Category Archives: Franco-American News and Culture

Franco-American Collection and Maine nurses support COVID vaccines

vaccine stickers on smart phones

A rare situation of “personal opinion convergence” occurred for two unrelated careers.. My vocation as a registered nurse and avocation being the Franco-American reporter during the past 30 years, have united to create a surprising vaccines synergy. On May 8, 2021, the Franco-American Collection (FAC) Board of Directors, a community board representing one of the […]

Franco-American history in Biddeford, Maine

Father Zernon Decary bust at BCHS

A history learning visit to the Biddeford Cultural and Heritage Center. Check out the social media video channel. The Mission of BCHC is to celebrate, preserve, share and teach the culture, heritage, diversity and history of Biddeford, its people and surrounding areas. Thanks (Merci) to Diane Cyr, president of the BCHC, who shared information in […]

Franco-American renaissance mourns for a devoted mentor

Gregoire R. Chabot

Songwriter James Taylor’s hymn “Fire and Rain“, came to mind when I read about the death of the much loved Franco-American, Grégoire R. Chabot: “I always thought I would see you again”, are the lyrics. In fact, I was looking forward to hearing from Mr. Chabot again, about his experiences as a French and English […]

Anthropology and French-Canadian music

French Canadian music in anthropology senior thesis: story links. Ethnomusicologists* will appreciate these quick links to Lowewll Runk’s research: Merci Lowell Ruck, Bowdoin College 2021~! Check out these links to learn more about Lowell’s research. 2021: Jigs, Reels, and “Realness”: An Investigation of Ideas of Authenticity and Tradition in New England French Canadian Music by […]

French-Canadian music in Bowdoin College senior research

Lowell Ruck is from Orono, Maine

“Jigs, Reals and ‘Realness’: An Investigation of Ideas of Authenticity and Tradition in New England French Canadian Music,” by Lowell Ruck. Quite often, Franco-American reports and stories written by others are just too perfect to summarize or “fiddle around” with. That’s somewhat metaphorical when writing about Lowell Ruck’s Bowdoin College senior thesis, “Jigs, Reals and […]

Memorial weekend visit to Saint Peter Cemetery of Lewiston Maine

Bonneau Saint Peter Cemetery

Lewiston, Maine – Beautiful blooming lilac bushes and small American flags appropriately decorated the Saint Peter Cemetery in Lewiston, during a Memorial weekend visit. Visiting the graves of deceased American veterans is a Memorial weekend tradition for many who want to honor their patriotic military service. I’ve always wanted to visit the Saint Peter Cemetery in […]

In memory of lives well lived

Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul sanctuary in Lewiston, Maine

Les vies bien vécues.  This blog is an update about five Franco-American leaders who have died. Maine is sadly and slowly experiencing the loss of a generation who dedicated their lives to create pride in Franco-American history, language, religion and culture.  This unhappy reality became evident after attending the rare occasion of a dual funeral […]

“Mill Town” author Kerri Arsenault at Cushing Public Library

Mill Town book cover

Maine’s Cushing Public Library’s upcoming events! Thanks to Wendy Roberts from the Cushing Public Library for sending this terrific program opportunity out to the public, who will have an opportunity to hear from Kerri Arsenault! Wednesday, May 19,  at 6:30 PM Book talk: “Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains” Presented on Zoom, by Award-Winning Maine […]

Franco-American veteran nurse Gabrielle Giroux

Lt. Gabrielle Giroux

Mother’s Day and International Nurses Day falls within the same week.  I am honored to be among nurses and mothers who celebrate on both occasions.  In my profession as a registered nurse, I was among co-authors who published Maine Nursing: Interviews and History on Caring and Competence. Since the publication of this book, several other […]

Evangeline revives Acadian history

Penobscot Theatre Company

Certainly, I was honored to participate on the Salon Series panel to discuss the Acadians, with the Penobscot Theatre Company’s (PTC) interview, along with Lise Pelletier, from the Acadian Archives at University of Maine Fort Kent.  Jen Shepard, the executive director of the theater, was a superb interviewer and she asked terrific questions. She has […]