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    Friday Jul 24, 2015 | 8:42 am

    French tribute – Hermoine in Castine Maine

    Castine Maine can now add another page to the town’s French history. Among the delighted spectators who watched the historic French ship l’Hermoine, when she sailed into beautiful Castine, Maine’s harbor on July 15, was Raymond Pelletier of Hampden.   Pelletier is a Franco-American and the former Associate Director of the Canadian-American Center, at the University of Maine in Orono. Additionally, he’s a French language Associate Professor and a lecturer who […]

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    Monday Jul 13, 2015 | 7:58 am

    Ways Governor LePage can show Franco-American pride

    Mainers, as well as much of the nation, recognize how Governor Paul LePage has been under a lot of stress lately, to say the least.  His recent comments about being French may have been rooted in fatigue. Nevertheless, what LePage said about Maine’s Constitutional language, i.e. “…even I understand….and I’m French” was caustic to the ear and offensive to most others who justifiably love their Franco-American heritage.  He underscored a […]

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    Friday Jul 03, 2015 | 9:25 am

    Les Crêpes – A Patriotic Tradition

    Les crêpes are a patriotic tradition for many Franco-Americans to serve on July 4th!  Preparing them is easy, but requires a technique for spreading the batter, in the crepe pan, in a way to create very thin pancakes. Les crêpes are best when prepared one pancake at a time, but they can be kept warm while waiting to serve. Franco-Americans can take pride in July 4th Independence Day celebrations because the […]

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    Thursday Jun 25, 2015 | 10:07 am

    La Saint Jean Baptiste 2015

    Franco-Americans began celebrating their heritage on the feast day of Saint John the Baptiste in the 1870s, but more formally in the early 20th century, with parades and concerts. This tradition was revived on Wednesday June 23, at the Franco-American Center for Heritage and the Performing Arts in Lewiston. St. Jean Baptiste is also La Fête nationale du Quebec. A celebratory program was hosted by community partners, with special guests, lunch […]

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    Friday Jun 19, 2015 | 9:16 am

    C’est le temps to celebrate Maine’s Franco-American history and culture

    On June 24, 1604, the French explorer Samuel de Champlain and the entrepreneur Sieur de Monts were on a ship searching the river between Maine and New Brunswick, Canada for a place to set up a colony.  Although these lands were not named as such back then, the settlers and their leaders eventually established the first French settlement in North America on St. Croix Island, now a historic landmark in […]

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    Thursday Jun 11, 2015 | 8:52 am

    Biddeford Pepperell Mill walking tour

    It was a living history tour of the remarkable Biddeford Pepperell Mill! Multi generations of Franco-American families worked at the Pepperell Mill, where blankets were made. The purpose of the tour was to see the historic mill’s executive doors, that were sealed 52 years ago.. They were once a special entrance on the south brick wall facing Main Street, thru Biddeford and Saco. A public ceremony was recently held whereby […]

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    Friday Jun 05, 2015 | 8:35 am

    L’Hermoine ship project celebrates LaFayette legacy

    “Recreating Lafayette’s voyage to celebrate liberty and democracy”              The Castine Historical Society is planning events for the upcoming July 11-15, port of call for the beautiful and historic frigate ship L’Hermoine. This important visit is one of several planned along the US East Coast and in Nova Scotia, to commemorate the voyage of the Marquis de LaFayette (1757-1824), who sailed on the original sailing […]

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    Thursday May 28, 2015 | 8:10 am

    Barbara Tully career as a French educator is recognized

    Portland Rotarians honored French educator Barbara Tully, of South Portland, with a distinguished Paul Harris Fellow recognition, during the group’s Friday, May 22 luncheon meeting, held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay.  It was with great pleasure that Portland Rotarian Paul Tully surprised his wife Barbara with the award.  His tribute described her career as an educator of all things French, as well as being an art history enthusiast, […]

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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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