A special French-language holiday sing-along session will take place on Friday, December 12 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel at D’Youville Pavillion in Lewiston. The program is free and all are invited to attend. Songbooks will be available, so those who are unfamiliar with the songs or less-than-fluent in French may easily follow along.
Jacynthe Jacques, Aliette Couturier and friends will lead those attending in a selection of festive local holiday favorites, such as “Le P’tit Rene au Nez Rouge” and “Il Est Ne le Divin Enfant.” Providing musical accompaniment will be pianist Jeannette Gregoire.
Central Maine Community College player Carrington Miller of Bingham was named the Yankee Conference Player of the Week recently. In a two-game span, Miller scored 47 points and grabbed 21 rebounds to lead the Mustangs to victories over Hampshire College and the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Miller is a second-year student in CMCC’s Physical Fitness Specialist program.
The “Just Us” entertainers will present their 14th annual Family Christmas Show on Sunday, December 7 at 2 p.m. at the Franco Center in Lewiston. Just Us first performed at the Center in the summer of 2000 to raise funds for the erstwhile Festival de Joie. Since then, this multi-generational group, comprised of family members and friends who share a love of great music from all genres, have performed at the Center 32 times for various events.
Just weeks away from the start of its ski season, Lost Valley recently announced that it will in fact open its second chair lift this year, thanks to an outpouring of financial and in-kind support from the community This development means that the popular local ski area will be fully operational for opening day on December 19.
Lee Myles, President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Mary’s Health System, recently announced his intention to retire during the coming year. Myles’ departure is expected by the end of 2015. During that time, a search process will recruit and select a new President and Chief Executive Officer for the Health System.
Myles has been with St. Mary’s since 1992, when he was hired as Vice President-Chief Operating Officer of the Medical Center. In 2006, he was named Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Center and in 2010 he was named President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Mary’s Health System.
Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation has selected the Androscoggin Children’s Advocacy Center (ACAC) as the 2014 recipient of its annual $25K for Kids grant. The award was presented at the MainStreet Foundation’s annual meeting on November 20 at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in Lewiston. In line with its mission to provide the three essentials of life – food, shelter and security – to as many children as possible, the grant was presented to ACAC to expand its support to children in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties who are victims of sexual abuse.
The employees of Central Distributors in Lewiston recently donated the $515 they raised through the company’s jean days to the United Way of Androscoggin County.
“United Way of Androscoggin County is an organization that belongs to and is made up of the community,” said Executive Director Joleen Bedard. “Central Distributors employees have shown their support for what community means by volunteering and donating in excess of $132,500 over the past five years.”
The board of directors who organized the Emerge Film Festival has announced that the Festival will return for a second year. Building upon a successful inaugural event held in June, the board is planning a follow-up event that will expand to four days in 2015.
Scheduled to run Thursday through Sunday, April 9 through 12, the Festival will showcase a diverse selection of documentary, short and feature-length films made in Maine, across the U.S. and the world. The event will kick off with a tenth anniversary screening of 217 Films’ “Cleophas and His Own,” an adaptation of the autobiographical narrative poem by American painter and poet Marsden Hartley, who was born in Lewiston. It will wrap up with a screening of the Festival’s award winners.
“We got such a great response to our inaugural event from our local community, sponsors, film enthusiasts and – most importantly – filmmakers that we are thrilled to continue to build upon the success of our first festival,” said Emerge board president Laura Davis.
Saint Dominic Academy senior Ryan Spooner played violin recently in Portland’s Merrill Auditorium. He got that rare opportunity as a member of the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra (PSYO), which presented its annual Fall Concert at the venerable concert venue on November 13. Comprised of more than 70 musicians ranging in age from 11 to 18, the PYSO is a pre-professional program that challenges its young members with a diverse repertory of orchestral literature.
International Paper’s Auburn Container Plant recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with a commemorative celebration for employees, retirees, government officials, community leaders and business partners.
During the past 40 years, the plant has grown significantly. When opening its doors in 1974, it employed 50 people, compared to the more than 130 who work there now, and the plant has modernized equipment as the market has evolved. One thing that hasn’t changed is the plant’s dedication to its employees, customers and community, as well as its commitment to safety.
Tractor trailer driver Don Timpany is one of three team members who have been at the plant for its entire 40 years. When reflecting back upon his career, he has fond memories. “The years go by fast,” Timpany said. “It’s fun to think about all the changes the plant has faced since it first opened.