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Envisioning a new Downtown Auburn


Auburn Economic Development Specialist Alan S. Manoian (r.) gestures as he expands for Gerard Dennison on his ideas about the future of Downtown Auburn at a recent presentation at Auburn Public Library (photo by Rachel Morin).

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Tickets still available for NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship


The Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston becomes the first Maine venue ever to host the NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship on March 21 and 22.


For the first time ever, a Maine venue will host the NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship. The event will take place on Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston. Tickets are still available for the general public.

The event will feature two semifinal games on Friday at 4 and 7:30 p.m. and will conclude with the national championship game on Saturday at 7 p.m. There will be a separate admission for each day. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students, and children under 18.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Colisee, 190 Birch Street in Lewiston, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; over the phone at (207) 783-2009 x525; and online at www.NCAA.com/tickets.

Bowdoin College and the Maine Sports Commission are co-hosting the event.

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Sheldon Goes Out With A Bang!


E.L.H.S senior Sheldon Bang wrestles Dakota Jacques of Mountain Valley H.S. in the 138 lb. weight class at a meet on December 14 (photo Courtesy of Sheldon Bang).

By Ashley Bowden

Sheldon Bang, a senior at Edward Little High School, ended his final wrestling season with his 100th match victory on January 15; on February 15, he went on to became the Class A State Champion.

Bang has been wrestling on and off for around nine years, five of them with a youth wrestling program and the other four in high school. “I love the competition,” said Bang. “No other sport hinges so much on an individual’s effort, in my opinion. When it comes to performance, it’s just you against your opponent. Your success doesn’t depends on how well the rest of the team performs.”

Sheldon, along with his brothers, Steven, Shawn, and Skyler, started wrestling as children. “We all started wrestling at a young age, following in the footsteps of our father, who also wrestled in high school,” Bang said. “I started youth wrestling when I was about five, but I didn’t stick with it in middle school because, when I moved here, Auburn Middle School didn’t have a wrestling program.”

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Collins meets with LaBonte, Bicycle Coalition members


U.S. Sen. Susan Collins met in her D.C. office recently with Auburn Mayor Jonathan Labonte and members of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine to discuss cycling and pedestrian safety issues. From l. to r. are (sitting) LaBonte; BCoM Communications Director Brian Allenby; BCoM Event & Development Coordinator Elizabeth Hall; (standing) BCoM board member Peter Garrett; BCoM founder Charley LaFlamme; Senator Collins; BCoM Community Spoke Bob Rand of Lewiston, and BCoM Community Spoke Tony Barrett of Harpswell.


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Globetrotter visits Portland to discuss weekend appearance


Team members teach a young fan how to do the new “Trotter Bounce,” created by Mark Ballas of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

Dizzy Grant of the legendary Harlem Globetrotters visited Portland this week to discuss the team’s 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour that will bring the team to the refurbished Cumberland County Civic Center on Sunday, March 23 at 2 p.m. and the Augusta Civic Center on Monday, March 31 at 7 p.m.

The sharp-shooting Grant discussed the 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour, the Trotter Bounce, the team’s World Vision partnership, and what local fans can expect to see at the Globetrotters upcoming performances.

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CMMC program spotlights migraines


Katarina Latkovich, M.D., discusses triggers, prevention, and relief of migraine headaches on Thursday, March 20.

Central Maine Medical Center will present an Accenting Your Health program called “Oh, My Aching Head… What Is a Migraine Headache?” on Thursday, March 20 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Katarina Latkovich, M.D., of Central Maine Internal Medicine will discuss migraine headaches, including what triggers them, what might prevent them, and what can be done to make them subside.

Latkovich earned her medical degree at the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia and completed her residency training at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

The program will take place in the Chairmen’s Rooms, located on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building in Lewiston. There is no cost, but those interested in attending are urged to register in advance by calling 795-8448, emailing prevention@cmhc.org, or online at www.cmmc.org.

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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Enough is Enough: MaineCare ride service bashed by media bashing, politics

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

How many of you reading this column have ever heard of CTS? If I told you the initials stood for Coordinated Transportation Solutions, would that ring a bell? Probably not.

Yet at the beginning of January of this year, this company dominated the news in a very negative fashion. This was the company contracted by Maine’s Office of MaineCare Services to provide rides to those on MaineCare (Medicaid) needing transportation to appointments.

CTS was contracted by the State of Maine after the federal government forced the state into a brokering system after it concluded that contracting only one company, in this case Community Concepts, presented a conflict of interest. Enter CTS, who brokered contracts with several companies, including Community Concepts, to provide the transportation needs of individuals on MaineCare.

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Mechanics Savings Bank donates $2,500 to Sandcastle


Mechanics Savings Bank’s Mona Leavitt (2nd from right) presents a $2,500 donation check to Sandcastle Clinical & Educational Services. Also pictured (l. to r.) are Sandcastle staff members Charlene O’Clair, Stephanie Gelinas, and Robert Baskett.

Sandcastle Clinical & Educational Services is a private, nonprofit agency committed to providing quality services for children with special needs and those at risk of developmental issues. Established in 1996, the organization provides education, early identification, prevention, and therapy to 600 children each year.Mechanics Savings Bank recently donated $2,500 to Sandcastle Clinical & Educational Services. The funds will be used to support the nonprofit’s only major fundraising event: Maine’s Got Talent. Lewiston-Auburn’s premier music competition will take place at the Ramada Conference Center in Lewiston on Saturday, March 8. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00. Tickets can be purchased online at www.sandcastlemaine.org. For more information, call 782-2150.

“Sandcastle is so appreciative of the ongoing support of Mechanics Savings Bank,” said Sandcastle Executive Director Stephanie Gelinas. “Mona Leavitt, the bank’s Chief Deposits Officer, has given endlessly of her time and talent, serving as the chair of our fundraising committee and sitting on our finance committee.”

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Op-ed: Culture Change in Augusta Leads to Big Drop in Workers’ Comp Rates

By Senator Garrett Mason

Workers’ compensation has long been considered one of the biggest financial drains on Maine businesses that have had to endure the high costs and bureaucratic red tape of an outdated system that no longer served the best interests of employers and workers.

But there is finally encouraging news for workers’ comp, and it would not have happened without a series of changes that began when Maine voters opted for Republican leadership in the Governor’s Office and Legislature in 2010.

The Maine Bureau of Insurance this month received a recommendation to decrease workers’ compensation rates by an average of 7.7 percent. This is expected to save Maine businesses more than $15 million. It’s the largest rate decrease since 1998. Maine is one of the few states in the nation that will see a rate reduction.

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Enough is Enough: Partnerships can create a new and vibrant Lewiston

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

“We must continue to clean up blighted buildings and neighborhoods, but we must also work with our landlords and partners to create decent housing for those who work hard but have limited incomes.”

That quote is from this year’s mayoral inauguration address. These were not words designed for a sound bite. They are words from the heart. We must transform our downtown neighborhoods into neighborhoods of choice.

When I arrived in Lewiston 37 years ago, the mills were still Lewiston’s major employers. Many of our downtown residents worked on one of the mills’ three shifts. At shift’s end, they returned to their homes located in multi-dwelling apartment buildings. These neighborhoods were well kept, and apartments were neat and clean. These were neighborhoods filled with proud people of character.

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