Talent and service

The Lewiston/Auburn community owes a great deal of thanks to several veterans who have contributed their time and talents to put on the program at the Lewiston armory this past Veterans Day. This community is very much richer for their contributions.

Donald Robitaille, Lewiston

Saving lives

On Nov. 20, 1999, I hit a patch of black ice and was thrown off the road and into a telephone pole. What followed was 15 days of being in a coma, the first 10 days at CMMC, another two months at RiverRidge in Kennebunk and nine months of therapy at WestSide Neurorehab in Lewiston.

A big thank-you to all of these facilities and the skilled people who played such a major part in my healing – physically, mentally and emotionally.

But I wouldn’t be here today if not for LifeFlight, so my sincere thanks to the team who quickly flew to my rescue that day.

The most severe of my many injuries was the hemorrhaging of my brain. I have been told that I never would have survived the 25-minute ride by ambulance to the hospital that day. Thank God for LifeFlight! Thanks to them, I lived to see my daughter graduate from college and my two sons and older daughter all happy in their adult lives.

Jolene Brooks, Turner

Amazing

It is really amazing how the area businesses and people can come together to support a worthy cause. Two local organizations held a fund-raiser on Nov. 2 and the response was overwhelming. Thanks to local businesses and individuals, the silent auction was a huge success and display of community spirit.

Thank you to all for donations and time and coming out on a rainy day to join the fun.

Nancy Henderson, West Paris

Martha Roberts, West Paris

Sylvia McCann, West Paris

Spirit of goodwill

I am writing on behalf of Lewiston Housing Authority and the residents of Blake Street Towers. I would like to thank the many community organizations, volunteers and businesses that helped to make Make A Difference Day an incredible success. This event was held Oct. 25. The wonderful outcome serves to reaffirm my strong beliefs that when individuals or groups work together to form such partnerships wonderful things can happen.

In particular, I would like to thank the key organizers of MADD. So many people have been touched by their hard work and dedication. How they are able to amass such an abundance of goods and services, enlist the large amount of volunteers and schedule the day’s events is truly amazing.

The residents of BST were showered with the spirit of goodwill.

I also want to thank the many businesses and organizations that contributed.

A total of eight regional high and middle schools, as well as Bates College, participated. To all of the above, your sponsorship is critical in an accomplishment such as this.

Kudos to all groups and individuals that were involved in the success of this event.

Carla Harris, manager resident service,

Lewiston Housing Authority

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