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Lisbon Class of 2021 leaves legacy

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The fifth graders of Lisbon Community School were pleased to present Principal Carlene Iverson with a flowering crab tree as their legacy gift to the school. Members of the future Lisbon High School Class of 2012 were assisted with the presentation by Ed Bush of Maine Landscape-Bush’s Bushes of Lisbon Falls. Bush planted the tree during the presentation, with assistance from Lisbon H.S. Class of 2010 alumni Joe Doughty. Bush also extended his services beyond the planting to include perpetual care of existing shrubs on the school campus.

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Enough is Enough: Lewiston is in a Catch-22 over illegal aliens

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

It appears the City of Lewiston finds itself in a Catch-22 situation. Foreign tourists, carrying legal visas issued by the United States government, have entered our beautiful country and are smitten by her beauty.

While this is a compliment to our city, the fact that they no longer wish to return to their native land presents Lewiston with a problem. They have no funds to support themselves. Presently, they are relying on the generosity and benevolence of Lewiston taxpayers to totally support them in order to fulfill their infatuation of our city.

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Enough is Enough: Graduates will fill the void left by the Greatest Generation

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

This week my wife and I attended our favorite yearly mayoral function, Lewiston High School’s graduation ceremony. It is heartening to watch these graduates approach the stage as children and exit, diplomas in hand, as adults.

During the ceremony some members of the graduating class were honored for their academic achievement. Several of these awards were very prestigious. Those in attendance were informed that many of these award winners would be attending top rate colleges in the fall.

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Lewiston man becomes youngest priest of the Diocese

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Kyle Doustou of Lewiston is ordained to the Catholic priesthood by Bishop Robert P. Deeley on May 30.

The journey for Kyle Doustou began at home in Lewiston, where as a nine-year-old he used to “play Mass” using a plug-in Christmas candle, crackers, and Kool-Aid.

On May 30, the child’s dream became a reality when Doustou was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert P. Deeley at the Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul in Lewiston. The first priest ordained by the bishop since his installation in February, Doustou, at age 26, also become the youngest priest in the Diocese of Portland, which covers the entire state of Maine.

“It’s really the one thing I’ve always wanted in life,” said Doustou of his ordination.

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Lady Her-ricanes get back to championship game

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The Lewiston Lady Her-ricanes softball team just finished another successful season. They are (l. to r, from front) Lexi Poulin, Giana Russo, Brittany Norman, Mallory Fairbanks, Danielle Cyr, Kallie May, Meghan Morris, Hannah DeBlois, Megan Theriault, and Jordan Girouard.

The 2013 State Champion Lewiston Lady Her-ricanes softball team, coached by Mitch Poulin and Greg Smith, took second place honors in the ASA 2014 Bulldog I Invitational Tournament for ages 14 and under, contested recently in Waterville. After playing seven games, the Lady Her-ricanes lost 5-4 in the title game against the North Country Explosion.

The Lady Her-ricanes outscored their opponents 81 to 28 in the tournament. Team “Player of the Tournament” honors went to Giana Russo for her batting performance, making a total of 24 plate appearances without a strikeout.

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Founding LAC faculty member awarded emerita status

Among the sixteen retiring University of Southern Maine faculty and staff members who were awarded emeritus or emerita status at USM’s 134th Commencement this year was a founding faculty member of Lewiston-Auburn College.

Betty Robinson of Auburn, associate professor emerita of leadership and organizational studies, was an original faculty member when the college was founded in 1988. She later served as dean of the college from 1996-2003, a longer tenure than any other LAC dean. Her strong vision for LAC included developing a faculty committed to interdisciplinary learning, community connection and career preparation.

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Franco-American Collection hosts History Fair

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The Franco-Americans of Lewiston celebrated St Jean-Baptiste Day with a parade on June 24, 1897; the Franco-American Collection of L-A College will celebrate the French-Canadian holiday with a Franco-American History Fair on Saturday, June 21.

USM’s Franco-American Collection will host a Franco-American History Fair on Saturday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College. The event will feature exhibits from Maine historical societies, libraries, museums and genealogical groups with a Franco-American connection.

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Enough is Enough: Citizens, not politicians, will decide whether to merge L-A

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

This coming Tuesday, June 10, is Primary Election Day. Hopefully, Maine residents will flock to the polls to fulfill their number-one duty at American citizens: voting.

This is your turn to show your pleasure or displeasure with those running our state and country. Every vote counts, even if you’re on the losing end. Close votes tend to put the winning party on notice that their position could be overturned or rejected in the next election.

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Gowell picked to sing Anthem at Fenway Park

n.Gowell.FenwayLarry Gowell of Auburn has been selected by the Boston Red Sox to sing the National Anthem at their game at Fenway Park on Sunday, July 6, designated by the team as this year’s “Maine Day.” A former major league pitcher in the New York Yankees system, Gowell on October 4, 1972 became the last American League pitcher to get a hit before the designated hitter rule was implemented the following season. A lifelong music lover, Gowell has been concentrating recently on developing a career as a professional singer. His Fenway appearance on July 6 will make him the first major league player ever to sing the National Anthem at a major league park.

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City of Lewiston taps MCHO for Economic Achievement Award

Maine Community Health Options (MCHO) has been selected by the City of Lewiston as the recipient of an Economic Achievement Award in recognition of its accomplishments in its inaugural year on Maine’s health insurance marketplace. The award was presented to MCHO CEO Kevin Lewis at the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council’s Annual Dinner on May 21 at the Ramada Inn of Lewiston.

“Each year the Lewiston City Council, administration, and Development Department staff identify companies or individuals who have had a significant positive economic impact in Lewiston,” said Lewiston Economic and Community Development Director Lincoln Jeffers. “The award is being given to MCHO in recognition of the 80% market share their well-developed plans earned in the health insurance marketplace and of the company’s phenomenal growth, both in the number of employees and space occupied, since its founding.”

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