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L/A Arts Artwalk paints the town for 2015 season

The warmth is back, and so is the Artwalk season in Lewiston-Auburn. Artwalk is celebrating its fifth year in L-A, where during the final Friday evening of the month (May – September), downtown Lewiston is turned into a vibrant arts district.

This year, over 20 greater Lisbon Street organizations and storefronts will be opening their doors and offering visual art galleries, live performances and special exhibits to patrons. L/A Arts is proud to be curating over 10 such galleries, including transforming multiple empty storefronts into arts venues. Artwalk also offers a full website which highlights each evening’s events and features an artist catalog of work (and the venues in which they will be displayed) for the public to browse, enjoy and purchase before and after the event.

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LA CA$H Touts Over $3.7 Million in Claimed Refunds for Area Residents

Coalition Co-chair Chris Adler and site coordinator KC Geiger congratulate IRS- certified volunteer tax preparer Wayne Penley.

Coalition Co-chair Chris Adler and site coordinator KC Geiger congratulate IRS-
certified volunteer tax preparer Wayne Penley.

The Lewiston-Auburn CA$H Coalition celebrated another tax season success on April 8. Its IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers facilitated $3,728,000 in federal and state refund claims for area residents during the 2015 tax season, bring its 12-season tally to $26,289,674.

Once again, LA CA$H is the lead coalition of 10 throughout the state of Maine, providing free tax preparation and asset-building opportunities to low-to-moderate income individuals/families.  Taxes were prepared during the season at the Lewiston Memorial Armory and Auburn City Hall. Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald and Auburn City Councilor Belinda Gerry participated in the April 8 celebration.

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2015 JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award Recipient

The Good Shepherd Food Bank hosted the 8th Annual JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award Dinner in its Auburn warehouse. This year’s deserving recipient is Bill Williamson – president of Bank of America, Maine. Pictured here are Cole Pike – grandson of the late JoAnn Pike, Bill Williamson, Kristen Miale – President of The Good Shepherd Food Bank and John Pike – son of JoAnn Pike. (TCT Photo by Jen Pike)

The Good Shepherd Food Bank hosted the 8th Annual JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award Dinner in its Auburn warehouse. This year’s deserving recipient is Bill Williamson – president of Bank of America, Maine. Pictured here are Cole Pike – grandson of the late JoAnn Pike, Bill Williamson, Kristen Miale – President of The Good Shepherd Food Bank and John Pike – son of JoAnn Pike. (TCT Photo by Jen Pike)

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Stuffed Animal Parade

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.

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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Energy Policies Must Drive Down Costs for Mainers

Environmental groups downplay our energy challenges because we did not see the catastrophic price increases we saw last winter. They couldn’t be more wrong.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

We are not just trying to avoid price increases. We must lower energy costs to make our state competitive. High energy costs make it difficult for our businesses to compete or expand. When prices spike in the winter, some mills shut down to save on energy costs. We need to create jobs, not lose them because of high energy prices.

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Enough is Enough: Democratic legislators must do what’s right for taxpayers

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

The number-one duty of every United States citizen is to vote.

Some don’t participate because they haven’t a clue when it comes to the significance of voting. Some are low-informational individuals who may or may not vote.

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Androscoggin County Chamber chooses new helm

Chamber head-matthew_leonard

  Following a lengthy national search by its board of directors, the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce has selected Matt Leonard, 39, from among 54 applicants as president and CEO. Leonard replaces outgoing helm Chip Morrison, beginning his term on May 11.

Leonard grew up in Maine but currently resides in San Diego, California, where he is completing his career as a senior executive advisor in the military.

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Ribbon Cutting April 1 at L/A’s New Indoor Playground Kiddo’s

(l.-r.): Mark Kontio, Mary LaFontaine, Chiara Ferrante, Jon and Meghan Levesque, and their children, Diane Jackson, Larry Giroux, Jonathan Labonte

(l.-r.): Mark Kontio, Mary LaFontaine, Chiara Ferrante, Jon and Meghan Levesque, and their children, Diane Jackson, Larry Giroux, Jonathan Labonte

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Maine Gladiators Youth Hockey Team

The Maine Gladiators Squirt Tier II team completed their outstanding regular season at the New England District Super Regional Tournament in South Burlington, Vermont, earning a spot through their Maine State Championship win on March 8. Six states were represented and eight State Championship teams advanced to the Super Regional Tournament. The Maine Gladiators faced teams from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Vermont, finishing a proud second.

The Maine Gladiators Squirt Tier II team completed their outstanding regular season at the New England District Super Regional Tournament in South Burlington, Vermont, earning a spot through their Maine State Championship win on March 8. Six states were represented and eight State Championship teams advanced to the Super Regional Tournament. The Maine Gladiators faced teams from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Vermont, finishing a proud second.

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Chamber YPLAA Y-Not Kick Off event

(l.-r.) Mary Dempsey, Kayla Quesnel, Meghan Hunt, Connor Beatty, Melissa Donahue, Jill St. Laurent, Cecilia Conroy, Matthew Shaw and Jessica Bernier. See more photos on pages 2-3.

(l.-r.) Mary Dempsey, Kayla Quesnel, Meghan Hunt, Connor Beatty, Melissa Donahue, Jill St. Laurent, Cecilia Conroy, Matthew Shaw and Jessica Bernier. See more photos on pages 2-3.

 

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