U.S. Senator Susan Collins recently met with representatives of Procter & Gamble in her Washington, D.C. office to discuss various economic issues. The meeting included two representatives from Procter & Gamble’s Tambrands subsidiary in Auburn, Plant Manager Felicia Coney and Site Human Resources Manager Rick Malinowski.
Employing 450 people, the Auburn plant is the city’s second-largest employer and supplies feminine care products for the entire North American market. Parent company Procter & Gamble recently bestowed its best North American Plant Award to the facility in recognition of its outstanding safety record, successful quality audits, and sustained production levels.
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
This weekend we will be asked to stop and reflect upon the sacrifices endured by those who donned our country’s uniform.
For many who never served, Veteran’s Day is a holiday. Many have the day off to catch up on work around the house, to relax or recreate. Others are compensated handsomely for being required to come to work.
Many area veterans’ posts throughout Lewiston-Auburn and the surrounding area will be providing breakfasts and lunches at their posts, which will be open to all veterans and their families. These are not held as a “Welcome home, thanks for your service.”
They are held to give veterans a chance to meet and mingle with other veterans. They can talk openly about their experiences with other veterans who have similar experiences—without judgment from the listener.
Over 150 of Brenda Fontaine’s clients and colleagues gathered recently at the Royal Oak Room in Lewiston to celebrate her 30th anniversary in the real estate business.
Fontaine and her team of agents and support staff greeted each guest as they made their way on a special blue carpet leading to front and center at the Royal Oak Room. There, each guest was photographed by the “paparazzi” as they were given star treatment at the event.
A dynamic wind quintet known for its innovative programming and stagecraft will appear at Bates College on Friday, November 1. WindSync will perform music by Anton Reicha, Astor Piazzolla, David Maslanka and Maurice Ravel in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” the quintet has been thrilling audiences nationwide with its unique approach to classical music. Based in Houston, the group consists of Garett Hudson, flutist; Erin Tsai, oboist; Jack Marquardt, clarinetist; Tracy Jacobson, bassoonist; and Anni Hochhalter, who plays the horn.
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hebron Academy middle schoolers sported pink socks during their last soccer game of the season. They also hosted a Breast Cancer Benefit Bake Sale and pitched in with Portland radio station Q97.9’s “Cans for a Cure” can and bottle drive, rallying the community to donate a ton of recyclable cans.
To collect the bursting bags of redeemables, Q97.9 radio personality Lori Voornas paid Hebron Academy a personal visit on October 17, pulling up in her pink ribbon truck, which the middle schoolers helped load.
Top It Frozen Yogurt Bar recently celebrated its official grand opening at 168 Main Street in Auburn with the help of family, friends, and city officials.
The frozen yogurt bar will offer eight flavors of frozen yogurt, four twists, and over 20 different toppings, allowing customers to create a staggering array of flavor combinations.
Purchased by weight at .47 cents per ounce, the yogurt bar is entirely self-serve. Customers select one of three different sized containers, choose a flavor from the four frozen yogurt dispensers mounted on the back wall, and then finish off their personalized creation with a variety of seasonally adjusted toppings.
Zimmie’s Comics, a former longtime fixture of Downtown Lewiston that was once widely regarded as one of the premiere comic and graphic novel stores in New England, celebrated its official grand “re-opening” recently among family, friends, and dedicated clientele.
Located in the same space at 197 Main Street that it occupied from 1999 to 2009, the store is now under new ownership, with Daniel Bailey managing day-to-day operations and original store founder Joe Loubier serving as his co-owner.
The opportunity to run a well-established brand specializing in comic books, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, role playing and board games, dice, collectibles and apparel presented a unique opportunity for Bailey.
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
“Tip O’Neill said that all politics is local. I say all politics is personal. Voters want to know: how does this election affect me and my concerns?”
Thus spoke Ray Flynn, former Boston mayor and former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, to a group of Suffolk University students tracking the race for mayor in Boston.
I pose the same question to Lewiston voters: how is the upcoming mayor’s election going to impact you?
In the last seven years, the mayor’s position has gone from ribbon cutting, running a council meeting and occasionally breaking a tie vote to the person sitting in the corner basement office setting the direction in which the City of Lewiston will proceed. This power, not found in the City Charter, is the result of the Bully Pulpit.
If you and your family are ready to trade in cabin fever for outdoor winter thrills, the WinterKids Passport, now on sale for its 16th season, may be for you.
Since its inception in 1997, the WinterKids Passport program has helped over 50,000 Maine kids and their families try new winter activities, including downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snow tubing and even dog sledding! All 5th, 6th, and 7th graders in Maine are eligible for a Passport, which contains free and discounted tickets, lessons, and rentals at 52 outdoor recreation areas all over the state. The Passport offers over $1800 worth of family-friendly outdoor winter fun for the price of $25.
The patriotic rock band, Madison Rising performed at the Lewiston Armory on October 19, 2013. The concert benefited Wounded Heroes Program of Maine and Disabled American Veterans. Band members mingled with supporters at an after party held at Gippers Sports Grill. From Left: Samuel Fishman, Shawn Kern, Bob Rich III, Pam Payeur Executive Director of Wounded Heroes Program of Maine, Dave Bray, Ken Quinn Chairman of the Androscoggin Republicans, Steve Padelski. TCT Staff Photo by Laurie Steele