By Jonathan P. LaBonté
Mayor of Auburn
Memorial Day weekend has come to be known as the unofficial start of summer. For a state like Maine, with so much of our economy dependent on visitor spending, it’s the official start of busy season.
Put on your dancing shoes and prepare to rock the night away to live music by the Moon Dawgs in the Gendron Franco Center’s Heritage Hall on Saturday, June 11 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will give you the energy you’ll need and no partners are required. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Maine Music Society.
The Franco-American Collection at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College kicked off its project, “Franco-Americans During Wartime: A Heritage of Service,” recently with a presentation by Mary Rice-DeFosse, Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Bates College, on the experiences of several Franco-American participants in WWI.
The Leavitt Father’s Day 5K will take place on Sunday, June 19 at 9 a.m., starting from the fields between the football field and track at Leavitt Area High School.
This annual woods and field trail race to benefit the Leavitt Area High School Cross Country Team has been selected as the 2016 USATF Maine Trail Championships race. While anyone may participate in the race as usual, only current USATF members will be eligible for USATF awards.
A number of parent-child teams run this race each year, and special prize drawings for parent-child teams are offered during the awards. There is also a Kids’ Fun Run for young beginners that involves the Leavitt Hornet and a visit from a firetruck.
The Maine-ly Harmony women’s barbershop chorus of Augusta recently traveled to the town of Devens, Massachusetts for a weekend of competition against other women’s barbershop choruses from across New England and Canada. They returned home thrilled to achieve a judging score that will propel them to the international competition in Providence, Rhode Island, in November.
The American Legion Riders of the Harry J. Conway Post 135 in Sabattus spent the day recently visiting with the veterans at the Veterans Home in Paris. Here (l. to r., from front) are John Convey, Owen Wright, Leland Millet, Jerry Bissenneau, Riders Director David Adler, Deputy Director Ronie Ray, Secretary Christine Adler, Road Captain Donald Caron, Nancy Ray, Ron Raymond, and Riders Historian Gail Cote.
Auburn Public Library’s second annual Spring Auction will take place online from June 1 through 10, with lots of great items up for bid. All proceeds from the event will help support the library’s everyday programs and services.
Pancakes and Mailhot sausages will be on the menu at the 2016 Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Lewiston-Auburn Kiwanis Club. The annual fundraiser will take place from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 5 at St. Dominic Academy in Auburn.
Saint Dominic Academy has announced that Shelly Wheeler, currently a science and math teacher at the school, has been named the new principal of the Auburn Campus, which includes the school’s seventh through twelfth grades. She replaces Joline Girouard, who will assume a new position at the academy focused on implementing the school’s new strategic plan and identifying opportunities to improve the student experience. Wheeler will assume the role of principal on July 1.