LePage Comes Home For MLK Breakfast

Rob Poindexter

Updated 2 years ago

Governor LePage celebrated Martin Luther King Day in his hometown of Waterville.Spectrum Generations and the Waterville Rotary Club have been putting on this Martin Luther King Day breakfast for the past 26 years. For many of those years, Governor LePage has been a fixture. “It’s coming home,” LePage saidThe governor shook off some criticism for not attending events in Portland or Orono, deciding to still celebrate the holiday at the Muskie Center in Waterville. “It’s been going on since 1987 and here we are,” LePage said. “I’ve been to many of them. Not as governor but for the most part as a regular rotarian who helps sponsor it.”Debra Silva is the Vice President at Spectrum Generations, and one of the organizers of the breakfast. “It’s great to have him (LePage) here. We expect him,” Silva said. “We look forward to him coming. He’s been coming here for many years.”Monday’s celebration included music from the Colby College African Drumming Ensemble and dancing. Governor LePage and newly sworn in Waterville Mayor Karen Heck joined in.A group of third graders from the George Mitchell School in Waterville chimed in with their dreams for the future. Dreams that echoed thoughts from the man everyone is gathered here to honor. “He had a great message,” LePage said of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “His life was taken way to quickly. I’m proud to say that I’ll celebrate it. I just want to celebrate it where I want to celebrate it.”


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