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Gendron family gives to Museum L-A LEWISTON — In the of spirit giving, Dollard (Del) and Priscilla Gendron of Lewiston presented the second installment of their $100,000 pledge to Museum L-A — a check for $50,000 — to the museum’s executive director, Rachel Desgrosseilliers. The donation will help the museum pursue plans to renovate and eventually move into the former Camden Yarns Mill on Beech Street. “We feel that Museum L-A is very important for our community,” noted

Del Gendron. “My family is fortunate to have the financial ability to make contributions like this one to Museum L-A because of our hard work and dedication over many years. We do this because we believe in giving back to our communities and we hope to inspire others to make a difference by investing in their communities, too.” The Gendrons are a prominent local family whose business has been a significant part of Lewiston, Auburn and surrounding communities

as contractors, real estate developers, convenience store/gas station owners and much more, growing their businesses through determination and hard work. “The Gendron Family has been a major supporter of Museum L-A for many years,” said Desgrosseilliers. “It is because of their generosity, along with the contributions of many other individuals and businesses, that Museum L-A has become a destination that serves as an experience of community and tourism

in Lewiston-Auburn. We are honored they choose to support us and want to encourage others to give back to their community.” Museum L-A is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bates Mill Complex, 35 Canal St. Special tour requests and large group tours outside of these hours are available by appointment. For more information, please contact info@museumla.org or call 207-333-3881. n

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Museum L-A Executive Director Rachel Desgrosseilliers, left, accepts a donation from Dollard (Del) and Priscilla Gendron in support of the museum’s future home — the former Camden Yarns Mill, 1 Beech St., Lewiston.

Libby, Sheats, Alley honored by Maine Civil Air Patrol

AUGUSTA — Sen. Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, was awarded the honorary rank of major by the Maine Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, Maine’s civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. The assistant Senate Democratic Leader was honored alongside Rep. Bettyann Sheats, D-Auburn, and Rep. Robert Alley, D-Beals. “The Maine branch of the Civil Air Patrol does a lot of good work, especially for young people, in communities all across the state,” Libby noted. “I am honored by this honorary promotion and look forward to continue working with them in this capacity.” Col. James Jordan, the Maine Wing Commander, and Lt. Col. Jerry DeWitt were on hand to present lawmakers with their majors. Also attending was Rep. Janice Cooper, D-Yarmouth. “I am so excited to become a part of this import-

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Happy New Year! Photo courtesy Sen. Nate Libby’s office

Taking part in a ceremony awarding Sen. Nate Libby the honorary rank of major by the Maine Wing of the Civil Air Patrol are, from left, Lt. Col. Jerry DeWitt, Rep. Robert Alley, Sen. Jim Hamper, Rep. Bettyann Sheats, Libby, Rep. Janice Cooper and Col. James Jordan. ant organization. It will be CAP, young and old, pro- cal search and rescue misa great way to continue my moting service and aviation sions, disaster relief and military service in a fun in an environment I highly homeland security. and productive way,” said respect.” “I am proud to join the Sheats. “I have been on the Founded in 1941, the Legislative Squadron of board of the Auburn-Lew- Civil Air Patrol initially the Civil Air Patrol with iston Municipal Airport served to defend the coast the honorary rank of Mafor several years and have but now focuses its efforts jor,” said Rep. Alley. “I am watched members of the on youth development, lo- looking forward to working

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OUTDOORS IN MAINE: Part 2 of 3

Quebec caribou hunts closed down

V. Paul Reynolds Starting the first of next year, the sport hunting of migratory caribou will be suspended indefinitely in Québec and Labrador. This measure was announced by Québec’s minister of forests, who cited “sustainability of the species” as the reason for the hunt closure. Sport hunting of the

George River herd was closed in 2012 because of a significant decline in numbers. Since then, the Leaf River herd has been the only one to sustain sport hunting and aboriginal harvesting in Québec. According to an inventory carried out in the summer of 2016, Leaf River numbers have also continued to decline, and the herd now comprises less than 199,000 animals. According to Québec sources, this number is 50 percent less than the caribou numbers reported in 2011. In a follow-up press release, the Quebec Out-

fitters Association expressed concern about the closure and the resulting serious economic blow to Northern Quebec. According to the QOF, in 2014 the 20 outfitters offering caribou hunts generated $13 million in economic development and provided 250 jobs. The QOF, apparently skeptical about the caribou population numbers cited by the Quebec government, raised a number of questions they say have not been answered. They want to know what happened to the hundreds of thousands of caribou

that disappeared since 2011, notably 100,000 during the past two years. They also want an explanation how neither guides, nor hunters, nor outfitters themselves have discovered any hides or carcasses during the months they operated on the land and during the hundreds of hours overflying the Northern Québec territory Given the fact that native communities in Québec and Labrador apparently have not had their caribou harvest quotas decreased by government closures, some are questioning whether the sport hunting ban is as much political as it is biological.

The respective Canadian governments have pledged to establish committees and task forces to study and evaluate the caribou population issues, including likely economic consequences. The outfitters association, for its part, has also pledged to remain active. QOF will participate in the government exercises and work with government authorities in finding ways to stem the caribou population declines. “We also hope that MFFP (Quebec minister of forests) and the native communities will adopt rigorous measures controlling the harvest of caribou,” they added. In the January and Feb-

ruary issues of the Northwoods Sporting Journal, columnist Mark McCollough, a caribou hunter and professional wildlife biologist for the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, will be filing additional articles on this important issue. The author is editor of the Northwoods Sporting Journal. He is also a Maine guide and host of a weekly radio program, “Maine Outdoors,” heard at 7 p.m. Sundays on The Voice of Maine News-Talk Network. He has authored three books; online purchase information is available at www.maineoutdoorpublications.com.n

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YEAR IN REVIEW

The Lewiston Leader year in review

January 2017

Central Maine Medical Center has been redesignated as a Baby-Friendly birth facility.Baby-Friendly USA Inc is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

February 2017 The Androscoggin Historical Society announces the publication of a new book about Edward Little (1773-1849), one of the “founding fathers” of the development of Auburn and Lewiston.“Dear Parent: A Biography and Letters of Edward Little,” was researched and written by Douglas I. Hodgkin, who has written several works concerning local history. The Blue Devils competition cheerleading team won the 2017 Class A championship title in Augusta on Saturday, Feb. 11. This makes six state titles that the Lewiston team has won in the last seven years.

March 2017

The American Red Cross in central and mid-coast Maine honored seven individuals, the crew of LifeFlight

Maine, and the Rapid Intervention Teams of the Poland, Oxford and Norway fire departments at its “Real Heroes” Breakfast ceremony Tuesday, March 14 at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in Lewiston. This year’s recipients included a passerby who stopped at the scene of an apartment fire in the early morning hours, kicked down the door to alert sleeping residents and worked to clear the building, saving nine people from the blaze; a 15-year old Sabattus teen, who rescued his mom and four siblings when an outside wood boiler ignited their home; and a Dresden man and his 4-year-old son who rescued and resuscitated a drowning toddler one afternoon at an Augusta playground.When faced with a challenge, these individuals responded with extraordinary courage, and that is why the Red Cross of Central and Mid Coast are honoring them with this year’s “Real Heroes” awards.

April 2017

Timothy Morin, son of Mike and Cindy Morin of Sabattus, received his Gold Medal of Achievement in a special “Court of Honor” ceremony held at First Assembly of God church in Lewiston. The Gold Medal of Achievement is the most honored and highly respected award a Royal Ranger can earn and is similar to the Eagle rank of the Boy Scouts of America. Registered nurse Tamika Harris has been recognized as the Central Maine Medical Center DAISY Award recipient for the care she gives patients and the impact she has on those around her, the hospital announced.The award is

sponsored by the DAISY Foundation and recognizes nurses who consistently demonstrate compassion, critical thinking skills, passion about life, patient- and family-focused care, patient advocacy, support of all health care team members and are a nursing profession role model.

May 2017

The Maine Warden Service graduated 10 new game wardens at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Thursday, April 27, after they completed a 12-week advanced academy specifically for Maine’s game wardens.

June 2017

Almost 600 students made up Central Maine Community College’s largest graduating class in history when commencement was held May 11. President Scott Knapp presented the graduates with their diplomas at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Auburn-Lewiston Rotary Breakfast Club marks $500,000 in charitable donations.

July 2017

Students from Lewiston and Oxford won awards at the 2017 SkillsUSA Championships in June 21 and 22. More than 6,000 students from around the country competed at the national showcase of career and technical education, the largest skill competition in the world, according to event organizers. A lawyer who changed careers to teach adult education in Lewiston has been named Teacher of the Year by the Maine Adult Education Association. Jessica Trimmer, who joined Lewiston Adult Education in 2006,

August 2017

A total of $10,600 was awarded to three nonprofit organizations in the second quarter of awards from Androscoggin Bank’s Main Street Foundation. Receiving awards were Freeport Community Services, $3,000 for its backpack meals program; Learningworks of Portland, $5,000 for summer camp; and the Susan L. Curtis Charitable Foundation, of Portland, $2,600 for CollegeJam initiative which provides tools, workshops, and information for students with access barriers to higher education. More than 800 people of all ages recently gathered in an open field at Geiger Elementary School to remember a loved one at Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice’s annual butterfly-release remembrance ceremony. More than 700 butterflies were purchased in memory of a loved one to benefit patient care at the Hospice House, 236 Stetson Road, Auburn. Nearly $23,000 was raised, with all of the proceeds going directly to patient care at the Hospice House.

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September 2017

received the award at the MAEA annual convention June 22 in Portland.

Community Credit Union recently presented the Trinity Jubilee Center with a check in the amount of $500. The Trinity Jubilee Center at 247 Bates St, provides support to those in downtown Lewiston six days a week with five programs feeding more than 1,000 people each week. Their food pantry provides groceries to 300 families in need.Community Credit Union participates in the Maine Credit Union League’s initiative known as the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger. Central Maine Community College President Scott Knapp recently announced the college’s Corporate and Community Services department will become the Center for Workforce and Professional Development. The center provides custom training and professional development programs across Androscoggin, Oxford, Franklin and Lincoln counties.Non-credit classes (including online options) and industry-recognized certification programs are also offered. Popular training topics include supervisory, leadership, communications, customer service, occupational trade skills and comput-

er-based applications.

October 2017 Community Credit Union presented Safe Voices with a check in the amount of $250 to help supply the food pantry at the shelter. Patrick Dempsey initiated the Dempsey Center for Hope and Healing and the Dempsey Challenge fundraiser in 2008 with a $250,000 donation to get the enterprise going. The center, part of Central Maine Medical Center family, has offered it services to individuals and families affected by cancer.

November 2017

Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation announced that St. Mary’s Nutrition Center has been named the 2017 recipient of its annual $25K for Kids grant.

December 2017

Boston Brands of Maine, a division of Sazerac Company, is moving forward with a $1 million expansion at its Lewiston bottling plant, the company announced Dec. 16. The Lewiston plant employs 130 people, and with the expansion has plans to create at least 30 more full-time jobs, it said in a news release. The new positions will pay from $16 to $18 an hour. n

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January 2018

The Cobblestones are the local voice for the boomer generation

Bill Van Tassel

I first met Carolyn Costanzi at a fundraiser for young Cody Bean of West Paris. Cody has neuroblastoma, and Costanzi is an obstetrician at Stephens Memorial Hospital, and delivered Cody. The November event at the Paris Fire Station featured several musical groups. including Costanzi’s group, Cobblestones. During our interview, guitarist Mike Plourde, of Gorham, pointed to Costanzi as the mover behind the group. She and Plourde, as well as his brother, percussionist, Mark Plourde, can, along with me, all be placed in another group, the baby boomers. Costanzi is the main vocalist, with Plourde adding harmony. The two met while performing with different groups during an open mic at Tucker’s Pub in Norway in 2014. “What started as a plan

to play an open mic together ended up as the start of a band dedicated to performing the songs that most move and inspire the members and to play them the very best that we can,” their website says. “Our motivation for what we do comes from many years as music lovers and as parttime performers with many other groups.” One song that stood at the Cody Bean performance was the 1965 Youngbloods hit “Get Together.” Over the next couple of years, classically trained pianist Danielle Tran of Norway (formerly of Montreal) joined on keyboards and Ken Lloyd came along as a bass player. Mark Plourde, Mike’s brother, then came on board. The Plourdes grew up in Caribou, where their father ran a music store. The Cobblestones’ repertoire includes songs from a variety of genres, including pop favorites, acoustic rock and progressive folk. However, they stress they avoid songs often covered by other bands and their renditions feature passion-

ate vocals, finger picking guitar and tight harmonies. Their love for music performance is balanced by their day jobs. Costanzi is an obstetrician, Tran is a pediatrician, Mike Plourde, boat builder and Mark Plourde, real estate agent,. Lloyd manages a software development team. So it’s quite a mix -- two physicians, a real estate businessman, a computer specialist, and a boat builder; all united by their love of music. Cobblestones perform three or four times a month, practicing on Thursday nights. Sometimes their schedules mean an open mic night is a rehearsal. One of their favorite places to perform is Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street in Portland. The don’t feel as though there is a great significance to being part of the baby boom generation and performing music. “No matter how old you are you can keep doing music,” Mike Plourde said. “Any longterm goals for Cobblestones revolves around the idea.”

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Members of Cobblestones, from left, percussionist Mark Plourde, keyboardist Danielle Tran, bass player Ken Lloyd, vocalist Carolyn Constanzi and lead guitar Mike Plourde. Costanzi added, “As long as were having fun doing this, we’ll keep going.” She adds, “It’s a second chance for me. I’ve been singing since high school. This is a creative outlet for me.” She has written a song, soon to be recorded, “Not That Girl, that arose from a desire to see young women learn to stand up for

themselves. Mike Plourde wrote the music. Maria Holloway said she first heard the group perform at the Norway Memorial Library. “Who would have thought that a band could rock in a library,” said Holloway, who is in advertising sales with Turner Publications. “Costanzi is an

outstanding vocalist with a sound all her own and is perfectly supported by the band members. Although the Cobblestones have a unique sound and perform fresh arrangements, their repertoire is familiar and sure to bring back memories to the boomer generation.” n

Maine Arts Commission 2018 Arts Iditarod

AUGUSTA — The Maine Arts Commission on Jan. 10 w launched its 2018 Arts Iditarod, a regional tour of four regional meetings in Kennebunk, Houlton, Ellsworth and Lewiston. The Lewiston meeting will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 at the

Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar St. The meetings will provide professional development workshops, information and discussion opportunities to the state’s far-flung, diverse arts and cultural organizations, as well as artists, arts educators, and community pol-

icy makers and members interested in development in and through the arts. “We’re the most rural state in the nation, and people often have to travel long distances to get services,” said Julie Richard, the Arts Commission’s executive director. “We’ve discovered these

regional sessions to be the best way to stay connected and offer broad access to our programs.” All of the Maine Arts Iditarod events are free and open to the public. Each of the four gatherings will include three intensive workshops, on Cultural Tourism; Strate-

gic Planning for both Arts Organizations and Artists; and How to Be and Build a Better Board. In addition, information and updates will be provided on several Arts Commission initiatives, including the commission’s new nonprofit advocacy and support orga-

nization, ArtsEngageME; local and state economic impact data for the arts; and grants. Refreshments will be served. Iditarod location and agenda details, as well as more information, are available at mainearts. com. n

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Boston Brands of Maine to expand Lewiston bottling plant

LEWISTON — Boston Brands of Maine, a division of Sazerac Company, is moving forward with a $1 million expansion at its Lewiston bottling plant, the company announced Dec. 16. The Lewiston plant employs 130 people, and with the expansion has plans to create at least 30 more fulltime jobs, it said in a news release. The new positions

will pay from $16 to $18 an hour. “Sazerac moved into the Lewiston plant in 2013 when another bottler decided to leave the state. That has turned out to be an excellent decision, and we are now happy to be expanding and investing further in Maine’s economy,” said Gerry Reid of Sazerac. “I am thrilled that we have an American com-

pany that does business globally choosing to invest right here in Lewiston, Maine. Sazerac provides good jobs for Mainers, and is the type of company we want to see locating in and expanding here in our state. This expansion is beneficial for Lewiston and beneficial for Maine,” said U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-2nd District. Sazerac’s products are

popular in Maine, with their Fireball whiskey 50 mL making up 50 percent of all products sold of that size in the state. In addition to Fireball the company’s whiskey portfolio includes Pappy Van Winkle, Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare and Sazerac Rye. They also make Southern Comfort, Platinum Vodka, and Mr. Boston. Sazerac is involved in

the local community, contributing to several local organizations and also encouraging community involvement with the Eagle Rare Life Award. Ruth Libby, founder of Ruth’s Reusable Resources in Portland, was a 2017 recipient of the national award. Sazerac is one of America’s oldest family owned, privately held distillers with operations in the

United States in Louisiana, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Maryland, California, and global operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, India, Australia and Canada. For more information on Sazerac, visit www. sazerac.com. n

Bachelor’s degrees in business, public administration, available at Lewiston-Auburn College LEWISTON — The University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine at Augusta have forged a new partnership to offer expanded degree programs at Lewiston-Auburn College. Beginning immediately, UMA will offer bachelor’s degrees in business administration and public administration at USM’s Lewiston campus. Students may register now with classes starting

on Jan. 22. In addition to these programs, UMA also will offer two baccalaureate degrees in applied science and liberal studies at the Lewiston campus for community college graduates who have earned an associate degree. An option to enroll in education classes that provide a pathway for K-12 teaching opportunities is also available. “Providing educational

opportunities for Maine people to expand their skill sets is essential to the health of our economy,” said UMA President Rebecca Wyke. “Maine needs an educated workforce, and we need to work together to achieve it. That is why UMA and USM’s collaboration is a win for everyone.” “USM’s partnership with UMA demonstrates that, by working together, we can

provide more opportunities for the people who live and work in central Maine,” said USM President Glenn Cummings.“Moreover, we’re just getting started. With both universities fully committed to do all we can to help build a better future in this critically important region of Maine, we expect to announce additional degree offerings in the future.” As USM and UMA build

on this partnership, additional options under consideration for the Lewiston campus include expanded offerings in nursing and health professions, occupational therapy, cyber-security, justice studies, and mental health and human services. “These new educational offerings will be a great asset to the people and businesses of western Maine,” said C. Shawn Yardley,

CEO of Community Concepts in Lewiston. “They will give people more skills to improve their economic security, while strengthening our workforce benefiting area employers and our overall economy.” Anyone interested in these degree options or seeking more infomation should contact the UMA admissions ofice at 207621-3465 or toll free at 1-877-UMA-1234.n

Museum L-A honors veterans with thank-you cards LEWISTON — Museum L-A staff was honored to deliver thank you cards to two veteran homes during the holidays in recognition of their service to our country. The museum greatly appreciates the visitors, ages five and older, who wrote personal thankyou sentiments on the note cards throughout our recent exhibit titled “The Work of War: Honoring Our Veterans and the Ones They Left Behind.” The recent museum exhibition had a station where visitors could complete a card to thank a veteran for serving their country. Younger visitors drew pictures of flags and soldiers, and adults added heartfelt notes of gratitude. These cards were collected throughout the duration of the exhibit, as well as after a Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Breakfast. They were delivered by Museum L-A’s collections and exhibits coordinator, Emma

Sieh, and Museum L-A’s veteran volunteer, Tom Jarvis, to two veterans homes Dec. 29. The Maine Veterans Home in South Paris received more than 100 of these thank-you cards for their residents. This home, which provides 90 veterans from across the state with beds and 24 hour medical care, is focused on returning their resident veterans to their homes and communities whenever possible. Nationally ranked in the top four percent of nursing homes, the Maine Veterans Home was pleased to receive these thank you cards from Museum. “Around this time of year, they receive several Christmas and holiday cards” noted Pat Paar, L-A activities supervisor. “It’s nice to receive some that are just a little bit different.” Veteran’s Inc. in Lewiston also received more than 20 thank-you cards from the exhibit.

This organization grew out of a volunteer group committed to helping veterans and their families during hard times. They are now one of the largest providers of services to veterans throughout New England, with housing, employment, training, health care and more. The Lewiston branch of this organization currently has 17 veterans at their location, each one receiving a thank you card from the exhibition. Staff thanked Museum L-A for thinking of them when trying to decide who would receive these cards. Museum L-A is located at 35 Canal St. in the Bates Mill Complex and is open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. For more information, contact the museum at 207-333-3881 or email info@museumla. org.n

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Harry Delan of the Maine Veterans Home in South Paris appreciates receiving a personalized note card from Museum L-A.

John Convey of the Maine Veterans Home of South Paris ponders the message written on a thank you note card from Museum L-A.

Peter White of the Maine Veterans Home in South Paris reads the personalized thank you note card from Museum L-A.


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Lewiston PD Citizens Police Academy to begin Feb. 13

LEWISTON — The Lewiston Police Department is holding a Citizens Police Academy for residents who want an inside look at the day-to-day operations of the

department. This 10-week program, at the department, will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday, beginning Feb. 13 and ending April 17.

“This is a unique opportunity to engage with the department and to be informed on the services we provide, to discuss current issues taking place both with-

in Lewiston, and out, and to ask questions related to law enforcement,” said a news release from the department. Applications are available in

the department’s lobby or can be emailed. For more information, contact Officer Joe Philippon at jphilippon@lewistonmaine.gov (preferred) or at 207-513-3010. n

Support available for those with disabilities W I N T H R O P — C.A.R.E.S Inc. is reminding area residents with disabilities who may need support or assistance of the Client Assistance Program. CAP is a federally funded, statewide advocacy pro-

gram that provides information, referrals and advocacy to people with disabilities, who are applying for or are receiving services from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Division for the Blind and Visually Im-

paired and the Independent Living Program. In Maine, the CAP is administered by C.A.R.E.S., Inc., an agency independent from state government. There are no fees for CAP services. CAP can help by provid-

ing information on services available, time frames for services and explanations of the federal regulations and state rules. When there is a disagreement between the client and one of the agencies CAP interacts

with, CAP can get directly involved and advocate on a client’s behalf. The program is required to resolve disagreements using informal methods to the maximum extent possible before resorting to administrative

or legal remedies. Anyone interested in using the organization’s services or seeking more information can find contact information at caresinc. org.n

Central Maine students Lewiston children’s author named to SNHU dean’s list Baribault adds new titles MANCHESTER, N.H. — Several central Maine students are on the Southern New Hampshire University dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester.

Eligibility for the dean’s list requires that a student accumulate an academic grade point average of 3.53.699 and earn 12 credits for the semester.

Area students on the list include Tia Ayer and Alexis Elsman, both of Lewiston; Chad Martineau of Sabattus; and Danica Nadeau of Auburn. n

Caron named to Champlain College dean’s list

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Zoe Caron of Lewiston, has been named to the Champlain College dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester. Students on the Champlain College dean’s list have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the semester. Caron is majoring in Environmental Policy. n

Area students named to Colby-Sawyer dean’s list NEW LONDON, N.H. — Two area students have been named to the Colby-Sawyer College dean’s list for their academic achievement. Jesse Murch of Waterford is majoring in environmental studies; Brady Dion

of Sabattus is majoring in exercise science. Both are members of the Class of 2018. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale while carrying a minimum

of 12 credit hours in graded courses. Colby-Sawyer College integrates liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. Founded in 1837, Colby-Sawyer is located in the Lake Sunapee region of central New Hampshire. n

LEWISTON — Children’s book author Paul Baribault has added three new titles, improvisations on some of Hans Christian Andersen’s most famous stories. “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Nightingale” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” The books, all composed as bedtime stories and as classroom read-alouds or for reader’s theater, can be found on his website, linked to Amazon books. Each story has new scenes, new characters, and more playfulness with fantasy and rhyming – with the last also having a more uplifting ending than the original, including the addition

of undershorts for the emperor’s parade to make it more child friendly. Each is available as a Kindle e-reader and, now, as a printed paperback shipped by Amazon books. A synopsis of each new book is viewable at www. Sleepyheadbooks.com, Sleepyheadbooks also has a section under construction, “Helping Shirts,” where proceeds from T-shirts imprinted with illustrations from the featured book, “Sleepyheads—Telling Dreams,” will go to St. Jude’s Children Hospital and Shriner’s Hospital for Children. The cover illustrations for the books are all by lo-

cal artists, including Hallowell’s Christopher Cart, who has done portraits of Maine Supreme Court justices and whose large outdoor mural is displayed opposite the post office building in Brunswick. n

Roast pork dinner at Gayton Post

AUBURN — The Ladies Auxiliary Unit #31 of the Alden M. Gayton American Legion will hold a public supper featuring roast pork Saturday, Jan. 27, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Post,

426 Washington St. North. The menu will consist of roast pork with gravy and applesauce, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, carrots, rolls and home-made desserts. The price for the

dinner is $8 for adults; $5 for children. For more information, call the Post at 207-7836992 from 3 to 8 p.m. or Julie at 207-784-3473 after 1 p.m. daily. n

Androscoggin, Oxford counties eligible for USDA forest disaster money L E W I S T O N — Androscoggin and Oxford counites have been approved to accept applications for the Emergency Forest Restoration Program to address damage from high wind and rain from the Oct. 29 storm, U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency County Executive Director Marcia Hall announced. EFRP provides payments to eligible owners of nonin-

dustrial private forest land to enable the owners to carry out emergency measures to restore land damaged by a natural disaster. EFRP signup will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 2 and end on Friday, March 2, according to a news release from the USDA. “It is important that producers apply for EFRP assistance timely because program funds will be allocated based on the number

of applications received as well as by on-site inspections that will determine the extent of the damage,” said Hall. She encouraged eligible landowners who haven’t participated in FSA programs to contact the affected county’s FSA office as soon as possible, so the program can create records for them. After applications are received, Maine Forest Service will provide technical

assistance by evaluating the damage and developing a plan to restore the NIPF land. The local FSA county committee will determine land eligibility and approve applications. In order to meet eligibility requirements, NIPF land must have existing tree cover or had tree cover immediately before the natural disaster occurred and be sustainable for growing trees. The land must also

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FSA office at 207-753-9400 ext. 2. The Androscoggin County FSA office is at 254 Goddard Road in Lewiston. Oxford County resident can contact the FSA office at 207-743-5789 ext. 2. The Oxford County FSA office is at 17 Olson Road, South Paris. For more information, viist disaster.fsa.usda.gov.n


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Six secrets to keeping your New Year’s resolutions all year long By Diane Atwood Health Reporter If you’re anything like me and about 92 percent of the rest of the population in this country, you do a lousy job of sticking to your New Year’s resolutions — even if you make only one. That’s why I usually don’t make resolutions. Still, at the beginning of every year, I think about starting fresh, trying something new, or doing something a different way. If I decide to move ahead on something, I’m reluctant to call it a resolution. Somehow, it makes me feel as if I’m setting myself up for failure. (Secret #6 strikes a chord). If you’re still on the fence about making a resolution or looking for a vote of confidence, I scoured the Internet and found some helpful tips for you and me. The six secrets 1.) Write down or say out loud what you want to change about your life This tip is the first in a series of steps recommended by neuroscientist and author Nicole Gravagna. She was responding to a question posted on Quora: Are there good rules of

thumb as to what makes a good new year’s resolution? Gravagna says, “To make significant changes in your life, you are going to have to get to the bottom of what you really mean when you say you want to get fit, spend more time with your family, or get a better job. What do those things mean to you?” Read all the steps she recommends we take. 2.) Share your goals with someone who cares and believes in you I came up with this tip after reading a post by BDN blogger Jim LaPierre, a mental health therapist and addictions counselor and the executive director of Higher Ground Services in Brewer. LaPierre says people fail at keeping their resolutions because they try to do it alone. “Anyone in addiction recovery can tell you that undertaking significant life changes without accountability, support and encouragement is just this side of masochistic,” he says. You can read his entire post on his blog — Recovery Rocks: How to make your resolutions attainable and sustainable. 3) Start small This tip comes from

the American Psychological Society. “Make resolutions that you think you can keep. If, for example, your aim is to exercise more frequently, schedule three or four days a week at the gym instead of seven. If you would like to eat healthier, try replacing dessert with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yogurt, instead of seeing your diet as a form of punishment.” 4.) Come up with environmental cues that will trigger your desired new behavior In a Forbes article, Jeena Cho interviewed Professor Clayton R. Cook, Ph.D., of the Department of Educational Psychology and College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Here’s an excerpt: “Behavior-environmental cue relationships are critical to habit formation. Cook uses breaking the habit of nail bit-

ing to illustrate how to create a new behavior. If you want to give up biting your nails, first you need to become aware of when you’re prone to biting your nails. Embed cues during those times when you’re likely to bite your nails. Set up cues that signal or trigger an alternative competing behavior— that is, the new habit you’re trying to form. For example, if you’re prone to biting your nails while driving, tape a question near the steering wheel that says, “Do you know what’s under your fingernails?” This is your cue to, for example, begin chewing gum (alternative competing behavior). Read more in the original article “The Science Behind Making New Year’s Resolutions That You’ll Keep.” 5.) Make your goal specific Last year, Jen Boggs had one specific goal. She resolved to send

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Shed holiday pounds with simple changes Jodi Cornelio

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Here are some simple ways to help you shed those extra pounds from all the holiday gatherings where food in any form is

the main attraction. Share the treats: Candies, pies and cookie not typically part of your nutrition program need to go. Sugars can keep you in a spiraling habit of snacking. Reaching for just one piece of chocolate to keep you going can lead to another. So just stop and either throw away those leftovers or give them away. Bring them to the office or give them to a charitable organization or some other organization you are associated with. Drink up: Flush out all the extra pounds and holiday food with plenty of

water and ditch the cocktail hours. For added value, you can squeeze some lemon into your water. This is not only flavor enhancing but also loaded with vitamin C, which helps in the winter flu season. Lemons have their own detoxification properties as well so they are good for detoxing your system. Drink a full glass of water (10 oz.) before and after a meal. This will help you feel full so not to over indulge on food. Stay busy: If venturing outdoors in the chilling winter weather is not your thing, take on a project in the house that can keep

you busy. Paint a room. Remodel a room or take up a hobby. Wood crafting, sewing knitting or anything inside preventing you from drifting to the refrigerator would be a good choice. Kick the junk food cravings: If the holiday bad-eating habits have got you in a food craving frenzy, start focusing on low glycemic-index foods. By that I mean maintain a good source of proteins and fats in your diet. This is most important in the first meal of the day to avoid and stabilize blood sugar spikes that create these food cravings. Eggs or cottage cheese

or yogurt in the morning is great for maintaining good blood sugars. Cheese and nuts for mid-morning or afternoon snacks work great. Salads with grilled chicken, lean meats and vegetables for lunch and dinner all work well at maintaining blood sugars and avoiding the junk food cravings. Mix in some healthy fats like olive oil and or peanut butter and you have a perfect meal plan for the day. Get out and play: Even if you are not a cold-weather person, force yourself to venture out into the cold in the daylight. It is particularly important to get an

adequate supply of Vitamin D to help with depression and cabin fever. Lacking daylight can really put your spirits in the tank. Get outside and play in the snow, go for a walk, shovel snow or pick up a winter outdoor sport like snow-shoeing, skiing or tubing. Most importantly, keep making plans with friends and family even if the holidays are over to keep your spirits high and your love ones close. Live Long Live Well. n

Students mark successful semester with celebration

LEWISTON — Students in the College Transition Program have celebrated the end of their studies and received tips about the next stage of their education, thanks to an event at the B Street Community Center. Graduates of the program shared their experiences in college-level classes at the celebration Tuesday, Dec. 19. They all stressed the importance of asking questions of professors when classes got difficult and finding help with academic papers. The College Transition Program, functioning under the umbrella of Lewiston Adult Education, is free and designed for people, who live or work in Androscoggin County,

planning to enroll in college in the next 12 to 18 months. It provides a comprehensive review of reading, writing and math in a college-style setting. The students who received certificates of completion were Hana Omar, Amal Hassan, Shawnee Cote, Brett Griffin, Isaac Shawver, Joseph Miakouissa and Joao Massela. The next College Transition Program will begin Jan. 9 at the B Street Community Center, 57 Birch St. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call Lewiston Adult Education, 207-795-4141, for an application and to schedule a skills assessment. n

From left, Renan Ferreira, Richard Patrie, Kassie Schmidt, Melissa Potter and Ouseiny Ousmane recently gave advice to College Transition Program students about college classes.

AUBURN — The Auburn United Methodist Church is helping collect winter coats, boots and blankets — for men, women and children — to assist the efforts under way at the Trinity Jubilee Center. This program serves many of the most needy residents

in the Lewiston-Auburn community. Now is a good time to clean out closets and drop off any donations to the church at 439 Park Ave. or the Trinity Jubilee Center, 247 Bates St., Lewiston. Additionally, the High Street Congregational

Church food pantry has ongoing needs for the following items — peanut butter, canned vegetables, soup, canned pasta (spaghetti, ravioli, Spaghetti-o’s, etc.), canned meats, canned fruit, dry cereal, baking items (mixes, sugar, flour, etc.),

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Winter StoryWalk now open on Lisbon Street Androscoggin is happy to announce that StoryWalk is back! This popular children’s activity has moved to Lisbon Street and will be open from December 15th to early February. The public is invited to walk with their children along Lisbon Street to read the story "The Bugliest Bug" by Carol Diggory Shields. The activity is suitable for children ages 4 to 8 and takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete. StoryWalk begins at Lewiston Public Library, loops around Lisbon Street, and ends at Kimball Street Studios. Participants can acquire a map of the walk at the Library. StoryWalk is free and open to the public. StoryWalk is a children's literacy and physical activity project that combines the joys of reading and walking. StoryWalk takes the pages of a children's story and posts them along a walking route. Each station contains one page of the story and encourages kids to act out different physical activities. The StoryWalk concept began in Vermont and has spread across New England. Many

towns in Maine including Waterville, Brewer, Gardiner, Portland, Cumberland, and York have had StoryWalks. A special thanks to the businesses hosting StoryWalk pages: Lewiston Public Library, Hardy Wolf & Downing, Forage Market, Mother India, Lamey Wellehan, Gosselin & Dubord, Spurwink, Ben’s Burritos, Rinck, Lewiston Family Planning, and Kimball Street Studios.

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Lewiston-Auburn Red Cross blood ambassadors feted

PORTLAND — The Lewiston-Auburn American Red Cross blood ambassadors met for their annual Christmas luncheon in Auburn on Dec. 5. Pauline Bonney, the Lewiston-uburn lead-volunteer blood ambassador, has organized this event for the past 12 years as a way to get all of the volunteers together in one place and thank them for the important work they do, representing 175 years of combined volunteer experience.

The Red Cross is a volunteer-based organization that could not fulfill its mission without the help of individuals like those in the Lewiston Auburn blood ambassadors, the organization said in a news release. To donate blood, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit redcrossblood. org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-7332767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for

“We are dedicated to providing personalized, professional treatment to our patients in a caring and comfortable environment.”

patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. n

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Bollinger and Tim Gallant will address L-A Rotary Lunch Club member at upcoming meetings

AUBURN — Rotarian and activist Joanne Shea Bollinger and Tim Gallant, staff assistant for Congressman Bruce Poliquin, will be the guest speakers at upcoming Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Lunch Club meetings from noon to 1 p.m. at The Village Inn, 165 High St. Bollinger is scheduled to share her story Thursday, Feb. 1, and Gallant will speak Thursday, Feb 8. Sponsored by Monica Millhime, club president, Bollinger was inducted into the organization in October. She is a board member of “WISE — Women’s Initiatives that Strengthen and Empower� — a non-profit in Maine since 2005 seeking to move vulnerable women and children in western Zambia into self-sustaining lives.

Her first trip to the project in 2013, intended as a one-time immersion experience in a small African town, inspired her to become involved in a deeper way. She now travels to Zambia at least once a year to advise, collaborate and learn from the local women who do the actual work on the ground. Much of her time at home is focused on fundraising and sharing the WISE story around the country. Her passion is the organization’s scholarship program, currently supporting 150 secondary students who otherwise would have no options for school beyond seventh grade, especially young girls at risk of early marriage. A special connection has been forged with the Nkwazi

Rotary Club in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital — a trip to Zambia must include a visit with them. Bollinger grew up in Auburn and graduated from Edward Little High School in 1963, never expecting to return. Following a career in music — teaching in Camden, Woolwich and Brunswick — and singing throughout New England, she spent 12 years in Illinois with her second husband. Returning to Maine with her husband and following his death from Alzheimer’s Disease, the life circle to Auburn was completed in 2014, when Joanne came “home� to be near her son and his wife. When he is not representing Congressman Poliquin at events or working on local veterans’ ben-

efits and claims, Gallant volunteers at his church — Pathway Vineyard — and serves the community through organizations such as the Lewiston ELKS Lodge and more. He served in the Navy for 19 years from 1975 through 1994, including a stint with the Blue Angels in Pensacola, Fl. Upon retirement from the Navy, Gallant attended Concordia University, earning a bachelor’s degree in business management, and returned to Maine in 2001, accepting a positon as building, grounds and transportation director at Maine School District 43. He then became the parks superintendent for Rumford, retiring in 2009 and returning to school to earn a second degree in applied science as a drug

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and alcohol counselor. During this time and as a disabled veteran himself, he was also helping veterans receive benefits through his local VFW and American Legion Posts. Since 2016, he has worked in Rep. Poliquin’s Lewiston office. Reservations are not re-

quired for the luncheon. For more information, contact Millhime at 207713-7045 or email millhime@myfairpoint.net. Events and other club information are posted at www.lewistonauburnrotary.org and www.facebook. com/lewistonmainerotary/. n

Maine McDonald’s restaurants seeking high school ‘Spirit of the Game’ award nominations

LEWISTON — Organizers of the Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star basketball games have opened nominations for the annual Maine McDonald’sŽ Spirit of the Game Award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 2. Nominations can be

completed online at http:// vote.mainemcdonaldsbasketball.org/. The Maine McDonald’s Spirit of the Game Award honors two high school basketball team members who embody the spirit of the sport, exemplify sportsmanship, support and in-

spire their teammates and coaching staff, and show an ability to overcome obstacles and boundaries. The awards are named in honor of 2009 recipients and varsity team managers Patrick Thibodeau of Cumberland and the late Josh Titus of Auburn. Thibodeau has

Down Syndrome, and Titus overcame the challenges of autism. Coaches, parents, principals, community organizations, athletic directors and sports fans are encouraged to submit a nomination. Paper nomination forms can be requested by calling

Kevin Gove at 207-7559470 or emailing keving@ rinckadvertising.com. Online nominations must be completed by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 2. The Spirit of the Game Award winners will be announced at the Maine McDonald’s High School

Senior All-Star Basketball awards banquet in Bangor March 9. The 2018 Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games will be played March 10 at Husson University in Bangor. More information is available at www.rmhcmaine.org. n

Monmouth Community Players will present ‘When Radio Was King’

MONMOUTH — Before there was Netflix, Hulu and cable TV, families would crowd around the radio to listen to their favorite shows. The Monmouth Community Players invites audiences to take a trip into the past and experience a live radio show in the second annual production “When Radio Was King,� directed by Linda Duarte of Lewiston. Musical direction is in the hands of Bob Gilbert, and Cindy Dunham of Winthrop will be filling the role of pro-

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entertain the audience with beautiful songs of the era. The cast is a mixture of vocal and comedic talent, ranging in age from 13 to over 70. They are Andy Tolman of Readfield; Gregor Smith of Belgrade; Ginger Smith, Sara St. Clair and Christine Michaud of Winthrop; Sarah Wheatley of Old Town; Kathleen Brainerd of Gardiner; Josie French and Danny Gay of Lewiston; Jim Wright of Fayette; Jeffrey Fairfield of Hallowell; Brittany Bazinet of Greene; and Ray

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FEBRUARY Feb. 1 - Rangeley Friends of the Arts reception for Janice Adler, set designer, 5 to 7 p.m. Lakeside Contemporary Art Gallery, 2493 Main St. Rangeley, 207-8645000. Feb. 2 - Concerts for a Cause, State Street Traditional Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m. First Universalist Church of Auburn, 169 Pleasant St., Auburn, 207783-0461 or www. uuconcerts.org. Feb. 2 - Food Sovereignty, Food Freedom: A Community Discussion; potluck meal 5 p.m., panel discussion 6 p.m., acoustic folk music 7 p.m., Kennebec Valley Grange, 560 Main St, Madison. Feb. 2- Maine Event Comedy headliner Phoebe Angle and others 7 p.m. at Baxter Brewing, 130 Mill St., Lewiston, 207-3336769. Feb. 4 - Viles Arboretum Table Tour, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday,

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LA Metro Chamber breakfast at Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch

AUBURN — The LA Metro Chamber will host breakfast at Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch, 14 Great Falls Plaza, Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7 a.m. This month’s speaker will be Yellow Light Breen, president and

CEO of the Maine Development Foundation. His topic will be “Leading for People, Leading for Prosperity,” focusing on what research says about the big drivers of Maine’s economic challenges and opportunities, Maine’s

demographic cliff and what to do about it, how we need to transform the state’s workforce to compete and prosper, and how we need leadership from all levels and sectors to join forces around research driven approaches to the big

issues. The cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Registration is available at www. LAMetroChamber.com. The Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is an organization of commu-

nity-minded businesses serving Lewiston, Auburn and the surrounding communities. Located at 415 Lisbon Street in the heart of downtown Lewiston, the LA Metro Chamber offers networking events, professional development

opportunities, educational scholarships, and practical resources to help professionals advance and businesses of all sizes grow. Call 207783-2249 or visit lametrochamber.com to learn more. n

LA Chamber of Commerce will host power lunch seminar LEWISTON — The LA Metro Chamber will host a Power Lunch seminar — #consultinglifeLA — Tuesday, Feb. 13 from noon to 1 p.m., in the chamber’s con-

ference room, 415 Lisbon St. Nicola Chin, from Up With Community — an organization that “helps address the challenges facing organizations and business-

es seeking to build movement for larger social and economic change” — will lead the discussion. Are you rocking a freelance lifestyle in Lewiston-Auburn and ea-

ger to connect with others? This will be an opportounity to meet consultants and freelancers in the area, share tips and favorite spots, and explore the possibilty of future

events or support to offer each other. The Power Lunch series is sponsored by Community Health Options. This seminar is free, but pre-reg-

istration is required. Lunch will not be provided. Registration is available through www.LAMetroChamber. com. For questions, call 207783-2249. n

Power Lunch Seminar: Lewiston High Store Next Door liaison for Lewiston High School, will speak about the project. and its mission to meet the basic needs of more than 300 Lewiston prekindergarten through 12th-grade students. The program attempts to “eliminate barriers to education” for young people experiencing displacement, high mobility and homelessness

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LISBON — Heather Brochu of Lewiston has been named Lisbon Credit Union’s fourth-quarter ROCKSTAR award winner, receiving a trophy, $50 and a paid day off. A receptionist in the Lisbon office, Brochu has been with the Credit Union since June 2010. She was nominated for

always being polite and helpful with members and acknowledged for going above and beyond her job duties, assisting when problems arise. She is instrumental with decorating the credit union building, inside and out, for the holiday season every year. Brochu loves watching sports, going to

the movies and snowmobiling in her spare time. The Credit Union’s Employee Recognition Program was created at the end of 2014, allowing staff members to nominate each other for outstanding member service and various other factors.n

Young area artists featured in LCFCU holiday cards

LISBON – Lisbon Community Federal Credit Union recently held a Holiday Card Artwork contest for all children 12 and under for a chance to win $50 and to have their artwork featured on the Credit Union’s 2017 holiday greeting cards. The artwork received from 16 children was displayed at the main office in the lobby for one and a half weeks, with voting ballots available for everyone who visited. Over 100 votes were tallied. The young artists worked hard on their designs and all contestants received many votes. Winner Allie, 8, came in with her mother on Dec. 3 to pick up her prize. Allie is saving for a violin and put the money right into her ac-

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Lewiston students named to dean’s lists CANTON, N.Y. / CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — Jaime E. Swart of Lewiston has been named to the State University of New York Canton’s deans list for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester. Swart is majoring in veterinary service administration. To be named to the dean’s list, full-time

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LEWISTON — The Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn added five members in January, bringing its 2018 ranks to 17, the group announced. The incoming members represent a wide range of local food system stakeholders including a land conservation organization, a New American farming family, a 100 year-old Auburn family farm, a project development and management consulting company and a New American integration and support organization, according to a news release, which added that they also bring connections to numerous personal and professional networks. The GFCLA was formed in the summer of 2012 to create and support improvements to the food system of the Lewiston-Au-

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WATERVILLE — Eight area students recently graduated from Mount Saint Joseph’s Residence and Rehabilitation facility in Waterville as certified nursing assistants. The event celebrated the completion of the collaborative partnerships among RSU 54 Community & Adult Education, the Augusta, Lewiston and Skowhegan career centers, and Western Maine Community Action. Candidates successfully completed 80 hours of Work Ready classroom learning of soft skills provided through the academy. Clinical training was included in the on-the-job training at Mount Saint Joseph’s. The classroom study and clinical training

were provided through grant funding, facilitated by the Career Centers, WMCA and the Maine Department of Labor. The combined curriculum empowers students with the skills and knowledge essential to the specific job field. “This graduation class is not only the result of the students’ dedication but also the best model of train-to-work, where business, education and workforce development collaborate,” explained Patti Saarinen, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act site coordinator for WMCA – Lewiston CareerCenter. OJT is an incentive-based program providing half of a trainee’s wages during the duration of the program. Students are empow-

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Students, staff and other workforce representatives gather at Mount Saint Joseph facility in Waterville, front row, from left, Vicki Baker, RSU 54 community and adult education career advisor; Monica Millhime, Western Maine Community Action employment and training business specialist; Diane Sinclair, Mount Saint Joseph Residence & Rehabilitation classroom and clinical instructor; students Lisa Labrie-Hawkes, Savannah Higginbotham, Melinda McBreairty, Sierra Preo; and Stephanie Aucoin, Mount St. Joseph classroom and clinical instructor. In back, students Tiffany Howie, Jeremiah Morse, Heather Dudley and Loreda Libby.

ered with the skills and knowledge essential to the specific job field. The integration of education and training is a best-practice model for

success. “Thanks to this partnership program, the students were better prepared, more motivated and committed as they

knew what the program would be and what the job would entail,” noted Diane Sinclair, a registered nurse and Mount Saint Joseph’s adminis-

trator. For more information on work-driven/educational partnerships, contact the nearest CareerCenter. n


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Woodmen match Pettengill State Street Jazz will School Park fundraising perform at benefit concert

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Pettingill School Park in Lewiston was the beneficiary of a check for $1,250 from the Modern Woodmen of America Chapter 8228 recently. The money will go towardpark improvements. The Modern Woodmen issued the matching donation following the Friends of Pettingill Yard Sale, which made an equal amount of money in sales and contributions. From left, Art Chamberlain of the local Modern Woodmen chapter with Friends of Pettingill committee members Margaret Craven, Heather Hunter and Ted Walworth.

Auburn Public Library delivers children’s books to Androscoggin jail Submitted photo

The Auburn Public Library staff recently delivered two bags of children’s books to the Androscoggin County Jail as a part of its ReadingConnects! Family Literacy program for jail inmates and their children. The book bags are brought to the jail on a monthly rotating basis, providing quality children’s literature for inmates to read to their children on visit days. Books in each bag have themes about holidays, seasons and animals, and activities that complement the theme. Pictured, from left, are Capt. Jeff Chute, jail sdministrator; Children’s Department Manager Deb Cleveland; Director Mamie Anthoine Ney of the Auburn Public Library; attorney Jenifer Ferguson of Fales and Fales, supporter of the ReadingConnects! program; and Sgt. Victoria Langelier, programs firector at the jail. For more information, visit www.auburnpubliclibrary.org.

AUBURN — Concerts for a Cause will host State Street Jazz Friday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Universalist Church, 169 Pleasant St., where there is free parking and the building is handicapped-accessible. The show benefits the church as well as The Center for Wisdom’s Women in Lewiston. According to trinitylewiston.org, CWW is “a week-day drop-in center that helps women break isolation and build community toward the bettering and enriching of each other’s lives.” The State Street Traditional Jazz Band pays homage to music birthed at the turn of the 20th Century. These sounds were heard then in New Orleans and throughout the Louisiana Delta region. After WWI, jazz moved north and inevitably began to change. Yet many musical greats kept it alive, like the Original Preservational Hall Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong and others. “This is not Dixieland,” the band declares, “nor is it straw hat music.” The State Street Traditional Jazz

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The State Street Traditional Jazz Band, featuring Bill Rayne on trombone, Doug Protsik on piano, Paul Mattor on banjo, Pat Whitaker on tuba, John Page in trumpet, Don Whitney on drums and Peter Dunphy on banjo. Band is dedicated to playing, preserving and keeping this authentic music alive. The band features Bill Rayne on trombone, Doug Protsik on piano, Paul Mattor on banjo, Pat Whitaker on tuba, John Page in trumpet, Don Whitney on drums and Peter Dunphy on banjo. Concerts for a Cause brings special concerts to

the LA community while raising money for area charities. The series is produced by local musician and church choir director Dave Rowe, along with a dedicated group of church members. For more information about tickets, visit uuconcerts.org or call 207-7830461.n

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