Veterans from the Belfast, Maine Veterans of Foreign Wars joined Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) recently to celebrate the enactment of new “Stolen Valor” legislation. The bill, LD 1642, “An Act Regarding Stolen Valor,” strengthens the current law against Mainers who make false claims about having served in the United States armed forces. Veterans from the Belfast VFW asked Senate President Thibodeau to sponsor the bill prior to the beginning of the 127th Legislature.
Under the new law, anyone who makes such claims will be subject to the state law governing theft by deception. It also specifies that any fine imposed on such a person must be deposited into the Maine Military Family Relief Fund. The bill passed unanimously in both the Maine House and Senate before being signed by Governor Paul LePage.
The Great Falls Model Railroad Club will celebrate the Lewiston-Auburn Balloon Festival with its sixth annual Train Fest on Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21. The club’s two-story, wheelchair-accessible headquarters at 144 Mill Street in Auburn will be open for the event on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. All five permanent layouts will be in operation, with pictures and models of hot-air balloons suspended from the ceiling to float in the blue skies above them. A scavenger hunt will encourage people to go into each room to find specific hot-air balloons near all of the model railroad layouts and in the club’s library.
Have you ever wondered what exactly the police do, why, and what it’s like to have to make a split-second decision? If so, apply to participate in this fall’s Lewiston Citizens Police Academy! This free, ten-week program will meet every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lewiston Police Department or Central Maine Community College. The program runs from September 6 through November 15.
This is a great opportunity for community members to familiarize themselves with their police department, gain new perspectives about law enforcement, and share ideas with the LPD. Participants will tour the police department, explore the vehicles, and learn about various topics, including the history of policing in general and in Lewiston, covert drug investigations, criminal investigations, evidence collection, case preparation, recruitment, and community outreach.
Eric Agren will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club on Thursday, August 25 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Ramada Inn of Lewiston. Part of the family that owns and operates Agren, Maine’s largest appliance and mattress retailer, he will discuss entrepreneurship through the lens of his career working for appliance-focused web development companies, buying groups and manufacturers before returning to the family business to help with daily operations. Guests are welcome to attend. For more information, call 753-9040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
Bad decision-making in energy policy is expensive. These bad decisions show up on your electric bill, and they’ve been holding Maine back for 30 years.
By Jonathan P. LaBonte
Mayor of Auburn
By Gene Geiger
Charter Commission Chair
Employees of Proctor & Gamble-Tambrands Inc. of Auburn recently donated fifteen no-sew fleece blankets to SeniorsPlus. The blankets will be distributed to selected clients of SeniorsPlus in need of comfort and warmth. Employees from the Auburn Tambrands Flexi Center made the blankets for clients of SeniorsPlus as part of the annual community service project sponsored by Procter & Gamble. The goal of the site project, called “Day of Caring,” is to give back to people in need in Androscoggin County and surrounding communities. Employees of Proctor & Gamble-Tambrands Inc. donated their time on that day.
The board of directors of L/A Arts has confirmed the appointment of Louise Rosen as Consulting Director. Rosen has worked internationally in independent media and the arts for over 25 years and has extensive experience in business affairs, fundraising, programming, marketing and operations. As a longstanding figure in the international film community, she teaches and speaks at conferences and film festivals, including Toronto’s Hot Docs Forum, DOK Leipzig and Sheffield DocFest.
In Maine, Rosen was the Founding Director of the Points North Documentary Forum, a professional development initiative for filmmakers at the Camden International Film Festival, and former Vice Chair of the Maine Film & Video Association. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Independent Feature Project/NY and is a Trustee of the Maine Media Workshops + College.