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“Ugly Sweater Day” launches School Spirit Challenge at St. Dom’s

n.StDoms.Sweaters3Students at Saint Dominic Academy recently participated in an “Ugly Sweater Dress Down Day” to kick off their participation in the WGME Channel 13 and Fox News School Spirit Challenge to benefit the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

The Ugly Sweater event garnered over $700 in donations, translating to over $5,600 of food for those in need, for the eight-week food drive that serves as a friendly competition between schools to show school pride and spirit, all while helping the community. The Challenge will culminate in an event at the school’s Auburn campus on February 6.

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Agencies discuss lead abatement efforts at press conference

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Representatives were on hand to discuss the roles of various partner agencies in the effort.

A press conference took place at Lewiston City Hall recently to discuss how federal grants received by the City of Lewiston, Healthy Androscoggin, Pine Tree Legal and the Lewiston School Department will be used to fund a multi-pronged effort to combat childhood lead poisoning in the Lewiston-Auburn area.

“Enough is enough; this is going to stop” said Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald about a problem that affected a reported 171 young children in Auburn and 507 young children in Lewiston from 2003 to 2012. At the event, various community partners outlined their roles in a plan to free local homes of hazardous substances, such as lead, and to cope with the medical, developmental and legal problems exposure to such substances can cause in young children.

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Red Cross seeks Real Heroes nominees

An off-duty first responder who comes to the aid of a neighborhood; a classroom volunteer who makes a significant impact on the lives of young students; a cashier who administers first aid when an elderly customer is injured in a fall…

Maine is full of good people doing great things to help others. If you know of a Good Samaritan who performed an extraordinary act of heroism or courage this year, the Red Cross wants to hear their story.

The Red Cross in Maine is now accepting nominations for its annual Real Heroes Award. This award recognizes Mainers who have committed acts of heroism, provided outstanding community service, and shown courage, kindness, and unselfish character in service to others. Past awards have been presented to military personnel, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, medical providers, teachers, teenagers, neighbors and everyday citizens.

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Lavallee, Rowles support A-T Children’s Project

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Allison Lavallee recently presented her friend, Emersyn Rowles, with a donation of $325 for the A-T Children’s Project to help fight the rare disease, Ataxia-Telangiectasia. For Allison’s birthday, she asked for donations in honor of her friend. The girls, now in the third grade, have been friends since kindergarten at McMahon School.

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Public Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol”

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The Public Theatre’s original adaptation of Dickens’ classic tale, featuring six actors and a fiddler, brings the holiday story to life in exciting new ways.

For one weekend only, Lewiston-Auburn’s professional theater company, The Public Theatre, will present their acclaimed original adaptation of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol,” followed by a holiday sing-a-long featuring Christmas Carol fiddler Jennifer Armstrong, on Friday, December 12 at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 13 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 14 at 2 p.m.

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Former Bruins lace up for PAL All-Star Game

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Former Boston Bruins players will take to the Androscoggin Colisee ice for the annual Lewiston PAL All-Star Hockey Game on Friday, December 19.

The Lewiston Police Athletic League (PAL) will present its annual Lewiston PAL All-Star Hockey Game, featuring former Boston Bruins players, on Friday, December 19 at 7 p.m. at the Androscogging Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Now running for over a decade, the game has become a local tradition, last year bringing out a near capacity crowd to watch former Bruins, including Kenny “The Rat” Linseman, Reggie Lemelin and John Carter, take to the Colisee ice. In addition to the game, there will be opportunities for autographs and photos with the players.

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French-language holiday sing-along

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(L. to r., from front) Irene Mercier, Jeannine Doucette, Mary LeClerc, Jeannette Gregoire, Aliette Couturier, Helene Sylvain, Jacynthe Jacques and Gail Lawrence will lead a French-language holiday sing-along session on December 12.

A special French-language holiday sing-along session will take place on Friday, December 12 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel at D’Youville Pavillion in Lewiston. The program is free and all are invited to attend. Songbooks will be available, so those who are unfamiliar with the songs or less-than-fluent in French may easily follow along.

Jacynthe Jacques, Aliette Couturier and friends will lead those attending in a selection of festive local holiday favorites, such as “Le P’tit Rene au Nez Rouge” and “Il Est Ne le Divin Enfant.” Providing musical accompaniment will be pianist Jeannette Gregoire.

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Player of the Week

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Central Maine Community College player Carrington Miller of Bingham was named the Yankee Conference Player of the Week recently. In a two-game span, Miller scored 47 points and grabbed 21 rebounds to lead the Mustangs to victories over Hampshire College and the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Miller is a second-year student in CMCC’s Physical Fitness Specialist program.

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“Just Us” Family Christmas Show

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The “Just Us” entertainers will sing favorite and non-traditional Christmas songs sure to please all ages at the Franco Center on Sunday, December 7.

The “Just Us” entertainers will present their 14th annual Family Christmas Show on Sunday, December 7 at 2 p.m. at the Franco Center in Lewiston. Just Us first performed at the Center in the summer of 2000 to raise funds for the erstwhile Festival de Joie. Since then, this multi-generational group, comprised of family members and friends who share a love of great music from all genres, have performed at the Center 32 times for various events.

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Lost Valley a go for upcoming season

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These new energy-efficient HKD Focus Tower Snow Guns are expected to save about $60,000 a year in energy costs. Along with an outpouring of community support, this will allow Lost Valley to open for its upcoming season.

Just weeks away from the start of its ski season, Lost Valley recently announced that it will in fact open its second chair lift this year, thanks to an outpouring of financial and in-kind support from the community This development means that the popular local ski area will be fully operational for opening day on December 19.

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