Lewiston-Auburn

LePage nominates PUC alternates to overcome stalemate in Poland Spring case

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage has nominated three retired judges to serve as alternates on the Maine Public Utilities Commission in an effort to move forward consideration of a 25-year water sales contract between Nestle Waters North America, the owner of Poland Spring, and its Fryeburg water …

Auburn quilter’s modern design on national tour

AUBURN — Kendra Biddle grew up in Auburn listening to the rhythmic hum of her mother’s sewing machine. She was encouraged to sew as a young child and developed a foundation that would lead to national recognition for her quilt making today. Last fall, a quilt Biddle desi…

Lewiston wraps revenue review, readies for budget-cutting

LEWISTON — Councilors wrapped up the first stage of their 2014-15 fiscal year budget discussions Tuesday with a review of their expected revenues and some accounting changes that knocked $488,000 off a proposed property tax increase. City Administrator Ed Barrett said councilors woul…

ELHS greenhouse bid for grant advances to top 50

AUBURN — The odds have grown for Edward Little High School’s greenhouse program winning a grant, thanks to robust online voting from the community. High school science teacher Kim Finnerty’s “Seeds of Change” grant application made it to the top 50 nationally, Finnerty sa…

Lewiston names new ELL director

LEWISTON — A teachers’ coach at Longley and Farwell elementary schools has been named the new director of the English Language Learner program in Lewiston. Hilary Barber will oversee instruction of the city’s 1,197 students who are learning English. That number comprises about 20 per…

Family cleans up for Earth Day in Auburn

AUBURN — Exercise, family time and cleaning up — what could be better? Scott and Tammy Rodrigue have made a family tradition of Earth Day sprucing-up. Tammy Rodrigue said she, Scott and their three sons, Kegan, 12, Reece, 14, and Brodyn, 5, as well as the boys’ hockey friends b…

Lewiston market owners to serve 19 months in jail

 AUBURN — A Lewiston couple who owns Lewiston’s first halal market was sentenced Tuesday to a total of 19 months in jail for bilking the federal government out of more than $46,000 in housing subsidies. Roda Abdi, 46, and her husband, Ali-Nassir Ahmed, 54, both of 208 Ash St., L…

Blackstone: New business hub coming to Lewiston-Auburn

LEWISTON — Twin Cities business leaders and entrepreneurs said Tuesday that they are eager to accept any help the Blackstone Charitable Foundation could bring. “A lot of parties are interested in coming to this area as a manufacturing incubator or hub, but how do we get them all toge…

‘Every little thing we can’ for Earth Day

Scarlett Mooney, 3, waits for her sister, Julie, 9, to fill a peat pot as they plant sunflower and marigold seeds with their mother, Lisa, at the Auburn Public Library on Earth Day on Tuesday. “We try to do every little thing we can,” Lisa said.

Taylor Pond once seen as ready for major resort

In the earliest days of the 1900s, Taylor Pond was a little-known and totally undeveloped gem just a couple of miles from the center of the Twin Cities. Within a few years, ideas were being proposed to make it a major resort destination that would replace the extremely popular Lake Grove a…