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Governor’s Address: Maine does not need New York-style gun control

The proposal for Universal Background Checks on the November ballot seems simple, but it’s not. First of all, according to Constitutions of the United States and Maine, it is likely unconstitutional.

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Only Steps Forward Attracting investment and raising real estate value takes strategy

By Jonathan P. LaBonté
Mayor of Auburn

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Enough is Enough Local polls, defining our enemy and gun control

By Robert E. Macdonald

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Governor’s Address: A Trip to Disney isn’t Likely;

Why Legislators Must Come Back to Augusta

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Enough is Enough It’s time to focus on industrial arts in our schools

By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston

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Only Steps Forward L-A is fortunate to have water sources for recreation, drinking and wildlife

By Jonathan P. LaBonte
Mayor of Auburn

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Local students take first, second place in NYC poetry slam


Competitors and coaches from Edward Little High School pose on stage after the competition.

Two Edward Little High School students took first and second place in the recent 2016 Global Writes poetry slam competition in the Bronx, New York.

“I heard the cheering. It felt euphoric. It was amazing!” recalled first-place winner Ahmed Mohamed of his final performance. “People like me get to tell the world our stories.”

“With poetry, you are able to put how you feel into words and share it with others,” added second-place winner Khadro Adow. “It gives you confidence in who you are and where you come from.”

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Rotary Breakfast Club makes landmark gift to YMCA outdoor facility


Here with Rotary Club President Lee Upton (r.) are YMCA staff members (from l.) Christopher Paradis, Steve Wallace (CEO), Victoria Stanton and Wil Libby.

The Auburn-Lewiston Rotary Breakfast Club has donated $5,500 toward the development of the YMCA’s Outdoor Education & Learning Center. The gift is the club’s largest single-year contribution in the history of its community giving, which over its 25-year history totals over $459,000 to local and international charitable organizations. The donation will be used for construction of an open-air pavilion and trail kiosk at the 93-acre center, located along Stetson and River Roads in Auburn.

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City to cut ribbon for new amphitheater

The City of Lewiston will conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of its new amphitheater in Simard Payne Memorial Park on Friday, June 24 at 4:30 p.m. Following the ribbon cutting, there will be a brief program featuring performances by Ninth Tone Voice Studios, L-A Community Little Theatre, and the Maine Music Society. The event is free and open to the public. The park is located at 46 Beech Street.

Partly funded by a $900,000 Economic Development Initiative grant, the amphitheater was a recommendation of Lewiston’s 2012 Riverfront Island Master Plan, reflecting the community’s desire to see the riverfront utilized to its fullest potential, including recreational uses.

St. Dom’s names principal of Lewiston campus


Marianne Pelletier

Saint Dominic Academy has announced that Marianne Pelletier, the school’s current director of enrollment, has been named the new principal of the Lewiston (Pre-K through Grade 6) campus, effective July 1. She replaces Donald Bilodeau, who announced his retirement as a full-time administrator in February.

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