By Jonathan P. LaBonté
Mayor of Auburn
For the fourth year in a row, thousands of people throughout the state have voted The Public Theatre in Lewiston “Best Theatre in Maine” in the annual Down East Magazine readers’ poll. Co-Artistic Directors Christopher Schario and Janet Mitchko picked up the award recently at a banquet held in Portland to celebrate the 2016 “Best of Maine” winners.
As part of their continuing effort to bring four seasons of activity and entertainment to the community, the Lost Valley Ski Area of Auburn will present the Big Buck Music Festival on Saturday, July 23. The first in a series of music festivals planned for future months, this regional destination event will feature seven indie rock musical acts, including several from Boston. The festivities will kick off at noon, with performances to follow throughout the day, concluding at 10 p.m. Other activities will include inflatable rides and slides and a climbing wall. An eclectic array of food trucks and vendors will also be on hand.
Celebration Barn Theater of South Paris will present a performance by comedic magician Peter Boie on Saturday, July 16 at 8 p.m. Boie, who some recognize by his trademark orange sneakers, grew up in Maine, where he first became fascinated with magic at the age of eleven. That early interest blossomed into an exciting career that has since taken him across North America and to national TV, where he has performed for millions on the CT Network’s hit show “Penn and Teller Fool Us.”
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
During the month of July, L/A Arts is featuring works by local artist Jude Bellas in the “Arts and Ale” window at Gritty’s Pub on Main Street in Auburn. A native of Lewiston-Auburn, Bellas began paper quilling about six years ago. Twirling thin pieces of paper into lacelike flowers and birds has since become a favorite pastime for the retired substance abuse counselor, especially during the cold winter months.
Auburn City Manager Howard Kroll has announced the appointment of Deputy Fire Chief Geoff Low of Minot to fill the role of Fire Chief, effective July 1. Low has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the Fire Service profession and to the field of emergency medicine through his educational achievements and career experience.
Low began his service as a Private-Paramedic in the Auburn Fire Department in 1994 and progressed through the ranks, serving as Assistant Chief of EMS Services, Acting Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief. His other experience has included eight years as a Medical Specialist-Combat Medic with the Maine Army National Guard and service as Deputy Fire Chief-Paramedic in the Town of Oxford with Med-Care Ambulance. He is a respected instructor at the Maine Fire Sciences Institute, with certifications in Incident Command, Hazardous Materials Operations, and Emergency Medical Services.
Master French-Canadian button accordionist Normand Gagnon will lead the entertainment at the next La Rencontre (“Gathering”) on Thursday, July 14 at 11:25 a.m. at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston. In honor of Bastille Day, the French National Day commemorating the storming of the Bastille in 1789, Gagnon and friends will play traditional Québécois and other musical favorites. An area of the floor will be cleared for dancing. Several raffle prizes will be drawn at the end. The meal will be homemade meatloaf, potatoes, gravy, and all the fixings. Doors will open at 10 a.m.