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Lewiston to Provide Clean-up Assistance Week Again This Year

LEWISTON:  The City of Lewiston will again this spring provide Lewiston residents with "Clean-up Assistance Week."  Information about the week's offerings is listed below:
From April 23, 2011, through April 30, 2011, the City's Solid Waste Facility at 424 River Road will waive tipping fees and use of the Punch Pass. In addition to the facility's regular weekday hours of operation (7 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday thru Friday), the Solid Waste Facility will be open on two (2) Saturdays, April 23 and April 30, from       8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Will this clean-up assistance be just for Lewiston residents?  Yes. Clean-up Assistance Week is for Lewiston residents only, and proof of residence (driver's license, tax receipt, utility bill) is required. Failure to provide proof of residency may require the customer to pay for disposal of their waste material.

Sabbathday Lake Grange #365 Presents third Graders at Burchard Dunn School w/ 163 Free Dictionaries

New Gloucester –The Grange is proud to support The Dictionary Project through its Word for Thirds program. Through the tireless efforts of the Grange’s network of more than 300,000 volunteers, America’s oldest rural and agriculture organization has presented third grade students across the nation with more than 550,000 dictionaries.
And, that number continued to rise when the Sabbathday Lake Grange #365 in New Gloucester, Maine presented third grade students at Dunn School with dictionaries on March 25, 2011
A dictionary is one of the most powerful reference tools young children will be introduced to during their schooling years. Its usefulness goes beyond just providing correct spellings, pronunciations, and definitions. It is also a companion for solving problems that arise as children develop their reading, writing, and creative thinking abilities.

Dempsey Center to host SuperSibs! Sundae Celebration

LEWISTON – To celebrate a recent grant awarded by the LIVESTRONG Foundation, The Healing Tree Children’s Program of The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing is hosting a SuperSibs! Sundae Celebration. The event will take place Sunday, April 10 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Dempsey Center, 10 High Street, Suite 303.

Families are encouraged to join Children’s Program Coordinator Tookie Bright, LMSW-cc to learn about upcoming programming geared to the unique and specific needs of brothers and sisters of a child with cancer. Ice cream, games and Sibling Packs will be available.

For more information, please contact Tookie Bright at 795-8256 or e-mail brightca@cmhc.org.

Pre-registration is available by calling the Dempsey Center at (207) 795-8250, toll-free 1-877-336-7287 or online at http://www.dempseycenter.org/.

FREE Federal & State Income Tax Preparation Still Available!

FREE Federal & State Income Tax Preparation Still Available!

The Lewiston-Auburn CA$H Coalition is still preparing & e-filing Federal & State 2010 tax returns & will do so through March 31, 2011.  The returns are done by IRS-certified volunteers, and this occurs at Lewiston's Multi-Purpose Center and Auburn City Hall.  The volunteers also encourage eligible LA area residents to apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a Federal tax credit that ranges from $457 - $5,666.  To schedule a free tax prep appointment, please call 513-3160.  Also, feel free to visit the City of Lewiston's web page for additional info on the Coalition, the EITC, and free tax appointments:  www.lewistonmaine.gov  - just click on the EITC link under Special Notices.

Check Out City of Lewiston's Facebook Page

The City of Lewiston is encouraging residents to check out its "Official City of Lewiston" Facebook page on the web.  It's a great resource for what's happening! 

Jim Mayer returns to Maine to spread Anti-Bullying message

Uncle Jim, better known to adults as Jim Mayer of Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band, returns to Maine to help spread his anti-bullying message through song and fun activities.  He calls these rallies IM4U.  The rallies build awareness and educate children the following principles:

* Empowerment through RESPONSIBILITY
* Empowerment through OBSERVATION
* Empowerment through CHOICE
* Empowerment through KNOWLEDGE

He will take kids through the steps of dealing with bullies, which he calls the three R’s: recognize, refuse, and report. “Each of us is empowered today if we only behave like a baby trying to walk,” he explains. “When we fall, we get up.

Lisbon High School's drama club wins second place in 2011 Maine Regional Drama Festival

Lisbon High School's drama club wins second place in 2011 Maine Regional Drama Festival

Congratulations are in order for the Lisbon High School Drama Club.  They have won 2nd place in the 2011 Maine Regional Drama Festival held on Saturday, March 12. 

The event was held at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center and was sponsored by the Maine Principal’s Association . “A lovely cohesive vision, well executed and acted. It was a visual feast populated by well-clad actors who made compelling acting choices,” according to one of the judges.  LHS Drama also won a special commendation from the judges for creating a “Magical Atmosphere” in their production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, stating that the play was “visually strong and vibrant with effective lighting choices that enhanced the atmosphere, mood and fantasy”. Congratulations as well to Josh Oakes for winning an “All Festival Cast” award for his role as Puck.