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Grand opening for Aero Air Park in Lewiston

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Pictured here (l. to r.) are Aero Air Park General Manager Marissa Green, Matt Leonard of the LA Metro Chamber, Aero Air Park owner Fei Lu, Lewiston Mayor Bob MacDonald, Ali Rudzinski of Senator Susan Collins’ Office, Paul Tarr of Aero Air Park and Michelle Gosselin of Dow Media.

Local business professionals and dignitaries converged on Aero Air Park recently for a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the Grand Opening of the unique and fun new attraction at 40 East Avenue in Lewiston. An indoor trampoline park located in the Lewiston Mall next to Sea 40 Japanese Cuisine, Aero Air Park features wall-to-wall trampolines that include an open jump arena, trampoline dodge ball, a basketball dunk station and a “trick” zone. The facility also includes an arcade, frozen yogurt bar and private party room.

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Mechanics Savings donates $1000 to Jubilee Center

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Mortgage Loan Officer and Charitable Contributions Committee Member Mariah Robinson of Mechanics Savings Bank (l.) presents a $1,000 donation check to Erin Reed of Trinity Jubilee Center.

Mechanics Savings Bank has donated $1,000 to support Trinity Jubilee Center’s Sponsor a Meal Project. The donation will fund the soup kitchen’s operation for ten days, making possible the preparation and distribution of over 1,000 meals. Since it’s inception in 1991, Trinity Jubilee Center has assisted thousands of Maine families through five programs that run seven days per week: a Meals Program, Food Pantry, Day Shelter, Resource Center, and Refugee Integration Program. Mechanics Savings Bank has been a consistent supporter of the Center, whose focus areas are community education, food security, youth development and public health.

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Central Maine Healthcare CEO to retire

The Central Maine Healthcare governing board has announced that the organization’s chief executive officer will retire during the summer of 2016. Central Maine Healthcare President and CEO Peter E. Chalke has notified the CMH Board of Directors that he will retire from the organization he has led for more than a decade, according to CMH Board of Directors Chair Deborah Dunlap Avasthi.

CMH is the parent organization to 17 companies that serve the healthcare needs of the central Maine region. CMH’s subsidiaries include Central Maine Medical Center, Bridgton Hospital, Rumford Hospital, and the Central Maine Medical Group. With over 3,700 employees, CMH is the largest healthcare employer in central Maine.

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Off-Broadway hit gets N.E. premier at Public Theatre

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The Public Theatre’s production of the humorous and touching play “What Rhymes with America” opens Friday, March 11.

The Public Theatre will present the New England premiere of the humorous, touching and thought-provoking Off-Broadway hit “What Rhymes with America” March 11 through 20. This poignant and funny play explores the lives, hearts and heartbreak of a recently divorced dad, his estranged teenage daughter, a struggling actress and an endearing middle-aged virgin as they each try to figure out how to move forward in their lives.

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Mechanics Savings Bank donates $1,500 to AHCH

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Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice Development Coordinator Teri Blaschke receives a $1,500 check from MSB employees (l. to r.) Kristina Cote, Terri Cook, and Jeff Gosselin.

Mechanics Savings Bank has donated $1,500 to Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice to support the agency’s home care services and Hospice House. This year, the bank will once again sponsor the agency’s Hospice House 5K & Remembrance Walk, to be held on May 15, as well as its annual Holiday Remembrance Ornament fundraiser.

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V-Day aUbUrn presents “Vagina Monologues”

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The cast of V-Day aUbUrn’s 2016 production of “The Vagina Monologues”

Directed by Pat Gardiner, V-Day aUbUrn’s 2016 production of “The Vagina Monologues” will be staged on Saturday and Sunday, February 27 and 28. The Saturday performance will take place at 7 p.m. and the Sunday performance will be at 1 p.m. This year’s cast includes Sara Camolli-Braband, Roxie Devoe, Dianna DeCosta, Tara Humphries, Sara Karam, Karen Lane, Rebecca Lynch, Justine Meader, Danielle Miller, Rita Moran, Dawn Sullivan, Rachel Swanson, Klara Tammany, Ashley Thibodeau and Danielle Woodbury.

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Super Refund Saturday files returns for 219 residents

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These local residents are all smiles for tax prep assistance on this year’s Super Refund Saturday at the Lewiston Armory.

The Lewiston-Auburn CA$H Coalition’s annual Super Refund Saturday brought a room full of IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers to the Lewiston Armory on February 13, when the group collectively prepared and e-filed Federal and State tax returns, free of charge, for 219 local residents.

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Franco Center presents “Bandstand to Billboard”

The widely-acclaimed show “From Bandstand to Billboard,” a fun and sometimes romantic collection of 1950s, 60s and 70s hits from Billboard Magazine and American Bandstand, will make a local appearance at the Gendron Franco Center on Saturday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m.

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Ice Fest L-A boasts expanded line-up

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This year’s event features an expanded line-up of live entertainment and professionally crafted ice sculptures.

L-A Arts will present its 4th annual community celebration of winter in Maine, Ice Festival L-A 2016, from Friday, February 19 through Sunday, February 21. This three-day event, featuring food from a collection of L-A’s best restaurants, ice bars, an expanded line-up of live entertainment and professionally crafted ice sculptures, and more, will take place in the Bates Mill Courtyard and Atrium at 150 Mill Street (beside DaVinci’s Eatery) in Lewiston. Friday and Saturday are ages 21+ events, while Sunday is an all-ages Family Day with reduced price admission and free entry for those under 18. The three-day event schedule is listed below. To buy tickets, call 782-7228 or see laarts.org.

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Sleeper to receive Samantha Smith Award

The Maine Women’s Fund has named Julia Sleeper, founder and Executive Director of Tree Street Youth Center in Lewiston, as the recipient of its 2016 Samantha Smith Award. The award is conferred annually to recognize a young woman from Maine who works to promote social change in her school or community, inspires other girls to become active in supporting long lasting change in Maine, or uses her voice boldly to influence others and make a difference in her community.

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