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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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    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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