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Discussion of civil liberties issues at Bridgton forum


BRIDGTON, Maine — Shenna Bellows, ACLU of Maine, and Tom McLaughlin, conservative columnist, Bridgton News and educator, will face off on civil liberties issues challenging the Legislature at 7 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the Lake Region Television Station, 3 Chase St. in Bridgton.

In a 60-minute debate format with time for audience questions, McLaughlin and Bellows will volley over constitutional rights relating to the right to medical privacy, reproductive rights, the REAL ID and public surveillance cameras. They also may be expected to debate constitutional questions around the Patriot Act and American constitutional rights, and Marriage Equality.

Tom McLaughlin describes himself as a former leftist turned conservative. In columns for the Bridgton News and New Hampshire weeklies and conservative blogs, including his own, he writes with conservative fervor and tenacity leaving readers steaming or applauding his stands against abortion rights and immigrants.

For more information, call 774-5444.

Civil War re-enactors to take part in ‘recruiting drive’

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A “recruiting drive” re-enactment will commemorates the start of the American Civil War’s (1861-65) 150th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Aroostook Centre Mall. The Presque Isle Historical Society and Company B, 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Civil War re-enactors, will work together and will have booths set up Saturday.

The mission of the Presque Isle Historical Society is to study, promote and preserve the history, culture, heritage and physical artifacts of Presque Isle for future generations. For more information, call 762-1151 or email

Maliseet cultural survival topic of UMFK talk

FORT KENT, Maine — The University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Acadian Archives-archives acadiennes welcomes Dr. Andrea Bear Nicholas, chairwoman of native studies at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, to discuss “Maliseet Linguistic and Cultural Survival,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room.

For more information, call 834-7536 or  email

UMaine to welcome motivational speaker

FORT KENT, Maine — The University of Maine at Fort Kent will welcome motivational speaker Bill Deering at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in Fox Auditorium. Deering inspires and encourages others to break through their personal challenges in life. He speaks candidly about stuttering, acceptance and accomplishment.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Eric at 834-7665.

‘Saving the Union’ event at Augusta Civic Center

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Archives will present “Saving the Union: The Call for Volunteers” at 1 p.m. Friday, April 15, at the Augusta Civic Center. The event is free and open to the public and will commemorate Maine’s entry into the Civil War.

For information, call Dave Cheever at 287-5790.

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