that was once widely regarded as one of the premiere comic and graphic novel stores in New England, celebrated its official grand “re-opening” recently among family, friends, and dedicated clientele.
Located in the same space at 197 Main Street that it occupied from 1999 to 2009, the store is now under new ownership, with Daniel Bailey managing day-to-day operations and original store founder Joe Loubier serving as his co-owner.
The opportunity to run a well-established brand specializing in comic books, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, role playing and board games, dice, collectibles and apparel presented a unique opportunity for Bailey.
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
“Tip O’Neill said that all politics is local. I say all politics is personal. Voters want to know: how does this election affect me and my concerns?”
Thus spoke Ray Flynn, former Boston mayor and former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, to a group of Suffolk University students tracking the race for mayor in Boston.
I pose the same question to Lewiston voters: how is the upcoming mayor’s election going to impact you?
In the last seven years, the mayor’s position has gone from ribbon cutting, running a council meeting and occasionally breaking a tie vote to the person sitting in the corner basement office setting the direction in which the City of Lewiston will proceed. This power, not found in the City Charter, is the result of the Bully Pulpit.
If you and your family are ready to trade in cabin fever for outdoor winter thrills, the WinterKids Passport, now on sale for its 16th season, may be for you.
Since its inception in 1997, the WinterKids Passport program has helped over 50,000 Maine kids and their families try new winter activities, including downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snow tubing and even dog sledding! All 5th, 6th, and 7th graders in Maine are eligible for a Passport, which contains free and discounted tickets, lessons, and rentals at 52 outdoor recreation areas all over the state. The Passport offers over $1800 worth of family-friendly outdoor winter fun for the price of $25.
The patriotic rock band, Madison Rising performed at the Lewiston Armory on October 19, 2013. The concert benefited Wounded Heroes Program of Maine and Disabled American Veterans. Band members mingled with supporters at an after party held at Gippers Sports Grill. From Left: Samuel Fishman, Shawn Kern, Bob Rich III, Pam Payeur Executive Director of Wounded Heroes Program of Maine, Dave Bray, Ken Quinn Chairman of the Androscoggin Republicans, Steve Padelski. TCT Staff Photo by Laurie Steele
Bates College artist-in-residence and internationally renowned pianist Frank Glazer will perform sonatas by Mozart, Weber, Hindemith and Beethoven on Friday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place in Bates College’s Olin Arts Center Concert Hall at 75 Russell Street in Lewiston.
Maine’s largest fiddle orchestra of traditional Celtic music has set dates for its 2013 concert series.
Fiddle-icious will perform on Friday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook Street in Freeport. Admission for the Freeport show will be $10 at the door. Children ages 12 and under will enter for free.
The memoir of an accomplished and determined local business man of a previous generation will be the subject of a program at Museum L-A on Saturday, October 26 from 1 to 3 p.m.
“Business Boy to Business Man,” published in 2013 by Soleil Press of Lisbon Falls, traces the formative years and career of Robert “Bob” Verreault, who founded the Lewiston Machine Shop in 1946. The book describes how Verreault grew the operation from a two-person shop to one that employed more than 200 people as the Diamond Machine Company in the 1980s.
On Friday, November 1 from 5 to 7 p.m., the Center for Wisdom’s Women will host another of its events called “Wise and Strong Women Speak.” This semi-annual program series invites remarkable women into a public conversation about their lives. The focus this time will be on aspirations, inspirations, and on the roll of mentors in helping us find and fulfill our true selves.
The featured panelist will be Gale Hart, Finance Director of the United Way of Androscoggin County. She will share her personal story, including how she overcome the challenges of being a single mother of three by the age of 23, left an abusive relationship, worked while attending college, was the sister of a murder victim, lost her home in a fire, and was caretaker to a son with a traumatic brain injury.
By Robert Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
When one runs for public office there is an expectation that at times you will be the subject of scorn from the public and the media. In short: the faint of heart need not apply.
Two years ago I ran for and won the office of Mayor of Lewiston. I did not run to be loved by all of the people. I ran to address the problems brought on by political correctness, problems that have been keeping Lewiston from her potential. I ran to address problems shied away from by elected officials who feared retribution and backlash.
In adhering to the commitment I made to my supporters, I have been pilloried in the press. Governor Paul LePage once remarked, “You’re the only person I know that gets worse press than me.” This is to be expected in politics. You can turn up the heat, but I won’t be leaving the kitchen any time soon.