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    Wednesday Apr 20, 2016 | 7:43 am

    Lorraine Dutile Masure proudly speaks about Franco-Americans

    SANFORD- I’ve known Lorraine Dutile Massure for many years. She’s a delightful and dedicated professional, who has helped many people to advance their careers through lifelong learning with the University College, in York County and in the University of Maine System. Growing up in Sanford, Maine, she’s is proud to be a first generation Franco-American. In fact, her family’s genealogy is traced back to King Louis XIV of France, through […]

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    Monday Apr 11, 2016 | 9:38 am

    Lac-Mégantic in Quebec: humanitarian update

    Rotary Clubs in Maine and New Hampshire joined efforts to help our French-Canadian neighbors after a runaway train on July 6, 2013, destroyed the picturesque town of Lac-Mégantic in Quebec. Paul Deschambault is a member of the Rotary Club of Biddeford-Saco, ME, and he helped to lead the successful humanitarian efforts to assist the survivors, following the deadly tragedy. He gave an update about the positive impact of the international […]

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    Monday Apr 04, 2016 | 9:32 am

    Susan Deschambault will represent State Senate District 32

    “Sa va tout passe”, said Maine State Senator-Elect Susan Deschambault about the occasion of her swearing in at the State House, when Governor LePage changed his schedule. BIDDEFORD- “We grew up working hard to be the best we could be” said Deschambault about her Franco-American heritage, during a phone interview. Deschambault won a special election on March 29, to represent York County District 32, covering Biddeford, Kennebunkport, Arundel, Dayton, Lyman […]

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    Tuesday Mar 29, 2016 | 9:14 am

    White House State Dinner guest Senator Angus King

    TOPSHAM, Me- Maine Senator Angus King expressed his warm feelings about Franco-Americans during an interview in Topsham,, where we met to discuss his invitation to the White House State Dinner on March 10th, to welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “I thought about how warmly I feel towards Franco-Americans. I feel a friendship with and respect for Franco-Americans. They have been generous to me. I feel a warm emotional connection […]

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    Monday Mar 21, 2016 | 9:37 am

    Easter and Maple Syrup: Le Dimanche de Pâques et de sirop d’érable

    Easter Sunday 2016 is especially early this year. It’s the fourth Sunday on March 27th, the same day when the annual Maine Maple Sunday is also celebrated. This is a rare opportunity to create a family memory by visiting a Maple Sugar Shack, after attending religious celebrations, going to Mass and enjoying the traditional Easter Egg hunt. Franco-Americans have grown up with de sirop d’érable. In fact,  it’s a sweet […]

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    Monday Mar 14, 2016 | 9:10 am

    International Francophonie Week – Maine Celebrations

    International Francophonie Week: There’s plenty of activities scheduled this week in Augusta and in Lewiston to celebrate the annual week dedicated to Francophones around the world. Maine’s Franco-Americans and supporters of the culture are cordially invited! Semaine de la Francophonie commence!   Highlights of Maine’s Francophonie Celebrations: Franco-Center and in Lewiston Maine- program and reception State House Hall of Flags in Augusta Maine- celebration! Franco-Collection at the University of Maine Lewiston […]

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    Monday Mar 07, 2016 | 9:34 am

    History reenactments – French Fur Trade

    For history enthusiasts, the warm weather will bring out reenactors, the people who will take on the roles of living the lives of colonials at encampments and retracing particular campaigns. A reenactor is a person who participates in reenactments of historical events. For example, Stephen Clark even wrote a guidebook to help reenactors, like “Following Their Footsteps: Travel Guide & History of the 1775 Secret Expedition to Capture Quebec”, published in 2003. […]

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    Monday Feb 29, 2016 | 8:19 am

    Franco-American finds pride in his family’s roots

    Among the various themes Franco-Americans share with me comes from young people, like Charlie Remy, of Gorham ME, who currently lives and works in Chatanooga, TN.  Like others in his generation, they want to learn more about their Franco-American heritage. Remy wrote about this subject after reading the autobiographical book, “The Little Eater of Bleeding Hearts”, by Maine writer Norman Beaupre, a Professor Emeritus of the University of New England, […]

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    Monday Feb 22, 2016 | 6:13 am

    Franco-Americans and immigration

    Maine’s largest ethnic immigration group are Franco-Americans. Many arrived from French-Canada in the 19th to middle 20th centuries, to seek economic opportunities. In fact, Maine is populated by the descendants of immigrants, including the state’s first Franco-American Governor Paul LePage. Two current exhibits are highlighting Maine’s immigrant history and stories about the state’s newest neighbors. At the Maine Historical Society in Portland the exhibit is “400 Years of New Mainers”, running from […]

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