May 15, 2013

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Red Cross closes shelter for victims of three recent fires

The American Red Cross said Tuesday that it has closed the shelter for victims of the three fires that destroyed nearly 80 apartments and displaced nearly 200 residents over a little more than a week.

An unknown number of victims moved from the shelter to hotel rooms, said Red Cross spokeswoman Jennifer Gaylord. The shelter was established at the Androscoggin Bank Collisee and had more than two dozen beds. It remained open for 10 days.

Relief efforts for people who still need housing will be overseen by Lewiston's social service department, which will administer the $60,000 in state aid allocated by the Legislature and Gov. Paul LePage's office to help victims pay for new apartments.


Roosevelt granddaughter addresses graduating class

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, the granddaughter of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, advised the Saint Joseph's College class of 2013 to "consider the part you wish to play in the world" at commencement Saturday.

"My charge to you ... is the same charge my grandfather put forth when he addressed the class of 1932 at Oglethorpe University, in the grip of the Great Depression: 'We need enthusiasm, imagination, and the ability to face facts, even unpleasant ones, bravely," said Roosevelt, who is president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England.

Saint Joseph's celebrated the achievements of 179 on-campus students and 337 students from the online division. The college conferred 12 associate, 297 baccalaureate and 208 graduate degrees. The graduates come from 43 states, the Philippines, Canada and South Korea.


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