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Enough is Enough Signs of the times, revitalizing the downtown


By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston


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Only Steps Forward Auburn must embrace equality and show public support for it

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“Arts and Ale” window features Jude Bellas


During the month of July, L/A Arts is featuring works by local artist Jude Bellas in the “Arts and Ale” window at Gritty’s Pub on Main Street in Auburn. A native of Lewiston-Auburn, Bellas began paper quilling about six years ago. Twirling thin pieces of paper into lace­like flowers and birds has since become a favorite pastime for the retired substance abuse counselor, especially during the cold winter months.

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City names new fire chief

Auburn City Manager Howard Kroll has announced the appointment of Deputy Fire Chief Geoff Low of Minot to fill the role of Fire Chief, effective July 1. Low has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the Fire Service profession and to the field of emergency medicine through his educational achievements and career experience.

Low began his service as a Private-Paramedic in the Auburn Fire Department in 1994 and progressed through the ranks, serving as Assistant Chief of EMS Services, Acting Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief. His other experience has included eight years as a Medical Specialist-Combat Medic with the Maine Army National Guard and service as Deputy Fire Chief-Paramedic in the Town of Oxford with Med-Care Ambulance. He is a respected instructor at the Maine Fire Sciences Institute, with certifications in Incident Command, Hazardous Materials Operations, and Emergency Medical Services.

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Accordionist to perform at La Rencontre


Normand Gagnon and friends will play traditional Québécois and other musical favorites on Thursday, July 14.

Master French-Canadian button accordionist Normand Gagnon will lead the entertainment at the next La Rencontre (“Gathering”) on Thursday, July 14 at 11:25 a.m. at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston. In honor of Bastille Day, the French National Day commemorating the storming of the Bastille in 1789, Gagnon and friends will play traditional Québécois and other musical favorites. An area of the floor will be cleared for dancing. Several raffle prizes will be drawn at the end. The meal will be homemade meatloaf, potatoes, gravy, and all the fixings. Doors will open at 10 a.m.

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Central Maine Healthcare names new president


Jeff Brickman

The Central Maine Healthcare Board of Directors has named Jeff Brickman, FACHE, as its next president and chief executive officer. Brickman comes to Central Maine Healthcare from Centura Health in Englewood, Colorado, where he serves as president of the Mountains and North Denver Operating Group and President and CEO of St. Anthony Hospital.

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Governor’s Address: Democrats’ Reckless Spending Habits Put Programs and People at Risk

Democrats cannot break their bad spending habits.
Dear Maine Taxpayer,

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Enough is Enough Coffee breaks, an unfettered mob and America’s birthday

By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston

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Only Steps Forward Despite new investment, economic challenges persist

By Jonathan P. LaBonté
Mayor of Auburn

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MECA exhibit features makers of Lewiston-Auburn


Running through July 31, the exhibit features the work of the growing number of makers and manufacturers setting up shop in Lewiston-Auburn.

A special, interactive exhibit on display at Maine College of Art in Portland through July will showcase the thriving but often hidden creative makers of Lewiston-Auburn. “Made in L-A” will open with a reception on Friday, July 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the college’s Fitzpatrick Gallery at 522 Congress Street. Part of Portland’s First Friday Art Walk, the event is free and open to the public.

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