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YMCA Hall of Fame celebration honors community leaders

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The YMCA’s Elizabeth Shea (l.) and John Emerson (r.) present framed citations to (l. to r.) Laurie Reckendorf and Jenny Gruenstrass, representing the family of honoree Col. James G. Bouchles; Malcolm Philbrook; Pauline Bourgoin; and Tom Kendall, representing the family of honoree Richard Kendall.

The YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston held its inaugural Hall of Fame Celebration and Annual Meeting recently at Martindale Country Club. The event offered reflections on the organization’s past, present and future, including potential YMCA projects on Stetson Road in Auburn and Bates Mill #5 in Lewiston.

“Tonight’s Hall of Fame honorees reflect the Y’s best-of-the-best in servant leadership,” said YMCA Chief Executive Officer Steven Wallace. “In honoring them, not only do we reflect on our organization’s past 148 years of service, but we reaffirm our commitment to the future with both a new YMCA and a 93-acre Outdoor Learning & Education Center.”

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LA 9-1-1 earns second reaccreditation

The Lewiston-Auburn 9-1-1 Emergency Communications System earned its second reaccreditation from the Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation in Miami recently, marking nine years of commitment to a voluntary process of compliance demonstrated by adherence to management and operational policies and procedures.

LA 9-1-1 first achieved accreditation in 2009 and has twice since demonstrated their adherence to the policies and practices that make up the CALEA state-of-the-art standards. LA 9-1-1 remains the only accredited 9-1-1 Center in Maine and only one of two CALEA accredited 9-1-1 Centers in New England. There are currently only 47 CALEA accredited 9-1-1 Centers throughout the U.S.

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Mason, Crafts present Joint Resolution to Israeli Knesset

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Sen. Garret Mason and Rep. Dale Crafts present a Joint Resolution of the 126th Maine Legislature affirming its support of Israel to Revital Swid of the Israeli National Legislature.

Maine Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin) and Representative Dale Crafts (R-Lisbon) met with a member of the Israeli National Legislature, known as the Knesset, recently to present a Joint Resolution from the 126th Maine Legislature.

“It was an honor to meet with Revital Swid of the Israeli Knesset to present this Joint Resolution supporting Israel,” said Senator Mason. “To do so in Israel was especially momentous. The Joint Resolution describes Maine’s connections to and support of Israel, a message I was proud to convey.”

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Franco Center presents “Just Us” Family Christmas Show

Made up of family members and friends who have been singing together for generations, “Just Us” entertainers present their annual Christmas show on Saturday, December 5.

The “Just Us” entertainers will present their 15th annual “Just Us” Family Christmas Show on Saturday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Franco Center. The group first performed at the Center in the summer of 2000 to raise funds for the then Festival de Joie. Since then, this eclectic troupe of family members and friends, who have been singing great songs together for generations, has performed at the Center 35 times for various events. Songs are learned by ear without sheet music and performed live; harmony comes from the heart of each talent.

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YWCA honors Lee Young

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Lee Young will be honored with the YWCA of Central Maine’s first annual Women of Achievement Award at a gala celebration on Thursday, December 3.

The Board of Directors and staff of the YWCA of Central Maine will present their first annual Women of Achievement Award to Lee Young of Auburn at a gala event on Thursday, December 3 at the Ramada Inn of Lewiston.

The Women of Achievement Award recognizes exceptional community contributors. Award recipients are women leaders in Maine who have exhibited a unique combination of qualities, including leadership and a commitment to civic engagement, service and advocacy, that emulate the mission of the YWCA and leave a lasting impact in our state and local community.

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UU Theater stages “Be the Change”

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Ron Spoffard (c.) as the poet Rumi shares inspiration with (l. to r.) Judy Webber, Maureen Perry, Bill Eldridge, Kellie Pelletier, Prince T Dickson and John Spruill in “Be the Change.”

UU Theater will present “Be the Change” on Saturday, December 5 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 6 at 1 p.m. Set at an imaginary dinner party, the play uses wit and humor to explore the moral struggles of our age as a frustrated activist dreams up her heroes – including Maya Angelou, Buckminster Fuller, Jesus, Martin Luther King, Jr., Marge Piercy, Rumi, Rev. Howard Thurman and Thich Nhat Hanh – to advise her in how to brave the everyday frustrations we all face.

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Governor helps kick off Kettle Campaign

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Salvation Army officers from throughout the state attended the event. Pictured here (l. to r.) are Dr. Drew Poulopoulos, Divisional Music Director; Lieutenant Kama Lyle of the Capital Region Corps; Lieutenant Daniel Johnson of the Lewiston Corps; Major Annette Lock of the Portland Corps; Lieutenant Dominic Nicoll of the Houlton Corps; Governor Paul R. LePage; Major James LaBossiere, Divisional Commander; Lieutenant Joel Lyle of the Capital Region Corps; Major Patricia Henry, Divisional Program Secretary; Captain Rebecca Kirk of the Bangor Corps and Craig Evans, Divisional Development Director.

The Salvation Army kicked off its annual Christmas Kettle Campaign recently when Governor LePage brought greetings and a Salvation Army Brass Ensemble played holiday carols during a brief ceremony at the Statehouse. The charitable organization expects to have more than 130 red kettles on street corners and shopping areas throughout the state through December 24.

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Concert raises $3,000 for park

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The recent “Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree” benefit concert featuring local musicians and their talented children was a success, attracting nearly 250 fans and raising approximately $3,000 for the Pettingill School Park project. Event organizers wish to thank the performers, raffle donors Betty Harris and Charlene Leclair, Doug and Gini Haines of Haines Photography and the Franco Center for their contributions, as well as event volunteers Carolyn Court, Pauline Taylor, Margaret Craven, Rep. Peggy Rotundo and Judy Cartmel. See the Friends of Pettingill Facebook page for more photos from the event.

 “$25K for Kids” grant goes to Longley Elementary School

Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation has named Longley Elementary School the 2015 recipient of its annual $25K for Kids grant. The award was presented at the Foundation’s annual meeting recently at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center of Lewiston. Focused on its mission of providing the three essentials of life – food, shelter and security – to as many children as possible, the $25K for Kids award was presented to Gov. James B. Longley Elementary School to help it maintain and expand its afterschool programming for students in grades pre-K to 6.

Longley Elementary School employs 80 full-time staff members and currently serves over 400 students from downtown Lewiston, all of whom live within walking distance and almost all whom live in poverty.

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AHCH releases 2015 Remembrance Ornament

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This year’s ornament is made of hand-cast pewter and features the tree of life.

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice has unveiled its Holiday Remembrance Ornament for 2015. Each year, thanks to sponsorship provided by Mechanics Savings Bank, a unique ornament is created and made available to all who want to remember a loved one. This year’s ornament is made of hand-cast pewter and features the tree of life. Proceeds from sales of the ornament support home health and hospice services for patients who do not have resources to pay for care and bereavement services.

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