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Super Refund Saturday files returns for 219 residents


These local residents are all smiles for tax prep assistance on this year’s Super Refund Saturday at the Lewiston Armory.

The Lewiston-Auburn CA$H Coalition’s annual Super Refund Saturday brought a room full of IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers to the Lewiston Armory on February 13, when the group collectively prepared and e-filed Federal and State tax returns, free of charge, for 219 local residents.

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Franco Center presents “Bandstand to Billboard”

The widely-acclaimed show “From Bandstand to Billboard,” a fun and sometimes romantic collection of 1950s, 60s and 70s hits from Billboard Magazine and American Bandstand, will make a local appearance at the Gendron Franco Center on Saturday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m.

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Ice Fest L-A boasts expanded line-up


This year’s event features an expanded line-up of live entertainment and professionally crafted ice sculptures.

L-A Arts will present its 4th annual community celebration of winter in Maine, Ice Festival L-A 2016, from Friday, February 19 through Sunday, February 21. This three-day event, featuring food from a collection of L-A’s best restaurants, ice bars, an expanded line-up of live entertainment and professionally crafted ice sculptures, and more, will take place in the Bates Mill Courtyard and Atrium at 150 Mill Street (beside DaVinci’s Eatery) in Lewiston. Friday and Saturday are ages 21+ events, while Sunday is an all-ages Family Day with reduced price admission and free entry for those under 18. The three-day event schedule is listed below. To buy tickets, call 782-7228 or see

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Sleeper to receive Samantha Smith Award

The Maine Women’s Fund has named Julia Sleeper, founder and Executive Director of Tree Street Youth Center in Lewiston, as the recipient of its 2016 Samantha Smith Award. The award is conferred annually to recognize a young woman from Maine who works to promote social change in her school or community, inspires other girls to become active in supporting long lasting change in Maine, or uses her voice boldly to influence others and make a difference in her community.

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 “Foursome” breaks attendance record at Public Theatre


The Public Theatre’s recent production of “The Ladies Foursome” broke the theater’s box office record for most attended play in its 25-year history. The East Coast premiere of the new comedy, about a group of women friends remembering a deceased member of their foursome with a round of golf, was guest directed by Tony Award-winning actress and television star Judith Ivey. “What a great 25th Anniversary present it was to have almost every performance sold out,” said Artistic Director Christopher Schario.

Next up on the theatre’s season schedule will be the recent Off-Broadway hit “What Rhymes with America,” followed by the romantic comedy “Crossing Delancey.” For more information, see

Principals to assume new roles at St. Dom’s

Saint Dominic Academy has announced that, due to a retirement and the establishment of a new role as part of a reorganization of responsibilities for current administrators, two new principals will be hired for the school’s Auburn and Lewiston campuses prior to the 2016-17 school year.

Donald Bilodeau, the principal of the Lewiston (Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 6) campus, will retire as a full-time administrator at the end of the current school year. He is expected to remain at the school in a part-time capacity.

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IRS calls demanding a payment are a scam

Calls to the Maine Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division show an uptick in IRS and other phone scams targeting Mainers

Calls to the Maine Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division show an uptick in IRS and other phone scams targeting Mainers

 The Maine Attorney General’s Office has noticed a recent increase in the number of Mainers calling to report they are the target of phone scams in which someone pretends to be calling to collect a debt owed to the Internal Revenue Service.  Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills is reminding people to be aware that these are scams and they should not give people credit card information or wire money.


“The IRS scam and others like it are the most common complaint we receive,” said Attorney General Mills.  “However, we have noticed a recent spike in the number of people calling our office to alert us and to complain specifically about IRS scams. On Thursday alone we received 61 contacts from Maine people.  These are often randomly dialed calls, but for some reason the 207 area code seems to be their target in recent weeks.  People should not engage the callers and hang up the phone. Do not give them personal information and do not wire them money.”

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Patrick Dempsey in Maine for Winter Fun

Patrick Dempsey

Join Patrick Dempsey for a day of Winter Fun at Black Mountain Ski Resort on Saturday, February 27.

An endorsed independent fundraiser for the Rumford Hospital Dempsey Challenge Team, the event will feature Alpine and Nordic skiing, tubing, raffles, food, entertainment, and a few surprises!

An all-day pass is $35. For more information click here.

Maine chef to appear on Food Network reality show


Shaun “Yaz” Yazbek will compete on “Chopped” on Tuesday, March 1.

Shaun “Yaz” Yazbek will compete on the Food Network reality show “Chopped” next month. Yazbek will compete with three other chefs in an episode titled “Truck Stop Stars,” pitting the four competitors against each other for a $10,000 prize.

The show, now in its 27th season on Food Network, gives four chefs a mystery basket of ingredients, which then must be turned into a dish. The show is broken into three courses: an appetizer, an entrée, and a desert. Chefs are given different mystery ingredients for each course. After each course, one of the chefs is eliminated by the panel of judges who base their results on creativity, presentation, and taste.

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CLT’s “Shakespeare in Hollywood” Opens This Weekend

The entire cast of Community Little Theater’s “Shakespeare in Hollywood.”

The entire cast of Community Little Theater’s “Shakespeare in Hollywood.”

The hilarious comedy “Shakespeare in Hollywood” opens this weekend at the L-A Community Little Theater. Written by Ken Ludwig (“Lend Me a Tenor,” Moon Over Buffalo”) and directed by Mitchell Clyde Thomas, the play is a fanciful and farcical romp set in 1930s Hollywood.

Winner of The Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play of the Year in 2004, this fast-paced comedy is right out of the screwball films of the 1930s. A “play within a play” that melds fact with fiction, it follows the real-life quest to bring Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the silver screen in 1934. In the midst of all of the business of making this talking picture, Oberon, King of the Fairies, and his sidekick Puck magically arrive, having taken a wrong turn on their way home from the wood near Athens. And then the fun begins!

Performances will be held on February 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m. and February 14 and 21 at 2:00 p.m. All performances will be held at the Great Falls Performing Arts Center on 30 Academy Street in Auburn. Tickets may be ordered online at or by calling 783-0958.

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