International Paper’s Auburn Container Plant recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with a commemorative celebration for employees, retirees, government officials, community leaders and business partners.
During the past 40 years, the plant has grown significantly. When opening its doors in 1974, it employed 50 people, compared to the more than 130 who work there now, and the plant has modernized equipment as the market has evolved. One thing that hasn’t changed is the plant’s dedication to its employees, customers and community, as well as its commitment to safety.
Tractor trailer driver Don Timpany is one of three team members who have been at the plant for its entire 40 years. When reflecting back upon his career, he has fond memories. “The years go by fast,” Timpany said. “It’s fun to think about all the changes the plant has faced since it first opened.
Representing area cities and towns, including Auburn, Lewiston, Sabattus, and Poland, the Maine Moose under-16 White Team of the Maine Amateur Hockey Association recently went undefeated through the State Playoffs. By winning the title with an exciting overtime victory over a powerful Casco Bay Black Team, the Moose earned the right to represent Maine in the U16 National Tournament, to be held in Dallas, Texas in March.
In late 1996, Lewiston Public Library first opened its doors on Lisbon Street at a time when activity in downtown Lewiston was minimal and several storefronts sat vacant. Today, almost two decades later, the downtown is humming again with new cafes, businesses and activities that the Library’s 600 daily visitors have helped to support.
However, the furniture the Library purchased for its ground floor area is now showing its age, and the Library would like to update the original seating and table arrangement in this area to accommodate the changing needs of patrons. In this plan, the aging tables near the windows would be replaced with window counters featuring built-in electrical outlets for all the laptops, tablets, smartphones and other electronic devices that people make use of in the Library.
The annual Twin Cities Holiday Celebration will take place on Wednesday, December 3. Pre-parade activities will include free wagon rides by Stillbrook Acres, leaving from the Pine Street side of Kennedy Park in Lewiston (5 to 8:30 p.m.); free interactive ballet presentations in Callahan Hall at Lewiston Public Library (4:30 to 5:30 p.m.); and a free children’s story time (4 to 4:30 p.m.) and craft activities (4:30 to 6 p.m.) presented by Auburn Public Library in Community Room #206 at Auburn City Hall.
The parade will begin at 6 p.m. at the Great Falls Plaza parking area in Auburn. From there, it will go to Turner Street, cross Court Street, head down Mechanics Row, go left onto Auburn’s Main Street (with a stop at Festival Plaza for Auburn’s tree lighting), go right onto Court Street, cross the Longley Bridge, go up Lewiston’s Main Street, take a right onto Park Street and end at Kennedy Park.
St. Michael’s Church of Auburn will be filled with sparkling Yuletide music from the Celtic tradition when folk duo Castlebay, featuring Celtic harpist and vocalist Julia Lane, and members of the Maine Harp Circle perform on Sunday, November 30 at 3 p.m.
The lilting sound of Irish flute, Celtic harp, fiddle and guitar will mingle with vibrant songs of revelry and wonder in a program that will include joyous and mysterious seasonal songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland and the British Isles, as well as more familiar holiday favorites.
Widely known as “Pastor Rigaud,” Dr. Jean Rigaud Amilcar Antoine, Past President of his Rotary Club in Port Au Prince Haiti, was the guest speaker at a recent Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club dinner to celebrate the successful completion of the L-A Club’s Haiti Water Truck Project. With nearly 100 people in attendance, Club President Christine Wilson, International Committee Chair Stephanie Gelinas and Pastor Rigaud discussed the development and results of the effort.
The City of Auburn’s effort to raise $12,000 to acquire and preserve the four bells of St. Louis Church, cast in 1915 in Annecy, France by the world renowned Paccard Bell Foundry, have so far reaped $6,500 in donations, putting the project more than half way toward its goal. December 27 will be the final day to donate to the project.
Among the state’s most remarkable heritage treasures, the bells are believed to be the only ones manufactured by the Paccard Foundry that now exist in the state, with the sole exception of the treasured Liberty Bell replica displayed at the Maine Statehouse in Augusta. The replica was one of 51 commissioned in 1950 by the U.S. Treasury Department.
Dollar General currently has five new stores under construction in southern Maine, including one each in Lewiston (1083 Sabattus Street), Auburn (807 Minot Avenue) and Turner (9 Buckfield Road). The company announced plans to expand its presence into the state in June of 2014 and currently anticipates opening its first store in the state by spring of 2015.
As the country’s largest small-box retailer, Dollar General will offer Maine residents convenient locations to purchase essential items at everyday low prices. They do this by providing a focused selection of national name brands and private brands of food, housewares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel and health and beauty products. The stores’ layouts are designed to make shopping simple for customers. Seasonal products are displayed in the center of the store, departments are easily recognizable with visible signage, and coolers are conveniently located at the front.
“Christmas by the Lake,” the annual Christmas fair presented by St. Philip’s Church of Auburn, will hold its 40th anniversary event this year on Saturday, November 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parish center, located on Rt. 4 across from Lake Auburn.
The event will include all the regular features that have made the fair so popular over the years, including greens and wreaths, knits, quilted items, homemade candies and preserves, woodcrafts, jewelry, hidden treasures, holiday crafts, baked goods, and baked beans available to eat in or take out. Extra attention has been given this year to the lunch counter, available seating and theme baskets, with many in the $15 to $25 range. Any leftover items will be available for extended shopping on Sunday, November 23, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice (AHCH) recently hosted a ribbon-cutting event to unveil its new Stone Garden, an artistic work representing the migration of the spirit for patients cared for at its Hospice House in Auburn and their families. The ceremony took place on a beautiful October Friday afternoon with 25 guest, staff and community members in attendance.