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    January 29, 2019

    Working: Taking it to the next (Upper) Level at Norway Savings Bank Arena

    AUBURN — Michael Violette had worked at the same local restaurant for about 16 years, starting at age 16. He’d played hockey since he was a kid, through high school, and then in a men’s league as an adult. The city’s new ice rink was looking for someone to run a concession stand. He knew […]

  • Published
    January 25, 2019

    The Buzz: More development forecast for Lewiston-Auburn

    This week the Buzz is looking ahead to sunshine and economic development. The Boulos Company released its annual market outlook Friday and broker Tim Millett is forecasting good things for 2019. In his 2018 recap, Millett noted Geiger renovating 40,000 square feet of its corporate office, Boston Brands of Maine expanding into 19,650 square feet near […]

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    January 25, 2019

    CBS' Criminal Minds' 'Sick and Evil' episode set in Lewiston

    LEWISTON — This probably won’t make the tourism brochure. CBS’s hit show “Criminal Minds” has set the 14th episode of its 14th season right here. Its title? “Sick and Evil.” CBS’s official episode description for the FBI crime drama reads: “The BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) leads the investigation into a string of murders taking place […]

  • Published
    January 24, 2019

    LA chamber awards honors seven. Chamber president: 'Go out and rock your worlds'

    Elaine St. Pierre and Meaghan Vallee share a laugh during the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce awards dinner at the Ramada Inn in Lewiston on Thursday night. (Sun Journal photo by Andree Kehn) LEWISTON — People in the full banquet room laughed when Alan Hahnel accepted his award against a video backdrop of him […]

  • Published
    January 24, 2019

    Baking a living in Lisbon

    LISBON — Tara Kieger has enough oven space to bake 24 sheets of cookies or 96 pies at once. She’s got busy Route 196 outside her door. She’s known since she was a little girl in the kitchen with her grandmother that she’s wanted to be a pastry chef. Now, she’s three months into going […]

  • Published
    January 20, 2019

    Face Time: Johnny Mehler, busy wedding photographer, rescue dog dad

    Johnny Mehler moved to Maine in 2013 to pursue a sports reporting career. Today, he’s a marketing specialist for Spectrum Healthcare Partners, an Uplift LA 40 Under 40 creative genius nominee, a busy photographer and a proud dog dad. Name: Johnny Mehler Age: 29 Lives: South Portland How did you get into sportscasting? I loved playing […]

  • Published
    January 13, 2019

    People You Know: Bernie Fortier, Mr. Latin

    LEWISTON — Lewiston High School’s Bernie Fortier makes Latin fun. Think breaking out in song. Think bringing students in front of the class to act out conjugated verbs. “Latin can be tedious,” Fortier, 61, said. “It’s primarily grammar, vocabulary, translation and, if you have insomnia, it can be the perfect cure. That’s why I think you […]

  • Published
    January 12, 2019

    Auburn couple looking for perfect spot to site their treehouse ‘glampground’

    AUBURN — Karen and John Bolduc have an idea for a culinary-focused, high-end treehouse glampground on 100 acres, with spiral stairs snaking around the tree and a treehouse chicken coop with eggs that roll right into the high-rise kitchen window. Now, where to put it. After looking privately for months with limited luck, the Auburn […]

  • Published
    January 10, 2019

    Coca-Cola closing Farmington sales center

    FARMINGTON — Coca-Cola of Northern New England is closing its Farmington sales office. The 12 employees there will be offered other positions within the company, a spokesman said Thursday. Nick Martin said the decision was “part of an ongoing effort to optimize Coca-Cola of Northern New England’s network of facilities throughout the Northeast.” The closure […]

  • Published
    January 10, 2019

    Western Maine Transportation adds routes to ski mountains; more routes planned

    LEWISTON — Western Maine Transportation Services has added three new commuter runs in the past six weeks and more are expected as soon as it has the buses, Craig Zurhorst told the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. On Dec. 1, Mountain Express commuter routes started from Lewiston-Auburn to Sunday River in Newry and […]

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