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Enough is Enough: There are now two visions of the American Dream

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.

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Liberty Fest postponed to Sunday, July 6

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The Liberty Fest has been postponed to Sunday, July 6, due to weather forecasts.

We hope you will join us on Sunday!

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Bates Dance Festival kicks off next week

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Camille A. Brown Dancers (photo by Grant-Halverson)

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.

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Liberty Fest returns for 18th annual celebration

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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.

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CMCC launches new degree program in Network Security/Computer Forensics

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Graham Tasker works on a new server cabinet at Central Maine Community College, which is launching a new degree program in in Network Security/Computer Forensics

To help meet the growing need for qualified professionals in the area of technology security, Central Maine Community College (CMCC) is now offering a program in Network Security/Computer Forensics.

This associate degree option focuses on securing, testing, and analyzing information as it is stored, manipulated, and communicated across networks. The skills learned will give students a strong background in computer technology and networks, and graduates can choose to go directly into the workforce or transfer to a baccalaureate degree program. Graduates will be prepared to work as PC repair technicians, network security officers and analysts, network administrators, forensic analysts, and computer managers.

Courses offered this fall are Introduction to Visual Basic, Introduction to PC Repair/OS, and Linux Operating System. Other courses in the program include Networking, Server Administration, Introduction to Virtual Machines, Computer Forensics I and II, Network Security, Advanced Networking Concepts, and Penetration Testing.

This new degree program is made possible through “Maine is IT!,” a federally-funded initiative that is enabling Maine’s community colleges to add new programs, certificates, courses, and short-term training in information technology. As the lead institution for this grant, CMCC is adding new industry-recognized certifications, onsite testing, new and enhanced associate degree programs, and advanced certificates for those who already have associate degrees.

Applications for admission are now being accepted; open registration for fall courses starts July 7. For more information about the Network Security/Computer Forensics program or any other Maine is IT! program and scholarships at CMCC, contact Emily Butterfield at 755-5375 or ebutterfield@cmcc.edu or see online at www.cmcc.edu.

 

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Enough is Enough: Democrats remain silent on Lewiston’s asylum seekers

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Before getting to this week’s column, I have some news that should make Maine’s struggling taxpayers happy. While at the fish counter of a local grocery store, I was informed by the clerk waiting on me that lobster could no longer be purchased using an EBT card. A small victory, but a victory, none the less.

In last week’s column, I wrote about the obstacles and philosophies put forth by Maine’s progressive Democrats and their allies to prevent comprehensive welfare reform. This week, we will write about who in Maine’s Congressional Delegation (Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Michael Michaud and Shellie Pingree) has stepped up to the plate and who has ignored Lewiston’s plea for help.

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Enough is Enough: Liberals want Mainers to give money to illegal aliens

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Thank you, Governor Paul LePage, for standing up for the working people, Maine taxpayers and the local property taxpayers in keeping your promise to address the welfare problems facing our state.

Maine taxpayers are compassionate people. They are always ready to help others who find themselves needing a temporary hand up to get over one of life’s bumps. This is called compassion.

Then we have those who expend their energies in not finding a job or getting an education. No, they spend their time insuring that state welfare continues as their preferred lifestyle. For many, it’s generational. Others swarm from place to place, devouring benefits and decimating one fertile place after another.

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Twin City Titans, Maine Gladiators to merge

The Twin City Titans and the Maine Gladiators announced recently that the two organizations will merge. The merger will create one of the largest youth hockey programs in the state, with over 600 young players competing with teams from other leagues throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Participants will range in age from 4 to 18, most of them living in the Lewiston-Auburn area.

“We see this as an opportunity to grow both programs and enhance opportunities for local kids” said Denis Berube, president of the Twin City Titans.

Andy Guerin, president of the Maine Gladiators, said that the two organizations have been discussing the merger for some time now. Guerin will assume the role of president of the new organization, which will be called the Maine Gladiators.

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Experienced Lewiston H.S. teachers wrap up careers

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From left: Jean McPhail, Helene St. Hilaire, Jean Roy and Caroline Sample – with 140 years of teaching experience between them – leave Lewiston High School this year.

Thursday, June 19 was the last day in public education for four teachers at Lewiston High School (LHS). Caroline Sample grew up in England and taught in London, Cameroon and Old Orchard before coming to LHS in 2006. Her experiences in Africa made her a great asset to the school’s ELL department, where she taught English to immigrant students. She leaves education with 41 years of experience.

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MCHO partners with Northeast Delta Dental

Maine Community Health Options (MCHO), Northern New England’s only nonprofit, Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP), has partnered with Northeast Delta Dental to offer dental coverage within upcoming MCHO plans for 2015.

“Good health requires good oral health, yet many lack access to basic oral health care,” said Kevin Lewis, chief executive officer of MCHO. “This is particularly troublesome for Maine and New Hampshire children without adequate access to care, because we know that oral health is tied to kids’ health, school performance, and overall wellbeing. Therefore, we’re pleased to partner with Northeast Delta Dental to increase access to pediatric dental coverage directly within MCHO plan offerings, and also make it easier for everyone to purchase complementary dental plans.”

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