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Androscoggin County Chamber chooses new helm

Chamber head-matthew_leonard

  Following a lengthy national search by its board of directors, the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce has selected Matt Leonard, 39, from among 54 applicants as president and CEO. Leonard replaces outgoing helm Chip Morrison, beginning his term on May 11.

Leonard grew up in Maine but currently resides in San Diego, California, where he is completing his career as a senior executive advisor in the military.

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Ribbon Cutting April 1 at L/A’s New Indoor Playground Kiddo’s

(l.-r.): Mark Kontio, Mary LaFontaine, Chiara Ferrante, Jon and Meghan Levesque, and their children, Diane Jackson, Larry Giroux, Jonathan Labonte

(l.-r.): Mark Kontio, Mary LaFontaine, Chiara Ferrante, Jon and Meghan Levesque, and their children, Diane Jackson, Larry Giroux, Jonathan Labonte

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Maine Gladiators Youth Hockey Team

The Maine Gladiators Squirt Tier II team completed their outstanding regular season at the New England District Super Regional Tournament in South Burlington, Vermont, earning a spot through their Maine State Championship win on March 8. Six states were represented and eight State Championship teams advanced to the Super Regional Tournament. The Maine Gladiators faced teams from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Vermont, finishing a proud second.

The Maine Gladiators Squirt Tier II team completed their outstanding regular season at the New England District Super Regional Tournament in South Burlington, Vermont, earning a spot through their Maine State Championship win on March 8. Six states were represented and eight State Championship teams advanced to the Super Regional Tournament. The Maine Gladiators faced teams from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Vermont, finishing a proud second.

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Chamber YPLAA Y-Not Kick Off event

(l.-r.) Mary Dempsey, Kayla Quesnel, Meghan Hunt, Connor Beatty, Melissa Donahue, Jill St. Laurent, Cecilia Conroy, Matthew Shaw and Jessica Bernier. See more photos on pages 2-3.

(l.-r.) Mary Dempsey, Kayla Quesnel, Meghan Hunt, Connor Beatty, Melissa Donahue, Jill St. Laurent, Cecilia Conroy, Matthew Shaw and Jessica Bernier. See more photos on pages 2-3.

 

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Welfare to Work Works and More Reform Makes it Better

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.

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CMMC physician receives national honor

Bruce E. Condit, M.D.

Bruce E. Condit, M.D. 

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.

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Saint Dominic Academy’s Junior High Wins State Championship

Saint Dominic Academy’s Junior High School Hockey Team.

Saint Dominic Academy’s Junior High School Hockey Team.

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.

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Dr. Seuss bulletin board winners are announced

First place winner, Jessica Swindlehurst, grade 1 teacher , featuring “The Lorax.” See page 4 for more winners. Photo by Monica Millhime.

First place winner, Jessica Swindlehurst, grade 1 teacher
, featuring “The Lorax.” See page 4 for more winners. Photo by Monica Millhime.

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.”

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Enough is Enough: Jobs, commerce and taxes: a big win for Lewiston

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.

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Mechanics supports CLT performances

Gerald (Gerry) Therrien (l), an officer of Mechanics Savings Bank, presents a check for $2,000 to Nakesha Warren, executive producer of Community Little Theatre. The funds will be used to support upcoming performances. Gerry has been a member of CLT since 1984 and has been involved with a number of productions, both on and off-stage. Gerry and Nakesha have worked together in several CLT productions presented to the L/A Community.

Gerald (Gerry) Therrien (l), an officer of Mechanics Savings Bank, presents a check for $2,000 to Nakesha Warren, executive producer of Community Little Theatre. The funds will be used to support upcoming performances. Gerry has been a member of CLT since 1984 and has been involved with a number of productions, both on and off-stage. Gerry and Nakesha have worked together in several CLT productions presented to the L/A Community.

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.”

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