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“LegoLandia” event to benefit Pettingill Park

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The Lego creations of 13-year-old twins Emma and John Auer will be on display at a LegoLandia event to benefit the new Pettingill School Park on December 30 and 31.

Thirteen-year-old twins Emma and John Auer have been Lego enthusiasts for as long as they can remember, so when they moved to Lewiston with their parents recently, they brought their Lego city creations – completely intact – with them. Now they are rallying their young friends to help raise money for the new Pettingill School Park by organizing Lewiston’s first “LegoLandia” on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 30 and 31, at Lewiston Public Library.

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Bishop announces new Lewiston assignments

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Fr. D. Joseph Manship, chaplain at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion and St. Mary’s Residence, will retire as of January 1.

Effective December 28, Fr. Paul H. Dumais has been appointed as chaplain at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion and St. Mary’s Residence, all located in Lewiston. He currently serves as a three quarter-time chaplain at Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) in Lewiston and a quarter-time parochial vicar at Prince of Peace Parish in Lewiston. To ensure that adequate pastoral care is provided to patients at CMMC, Fr. Dumais, along with priests from local parishes, will continue to provide chaplaincy services at the hospital until a successor can be named.

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Scouts offer Christmas tree pick-up

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Members of Boy Scout Troop 121 of Auburn will pick up your discarded Christmas tree on January 10 or 11 for a minimum $5 donation.

For the third year, Boy Scout Troop 121 of Auburn will collect discarded Christmas trees and deliver them to local recycling centers in Auburn and Lewiston. While the cities of Auburn and Lewiston provide locations for free tree disposal, they no longer collect trees at curbside. For a minimum donation of $5, the scouts will pick up Christmas trees on the weekend of January 10 and 11. Trees must be at curbside for pick-up by the morning of January 10.

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Berman & Simmons names new Managing Director

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Attorney Craig Bramley of Cumberland has been named Managing Director at Berman & Simmons in Lewiston. Bramley specializes in representing patients in medical malpractice cases. He has teamed with attorney Julian Sweet for the past 15 years. Together they have won the two largest medical negligence awards in the history of Maine courts. Bramley is an integral part of the firm’s medical malpractice group and a leader in the use of computer technology for case preparation. He joined the firm in 1996 and has been a partner since 2007.

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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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