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Poland Comm. School students make history come alive

Nineteen gifted and talented art students in Grades 2 through 6 at Poland Community School made connections to the history of their community during a special five-month art education unit called “Maine Landmarks, Their Stories.”

Working with RSU 16 gifted and talented teacher Ell Fanus and Poland Community School art teacher Jonathan Graffius, the students were charged with selecting a community landmark, learning about its history and the stories associated with it, and connecting their art to what they uncovered.

Chosing Poland Spring Resort as their subject, the students met with Poland Spring Preservation Society’s publicity director, Kate MacGregor, to learn more about the resort’s history. With this knowledge in hand, they then created a historic timeline and selected specific periods of interest.

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Museum L-A to host “One of a Kind” Sale

On Saturday, September 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Museum L-A will host a unique fundraising event that will have the added benefit of making room for its permanent collections.

This “One of a Kind” Sale, featuring a wide variety of unique and unusual items, will take place in the Atrium, located just before Museum L-A in the Bates Mill Complex, at 35 Canal Street in Lewiston. Please no “early birds,” and enter the parking lot from Chestnut Street. No artifacts or any part of the museum’s official collection will be included in the sale.

Available for purchase will be exhibit materials, props, an extensive folk doll collection, doll craft supplies and accessories, lights and lighting materials, posters and prints of a variety of vintage subjects (including The Hurricane, the International Snow Shoe Convention, Puck, A Stubborn Cinderella, the Lightening Express (Train), and Maurice Chevalier), rarely seen WWII photographs, Christmas decorations, bean bag chairs, framed prints of old-time musical groups, and much more.

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Lewiston staffer named Asst. City Clerk of the Year

City of Lewiston’s Assistant City Clerk, Allison Pease, has been named Maine’s 2016 Assistant City Clerk of the Year by the Maine Town and City Clerks’ Association. She was honored recently at the association’s annual Awards Luncheon, which took place in Waterville.

The Maine Town and City Clerks’ Association is an organization of over 700 municipal clerks, deputy clerks, and assistant clerks who serve throughout the state. The Assistant Clerk of the Year award was created in 2010 to honor and recognizes a member whose effort goes above and beyond the job description and who is committed to improving municipal government services. Pease has served as Lewiston’s Assistant City Clerk since December 2000.

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Historical Society program explores lives of Muskie, Nixon

At the next meeting of the Androscoggin Historical Society, the careers of two major political figures in 20th-century America will be explored in a talk by a scholar who has studied the lives of both.

Senator Edmund S. Muskie of Maine and President Richard M. Nixon were political opponents. In 1972, Muskie, a frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, was initially considered to be the most formidable potential candidate to challenge the incumbent Nixon. For that reason, Muskie was a primary target of actions by the Nixon reelection campaign that became part of the Watergate scandal.

Despite their clashing ambitions and different perspectives on politics and governance, however, their lives and careers reveal surprising similarities that are worth exploring.

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Enough is Enough: Legislators should focus on their constituents, not the Governor

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

What will the Democrats think of next?  Every day they seem to come up with another strategy which they hope will be successful in removing our Maine People’s Choice Governor, Paul R. LePage, from office.

It is sad when so much thought and effort is put into removing the Governor. It would be nice if this type of effort would be focused on a suffering constituency instead of a group of politicians uncomfortable with our current Governor.

The latest scam, in their repertoire of their ever shrinking bags of cons, is claiming the Governor’s recent actions will keep tourists from coming to our State. Please, give me a break! And just how was this conclusion reached?

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Only Steps Forward: Auburn’s neighborhoods combine to form one city

By Jonathan P. LaBonte

Mayor of Auburn

What is Auburn? Is it the “Hub of Maine” as one former mayor coined it?

Is it Maine’s City of Opportunity? Or perhaps folks know us as the place that proudly states, “We want development,” as you can see prominently as you enter our planning and permitting office?

Each of those monikers has a particular stakeholder that fairs most prominently; is it a hub for businesses and goods or people as well? If so, is it a place where investors are courted and treated with the highest levels of customer service, what about citizens?

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Sky Family to perform at Court St. Baptist Church

Each member of the group will perform on several instruments and contribute to the rich vocal harmonies and dancing.

Eastern Canada’s premier Irish Dance production the Sky Family will perform on Saturday, September 17 at 7 p.m. at the Court Street Baptist Church in Auburn. Hailing from Prince Edward Island, the group’s members will each perform on several instruments and contribute to the show’s rich vocal harmonies and high-energy dance as the East Coast Music Association nominees present their “Celtic Revival!” program.

The show’s fast-paced Celtic pop-rock music, dance, humor and Gospel inspiration provide toe-tapping entertainment for the whole family. All are invited to attend at no charge. A free will offering will be received. The church is located at 129 Court Street in Auburn. For more information, call 784-6661.

City Clerk now taking orders for absentee ballots

The Presidential and State Referendum Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, and registered voters who wish to order an absentee ballot for this election may now place their order with the Lewiston City Clerk’s Office. Absentee ballots will not be available until October 11, but voters may request an absentee ballot now and it will be mailed to them in mid-October.

Voters may place their order for an absentee ballot in several ways. They may call the City Clerk’s Office at 513-3124; submit a completed application form, available on the city’s website, to the City Clerk’s Office; or order one online at http://www.maine.gov.

Lewiston residents are encouraged to contact the City Clerk’s Office at 513-3124 with any questions they may have regarding this election.

Public Theatre offers intimate evening with playwright, cast of “Last Gas”

Presque Isle native John Cariani is a Tony-nominated Broadway actor and successful playwright.

Would you like an exclusive chance to go behind the scenes with Broadway actor and playwright John Cariani and the cast of the upcoming production of his latest play, “Last Gas,” at The Public Theatre? This rare opportunity is available to 100 lucky people through a unique fundraising event that will take place at the theater on Wednesday, September 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Eagle Scout project to aid homeless veterans

Alex Cote

Life Scout Alex Cote of Boy Scouts of America Troop 007 is working toward his Eagle Scout badge by compiling 150 care packages for homeless veterans to be distributed at VA Maine’s Homeless Veterans Stand Down event in October. To that end, he is asking the community for donations of various general hygiene products and nonperishables items, including razors, shaving cream, bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, ChapSkick, powder, underarm deodorant, Band Aids, tissues, protein bars, granola bars, and other snack items. Items may be dropped off in care of Alex Cote or Jennifer Lane at VFW Post 1603 at 588 Minot Avenue in Auburn on Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m., Fridays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 2 to 6 p.m., or at the Spaghetti Supper on October 7.



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