Registration for the eighth annual Greater L-A Triple Crown 5K Series, presented by the Maine Orthopedic Foundation, is now open. The popular series, which attracted nearly 2000 participants in 2014, consists of three five-kilometer (3.1-mile) races and is open to runners and walkers of all ages.
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government recently recognized the L-A CA$H Coalition as one of its 2015 “Bright Ideas in Government.”
The City of Lewiston facilitated the launching of the L-A CA$H “community team” partnership in 2003 after then-Lewiston City Councilors Renee Bernier, Lillian O’Brien and Ronald Jean attended an informational meeting at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston regarding the use of free tax return preparation to promote the Earned Income Tax Credit.
State legislators visited the Berman & Simmons law firm recently to congratulate members on its 100th anniversary. The firm has been a fixture on Lisbon Street in Lewiston since its founding in 1914. Sen. Nate Libby (D-Lewiston), Rep. Jared Golden (D-Lewiston) and Rep. Heidi Brooks (D-Lewiston) presented the lawyers at Berman & Simmons with a certificate of recognition signed by the officers of the Maine Senate and House. The recognition was sponsored by Libby, Golden and Brooks, as well as Rep. Peggy Rotundo (D-Lewiston) and Rep. Michel Lajoie (D-Lewiston). Berman & Simmons lawyers represent plaintiffs in personal injury, medical malpractice and other civil cases throughout the state.
On February 7, St. Peter’s Cemetery hosted a 70th anniversary memorial service for the seventeen victims of a tragic nursery fire that occurred in Auburn, shocking the nation in the final months of World War II. Organized by Cub Scout Pack 111 of Auburn, Matthew Richard of the Fortin Group and Gerard Raymond of St. Peter’s Cemetery., the event remembered the victims, sixteen of whom were infants, of the tragic fire at Lacoste Babies Home in New Auburn on January 31, 1945.
WGME-TV recently visited Saint Dominic Academy’s Auburn campus to report on the school’s progress in the Great School Spirit Challenge, an effort to collect food donations for the Good Shepherd Food Bank. Staff and students arrived early at the school to set up and prepare for the day’s events, which attended by students from both campuses, along with parents and board members.
Franco Center director Mitch Thomas was at the State House recently to deliver the opening prayer and sing the national anthem in the House Chamber. An accomplished singer-musician, Thomas (c.) is pictured here with (l. to r.) Reps. Heidi Brooks (D-Lewiston), Bruce Bickford (R-Auburn), Peggy Rotundo (D-Lewiston), Gina Melaragno (D-Auburn), Mike Lajoie (D-Lewiston) and Jared Golden (D-Lewiston).
The Next Generation Foundation of Maine has awarded a $400,000 grant to Tree Street Youth to support the planned remodeling and expansion of its building at 144 Howe Street in Lewiston. Tree Street Youth purchased the building in August of 2014 with support and financing from the Genesis Community Loan Fund. The expansion project has been supported by Harriman Associates, who is working closely with the agency on preliminary design work.
Biddeford Savings Bank and Mechanics Savings Bank have entered into an agreement to form Maine Community Bancorp, a Mutual Holding Company that will own both banks.
Approved by each bank’s Board of Directors, the agreement is still subject to approval by each bank’s corporators and depositors, as well as the State of Maine’s Bureau of Financial Institutions, the FDIC and the Federal Reserve. Closing on the transaction is targeted for early 2016.
Once finalized, Maine Community Bancorp will draw equally from each Board and Management team. Richard J. Vail, President and CEO of Mechanics Savings Bank, and Charles M. Petersen, President and CEO of Biddeford Savings Bank, will serve as co-CEOs of Maine Community Bancorp, the first multi-bank mutual holding company in Maine history. Each affiliate bank will retain its name and state charter, and each bank’s Board of Directors and senior management will continue to oversee the operations of their respective banks.
James Myall and Mary Rice-Defosse will discuss their new book, “The Franco-Americans of Lewiston-Auburn,” on Wednesday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Freeport Community Library. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be accompanied by an exhibit of dozens of historic images featured in the book.
The book is the only comprehensive, approachable account of an immigrant group that had a major impact on the state’s history while, in cities like Lewiston and Auburn, forming a distinct ethnic cultural community with its own story. Although the book focuses on the Twin Cities of Lewiston and Auburn, the trends and issues described are relevant to Franco-Americans across the state and will be of interest to anyone of French-Canadian descent or with an interest in Maine history.