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    Joshua Shea, 36
    Lewiston Auburn Magazine

    There are several reasons for
    Joshua Shea’s selection for a
    MaineToday Media Forty Under
    40 award. As his nominator,
    Chip Morrison, president of the
    Androscoggin County Chamber of
    Commerce, notes:

    “Josh created a spectacular, fullcolor
    local magazine, Lewiston
    Auburn Magazine, which highlights
    the dramatic transformation of
    the Lewiston/Auburn area. The
    magazine began publishing in April
    2010 as a bi-monthly 48-page issue.
    It currently is published 10 issues
    per year – and each issue is 96

    The magazine, with a cover price
    of $3.95 and a circulation of 5,500
    to 6,500 copies, is produced by LA
    Publishing – Shea’s title is publisher
    – and also lives online, at www.

    “One year after starting the
    magazine, Josh also started the
    Lewiston Auburn Film Festival,
    which has proved to be an incredible
    event for the communities.â€Â
    Launched as a one-day event,
    the festival grew to three days
    in its second year, and was held
    this spring April 13-15 at various
    participating locations. Submissions
    for the 2013 festival will be accepted
    in the fall. See www.lafilmfestival.
    for more information.)

    And, Morrison says, Shea last
    fall was “elected as at-large member
    to Auburn City Council as leading
    vote-getter, even though he had
    never before run for political office.â€Â
    Shea’s roots in the twin cities go
    deep. He is a native of Lewiston who
    now lives in Auburn with his wife
    and two children, and as the city
    Web site notes, his parents taught
    in the Auburn school system for
    almost 75 years combined.

    “Josh is a significant young leader
    in our communities, pushing for
    quality collaborations between
    Lewiston and Auburn and for major
    improvements in local education,â€Â
    Morrison summarizes. Shea is also
    a board member of the Lewiston
    Education Fund and Great Falls
    Balloon Festival and the Lewiston
    Auburn Economic Growth Council.

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