Before we started reforming Maine’s welfare system in 2011, people could stay on “temporary” welfare for as long as they wanted.The rule for eligibility was: “When in doubt, hand it out.”
Hello, this is Governor Paul LePage.
When I became Governor, I knew our welfare system needed to be fixed. We had too many people on the welfare rolls, and there was zero accountability.
We’ve worked with thousands of Mainers to help them become more self-reliant and economically independent. Our administration is willing to provide the time and effort it takes to help fellow Mainers.We have enacted a five-year cap on TANF benefits.But that isn’t the only solution.We now offer welfare recipients the opportunities and support they need to succeed.
Bruce E. Condit, M.D., medical director of palliative care and an attending physician at Central Maine Medical Center is one of just five recipients of the 2015 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards. Condit has been recognized nationally for his work on behalf of those with serious illnesses in rural Maine.
The awards are cosponsored by The Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute that has done groundbreaking work on end-of-life decision-making, and the Cunniff-Dixon Foundation, which strives to enrich the doctor-patient relationship near the end of life. Duke University Divinity School’s Program in Medicine, Theology, and Culture oversees the selection process.
Saint Dominic Academy’s Junior High School hockey team finished the season last Thursday at the Southern Maine Middle School State Championship Game at the University of New England.
For the second year in a row, St. Dom’s took the State Championship
title for Middle School Hockey.
The co-ed team finished the season with 11 wins, three losses and four ties, while averaging four goals scored per game.
Bulletin boards created by students and their teachers were among the highlights of Lisbon Community School’s Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration on March 6.
“Grades pre-kindergarten through grade 4 participated,” said Monica Millhime, Lisbon’s Community Resource Coordinator. “Teachers and students decided on themes, the layouts and the designs of their Dr. Seuss-themed boards and were very excited to have completed their contest entry by the night of the event.”
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
Simones Hot Dogs, a local landmark of a restaurant, is well known not only for its red hot dogs, but also as a meeting place for political activity. Customers range from the poor to lawyers to businessmen and lastly politicians. Here alliances are made and deals struck.
When I first became mayor, I took a walk up Lisbon Street, speaking with locally established business people and entrepreneurs who saw promise in the area and were investing heavily in the hope of bringing the area to life. Their biggest concern was the deteriorating McCrory’s building, which strained efforts to transform the area. There were no potential buyers on the horizon interested in purchasing the property. Further, it was getting to a point where sometime in the future, the building would have to be demolished, thus joining the site of the old Marco’s restaurant as another vacant lot on Lisbon Street.
In keeping with its long-standing commitment to support local arts, Mechanics Savings Bank has donated $2,000 to Community Little Theatre. The funds will be used to support upcoming performances.
“We are so pleased to receive the support of Mechanics Savings Bank,” said Karen Mayo, executive director of L-A Community Little Theatre. “L-A Community Little Theatre is a volunteer organization, celebrating 75 seasons of live theatre and we would not be able to do it without the support of local business. Businesses like Mechanics Savings who support the arts help to change lives forever and enrich the culture in our community.”
Classical pianist Jon Nakamatsu will perform at Bates College on Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. Praised for his clean technique and deep musical intuition, Nakamatsu took the world of classical piano by storm when, over many more-favored competitors, he walked away with the gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997, becoming the first American to win the prestigious title in 16 years.
His triumph was a classic underdog story: a high school teacher, Nakamatsu had studied with one piano teacher since age 6 and had never gone to a conservatory or college to study music.