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CMMC plans 20th annual Spring Gala

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Members of the Spring Gala Planning Committee are (l. to r.) Sue Donovan of Donovan’s Auto Sales, Bonnie McHugh of Gleason Media Services, Erica Dostie of Austin Associates, Dawn Youland of TD Bank, Co-Chair Jessica Reid of Corporate Intelligence, Co-Chair Kathryn Fyfe, Sharon Poulin of the Woman’s Hospital Association, Ann Nadeau, Donna Elcewicz of Central Maine Medical Center, and Jodi Cornelio of Turner Publishing. Not pictured are Bob Bernier of Matheson Gas, Ron Peyser of Gamache & Lessard and Sue Melanson of Central Maine Medical Center.

Central Maine Medical Center will present its 20th annual Spring Gala, “The Mad Hatters Ball,” on Saturday, April 9 at the Kora Shrine Center in Lewiston. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Special Delivery Family Birthing Center as part of a several step process to construct a new Maternity and NICU suite at CMMC.

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Local music groups team to present Missa Solemnis

Five choirs and two orchestras will come together in the luxurious expanse of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Lewiston on Sunday, April 3 at 4 p.m. to perform two pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven: his Missa Solemnis, Opus 123 and Meeres Stille, Opus 112.

Produced by the Maine Music Society and Bates College, the concert will feature the choirs and orchestras of these two organizations, as well as the chamber choirs of Edward Little and Lewiston High Schools and the Schola Cantorum of the Basilica, all under the direction of Maine Music Society and Bates College choral program artistic director John Corrie.

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Lewiston H.S. champs recognized at State House

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The Lewiston Blue Devils soccer team was recognized by the State Legislature recently for winning the 2015 Class A state championship. Led by Coach Mike McGraw, the team finished the season a perfect 18-0 en route to its first ever state championship title. Sen. Nate Libby of Lewiston recognized the players and coaches during the Senate session.

Mechanics Savings supports heart, stroke association

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Jeffrey Gosselin, SVP, Senior Commercial Loan Officer at Mechanics Savings Bank, presents a $1,000 check to Pat Lemieux, Corporate Events Director of the American Heart Assoc./American Stroke Assoc.

Mechanics Savings Bank has donated $1,000 to the American Heart Association-American Stroke Association. The funds will be used to sponsor this year’s Central Maine Heart Walk, scheduled for September 18. Proceeds from the event will support life-saving research, educational programs for medical professionals and the public, and community outreach and advocacy.

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Comm. Concepts’ drivers program going strong at 30

As 2016 marks the 30th year of Community Concepts’ Transportation Program, demand and need for this important door-to-door service remains as strong as ever. Relying largely on volunteers, Community Concepts provides transportation for MaineCare-qualified medical appointments, breast cancer treatment and support services (funded by a grant from the Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure) and to meet the needs of elders and veterans.

This volunteer driver program is an important one for the region.  Last year, Community Concepts volunteer drivers logged more than 6.4 million miles in completing over 155,000 trips.

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V-Day aUbUrn fights domestic violence

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Through two performances of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” at the United Universalist church of Auburn recently, V-Day aUbUrn 2016 generated over $1000 for local organizations that stand in solidarity against domestic violence. Pictured here (l. to r.) are Fatuma Hussein of United Somali Women of Maine, Julia Teitel of Safe Voices, Marty McIntyre of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services (SAPARS), Klara Tammany of the Center for Wisdom’s Women and Toby Haber-Giasson of V-Day aUbUrn.

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice celebrates 50 years

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The Anniversary Planning Committee includes (l. to r., from front) Cindy Swift, Caryn Bourgoin, Lynsay Henry, Paulette Tabb, Ann Weaver, Cathy McDonald (Co-Chair), Maureen Andrews and Christine Bosse (Co-Chair).

This year, Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice celebrates 50 years of service to residents and their families in Maine. Throughout those years, AHCH has been known for its high quality care on the forefront of health care change. In 1966, AHCH started with one nurse, one aide and one office support person; today, the agency employs over 400 people with over 280 volunteers and serves 122 cities, towns and townships throughout its service area.

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Auburn to celebrate 5th annual Dinny Sullivan Day

The City of Auburn will celebrate local businesses while enjoying a day of fun with its fifth annual “Salute to Dinny Sullivan – Hats Off to Neighborhood Businesses” Day on Saturday, March 12. Numerous businesses and non-profit agencies around town will host activities. The community is invited to join in the fun.

The Dinny Sullivan Day celebration has three purposes: to recognize local businesses for their hard work and numerous contributions to the community; to provide an opportunity for local non-profits to organize an activity or event to raise funds or awareness for their work; and to encourage all to come out and enjoy the day in Auburn.

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Franco Center screens noted Quebecois film

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This film about the legendary French Canadian strong man will be shown free of charge on Tuesday, March 15 at 6 p.m. and again on Thursday, March 17 at 2 p.m.

As part of its week-long celebration of Francophonie Week, the Gendron Franco Center will screen the Quebecois drama film “Louis Cyr: The Strongest Man in the World” on Tuesday, March 15 at 6 p.m. and again on Thursday, March 17 at 2 p.m. In French with English subtitles, the film will be presented in the center’s Performance Hall. Both screenings will be free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted to support the week’s events.

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Diego Villamarin receives St. Dom’s Principal’s Award

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Saint Dominic Academy Senior Diego Villamarin 

Senior Diego Villamarin of Auburn has been selected to receive Saint Dominic Academy’s 2016 Principal’s Award. Sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association, the award is given in recognition of a high school senior’s academic achievement and citizenship.

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