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Gowell picked to sing Anthem at Fenway Park

n.Gowell.FenwayLarry Gowell of Auburn has been selected by the Boston Red Sox to sing the National Anthem at their game at Fenway Park on Sunday, July 6, designated by the team as this year’s “Maine Day.” A former major league pitcher in the New York Yankees system, Gowell on October 4, 1972 became the last American League pitcher to get a hit before the designated hitter rule was implemented the following season. A lifelong music lover, Gowell has been concentrating recently on developing a career as a professional singer. His Fenway appearance on July 6 will make him the first major league player ever to sing the National Anthem at a major league park.

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City of Lewiston taps MCHO for Economic Achievement Award

Maine Community Health Options (MCHO) has been selected by the City of Lewiston as the recipient of an Economic Achievement Award in recognition of its accomplishments in its inaugural year on Maine’s health insurance marketplace. The award was presented to MCHO CEO Kevin Lewis at the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council’s Annual Dinner on May 21 at the Ramada Inn of Lewiston.

“Each year the Lewiston City Council, administration, and Development Department staff identify companies or individuals who have had a significant positive economic impact in Lewiston,” said Lewiston Economic and Community Development Director Lincoln Jeffers. “The award is being given to MCHO in recognition of the 80% market share their well-developed plans earned in the health insurance marketplace and of the company’s phenomenal growth, both in the number of employees and space occupied, since its founding.”

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Civil War reminder

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Among those taking part in the Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 24 were Auburn City Councilor Tizz Crowley and U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran Timothy P. Dotts. Crowley wore a mourning dress typical of the post-Civil War era and Dotts was dressed in the guise of medical doctor Oren Horr, who served as a surgeon during the Civil War. Upon the war’s end, Horr returned to Lewiston and opened a practice on Pine Street.

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Gleason Media now broadcasting at 105.5 FM

The Federal Communications Commission recently authorized Gleason Media to begin broadcasting at 105.5 FM. This has paved the way for Gleason’s to become the first FM radio station licensed for the Lewiston-Auburn area that locates their studio in the Twin Cities; other stations licensed for the area broadcast from Portland.

Broadcasting as “the new Z105.5 – The Pulse of L-A,” the station features a “storefront studio” at 555 Center Street in Auburn, reminiscent of the one seen on the TV show “Northern Exposure.” The studio is not sound-proof and, at times, listeners can hear actual background noise, such as sirens, coming from the street outside.

The station’s “community” format emphasizes local news and events. Their morning “Breakfast Club” program features guests from local businesses and organizations, their local newscasts include excerpts from city council meetings, and they are the only station in the area to broadcast high school sports. When not hearing community news, listeners can expect to hear a blend of hits from today back to the 80s. The station can also be accessed live online at Z1055.com.

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Enough is Enough: We will not forget the meaning of Memorial Day

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

This Friday, May 30, 2014, is Memorial Day. It’s a day set aside to both remember and honor our country’s war dead, patriotic women and men who made the ultimate sacrifice in order to insure a continuation of the freedoms we enjoy. But over the years it has slowly been losing its meaning.

Several years ago, Congress exhibited their solemnity of this day by changing it from its original date to the last Monday in May, so that federal workers could enjoy a three-day weekend. With the stroke of a pen, it was transformed from a day from remembering and honoring our war dead to the kickoff of the summer vacation season. It has gone from a day of solemnity to just another long weekend.

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Graduating with honors

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The Lisbon High School Class of 2014 will graduate at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Friday, May 30. Graduating with honors (cum laude or magna cum laude) will be (l. to r., from front) Bailey Cutler, Jennifer Smith, Shantal MacWhinnie, Nichole Jones (Magna Cum Laude), Sierra Crosby (Magna Cum Laude), Paige Galligan, Tabitha Porter, Bryanna Sult (Magna Cum Laude), Dillon Clifford, Tyler Bard, Robert Dall (Magna Cum Laude), Nicholas Corey, and Dylan Busler. Not present for the photo were Jacob Bremmer, Jennifer-Lynn Clifford (Magna Cum Laude), Colby Perron, and Jeremy Wilson.

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LPL program demonstrates reading solutions for visually impaired

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These handheld magnifiers are among the low- and high-tech devices designed to help you keep reading that vision professionals will demonstrate at Lewiston Public Library on Thursday, June 5.

Reading exercises our brains, improves our concentration, teaches us, entertains us and relaxes us. Most importantly, perhaps, reading is a key to independence. Being able to read food labels, medication labels, bills, and newspapers are all daily tasks that require reading. So how can we continue with this vital activity when we develop vision problems?

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APD offers new service for those at risk of wandering

The Auburn Police Department (APD) has partnered with Project Lifesaver to implement a new service designed to track and rescue those with cognitive conditions who tend to wander. The service will answer a critical need for protecting citizens of Auburn who are at risk, including those with Alzheimer’s, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Down Syndrome or Dementia.

Clients enrolled in the service will wear a wristwatch-sized radio transmitter on their wrist or ankle. The transmitter will constantly emit a radio-frequency signal, which can be tracked regardless of where the person has wandered, including within densely wooded areas, marshes, concrete structures, and steel buildings. When a loved one goes missing and a caregiver notifies 9-1-1, officers will be dispatched to the wanderer’s last known area. The service has an average rescue time of approximately 30 minutes.

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Students pass CNA exam

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These students recently completed the Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) College of Nursing and Health Professions Nursing Assistant course and subsequently passed the state competency examination: (beginning second from left) Rae Brushwein and Jeffrey Gousse, both of Lewiston; Emily Marshall of New Gloucester; Rebecca King of Limington; Adria Hughes of Raymond; Michelle Lessard of Lisbon; and Cecily Hurst of Lewiston. The course instructor was registered nurse Evawn Young (far left). For more information about classes and programs at the College, visit www.CMMCcollege.edu.

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Enough is Enough: Look beyond school grades to see the real story

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Whew! Thank goodness Lewiston’s school budget was approved before the Maine Department of Education released its school grades.

I would speculate that if the public had gone to the polls knowing how poorly Lewiston’s school system had scored, voter turnout would have been high, resulting in an overwhelming defeat of Lewiston school budget.

But, like life, someone has to finish last. Unsurprisingly and living up to its reputation as a welfare destination, Lewiston to the surprise of no one won the race to the bottom, thus reprising our all-too-familiar role of Cinderella. Immediately our evil stepsisters (the media and the affluent progressives of Southern Maine) began to focus on and publically dissect the composition of Lewiston’s population.

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