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Mark LaFlamme is a Sun Journal reporter and weekly columnist. He's been on the nighttime police beat since 1994, which is just grand because he doesn't like getting out of bed before noon. Mark is the author of eight published novels and rides a dual sport motorcycle everywhere he goes. Unless it's winter, in which case he just sulks a lot.

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  • Published
    April 1, 2020

    Turner woman killed in Auburn crash

    Jessica Faunce suffered multiple injuries when her car went off Route 4.

  • Published
    March 29, 2020

    The coronavirus crisis: It could be worse

    Bad? Sure, it’s bad. It’s miserable, frustrating and unrelenting, this COVID business. In spite of round-the-clock, all-you-can-eat news updates on THE CRISIS, firm answers elude us. How bad will it get? How long will it continue? Will my circle of friends and family still be intact when it’s over? Is anyone I love dying even […]

  • Published
    March 29, 2020

    Living in a world without pants

    I shall guard it with my life I can’t say whom and I can’t say how, but somebody somewhere procured for me a delicious chocolate cake decorated in the shape of a roll of toilet paper. It’s really quite a marvel. I’d share it with you, but I know how you people are. At the […]

  • Published
    March 24, 2020

    Another day at the office

    Commuter traffic across the kitchen was terrible. There was the wife, for one thing, creeping and crawling in front of me like there was no hurry to do anything anymore. As if she owned the very linoleum on which we strode.  Would it kill you to use your blinker, wife?  And cats. Cats crossing everywhere, […]

  • Published
    March 22, 2020

    I swear I was only clearing my throat!

    Scrub-a-dub-dub In an effort to help combat the troublesome virus, I will be washing my hands twice as often as I would in ordinary circumstances. To compensate for the time spent doing that, I shan’t wash anything else until the crisis has passed. Always happy to do my part. Capital letters are stupid anyway Well, […]

  • Published
    March 22, 2020

    Face Time: Deputy Randy Williams — the pipes are calling

    If you live in Androscoggin County, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Deputy Randy Williams patrolling the back roads. He’s been out there nearly two decades, after all, and he’s covered a lot of ground in that time. If you’ve ever been to a police memorial or a Kora Shrine parade, it’s […]

  • Published
    March 22, 2020

    Mrs. Sun Spots knows all

    For almost 50 years, long before crowd sourcing, Mrs. Sun Spots has been answering readers questions and connecting the community. “It never ceases to amaze me how generous people can be,” she says.

  • Published
    March 21, 2020

    The art of social distancing: How to stay healthy and sane

    For most, it’s an inconvenience, but not a life-changing one.

  • Published
    March 21, 2020

    Social distancing causing confusion, misunderstandings

    LEWISTON – It’s a reasonably quiet day in downtown Lewiston, but near the end of Pierce Street, off Birch, comes the sounds of laughter, shouting and horseplay. It’s the clamor of young people at play and in ordinary times, it’s a common sound, even a cherished one.  But these are not ordinary times.   With the […]

  • Published
    March 19, 2020

    Coronavirus case confirmed at Bates College

    LEWISTON — A case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Bates College, school officials announced Thursday night. Although, officials didn’t specify whether the patient is a student or faculty, he or she was said to be at home in self-isolation. “We became aware of this case today,” Bates President Clayton Spencer wrote on the school […]

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