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CM Foundation hosts Annual Dinner


Pictured here are the award recipients honored at the CMCC Annual Dinner. L. to r. from front are Norm Croteau (Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year), Matt Tifft (Faculty Member of the Year), Savannah Porter (All-Maine Academic Team), Ekoko Louise (“Against All Odds” Award), Alex Rowe (Female Athlete of the Year), Michelle Hawley (Staff Person of the Year), Melissa Potter (“Yes I Can” Award), Pat Butler (Corporate Partner of the Year), Pat Blais (President’s Award), Nathan Pineau (Scholarship Recipient of the Year), Pietro Badalassi (Male Athlete of the Year), Phi Dougherty (All-Maine Academic Team), and Coral Buck (Student of the Year).

A gathering of 220 people attended the ninth annual Central Maine Community College annual dinner, held recently at the Hilton Garden Inn of Auburn. The event was hosted by the College’s Education Foundation Board of Directors and included the presentation of awards to students and others for their achievements or contributions to the College.

Proceeds from the dinner, which are expected to approach $22,000, will benefit the Foundation’s scholarship fund. The mission of the CM Education Foundation is to provide financial support to CMCC and its students, to advocate on behalf of the college, and to nurture relationships with the community and constituencies. To date, the Foundation has raised more than one million dollars in scholarships for the College.

CMMC Gala raises $109,500 for Birthing Center


Attending the event were CMMC Special Delivery Family Birthing Center staff members (l. to r., from front) Pam Fortier, Christine Adler, Donna Elcewicz, Betsy McGrail, Shevaun Schulte, and Holly Frey Bosse. (Photo courtesy of Jose Leiva Photography.)

Central Maine Medical Center raised over $109,500 for its Special Delivery Family Birthing Center with its recent dinner-dance affair on April 9. The “Mad Hatters Ball” was the theme of CMMC’s 20th annual Spring Gala, held at the historic Kora Shrine Center in Lewiston.

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St. Dom’s students support Children’s Hospital


These sixth-grade students at St. Dominic Academy recently made a large donation of teddy bears and toys to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland.

Trading a day of their vacation to help children in need of comfort was an easy decision for 16 sixth-grade students at Saint Dominic Academy. A special trip from the academy’s Lewiston campus to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland on April 18 was the culmination of a toy drive held by the sixth graders, who collected over 100 teddy bears and a large assortment of books, games, puzzles, and other toys for the young patients at the hospital. During their visit, a hospital representative gave each student a Maine Medical Center doll in appreciation of their shared act of compassion.

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CA$H Coalition celebrates $3,508,000 in refunds for 2016


Lewiston Mayor Robert E. MacDonald (r.) acknowledges KC Geiger, who is retiring from the role of Site Coordinator after 12 years.

The Lewiston-Auburn CA$H Coalition marked the end of its thirteenth tax season on April 13, celebrating nearly $30 million in total refunds claimed for L-A-area residents since 2004. This tax season alone, the group’s IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers, with the assistance of volunteer tax preparers from AARP, facilitated $3,508,000 in federal and state tax refund claims for 2,661 individuals.

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Auburn Public Library unveils traveling NASA exhibit


Library visitors try out an interactive activity from the exhibit, now on view until July 8.

Now on display at Auburn Public Library is a national traveling exhibit that offers an inside look at America’s space agency, with a focus on NASA activities in six key areas: Human Exploration, Earth Science, Mars Exploration, the Solar System and Beyond, Aeronautics, and Technology.

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USM team wins national leadership competition

A seven-member group of USM students took home the grand prize recently from the second annual Collegiate Leadership Competition at Cleveland’s John Carroll University.

“They did extraordinarily well,” said Dan Jenkins, an assistant professor and director of USM’s Leadership and Organizational Studies program, which is based on the school’s Lewiston-Auburn College campus. Jenkins also served as the team’s co-coach and the van driver for their 12-hour journey.

The dozen challenges that made up the competition tested the students’ ability to work together while communicating effectively and acting decisively. One test required them to verbally guide blindfolded teammates through a maze, while another required them to build and navigate a boat made from household items, such as cardboard and tape.

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SeniorsPlus honors McClusky with volunteer award


Pat McCluskey (r.) receives the 2016 Margaret Ross Award for Volunteerism from Executive Director Betsy Sawyer-Manter (l.) and Director of Community Services Connie Jones.

SeniorsPlus has presented its 2016 Margaret Ross Award for Volunteerism to sixteen-year volunteer Pat McClusky. Conveyed each year to a recipient who has made significant contributions to SeniorsPlus, the award was presented on the agency’s Volunteer Appreciation Day, which featured a luncheon buffet for the 130 volunteers in attendance made by the staff of the Meals on Wheels program.

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William “Chick” Leahey honored at State House


The life and accomplishments of the late William “Chick” Leahey, a lifelong resident of Lewiston, star athlete at Lewiston High School and long-time coach at his alma mater, Bates College, were honored recently at the State House in Augusta. He was represented at the event by his wife, Ruth Leahey (c.), granddaughter Maggie Sullivan and daughter Barbara Sullivan (3rd and 2nd from l.). With them here are Reps. Heidi Brooks, Jared Golden, Michel Lajoie and Margaret Rotundo, all D-Lewiston. Leahy died on March 26 at age 90.

Local designer offers open house for innovative new building shell system


Suitable for homes, commercial buildings and other uses, the system requires only three Lego block-type components to rapidly assemble. Options for interior floor plans and exterior appearance are limited only by imagination and budget.

Over the past several years, and with assistance from the Maine Technology Institute, Thom Labrie of Shelter +? Inc. has been quietly working on a project he hopes will help solve some of the most common problems associated with traditional building design. The results, a new “Ultra-High Performance Building Shell System,” could change the way homes and other buildings of the future look and perform.

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International flavor at the Franco Center


Students in the Community Learning Center’s French Club enjoy a special Moroccan-style meal at the Franco Center recently to highlight the end of their session studying the North African country. The club is part of the Franco Center’s French Heritage Language Program.

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