Civil War historian Charles Plummer, widely-known for his living history presentations, will be the featured speaker at Lewiston-Auburn Senior College’s next “Food for Thought” luncheon on Friday, April 12 at 11:30 a.m.
In the guise of Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant, Plummer will relate highlights of the life and experiences of this famous and colorful Union general, culminating with the defeat of General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865, which effectively ended the Civil War.
The Androscoggin County Republicans hosted their annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at The Green Ladle located at the Lewiston Regional Technical Center. This fundraiser featured Maine’s governor Paul LePage as speaker, followed by a live auction led by Gary Crocker and Rep. Jeffrey Timberlake, then entertainment by Maine humorist Gary Crocker.
Central Maine Orthopaedics (CMO), Select Physical Therapy and Central Maine Sports Medicine will host their second annual Great Falls Fitness Seminar, “Get Psyched on Cycling,” on Wednesday, April 3 at the Green Ladle in Lewiston. This year’s event will feature world champion cyclist Rebecca Rusch.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. The formal program, featuring Rusch, Dr. Jay T. Kearney and Dr. Patrick Fallon, will take place from 6 to 8:00. The event is appropriate for cyclists of all experience levels and abilities, from seasoned veterans looking to improve their performance to those just thinking about cycling.
Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice (AHCH) has announced that Electricity Maine will join Baxter Brewing Company as a major sponsor of the 2013 Hospice House 5K & Remembrance Walk.
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Baxter Brewing and are very excited that Electricity Maine is joining us,” said AHCH President/CEO Julie Shackley. “Like Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, they are local Maine companies that share a commitment to supporting the community.”
Ten portraits by artist Robert Shetterly are on display in the Hall Gallery at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College until March 23. The paintings are from Shetterly’s series, “Americans Who Tell the Truth,” which he describes as a showcase for “models of courageous citizenship.” Shetterly will discuss the portrait series on Thursday, March 14 at 1:30 p.m. in a presentation that is free and open to the public.
The second annual Inside Africa Fashion Show will take place on Friday, March 15 at 8 p.m. in the concert hall at Olin Arts Center at 75 Russell Street in Lewiston. Sponsored by the Bates College’s Africana Club, the show will reflect the diversity of the continent’s apparel and the influence of African fashion abroad. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Sponsored by the DAISY Foundation, the DAISY Award recognizes nurses who consistently demonstrate the following attributes in their work: compassion; critical thinking; passion for life; patient advocacy; patient- and family-focused care; support of fellow healthcare team members; and the characteristics of a professional role model.Registered nurse Nancy Ouellette has been recognized by Central Maine Medical Center as its first DAISY Award recipient.
Lewiston hospitals are owed $29 million
By Bruce Poliquin
Around 2002, Maine state government started practicing some odd bookkeeping: it began paying Maine hospitals less than they were owed for services provided to our rapidly growing low-income Medicaid population.
The state simply chose not to pay, for example, the full contracted amount for the ambulance, tests, medication and nurse/doctor care for a Medicaid patient treated at an emergency room. In many cases, the hospitals were not fully paid for several years so Augusta could plug recurring holes in its annual budgets.
Today, Maine’s 39 hospitals are owed $484 million for services they have already provided back to 2009. This ongoing hospital debt is the direct result of our huge and expensive Medicaid program, called MaineCare, which was originally created as a health care safety net for our most vulnerable residents.
Here are the top five hospital bills owed by the state:
Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor: $72 million
Maine Medical Center, Portland: $68 million
Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston: $51 million
MaineGeneral Medical Center, Augusta: $45 million
St. Mary’s Medical Center, Lewiston: $29 million
Governor Paul R. LePage released today the following statement regarding news that the Bangor Daily News is requesting the names and addresses of concealed weapons permit holders from law enforcement agencies across the state:
“If newspapers would like to know who has concealed weapons permits, then they should know the Governor has his. I have serious concerns that BDN’s request will incite fear among gun owners and non-gun owners alike regarding their safety. There is no reason why these records should be public and I encourage the Legislature to act quickly to make this personal information confidential.
As I have said, the rights of law-abiding citizens to own firearms will not be questioned while I am Governor. That is especially true for those who respect the law enough to go through the process of obtaining a permit to carry concealed.”