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Updated: December 28, 2023

Healing to close out 2023: Remembering victims of Lewiston's mass shooting, and the support that followed

Lewiston shop window Photo / Jim Neuger Messages of hope continue to be displayed on storefronts in Lewiston, like this colorful one on Lisbon Street photographed on Dec. 15.
Lewiston Photo / Jim Neuger Hearts of hope in a Lewiston shop window.
Shop window with 'Lewiston Strong' Photo / Jim Neuger Shop window on Lewiston's Lisbon Street, photographed Dec. 15, 2023.
Lewiston Strong in shop window Photo /Jim Neuger Messages of hope are still in Lewiston storefront windows months after the Oct. 25 tragedy.

As we look back on news stories that we wish we didn't have to write in 2023, nothing was as grim as the Oct. 25 mass shooting in Lewiston that left 18 people dead and 13 people injured.

Getting the facts out quickly to readers the next morning entailed a team effort navigating uncharted territory. 

In the days and weeks that followed, it has been heartening to see how individuals and organizations across the state have stepped up to offer support to survivors and to businesses impacted by the tragedy.

Though the healing is far from complete, Maine grit and hopefulness are leading the way, as messages of strength remain on display in storefronts.

Before we close the chapter on 2023, here's a recap of stories about challenges Maine businesses have faced this year, from fire and flooding to cyberattacks and closures.

Fire at Gifforld's ice cream facility in Skohweghan under investigation

Preservation group names 7 landmarks as Maine's most endangered places 

York Hospital to closing birthing unit due to staff shortage 

Portland Sea Dogs may be benched if they don't make costly stadium upgrades

New Gloucester frozen custard stand calls it quits after 69 years 

Rain, rain go away: Maine businesses lament impact of dreary summer weather 

41,000 Mainers may have been hacked in ransom attack against casino giant 

Maine cyberattack puts 13 million people at risk of having information stolen

Sudden death of Franciscan monk forces Bucksport brewhouse to permanently close 

Storm's aftermath: Cleanup starts in Central and Western Maine; L-A braces for peak flooding


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