"I remember the first show...I hadn't spoken French for twenty years...I was there for three hours. The children and my husband and I at Sunday dinner would turn on the radio and were listening. All I said was 'Oui,' and 'Non' throughout the three hours. The children said, 'We could do this, too!'"
Connie Coté is an organist and pianist who began her musical career at St Peter's Church in Lewiston. She went on to host local radio shows for some 30 years, served as a State Representative for 12 years, and as a County Commissioner for Androscoggin County. She was the first Coordinator of the Centre d'Heritage Franco-Américain and directed many local musicals, both in that capacity, and with the Community Little Theater.
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