LEWISTON — The list is out.

After holding an online vote asking residents which movies should be shown during the Summer Fun & Films with the Lewiston Police, the winning movies are:

“Moana,” 430 votes; “Finding Dory,” 379; “Sing,” 361; “The Secret Life of Pets,” 293; “Beauty and the Beast,” 257; and “Zootopia,” 249 votes.

Organizer Officer Joe Philippon was hoping “Stars Wars Rogue One” would make the list. Alas, it didn’t get the votes. “I didn’t stuff the ballot box,” Philippon mused.

The Lewiston Summer Fun & Films nights will be held on six Wednesdays this summer. The first one is “Sing” on June 28 at Simard-Payne Memorial Park. The final one will be “Finding Dory” at Drouin Field.

All movies start at dusk. Before the movies, there will be all kinds of games and activities beginning at 6 p.m.

The movies are free, as are the popcorn and water, children’s bouncy house, games and activities. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/LewistonSummerFilms/

— Bonnie Washuk

Snow day tweets to Bill

LEWISTON — During his speech congratulating seniors at Lewiston High School’s June 9 graduation, Superintendent Bill Webster said one thing he has in common with students is Twitter interactions.

According to tweets he received from students this year, the most pressing educational issue was: “Will there be school tomorrow?”

He shared some tweets students sent to him before and during snowstorms:

“What’s the deal with tomorrow? I’m trying to figure out if I should study for this test or not.”

“Snow day for the Pat’s parade, right?!”

“Do your thing and and call a snow day, bud!”

“This isn’t rocket science, look into it. Hashtag do your job.”

The next one was among his favorites, Webster said: “Can we get one more day off? It snowed too much and I don’t want to ruin my shoes.”

There was a lot of snow this winter, which resulted in eight snow days. On the days Webster decided to hold school despite the weather, that decision wasn’t always well received by students, he said, “as in: ‘Not impressed, Bill. What are you thinking? You made a big mistake and are responsible for any accidents.'”

One student supported him, tweeting: “I think we should cut the superintendent a little slack. The man is just trying to do his job. We have school today. Deal with it.”

To make all of the graduates happy, Webster said he formally declared “Monday a no-school day for the Lewiston Class of 2017.”

The graduates laughed and applauded. 

— Bonnie Washuk

Too much heartache

In the same week that Lewiston Middle School learned one of their students committed suicide, a day the staff and others dealt with much grief and tears, Principal Jake Langlais got a heartbreaking call.
His father was riding a motorcycle in Virginia on May 27 and was struck by a vehicle, leaving him hospitalized in critical condition.
“With so many pressing needs for students, staff and the community, it has been a challenge,” Langlais said. “Lewiston Middle School is a great school with a great staff and students.”
Langlais took a few days off to visit his family 13 hours away.
Back at school, he’s staying in close communication with family. As of Wednesday his father remained in critical condition, he said.
“One day at a time, we are all working through this together,” Langlais said.
Here’s wishing his father a recovery.
— Bonnie Washuk

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