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Fire totally destroys Auburn home

Fire totally destroys Auburn home

A multi-family home on North Auburn Road was destroyed totally by a wind-driven fire Sunday afternoon but no one was injured, the Auburn Fire Department announced.

Geoff Low, deputy chief with the Auburn Fire Department, said flames were erupting out of almost every door and window of the building when firefighters arrived.

Low added that the fire was driven by wind, which made it more challenging for firefighters to control the flames. He called the situation ‘extremely hot.’

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Jason Lutz’s art embellishes traffic signal box in Augusta

Jason Lutz’s art embellishes traffic signal box in Augusta

The Greater Augusta Arts Council has teamed up with Augusta University to introduce a public art plan. Renowned artist Jason Lutz, who has been painting for more than three decades, has just completed his first project downtown.

Several iconic images from Second World War are embellishing a traffic signal box at a celebrated location on Fifth and Reynolds streets in Augusta.

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Bangor author’s new children’s book blends historical facts and creative fiction

Bangor author’s new children’s book blends historical facts and creative fiction

Alexandra S. D. Hinrichs' new children's book "Therese Makes a Tapestry" blends historical facts and creative fiction to produce a really engaging tale.

The storey takes the reader back to the Gobelins Manufactory in 17th century Paris, where young Therese lives with her family engaged in winding yarns for artisans to apply in tapestries.

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Augusta city council to consider revised historic district proposal on Thursday

Augusta city council to consider revised historic district proposal on Thursday

Augusta city councilors will reconsider the controversial plan that proposes to create a historic district encompassing much of west side of the city, including the downtown.

The controversial plan returned for reconsideration by city councilors following a review of the proposed ordinance by the state’s historic preservation officials.

Some residents and city councilors have expressed concerns that an additional layer of approval to do work on the buildings’ exteriors in the district could add time and cost to home repairs and renovations.

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Therapy pig Snuffles delights senior citizens at Bangor facility

Therapy pig Snuffles delights senior citizens at Bangor facility

Therapy pig Miss Snuffles’ recent arrival at an assisted living facility in Bangor was met with unprecedented eagerness and hope.

More than one and a half dozen senior women and residents at of the Bangor Phillips-Strickland House watched the 185-pound porker with rapt attention as the household pet made her leisurely way across the dining room floor and into the circle of chairs in the activities room.

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AG Loretta Lynch visits Portland middle school

AG Loretta Lynch visits Portland middle school

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited George Middle School in Portland to participate in the GREAT Program Thursday morning. The program, which has been in the city since the 1990s, attracts as many as 2,000 elementary and middle school students every year.

The program, led by law enforcement, teaches students life skills as well as the importance of ensuring a distance from crimes and gangs. It also aims at building relationships between police, students and other people in the community.

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Augusta’s Scuttle’s Island Water Park still has some issues to resolve

Augusta’s Scuttle’s Island Water Park still has some issues to resolve

Those who are planning to visit the proposed Scuttle’s Island water park in North Augusta will have to wait a bit longer as the project still has some issues to be resolved.

Andrew Thompson, a spokesperson for the investment group Cedar Rock Holdings LLC, which is developing the $21 million project near Exit 5 on I-20, said that they have lost 3-4 weeks of construction time, and it was beyond their scope to make that up.

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