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Lincoln's come a long way, baby!

 Lee & Connie celebrate the release of the Lincoln Maine iPad app on the iTunes App Store

June 7 - In February 2005, we looked at our list of possible future projects and decided it was time that the Lincoln, Maine, area had a professionally done, attractive and informative website to promote our area of the state. We spent the next five months designing and creating the Lincoln area website, now called "Welcome To Lincoln Maine". The site was launched on the World Wide Web on July 1st of that year. Since then over 6.5 million people have visited this website from all over the world - over 6,000 unique visitors every week! The site has evolved into a world class website that we only dreamed about seven years ago. We now have a Facebook companion page with over 3550 "fans". We still kept a list of possible future projects. Two years ago we added smartphone apps to that list.

Four months ago we started the process of developing apps for the Android, iPhone/iPod and iPad systems. These would be under the category of "travel apps", and would also be companions to our popular website and Facebook pages. Last night Apple notified us that the last of the apps was approved (this one for the iPad) and available for free as a download from the iTunes App Store. The other apps were available one by one over the past two weeks. Initial response has been very positive, and we appreciate that. We also appreciate the local businesses who share our vision for promoting this area through these projects, and do so by advertising with us. Rand Advertising has been in business for nearly 25 years now, and these projects are part of how we make our living. We appreciate those who help us do so.

We still have a list of possible future projects! Being creative and original is something we've always done and we're not stopping now. We probably should add useful to that, too! Please continue to utilize the Lincoln community website, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and make use of and spread the word about the free Lincoln Maine apps. And please support the area businesses who share our vision for the future and the promotional value of these projects. Lincoln has something most communities do not have, and we feel honored to be one part of that.

Let's have a GREAT summer in Lincoln, Maine, USA!

Lee & Connie Rand

Lincoln approved as "business friendly town"

MAY 31 - Lincoln's Business Friendly Community Status with the State of Maine has been approved! This was a great joint effort between the Lincoln are Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Lincoln.

Lincoln celebrates Memorial Day

May 30 - Although many other area towns celebrated Memorial Day last Monday, Lincoln chose to honor its heroes today, on the traditional Memorial Day. Ceremonies were held at the veterans' memorials on Goding Avenue and Main Street, and a wreath was dropped in Mattanawcook Stream at the bridge on West Broadway. Veterans from WW II to the present, local Scouts and veterans' groups joined Reps. Jefferey Gifford and Beth Turner, Sen. Elizabeth Schneider, and Rod Hathaway (who is running for State Senate) in a parade which marched from Goding Avenue to Main Street. A combined band from Mattanawcook Academy and Mattanawcook Junior High School, led by MA band director Trevor Marcho, provided music for the event.

Speeches and prayers remembered those who had served and are presently serving our nation in the armed services, as well as those who have given their lives to protect us all. Small groups of people of all ages gathered along West Broadway and downtown to observe the ceremonies, some following along with the parade. The turnout for these events is always too small. We hope that next year, even more local residents will take the time to show respect for those who have given so much to us all.

For a slideshow, CLICK HERE.

Something new at Lincoln's Schoolhouse Park


May 21 - The "school room" building arrived this morning at Schoolhouse Park here in Lincoln. It will be set on railroad ties and will join the Little Red Schoolhouse as a tourist spot along with the Lincoln Historical Society Museum located across the street on West Broadway.

Credit Union donates to Little Red Schoolhouse upkeep


May 17 - The Lincoln Maine Federal Credit Union has a special connection to Lincoln's Little Red Schoolhouse. The school, which now occupies Schoolhouse Park on West Broadway, is a well-traveled building, having been moved several times since it was built on Sweet Road in 1891. For a few years, the school was located on Mechanic Street in downtown Lincoln, and was the credit union's office.

To help maintain the schoolhouse in its restored state, LMFCU has been donating to the Lincoln Historical Society each year. Today the credit union's office manager, Betty Tolman, (at left in the photo above) presented Lincoln Historical Society President Dottie Harding with a check for $500 towards the historic schoolhouse's upkeep.

- Photo by Lee Rand

Grand Opening for new Lincoln business

May 5 - Twin sisters Terri Pine (at the cash register) and Tracy Trecartin (with clown) have started a new thrift shop called Twisted Sisters. The store is located behind Smokes For Less on West Broadway. Having been open for three weeks, Twisted Sisters is having a grand opening today, with hot dogs, cupcakes and other goodies available free to shoppers until closing time at 4 pm.

The racks of clothing and other items have spilled over from the store itself to a large building nearby. Terri and Tracy have a great selection to choose from, with more coming in all the time. Those who have items to donate will receive store credit in exchange. Some things such as prom gowns can be placed there on consignment.

- Connie Rand

Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Expo "great success"

April 28 - By every measurement, this year's Business Expo sponsored by the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, under the direction of Executive Director Traci Gauther, was a great success. Over 60 area vendors were on hand,and everyone we talked with had nothing but praise for the Chamber and the Expo itself.

The yearly event was held at Mattanawcook Academy today from 9am to 3pm. It was a great opportunity for area businesses to showcase their businesses and talk one-on-one with potential customers. We at had the opportunity to meet many of our thousands of weekly visitors to the community website, as well as to discuss the many services offered by our parent company, Rand Advertising LLC, as we head into our 25th year of doing business in the greater Lincoln, Maine, area.

Traci Gauthier said it was the best attendance in recent memory (as many as 1800 attended she estimated, although exact figures were not available), and we wholeheartedly agree. Connie Rand spent the day photographing the event, and included in her slideshow of photographs (we hope) is a photos of every vendor who participated as well as many of those townspeople who attended the event. To view a slideshow of our photos from today's exposition CLICK HERE.


Miss Lincoln Lakes Teen and Miss Lincoln Lakes. - LEE RAND PHOTO

Some vendors were even given a preview of the latest project by Rand Advertising that will officially be unveiled via a Media Release as well as introduced on the area's most popular Facebook page, Welcome To Lincoln Maine, and the Lincoln community site on Tuesday, May 1st. Those lucky enough to be privy to this information were unanimous in applauding the latest upcoming innovation by this local company. That said, watch for the official announcement on Monday, and tell us what you think!

Coming up next for the Chamber will be their annual dinner and meeting at the K of C Hall on Friday, May 11th. Guest speaker will be Cianbro CEO Peter Vigue.

Superb job, Traci and all the Chamber workers - looking forward to next year!

- Lee Rand 

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