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THE CHAMBER N E W S CANDID CANDIDATES Working with The Chamber, The Young Professionals of the Lewiston Auburn Area (YPLAA) hosted a candidate’s meet and greet forum - Candid Candidates 2009 - on Wednesday, October 7th at the Franco American Heritage Center. The goal was to create an environment for YPLAA and community members to interact with candidates running for Mayor and City Council in Lewiston and Auburn. Several candidates running for the local leadership positions introduced themselves and interacted with Chamber members and YPLAAers in a social setting, learning more about where they stand on important issues. YPLAA also surveyed candidates on issues important to the 20-40 age range voters. The results can be viewed at www.yplaa.com.

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College for ME Luncheon

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THE BUSINESS SERVICE CENTER AT KEYBANK PLAZA P.O. BOX 59 LEWISTON, ME 04243-0059 PH: (207) 783-2249 FAX: (207) 783-4481 WEBSITE: WWW.ANDROSCOGGINCOUNTY.COM

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Excise tax revenues go solely to municipalities and are used for maintaining local roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure. A loss of excise tax revenues will result in increased difficulty for municipalities to find funding to address deterioration of roads and bridges. Maine’s economy — tourism, manufacturing, agriculture and natural resource industries depend on a strong transportation infrastructure. Excise tax, along with the gas tax, has users of the road system paying for it. Passage of the initiative will shift the cost of maintaining local roads and bridges to the property taxpayer – even to those that do not have vehicles. The Board felt that a strong case could be made to spend more on transportation infrastructure, not less.

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The Chamber Board of Directors carefully discussed each of the referenda questions at the September Board meeting and adopted positions on each, as follows: Question before Voters: Do you want to cut the rate of the municipal excise tax by an average of 55% on motor vehicles less than six years old and exempt hybrid and other alternative-energy and highly fuel efficient motor vehicles from sales tax and three years of excise tax?

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In step 2, Chamber members were polled on the three questions and the results of the polls made available to both the Business Advocacy Committee and the Board of Directors. Then the Business Advocacy Committee thoroughly reviewed each question and made a recommendation to the Board of Directors on a position for The Chamber on each question.

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The videos of each of the three forums are posted on The Chamber website and have been run locally on Great Falls TV and other local cable stations. Several other local chambers and the Maine State Chamber asked The Chamber to provide them with the videos.

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Question before Voters: Do you want to repeal the 2007 law The Chamber Board of Directors and the Business Advocacy on school consolidation and restore the laws previously in Committee, under Chairs Peter Traill of Nason Mechanical effect? Systems and Clif Greim of Harriman Associates, set up a very thorough process to examine the major policy issues o YES ⌧NO which are on the statewide referendum ballot on November rd 3 . There is too much money spent on school administration across the state. Many students do no get the proper educaThe Chamber process involved 4 distinct steps on each questional base because educational resources are spread too tion. First, The Chamber hosted forums on each ballot questhinly. Spending less on consolidated school administration tion. On TABOR II, Terren Bragdon, President of the Maine will lead to spending more on classroom resources. The conHeritage Policy Center faced off against Kay Rand, solidation law needs time to work as proposed. Two years Managing Director of BSSN Resources, LLC. On the excise ago there were 285 school districts, which is far too many tax question, Poland Town Manager Dana Lee was opposed for a small population state like Maine. State and local eduby Martin Sheehan, Director of Communications for the cation expenditures are increasing even as student enrollMaine Heritage Policy Center. The third forum featured ments are declining. It is too early to judge the effects of the Peter Geiger of Geiger Bros and State Senator Peter Mills school consolidation law. It needs time to work as proposed. favoring school administrative consolidation and Skip The new law forces local people to forge their own cost Greenlaw and Scott Kaplan opposing it. effective solutions. Continued on page 3…

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NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS At the October Board of Directors meeting, The Chamber welcomed new directors and seated new officers for 2009-2010. Voted in as new directors for 2-year terms were Bob Bernier of Advantage Gases and Tools, Susan Berube of WGME-13, Michael Cox of Central Maine Orthopaedics, Stephanie Gelinas of Sandcastle Preschool, Joyce Gibson of USM at LAC, and Bryan McNulty of Bates College. Elected as Board Chair was Art Boulay of Strategic Talent Management. Other officers include Peter Murphy of Neokraft Signs who will serve as immediate past chair, Robin Robbins of Androscoggin Bank who will serve as treasurer, and Susan Stacey of Central Maine Community College who will serve as Chair-elect. Chamber Division and Committee Chairs for the next year will be: • Kurk Lalemand of Next Level Business Coaching, Membership Services and Development • Stephanie Gelinas of Sandcastle Preschool and Kathy Becvar of CMMC, Ambassadors • Peter Traill of Nason Mechanical Systems and Clifton Greim of Harriman Associates, Business Advocacy • Mary Lafontaine of the Career Center and Joan Macri of Lewiston Auburn College, Education • Susan Stacey of CMCC and Jan Barrett of The Ware Street Inn, Regional Image Development • Hillary Eaton of Austin Associates, YPLAA

The Annual Meeting will feature The Chamber Awards program, emceed by Chamber Board Chair, Art Boulay of Strategic Talent Management. Those being recognized include: The Chamber’s new members in 2009; past and present Chamber leaders; and the distinguished community members who will receive The Chamber’s highest awards. The evening will begin with a social hour at 5:00 p.m. The cost of the evening is $45 per person and reservations are required (early reservations are encouraged). Special recognition will be given to organizations that are table sponsors. The prime sponsor of the Annual Meeting is Androscoggin Bank and the Chamber is looking for 2-3 other organizations to co-sponsor. If you are interested, call Chip at The Chamber at 783-2249.

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Non Profit Seminar, “What Good Board Members Need to Know – A Recipe for Success,” 11:30 am at The Chamber Brown Bag, “Writing a Press Release,” Noon at The Chamber, with Judy Meyer of Sun Journal Veteran’s Day, Chamber office closed Chamber Breakfast at Martindale, 7:15am Seminar, “Important HR Issues Every Small Business Should Know,” 8:30 am at Chamber Chamber Board Annual Planning Meeting Business After Hours at Kora Temple, 5-7:00 PM Thanksgiving, Chamber Closed

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Seminar, “Advanced Networking: Making Your Contacts Count,” 8:00-11::00 am at The Chamber College for ME Androscoggin Annual Awards Luncheon, Bates College at Noon Chamber Breakfast at Ramada, 7:15am ALDI graduation Holiday Open House at The Chamber, 10am-3pm Business After Hours, Lost Valley, 5-7pm “Chamber Kids for the Holidays” Chamber Board of Directors Meeting Chamber Closed for Christmas

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14 Th Chamber members and guests will gather at the Ramada Conference Center on Thursday, January 28th for the 122nd Annual Meeting and Awards program — The Chamber’s largest membership and social event of the year. The 2010 annual meeting will be sponsored by Androscoggin Bank, led by President Steve Closson.

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Chamber Closed for New Year’s Career Fair at CMCC Brown Bag, “Complying with FLSA in Tough Economic Times,” Noon at The Chamber, with Attorney Rebecca Webber and George Rioux of Federal DOL Chamber Breakfast, Hilton Garden Inn, Economic Forecast for 2010, 7:15am Chamber Board of Directors Meeting Chamber Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Business After Hours at Custom Window Decorators, 5-7 PM Chamber Annual Meeting at Ramada, 5pm

2009 ALDI CLASS In September, the 18th annual Androscoggin Leadership Development Institute began under the guiding hand of facilitator Steve Pecukonis. This intensive program focuses on key leadership skills and current community issues. Participants in the 2009 ALDI Class are: Lisa Bilodeau of Androscoggin Bank, Nancy Brown of Be Remembered...Send Out Cards, Kenneth Champagne of Thayer Corporation, Rick Cloutier of AuburnLewiston Municipal Airport, Freddie Collins of Next Level-Business Coaching, Inc, Susan Conant of Androscoggin County Chamber, Todd Crossley of Central Maine Community College, Brian DuBois of Auburn-Lewiston YMCA, Rebecca Ellis of Central Maine Orthopaedics PA, Chelsea Fournier of Preti Flaherty, Patricia Gray of CareerCenter, Sandra Jones of Androscoggin Bank, Tina Kelly of Andover College, Bonnie McHugh of Gleason Media Services, Tom Reichard of Central Maine Medical Center, Angela Richards of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, Kim Robitaille of Rose’s Commercial Cleaning, Eric Samson of Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Dept., Heidi Sawyer of JobsInMe.com, and Michele Tribou of Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli.


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THE CHAMBER FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

Tax Referendum (TABOR II)

Holiday Open House – The Chamber annual Holiday Open House will be held on Tuesday, December 15th. Join us at the Chamber between 10am-3pm, in the Community Conference Room, Business Service Center at KeyBank Plaza, 415 Lisbon St., Lewiston. It’s a great chance to tour the Chamber if you haven’t had the opportunity or just stop by to say hello and help us celebrate the season!  We’ll have a cup of cheer (Chip’s famous punch —- without the “punch”) and some goodies waiting for you!

Question before Voters: Do you want to change the existing formulas that limit state and local government spending and require voter approval by referendum for spending over those limits and for increases in state taxes? ⌧YES

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The current system of expenditure controls has not worked satisfactorily and citizens need to take a drastic action to get the attention of governmental leaders. One way to do that is to let voters make final decisions on tax and spending increases. Further, it is important to put in place controls on all governmental spending – not just the general fund. Also, combining TABOR II mandated expenditure controls with recently passed tax reform offers real promise to reduce Maine’s overall tax burden, make taxation more equitable, and make Maine more business friendly. Finally, uniform budgeting and reporting requirements for all governments will lead to accurate comparisons enabling a system of better benchmarks to be put in place. The process to review the 2009 referenda questions was the most comprehensive in Chamber history. Feedback from members was important input to the decisions made by the Board of Directors.

CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP REACHES RECORD LEVELS For the first time in five years, The Chamber launched a fall membership drive in mid-September aimed at graphically showing the economic vitality of the Androscoggin County area. At the heart of the drive was a commitment from 80 volunteers to make contact with at least one prospective member. And the results were absolutely incredible! Over 40 new members joined The Chamber, bringing Chamber membership to the highest level in history, 1355 members. Successful recruiters included Mike Aube, Paul Baril, Kathryn Beausang, Bruce Bickford, Art Boulay, Steve Boulet, Nancy Brown, Walter Cox, Becky Curtis, Trisha Fletcher, Eva Giles, Lincoln Jeffers, Keith Koehler, , Kurk Lalemand, Barbara Lauze, Darlene Levesque, Jim McCarthy, Marc Poirier, Tom Robustelli, Lee Szelog, and Jennifer Willey. Following the drive new members and recruiters gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch to celebrate the success of the campaign.

New members Kristie Morin and Lauren Simpson of K + L Green Clean with Steve Boulet of WahlcoMetroflex, and Becky Curtis from Mountain Machine Works.

Did You Know? All employees of Chamber members can participate in any Chamber event? Please share program information with your colleagues!

Chamber & YPLAA Kids for the Holidays - Hundreds of Kids in Androscoggin County need your help this holiday season! After our successful efforts over the past few years, The Chamber and YPLAA are teaming up again to brighten the holidays for local families in need. Bring unwrapped items one of the following places: • The Chamber at 415 Lisbon Street (or give us a call and we will come pick them up in the Chamber Kids for the Holidays Bus) • Bring items to the Chamber Breakfast on December 11th • Bring the items to Business After Hours at Lost Valley on December 17th

SIX RECOVERY TAX INCENTIVES FOR INDIVIDUALS The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides six tax incentives for individuals: 1. First-Time Homebuyer Credit Taxpayers who haven’t owned a principal residence during the past three years prior to the purchase date of a home before Dec. 1 of this year may be eligible to receive a credit of up to $8,000. 2. New Vehicle Purchase Incentive Qualifying taxpayers can deduct the state and local sales and excise taxes paid on the purchase of new cars, light trucks, motor homes and motorcycles. The deduction per vehicle is limited to the tax on up to $49,500 of the purchase price of each qualifying vehicle and phases out for taxpayers at higher income levels. 3. Making Work Pay and Withholding The Making Work Pay Credit lowered employees’ tax withholding rates this year. Self-employed individuals will have an opportunity to claim this credit when they file their 2009 return. Taxpayers who fall into any of the following groups should review their tax withholding rates to ensure enough tax is currently being withheld: multiple job holders, families in which both spouses work, workers who can be claimed as dependents by other taxpayers, workers without a valid social security number, some social security recipients who work and pensioners. 4. Tax Credit for First Four Years of College The American Opportunity Credit can help parents and students pay part of the cost of the first four years of college. Eligible taxpayers may qualify for the maximum annual credit of $2,500 per student. 5. Certain Computer Technology Purchases ARRA adds computer technology to the list of college expenses that can be paid for by a qualified tuition program, commonly referred to as a 529 plan. 6. Energy-Efficient Home Improvements The credit for nonbusiness energy-efficient improvements is increased for homeowners who make qualified improvements to existing homes. For more information on this and other key tax provisions of the Recovery Act, visit the official IRS Website at IRS.gov/Recovery.


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MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR COLLEGE FOR ME LUNCHEON On Friday, December 4, the Steering Committee of College for ME-Androscoggin will host the fourth annual Higher Education awards luncheon honoring, “The Most Inspiring People You’ve Never Heard” (12:00-1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch). As part of this event, College for ME will present three awards for demonstrated excellence in higher education practices: a Corporate Leader award (reflecting best practice in furthering higher education attainment by employers and the business sector), a Student Advocate award (best practices in further higher education attainment by someone working on behalf of students, not necessarily limited to educators), and a Student award (to recognize the accomplishment of a student[s], either currently enrolled or graduated within the past year). A highlight of the luncheon are the inspiring stories of local student achievements in higher education by individuals who have overcome incredible odds. Invitations to the luncheon will be mailed in early November.

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WHAT WE STAND FOR The Business Advocacy Committee, under co-chairs Peter Traill of Nason Mechanical Systems and Clif Greim of Harriman Associates, has begun its major annual project – reviewing the policy positions for The Chamber on issues which are important to members. The following five subcommittees (with conveners listed) are looking at the major sections of What We Stand For. • Environment and Land Use Issues, Jim Wilkins of Community Concepts • Tax and Fiscal Policy, Peter Traill of Nason Mechanical Systems • Health Care and Health Insurance, Bud Willey of Canteen Services • Transportation, Bob Thompson of AVCOG • Education and Workforce Training, Mary LaFontaine of the Career Center What We Stand For – 2009 is available on The Chamber’s website at www.androscoggincounty.com under “The Chamber” section. If you have any comments or suggestions on the document as a whole or any of the subsections, please contact Peter Traill, Clif Greim or one of the subcommittee conveners.  The subcommittees welcome Chamber members to join them as they shape Chamber policy for the year ahead.

Rick Dacri has developed a new seminar for The Chamber on human resource issues. Operating organizations has never been easy, but for smaller organizations that don’t have HR directors or departments, employee issues are both time consuming and frustrating. This new workshop will be held on November 19th from 8:30-11:30 am at The Chamber. Rick has designed the program so participants will receive practical, easy to apply strategies to address major workforce issues. Some of the principal topics will be: • hiring right every time • retaining critical employees who produce • understanding employment laws • evaluating, developing, and coaching people to success • getting employees excited about your company • handling poor performers • uncomplicating management Rick Dacri has more than 25 years of experience in senior management and human resources. He is one of those rare individuals who can take difficult employee issues, sort through their complexities, and find solutions that make sense. To register for this great seminar, go to The Chamber website, www.androscoggincounty.com. Questions? Call Sue at 783-2249

Unique fireplace at new member, The Crosstone Restaurant and Conference Center in Woodstock. The fireplace contains 758 different stones many of which come from Oxford County – but the stones also come from 28 states and 16 countries on five different continents.

CHECK YOUR LISTING!!!! It’s time again to update the annual Androscoggin County Business/Visitor/Relocation Guide! Accuracy is important, so we ask all Chamber members to assist us in providing updated information. Please check your business listing and let us know what changes need to be made. Be sure to let us know if you have added an e-mail address or website.

Why not advertise in this year’s guide? The Androscoggin County Resource Guide is a unique three-section publication providing 9,000 copies to Chamber members, tourists, visitors, businesses and individuals looking for services or considering relocating to our area. Your low-cost ad not only supports The Chamber, it increases your visibility! For more information contact Jenny at The Chamber at 783-2249.


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WHAT’S UP…? Fish Bones American Grill is now offering lunch Tuesday - Saturday, 11:30am-2:30pm as well as Sunday brunch, 10am-2pm. Private meeting space available by reservation. Visit www.fishbonesmaine.com or call at 333-3663 for more information. Auburn attorneys Michael R. Poulin and Gretchen L. Jones of Skelton, Taintor, & Abbott were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Central Maine Federal Credit Union donated $500 towards Androscoggin Head Start’s Health and Nutrition program. Rainbow Federal Credit Union presented $500 checks to ten high school students for their outstanding academic and community involvement. Laurianne Anctil has been initiated into the 9 Munay-Ki Rites (unconditional love energy), as taught by the indigenous Indians of Peru, and is now available for psycho-spiritual transformation therapy.  For more information call Laurianne at 782-2309. Jackson Financial Services and Prudential have moved their office’s to 620 Washington Street N, Auburn. George Isaacson and Martin Eisenstein lawyers from Brann & Isaacson were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Martin Bailey, Prudential Financial Services moved to 620 Washington Street N, Auburn. Tom Ouellette, founder and president of Budget Document Technology, recently assumed the 2009-2010 vice-presidency of the Business Technology Association (BTA). Tri-County Mental Health Services announces Thomas R. Sneed, MD as Medical Director. Dr. Pengfei “Taylor” Li, PhD has joined Sebago Technics, Inc., as a Senior Transportation Engineer. December 5, Holiday Festival for Children, 9am to 2pm at St. Dominic Regional High School, Auburn. Tickets go on sale in November at Hannaford Lewiston and Auburn, and at Advocates for Children, 57 Birch St., Lewiston. For more info, call 783-3990. Norway Savings Bank received one of the nation’s most prestigious honors for financial marketing by winning two American Bankers Association’s 2009 Financial Marketing Awards for its Colorful Solutions campaign. Sonia J. Buck, an attorney at Linnell, Choate & Webber, recently published a book entitled Movie Therapy for Law Students. Attorney Buck’s book is available at authorhouse.com or amazon.com.  There’s still time to order your holiday gift baskets from The Basket Case!  Call 783-7303 or visit www.the-basketcase.com today.  Deadline for holiday orders is December 11th.

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In September, Dave Griffiths of Dave Griffiths Communications ran a business writing seminar for young scientists and engineers being trained for environmental management jobs at the U.S. Energy Dept. in Washington, and played the role of a newspaper reporter in a DHS-funded hazmat exercise at the Portland Water District plant in Standish. Mainely Kids Photography is moving to a new studio at 157 Main Street, Lewiston. (right next to J. Dostie Jewelers). Tammie Grieshaber is always available for location and event photography, but the studio allows for controlled creativity. Call 576-4805 for an appointment. Nadeau’s Refrigeration Heating & A/C is now selling Intellidyne Controls which will save people 10-20% on their energy use for HVAC & Refrigeration equipment. The Manufacturer guarantees a 10% savings or your money back. AP Graphics owner Anita Poulin is also the founder of Greenwood Studio Group, an art collective created to bring together a select number of Maine Artisans who have unusual talent, imagination and originality. For more information contact Anita at 782-5118. C. Joseph Wolverton, Jr., CPA, Shareholder of Ouellette & Associates, P.A., CPAs has successfully completed the certification process with the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA) to earn his designation of Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). Common Ties Mental Health Services was recently honored with the Heroes in the Fight Award by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Maine and the Eli Lilly Company.   The Heutz Oil Company of Lewiston now offers Prompt Prices for customers who wish to purchase oil as needed and are willing to pay at the time of delivery. FMI: visit www.heutzoil.com or call 782-3171. Hebron Academy will be hosting its fall Visit Day on November 11th for grades 9 through 12 and Post Graduates. 10am Greetings and Refreshments, 10:10am Welcoming Remarks, 10:15am Music and Q&A Panel, 11:15am Campus Tour, 12:15pm Luncheon (faculty available). RSVP at 966-5225. Lost Valley Partners with Sugarloaf and Sunday River to offer a learnto-ski/snowboard discount. The discount offers a day of skiing or snowboarding, equipment rental and a lesson at Lost Valley, and then two more days of skiing and rentals, one at Lost Valley and one at either Sugarloaf or Sunday River. The package is $89.00 and is available at Lost Valley. Fairport Communications has hired two Small Business Account Executives for the central Maine region, Derek Cribby can be reached at 232-5342 or dcribby@fairpoint.com and Tom Metivier can be reached at 205-7761 or tmetivier@fairpoint.com. Cloud 9 Day Spa & Wellness Center has two new cosmetologists, Allison Whalen and Ashley Summerfeld; and a new aesthetician, Joanne Caron.  To book an appointment, call 689-2166 or stop by at 465 Main Street, Lewiston.  Former Brunswick Town Manager Don Gerrish has joined Eaton Peabody Consulting Group, LLC.


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Maine Art Glass Studio, for rent - Studio space, ideal for an ambitious artist/craftsperson seeking a commercial public presence with regular customer traffic - $475 per month. Lampworking Studio space, ideal for a self starting artist/torch worker seeking a commercial public presence with regular customer traffic - $250 per month. Clay and Pottery Studio space, ideal for an experienced artist/potter seeking a commercial public presence with regular customer traffic - $475 per month. Call Jim or Nel at 353-6700. The Ware Street Inn has expanded its kitchen and will soon be expanding its services to the community. Keep your eyes open for the Inn’s announcement offering small meeting space for local businesses as well as for special small gatherings for local families. Lewiston-Auburn Community Little Theatre will present “Winter Wonderettes” by Roger Bean, a sequel to the popular off-Broadway hit, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” as their Christmas Season fundraiser on December 11, 12 and 13 at Great Falls Art Center on Academy St., Auburn. Tickets are $15 and may be reserved at 783-0958 or www.laclt.com. Gold Star Honeybees has been recognized as a Green Business by The Green Business Network™. Christy Hemenway, Owner, will be providing free beekeeping classes at The MOFGA Fairgrounds in Unity on Sunday November 15th and at The Portland Public Market on Sunday Dec 13th.

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Stanton Bird Club calendars can be purchased at www.stantonbirdclub.org, or by calling Dan Marquis at 782-4666, or at any meeting of the club for $10/each. The proceeds go towards underwriting the programs and field trips offered by Stanton all year, so that they can remain free of charge to the public. Greater Brunswick Physical Therapy will be seeing patients at 2 Willow Run beginning November 1st. They will also offer massage therapy and Perian Moore, Owner of InspireMe, will provide Personal Fitness Training. JobsInME.com is proud to announce the addition of a new suite of services powered by HRSentry. HRSentry services enable employers to locate Human Resource forms, policies, and procedures and link to federal and state laws, regulations, and resources. The Captain Daniel Stone Inn & Restaurant is currently undergoing a large scale renovation.  The historic Inn will reopen in the coming months and will feature the stylish No. 10 Water Restaurant, the Riverstone Spa, and elegant function facilities.

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2009-2010 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Art Boulay, Chair Strategic Talent Management

Susan Stacey, Chair Elec Central Maine Community College

Robin Robbins, Treasurer Androscoggin Bank

Peter Murphy, Past Chair Neokraft Sign Co

Jan Barrett Ware Street Inn Bed & Breakfast

Bob Bernier Advantage Gases and Tools

Susan Berube WGME-13

JoAnne Campbell Mechanics Savings Bank

Michael Cox Central Maine Orthopaedics

Greywinds Foamers Fight Flu Campaign to Protect Kids. What are Foamers? Foamers are brightly colored and wonderfully scented liquid hand soaps that clean and soften your hands with a colorful burst of foam. They are made with 99.7% Pure Certified Kosher vegetable glycerin. For more information visit www.greywinds.com.

Doug DiVello Central Maine Healthcare Corp

Adam Dunbar Wells Fargo Advisors

Hillary Eaton, YPLAA Chair Austin Associates PA

Patti Gagne

Join St. Mary’s Foundation for the Fourth Annual Chefs Soirée on November 6, 5:30PM at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center of Maine. Human Resource Partners, LLC is expanding and has added a new office in Auburn at 86 Main Street.  The Scarborough office has moved to 7 Oak Hill Terrace, Suite 12, Scarborough.  Donald H. Tyler is managing the Auburn office while Ellen Gottlieb is managing the Scarborough location. For the entire month of November, the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter will host an online charity auction. For more information about the auction, contact Sarah Stepp, Manager, Development/Special Events at sarah.stepp@alz.org or 772-0115, x 24. Visit www.alz.org/maine to connect to the online auction and to learn more about the Maine Chapter. Poland Spring Bottling Co invites you and your family to visit their new website, www.polandspringworksformaine.com. The new website is part of ongoing efforts to keep friends, neighbors, business partners, policy makers, and the media informed about their investments in Maine’s economy, environmental stewardship, and commitment to Maine communities.

Patti Gagne Agency, Allstate Insurance

CLASS A OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT IN BUSINESS SERVICE CENTER

Stephanie Gelinas Sandcastle Preschool

Joyce Gibson

Office located at 415 Lisbon Street in Business Service Center at KeyBank Plaza (home of the Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce and L-A Economic Growth Council). Furnished, 279 s.f. office on fourth floor, including use of conference room w/modern A/V equipment, elevator access, electricity, heat, great view of the city, only $272 a month! Access to photocopier and Internet service is additional. Newly refurbished space is in Lewiston’s Southern Gateway. Located in the heart of Lewiston, close to Andover College, Oxford Networks, etc. Parking garage next door. For more info, contact Ken at 777-5030.

USM at LAC

Clif Greim Harriman and Associates

Kevin Healey St. Mary’s Health System

Elaine Hemenway Payroll Management Inc

Jennifer Hogan Community Credit Union

Gretchen Jones Skelton Taintor & Abbott PA

Mary LaFontaine Career Center

Kurk Lalemand Next Level Business Coaching

Darlene Cadorette Levesque White Rock Distilleries

Rick Malinowski Procter & Gamble

Out of the Box Theater, Lewiston’s newest theater company has received notification from the New England Theatre Conference that it is the recipient of the prestigious Moss Hart Memorial Award for Community Theater for 2009 for its production of “Medea” performed in August at DownStage at L/A Arts.

Scott McKenney

Sweet Pea Designs 6th Annual Christmas Open House (Sweet Pea the dog’s 6th birthday) will be on November 19th.  Starting November 4th they will begin holding design classes.  Laurie Ouellette will instruct students on wreath design, tropical floral arrangements, fresh holiday centerpieces, bow making and boxwood tree making. Call 777-1520 for more information.

Laurie St Pierre

Hilton Garden Inn

Bryan McNulty Bates College

Iman Poeraatmadja Burgess Computer

Percy's Burrow

Peter Steele Twin City Times

Dinner at the Ware Street Inn Larry Raymond and Bob Berube bought the Not Your Normal Formal item, “Dinner at the Ware Street Inn with Congressman Mike Michaud”. Seated at the table are Venise Berube, Pauline Raymond, Larry Raymond, Bob Berube, Congressman Michaud, and Don McAdam, coach of the MAINEiacs.

Peter Traill Nason Mechanical Systems Inc.

Jennifer Willey Canteen Services


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MEMBER IN FOCUS By Toni Seger, ProseWorks™

The Public Theatre It’s mid September when I arrive at The Public Theatre to visit Christopher Schario who greets me with energy and enthusiasm. “Have you seen the lobby since it was renovated?” His broad gesture takes in the pleasant expanse lined with numerous photos of past productions. I haven’t seen it in a while and the improvement is incredible. There are a growing number of reasons to feel proud of L/A’s cultural offerings. The Public Theatre has long been one of them. In 1993, Schario and his wife, Janet Mitchko, relocated to Maine to build an Equity Theatre just off lower Lisbon Street. Equity means the Scharios made a commitment to seek professional actors through their union, Actors Equity Association. Christopher and Janet wanted to give Lewiston professional quality theatre even as they knew that costs money. It’s the total cost of relocating an actor from New York City to Maine, then providing housing, transportation, even health insurance for the period of rehearsals and performances. In an early television interview, Schario recalls his questioner guffawing at the absurdity of Lewiston having an audience sufficiently large to support an Equity Theatre. Today, however, as Christopher and Janet prepare for their 17th season at The Public Theatre and the 19th since it was organized, the theatre has been Equity since they arrived and honored, many times, for artistic excellence. Technically, Christopher and Janet are Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director, but they plan the season together, each directs a share of the plays and Janet even acts in some. Off season, the two haunt yard sales for possible props and read a lot of scripts. Three times a year, they’re in New York City searching for the right actors, including an annual Open Call for Equity members where they audition 140 actors during a very intense, seven hours. When you cast a play, you’re imagining the final production. Actors must work well together; size, vocal aspects, chemistry. There are a lot of elements. Mentally, you juggle people in different combinations. Christopher and Janet have files and notes about hundreds of actors they’ve worked with or considered after an audition or were recommended by someone they respect. “The actors we choose are good at what they do. They might turn up on Broadway, in a big budget movie or top rated television show.” Casting is an arduous process, but Schario is passionate about the importance of casting good actors. “The actor’s performance is what holds the audience. A good actor can make up for limitations in a script or production.” In search of the best casting combinations, Christopher and Janet might audition 15-30 people for one part. In a six character play, that’s, at least, 90 people in a very short time space. Busy is the only word for Schario’s quick pace. After beaming with pride about the restrooms which I totally agree are a dramatic improvement, we skip upstairs to see new offices under construction. When work is fin-

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ished, the staff will share a comfortable office upstairs at the theatre, for the first time. Until now, they’ve shared a small space at Great Falls Plaza crammed with materials that will now have appropriate storage space. “We reopened bricked-up windows and let in the light”, he proclaims happily. When Christopher and Janet first arrived, they didn’t know how long they’d stay, but they quickly loved Maine and wanted to raise a child here. Today, their daughter is 13. “She’s doing great. We’re a very lucky family.” Christopher credits a supportive community with The Public Theatre’s success. “Our corporate sponsors have been fabulous; Androscoggin Savings Bank, The Sun Journal, Austin Associates, Platz Associates, Key Bank, Gleason Media, Mechanics Savings Bank, Seltzer and Rydholm which is now Pepsi were all there from the beginning.” Since then, many other businesses have joined them along with grant support from national and regional foundations like Shubert, NEA, Jane’s Trust, Davis Family, Ladd, Stephen and Tabitha King. “We’ve built a loyal core audience and a wellspring of individual contributors.” Their hard working, nonprofit board ranges from 10 to 15 people who share the endless, behind-the-scene tasks of maintaining a cultural institution. There’s a strong smell of sawdust as we walk down the aisle to the stage where the craft of constructing a set is in full swing. This season’s first production is an adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Christopher explains four different actors will portray the many faces of evil in the fiendish Mr. Hyde. The best way to keep live theatre costs down is to keep the production pace brisk. Christopher explains, they schedule Opening Night two and a half weeks after the first script reading with actors. All actors must memorize their entire part in one week. “We rehearse all day. You must use professionals at this pace because community actors have other jobs.” As soon as a show ends, professional stage hands strike the set and begin to build the next one. Props, furniture and costumes collected over the years Christopher and Janet have been managing the theatre are neatly organized and stored; old telephones, dish ware, hats. Christopher shows me an entire table of 19th century laboratory paraphernalia, some of which will end up in Dr. Jekyll’s laboratory. The Public Theatre has the best ticket prices in Maine for professional theatre and Christopher challenged me to find anything comparable nationally. (I tried and couldn’t.) He may be most proud of the over 75,000 students who have attended a matinee, many with a free ticket, to see a play for the first time When was your last visit to The Public Theatre? December will feature the hilarious Susan Poulin in a holiday favorite; “A Very Ida Christmas” followed by Christopher Schario’s adaptation of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. Writing and producing this holiday show was part of Schario’s frantic pace upon arrival in 1993. Over time, the production has been staged all over the world and become an L/A family tradition. Call the box office at 782-3200 or visit www.thepublictheatre.org


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CHAMBER ANNUAL AWARDS Nominations are being sought for the annual Chamber awards which will be presented at The Chamber’s 122nd Annual Meeting at the Ramada Conference Center on January 28th. The 2010 Annual Meeting will be sponsored by Androscoggin Bank. Twelve awards are presented honoring achievements and contributions made by Chamber members and community leaders in the Androscoggin County region. The awards are: *Business Leadership Award — small company *Business Leadership Award — large company *Community Service Leadership Award *Lisbon Business Award *Greene Business Award *Turner Business Award *Poland Business Award *Public Service Leadership Award *Education/Business Partnership Award *Ray Geiger Award *Cool Chamber Award *Ken Additon Small Business Advocate Award All Chamber members will be sent a description of the awards and a nomination form. The nomination form is also available on The Chamber website, and the nomination deadline is December 1st. For more information, call Chip at The Chamber, 783-2249 or send him an email at CMorrison@androscoggincounty.com.

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ADVERTISE IN THE CHAMBER’S RESOURCE GUIDE It’s that time of year again—— when members are invited to advertise in the 2010 Resource Guide. The Resource Guide is three guides in one — a traditional business resource guide, a visitor’s guide and a relocation guide. The Guide lists all Chamber members both alphabetically and categorically, and contains information about the region’s economy, governments, health care, and educational resources, as well as cultural and recreational opportunities, events, and celebrations. Nearly 9,000 copies are handed out freely to new and potential residents, purchasing agents, Chamber members, and other businesses. Many people use it instead of a phonebook! Every member is listed as a no-cost benefit of membership. Advertising space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To get information on ad rates and sizes or to secure your ad space in the 2010 Resource Guide, contact Jenny at 783-2249 or Jenny@androscoggincounty.com. Ads run from an eighth page for $225 to $725 for a full page, and the ad will be seen all year long!!!

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