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Sawyer Memorial presents Barbara London Trio

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Flutist, composer, pianist, vocalist, and educator Barbara London.

The Barbara London Trio will perform a mixture of original compositions and jazz standards on Friday, August 8 at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial in Greene. The programs are free and open to the public.

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YWCA, Chill Yoga present Yoga Mala

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A Sun Salutation is a sequence of 12 yoga poses traditionally performed to greet the new day. Yoga Mala participants will perform 108 of them on August 10 at a fundraising event to benefit the YWCA.

The YWCA of Central Maine and Chill Yoga will team up to host a Great Falls Yoga Mala on Sunday, August 10. A Yoga Mala is an opportunity for the yoga community and their friends to get together to do 108 “Sun Salutations.” A Sun Salutation is a sequence of 12 yoga poses that is traditionally performed in the morning to greet the new day. The Yoga Mala is a fundraiser to benefit the YWCA.

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Collins announces campaign chairs

The Susan Collins for Senator campaign has named its campaign chairs for Androscoggin County. County-level chairs are Gene Geiger of Lewiston, Peter Geiger of Lewiston, Dick and Cathy Gleason of Auburn, Amadeo Lauria of Sabattus, Jason Levesque of Auburn, and Melissa Simones of Greene.

Town-level chairs are Mayor Jonathan LaBonte (Auburn), Debbie Dunlap Avasthi (Durham), Melissa Simones (Greene), Errol Additon (Leeds), Patti Gagne, Mayor Robert MacDonald, Cynthia Mendros, and Tim Stretton (Lewiston), Gina Mason (Lisbon, Lisbon Falls), Darryl Brown (Livermore, Livermore Falls), Lois Snowe Mello (Mechanic Falls), Kevin Mitchell (Minot), Lois Snowe Mello (Poland), Amadeo Lauria (Sabattus), Harry Ricker and Jeff Timberlake (Turner), and Randall Greenwood (Wales).

“I’m so pleased to have this wonderful team of campaign chairs in Androscoggin County,” said Collins. “Their support is humbling, and it gives me great confidence to have such a solid campaign structure in place as we move toward the fall campaign season.”

The full, state-wide slate of campaign chairs can be viewed at SusanCollins.com/town-chairs.

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Balloon Festival set for Aug. 15-17

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Pegleg Pete will be among the balloons taking flight over the skies of L-A for this year’s Great Falls Balloon Festival.

The 22nd annual Great Falls Balloon Festival, set for August 15 through 17 in Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston, will feature a pirate-themed weekend. Visitors and area residents will enjoy the sight of dozens of hot air balloons – including featured entries Pegleg Pete and Sunny Boy – as they take to the skies over the Androscoggin River and Great Falls. Balloon launches will take place Friday through Sunday at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., weather permitting. Balloon rides will be available; arrange in advance at www.greatfallsballoonfestival.org.

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Hebron Academy adds hockey team

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Hebron Academy hockey player Kiana Melvin of Lewiston

Hebron Academy is launching a hockey team for students entering grades 6 through 8. As part of the Southern Maine Middle School Hockey League (SMMSHL), the team will be open to male and female students attending Hebron Academy and for students in the local community who live in towns which are not already supported by a SMMSHL team.

Located in Hebron, Hebron Academy is an independent college preparatory boarding and day school for boys and girls in grades six through postgraduate. Hebron’s small population consisting of students from around the world are challenged and inspired to reach their highest potential through small classes, knowledgeable and caring teachers who provide individual attention, and a friendly, respectful, family atmosphere. For more information, call (207) 966-2100 or see www.hebronacademy.org.

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Poland FRD first to purchase new ice rescue vehicle

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Chief Mark Bosse (l.) and staff of the Poland Fire Rescue Department pose atop their newest rescue vehicle, the AIR Responder, while Roger Bailey of WISE Technology (r.) looks on.

The Poland Fire Rescue Department recently became the first buyer of a new, amphibious vehicle that the Department’s Chief feels will help them save lives in cold water and ice rescue emergencies.

The AIR Responder, a new vehicle produced by WISE Technology, is capable of carrying multiple people (up to 900 pounds combined) across solid and broken ice as well as open water, reducing the risk to rescue personal who, using traditional methods, might otherwise become victims themselves.

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Enough is Enough: Maine experiences very little gun violence

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

In mid-July of 1977, the State of Massachusetts had been taken over by young, still wet-behind-the-ears Democrats. Their progressive mindset had been shaped and molded by hardcore socialist professors. They were going to teach the world to sing a socialist tune.

Their extensive indoctrination led them to discard reality and to pursue and create a brave new world. They were definitely not the Democratic party of my parents or grandparents. They set about to create the New Republic of Massachusetts.

Soon a once thriving, orderly and civil society changed. Men set aside their traditional attributes of protectors and breadwinners, transforming themselves into the role of male mothers. These new, progressive Democrats marched down a new road—a road where the unproductive were rewarded for their behavior at the expense of the hard-working taxpayers. Their progressive policies destroyed the strong foundation of many families. Neighborhoods became crime-ridden war zones.

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Freeport Players present “Wizard of Oz”

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Pictured here with an exhibit of part of his collection at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Willard Carroll, the world’s premier collector of original Wizard of Oz memorabilia, will discuss his collection and soon-to-open museum on Sunday, July 20, in advance of Freeport Players’ matinee performance.

In celebration of their 25th anniversary, Freeport Players will present a lavish production of “The Wizard of Oz” from July 17 through 27. Audiences can expect to see fabulous costumes and sets, a giant talking Wizard head, a tornado, the Wicked Witch melting into the floor, the exciting revelation of “Technicolor” when Dorothy arrives in Oz, and more.

Making a special appearance on Sunday, July 20, at 12:30 p.m., before the 2 p.m. matinee performance, will be Willard Carroll, the world’s premier collector of original Wizard of Oz memorabilia and founding partner of the soon-to-open National Oz Museum.

Carroll will answer questions about his collection and the museum and will show a brief video. He began collecting Oz memorabilia as a child and now owns thousands of rare and one-of-a-kind items, including the hourglass used by the Wicked Witch, an original costume worn by one of the Lollipop Guild Munchkins, and a dress worn by Judy Garland.

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Public Theatre repeats as Down East’s “Best Theatre in Maine”

For the second year in a row, The Public Theatre in Lewiston has been voted “Best Theatre in Maine” by readers of Down East Magazine in its annual readers’ poll.

“To be included in this list, selected by the readers of Down East or its editorial team, means that you are truly part of what makes Maine great,” said Down East editor-in-chief Kathleen Fleury. “Our readers and team take the task of selecting this annual ‘Best Of” list very seriously. It really is an honor.”

“Winning this award two years in a row is a great victory for us and for Lewiston-Auburn,” said Artistic Director Christopher Schario, who also acknowledged another Lewiston business, The Vault, on their award for “Best Wine Store.” “We’re located a few blocks away from each other on Lisbon Street in downtown Lewiston, and I think this award is indicative of the exciting and positive things happening in our community.”

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Celebration Barn screens Miclon’s “Richard3”

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Michael Miclon as Richard III and Hannah Perry as Lady Ann.

On Saturday, July 19 at 8 p.m., Celebration Barn Theater in South Paris will present a special second-cut screening of Michael Miclon’s original comic feature film, “Richard3.”

Founder of BooDog Films and the Oddfellow Theater, Miclon has created several videos and short films over the last eleven years. A veteran of live performance, he’s perhaps best known locally for “The Early Evening Show,” the longest running variety show in Maine history.

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