Josh Kennison, an elite para-athlete from South Paris, has been selected to compete in the 100m and 200m sprints at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France on July 21 and 22.
While prestigious, being selected to compete in this event is just one in a long line of athletic accomplishments for Kennison, whose track and field credits include breaking the world record for the long jump in 2013.
A quad amputee who was born missing both of his feet and arms, as well as his tongue and half of his jaw, Kennison is the embodiment of what it means to overcome all obstacles.
Fadumo Musse, a junior at Lewiston High School, has been selected as one of three winners in the Maine Community College System’s Journey Into Writing Contest and named a 2013 Governor’s Young Writer of the Year.
With the other two winners, Muse was recently presented with an award and a $2,500 check by First Lady Ann LePage and MCCS President John Fitzsimmons in a ceremony at the Blaine House. The other two winners were Emily Evans of Searsport and Arianna Tang of Frankfort, both juniors at Searsport District High School.
To the Editor:
Lewiston Mayor Macdonald’s main criticism of Jordan Handy’s Letter to the Editor seems to be its incoherence, but I found it to be clear and direct. (“Enough is Enough: Why is there so much pressure to attend college?,” TCT, July 11, 2013)
The mayor did find an awkward sentence; I’ll give him that. But as one of Jordan’s former English teachers, I feel compelled to point out that the mayor ended his column with this sentence: “The last thing we don’t want to see in the windows of future employers is a sign stating: ‘Lewiston and EL Graduates need not apply.’ ” This is a double negative.
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
Last Friday I attended a Board of Directors meeting of the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council. During the meeting two things became apparent. First, I really am in need of a pair of hearing aids.
Second, there is a lot more to economic development than bringing businesses and public transportation to an area.
These entities come as a result of creating an area that is not just livable, but also a place that individuals seek out and want to live.
Clean streets, vibrant houses and well-kept properties describe over 90 percent of Lewiston’s current neighborhoods. A mixture of young and older families serve to stabilize neighborhoods, creating a slow, steady turnover of properties.
The condensed area of our city allows residents a short travel to retail and grocery stores, hospitals and doctors’ offices, a variety of restaurants and eateries, as well as nature walks. Then there is my personal favorite: coffee shops.
Upon moving to Lewiston from Boston, one of the biggest amenities found in our community were the abundance of private and public children’s sports leagues covering all sports. No matter the abilities of the youngster, all sports were open to them—unlike larger areas, where a lack of talent precluded you from playing. This is a huge selling point when trying to attract younger families.
Text and photos by Rachel Morin
I joined my son and his wife, Gerry and Debbie Bolen-Morin of Turner, to see their town’s annual Fourth of July Parade, followed by events on the green, that they have been enjoying and raving about for years. I’m glad I did. It was a great day. I felt as if I had stepped back in time to be a part of the camaraderie of a small country town.
Over 1,000 spectators lined the street for the colorful parade and applauded as the American Legion Post 111 Honor Guard led the way, followed by a contingent of marching veterans and a veterans’ float. The parade participants included an impressive lineup of fire trucks and emergency vehicles from Buckfield, Canton, Greene, Leeds, Mechanic Falls, Turner and Wales.
Spencer Dunn, 15, Class A State Champion of Edward Little High School, recently competed in the Junior Men’s 10,000m Race Walk at the USA Track & Field Outdoor National Championships at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
In his first appearance on the junior national stage, Dunn placed sixth with a time of 54:35. This earned him a spot on the USA junior team that will compete at the 25th annual USA v. Canada Junior Race Walk Dual in Boston in August. Just one week earlier, Dunn had a second place, All American finish at the New Balance High School Nationals in Greensboro, NC.
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
Apparently the mayoral campaign has started and friends of my opponent have begun attempts to discredit me.
In a Letter to the Editor published June 27 in TCT, “Students have a willingness to succeed,” signed by Jordan C.D. Handy, I am accused of negativity towards the Lewiston School System. (Oh, did I mention that his father, James Handy, is the chairman of the Lewiston School Committee and a friend of my opponent?)
Young Mr. Handy’s letter about one of my columns, which was published May 23, comes five editions after the column ran. Why the slow response?
In his letter, young Mr. Handy states that my column was written with a negative flavor. He contends that I implied that “The Lewiston Regional Technical Center is nothing more than a dumping ground for students that can’t succeed academically.” On the contrary, my article praised the program.
Western Maine Transportation Services bus driver David Webster of Wales recently took fourth place in the tightly-contested 2013 Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) National Transit Roadeo in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Held as part of the annual CTAA Expo conference, the event attracted 61 of the nation’s top transit bus drivers. The top five contestants were separated by only 31 points. Webster collected a total of 865 points for his efforts, which resulted in a tie with the fifth place finisher, but Webster took fourth place honors because he had a faster elapsed time on the driving course.
The Elks Lodge #371 held a Flag Day Celebration on Sunday, June 16. Exalted Ruler of the Lewiston Elks Club Michael Aube served as master of ceremonies. Several music videos were presented along with a flag folding ceremony presented by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club held its annual Awards Night recently at the Ramada Inn of Lewiston, where the inaugural Ethics in Business Award was presented to Jim Wellehan of Lamey Wellehan Shoes. Other nominees for the award included Center Street Dental, Geiger Group, Grant’s Bakery, Community Credit Union, City of Lewiston and Taylor Brook Animal Hospital.
“With seven very respectable businesses nominated, the nomination committee had a tough decision to make,” said L-A Rotary president Shawn Wright. “We have no winners and losers here tonight. The nominees are a great testament to the vibrant business community of Lewiston-Auburn.”