Lewiston-Auburn

Sabattus tax rate up 8.8 percent

SABATTUS — The town has a new tax rate. Selectmen voted unanimously Tuesday night to set the new mill rate at $17.80, an 8.8 percent increase over the current year, according to Town Clerk Suzanne Adams. It was the lowest of the three tax rate options on the table for the boar... 1

Car catches fire on Turnpike in Lewiston

LEWISTON — A car fire in the northbound lanes of the Maine Turnpike is being put out at mile marker 81, according to the Maine Department of Transportation. Northbound traffic is delayed.  This story will be updated.

In Sight: Young Lewiston author publishes first book

Ashley Forshaw is every English teacher's dream. "Grammar is important," Forshaw of Lewiston said. "And I think it should be used well." Forshaw is 17, lives in Lewiston and loves to read and write. "She reads, reads, reads a lot," Forshaw's mother, Kim Harding, said. "If I h... 1

Voters approve nine articles in referendum

MECHANIC FALLS — Voters approved all nine of the articles set before them in Tuesday's referendum on the town's municipal budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. The nine articles passed by comfortable margins, ranging from 77-44 for articles funding legal services, a health of...

Students spend summer hours learning about math

AUBURN — Tuesday was a beautiful summer day, the temperature already 80 degrees at 10:30 a.m. Instead of lounging by a pool, Quinn Myrick, 15, worked on geometry at Edward Little High School. He had lots of company. The air-conditioned library was packed with 50-plus students ... 2

Kung Fu at Auburn Public Library

Hannah Johndro, 9, of the Danville neighborhood in Auburn, right, and others emulate Bob Dicrescenzo as he demonstrates a sword technique during Two Dragons Path Library Kung Fu at the Auburn Public Library on Tuesday. The workshop taught some simple Qigong exercises and basic unarmed fighting te...

Marshall's Pop Corn stand hits the road

Rene Bilodeau starts the Marshall's Pop Corn stand at the Valley View Farm in Auburn on Tuesday. Bilodeau was given the task of getting the 1930 Model A Ford on the road after the historic city icon sat for years in city storage. "I said no problem as long as the engine ain't stuck," said the lon...

Victim's DNA found on defendant's screwdriver

AUBURN — A forensic analyst at the state's crime lab said Tuesday that 20-year-old Romeo Parent's DNA was found lodged in a crevice on a screwdriver identified by several witnesses as belonging to Michael McNaughton, who is charged with Parent's murder. The jury listened to crime lab...

Police log

Charges Androscoggin County * Rodney Heath, 39, of Otisfield, probation violation, 11:52 a.m. Tuesday in Lewiston by Department of Probation and Parole. * Joshua Morin, 28, of 34 Reginald Lane, Lewiston, probation violation, 1:42 p.m. Tuesday in Lewiston by Department of Prob...

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Changes, vandalism delay Lewiston veterans' shelter

LEWISTON — A housing program for veterans should be ready this fall, despite some changes and a few setbacks. Vincent Perrone, president of Veterans Inc., of Worcester, Mass., said his company's renovation of the former St. Joseph's School at 393 Main St. should be ready for occ...

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Great Falls Balloon Festival drops Damn Yankee after Mass. accident

LEWISTON — A hot air balloon pilot involved in a fire in Clinton, Mass., over the weekend has been uninvited from this year's Great Falls Balloon Festival. Ma...

Not the first time Dixfield balloon let down by wind

Two passengers injured in a balloon accident over the weekend have been released from the hospital in an incident currently under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration. According to the FAA, four of the seven passengers aboard suffered injuries when the balloon, owned by Dam...

Turner selectmen hear rescue proposals

TURNER — Representatives from two towns presented proposals to the Board of Selectmen Monday night. Buckfield Rescue Chief Lisa Bennett presented a proposal for paramedic and EMT-Intermediate coverage seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. There would be an EMT-Intermediate or a pa...

Lewiston school board passes first vote on new sports eligibility

LEWISTON — The Lewiston School Committee passed a first reading of a new athletic eligibility policy that would allow freshmen the ability to recover after "bombing" their first year of high school and eventually play sports. Committee members voted 5-1 Monday night, with Matthew Roy...

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Auburn downtown lanes, parking spaces to get fresh paint

AUBURN — Downtown's crosswalks, parking spaces and lane lines will get a fresh coat of paint as part of an effort to make the downtown more bike- and pedestrian-friendly, councilors were told Monday. "I've had business and prospective people say we have no on-street parking, but I sa... 1

Lewiston's new autism classes opening this fall

LEWISTON — This fall, Lewiston's expanded autism program will begin teaching 17 students who would have been in a more expensive, private program, Lewiston's Special Ed Director Jill Hastings told the Lewiston School Committee Monday night. The new program will teach 20 students, Has...

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Volunteers needed for Auburn board

AUBURN — City officials are looking for a large group of volunteers to set spending priorities for Auburn's share of federal Community Development Block Grant money. Members of the Citizens Advisory Committee will work with Community Development staff and the city’s consultant ...

Center Minot Grange No. 266 to disband

MINOT — Selectmen on Monday learned that the Center Minot Grange No. 266 is disbanding and that Grange members have voted to donate funds remaining in its accounts to the Arthur Harris Scholarship fund. Selectman Eda Tripp, who is a member of the Center Minot Grange, told the board t...

Sand clearing runs late

LEWISTON — Street-sweeping season is usually over by the time school ends, according to Lewiston Public Works Director David Jones. But, because of late snowfalls in April, the sand-clearing process in Lewiston has gone on longer than expected, Jones said. Saturday, a Sun Jour...

Police log

Charges Auburn * Robert Ernest Goding, 48, of 39 Holly St., domestic violence assault, disorderly conduct, 9:32 p.m. Friday at same address. * Mark Pellerin, 52, of 6 Fox Lane Road, New Sharon, operating without a license, 12:37 a.m. Sunday at 276 Minot Ave. * Brian Ja...

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