Broadway standards, Motown hits, stilettos, mini-skirts, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and desserts, and plenty of wine and champagne all await patrons at the Franco Center’s annual gala fundraiser concert by the Broadway Dolls on Saturday, October 26.
Patrons with $35 tickets may attend a pre-concert reception at 6 p.m. and one, called “Broadway Bubbly,” after the show where they can mingle over champagne and dessert with the five women in the Broadway Dolls. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
From Friday through Sunday, October 18 through 20, the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society will join 38 other organizations across the country in hosting an ASPCA “Mega Match-a-thon!” The local shelter’s goal for this second annual event is to find new homes for 200 or more eligible animals.
During this three-day event, dozens of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens of many different breeds, sizes and colors will be at the shelter waiting to meet you. All pets will be spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, and up-to-date on vaccinations before going to their new homes; they will also leave the shelter sporting a new collars, leashes and personalized ID tags, courtesy of the ASPCA.
Regular adoption fees will be waived on all adult cats (ages six months and older) and adult dogs (ages one year and older) throughout the three days. Adoption fees on younger pets will be as follows: $100 for kittens (under six months); $300 for puppies (under six months) and $100 for dogs (six months to one year). Discounted adoption fees will not include “VIP Pets.”
Mourning traditions and practices during the late 1800s will be the topic at a meeting of the Androscoggin Historical Society on Tuesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. at the Society’s headquarters on the third floor of the County Building, 2 Turner Street in Auburn.
Beverly Robbins will describe events that began in 1861, when the death of Prince Albert at the early age of 42 plunged Queen Victoria into a deep despair that lasted for the rest of her life and raised mourning to an art form.
In this country, the death of more than 600,000 Americans in the Civil War affected every home. When the war ended, new government agencies were founded to cope with the problem, and 74 national cemeteries were established.
The Woman’s Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston is now displaying watercolors by Irene Rothe of Auburn and photographs by Debbie Angelides, manager of the WHA Gift Shop.
Rothe began painting in 1973 with instructor Phyllis Woodsum of Wayne. She began showing her art work at sidewalk shows in 1992. Her primary medium is watercolor, and she enjoys painting island scenes, especially of Monhegan.
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
True leadership is a rare quality possessed by very few. There are successful business leaders who achieve fame and fortune through their hard-working staffs—staffs whose motivation comes from a handsome paycheck.
There are military leaders, whose absolute power over their troops is used to gain promotions and glory—this through the pain and dying of the troops under their command.
Then you have self-appointed community civic leaders—leaders who organize people from outside a neighborhood to come in to address problems in an unfamiliar neighborhood. They refer to this as help. I think it would be better defined as enabling.
True leaders do not rely on riches, power or celebrity status as a way to motivate people. True leaders have vision, a vision they are able to articulate in such a way that it motivates those hearing the message to realize the achievement of that vision is a reward in itself. Such a leader is the Rev. Doug Taylor, who along with his wife, Sonya, founded and run The Jesus Party on Bates Street in Lewiston.
The Dempsey Challenge kickoff event included world-class cyclists and special guests at The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in Lewiston on Friday, October 11, 2013.
From left are Jamie and Brent Bookwalter, Peter Chalke of CMMC, Carmen Small, Alison Tetrick, Mary Dempsey, Freddie Rodriguez and Chief of Domestic and International Affairs for USA Cycling, Sean Petty.
“Today we are pleased to announce that we are underscoring our commitment to the city of Auburn in a very important way. Our sponsorship of this new ice arena is a perfect fit with our dedication to wellness and the communities we serve,” stated Patricia Weigel, President of Norway Savings Bank. “Since opening our Auburn branch last spring, we’ve been looking for a way to let the people of Auburn and Lewiston know that we appreciate the warm welcome we’ve received and that we plan to be here for many years, not only as a business, but as a member of your community. The cities of Auburn and Lewiston have been so very welcoming, and our support of this new arena is our way of saying thank you.”
Attending the news conference were Auburn City Councilors, project developers and contractors, project supporters, representatives from area Youth Hockey Leagues, Adult Leagues and others who will utilize the Norway Savings Bank Ice Arena, including several high school teams who will call the new arena home. The teams from Edward Little High School, St. Dominic Academy, Leavitt Area H.S., Poland/Gray New-Gloucester and the Red Hornets will all call Norway Savings Bank Arena their home ice.
Ben Steele and Branden Dyer from the Edward Little High School hockey team and Taylor Landry of the Red Hornets spoke on behalf of those who will benefit from the new ice arena and thanked Norway Savings Bank for helping to make the dream of a brand new dual surface arena a reality.
A pair of sold out shows at the inaugural LAME Comedy Fest on September 27 and 28 brought in $1,646 for the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing.
Event organizer Mark Turcotte hosted some of New England’s best comedians, including George Hamm, Johnny Ater, Phoebe Angle, Mark Reilly, Josh Day, Brian Brinegar and Dee Turcotte in the first show. The festival concluded the following evening with performances by Nick Lavallee, Kyron Hobdy, Brett Groh, Troy Pennell, Ryan Waning, Ian Stuart, Matt Kona and Will Green.
“It was an awesome weekend,” said Turcotte. “We have some very funny people in the local comedy scene and I was thrilled to see such an outpouring of support for this event and the Dempsey Center. I’m already planning for next year.”
The Portland Pirates hockey team, who will play their full season of home games in Lewiston this year, launched a newly redesigned website on October 1.
Designed and produced by Infinity Pro Sports, the site features a sleek new look, with simple navigation and multimedia rich features, including an interactive calendar. Through fan polls and surveys, as well as heavy social media interactivity, it will promote fan engagement while providing the general public with the most up-to-date Pirates news.
“The new website is a user friendly, streamlined site with advanced features that will help the fan experience,” said Pirates Director of Communications & Media Relations Chris Knoblock. “We’re excited to have this new look and new technology for our web presence as we start a new era of Pirates hockey.”