LEWISTON – Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community will honor four regional champions at one of its yearlong 30th anniversary celebrations.

The Western Region will honor Franklin County Adult Education; Pam West, owner of Mountain View Chocolate Shoppe; Wendy Newmeyer, owner of Maine Balsam Fir Products; and Reta Herrick, family self-sufficiency coordinator at the Lewiston Housing Authority, for their efforts on behalf of women and their families in the community.

The program will also showcase local entrepreneurs, and highlight local WWC graduates whose stories are included among 30 statewide featured in “Creating the Future: 30 Stories from the Maine Economy,” soon to be published by WWC. Shirley Allen of South Paris, Lisa McLeod of Greenwood, Laurie Ouellette and Laurie Thurston of Lewiston, Robert Smith of Mechanic Falls, and Pam West of Farmington are included in the booklet, highlighting some of the organization’s graduates. The graduates, along with the four regional champions, will be recognized at the WWC regional celebration on Nov. 13 at USM, Lewiston-Auburn campus.

The evening will also act as a fundraising event to support WWC, which offers its services for free. The festivities kick off at 4:30 p.m. and will feature a performance by Lissa Schneckenburger, a folk singer and fiddler. A donation of $10 is suggested, with proceeds to benefit WWC.


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