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Learning Tower Opens at CMCC

The eye-catching Learning Tower at Central Maine Community College is open for business. It has four floors of fully equipped class and meeting rooms for the growing college’s offerings. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

The ribbon cutting ceremony for Central Maine Community College’s Learning Tower took place on October 16. The Tower whose construction took exactly one year has quickly become the signature building on the Auburn campus. In his brief opening comments before the tours began, President Scott Knapp told guests, “I asked Harriman Architects & Engineers to build us an iconic building. You will see that they did.” He was also able to announce the college’s next project, a Precision Machine Center. The new building is centrally located, adjacent and connected by enclosed walkway to Jalbert Hall. It can be viewed by all students and visitors as they arrive on campus,

having become CMCC’s new main entrance. The first floor of the Tower consists of the new admissions suite, a lounge and waiting area. A ‘Harvard-style’ case study room with tiered seating to allow for greater visibility and ease of movement, is on the second floor. This room has a customized lectern equipped wih computer, AV and other technologies. Also on the second floor is the presentation room, designed for public speaking and related classes that require student presentations. It has a built-in video camera to enable students and instructors to immediately review the presentations. The third floor has a smaller case study room and a business simulation classroom. The simulation

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Among several ‘ribbon cutting’ tours was this group: L to R: CMCC Art Teacher, Connie McVey, former President of Maine’s Community College System, John Fitsimmons, Ellen Chase, College Trustee, William Cassidy, wife of Mr. Cassidy, Susan Cassidy. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

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Tour group enjoys the view of Lake Auburn from the fourth floor of CMCC’s new Learning Tower. College Trustee William Cassidy suggested, “…a very inspiring room.” (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

the students’ focus and can easily switch between lecture and group work. The chemistry lab is on the fourth floor. The addition of this lab has enabled the College to offer Organic Chemistry, a required course in the new Life Sciences Associate Degree Program. (Students earning this CMCC degree will be able to transfer to the University of New England to complete their final two years

in programs such as Osteopathic Medicine, Dentistry or Pharmacology. The fourth floor also has another student lounge as well as a Leadership Seminar room with builtin outlets, laptop hookups, and a magnificent view of Lake Auburn out its large, picture window. Designed by Harriman Architects of Auburn, the building was constructed by Langford and Low of Portland. n

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Saint Dominic Academy’s Students of The Month Saint Dominic Academy is pleased to announce the Students of the Month for grades Kindergarten through 12. Earlier this month, students at the Auburn Campus came together for a monthly assembly. Mr. Tom Ustach, Robotics teacher, announced the students selected for exemplifying character, service, leadership and scholarship in and around the St. Dom’s community. One student from each grade is selected and an additional student is named as the overall student of the month. The selected students are: Sean Connelly (7), Skye Rogers (8), Isabella Frenette (freshman), Hunter Emery (sophomore), Emily Dionne (junior), Nathan Rich-

ard (senior) and the overall student of the month Abby L’Abbe (senior). “We love recognizing our students for the many acts of kindness they do every day,” said Joline Girouard, Auburn Campus principal. “This is one small way the school can reward them.” Then on Tuesday, Oct. 20, elementary students gathered for Mass at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, located in Lewiston. Following Mass, Principal Donald Bilodeau announced the students of the month for the Lewiston Campus. These students are selected for consistently showing their S.P.I.R.I.T (Self-respect, Perseverance, Integrity, Responsibility, In-control, and Teamwork) around school.

The selected students are: Avianna D’Auteuil (Kindergarten), Charles Marcotte (1), Alyssa Davis (2), William White (3), Campbell Perryman (4), Natalie Brocke (5) and Myriah Blais (6). “This is a new program for the Lewiston Campus. The

students and their parents are excited for this recognition,” said Don Bilodeau, principal. “Many of our students show these characteristics every day and I look forward to highlighting them in future months.” n

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice Invites the Community to Celebrate Hospice House Anniversary

The Anniversary Celebration Planning Committee (left to right): Teri Blaschke, Peter Arsenault, Cathy McDonald, Kevin Simoneau, Mike Martel and Allyson Beaule

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice (AHCH) will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their Hospice house this November. This milestone represents the success of the AHCH staff, volunteers, business sponsors and community partners that supported the Hospice house over the years. The Hospice house was the first of its kind built in Maine specifically for hospice care. In just 10 years, The Hospice house


has gained the reputation for being a peaceful place with caring and compassionate staff that care for the entire family. The staff of The Fortin Group will be hosting a very special celebration event to provide the community an opportunity to thank the staff and volunteers that make a difference every day. Members of the community that have been touched by the Hospice house or who would like to learn more

are welcome to stop by. The celebration is on November 17th at the Fortin Group, 217 Turner Street, Auburn ME 04210, and will be open from 4-7pm. There will be light snacks and drinks, and the opportunity to meet staff and volunteers and to thank them for their work. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by e-mailing or call and leave a message at 795-9528. The Fortin Group and

AHCH have a great relationship that has developed over the years. Both organizations serve the same community and both hold the highest level of quality standard. Kevin Simoneau, Manager at The Fortin Group, wanted to host this event to thank staff and volunteers for their support and acknowledge the 10th Anniversary of the Hospice house. “We can’t believe it’s already been 10 years. We wanted to do something special for our friends at AHCH. This event really is about thanking the staff and recognizing a special milestone,” shared Kevin. Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice’s Hospice House will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary in November 2015 and the Agency will turn 50 in January of 2016. For the past 50 years, AHCH has grown to become known as one of Maine’s most

respected home health and hospice care agencies throughout Maine. Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice is an independent, non-profit, Medicare certified, and The Joint Commission accredited home health and hospice agency that cares for the health, independence, and quality of life of Maine residents and their families in the comfort of their home and community. What started as a oneroom operation providing care to residents of L/A with just a handful of employees, has blossomed into a community based agency with offices in Wilton, Bridgton, Oxford, Manchester, Lewiston and the first 14-bed Hospice House facility in Auburn. AHCH has a staff of over 430 employees, who along with their 280 volunteers, provide care and support services to residents in 122 Maine municipalities,

plantations and unorganized territories encompassing Androscoggin, Oxford, Franklin, northern Cumberland, western Kennebec and bordering communities in Sagadahoc and Somerset counties. Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice has been at the forefront of home health and hospice care offering innovative treatments, programs and services that best meet the needs of our patients. “AHCH is all about the people and families we care for, we are about going the extra mile and doing what is right”, shares Julie Shackley, President & CEO of AHCH. “I am proud of the work we are doing and I hope you will join us in the coming year to celebrate our 50th Anniversary”. n

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Saint Dominic Academy’s ninth grade student, Emma Skelton (Auburn) was recently published in the 2015 Young Authors Camp’s Young Words publication. “Emma has been interested in writing since she was little,” said Sarah Skelton, Emma’s mother. “But she really dove into it by fifth and sixth grade when she had language arts teachers who inspired and encouraged her.” To further her love of writing, Emma attended the Maine Writing Project Young Authors’ Camp at University of Maine, Orono this past July. The camp is an opportunity

for students in grades 3 through 12 to immerse themselves in the creative writing experience. The camp separates the kids into elementary, middle, and high school groups. Each group works with different teachers and explores new creative writing ideas. Emma’s high school group worked with their leader to decide what they wanted to talk and write about. “Emma loved working with new techniques and skills each day,” Emma’s mother concluded. A ceremony at the end of the camp allowed all students in attendance to share their work. The

camp then selected certain pieces for a published collection of the kids’ work. “We are very proud of Emma for being published,” said St. Dom’s principal Joline Girouard. “She is a great student and we are very happy to have her as part of the St. Dom’s student body.” Since 1997, the Maine Writing Project has supported professional development for Maine educators and writing activity for Maine students. The Maine Writing Project is a chapter of the National Writing Project and is supported by the UMaine College of Education & Human Development.

Each year, this program works to enhance the learning and writing lives of Maine students and teachers. Each year, the Maine Writing Project hosts a number of Young Authors Camps, known as YACs, to develop the skills of young authors. Attendees explore different writing genres, develop their writing skills, celebrate and share their writing with peers and mentors, in addition to having fun and making new friends. n

pants sharing a wide variety of tasty dishes. We are expecting an even larger turnout this year,” states Kate Sicotte, Dream Team Co-Captain. “In addition, we are particularly delighted to be partnering with Baxter Brewing which enables us to open the event to the public.” The Dream Team will be presenting awards for People’s Choice and Judges Choice, and event attendees can sample all entries and vote for their favorite. Attendees will

also be entered into a raffle just for participating. The Dream Team is also holding a 50/50 raffle and creating a cookbook featuring recipes of all the entries. Cookbooks will be available for purchase at the event for $3.00. In addition, Baxter Brewing is offering $1 off per pint

with an admission ticket for participants ages 21 and older. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event and are $12 for adults and $6 for children. Those under age 4 eat free. You can also purchase tickets ahead of time at a discounted rate.

Tickets bought in advance are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets may be purchased at Baxter Brewing, Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice Lewiston office located at 15 Strawberry Avenue and at the Hospice House at 236 Stetson Road in Auburn. n

Hospice House Soup, Chili and Chowder Challenge

Join us on November 14th from 4pm-8pm at Baxter Brewing at 130 Mill Street for the Dream Team’s 2nd Annual Soup, Chili and Chowder Challenge. The Dream Team is a fundraising team for the Hospice House 5K & Remembrance Walk. Proceeds from the Challenge are dedicated to patient care at Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice’s Hospice House. The 2016 Hospice House 5K & Remembrance Walk events are

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Religious Accomodation in the Workplace Submitted by Rebecca Webber The key to avoiding conflicts in this area, and preventing litigation, is discussing the requested accommodation with the employee making the request and trying to sort out possible solutions as well as understanding what the actual conflict is. Not only are employees less likely to turn to litigation as a solution if they feel heard, but the law in the area of religious accommodation requests is much like the law when facing a request for an accommodation for a disability. Investigators at the Commission and judges in the courts will be looking first to see if the employer sat down and discussed the request, the basis for it, and how it might be handled. Unlike accommodation requests in the disability area, requests for accommodation in the area of religion may be rejected if there is “more than de minimis cost.” That is, if the cost is much more than minimal, the employer probably does not have to provide the requested accommodation. The question is

whether the accommodation would impose an “undue hardship” and more than minimal cost falls into that category. Knowing where that limit lies, however, is pretty tricky and there is no clear guidance, meaning that the conservative approach to avoiding litigation is to try to work something out if possible and to have plenty of conversation about it (documenting each effort to come up with a solution). Keeping that overarching approach in mind, below are some examples to illustrate how to handle issues in this area: A supervisor comes to upper management and says that some of the employees are fasting for a holiday and they are concerned that the employees may become weak or dizzy, thereby creating a safety issue. How do you respond? If the supervisor actually observes a physical problem or slow down in production it is ok to step in and address the work place behavior. Making assumptions about fasting or prohibiting it is problematic, however. These concerns

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50th Year as Rehabbers Brings Heartaches and Blessings Carleen Cote The winter months bring a respite from the busy spring through fall seasons, but we still must care for the wildlife that were not ready to be released in the fall and those that arrived during the winter, injured or diseased. After every snowstorm, snow plowing and snow-blowing paths to all the pens are a priority, as well as shoveling out and cleaning the pens, knocking ice out of water dishes, and hauling food from pen to pen on a sled, not to mention acrobatic maneuvers to stay upright on patches of ice! Then, as winter releases its icy grip and the days warm and lengthen, it is time to release the wildlife that have spent the winter in warm shelters, getting fat but restless to be out in fields and forest, looking for mates. This past April, an animal control officer arrived with a raccoon in a Havea-heart trap that had given birth to two babies and

reached us in time to give birth to a third! Usually I don’t keep the mothers and babies together as the mothers are likely to kill their babies because of the stress of captivity. I was pleased to discover, cautiously watching her, that she proved to be a devoted mother, nourishing her young and giving them a good start. Baby season kicks off in April when the young begin to arrive in droves. This year, the Center seemed to be a revolving door – a live baby came in the front door, a dead one went out the back door! We had to euthanize many baby raccoons to end their suffering from the extremely contagious and deadly parvo virus. We fought the virus with gallon upon gallon of bleach, yet we lost over one hundred babies. Some of the fawns also had health issues. Despite all of my husband Donald’s efforts to save them, they died as well. The same with many young foxes. It was a year from hell. Though we never forget the losses, we continue on for the successes and the

Carleen displays the Spirit of America “Citizens of the Year” awarded this year to the Cotes by the town of Readfield for their volunteerism. They were also honored at a surprise reception held in China, organized by long-time volunteer Amy Messier.

babies yet to come. We subscribe to the saying, “Count your blessings,” for we have many! Our volunteers: Amy, who has helped us almost on a daily basis for 12 years; Debbie, who has spent her three days off from work to help us over the past three years, stopping by every night on her way home to help with chores; Brenda, who returned for her second year, driving from Lewiston one day a week, to scrub dirty totes and pet carriers; Joni, who

drives from Manchester one day a week to tackle anything that needs cleaning, from food and water dishes to the plastic swimming pools used for the coons’ enjoyment; Jeff, from Gardiner, who began volunteering this year two afternoons a week to take on whatever needs doing: mowing, raking, scrubbing equipment, picking up and delivering wildlife to other rehabbers, etc.; Ruth, from Albion, also in her first year, who arrives two mornings a week to

help with the scrubbing of animal dishes and any tasks that need doing before the snow flies; and, last but not least, Bob, who has mowed our lawns since 2007. These wonderful volunteers never complain, no matter how big or dirty the job is. A big plus is they all love and enjoy the animals. We are also blessed with the doctors and staff at Windsor Veterinary Clinic who provide care to all the animals we bring to them. A thank you also, to all the

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The holidays and the heating season present their own specific safety considerations in the

home. The Auburn Fire Department would like to remind everyone of the importance of fire safety in their home during the holidays and heating season. • Chimneys get their heaviest use at this time of year. Before building a roaring holiday fire, make sure the chimney is clean and in good repair. If you are not sure if your chimney is clean enough, don’t light a fire until you have it checked out by a professional. • Wood Stoves need to be installed properly and have adequate clearance (36”) from combustibles.

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readers of this column and others who have made donations on behalf of the animals at the Center, and to Lea, who has edited and prepared Critter Chatter from my handwritten pages since 1996. As our 50th anniversary year of rehabbing comes to a close, we also give thanks that, despite our ages, our good health has allowed us to continue caring for Maine’s wildlife in need of human intervention. PS: I am pleased to report that the mother raccoon and her three babies mentioned earlier in the article all survived the parvo virus and were released in September. In fact, all the wildlife ready for release are now back in their natural environment – they were, after all, born to be wild. Note: Carleen and Donald Cote operate the Duck Pond Wildlife Care Center on Rt. 3 in Vassalboro, Maine, a non-profit facility, supported entirely by the Cotes’ own resources and outside donations. Call the Cotes at 445-4326 or write them at 1787 N. Belfast Ave., Vassalboro, ME 04989. n

ers in the kitchen, laundry room, and garage. An extinguisher with an ABC rating can fight fires caused by paper, wood, cloth, flammable liquids, and electrical short circuits. • Make a family plan for fire emergencies. Practice your escape plan. • Use your common sense. Identify potential danger spots in your home and take the proper precautions. For more information about winter safety tips please contact the Fire Prevention Department at (207) 333-6633 Ext. 6. n

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A User’s Guide to Useless Information John McDonald

Soon after my latest book, “John McDonald’s Maine Trivia” came out, I started receiving emails from people who insisted that they knew from useless information and my book only skimmed the surface. Many of the e-mails then listed what the sender thought was more useless than anything I’d ever written. And since the book is still available and fortunately, people are still buying it, I’m still

getting “trivia-related emails. Having written a weekly column for the past fifteen years and hosted a weekend talk show for over 20 years, I like to think I know more than the average person about useless information. Taking up the challenge, I began to go over some of my old columns looking for possible “useful information” title contenders. Right off, I came across a column I wrote on words and their meaning where I informed readers that the word “fez” was Turkish for “hat.”

How useful is that little gem, I ask, unless you happen to be a Turk or a Shriner on convention? I remember writing a column on the phases of the moon and soon afterwards received a very nice e-mail from a retired English teacher who informed me that our planet’s only satellite is “the Moon” and therefore it should always be capitalized. But she didn’t stop there. She went on to say that the natural satellites of other planets are just called “moons” (lower case) because each has been given a proper name, e.i. Dei-

mos, Amalthea, Hylperion, Miranda, Larissa or Charon, etc. Where would we be without English teachers? Well, for one thing I’d be lacking that little nugget of “moon” information, that’s where I’d be. After the moon column ran I received an e-mail from a former typesetter at the Portland Press Herald. He asked: John, Do you know where the phrase “lower case” comes from? Assuming I didn’t (even though, in fact, I did) he explained “lower case” came from print shops that would set type by hand. The small letters, those used

most often, were kept in the lower type cases and the larger, or capital letters, were kept in upper cases. See why you should read this column every week? Where else are you going to learn about these important things? Something as innocent as a fish story can stir a reader into action. After writing about an old Maine fish story that my Grandfather loved to tell I received a brief e-mail from a reader: John, Did you know that “pnigophobia” is the fear of choking on a fish bone? Well, I didn’t then, but I do now. I’ll see if

I can get that into the next edition of “Trivia.” Sometimes, readers can get a little crazy with their “informative” e-mails. For example, I once did a column on the U.S. Postal Service which, for some reason, inspired someone to e-mail me to say: John, I enjoyed your column on the postal service and just wondered if you knew what the letters Z-I-P in ZIP code stood for? Not wanting to keep you in suspense I’ll tell you that the letters stand for “Zone Improvement Plan.” I’m sure some reader will find a use for that little nugget before the day’s out. n

Chicken Soup on an Autumn Night Out Jodi Cornelio

I recently attended the Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice Autumn Night Out Gala. I was seated at a table with a group of friends, some I knew and some I just met that night. I was impressed by the conversation around healthy eating choices as we discussed ways to make homemade chicken soup, thus so appropriate on a cool autumn night. The thing that tickled me the most is that we all used organic chicken and vegeta-

bles. All locally grown garden fresh vegetables and organically raised chicken. It is nice to see that more and more people are planting gardens and enjoying the canning season. Yes it is time consuming growing a garden but the rewards are plentiful. One of the best Christm a s gifts I get is from my f r i e n d ’s mom who lets me fill up a box of can goods from her cellar. We have a name for every veg-

etable and it all starts with “Mammy,” Mammy beans, Mammy pickles, Mammy carrots and so on…. When I make my chicken

soups it has TLC from Mammy all year round. Hopefully if you’re not a gardener you have a local source to get vegetables to take you through the winter that have not been tainted with pesticides. The food that we eat can be tricky if you are trying to stay healthy. Sometimes it is hard to know what has been chemically treated and what kind of pesticides are being used in our foods. And what is GMO? GMO is genetically modified organism. From Wiki-

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Daniel A Curran, Sabattus L/CPL Marine Rifleman - Vietnam War To our Dad/Pepere, you have seen so much in your life as a veteran and we are thankful for all those every day things you teach us and the time we spend with you. Love, all your family.

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5-2-1-0 Let’Go! Sites Earn Recognition 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! has announced that 16 schools, 13 out-of-school programs, and 20 child care programs in Androscoggin County are being honored for their commitment to creating healthy environments for the children in their care. A total of 51 sites have introduced or sustained healthy changes in collaboration with the 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! program. 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go!, a nationally-recognized childhood obesity prevention program, is offered by Healthy

Androscoggin in Androscoggin County. By adopting healthy eating and active living practices these local sites are positively influencing the choices children make. “This is the fourth year we’ve officially recognized sites for their hard work. I couldn’t be more proud of the progress these sites have made. Sites are providing healthy, high energy snack choices, finding fun, creative ways to increase activity levels, and many have completely removed televisions from their spaces,” said Dr. Victoria Rogers, Director of the 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! program. “Thanks to changes like these, we’re seeing Maine’s childhood obesity rates level off.” The 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! five priority strategies are 1) Limit unhealthy choices for snacks and celebrations, provide healthy choices. 2) Limit or eliminate sug-

ary beverages, provide water. 3) Prohibit the use of food as a reward. 4) Provide opportunities for children to get physical activity every day. 5) Limit recreational screen time. While the program strives for policy change, it recognizes three levels of change, Bronze, Silver and Gold, as organizations move along in their accomplishments. The highest level of recognition, Gold, is reserved for sites that have written all five priority strategies into policy. Let’s Go! and Healthy Androscoggin want to congratulate all Androscoggin County sites for making meaningful changes in the lives of the children they serve! Special congratulations to the following sites who achieved recognition this year: GOLD: Androscoggin Head Start, Pettengill Academy, Lewiston High School 21st CCLC, Lewiston Middle School 21st CCLC

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Denny Breau Concert to Benefit Friends of Pettingill

Denny Breau. Photo by Gini Haines/Haines Photography.

“The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree” is an idiom which applies to Denny Breau, and just happens to be the title and theme of his next fundraiser for the Friends of Pettingill. Denny, the son of RCA Victor recording artists Hal Lone Pine and Betty Cody, is a well-known singer, song-

writer and guitarist in his own right. Denny will be joined on stage Sunday, November 15 in the Heritage Hall at the Franco Center by his daughter Alyssa, and several Maine musicians and their own talented children. They will include Mike Atkinson (saxophonist) and his daughter Annelyse

(vocalist); Kathy Haley (vocalist and pianist) and her daughter Shawna Haley-Bear (vocalist); Debbie Morin and her daughter Brooke Morin-Lachance (vocalists); Mitch Thomas (pianist) and his daughter Hayden (vocalist); and guitarists Ron Vachon and his grandson Justin Lindsay. The music will range from pop, jazz and country to show tunes. Admission is $15 per person, and all proceeds will go towards the many improvements underway at the new Pettingill School Park in Lewiston. The show will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets will be on sale in advance through the Franco Center on-line ticket office, and also at the door. This concert marks the singing debut of Denny’s daughter Alyssa Breau,

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whose mother Ann Breau is an accomplished musician herself. Ann performed and recorded with the neo-classical jazz duo Silverwood in the late 1970s and is a former member of the Auburn Community Band. She is a freelance artist who frequently performs at concerts and social venues with her husband. Denny says he’s looking forward to this first opportunity to perform publicly with his daughter, and promises she will wow the audience with her beautiful voice. Debbie Morin and Kathy Haley are wellknown in Central Maine as members not only of the iconic band Good and Plenty, but more recently for their sell-out shows with the Girls of L/A. The two have performed together many times, both starting out in the studio singing radio and television jingles. Today Debbie performs with her band Cheyenne, while Kathy is a pianist and organist for school and church music groups. Meanwhile, their daughters Shawna and Brooke are following in their mother’s footsteps. Shawna spent several years as a member of the Tony Boffa Band based in Portland. Brooke is an accomplished singer who writes and performs her own music which can be heard on ReverbNation and regional radio stations. Saxophonist Michael

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Carol, the Musical at the age of 4. He most recently appeared in their production of Oliver! Also performing on the stage will be Rockin’ Recons singer and guitarist Ron Vachon with his grandson Justin Lindsay, a sophomore at Scarborough High School and already an accomplished guitarist. Ron is an original member of the Recons, best remembered for their many appearances at the PAL Hop dances popular at Lewiston City Hall in the 1960s. Nearly 50 years later the band is still playing together and drawing crowds. Meanwhile, grandson Justin has been playing guitar since he was 7 years old and is active in his school’s jazz ensemble and concert band. His own group is called Work in Progress and he plays frequently in southern Maine through his association with the Maine Academy of Modern Music. For more information on the show, call the Franco Center at 783-1585, or Friends of Pettingill Vice-Chair Bill Maroldo at 795-1386. The Franco Center is located at 46 Cedar Street in Lewiston. Additional details are also available at, or on the Friends of Pettingill Facebook page https://www. n

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Atkinson attended USM and the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is currently the manager of Music & Arts, a musical instrument retail store in Falmouth. He can be seen regularly with the Carmine Terracciano Band, a show and dance combo in the Tony Boffa tradition. Michael says he’s thrilled to be working with his daughter Annelyse on a regular basis. She has been performing in shows, cabarets and musicals in the greater Portland area for 13 years. Her studies included USM’s Jazz program, and she spends many of her weekends as a singer in the Carmine Terracciano Band alongside her father. Mitch Thomas has directed and appeared in dozens of productions at Lewiston-Auburn’s Community Little Theatre over the past four decades. As a pianist and songwriter, he traces his music background to days when he was a young side-kick with his fiddle-playing grandfather. Since then he has entertained audiences with his piano/vocal/ humor programs around Maine and throughout New England. He is also the choir director and organist at Calvary UMC in Lewiston, and currently serves as Executive Director of the Franco Center in Lewiston. His son Elias Thomas is a seventh-grader at Durham Community School where he plays trombone and sings in the school chorus. Elias has appeared in several Community Little Theatre productions, starting with his first show A Christmas

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Gingerbread Fair Franco Center presents 15th “Just Us” Family Christmas Show Features Baskets, Pies & Wreaths First Universalist Church of Auburn will hold its annual Gingerbread Fair on Saturday, November 21, from 8:30 am to 2 pm at 169 Pleasant Street. The fair will feature our famous themed gift baskets and homemade pies. Also available are custom wreaths, handmade crafts, baked goods, jewelry, gingerbread houses and cookie

kits, books & CDs, silent auction (sorry, no white elephant this year). Luncheon with gingerbread dessert will be served from 11:30 am –1 pm, with Phil House at the piano (Phil’s new CD will be on sale). Accessible from our Spring Street parking lot. For more information, call 783-0461 or visit n

The “Just Us” entertainers will be presenting their 15th annual “Just Us” Family Christmas Show on Saturday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the L/A’s Franco Center. The group first performed at the Center in the summer of 2000 to raise funds for the then Festival de Joie. Since then, the group, an eclectic group of families and friends who have been performing great music for generations, has performed at The Center 35 times for various events. All music is performed live, and songs are learned by ear, no sheet music. Harmony comes from within the

hearts of each talent. This will be the 11th year the Christmas show is performed. Led by Nel Meservier, formerly with the “C’est Si Bon” band, the group performs non-traditional Christmas songs as well as old favorites. This year, some of the songs

The 52nd annual Auburn Ski Association Ski Swap will be held on Sunday, November 15 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Auburn Middle School off Court Street on Falcon Drive in Auburn. Get great deals and selection on new and used winter sports equipment including skis, boots, poles, snowboards, helmets, clothing and more. To sell your quality used

equipment on consignment, bring items to the Auburn Middle School cafeteria from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Saturday, November 14. There is a 50 cent per item charge and ASA keeps 18 percent of the sales proceeds. Checks from the sale of your items will be available after the swap from 3:00 4:30 p.m. Sunday. ASA is a nonprofit organization providing fi-

featured will include: “Do You Hear What I Hear?”, “Nearly Christmas”, “White Christmas”, “Ring Those Christmas Bells”, “Silver and Gold”, and “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas”. Reserved seating tickets

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nancial support for Alpine and Nordic race programs at Edward Little High School and Auburn Middle School, Lost Valley Racing Club, and Central Maine Adaptive Sports. ASA also provides scholarships and purchases equipment for area teams and clubs and supports an after school learn-to-ski program for Auburn grade school students through the Merrick

are $12, $10 for seniors, and all students (with ID) are admitted for free. Contact or visit the Box Office or purchase on-line at Call (207) 689-2000. Box office hours are Monday thru Friday, from noon to 4 p.m. n

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Dempsey Challenge

Bates College had six different fundraising teams in the 2015 Dempsey Challenge. Here one of the all female groups gets a Saturday morning ‘selfie’ with Patrick Dempsey in Center. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

The seventh annual Dempsey Challenge was a success despite the cold weather and the occasional chilly rain shower. The fundraiser was started by Maine native Patrick Dempsey, well-known for his character Dr. Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy and his movies in the late 80s and 90s. His mother’s long-time bout with Ovarian Cancer moved him to use his success to reach out through

Special guest at this year’s Dempsey Challenge was Joan Lunden (in pink). The well-known television personality is a breast cancer survivor and was invited to be in the Amgen Cancer Survivors’ Walk. Far right: Patrick Dempsey’s daughter and twin sons. (Photo

Dempsey Challenge participants writing notes about their loved ones on the large poster at the entrance to Payne/ Simard Park in Lewiston. . (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

T-Shirts – Just a few examples of the dozens of Dempsey Challenge teams’ T-Shirt logos that could be seen on the backs of bikers, runners and walkers who were raising money for the Dempsey Center. . (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)


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The Challenge is a two day event whose main fundraising events include individual and team walk/ runs and bike rides of various distances. Walkers and runners can choose from around the block to a 5 or 10K jaunt and riders can select from 10 mile around the L/A area or 50 to 100 miles into surrounding communities including the foothills of Maine. Each year of the event’s 7-year history has managed to raise on the order of one-million dollars for the no-cost, continuing efforts of the Dempsey Center. The Center, part of CMMC, regularly offers workshops, seminars, counselling and other assistance to cancer patients and their caregivers. This year, with its usual mass of volunteers and almost 4000 fund-raising participants, the Challenge again raised just over one-million dollars. Saturday and Sunday mornings found Simard-Payne Park in Lewiston filled with runners, bike riders and the curious attending the event. In addition to the regular appearance of a few professional bikers this year featured television personality and cancer survivor Joan Lunden. Lunden walked in the Amgen Cancer Survivors’ Walk and was special speaker at a special event for the top fund raisers. Patrick Dempsey, as usual participated in the bike ride (one thousand riders), but spent much of his time at the many booths and events in Simard/Payne Memorial Park. Patrick noted again in his comment to the crowd how much he enjoyed coming back to Maine. This year he brought along his daughter and twin boys to experience the event with their dad and talk with the people. Over 500 teams, many wearing special T-Shirts, participated in memory of a loved one or just to raise money for a good cause. From shirts declaring “Aimee’s Awesome Army� to “You Are Not Alone� and “Maine Cycling Club� to “Scrappy Women� were seen on the roads and in the park. n

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Barcelona: A Banquet for the Senses

Miro mosaic – Las Ramblas. Courtesy of Dreamstime. com/Juan Moyano.

By Victor Block The maze of twisted streets is hemmed in by medieval Gothic buildings along with hints of the Roman Empire that once held sway there. Nearby, a virtual outdoor museum of fanciful, multi-hued structures rewards the imagination of passers-by. The only color of interest to other visitors to the city is the tone of tan they hope to get from the sun. If any place offers a banquet for the senses, it is Barcelona, Spain. Its location overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, beguiling mixture of ancient and modern architecture and colorful street life would satisfy the claims to fame of most urban centers. In Barcelona, they’re just for starters. How many municipalities can boast of beaches within city limits? Barcelona has a 2.5-mile stretch of inviting sand along the Mediterranean. Each section has a different character. Some attract the volleyball and bikini crowd; others appeal to a more sedate clientele. The city’s Gothic neighborhood is one of several intriguing areas that beckon visitors, and that have remained large-

ly as they were centuries ago. During the fourth century AD, when present-day Barcelona was part of the Roman Empire, this quarter was enclosed by Roman walls. Here and there are reminders of that time. Barcelona also has a collection of world-class museums, including those dedicated to two of the greatest artists of all time. Pablo Picasso began to acquire his skills when he moved there as a youngster with his family. The Picasso Museum displays his paintings, drawings, etchings and engravings. Joan Miro was born in Barcelona, and the museum devoted to him holds the largest public collection of his art. Even people who don’t stop by there are introduced to a work by Miro, although they may not know it. A brightly colored abstract mosaic by the artist that is set in the pavement of the popular street called Las Ramblas goes unnoticed by many people strolling down that avenue. Actually, “the Rambles” consists of five streets laid end-to-end. More market than motor vehicle thoroughfare, it’s lined with cafes, flower stalls, bird shops and vendors selling a variety of

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other goods. Located just off Las Ramblas is a building – one among many – that was designed by the world-renowned architect whose work is the primary attraction that draws many visitors to Barcelona. The Palau Guell, an elaborate house constructed for a wealthy industrialist in the late 19th century, was designed by Antoni Gaudi, whose fanciful creations explored the interplay between architecture and nature. They’re distinctive for swirling turrets, undulating roof lines and other imaginative shapes in a whimsical variety of bright colors. Examples of Gaudi’s playful imagination also come alive at the Casa Batllo. That building’s wavy stone and glass façade is decorated with fragments of colored glass. The arched roof, irregular oval windows and sculpted stone adornments suggest that Gaudi’s goal was to avoid straight lines completely. Skeletal-shaped columns have prompted locals to nickname the building casa dels ossos (house of bones). Among Gaudi-designed monuments sprinkled throughout the city

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brings together 117 outstanding architectural gems from throughout the country. They range from a copy of an entrance gate into an 11th century town to a 15th century house in La Mancha that is adorned by balconies from which residents once watched bull fights. Adding to the realistic setting are restaurants and cafes that offer fare ranging from traditional tapas dishes to diet-busting multi-course meals. After feasting on the architectural and other riches of Barcelona, what better

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Community Credit Union Raises Funds For The Central Maine Heart Walk

Giving back to the local community is part of the mission of Community Credit Union. For the fourth year in a row, the Credit Union has participated in the Central Maine Heart Walk. The Central Maine Heart walk benefits the American Heart Association, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary Participants L to R: Jeremy Carter, Christina Carter, Kierstyn Barnies, JoAnn Jackson, organization devoted Audrey Allaire, Michelle St. Hilaire, Catherine Ouellette. to helping fight car-

diovascular diseases and stroke. This year’s co-captains at Community Credit Union included Michelle St. Hilaire and Audrey Allaire. Funds were raised through the sale of gold and red hearts at each of our branches, a yard sale that was held on August 29th at the Auburn branch and also through individual donations. A total of $950.00 was raised for the American Heart Association.

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Local Business Donates to Animal Shelter

Thanks to the Staff at the Maine Department of Probation and Parole in Lewiston, on September 20th the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society was presented with a donation of pet food, treats, cleaning and office supplies after taking part in the Shelter’s Annual Dash for Dogs 5K and Strutt your Mutt Dog Walk. The donation is a result of a donation drive held by the employees in the Department. The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society provides a safe haven for over 4,500 sick, homeless and abused animals in the greater Androscoggin area per year. The primary support for the Shelter comes from fundraising events and donations of concerned citizens. The Society is located at 55 Strawberry Avenue in Lewiston. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering at the shelter or adopting an animal call 783-2311 or visit the website at You can also join them on www.facebook/GAHumane.

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Neurosurgeon joins CMMC Medical Staff

Tarek A. Radwan, M.D., a neurosurgeon, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. Heis practicing with Central Maine Neurosurgery in Lewiston, providing care for trauma patients and emergency surgicalpatients, as well as for those having elective procedures. Prior to joining the Lewiston-Auburn medical community, Radwan practiced in New Hampshire at New Era Medicine inManchester and Foundation Medical Partners in Nashua. Originally from the United Kingdom, Radwan

began working in the United States in 2003. He is a member of theRoyal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, both in London, and the RoyalCollege of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow, Scotland. He graduated from the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine in Cambridge, England. He completedsurgical training and neurosurgical training in the United Kingdom, and later completed additionalneurosurgical training in the United States. Radwan served a neurosurgical residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Throughout his career, Radwan has pursued medical training and education, both as a student and a teacher. Heserved as an instructor and senior fellow at the University of Washington’s Fellowship Program in Spine Surgeryat Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He has completed

a number of postgraduate courses, and has givennumerous presentations to various medical societies. Since 1994, Radwan has engaged in research, investigating such areas as neuropathology, traumatic brain injury,cell biology, and basic methodology. His clinical and research work has appeared in publications such asthe Journal of Neurosurgery. He is a member of the New England Neurological Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, andthe Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is a life member of Downing College at the University of Cambridge in theUnited Kingdom. He speaks English and Arabic as mother tongues, and is fluent in German. Radwan practices in collaboration with Daniel Lacerte, M.D., and nurse practitioner Heather Carpenter, N.P. Thepractice can be reached by calling 795-2494. n

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