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Dr. Seuss bulletin board winners are announced

First place winner, Jessica Swindlehurst, grade 1 teacher , featuring “The Lorax.” See page 4 for more winners. Photo by Monica Millhime.

First place winner, Jessica Swindlehurst, grade 1 teacher
, featuring “The Lorax.” See page 4 for more winners. Photo by Monica Millhime.

Bulletin boards created by students and their teachers were among the highlights of Lisbon Community School’s Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration on March 6.

“Grades pre-kindergarten through grade 4 participated,” said Monica Millhime, Lisbon’s Community Resource Coordinator.  “Teachers and students decided on themes, the layouts and the designs of their Dr. Seuss-themed boards and were very excited to have completed their contest entry by the night of the event.”

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Enough is Enough: Jobs, commerce and taxes: a big win for Lewiston

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Simones Hot Dogs, a local landmark of a restaurant, is well known not only for its red hot dogs, but also as a meeting place for political activity. Customers range from the poor to lawyers to businessmen and lastly politicians. Here alliances are made and deals struck.

When I first became mayor, I took a walk up Lisbon Street, speaking with locally established business people and entrepreneurs who saw promise in the area and were investing heavily in the hope of bringing the area to life. Their biggest concern was the deteriorating McCrory’s building, which strained efforts to transform the area. There were no potential buyers on the horizon interested in purchasing the property. Further, it was getting to a point where sometime in the future, the building would have to be demolished, thus joining the site of the old Marco’s restaurant as another vacant lot on Lisbon Street.

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Mechanics supports CLT performances

Gerald (Gerry) Therrien (l), an officer of Mechanics Savings Bank, presents a check for $2,000 to Nakesha Warren, executive producer of Community Little Theatre. The funds will be used to support upcoming performances. Gerry has been a member of CLT since 1984 and has been involved with a number of productions, both on and off-stage. Gerry and Nakesha have worked together in several CLT productions presented to the L/A Community.

Gerald (Gerry) Therrien (l), an officer of Mechanics Savings Bank, presents a check for $2,000 to Nakesha Warren, executive producer of Community Little Theatre. The funds will be used to support upcoming performances. Gerry has been a member of CLT since 1984 and has been involved with a number of productions, both on and off-stage. Gerry and Nakesha have worked together in several CLT productions presented to the L/A Community.

In keeping with its long-standing commitment to support local arts, Mechanics Savings Bank has donated $2,000 to Community Little Theatre. The funds will be used to support upcoming performances.

“We are so pleased to receive the support of Mechanics Savings Bank,” said Karen Mayo, executive director of L-A Community Little Theatre. “L-A Community Little Theatre is a volunteer organization, celebrating 75 seasons of live theatre and we would not be able to do it without the support of local business.  Businesses like Mechanics Savings who support the arts help to change lives forever and enrich the culture in our community.”

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Pianist Jon Nakamatsu to perform at Bates

1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medal winner Jon Nakamatsu performs at Bates College on Friday, March 27 (Photo by Christian Steiner)

1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medal winner Jon Nakamatsu performs at Bates College on Friday, March 27 (Photo by Christian Steiner)

Classical pianist Jon Nakamatsu will perform at Bates College on Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. Praised for his clean technique and deep musical intuition, Nakamatsu took the world of classical piano by storm when, over many more-favored competitors, he walked away with the gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997, becoming the first American to win the prestigious title in 16 years.

His triumph was a classic underdog story: a high school teacher, Nakamatsu had studied with one piano teacher since age 6 and had never gone to a conservatory or college to study music.

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Enough is Enough: Downtown Lewiston is coming alive again

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

The face of Lewiston is changing.

When I arrived in Lewiston in the summer of 1977, Lewiston was nearing the end of the mill era. A few years prior to my arrival, the federal government had come in, dangled large amounts of money and promised a new, utopian city.

Mesmerized by all that cash, the City Fathers bit. The promise of a shiny, new city did not materialize. Instead, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) created what could be called a ghetto: houses in disrepair and streets strewn with trash.

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Meleikis wins Spirit of the Game Award

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ELHS Red Eddies senior captain Ian Meleikis

The 7th annual Spirit of the Game Award was presented to Ian Meleikis of Edward Little High School recently at the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches Awards Banquet in Bangor. As the East Division award recipient, Meleikis received a trophy and a $500 Spirit Scholarship to assist with his higher education.

Since 2009, the annual award has honored two high school seniors, one each from the East and West Divisions, who embody the spirit of the game of basketball, exemplifying sportsmanship and support while inspiring their teammates and coaching staff.

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Emerge to feature strong lineup of Maine films

The Emerge Film Festival will present the world premiere screening of “Child of Grace,” a full-length feature mystery shot on location in Millinocket, Maine in 2013. Directed by Ian McCrudden and produced by Thomas Hildreth the film is based upon the novel “June Bug” by Chris Fabry and stars Thomas Hildreth, Emma Myles, Maggie Elizabeth Jones and Ted Levine.

The screening will take place on Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Franco Center. A Q&A with McCrudden, Hildreth and Myles will follow the film, immediately followed by a “Maine’s Emerging Flavors Reception” for the filmmakers, cast, crew and VIP All-Access ticket holders. Sponsored by Stella Artois and the Maine Office of Tourism, the reception will feature Maine-made specialty foods.

Hildreth and crew are excited to premiere the film in Maine to call attention to the quality films being made in the state. Hildreth’s first film, “Islander,” was shot on Vinalhaven, and his next Maine project, “The Cutting,” will be shot in Portland. He was born and raised in the Portland area.

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Stuffed Animal Parade

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Students in Kathy Dow’s third grade class at Lisbon Community School recently earned the right to have a Stuffed Animal Parade as a result of their good work toward a classroom goal of transitioning from one part of the day to the next. Pictured here (l. to r., from front) are paraders Syriana Rich, Penelope Lucas, Lydia Davis, Gavin Doughty, Caleb King, Drew Gannon, Dylan McFarland, Aiden Kettelhut, Henri Fidler, Angelina Fillmore, Sarah Moore, Kristian Merrill, Kellsie Buzzell, Johnny Pitcher, Emma St. Pierre, Lillyn Provencher, Anna Roupe, Luke Booker, Jackson Fischer and Ms. Dow.

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Norlands serves up pancakes, old-time maple sugaring

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Sap will be boiling in the sugar shack when Norlands celebrates Maine Maple Sunday on March 22. (Photo by Ryan Burnham)

Experience a late winter ritual done the old-fashioned way when Norlands, Maine’s oldest living history farm and museum, celebrates Maine Maple Sunday on March 22.

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CAVU Café open for business at Auburn-Lewiston Airport

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Celebrating the Grand Opening of CAVU Café are (l. to r.) Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte, Lewiston Mayor Bob Macdonald, owner Richard Bennett, manager Molly Hill, general manager Delian Valeriani, chef Pete Lara, Androscoggin Chamber past chair Patti Gagne, Airport Board of Directors chair Edouard Plourde and Chamber president Chip Morrison. (TCT Photo by Jen Pike)

Offering “traditional food with a modern taste,” CAVU Café officially opened its doors this week at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport. Featuring views across the airfield, the new dining spot, which takes its name from the aviation acronym for “Clear And Visibility Unlimited,” offers distinctive food in a unique setting.

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