Month: August 2016

Rancourt & Co. Shoecrafters— Made in Lewiston

Making use of new and antique technologies, Lewiston’s own Rancourt & Co. Shoecrafters creates quality footwear, worthy of an Olympic engagement. Written by Deborah Carroll     Photography by Nathan Tsukroff New, by Rancourt & Co.’s standards, is a 4-year-old computer driven cutting tool that efficiently and accurately cuts large pieces of leather. The old methods, tried, true, and in use by the Rancourt family of shoecrafters for more than 70 years, include the manual application of metal dies used for leather cutting. The use of dies to manually cut leather into the shapes that will become elegant shoes is only a...

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Gamache & Lessard— Window Decorators

Gamache & Lessard: Part of what makes LA great Written by Dan Marois     Photography by Heidi Sawyer While Gamache & Lessard has decorated area homes since 1945, it has been proudly family owned since 1983. Ron and Janine Peyser purchased the business that year and continued the tradition of excellence in all things related to window decoration. Whether it be window blinds, shades, curtains, draperies, motorization, valances, interior design and decorating, the Peysers have done it all. And through the years, the business has provided customers with outstanding service, high quality products and excellent prices on all types...

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Wealth Building in LA – Androscoggin Bank

Written by Joseph Ferris  Lewiston-Based Androscoggin Bank Leads the National Banking Industry with Innovative New Mortgage Home ownership was supposed to be the path to real wealth-building in the United States. Unfortunately in the housing crisis of 2010, because of 30-year loans with slow amortization and loose underwriting standards, it created the perfect storm for a housing market collapse. Fortunately, here in Androscoggin County and across Southern Maine, the housing market is on the mend.  Even with increased real estate activity, there is still a perception that the 30-year loan is the most affordable option for the average buyer. “It is...

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Poland Spring Water— From Maine to Main Street

Since 1845 Poland Spring Water has led the way and now in 2016 it is the #1 selling spring water brand in the country. Written by Mark Dubois As a Natural Resource Manager and Certified Geologist for Poland Spring, I spend much of my time studying what happens beneath our feet. For most people, that probably doesn’t too exciting, but I enjoy studying the earth and natural resources like water. I consider myself lucky to work with a rapidly-renewable re-source and raise a family in my home state of Maine. In particular, I research water and appre-ciate the science behind...

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A Big Steak in the Community

Written by Dan Marois For 22 years, Mac’s Grill has been serving up great food in a friendly atmosphere on a long stretch of road on Minot Avenue in Auburn. First owned and operated by Paul and Kate Landry (Now owning and operating Fish Bones American Grill) and Scott and Robin McFarren (Now owning and operating the Red Roof Groceries in Leeds), the restaurant changed hands in 2012. The current owners are Gerry Gagne, his brother, David, and best friend, Mike Peters. His sister, Nancy (Gagne) Berube, has worked at Mac’s for almost all of the 22 years it has...

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