Articles by: Sonia Lachter

Grandmother for Reproductive Rights advocate across Maine for what they once lacked

Grandmother for Reproductive Rights advocate across Maine for what they once lacked

In Feb 2013, a group of Maine grandmothers who grew up in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s founded Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights (GRR!). Their mission was, and is, to serve as stewards of the reproductive rights with which they did not grow up. Elayne Richard is a GRR! member from Fairfield, Maine. She spoke to the Echo about the group’s […]

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Waterville heads to the polls a year after midterm challenges to Colby voters

Waterville heads to the polls a year after midterm challenges to Colby voters

On Nov. 5, Waterville residents voted in the State of Maine Referendum Election and Regular and Special Municipal Elections. Waterville voters cast their ballots on City Council seats, Board of Education seats, Kennebec Water District Trustees, and Charter Commission seats. All voters in Maine voted on transportation investment and amendments to the Constitution of Maine regarding allowing people with disabilities […]

Club Feature: Feminist Alliance

Club Feature: Feminist Alliance

The Feminist Alliance/Women of Color Alliance room on the second floor of the Pugh Center fills on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. The club’s weekly meetings consist of a discussion topic and free food. This week, the topic was body positivity and the club members snacked on pizza, salad, and cookies from the Dana pack-out program. Past discussion topics have […]

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Jewish High Holidays Cause Reflection

Jewish High Holidays Cause Reflection

The Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have come and passed. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, began Sept. 29 at sundown and ended on Oct. 1 at sundown. Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, was Oct. 8 at sundown and lasted until sundown the next day. All Jewish holidays span from sundown to sundown and are […]

MaineCare to cover transgender procedures

MaineCare to cover transgender procedures

On Jun. 18, 2019, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released an emergency ruling which “eliminates transsexual procedures from the list of non-covered services in Section 90.07. Elimination of this prohibition on transsexual medical procedures complies with Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, […]

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Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro’s proclamation replaces Indigenous Peoples’ Day with Columbus Day

Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro’s proclamation replaces Indigenous Peoples’ Day with Columbus Day

This post was updated on Oct. 3 to reflect accuracy regarding the College’s process of adding Indigenous Peoples’ Day to the calendar.  On Oct. 1, at the Waterville City Council meeting, Mayor Nick Isgro proclaimed Oct. 14 as Columbus Day in the city. This proclamation stands in opposition to a state law passed by Governor Janet Mills in April renaming […]

Waterville Public Works Moves to Install LED Street Lights

Waterville Public Works Moves to Install LED Street Lights

The Waterville Department of Public Works (DPW) recently announced a street light conversion project to replace the bulbs in the city’s street lights from  high-pressure sodium bulbs with Light Emitting Diode, (LED) bulbs. In an email to the Echo, Director of Public Works Mark Turner explained the decision to embark on this project was made through a city council vote […]

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Colby student running for Charter Commission

Colby student running for Charter Commission

In anticipation of this November’s elections, Waterville residents hoping to win positions filed their petitions for candidacy Sept 6. One such resident is Lutie Brown ’22. Brown gained the 25 signatures required to run for the Waterville Charter Commission. Brown is running against Robert Patterson for the Ward 3 seat. Among other candidates for the commission from other wards are […]

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Waterville Mayor Isgro discusses hopes for the year

Waterville Mayor Isgro discusses hopes for the year

Since 2014, the mayoral office of the city of Waterville has been held by Nick Isgro. The mayor, an active member of the Maine Republican Party, is known around the city and state for his outspoken social media presence. In the 2018 midterms, for instance, he had a newsworthy involvement in opposing the referendum on banning plastic bags in the […]