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CA$H Coalition seeks new tax site coordinator

Since 2004, the Lewiston-Auburn CA$H Coalition has developed a strong presence in the Twin Cities, helping local residents claim over $29 million in federal and state tax refunds through filings provided free of charge by IRS-certified coalition volunteers. However, the Coalition is facing a major transition this year as long-time tax site coordinator KC Geiger steps down from that role.

“It’s a tremendous loss,” says Lewiston Community Relations Coordinator and LA CA$H Coalition Co-Chair Dottie Perham-Whittier. “KC has done an exemplary job, keeping the free tax sites running like a well-oiled machine. This program is a huge resource for the community, and the Coalition is seeking ways to effectively maintain the service.”

To that end, the Coalition is seeking a Program Administrator who could dedicate 25 to 30 hours per week for a stipend amount. Funded by a state-wide VITA grant, the amount of the stipend will be negotiable based upon the candidate’s tax law knowledge and organizational experience.

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AHCH welcomes veterans home from Honor Flight


AHCH staff and volunteers wait at the Portland Jetport to welcome home the veterans of the recent Maine Honor Flight, including AHCH patient Theodor “Ted” Perry.

Among the 27 veterans returning home recently from their Honor Flight Maine trip was a patient of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice. After Theodor “Ted” Perry experienced the journey of a lifetime, he returned home to a crowd of loving and supportive family, caregivers, volunteers and staff.

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Enough is Enough Family justice center would assist victims of domestic abuse

By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston

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Governor’s Address: An Open Letter to All State Employees

This letter was sent to all state employees on Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Dear State Employees,

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Only Steps Forward Strategy is needed to provide a space for senior programming

By Jonathan P. LaBonté
Mayor of Auburn

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New Lenny Breau Pergola to be dedicated with free concert


Denny Breau will help dedicate the memorial pergola on what would have been his brother’s 75th birthday.

“If Chopin had played guitar, he would have sounded like Lenny Breau.” Those were the words of Chet Atkins, one of America’s best known and most prolific guitar players. Once voted by readers of “Guitar Magazine” as one of the 25 greatest guitar players of all time, in the company of such greats as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Carlos Montoya, Auburn native Lenny Breau would have celebrated his 75th birthday on Friday, August 5.

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Agren wins $5,000 for hole-in-one


Hole-in-one prize winner Jason Agren, with Greater Androscoggin Humane Society Development Director Donna Kincer

Jason Agren was recently presented with $5,000 following his hole-in-one at the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society’s 14th annual Golf Tournament. Held in June at Martindale Country Club, Agren made the rare shot from 220 yards on hole #9, making him the first hole-in-one winner in the history of the Society’s event.

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Balloon Festival seeks volunteers

The Great Falls Balloon Festival will host its 24th annual celebration August 19 through 21 at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston and Festival Plaza in Auburn. The success of the festival depends upon the skills and time contributed by volunteers, who are needed to assist with various activities, including staffing souvenir and information booths, field clean-up, crowd control, supply delivery, staffing balloon crews, and much more. Volunteer shifts are typically one to four hours long.

Both groups and individuals are encouraged to volunteer.  To sign up, fill out the volunteer form on the festival website at or e-mail

Agencies team to offer Office Certificate


Meeting recently to review schedules and requirements for a new certificate training program to begin September 19 are (l. to r.) Jennifer Tiner and Gregory Yates of the Lewiston Public Schools, Patti Saarinen of Western Maine Community Action and the Lewiston CareerCenter, and Tracey Chase of Bonney Staffing. (Photo courtesy of Monica Millhime)

Lewiston Adult Education, Bonney Staffing, Western Maine Community Action and the Lewiston CareerCenter are partnering to provide an Office Certificate training program with a customer service focus. The program will begin on September 19. Participants will receive extensive training in the essential skills needed for an entry-level position in an office setting, including keyboarding, data entry, MS Word, MS Excel, email, calendar software, office management tools, effective communication skills, and more. Participants will also have an opportunity to job shadow with a local employer.  Upon completion of the program, students will earn a state-approved WorkReady credential and will have a guaranteed interview with Bonney Staffing.

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Enough is Enough Standing up for Lewiston taxpayers is neither bullying nor hatred

By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston

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