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Class of ’66 donates bench, supports Mills Foundation

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Travis Mills (fourth from l.) poses with members of the Reunion Committee next to the granite bench they donated to Veterans Memorial Park. L. to r, from front, are Ron Landry, Elaine Lawrence, Anita Delekto, Doris Roy, Joane Mahon, Jackie Veilleux, Dick Cloutier, Claudette Rodrigue, Mike Parkin, Bob Volock, John Delahanty, Linda Narvick, Chuck Palian, and Louis Dumont.

Lewiston High School’s Class of 1966 recently made a donation of $2500 to the Travis Mills Foundation, a Maine-based non pro?t that assists wounded and injured veterans and their families.

The class also gifted a granite bench to Veterans Memorial Park as a class legacy. The generosity of classmates, along with contributions by local businesses Davinci’s, Fishbones, Fuel, Marche, Mother India, Orchid and Rails, helped exceed the cost of the bench, which was dedicated in July during a week of events celebrating the class’s 50th reunion.

“Early Evening Show” welcomes Mark Turcotte

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Mark Turcotte (photo by Ram Sport Photography)

On Saturday, September 3 at 8 p.m., Celebration Barn Theater will present Mike Miclon’s late-night talk show spoof “The Early Evening Show,” featuring special guests Mark Turcotte and Jason Tardy, along with show regulars Fritz Grobe, Tom Murphy, and more.

Mark Turcotte is a versatile comedian who’s performed for audiences ranging from sold-out event centers to his daughter’s elementary school faculty. In 2016, he was a semi-finalist in the World Series of Comedy at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. He has been selected to perform in the Boston Comedy Festival, Cleveland Comedy Festival, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival and Maine Comedy Festival. He was a finalist in the 2014 Funniest Comic on the East Coast contest at Mohegan Sun.

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Hire a Veteran campaign set to kick off

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Retired veterans Richard Kowalczyk (l.) and Mark Cater of the Lewiston CareerCenter review plans for Maine’s upcoming Hire-A-Vet campaign, set to kick off on Thursday, September 1 at the Augusta Armory. The campaign will feature a network of state and federal agencies, recruiting resources, and non-profit connections deployed to facilitate the hiring of 100 veterans in 100 days. For more information on joining the campaign, contact coordinator Steven Roy at 624-5156 or MaineHireAVet.DOL@maine.gov. (Photo courtesy of Monica Millhime)

CMCC receives million dollar grant from Haas Foundation

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Gene Haas Foundation administrator Kathy Looman (c.) and Haas Automation vice president Peter Zierhut (r.) present a check for one million dollars to CMCC president Scott Knapp.

The Gene Haas Foundation has awarded a grant of one million dollars to Central Maine Community College to help fund the renovation and expansion of the college’s Precision Machining Technology lab. The facility will be named the “Gene Haas Precision Machining Technology Center.”

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Summer Block Party for Make-A-Wish Maine a success!

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David Gagne, Mike Peters and Gerry Gagne of Mac’s Grill

The second annual Summer Block Party to benefit Make-A-Wish Maine took place on Saturday, August 13, outdoors at Mac’s Grill of Auburn. Make-A-Wish Maine grants wishes to children facing life threatening illnesses, at an average cost of $7,000 per wish. Uncle Andy’s inaugural event last year raised enough money to fund two wishes. The goal of this year’s event, presented by Uncle Andy’s Digest, Mac’s Grill and the LA Metro Chamber of Commerce, was to raise enough money to fund four wishes, to be granted to local children here in Androscoggin County.

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Maine Native American Summer Market at Shaker Village

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Passamaquoddy master-basket maker Molly Neptune Parker and daughter Dolly Barnes with a selection of their fancy baskets

The eighth annual Maine Native American Summer Market will take place at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village on Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission to this rain-or-shine event – which is the southernmost gathering of Wabanaki artists in the state – is free of charge.

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Enough is Enough Enough about politicians; let’s talk about other mobsters

By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston

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Only Steps Forward Chinese investors, city staff still working on project

By Jonathan P. LaBonte
Mayor of Auburn

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Governor’s Address: Governor’s tax-reform proposals are recognized as some of the best in the country

My 2016 “State of the State” address has been listed one of the best in the country in terms of the economic policy proposals we put forth.
Dear Maine Taxpayer,

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Op-Ed Strategy is needed to provide a space for senior programming

By Belinda Gerry
Former Auburn City Councilor

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