December 11, 2012

Kennebec Journal local briefs, Dec. 11, 2012

STAFF REPORTS

Pouliot to help redraw legislative districts 

AUGUSTA -- Rep. Matt Pouliot, R-Augusta, has been named to the Legislature's Apportionment Commission, which will soon begin meeting to redraw House and Senate district lines.

Pouliot, a local Realtor, was sworn in last week for his first two-year term. He was named by Republican leaders in the House and Senate on Tuesday as one of seven members of the GOP to serve on the 15-member commission.

"We have a great team here that combines experience, new ideas and geographic representation," said House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, in a statement.

Redistricting is required every 10 years by the Maine Constitution. Last year, following tense negotiations, the Legislature approved a new line between the 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts.

This winter and spring, legislators will meet to hammer out lines for all 186 House and Senate districts to make sure they reflect changes in population.

Democrats have not yet announced their members to the commission.

Other Republicans named are: Sen. Andre Cushing, R-Hampden; Sen. Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon Falls; Rep. Wayne Parry, R-Arundel; Rep. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough; Maine Republican Party Chairman Richard Cebra; and Josh Tardy, a former Republican House leader and attorney from Newport.

Local duo's concertto include carols

HALLOWELL -- Mezzo-soprano Joëlle Morris of Winthrop and pianist Bridget Convey of Hallowell will perform holiday carols from around the world during a concert Friday night.

The performance is set for 7:30 p.m. at Cox Memorial United Methodist Church at 33 Central St. Tickets are $10 per person at the door, free for children 13 and under. Proceeds will benefit the church.

In a news release, event organizers said the duo will perform such songs as "Cantique de Noel" -- familiar in the U.S. as "O Holy Night" -- to folk tunes such as "Il est né le divin enfant" and "Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle."

 

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