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    Friday Jan 29, 2016 | 5:50 am

    “Acadians of the St. John Valley” tell their stories

    French Acadian history continues to generate interest primarily because of the ethnic group’s long history and Le Grand Derangement was an enormous tragedy.  Eventually, a group of the displaced Acadians who escaped during the British deportations of 1755, managed to settle themselves in the Madawaska region of North America. In other words, the refugees helped to colonize Northern Maine and the surrounding New Brunswick Canadian province. Thousands of the descendants […]

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    Thursday Jan 21, 2016 | 8:45 am

    Franco-American radio with Roger Hurtubise

    York County’s Franco-Americans and those in adjacent Southeastern New Hampshire have several opportunities to keep up with cultural news and entertainment via cable access and now radio.  Roger Hurtubise, a Biddeford native and former City Councilman, is well known locally for hosting the popular “L’Heure Francaise Avec Roger/ Our Town”. It’s a televised program he’s hosted for several years on Biddeford’s Public Access- Channel 3. Now, a live radio show […]

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    Monday Jan 11, 2016 | 8:31 am

    “When We Were the Kennedys” an eloquent Maine memoir

    Franco-Americans will identify with this excellent Maine memoir. I loved reading this book! This enjoyable first person family story gives soul to a very small Maine mill town where Oxford Paper ruled nearly every aspect of life and death, in daily lives.  There is lasting value in this well written history, “When We Were the Kennedys”, is Maine writer Monica Wood’s uplifting memoir, describing a difficult time in her own […]

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    Monday Jan 04, 2016 | 8:01 am

    Franco-American genealogy moving forward

    Franco-American genealogies are often thoroughtly researched due to the meticulous public records available, kept by notaries and in church records. But, what about keeping forward genealogies current? Modern Franco-American families now enjoy as many as four or five generations alive at the same time. Families must remember to keep genealogies current.  One way to do this is to keep track of all the lovely people who are pictured in Christmas […]

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    Thursday Dec 24, 2015 | 9:20 am

    Santons – “Little Saints” for the family’s “la Crèche”

    Start a family tradition by including Santons in your family’s holy “la Crèche”! Fortunately, you don’t have to go to beautiful Provence, France to create this tradition (unless, of course, you want to go there!). Family heirlooms might already be among your Santons. Like most homes, where religious Christmas traditions are faithfully practiced, the Franco-Americans prominently display “la Crèche”, with the familiar figures of the Holy Family arranged inside or […]

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    Friday Dec 18, 2015 | 8:04 am

    Lewiston Maine’s Champion Soccer Team

      Congratulations to Lewiston High School’s champion soccer team!  National and Maine news reported how the high school’s soccer team was improved with the talent of an international group of players that included the city’s students who are familes of refugees.  In fact, Lewiston’s soccer team capitalized on the talents of the city’s recently relocated immigrants and refugees. As in the past, the assimilation of immigrants into America has often been […]

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    Tuesday Dec 08, 2015 | 8:15 am

    Lessons and Carols- 23 years of interfaith performances at St. John the Baptist

    It’s a spiritual Christmas concert and community tradition performed in Brunswick’s Franco-American St. John the Baptist Church. “Creation Will Be At Peace”, was the opening hymn of the 23rd annual “Festival of Lessons and Carols”, performed for the 23rd year like an annual musical prayeer, by the interfaith choir at the beautiful St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church on Pleasant Street in Brunswick.  In the sanctuary, the combined church […]

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    Wednesday Nov 25, 2015 | 7:47 am

    Franco-American taste for cinnamon and cloves: cannelle, clous de girofle

    Adding cinnamon and cloves to certain traditional Franco-American recipes has become a cultural tradition at our Thanksgiving dinner. A Cinnamon Chocolate Cake and on line recipe links are included in this blog. On Thanksgiving, we’re adding cinnamon and cloves to our tourtiere and I’m baking a traditional chocolate cake, but adding cinnamon to the recipe. Although I’ve asked the same question for over 30 years of cooking Franco-American food with […]

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    Monday Nov 16, 2015 | 8:53 am

    Doris Provencher Faucher remembered by Franco-American writers and composers

    Doris Provencher Faucher of Biddeford was proud of her Franco-American heritage and her family’s traditions. We are grateful for her life and her writings. Franco-Americans are fortunate to have four historical novels written by Faucher. I recall her telling me how she wanted her family to remember their Franco history. Her novels are a cultural tribute where we can remember her and learn about the 400 year Franco history in […]

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