Tax credit to help low to moderate wage earners

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program and CASH Coalition have teamed up to get more money in the pockets of Maine people.

Volunteers trained by the IRS are available to help qualified taxpayers complete their taxes and apply for the EITC.

Last year 1,300 people used the program collecting nearly 2-million dollars in tax credits.

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To schedule an appointment for Free Tax Preparation call 513-3160 or visit the City of Lewiston website by clicking here.

Elm Street School - Mechanic Falls

At the Elm Street School in Mechanic Falls teachers and staff developed a reading incentive program for their students.  The program emphasizes reading at home.  Students are given a reading log to take home.  As they complete their log they are permitted to move their "bus" around their "community!"  Along the hallways of their school is a long mural with pictures of places in their community like the post office, library and firestation.  Also placed on this mural are several tiny paper buses with students names on them.  When it's time to move the bus the students pull it down from the mural, walk it on to the next community place and stick it to the wall nearby!   It really helps them to see how far they have come in reading as it provides a clear visual of a journey from start to finish.  Students also recieve other small prizes from the "prize cart" that comes around to their classrooms periodically to give out pencils or erasers as fu

Lewiston among 6 communities to expand affordable housing

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Lofts at Bates Mill are closer to construction with the announcement of $30-million in Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits coming to Maine.

The Lofts will be mixed income apartments with average rents of $750 for a two-bedroom and affordable housing rates of $579.

The Szanton Company out of Portland says the announcement was the final financial piece needed to move forward with plans to close on the property and begin construction.

This is just one of six projects in Maine to receive a portion of a $30-million Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit through Maine Housing used to attract private investors to build affordable housing units.

Volunteers make Black Mountain go

RUMFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Black Mountain and the Chisholm Ski Club hosted the U. S. National Cross Country ski races last week.  America's best were treated with a world class venue and support thanks to volunteers.

"You can't beat the spirit of our amazing volunteers," said Chummy Broomhall, a two-time Olympian for whom the stadium in Rumford is named. At 91, Broomhall is Maine's oldest Olympian.

His spirit still pervades the area, which has hosted the National Championships five times and will again in 2012.

The volunteers have great camaraderie. About one hundred turn out to prepare and maintain the course, administer the race and do the dozens of other chores that are necessary to put on such an event.

Brunswick native cardiologist at CMMC

Brunswick native cardiologist at CMMC

Nicholas H. Laffely, M.D., F.A.C.C., an interventional cardiologist, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff. He is practicing in association with Central Maine Heart Associates in Lewiston.
 Laffely recently served as a cardiologist and research fellow at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, (DHMC), in Lebanon, N.H. He completed general and interventional cardiology fellowships at DHMC where he had admitting and interventional cardiology privileges prior to joining the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute’s team.
A graduate of the University of Maine in Orono, Maine, he earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He also did metabolism and lipid research as a fellow at the Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Troop B CLICK IT or TICKET results

Between November 15th and November 28th Troop B participated in the national CLICK IT or TICKET campaign by conducting various high visibility traffic enforcement details throughout Androscoggin, Cumberland and Oxford Counties. Troopers were assigned to conduct 4 hour details on highways that had been identified as areas that had unusually high number of automobile crashes. These highways include Route 4 from Auburn to Livermore, Route 2 from Bethel to Rumford, Route 302 from Windham to Bridgton, Route 26 from South Paris to Bethel, and Route 100 in Gray and New Gloucester.
15 separate details were conducted. Most of the details involved dedicated patrols focusing on traffic enforcement work specifically looking for seatbelt usage. Troop B Commander, Lt. Walter Grzyb was pleased with the results. Troopers made 254 vehicle contacts. A contact is either a traffic stop or a contact made during a safety road check. Lt.

Lewiston Touted as Gold Start! Fit-Friendly Company by American Heart Association

Lewiston Touted as Gold Start! Fit-Friendly Company by American Heart Association

LEWISTON:  The All-America City of Lewiston is proud to announce that the American Heart Association & Start! have designated it a "Gold Start!