Tag Archives: Lewiston

More than 4,100 people to join the Dempsey Challenge | Lewiston Sun Journal

More than 4,100 people to join the Dempsey Challenge | Lewiston Sun Journal

For more details, check online at www.dempseychallenge.org.

Dempsey, pros to appear at L.L. Bean Saturday | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Dempsey, pros to appear at L.L. Bean Saturday | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Bangor hits snag in manager search | Bangor Daily News

Bangor hits snag in manager search | Bangor Daily News.

Noted bicyclist to ride in Dempsey Challenge | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Noted bicyclist to ride in Dempsey Challenge | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Greats Falls Balloon Festival marks successful second day | Lewiston Sun Journal

LEWISTON, Maine — Thousands of people crowded into Simard-Payne Memorial Park on Saturday for the second day of the Great Falls Balloon Festival.

For some, the festival was a way to make money for charity. For others, it was a way to have fun with family.   

For 7-year-old Adriana Ellis of Farmingdale, it was all about the balloons.

“Mama, look at that one!” she squealed, jumping up and down as a rainbow-colored balloon slowly rose above the crowd Saturday evening. “I want a ride!”

Festival-goers and balloonists enjoyed some of the best weather the festival has seen in years. With little wind and clear skies, all 28 balloons took to the air Saturday morning, rising in waves until the sky was filled with color.

“It’s probably as beautiful of a launch as we’ve had,” balloon meister John Reeder said.

Click for the rest of the story by Lindsay Tice in the Lewiston Sun Journal

I have a dream … to be a U.S. citizen | Lewiston Sun Journal

I have a dream | City | Sun Journal.

Maine’s matchless matchbook collector | Lewiston Sun Journal

Matchbook collector | City | Sun Journal.

Heart and soul in Haiti | Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

The Rev. Marc Boisvert left Lewiston

12 years ago, and knows he will spend

his life – all of it – helping on this island

LES CAYES, Haiti – Saturday morning, as the Rev. Marc Boisvert rode in an SUV through the busy streets of downtown Les Cayes, a young man on a motorcycle pulled up alongside the open window.

“Respe, mon Pere!” the man shouted to Boisvert.

“Merci,” replied Boisvert before the motorcyclist turned sharply and zoomed down a side street.

What had the man said?

“He said, ‘Respect to you, Father,’” Boisvert said.

The compliment was well earned.

He was born and grew up in Lewiston. He went to a seminary high school in Bucksport.

He’s served as pastor at Roman Catholic churches in Castine and Stonington, a chaplain at Maine Maritime Academy and as a Navy chaplain at, of all places, Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

But that’s all in his distant past. Twelve years, three months and six days ago – he knows because it happened on Jan. 1, 1998 – Boisvert left life as he knew it and came to the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

Click on the link for the rest of this story by Bill Nemitz.

Local missionaries heading to Haiti to help children

PERU, Maine – Marilee Colpitts and Jamie Dennett had planned a missionary trip to Haiti long before the devastating earthquake on that island nation in January.

Their trip now will include their original goals, as well as helping some of the many children who have fled the capital of Port-au-Prince for Terrier Rouge, a city in the northwestern section of the country.

“We want to bring money for food and other things for the people who are fleeing Port-au-Prince,” said Dennett, who is making her fourth trip to Haiti. “Here, in this country, people go to the state. There, they go to the pastors.”

She and Colpitts, who is making her second trip, are among 14 people, mostly from Maine, who are representing His Hands for Haiti, a nonprofit Christian group based in New Vineyard that finds sponsors for some of the thousands of children who do not have enough food or cannot go to school.

Click on the link to the rest of today’s story by Eileen M. Adams of the Lewiston Sun Journal.

Haiti mayor at Bates College to describe horrors

LEWISTON — Wilson Louis, mayor of the Haitian district of Cité Soleil was at Bates College on Thursday night and he had plenty to say. But Louis speaks only French and relies on translators to convey his remarks while in the United States.

That’s not much of a problem in Lewiston.

A half-dozen local people — including Lewiston’s mayor and several Bates students — were able to bridge the gap between Louis’ native tongue and the non-French in the audience.

For an hour, Louis described horrendous conditions in his earthquake-battered country.

In Cité Soleil, a city of a half-million people, many have lost their homes and are living on the streets, he said. There are children who have lost fingers and toes. Many don’t have access to medical care, in spite of a massive global effort to help them.

“The situation is really terrible,” Louis said. “Those people need food. They need water; they need medical supplies.”

Click on the link for the rest of today’s story by Mark LaFlamme of the Lewiston Sun-Journal.


Bennett takes Presque Isle job

Former Lewiston City Administrator Jim Bennett will relocate his family north, taking the permanent job as City Manager for Presque Isle.

Bennett said he and the Presque Isle City Council reached an agreement Monday and announced the hiring at a specially-called 4 p.m. meeting and again at the council’s 6 p.m. meeting.

Bennett officially begins working March 1. His family will follow this summer, selling their Lewiston home once the school year has ended.

“It’s an interesting community,” Bennett said. “It’s the commuter center for all of Aroostook County, and any shopping or anything else needs to be done there. So, they’re very interested in economic development and returning jobs to the community — typically the things I’ve done at the last few places I’ve worked.”

Bennett will replace17-year veteran City Manager Tom Steven, who was let go last November. Bennett was released from his job as Lewiston City Administrator in July 2009, after councilors said they wanted to seek a new direction. Bennett’s replacement, former Bangor City Manager Ed Barrett, began his job in Lewiston last month.

Click on the link to read the rest of today’s story by Scott Taylor in the Lewiston Sun Journal.