AUGUSTA — The Red Barn restaurant owner Laura Benedict is Le Club Calumet’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

The award is presented annually by the club to a person who is a non-Franco-American who has contributed significantly to the community.

Since starting a series of benefit dinners in 2010, The Red Barn has raised more than $400,000 for local nonprofit groups and individuals.

The Red Barn and Benedict’s contributions to the community go beyond the benefit dinners, too.

Last year she donated her 2005 Chrysler Crossfire SRT convertible, with just 14,000 miles on it, to be raffled off to raise funds for the National Alliance on Mental Illness Maine. The car raffle brought in about $25,000 to NAMI.

The restaurant is on Riverside Drive in Augusta, and there is also a smaller, take-out-only Red Barn in Winslow.


The restaurant and Benedict also were recognized, in January 2012, by the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce with its President’s Award.

Benedict will be honored May 25 with a dinner at the club. Tickets may be obtained by calling Norman Veilleux at 441-1062.

Business expansion on Manchester agenda

MANCHESTER — The Planning Board is scheduled to meet Tuesday to review expansion plans of a Western Avenue business.

Forgotten Stoneworks owner Jonathan Jennings has filed a pre-application for a major site review to expand the business at 767 Western Ave. The site is in the town’s General Development District, according to Code Enforcement Officer Paul Mitnik.

The board also is scheduled to review a request for a major site review and special exception to allow Jason Black to move his motor vehicle repair business from Summerhaven Road to the site of the former Dudley Farm, at 321 Scribner Hill Road.


The site is in the Rural Residential District.

Also on the board’s agenda is consideration of approving a change of deed covenants for Arrowhead Landing Subdivision on Benson Road.

The board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Manchester Town Office.

From local reports


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