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    Thursday May 21, 2015 | 7:55 am

    Ron Turcotte is watching Triple Crown races

    Ron Turcotte and his family in Grand Falls New Brunswick, Canada, will be watching the June 6th,  upcoming Belmont Stakes, the third leg of racing’s Triple Crown, in Belmont Park  in Elmont, N.Y. Turcotte is our French-Canadian friend and world famous horse jockey who, in 1973, rode the famous horse Secretariat to the Triple Crown, winning all three of the races. Although, in the past, Turcotte has been an honored guest at […]

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    Friday May 08, 2015 | 7:06 am

    Les fleurs de Mai – a Mother’s Day tradition

    “Il y a des fleurs partout pour qui veut bien les voir.” This beautiful quote is from the acclaimed French artist Henri Mattise (1969-1954). Translated, it means, “There are flowers everywhere for those who want to see them.” We see flowers everywhere on Mother’s Day. Flowers are popping up in nature gardens throughout Maine. Brilliant assorted arrangements are available for purchase from florists and at many kiosks.  It’s like the […]

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    Friday Apr 24, 2015 | 6:49 am

    Maine’s Holocaust and Human Rights Center – Yom HaShoah

    A national day of remembrance for the Jewish people and all the non-Jews who were victims of the Holocaust of the 1930s and 1940s in Europe, is held annually, in the spring. In Augusta, the Yom HaShoah Holocaust Day of Remembrance was held on Sunday, April 19th, at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center (HHRC) of Maine. The Center is located on the University of Maine Augusta (UMA) campus  The […]

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    Friday Apr 17, 2015 | 9:40 am

    Colby College: Jack Kerouac and Franco-American Migration

    Author of the American classic “On the Road”, and also identified with the 1950’s “beat generation”, Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) was a Franco-American who grew up speaking French in his hometown of Lowell, Mass. “Jack Kerouac and the Long Road of Franco-American Migration” was presented on Thursday afternoon, April 16th, by Professor Hassan Melehy, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who was a guest presenter. His Kerouac presentation […]

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    Friday Apr 10, 2015 | 9:58 am

    Dutremble tribute to Pepere Honore in Biddeford

    Dennis “Duke” Dutremble of Biddeford posted a poignant social networking tribute that caught my attention.  So I followed up. “A Dutremble Family Historical Fact” he wrote. “On this day, April 8, 1932, Biddeford Patrolman Honore Dutremble was killed on the corner of South and Kossuth Streets while performing his duties as a Biddeford police officer. Today, with his daughter, Yvette, all of his grand-children, great-grand-children, great, great- grand-children, and all […]

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    Friday Apr 03, 2015 | 7:08 am

    Film by Brenda Jepson: Acadians of the St. John Valley

    Maine’s Acadians, in Northern Aroostook’s lovely St. John River Valley (aka “The Valley) have created a special place where Franco-American history lives on, in the current generation.  A DVD about the region is available to highlight the history and culture about the Acadians who live there. Filmmaker Brenda Jepson says she’s been fascinated by the Acadian history in the St. John River Valley for quite some time. So, she produced […]

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    Tuesday Mar 24, 2015 | 7:37 am

    Yemen’s Former Ambassador Charles Dunbar spoke to Topsham group

    Expert information about Yemen and the crises there was presented by retired Ambassador Charles F. Dunbar, who spoke on March 22nd  in Topsham. He spoke about the Southwest Asian Republic of Yemen, located on the Arabian Peninsula. Also, Dunbar is among a friendly group of French speaking neighbors and friends, who meet for lunch at one another’s homes, where they speak français seulement (French only).  Alison Johnson, of Topsham, coordinates […]

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    Friday Mar 13, 2015 | 8:37 am

    Je Suis Charlie analysis of events by Professor Jean Claude Redonnet

             A University of Maine Augusta presentation provided the opportunity for discussion about the January attacks in Paris. Beginning on Jaunuary 7, 2015, France experienced a series of horrific attacks that ultimately killed 17 people. Collectively, the lethal attacks were memorialized with the slogan “Je Suis Charlie”, after “Charlie Hebdo”, the name of the Paris based satirical magazine where the killing sprees began. Twelve people were killed […]

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    Friday Mar 06, 2015 | 8:00 am

    La semaine du francophonie – two programs in March

    Two welcome invitations arrived this week to celebrate La Semaine du Francophonie (The Week of the Francophones).  Both invites are free and open to the public to recognize Maine’s Franco-Americans. An invitation from the Franco-American legislative caucus chairs Senator Nate Libby and Representative John L. Martin extended a cordial welcome to attend the Maine Legislature’s annual Franco-American Day, on Wednesday, March 18, in the Augusta State House. Along with the […]

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