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Franco Center to host Mike Michaud tribute


Congressman Mike Michaud, with the Center’s founding executive director, Rita Dube (photo by Mitch Thomas)

The Franco Center in Lewiston will host a tribute to Congressman Michael H. Michaud on Friday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Michaud recently retired from Congress after serving as the U.S. Representative for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District from 2003 to 2015. This primarily rural district, including the cities of Lewiston, Auburn, Bangor and Presque Isle, comprises nearly 80 percent of the state by area and is the largest Congressional district by area east of the Mississippi River.

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Brakey presents Legislative Sentiment to First Congregational Church of New Gloucester


On Sunday, January 18, Senator Eric Brakey (R-Androscoggin) presented a legislative sentiment in recognition of the 250th Anniversary of the First Congregational Church of New Gloucester. Earlier in the month, Senator Brakey had welcomed Pastor Linda Gard to the State House to serve as Pastor of the Day and to be present as the Legislative Sentiment was read on the floor of the Maine State Senate. Pictured here (l. to r.) are Pastor Linda Gard, Selectman Jane Sturgis, Senator Eric Brakey and Cindy Brakey.

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Norlands hosts Valentine’s Day dinner


Charles Washburn married Sallie Cleaveland in New York City on May 11, 1865. He was serving as the American Minister to Paraguay at the time. Their long distance courtship is one of several Washburn Family love stories guests will hear on Saturday, February 14.

Looking for a unique evening out for Valentine’s Day? The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore will present a Valentine’s Day dinner and history program called “Keepers of the Hearth: A Conversation Between the Washburn Ladies” on Saturday, February 14. Participants will enjoy a delicious heritage dinner and an entertaining living history program in a setting like no other in Maine.

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Local manufacturer attends State of the Union


Kathie Leonard with U.S. Senator Angus King. Leonard, President and Co-Founder of Auburn Manufacturing, Inc., which produces specialized, high-temperature textiles for export around the world, was King’s invited guest to this year’s State of the Union address in Washington, D.C.

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L-A CA$H Coalition kicks off tax season; appointments for free tax prep now available


Coalition Co-Chair Dottie Perham-Whittier

The L-A CA$H Coalition held a press conference recently to kick off this year’s tax filing season. Once again, the Coalition will provide free tax preparation and e-filing of Federal and State income tax returns for low-to-moderate income residents. Tax preparation by the program’s IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers will begin on January 24 at the Lewiston Memorial Armory and Auburn City Hall. Tax returns will be prepared by appointment only; no walk-ins will be accepted. Appointments can be made by calling 513-3160 on or after January 15. For more information, see

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ELHS grad, now Clark student, rebrands “Fashion Cookbook”


Clark University students Hannah Martin of Auburn (r.) and Patricia DeCarvalho have rebranded “The Fashion Cookbook,” a blog Martin started as a junior at Edward Little High School.

College seniors Hannah L. Martin of Auburn and Patricia DeCarvalho of Worcester, Massachusetts, both LEEP Fellows at Clark University, have refreshed and rebranded “The Fashion Cookbook,” a fashion and lifestyle blog that Martin started as a junior at Edward Little High School. The two presented their LEEP Project, “Launching and Branding ‘The Fashion Cookbook’,” at Clark’s annual Fall Fest academic showcase.

Martin is a member of Clark’s class of 2015. She is currently enrolled in Clark’s accelerated B.A./Master’s program, where she is pursuing a degree in professional communications with a focus in marketing. The blog began as a venue to document Martin’s developing personal style and to combine her two interests, cooking and fashion. Because of her blogging efforts, she was invited as a high school senior to attend Teen Vogue’s Fashion University in Manhattan.

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Morrison to retire as head of Safe Voices


Jane Morrison

The Safe Voices Board of Directors has announced the retirement of Executive Director Jane Morrison after five years serving and advocating for domestic violence victims throughout central Maine.

Morrison, who plans to step down this June, has played an integral role in raising awareness of domestic violence and promoting Safe Voices’ services across communities in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties. Under her leadership, Safe Voices has developed a reputation for sound fiscal management and commitment to community partnerships while delivering best-practice services to men, women and children affected by domestic violence.

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Lisbon H.S. breaks ground on new gymnasium

n.LisbonHS.GymSchool Committee Chairperson Traci Austin (c.) has the ceremonial honor of breaking ground for Lisbon High School’s new gymnasium on Saturday, January 3. Joining her are (l. to r., from front) Superintendent Richard Green; Town Manager Diane Barnes; School Committee Asst. Chair Kathi Yergin; former School Committee member Marcey Crosskill; Asst. Superintendent Heather Wilmot; School Committee member Pete Reed; Denis Landry of Contractor Landry/French; Eric Dube of Casco Bay Engineering; School Committee member George Caron; Ryan Kanteres, Nathanial Cram and Scott Simmons of Scott Simmons Architect; and Dillon Pesce of the Lisbon Town Council.

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Good Food Council elects new members


Four of the newly elected members of the Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn are (l. to r.) Rick Belanger, Bonnie Lounsbury, Melissa Emerson and Alisa Roman. Not pictured is Nadifa Mohammed.

The Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn recently added five newly elected members to its ranks. The 20-member council, made up of representatives from a variety of businesses, agencies, sectors and walks of life, was created in the summer of 2012 in response to an in-depth Community Food Assessment that identified areas for improvement in the local food system. They group works to educate the public, serve as a forum for discussing issues, foster coordination between sectors, evaluate and influence policy and support programs that meet local needs.

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Local student selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program

Muna Mohamed of Lewiston and Andrew Sandweiss of Bangor have been selected as Maine’s delegates to the 53rd Annual United States Senate Youth Program. In March, Mohamed and Sandweiss will join 102 other students from across the country in spending a week in the nation’s capital, where they will have an opportunity to study the American political process first-hand.

Muna Mohamed attends Lewiston High School, where she serves as the Senior Class president and is the Student Representative for her School Board. She is involved with Mock Trial, the Civil Rights and Speech Teams and other projects and community service activities. She enjoys public speaking and says she found her voice after attending Seeds of Peace, a conflict resolution camp. Her future plans include pursuing her interests in education, political science and international affairs.

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