A concert to benefit former Franco Center Director Louis Morin, who suffered a life-threatening stroke in March, will take place at the Franco Center on Saturday, July 19 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event will feature live performances by several of Maine’s finest bands, including Rustic Overtones, the Grateful Dead tribute band Lazy Lightning, the Phish tribute band Pardon Me Doug, and The Kind. Getting the night started will be local favorite $2 Pistol.
The Franco Center is donating the use of its Heritage Hall for the event and all the bands are performing gratis. Prior to taking the Director’s position at the Franco Center, Morin spent many years working for and with MPBN and has been a lifelong supporter of local music and the arts. He was one of the original members of the bands Lazy Lightning and The Kind.
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
This week I ask the reader’s indulgence. I had hoped to go on to another topic, but suddenly fortune shined on me which, in the words of a current asylum seeker living in Lewiston, certified the position of Governor Paul LePage and myself.
Back on June 18, I wrote a column about illegal aliens (“asylum seekers”) that continue to arrive in Lewiston. The first few paragraphs were filled with sarcasm in an attempt to add a bit of humor to an issue that puts a fiscal strain on Lewiston’s property taxpayers. This brought a response, in the form of a Letter to the Editor, from Djima Aiman of Lewiston.
Before proceeding, I want to make it clear that I do not believe that Lewiston’s refugees, be they legal or illegal, came here to join the welfare rolls. Like those before them, they come to this land to seek a better life, which they hope to gain through hard work.
The 32nd annual Moxie Festival, running Friday through Sunday, July 11 through 13 at various Lisbon venues, will feature three new events for 2014.
The Kavanaugh Amusement Carnival will run from Thursday through Sunday at Don’s Automotive on Capital Avenue, just off of Route 196. Featuring 10 to 12 rides, games, food vendors, and other activities for all ages, the Carnival will operate on Thursday from 5:30 to 10:00, Friday from 5:30 to 11:00, Saturday from noon to 11:00, and Sunday from 11 to 5:00. A $16 bracelet will provide unlimited access to rides on Thursday and Sunday; rides on Friday and Saturday will be by ticket only.
The Franco Center in Lewiston has selected Mitchell Clyde Thomas of Durham to be its new Executive Director. Thomas will join the Center’s staff as the third director in its 14-year history. He replaces Louis Morin, who suffered a severe stroke in March. Board Chairman and Interim Executive Director Raymond Lagueux made the announcement last week on behalf of the Board of Directors.
The Town of Poland’s Community and Economic Development Committee and Board of Selectmen recently unveiled the first of three phases of interpretative signage to help visitors identify the town’s most important historical assets.
Tourism has been an important part of the town’s history for two centuries. In August of 2013, the Poland Spring Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places. One of only a handful in Androscoggin County, the district is composed of the golf course and over two dozen historical buildings, including the Maine State Building, All Souls Chapel, and former springhouse and bottling plant of Poland Spring Water.
Two other phases will be installed, including new signage for the six major entrances into town. For more information, see www.historicpolandspring.com.
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
I came to Lewiston 37 years ago. At that time, the major area employers—the mills—were shutting down and moving south. At the same time, the benevolent federal government partnered with developers, dotting Lewiston’s landscape with housing for the least (the elderly and disabled) and the lazy amongst us.
Centrally located with easy access to I-95, Lewiston had the potential of becoming a lucrative hub for the trucking industry. This would have substantially increased our excise revenues. But this never materialized.
The 2014 Bates Dance Festival, taking place July 8 through August 9, will feature new works by a variety of renowned contemporary artists, including performances by Prometheus Dance, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, David Dorfman Dance, Vincent Mantsoe and Yin Mei.
Founded in 1982 at Bates College, the annual six-week Festival brings together an international community of contemporary choreographers, performers, educators and students to study, perform and create new work together at what has become a respected summer laboratory for artists making important contributions to contemporary dance.
Mainstage performances will take place in the College’s air-conditioned Schaeffer Theatre, located at 305 College Street in Lewiston. Tickets for mainstage performances are $25 ($18 for seniors, $12 for students). Advance reservations may be made by calling 786-6161 Monday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased online at batestickets.com. For more information about the Festival, see batesdancefestival.org.
The Twin Cities’ 18th annual Liberty Festival on July 4 this year will feature live entertainment on two stages starting at 5 p.m., along with dozens of food and merchandise vendors. Festivities will be capped at 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks display over the Great Falls.
The Great Falls Plaza Stage in Auburn will feature performances by Skosh, Zealous Bellus, JLD Project, Render, and Chris MacKay & the Toneshifters, as well as Dr. Fatfinger after the fireworks. The Veteran’s Memorial Park Stage in Lewiston will feature performances by the Veayo Twins, Cold Blue Steel, Sonic Nova, Audio Vibe and Terry and the Telstars. DJ Bernardzo will entertain crowds between live performances.
The rain date is Saturday, July 5. For more information about the festival, including a complete entertainment schedule, see www.libertyfestival.org.