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Model Railroad Club presents Train Fest


Lilly and Ayden Franzen of Poland admire the G-gauge display at last year’s Train Fest. The fourth annual event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17.

The Great Falls Model Railroad Club will celebrate the Lewiston-Auburn Balloon Festival this weekend with its fourth annual Train Fest, a two-day, family fun event in the Railroad Club building at 144 Mill Street in Auburn.

The two-story, wheelchair accessible building, across the street from the Barker Mill, will be decorated with model hot-air balloons, some of which will float temporarily in the blue skies of the Club’s four permanent model train layouts. Railroad enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy seeing these layouts in operation with new scenery details for this event.

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66 years and running


Henry R. Gilbert (c.) of American Legion Post 22 in Lewiston receives certificates of appreciation and continuous membership from Post Commander Jerry DeWitt (r.), with assistance from Post 153 Commander Dan St. Pierre. Gilbert, a World War II veteran, has been a Legion member in good standing for the past 66 years.

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Down East Dickering at Farmer’s Market


Dickering duo Roland “Yummy” Raubeson and his son Mitch, from the History Channel’s new hit show “Down East Dickering,” tried their hand at something a little different on a recent summer Sunday: vending at the Lewiston Farmers’ Market. In an attempt to prove that Yummy’s assorted berry jams, known as “Yummy’s Yummies,” truly are worthy of the title “award winning,” Yummy and Mitch set up shop at the market as guest vendors for a day and offered taste tests of their jam to market goers. Those who could not get enough had the option of taking home a jar for a suggested donation. Of course, Yummy and Mitch also spent some time dickering with other vendors over some surprise goodies. How did they fare as market vendors? Tune in to the show next season to find out!

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Baltrus retires as MCHP president


Susan Baltrus

Maine College of Health Professions (MCHP) President Susan Baltrus has retired after 35 years of service as a nursing educator at CMMC.

“Sue Baltrus has led Central Maine Medical Center’s health professions educational programs through a comprehensive transition, ranging from administrative consolidation to program growth to regional clinical expansion,” said Central Maine Healthcare President and CEO Peter E. Chalke. “Her career as a healthcare professional and educator has been exemplary.”

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Plourde Scholarship helps Pettingill project


This portrait of Mayor Alfred A. Plourde hangs in the hallway at Lewiston City Hall (photo by Dave Gudas).

The Alfred A. Plourde Memorial Scholarship recently awarded its remaining balance of $1733.42 to the Friends of Pettingill group, who are working with the City of Lewiston to convert the site of the former Pettingill Elementary School into a city park.

The award was made by Janice Plourde, who has administered the scholarship since it was established in 1990. Ms. Plourde retired from her teaching position in 2012 after 53 years of working for the Lewiston School Department. The scholarship fund was established in memory of her husband, Alfred A. Plourde, who served as mayor of Lewiston from 1984 to 1987 and strongly believed in the potential of youth.


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Junior Volunteers at CMMC


Among those serving as junior volunteers at CMMC this summer are (l. to r., from front center) Donna Hunt, Shelby Peavey, Elizabeth Michaud, Hunter McGlauflin, Nathan Osgood, Christopher Hodgkins, Evan Wadsworth, Kristen Morissette, Taylor Crosby, Izzy Bickford, Emilia Gagnon, Katelyn Cloutier, Cassidi Lebel, Allie Veinote, Alexa Kesaris, Elizabeth Perkins, and Olivia Rockvam.

Twenty-nine young people are serving as junior volunteers at Central Maine Medical Center this summer. The students spend two days per week volunteering on nursing units and in the laboratory, the Emergency Department, healthcare provider offices, and various outpatient care areas. The students also have opportunities to interview clinicians in healthcare fields that they may be interested in pursuing.

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Sawyer Memorial presents Barbara London Trio


Flutist, composer, pianist, vocalist, and educator Barbara London.

The Barbara London Trio will perform a mixture of original compositions and jazz standards on Friday, August 8 at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial in Greene. The programs are free and open to the public.

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YWCA, Chill Yoga present Yoga Mala


A Sun Salutation is a sequence of 12 yoga poses traditionally performed to greet the new day. Yoga Mala participants will perform 108 of them on August 10 at a fundraising event to benefit the YWCA.

The YWCA of Central Maine and Chill Yoga will team up to host a Great Falls Yoga Mala on Sunday, August 10. A Yoga Mala is an opportunity for the yoga community and their friends to get together to do 108 “Sun Salutations.” A Sun Salutation is a sequence of 12 yoga poses that is traditionally performed in the morning to greet the new day. The Yoga Mala is a fundraiser to benefit the YWCA.

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Collins announces campaign chairs

The Susan Collins for Senator campaign has named its campaign chairs for Androscoggin County. County-level chairs are Gene Geiger of Lewiston, Peter Geiger of Lewiston, Dick and Cathy Gleason of Auburn, Amadeo Lauria of Sabattus, Jason Levesque of Auburn, and Melissa Simones of Greene.

Town-level chairs are Mayor Jonathan LaBonte (Auburn), Debbie Dunlap Avasthi (Durham), Melissa Simones (Greene), Errol Additon (Leeds), Patti Gagne, Mayor Robert MacDonald, Cynthia Mendros, and Tim Stretton (Lewiston), Gina Mason (Lisbon, Lisbon Falls), Darryl Brown (Livermore, Livermore Falls), Lois Snowe Mello (Mechanic Falls), Kevin Mitchell (Minot), Lois Snowe Mello (Poland), Amadeo Lauria (Sabattus), Harry Ricker and Jeff Timberlake (Turner), and Randall Greenwood (Wales).

“I’m so pleased to have this wonderful team of campaign chairs in Androscoggin County,” said Collins. “Their support is humbling, and it gives me great confidence to have such a solid campaign structure in place as we move toward the fall campaign season.”

The full, state-wide slate of campaign chairs can be viewed at

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Balloon Festival set for Aug. 15-17


Pegleg Pete will be among the balloons taking flight over the skies of L-A for this year’s Great Falls Balloon Festival.

The 22nd annual Great Falls Balloon Festival, set for August 15 through 17 in Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston, will feature a pirate-themed weekend. Visitors and area residents will enjoy the sight of dozens of hot air balloons – including featured entries Pegleg Pete and Sunny Boy – as they take to the skies over the Androscoggin River and Great Falls. Balloon launches will take place Friday through Sunday at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., weather permitting. Balloon rides will be available; arrange in advance at

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