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Viles Arboretum offers annual Table Tour


Food tables along the course allow participants to sample culinary delights from a variety of Capital City eateries.

Viles Arboretum in Augusta will present its popular annual Table Tour on Sunday, February 7. Last year, over three hundred participants gathered to snowshoe, ski or hike on the groomed trails while sampling culinary delights supplied by a variety of restaurants and food providers from the Capital City area.

After enjoying delicious fare from hearty chowder to fresh baked breads, no one leaves the event with an appetite, especially after ending with a dessert and a cup of freshly brewed coffee or other warm beverage. It’s a great way to get some fun outdoor activity before settling down to watch the big game. Trails will open at 11 a.m., trail foods will be served until 1 p.m., and desserts, coffee and hot beverages will be served at the main building, located at the end of the course, until 2 p.m.

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Warden Service urges snowmobilers to ride responsibly

The Maine Warden Service and the Maine Snowmobile Association are reminding snowmobilers to operate their snowmobiles safely and responsibly this winter. The most common contributing factors associated with snowmobile incidents in Maine are operating too fast for conditions, driving beyond the effectiveness of headlights, driving beyond operator abilities, and operating on unfamiliar bodies of water. Also, they encourage operators to be especially aware of thin ice, trip preparation, and landowner relations.

Thin Ice: Be mindful of early season and mild weather hazards, specifically thin ice and open water, especially when operating on unfamiliar rivers, ponds, or lakes. Be sure to respect warning signs, especially near hydropower facilities.

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Poland Spring employees spread holiday cheer


Delivering gifts to Poland Community School guidance counselor Lexie Triggiani and school nurse Louise Robinson were Poland Spring employees (in their Santa hats) Adam Keach, Keith Proteau, Clint Bivens, Shelly Pittman and Jessica Tanguay.

Employees from the Poland Spring bottling plant donned Santa hats and went out into the community recently to make two special holiday deliveries. Their first stop was at the Poland Community Church Food Bank, where they presented a check for $1,800 to Rose Frost, director of the Mannafed program, which provides backpacks of food to RSU 16 students to bring home on weekends and during school vacations. Their second visit was to Poland Community School, where they unloaded gifts of toys, books and clothing to benefit three local families in need.

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Spaghetti Supper & Raffle for Shayna Newton


Shayna is battling Rasmussen encephalitis, a rare disorder of the central nervous system; proceeds from the event will assist with her medical expenses and monthly travel to Boston Children’s Hospital.

Family members are organizing a Spaghetti Supper & Raffle to benefit Shayna Newton on Saturday, January 23. Shayna is battling Rasmussen encephalitis, a rare disorder of the central nervous system; proceeds from the event will assist with her medical expenses and monthly travel to the Boston Children’s Hospital.

The supper will be served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and the raffle will be drawn at 6:30; you need not be present to win. The meal will include spaghetti & meatballs, macaroni & cheese, casseroles, salad, sides, dessert and beverages. A cash bar and take-out will be available. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children. They may be purchased at the door. The event will take place at VFW Post 1603 at 588 Minot Avenue in Auburn.

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Bishop opens Holy Door in Lewiston


Once designated as “holy” for a jubilee year, the door allows the graces and indulgences of the holy year to pilgrims who pass through it.

To inaugurate the Holy Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis, Bishop Robert P. Deeley opened the fourth and final holy door in the Diocese of Portland when he celebrated Mass at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston on December 20, the fourth Sunday of Advent.

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Franco Center presents New Year’s Eve “Dinner, Dance, Drop and Draw!”

Every Other Sunday by Troy R. Bennett - Mystery Jig Studios -

Guests will dance the night away to music by Every Other Sunday when the Franco Center rings in the New Year on Thursday, December 31.

On Thursday, December 31, the Franco Center will celebrate New Year’s Eve and ring in 2016 with a year-ending “Dinner, Dance, Drop and Draw!” After the doors and bar open for a fun and elegant evening at 7 p.m., a delicious buffet dinner, prepared and served by the Franco Center staff, will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. After that, guests will dance to live music from across the decades, performed by nine-piece band Every Other Sunday.

Then, just before midnight, everyone will ascend to the center’s magnificent Performance Hall, with its own “balloon drop,” champagne toast and drawing of the evening’s New Year’s L/A prize, for the Times Square countdown to 2016 on the big screen.

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Christmas Pageant at St. Dominic Academy


Elementary students of Saint Dominic Academy present their annual Christmas Pageant at the school’s Auburn campus recently. Open to the public, the annual performance, which takes place on the Sunday after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, is one of many special activities students take part in during the Christmas season.

Winthrop-based company named winner in nationwide “Head Health Challenge”

Alba-Technic, LLC of Winthrop is one of five companies to win the nationwide Head Health Challenge III. The challenge is an open innovation competition sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Football League, Under Armour, and General Electric (GE) to support the discovery, design and development of advanced materials that better absorb and dissipate impact.

Alba-Technic has developed a patented, shock-absorbent honeycomb material with an outer layer that diverts the energy from a fall or hit. The material is normally soft and compliant, but upon impact, the outer layer changes into a hard shell to spread the energy and protect the user from injury.

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CMCC names men’s hockey coach


Kevin Cady

Central Maine Community College has appointed Kevin Cady as the head coach of its new men’s hockey team that is slated to begin play next fall. Cady spent eleven years in hockey operations with the Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres organizations. Over the course of his 750 games in professional hockey, he worked closely with many former NHL greats, including Hall of Famers Bernie Parent, Bob Clarke, Bill Barber, Mark Howe and Daryl Sittler. He also served under several top NHL coaches, including Pat Quinn, Bob McCammon and Kevin Dineen.

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YWCA establishes three awards for women’s contributions


The annual awards will be named after three tireless contributors to the L-A community: (l. to r.) Tonie Ramsey, Lee Young and Priscilla Gendron.

At a special celebration at the Ramada Inn of Lewiston, the YWCA of Central Maine recently presented Lee Young of Auburn with the agency’s inaugural Women of Achievement Award. Young was recognized for her many years of service on the YWCA Board of Directors and for her civic and volunteer service to Lewiston-Auburn and to the greater State of Maine.

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