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USM team wins national leadership competition

A seven-member group of USM students took home the grand prize recently from the second annual Collegiate Leadership Competition at Cleveland’s John Carroll University.

“They did extraordinarily well,” said Dan Jenkins, an assistant professor and director of USM’s Leadership and Organizational Studies program, which is based on the school’s Lewiston-Auburn College campus. Jenkins also served as the team’s co-coach and the van driver for their 12-hour journey.

The dozen challenges that made up the competition tested the students’ ability to work together while communicating effectively and acting decisively. One test required them to verbally guide blindfolded teammates through a maze, while another required them to build and navigate a boat made from household items, such as cardboard and tape.

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SeniorsPlus honors McClusky with volunteer award


Pat McCluskey (r.) receives the 2016 Margaret Ross Award for Volunteerism from Executive Director Betsy Sawyer-Manter (l.) and Director of Community Services Connie Jones.

SeniorsPlus has presented its 2016 Margaret Ross Award for Volunteerism to sixteen-year volunteer Pat McClusky. Conveyed each year to a recipient who has made significant contributions to SeniorsPlus, the award was presented on the agency’s Volunteer Appreciation Day, which featured a luncheon buffet for the 130 volunteers in attendance made by the staff of the Meals on Wheels program.

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William “Chick” Leahey honored at State House


The life and accomplishments of the late William “Chick” Leahey, a lifelong resident of Lewiston, star athlete at Lewiston High School and long-time coach at his alma mater, Bates College, were honored recently at the State House in Augusta. He was represented at the event by his wife, Ruth Leahey (c.), granddaughter Maggie Sullivan and daughter Barbara Sullivan (3rd and 2nd from l.). With them here are Reps. Heidi Brooks, Jared Golden, Michel Lajoie and Margaret Rotundo, all D-Lewiston. Leahy died on March 26 at age 90.

Local designer offers open house for innovative new building shell system


Suitable for homes, commercial buildings and other uses, the system requires only three Lego block-type components to rapidly assemble. Options for interior floor plans and exterior appearance are limited only by imagination and budget.

Over the past several years, and with assistance from the Maine Technology Institute, Thom Labrie of Shelter +? Inc. has been quietly working on a project he hopes will help solve some of the most common problems associated with traditional building design. The results, a new “Ultra-High Performance Building Shell System,” could change the way homes and other buildings of the future look and perform.

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International flavor at the Franco Center


Students in the Community Learning Center’s French Club enjoy a special Moroccan-style meal at the Franco Center recently to highlight the end of their session studying the North African country. The club is part of the Franco Center’s French Heritage Language Program.

Cabin Fever Concert Series presents Dave Rowe


Rowe performs at the First Universalist Church of Turner Center to raise funds for local music education on Saturday, April 9.

The First Universalist Church of Turner Center will echo with the sounds of folk music for a good cause when its Cabin Fever Concert Series presents Auburn native Dave Rowe on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the event will help purchase musical instruments for area school students and recordings for the Turner Library’s music collection.

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CMO, Select Physical Therapy to host golf seminar

On Wednesday April 13, Central Maine Orthopaedics, a division of Spectrum Medical Group, and Select Physical Therapy will host a community seminar on how to prepare for an optimal golf season called “Fitness to Fairway.” The program will feature a panel of professionals, ranging from physicians to professionally trained golf experts, who will offer guidance and advice on everything from injury prevention to swing mechanics and how to return to golf safely after surgery or a joint replacement.

Free and open to the public, the event will take place at Select Physical Therapy, located within the CMO building at 690 Minot Avenue in Auburn. Panelists will be available from 5 to 7 p.m., with question and answer time included. Light refreshments will be served and a door prize of one free Golf Swing Video Analysis will be given away to one lucky attendee. Golf lovers of all ages and capabilities are welcome. To register for “Fitness to Fairway,” call 344-2433 or email

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SeniorsPlus to screen “Nine to Ninety” at CMCC


The acclaimed documentary poses difficult questions about the challenges of aging with dignity.

SeniorsPlus will present a screening of the documentary “Nine to Ninety” on Monday, April 11 at 5 p.m. in Room 103 of Kirk Hall at Central Maine Community College. A reception and discussion with the filmmakers and some of the cast will follow. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To attend, please RSVP by contacting SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241 or

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YMCA recognizes outstanding volunteer, hoopsters


Brian DuBois (c.), recipient of the William J. Hood Outstanding Volunteer Award, with Valerie Ackley, granddaughter of William J. Hood, and Chris Shea, YMCA director of youth sports

The YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston recognized Brian DuBois with one of its highest honors recently at its annual Biddy Basketball Awards Banquet. DuBois received the William J. Hood Outstanding Volunteer Award for his years coaching children of all ages at the YMCA and for his extraordinary commitment to the 2015-16 season.

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Lewiston H.S. Blue Notes perform at State House


Reps. Heidi Brooks, Jared Golden, Michel Lajoie and Margaret Rotundo of Lewiston welcome the Lewiston High School Blue Notes to the State House recently. The choir sang the national anthem to open the day’s session.

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