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    Thursday Jan 15, 2015 | 10:20 am

    Support for French “je suis Charlie” from Franco-American Centre (FAC) Manchester NH

    Franco-Americans in Manchester New Hampshire showed support for the French and freedom of expression, by remembering the January 7, 2014 attacks in Paris and other places in France, at their “Soiree d’Hiver” winter program.  John Tousignant is the executive director of the Franco-American Centre, a non-profit organization located on the campus of Saint Anselm’s College. He explained the support the Franco-Americans in Manchester and throughout New England felt for the […]

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    Friday Jan 09, 2015 | 10:12 am

    Taconnett Falls Genealogical Library and web links

    A pleasant amount of unexpected information was found while I reviewed a genealogy article, sent to me by Robert Chenard, from the Taconnett Falls Genealogical Library in Winslow, Maine. Genealogy researchers are increasingly posting their vital statistics data for public access.  Decades of detail work are now available at the fingertips of computer search engines.  It’s amazing to learn about the many considerate people who are taking the time to […]

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    Monday Dec 29, 2014 | 9:59 am

    St. Joan of Arc – a French heroine biography

    St. Joan of Arc (1412-1431) has continued to live in the public domains of fact and fiction. In the centuries since she led France to victory against the British, and their accomplices the Burgundians, her fascinating life has continued to affirm her as a heroine of the French culture. A recently published biography about St. Joan, en francaise “Jeanne d’Arc”, by Kathrine Harrison, unites the myths, legends and facts about […]

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    Wednesday Dec 24, 2014 | 9:22 am

    Poutine and Ployes for brunch “fait facile”

    Two easy Franco-American recipes to prepare are the hearty “Poutine” and the healthy “Ployes”. Poutine is a Quebec recipe consisting of layered fried potatoes, and cheese smothered in a roux or gravy. Ployes are tasty and healthy Acadian pancakes made with buckwheat flour. In the past, these recipes were prepared, primarily, because they served lots of people rather inexpensively. Today Poutine and Ployes are heritage recipes. We can only imagine […]

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    Friday Dec 19, 2014 | 10:01 am

    Chansons tous at the Franco Center

    Esprit de Noël (Christmas Spirit) filled the Franco Center for Heritage and Performing Arts in Lewiston throughout December, with performances, music and Chants de Noël. Chants de Noël are sometimes called  “Noels”.  They’re Christmas Carols the Franco-Americans learned to sing at messe de Minuit (Midnight Mass) on Christmas Eve.  They are beautiful and nostalgic tributes to the Christmas story.  Even Franco-Americans who feel they’ve lost their French language skills can […]

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    Wednesday Dec 17, 2014 | 9:59 am

    Franco-American Auxiliary Bishop Amedee Proulx and the Pastoral about Women in the Church

    Followers of Roman Catholic religious news might recall a report written, but never approved to be published, in the 1990’s, titled “Pastoral Response to the Concerns of Women in the Church and Society”. Among the framers of the document was the late Maine Franco-American Auxiliary Bishop Amedee Proulx (1932-1993).   It’s a document worth remembering, because the role of women religious made news again with the Vatican’s release this week […]

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    Friday Dec 12, 2014 | 10:01 am

    St. John the Baptist in Brunswick program – Joyeux Noël à tous

    Festival of Lessons and Carols is an interfaith Christmas tradition in Brunswick, started 22 years ago. On December 7th, the program was again performed at the St. John the Baptist Church conveniently located on Pleasant Street in Brunswick. The musical program was expertly performed by the combined church choirs from Brunswick, Harpswell, Topsham, and The Parish Ringers, led by Ray Cornils.  In the program, the lessons and prayers were read […]

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    Monday Dec 08, 2014 | 9:19 am

    American Field Service Centennial Anniversary in Paris

    American Field Service, or AFS, is an interesting Franco-American international alliance that began in France during World War I. During the past 100 years, the organization has become international and continues supporting world peace and understanding. Cape Elizabeth residents Jan Chapman and her husband Bruce Moore visited the November 2014, American Field Services Centennial tribute, in Paris. They are members of the Rotary Club of Portland, ME.   “My husband […]

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    Friday Dec 05, 2014 | 9:27 am

    Les Fêtes – preparing for Christmas and the Holidays

    Several opportunities are coming right up and ready to help celebrate the Franco-American Les Fêtes, plus learn about cultural traditions. Up coming programs at the beautiful performing hall in The Franco-Center for Heritage and the Performing Arts, in Lewiston, is hosting a variety of seasonal programs. Also, check out a “Maple Stars and Stripes” podcast program, about traditions and Tourtieres, expertly narrated by Sandra Goodwin. My husband and I especially […]

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