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Bar Harbor Bank & Trust's First Annual "School Supply Drive" Concludes

Bar Harbor, Maine – Thank you to all who participated in Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s first annual School Supply Drive held from July 22 thru August 16, 2019.  A total of more than 3,500 items were collected at branch locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont which included notebooks, folders, glue sticks, pencils, and more. 

“All donations support students and educators in the communities we call home,” said Joseph Schmitt, SVP/Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.  “These supplies will help local children actively participate in classroom learning, making the educational experience better for both students and teachers.”  

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.6 billion in assets.  As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company.  For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.barharbor.bank or call 888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.

United Way of Kennebec Valley welcomes new executive director

Courtney Yeager is the new executive director at United Way of Kennebec Valley

AUGUSTA - The United Way of Kennebec Valley (UWKV) Board of Directors has named Courtney Yeager as the organization's executive director. Yeager took the helm on August 10 following the retirement of longtime executive director Rob Gordon. 

Yeager has served as UWKV's director of resource development and marketing since 2016. In that role, she became responsible for the annual fundraising campaign, increasing the campaign by 19 percent in three years. As a result, UWKV has had the capacity to partner with six additional nonprofit agencies, bringing the total number of funded programs to 51. More than 30 percent of the population is now directly impacted by a UWKV-funded program.  

"The Board of Directors and I are very pleased to have selected Courtney Yeager as United Way of Kennebec Valley's executive director," said Maria Hays, UWKV board chair. "Through her existing experience with the United Way, her time working with Rob Gordon, and her strong commitment to the community, she has already helped so many throughout our region. As executive director, Courtney can continue the work she is so passionate about. We feel the future of the United Way will continue to shine in her hands." 

With the support of the board and volunteers, Yeager implemented several initiatives that have attracted new donors, including the Emerging Leaders Society for young professionals, a giving program for small businesses, and a planned giving society. In 2019, Yeager was invited to share the recent growth strategies of United Way of Kennebec Valley with colleagues across the United Way Worldwide network at a conference that highlighted best practices.  

"I feel fortunate that my passion, purpose and profession have come together in this way," Yeager said of her new position. "The Kennebec Valley is a tight-knit, generous community, and our region thrives when people band together to help one another. I see United Way as an essential community organizer, responsible for mobilizing local folks so they can make change happen. I look forward to building upon the strong foundation that United Way already has, thanks to the tireless support of our donors, volunteers, and staff." 

Yeager is the first female to hold this position at UWKV and brings an extensive background in communications, fundraising, marketing and community involvement to her role. Prior to her career at United Way, Yeager was the public relations and fundraising manager at Crisis & Counseling Centers, a UWKV-funded partner program that treats mental health and substance use disorders. She also worked in communications at the Maine Department of Education, regularly meeting with educators and students statewide to report on cradle-to-career education strategies. 

Beyond her work life, Yeager serves on the Board of Directors at Healthy Communities of the Capital Area, teaches literacy to correctional inmates through the College Guild volunteer program, and spent nearly a decade as a youth mentor. 

Yeager graduated from Colby College with a bachelor's degree in English and is completing a Master's degree in Policy, Planning and Management at the University of Southern Maine. In 2019, Yeager was nominated for the Kennebec Valley Chamber Young Professional Award. 

Since 1955, United Way of Kennebec Valley has been mobilizing the caring power of people and communities in southern Kennebec County. UWKV focuses on improving access to basic needs, health care, education and financial stability, helping more than 22,700 local people last year.  

For more information, contact 626-3400 or visit uwkv.org.

The 28th Maine Open Juried Art Show (MOJAS) Awards Oliver Solmitz Best in Show

Waterville Creates!, Common Street Arts (CSA), and the Waterville Area Art Society (WAAS) announces the winners of the 2019 Maine Open Juried Art Show (MOJAS) at the CSA Gallery in downtown Waterville. Now in its 28th year, MOJAS attracts artists from across the state, representing diverse Maine communities in a variety of media. A closing reception and awards ceremony will be held at CSA on Saturday, September 7th from 3:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.

The 2019 MOJAS award winners include Oliver Solmitz, recipient of Best in Show for his artwork Untitled 2. The 2019 MOJAS selection committee consisted of arts professionals and artists with combined professional experience from the Maine Arts Commission, Colby College Museum of Art, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation. Awards were broken down by categories: painting, watercolor, drawing, photography, and other media.

Awards

Best in Show

Oliver Solmitz, Untitled 2

Painting

1st – Robert Dennison, The Noisy Night

2nd – Judith Schuppien, Taking up the Traps

3rd – Jim McLear, The Three Mystics

Watercolor

1st – Margaret La Farge, Summer Light

2nd – Michael E. Vermette, Monhegan Sternman Stacking Traps

Drawing

1st – Sally Stanton, The Wizard

2nd – Rose Crossman, Sassy

3rd – Tom Whittaker, 54 Chevy Truck

Photography

1st – Page Eastman, Machias Window Abstraction

2nd – Olga Merrill, Drifting Away

3rd – John Meader, Sycamore Gap

Other Media

1st – Julie Gray, Home Altars of Mexico, Plates 20 + 21

2nd – Martha Stanford Campbell, Starvation Calculator II

“We are so pleased to announce the 2019 MOJAS awards, and extend a hearty congratulations to each of the award recipients. We encourage all to experience this outstanding exhibition now through September 7,” says Patricia King, Vice President at Waterville Creates!

The Sterrs Gallery at Common Street Arts is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 – 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Hathaway Creative Center, 10 Water Street in Waterville. To learn more about the MOJAS exhibition, please visit: www.watervillecreates.org/event/mojas-2019/ 

About Waterville Creates!

Waterville Creates! connects artists, cultural organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in our community. We believe that art and culture have the power to enrich lives, strengthen community bonds, and serve as an economic engine. We promote and support arts education, exhibitions, theatre, film, music, and dance that is accessible to all residents and visitors. Learn more at www.watervillecreates.org. For more information about the ongoing community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center visit www.downtownartscenter.org

United Way Golf Scramble raises record-breaking $16,000

Central Maine Power played in the Scramble and served as the event's major sponsor.

AUGUSTA - United Way of Kennebec Valley raised a record-breaking $16,000 to support community programming at its 49th Annual Golf Scramble. Twenty-seven teams competed and 37 businesses sponsored the tournament, held August 12 at the Augusta Country Club. 

Proceeds from the event will support United Way's annual fundraising campaign, which aims to raise $1.8 million to fund 51 programs in the Kennebec Valley region. 

2019 United Way Golf Scramble winners:  

1st Gross - Charlie Shuman, Stephen Shuman, Andrew O'Hearn and Roger Williams, representing Charlie's Family of Dealerships 

2nd Gross - Mary Bailey, Dan Freeman, Ryan Meserve and Jeremy Payne, representing Readfield Insurance 

1st Net - Ron Trahan, Rocky Gaslin, Anthony Wolverton and Michael Trahan, representing Gosline Insurance  

2nd Net - Elissa Emmons, Josh Hall, Mike McGrail and Zach Williams, representing Charlie's Family of Dealerships 

Course challenge winners: 

Closest to the pin contest, sponsored by Sprague & Curtis - Lynn Cayford, representing Brookewood Realty 

Straightest drive contest, sponsored by Townsquare Media - Lisa Davies, representing KVCAP  

Air cannon closest to the pin contest, sponsored by Cross Insurance - Kenny Bickford, representing J.S. McCarthy 

Putting contest, sponsored by KV Federal Credit Union - Bob Moore, representing Thomas College 

Central Maine Power served as the event's exclusive cart sponsor, and Charlie's Family of Dealerships sponsored a hole-in-one challenge. Golfers were treated to lunch, courtesy of Charlie's and J.S. McCarthy Printers. An auction with sponsor-donated prizes raised $2,100.


For more information about UWKV, visit uwkv.org or contact 207-626-3400. 

New Dimensions FCU participates in Hire-A-Vet Campaign in 2019

The kick-off and hiring fair is on August 29, 2019, from 11 am – 3 pm at the Augusta Civic Center located at 76 Community Dr, Augusta, ME 04330.

New Dimensions FCU will be attending and will have applications on hand and will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding open positions at the credit union. Additionally, our Director of Education will be there to offer one-on-one personal budgeting appointment sessions to anyone wishing to get their finances in order. Come visit us at our booth. We will be there the entire time ready to assist you.

For more information and a list of employers who will be present at this important job fair visit, the Maine Career Center’s website.

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Melissa Davenport of GHM Insurance receives designation of Certified Insurance Counselor

The designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) has been conferred on Melissa Davenport, Account Executive of GHM Insurance in Waterville, Me, following her successful completion of a rigorous insurance education program sponsored by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors. This accomplishment is affirmed by the President of the Society of CIC, Dr. William T. Hold, Ph.D., CIC, CPCU, CLU. The full CIC credentials were sent to Mrs. Davenport on June 28th, 2019 in official confirmation of the achievement.

The Society of CIC is a key member of The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, the nation’s preeminent provider of insurance and risk management education.

Mrs. Davenport has demonstrated her professional competence through the successful completion of the five CIC courses and the corresponding comprehensive examinations that focus on all major fields of insurance and insurance management, such as property and casualty, personal and commercial lines, commercial multiline, agency management, insurance company operations, life and health, and risk management.

Martha Wentworth of GHM Agency earns Safeco Insurance® Award of Excellence for superior underwriting skill

Safeco Insurance has selected Martha Wentwork for an Award of Excellence. Fewer than 5% of insurance agents across the country who sell Safeco Insurance personal lines policies receive this prestigious honor.

Martha provides our clients with the insurance protection they need at the right price,” said Bill Mitchell, owner of GHM. “Safeco shares that same value, and we are thrilled that Martha has been recognized with one of the company’s top honors.”

To receive a Safeco Award of Excellence, an insurance agent must have a strong relationship with Safeco and superior underwriting skills

“Outstanding underwriting and strong partnerships benefit GHM’s customers,” said Bill Mitchell “Because Safeco Insurance supports independent insurance agents as trusted advisors, I am honored to have been selected for the Award of Excellence.”

GHM Insurance

51 Main St

Waterville, ME  

207-873-5101

Take the Kids Out of Town For FREE This Summer On The Amtrak Downeaster

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With the busy school season quickly approaching, the Amtrak Downeaster is launching a “Kids Ride Free” flash sale to help families make the most of their summer vacation. Each adult can bring one child age 2-12 along at no charge on all Downeaster Trains.

The “Kids Ride Free” Flash Sale is available for purchase from Tuesday, August 5 through Sunday, August 11, 2019 and valid for travel from on Monday, August 26, Wednesday, August 28, and/ or Friday, August 30, 2019 only. Tickets can be purchased at AmtrakDowneaster.com by referencing promotion code v818.

With large spacious seats, and plenty of space to stretch out or get up and move around, the Amtrak Downeaster makes family travel easy.  All aboard.

For more info, visit www.amtrakdowneaster.com.

FORT WESTERN, AUGUSTA ANNOUNCES GENEROUS DONATION

fort western donationaFort Western Living History Museum, Augusta, ME was the grateful recipient of a generous donation from the Society of Colonial Wars, a social, genealogical and historical organization whose members are descendants of those who assisted the Crown in a Civil or Military capacity prior to the Revolutionary War.

The Society’s representatives, Jim Blanchard and Edwin Garrett of Bar Harbor, ME visited Fort Western on July 22, 2019 to present Director/Curator, Linda Novak, with a check. The check was a grant from the Society’s national headquarters in Baltimore, MD matching the donation of the local Maine chapter earlier this year.

Blanchard said, “Old Fort Western is a wonderful and important part of our history and we are happy to support it”. Novak said, “We are very happy to receive this generous donation from the Society of Colonial Wars. This donation will help us to continue our very important work to Preserve, Protect and Interpret Fort Western for the education and enjoyment of present and all future generations”.

Fort Western (1754) is America’s oldest surviving wooden French & Indian War garrison illuminating 300 years of Maine and New England history. For more information about Fort Western Living History Museum in Augusta, please contact Linda Novak, Director/Curator at 207-626-2385 or visit their website at www.oldfortwestern.org.

Bikes for Books

Children ages 6 to 12 have a chance to win a new bicycle and helmet by participating in this year's summer reading challenge thanks to a generous donation of 14 bicycles and helmets by the Bethlehem Masonic Lodge #35 AF&AM of Augusta. To enter, children must sign up for the summer reading challenge to read 16 hours and turn in their completed log by August 16th to the Youth Services desk. Winners will be announced the week of August 19th.

For more information, contact the Lithgow Public Library at (207) 626-2415

2019 John Bridge Award at KV YMCA Annual Auction

Jim Nichols to be Recognized as the 2019 John Bridge Award Recipients at the Kennebec Valley YMCA’s 12th Annual Auction

Jim Nichols will be honored with The John Bridge award on October 5th at the Kennebec Valley YMCA’s 12th Annual Auction. The award is presented to an outstanding member of the community who represents altruism, is actively engaged in bettering their community and has provided philanthropic support to the Kennebec Valley Community.

“Jim has a long standing history with the KV YMCA. He is instrumental to the vitality of Camp KV for Kids and his passion for providing children with a safe, nurturing, fun summer experience is unparalleled. We are thankful for every contribution Jim has made and are proud to honor him with the 11th John Bridge Award.” Ranae L’Italien, KV YMCA Associate Executive Director.

The John Bridge Award began in 2009 with John Bridge as the first recipient in honor of his leadership in the Kennebec Valley YMCA’s Capital Campaign and many other organizations such as United Way of Kennebec Valley, University of Maine and MaineGeneral Health.

Please join us to recognize Jim and to bid on silent and live auction items. Festivities, food and drinks start at 5pm. All money raised will go toward KV YMCA scholarships, including memberships, camperships, learning center education and swim lessons, in addition to many other scholarship opportunities that the KV YMCA provides to those in our community who could otherwise not afford it.

Tickets are $45 per person or a table of 8 for $350. The Auction will be held on October 5th at 5pm in the KV YMCA Harold Alfond Gymnasium in Augusta. More information can be found at kvymca.org or by calling the Y at 622-9622. You may purchase tickets via phone 622-9622, in person and at the door the day of the event.

For more information, call us at 622-9622 or email Andrea at

Augusta Police and 1st Responders Host National Night Out at the Marketplace at Augusta

Marketplace at Augusta National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, August 6th, from 5:00-7:00 PM. Augusta’s National Night Out is part of a national celebration held throughout the United States to promote crime prevention and substance free community programming.

The event will feature at no charge:

  • Grilled Hamburgers and fixings from Elevation Burger
  • US cellular sponsored Beverage center
  • Chips, desserts
  • Touch a truck with 1st Rescuers
  • The Army hosting a Rock Wall
  • Back to school supply drive for Augusta Schools
  • The Augusta Boys and Girls Club display with prizes
  • Maine Bureau of Highway Safety – Seat belt checks
  • Games
  • Music
  • Giveaways
  • Live remote with The Mix

Kennebec Valley YMCA and Friends of Lithgow Library Host Annual Raffle

The Kennebec Valley YMCA and the Friends of Lithgow Library are partnering again this year on a raffle fundraiser. Friends of Lithgow Library Member, Wick Johnson, commented, “It is very rewarding to see two great organizations work together to support our community!” The money raised through the raffle will go toward the YMCA’s Strong Kids Annual Campaign and Lithgow’s Annual Campaign.

Those listed on the winning ticket will receive the grand prize of $10,000. That grand prize will be drawn on October 22, 2019 from 5:30 – 8pm at the Lithgow Library in Augusta. The ticket drawing event attendance will be limited to one representative, plus guest, for each ticket sold. For those who attend the drawing event, there will also be 3 door prizes drawn and given away.

The cost to enter is $100 per ticket. Each ticket may be purchased by an individual or by a team of up to ten individuals. The winning ticket is split among the team members according to each individual contribution.

Get your Raffle entry forms and pay online at www.kvymca.org/raffle or http://www.lithgow.lib.me.us, at the KVYMCA or Lithgow Library. Payments must accompany a completed raffle entry form and returned to the KV YMCA. If paying with a check please make the checks out to the KV YMCA.

For more information, contact the Kennebec Valley YMCA at 207-622-9622 or email Andrea Lowell at . KV YMCA 31 Union Street Augusta, Maine 04330.

 

Fort Western Summer Youth Programs

Fort Western Living History Museum & National Historic Landmark invites children of all ages interested in local history and museum stewardship to register for one of our Summer Youth Programs: Apprenticeship Program (ages 8-12) or the Jr. Interpreter Program (ages 13 and up). These one-week sessions start Monday, August 5 and continue through Friday, August 30.

The Apprenticeship Program will explore daily life at home in the 18th century, the varied world of work (blacksmithing, midwifery and storekeeping), the life of a French & Indian War Soldier and what children and adults did for entertainment. Graduates are eligible to participate in the Jr. Interpreter Program. Jr. Interpreters will assist with the Apprenticeship Program; learn about collections management and how to interpret the history of the Fort, develop necessary skills to demonstrate 18th century hands-on activities to the public, and how to conduct research through reading and deciphering original documents.

Reservation forms can be obtained on line at www.oldfortwestern.org or at Fort Western Administrative Office located in Augusta City Center, 16 Cony Street. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible to insure you get the desired week. Payment must be received in full by 4:00 p.m. Friday the week prior to the registered program session. A maximum of twelve participants may register for any given week. Discounts are available for Augusta residents and siblings attending the same week program. For more information, please call Fort Western at 626-2385 or e-mail us at .

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New Dimensions FCU would like to thank the participants, businesses, and community for their involvement in the 6th Annual Cruisin’ For A Cure Car Show!

On behalf of management, staff and the Board of Directors of New Dimensions Federal Credit Union (NDFCU), they would like to thank the participants, businesses, and community for their continued support of the Cruisin’ For A Cure Car Show. Additionally, they are excited to announce that this year’s event raised $11,741.55 for the cancer program. With an additional $5,000 award from the Children’s Miracle Network, the new total raised is $16,741.55. Each year the proceeds from the car show benefit the Maine Children’s Cancer Program (MCCP), an affiliate of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, and is located in Scarborough, Maine. A special thanks to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for the match award.

This year’s event was the biggest event yet with a record-breaking 160 participants who entered their cars into one of the 24 car classes offered. We had DJ, Mike Davis playing music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, the Flamingo Café food table sported lengthy lines all day, and the trophies were accepted with giant smiles and pride one-by-one.

New Dimensions FCU feels truly blessed to have such outstanding and involved community members, local business owners, and, of course, car enthusiasts who proudly showcase their beautiful cars each year. A heartfelt thanks to all of you!

Theater at Monmouth's 50th Anniversary Season Quilt Raffle

In honor of TAM’s 50th Season, Cumston Area Quilters have created a beautiful, handmade quilt to be raffled off as part of TAM’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. Raffle tickets are $10 for one; $25 for three. The raffle will continue through TAM’s 2019 What Dreams May Come Summer Repertory Season and the winner will be drawn at the final performance of Sense and Sensibility on September 22.

Michelle Young and Pam Mason of Monmouth and Tina Barden of Wayne pooled their talents to

create the celebratory quilt for Theater at Monmouth. The Pride & Purpose Quilt was designed by Kaye England, machine pieced from fabric designed by Wilmington Prints and machine-quilted by Dee Roberge. In addition to the quilt itself, which measures 80” by 93”, the winner will receive two shams and a quilted carry-case.

TAM celebrates 50 years of producing Classic Theatre in Maine in 2019. The What Dreams May Come Season is bursting with works to make you laugh, cry, gasp, ponder, and experience a sense of wonder. Through classic Shakespearean thrillers, contemporary romances, and classic comedies, TAM’s Golden Anniversary with sparkle and shimmer all season long.

“We were totally overwhelmed by the support of the Cumston Area Quilters,” said Producing Artistic Director, Dawn McAndrews. “The time and commitment they put into creating this beautiful work of art was awe-inspiring. I’d like to win it myself but I bet there is a patron out there who has come to nearly every play for 50 years—and they deserve the right to win it!” Members of the Cumston Area Quilters agree and have said they plan to purchase raffle tickets to win the quilt themselves.

Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Theater at Monmouth Box Office before and during intermission for all performances of the 2019 Season. The winning ticket will be drawn from the stage after the final performance of Sense and Sensibility (it seemed appropriate given the name of the quilt) on September 22. All proceeds will benefit Theater at Monmouth’s Artistic, Education, and Community Engagement Programs.

For more information please contact the TAM Box Office at 207.933.9999 or visit www.theateratmonmouth.org.

Local SERVPRO Franchise Receives Outstanding Performance Award

SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville received the MILLIONAIRE'S Bronze award at SERVPRO’s recent 50th Annual Convention. The event, themed “Making History,” was held from June 24-28 at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California, where the company was founded.

“It is always gratifying to earn a distinction for our business,” said Anthony Wolverton, SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville Owner, “but it feels especially good this year. We are proud to be a member of the SERVPRO franchise family as the company celebrates 50 years of franchising success. SERVPRO’s ongoing commitment to providing innovative tools, ongoing training, and an ever-evolving business framework gives entrepreneurs like us a roadmap for success. We are proud to be part of SERVPRO’s team of dedicated disaster remediation professionals, and to know that we have both the tools and the knowledge to serve home and business owners in our community should the need arise.”

The company’s 50th Annual Convention was a celebration of the company’s history and a showcase of small business best practices and cutting-edge restoration and remediation technology. The event featured a variety of workshops and group sessions ranging across 37 different topics. Attendees gained knowledge and hands-on experience to help them build and grow their businesses and strengthen ties with both residents and businesses in their local communities. Highlights of the convention included a keynote address by motivational speaker Jon Gordon and an awards ceremony recognizing the achievements of top-performing franchisees.

“SERVPRO has come a long way since Ted and Doris Isaacson started the company as a painting business in Sacramento in 1967,” said Rick Isaacson, chief executive officer of SERVPRO. “In 1969, they used their cleanup and restoration background to take their new company in a different direction and never looked back. SERVPRO’s professional services network now includes more than 1,700 individually owned and operated franchises across the U.S. and Canada. Our annual convention brings this diverse group of entrepreneurs together to learn from industry experts and gives us an opportunity to recognize our top-performing franchises. We are incredibly proud of each of these dedicated professionals and the world-class service they provide to their customers and their communities.”

For more information about SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville, please contact Anthony Wolverton at (207) 622-7166 or or visit www.SERVPRO.com.


About SERVPRO®
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust first annual School Supply Drive begins July 22

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Bar Harbor, Maine – Bar Harbor Bank & Trust invites you to participate in their first annual School Supply Drive from July 22 thru August 16, 2019.  Collection boxes are available at all branch locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont!  Please visit your local branch to make a contribution of new school supplies such as: notebooks, folders, glue sticks, pencils, and crayons.  No cash donations are being accepted.  All donations support students and educators in the communities we call home.  Want to know which local school will receive your donation?  Just ask a branch employee! 

“We are introducing the School Supply Drive so local schools will have the supplies students need to actively participate in classroom learning.” said Joseph Schmitt, SVP/Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.  “Through the simple act of donating school supplies, we can make the educational experience better for both students and teachers.  Thank you in advance for giving what you can to help local children with their education.”

MaineGeneral Medical Center Now Using Medical Scribes in the Emergency Department

AUGUSTA, ME  – July 9, 2019 –MaineGeneral Medical Center has launched a new service aimed at improving care in its Emergency Departments. MaineGeneral is in the process of bringing on medical scribes to document patient visits while medical staff care for patients.

“The emergency department is a fast-paced environment focused on diagnosing and treating urgent patient conditions,” explained Laurel Parker, MD, Medical Director, Emergency Services. “Scribes work with our medical and nursing staff, especially during times of high volume, to record important patient care information in real time. They help locate past medical records, prior lab/radiology results, or past visit histories for the provider to review. They can also help medical staff contact other specialists and facilitate hospital admissions as needed. This gives medical staff more time to focus on the patients’ needs.”

Parker added that by decreasing time spent documenting, medical staff can see more patients and therefore decrease patient wait times, which is one of MaineGeneral’s ongoing goals.  

MaineGeneral plans to employ a total of 30 medical scribes from the local area to join the Emergency Departments in both Augusta and Waterville. Sixteen have been hired thus far and are already working with medical and nursing staff, who are happy with the early results. “I am so pleased I can give my full, personal attention to my patients,” Parker said. “I also feel like I am providing better care because I don’t have to spend time on the computer in between visits.”

ScribeAmerica is handling recruitment and paid training of medical scribes, the nation's most frequently used medical scribe company with more than 15,000 employees across the U.S. providing professional services for more than 3,000 clients. Part-time positions, with potential for full-time, are available in Augusta and Waterville for local applicants with weekday and weekend daytime availability. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, as well as computer and typing skills; a college degree or current enrollment in a health-related program and familiarity with medical knowledge are preferred.

“Many medical scribes want to eventually become doctors or other health professionals, so this opportunity gives them great exposure to the emergency medicine environment, medical terminology, disease processes, emergency procedures, medications, medical decision-making and more,” Parker said. “It’s an excellent resume builder for medical school or another career in health care.”

To learn more, visit www.scribeamerica.com/apply.

Golden Pond Wealth Management Gifts $25,000 to Waterville’s Paul J. Schupf Art Center

Waterville Creates!, a non-profit supporting and promoting high-quality, accessible arts and cultural programs and institutions in Waterville, Maine, announces a gift in the amount of $25,000 from Golden Pond Wealth Management in support of the community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center.

Designed to bring together under one roof some of Waterville’s most beloved arts institutions, including the Maine Film Center, Common Street Arts, and a new gallery of the Colby Museum of Art, the Paul J. Schupf Art Center will be constructed on the current site of The Center building at 93 Main Street, directly adjacent to the Waterville Opera House and City Hall building and downtown’s central green space, Castonguay Square. Waterville Creates! and Colby College are partnering on this transformative project, which will create a distinctive hub for visual arts, performing arts, arts education, and film for children and adults. In addition to enhancing Waterville’s reputation as a destination for arts and culture, this new facility will add vitality to downtown Waterville during both the daytime and evening hours and serve as an economic driver for the region.

“Giving back to our community is one of our core values at Golden Pond Wealth Management, and we are particularly compelled to work with organizations that advance our collective cultural well-being,” says Brian Bernatchez, managing director of Golden Pond Wealth Management. “We are a major season sponsor of the Waterville Opera House because of its tremendous impact on our community, both culturally and economically, and we see the Paul J. Schupf Art Center as an incredible opportunity to further advance the arts in Waterville.” Golden Pond Wealth Management’s gift was pledged in support of the $2 million community capital campaign led by Waterville Creates! as part of the overall fundraising goal of $18 million for the project.

“Golden Pond Wealth Management has consistently been a strong supporter of the arts in our community, and we are thrilled by their generous support of this project,” says Shannon Haines, president and CEO of Waterville Creates! “The recent momentum that has been building for our community capital campaign has been due in large part to a business community that values and invests in the arts not only for the cultural enrichment they provide but for their power to drive a robust local economy.”

According to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study published by Americans for the Arts in 2017, Waterville’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences generate over $6 million in direct economic activity per year. Business Contributions to the Arts: 2018 Edition, a study by The Conference Board in conjunction with Americans for the Arts, revealed that 63% of companies believe the arts contribute to the economy of the community and 79% of companies believe arts help to improve quality of life in the community.

About Waterville Creates!
Waterville Creates! connects artists, cultural organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in our community. We firmly believe that art and culture have the power to enrich lives, strengthen community bonds, and serve as an economic engine. We promote and support arts education, exhibitions, theatre, film, music, and dance that is accessible to all residents and visitors. By helping to build a creative economy, Waterville Creates! is leading the effort to make Waterville an exciting cultural destination and a thriving, vibrant community. Learn more at http://www.watervillecreates.org. For more information about the ongoing community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center visit http://www.downtownartscenter.org

Kennebec Behavioral Health Recognizes Community Champions

Kennebec Behavioral Health (KBH) held its 59th Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 13th at the Senator Inn in Augusta.  The event included recognitions of area community partners for exceptional community service and partnership.   

Kennebec Behavioral Health Outstanding Community Partnership Award 2019 MeHAF

Matt Brown was presented with the 2019 James R. Schmidt Award, which is presented annual to a person or organization that best exemplifies the late Jim Schmidt’s efforts to improve quality of life for adults who experience mental illness by providing them with social, education and employment opportunities. Mr. Brown has been working in some capacity of law enforcement since 1989. For the past year, he has been the coordinator of informal support systems for Law Enforcement Officers struggling with alcohol, substance abuse, and/or mental health issues. He has been an integral part of connecting Clubhouses to the broader community, including partnering Clubhouses with advisory board members, establishing employment opportunities, and promoting law enforcement relationships with the Clubhouses.

The Outstanding Community Partnership Award was awarded to Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) for the organization’s enduring support in our shared efforts to increase access to evidence-based addiction care for Maine citizens living with opioid use disorder.  Through their Expanding Addiction Care Initiative, MeHAF provided invaluable support for KBH Outpatient Services and Redington Fairview General Hospital’s Primary Care to take the first steps in increasing access to the critically needed service of Medication Assisted Therapy.

Kennebec Behavioral Health Transformational Clinical Collaboration Award 2019 FVPThe Transformational Clinical Collaboration Award was awarded to the Family Violence Project for their unique and innovative partnership to provide service for women surviving domestic violence. Since 2012, Family Violence has mentored and collaborated with KBH to provide treatment which meets the unique strengths and needs of the women they serve. Through this partnership of domestic violence shelter services and mental health and/or substance use disorder treatment services, Family Violence and KBH staff paved the way to a promising practice for women seeking safety, recovery and a new life.

A highlight of the evening was Kennebec Behavioral Health’s keynote speaker, Gordon Smith - Director of Opioid Response for the Office of Governor Janet T. Mills.  A Maine native, Mr. Smith has served as Chair of the Maine Health Data Organization and of the Executive committee of the Advocacy Resource Center of the American Medical Association. He is also a former Chair of the Board of Quality Counts, a regional quality improvement collaborative and a former board member of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging. He is a current board member of the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership. Mr. Smith shared his vision for the Opioid Response efforts in the State of Maine and underscored the importance of prevention, intervention and treatment for substance use disorder.

Kennebec Behavioral Health was founded in 1960 and operates clinics in Waterville, Skowhegan, Winthrop, Augusta and Farmington. For more information, or to schedule an appointment for any KBH service, call 1-888-322-2136. Information can also be found at www.kbhmaine.org.

   

Bar Harbor Bank to Acquire 8 Bank Branches in Central Maine

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB or the “Company”) announced that its banking subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust (“BHBT” or the “Bank”), has signed a definitive agreement to acquire eight branches located in central Maine with approximately $287 million of deposits, $111 million of loans and $284 million of assets under management (as of March 31, 2019) from People’s United Bank, National Association (“People’s”).       

Both banks will be working closely to ensure a seamless transition for customer accounts and associates transferring to BHBT.  The Company intends to offer continued employment to the professionals associated with People’s central Maine region, which is anticipated to close in the fourth quarter of 2019.  This acquisition is subject to regulatory approval from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the State of Maine and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.  The eight branches will increase BHBT’s total branch count to 56 in its footprint, and 22 in the State of Maine.  The Company is well positioned to integrate the new branches into its existing operations and deliver the product depth and local responsiveness that it has become known for.  

President and Chief Executive Officer, Curtis C. Simard stated, “We are pleased to welcome our new colleagues, customers and communities to our already deep Maine roots.  We look forward to servicing their banking and Wealth Management needs, and to providing our full suite of personal and commercial deposit and loan products.  We believe this acquisition provides our existing and new customers enhanced convenience and underscores our commitment to Maine while expanding into contiguous markets in a sensible way. These branches stretch across the central Maine I-95 corridor with four branches in the greater Bangor market and includes all deposits from People’s central Maine territory.”

Mr. Simard stated “This transaction contributes to our financial and long term strategic goals with manageable risk based on our experienced team’s history of successful acquisitions and system integrations.  We plan to use the acquired deposits to replace certain existing higher cost of borrowings which will result in an immediate accretion to earnings and will support future growth with additional core funding.  Incremental earnings will allow for an estimated earn-back of tangible book value per share less than a period of five years.  At closing the Company will pay a 6.3% premium on average total deposits plus a premium of 1.2 times annualized wealth management revenue and approximately $4.4 million for the fair value of premises and equipment acquired.”

Griffin Financial Group, LLC served as financial advisor to Bar Harbor Bankshares and K&L Gates served as outside legal counsel.  A presentation with additional information regarding the branch acquisition is attached as an exhibit and can be found on our website.

BACKGROUND

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Founded in 1887, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is a true community bank serving the financial needs of its clients for over 130 years.  Bar Harbor provides full-service community banking with office locations in all three Northern New England states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. For more information, visit www.barharbor.bank.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Paragraphs two, three, and four of this release contains forward looking statements about the Company’s future plans, strategies and financial performance that may be considered forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward looking statements are intended to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and this statement is included for purposes of complying with these safe harbor provisions. These statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and often include words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate" or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could" or "may." These forward looking statements are based on current plans and expectations, which are subject to a number of risk factors and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause the Company’s actual results to differ from those expressed in the forward looking statements. Risk factors relating both to the transaction and the integration of the branch customers into Bar Harbor Bank and Trust after the completion of the transaction include, without limitation:

  • Completion of the transaction is dependent on, among other things, the ability of the parties to satisfy the conditions precedent and consummate the announced Transaction and to secure of regulatory approvals and third-party consents, the timing of which cannot be predicted with precision at this point and which may not be satisfied or received at all.
  • The transaction may be more expensive to complete and the anticipated benefits may be significantly harder or take longer to achieve than expected or may not be achieved in their entirety as a result of unexpected factors or events.
  • The integration of the acquired customers and operations into the Company, which will include conversion of data and information from the seller’s operating systems to the Company’s operating systems, may take longer than anticipated or be more costly than anticipated or may have unanticipated adverse consequences.
  • The Company’s ability to achieve anticipated results from the transaction is dependent on the state of the economic and financial markets going forward. Specifically, the Company may incur more credit losses from the acquired loan portfolio than expected, deposit costs or attrition may be greater than expected, and wealth management or treasury service income may be less than expected.

Additional risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ from those expressed in the forward looking statements are identified in its reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Quarterly Reports on form 10‑Q, Annual Reports on Form 10-K, and Current Reports on Form 8‑K.  The forward looking statements included in this release are made only as of the date of this release, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update the forward looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Kennebec Behavioral Health Announces Scholarship Recipients

Kennebec Behavioral Health is pleased to announce its 2019 college scholarship recipients.  This year, the following students will each receive a $1000 scholarship upon successful completion of their first semester at their chosen college or university.

  • Leah Allee, Cony High School – Augusta
  • Jenna Butler, Erskine Academy – South China
  • Emiley Wheeler, Gardiner Area High School – Gardiner
  • Brenna Saucier, Lawrence High School – Fairfield
  • Laura Ireland, Maranacook High School – Readfield
  • Sydney Noonan, Skowhegan High School – Skowhegan
  • Aubrey Fossett, Waterville High School – Waterville
  • Dakota Estes, Winslow High School - Winslow

The scholarships are made possible through KBH’s College Scholarship program which developed in order to invest in our communities’ future mental health professionals.  The program is the recipient of KBH’s annual fall fundraiser comedy show, “A Night Out” which will be held this year on Saturday, November 2nd at the Calumet Club in Augusta.  

Interested students at partnering high schools were each asked to submit an application form which included an essay question around why she or he was interested in pursuing a career in the behavioral health field.  KBH’s Chief Executive Officer Tom McAdam stated, “we are so pleased that the students that applied already had a good understanding of the importance of the social services area of study.”  Several students will be attending colleges in Maine and one has selected the University of Kansas. 

Kennebec Behavioral Health was founded in 1960 and operates clinics in Waterville, Skowhegan, Winthrop, Augusta and Farmington. For more information, or to schedule an appointment for any KBH service, call 1-888-322-2136. Information can also be found at www.kbhmaine.org.

Camden National Bank Is Now Accepting Nominations for the 2019 Leaders & Luminaries Awards

Camden National Bank Is Now Accepting Nominations for the 2019 Leaders & Luminaries Awards

$20,000 total will be awarded to local nonprofits on behalf of outstanding board directors

 

Camden, Maine, June 25, 2019 – Camden National Bank announced that they are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Leaders & Luminaries Awards. This year, the bank will award a total of $20,000 to four local nonprofits on behalf of board directors who demonstrate passion, innovation and resourcefulness in their board service, fostering organizational success and sustainable board governance. Since 2011, Camden National Bank has awarded $130,000 to Maine nonprofits on behalf of 37 outstanding board leaders.

“Nonprofits are cornerstones in our communities, and strategic, committed board members are integral to organizational success and mission impact,” said Greg Dufour, President & CEO of Camden National Bank. “We’re pleased to celebrate outstanding board service by many people in our communities through the Leaders & Luminaries Awards.”

Camden National Bank’s Leaders & Luminaries Awards are organized in partnership with the Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP), whose mission is to strengthen the leadership, voice and organizational effectiveness of Maine nonprofits.

“Strengthened by dedicated boards, staff and volunteers, Maine’s nonprofits are vital contributors to our state’s economy and quality of life,” said Jennifer Hutchins, Executive Director of Maine Association of Nonprofits. “We are grateful that businesses like Camden National Bank demonstrate with a significant financial investment how much they value leadership, service and innovation in the organizations that are working every day to make Maine a healthy, sustainable state.”

An independent selection committee, including the Executive Director of MANP, two executives of Camden National Bank, and two additional Maine leaders who are active in the nonprofit community, will review all nominations, which are due August 30th, 2019.

The 2019 Leaders & Luminaries Award recipients and their organizations will be recognized at an awards ceremony to take place on November 12th, 2019 during MANP’s all-day session: ‘Get on Board: Connecting People with Purpose!’. Camden National Bank is one of MANP’s Benefactors, and the bank also commits additional funding to sponsor and support MANP’s day-long board governance training. Registration and event details will be coming soon on MANP’s website.

The Leaders & Luminaries Awards are made possible by Camden National Bank, through The Bank of Maine Foundation. For more details, eligibility requirements and the nomination form, please visit: https://www.camdennational.com/leadersandluminaries.

MaineGeneral Health Honored for Improved Revenue Cycle and Patient Satisfaction

AUGUSTA, ME  – June 24, 2019 –MaineGeneral Health is one of three health systems in the U.S. to be named 2019 Patient Financing Top Performers by patient financing service provider ClearBalance® in conjunction with the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

The ClearBalance zero-interest financing program helps patients pay their health care bills over time. MaineGeneral began using the ClearBalance program in 2018 and is being recognized for Top Performer – Greatest Impact to Patients. In seven months, the ClearBalance program helped patients manage their medical costs for nearly 16,000 hospital visits. During that same time, an average 290 patients per month used the ClearBalance program to manage their costs for additional services at MaineGeneral Health, either for themselves, their spouse or dependents.

“We don’t want cost to be a barrier to receiving needed care. With ClearBalance, patients know they have a financing option so they aren’t as likely to delay care. Giving patients an option to pay their out-of-pocket costs over time definitely impacts satisfaction and loyalty,” said Buffy Higgins, senior director, Revenue Cycle. “It’s been a positive experience for our patients, including our own employees who need extended financing to pay their portion of care. It’s the right thing to do.”

In 2018, 92 percent of patients offered the ClearBalance program agreed to use it, Higgins added. Of that 92 percent, 95 percent paid their bill in full. “Offering affordable financing proves that most patients want to pay their out-of-pocket costs if they have a reasonable way to do so,” Higgins said. “MaineGeneral is seeing an improvement in financial performance as a result – helping patients from going to bad debt due to their cost of care.”

This is the fourth year ClearBalance has recognized health systems for their ability to achieve Top Performance with patient financing. CentraCare Health in Minnesota and UPMC Pinnacle in Pennsylvania also achieved top honors this year. Previous winners include Hackensack Meridian Health, Novant Health, Essentia Health and Mosaic Life Care.

“Health systems often experience immediate financial and patient satisfaction results when partnering with ClearBalance for patient financing,” said ClearBalance President and CEO Bruce Haupt. “We’re pleased to see such tremendous performance from first-year and longtime partners.”

Ready – Set – Grill (Safely)

Local SERVPRO cleanup and restoration specialist offers tips to Augusta area homeowners for a sizzling and safe summer grilling season

Augusta, ME (Grassroots Newswire) June 18, 2019 -- According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), July is the peak month for grilling fires, followed by June, May, and August.1 Annually, U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 10,200 home fires each year involving grills, hibachis, or barbeques. With the summer season fast approaching, Anthony Wolverton of SERVPRO® of Augusta/Waterville, a fire and water damage cleanup specialist in the Augusta area, urges homeowners to check the readiness of their outdoor cooking equipment – like grills and propane tanks – to help ensure summer cooking fires don’t become house fires.

“The NFPA reports that seven out of every 10 adults in the U.S. has a grill or a smoker,” said Wolverton. “That statistic really highlights the risk that homeowners face of experiencing a home fire caused by grilling and other open flame cooking. It’s important to take some basic safety steps to help ensure you’ll spend your summer enjoying friends and family and not dealing with the aftermath of a grill-related house fire.”

According to the NFPA, the top three causes of grilling fires are failure to clean the grill, leaks in gas hose lines or breaks in the grill body itself, and proximity to flammable objects. Wolverton says these risks are easily managed and offers the following tips2 from the NFPA to help Augusta area residents prepare and use their outdoor grills:

General Grill Safety
1. Check your grill for cleanliness and damage. Remove grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill before the first use and after each subsequent use.
2. Position your grill well away from your home and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging tree branches
3. Keep children and pets at a safe distance – at least three feet from the grill
4. Never leave the grill unattended when in use, and always grill outside.

Propane Grills
1. Check for leaks in the gas tank hose before using your grill.
2. Open gas grill top before lighting the grill.
3. If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least five minutes before re-lighting it.

Charcoal Grills
1. Use only charcoal starter fluid or opt for a charcoal chimney or electric starter.
2. Never add charcoal starter fluid, or any flammable fluid, to the fire.
3. Dispose of coals in a metal container after the coals have cooled completely.

“It doesn’t take long to prepare your grill for safe cooking, but it can take months to recover from a fire and the resulting flame, smoke, and water damage,” said Wolverton. “Invest a few minutes now to get your outdoor cooking equipment clean and ready to go, and then spend your summer enjoying good times and great food, not dealing with the destruction and heartbreak of a house fire.”

SERVPRO is an industry leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services. For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.servpro.com. For more information on SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville, please contact Anthony Wolverton at (207) 622-7166 or .


1 https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/US-Fire-Problem/Home-Grill-Fires
2 https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/Grilling_safety_Tips.pdf

The Kennebec Valley Tourism Council Awards $1,785 in Sponsorship Support to the Maine Film Center

The Kennebec Valley Tourism Council (KVTC) has awarded Sponsorship Support funds in the amount of $1,785 to the Maine Film Center for the 22nd Maine International Film Festival. This funding will assist in the growth of tourism in Maine’s Kennebec Valley and produce a positive economic impact on the region.

Maine Film Center was one of eight sponsorship recipients awarded as part of the 2019 KVTC marketing partnership program. In total, the 2019 KVTC Sponsorship Support application requests reached nearly $20,000. The organization was able to award $15,000 in local regional sponsorships to its members this year, with plans to increase funding for sponsorships in 2020 to member organizations located within Maine’s Kennebec and Somerset counties who are helping KVTC promote the Maine’s Kennebec Valley Region as a destination place within their own marketing initiatives.

“We’re honored to receive the support of the Kennebec Valley Tourism Council in support of the Maine International Film Festival,” says festival director Mike Perreault. “As the largest film event in northern New England, we’re passionate about sharing 100 films from around the world and providing audiences, who visit our area from all over, the opportunity to connect with film makers and discover new stories throughout ten exciting days in Waterville.”

“Supporting local organizations and events, particularly new events and destinations that are just getting off the ground, is a major focus of our regional marketing grant program. Our preference is to fund new events, however, events with significant tourism turnout/impact are also given substantial consideration” says Tanya Griffeth, executive director of the KVTC. “These funds are dedicated to support marketing efforts in some of the more rural areas in Maine. While established events can rely on word-of-mouth and brand awareness to help drive attendance, new events and destinations have quite a bit of ground to cover to pull visitors from neighboring regions. These sponsorships help provide funding for key marketing elements including advertising, printing, branding and more. This allows organizers to focus their often-limited funding on building the foundations of their programs versus stretching their resources too thin in the early stages of event and destination development.”

About the Maine International Film Festival
The 22nd annual Maine International Film Festival will be held in Waterville, Maine from July 12 through 21, 2019 at Railroad Square Cinema and the Waterville Opera House. During the 10 days of the festival, MIFF features nearly 100 films, representing the best of American and International independent cinema and spotlighting some of Maine and New England’s most innovative filmmakers. The full MIFF schedule will be available at www.miff.org as the Festival nears. The Maine International Film Festival is a project of the Maine Film Center, whose mission is to enrich, educate and entertain the community through film and art.

About the Maine Film Center
The Maine Film Center (MFC) brings independent film to Waterville through the nationally recognized Maine International Film Festival, an annual 10-day event that attracts filmmakers and film aficionados worldwide; Railroad Square Cinema, the only Sundance Art House cinema in Maine; and by hosting world-class exhibitions and educational opportunities. MFC inspires an appreciation for the art of film, and, as part of the artistic community, works to make Waterville a sought-after arts destination. MFC firmly believes that art and culture have the power to enrich lives, strengthen community bonds, and act as an economic engine. Its mission is to educate, entertain, and build community through film and art.

About the Kennebec Valley Tourism Council
The Kennebec Valley Tourism Council (KVTC) is a 501(C)6 nonprofit group organized to manage the Maine Tourism Marketing Partnership Program (MTMPP) grant issued by the Maine Office of Tourism and the state of Maine to each of the eight Maine tourism regions. Funds from the MTMPP regional grant are allocated for use in the promotion of tourism in each of the eight tourism regions of Maine. The KVTC board undertakes activities to promote tourism in Maine's Kennebec Valley generate a positive economic impact for the region. KVTC is primarily funded by the MTMPP grant however, in order to receive the grant, KVTC must also contribute funds. We accomplish this by membership dues, advertising revenue and county contributions.

About the Kennebec Valley Region
Named for the Kennebec River that runs down the center of the region, the Kennebec Valley is one of the eight Maine tourism regions and includes the cities and towns contained in both Kennebec and Somerset counties. The region contains Maine's capital city of Augusta, Gardiner, Hallowell, Waterville, Skowhegan and Jackman as well as the recreational resort communities near Monmouth, Belgrade, and The Forks. It also contains a few outlying towns including Rockwood-on-Moosehead, China, and Pittsfield. To learn more, visit www.KennebecValley.org.

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MaineGeneral Medical Center receives grant to provide parent coaching model to at-risk mothers

AUGUSTA, Maine – MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center (EEPC) has been awarded a one-year, $130,000 grant from the John T. Gorman Foundation to provide home-based parent coaching services for at-risk mothers in the Kennebec Valley.

The grant provides a unique level of support to mothers who have substance use disorder, a history of mental health diagnosis, involvement with the child welfare system or other related factors that might negatively impact parenting.

“Many parents today are struggling with mental health and substance use problems, which can seriously interfere with their ability to connect with their infant in the sensitive, nurturing, consistent way that they, in their heart of hearts, very much want to,” said
Dr. Lindsey Tweed, MD, MPH, child psychiatrist at the Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center.

Starting July 1, the EEPC will help up to 40 women and their infants living in Kennebec and Somerset counties. Using the modified Attachment and Biobehavorial Catch-up (ABC) model, health educators will meet with each mother in her home beginning at six months into her pregnancy.

“A primary goal of the John T. Gorman Foundation is ensuring that more Maine children get a strong start in life – which begins with helping parents become the best caregivers they can be,” said John T. Gorman Foundation President and CEO Tony Cipollone. “Nationally and in other countries, the ABC model has shown very positive results in helping at-risk mothers form deeper bonds with their infants, a key factor in a young child’s healthy development. The Foundation is proud to help MaineGeneral implement this innovative program in Maine, where we hope it will bring the same positive outcomes to mothers and their children. If it does, we also hope that it’ll become a model for other communities to emulate.”

“This model has the best evidence of any program in the world for helping parents form the bond with their infants. ABC programs have begun to spread throughout the world but none yet have been developed in New England. MaineGeneral is very excited to begin bringing this state-of-the-art program to its pregnant moms,” Tweed said.

The funds will support the training, certification and equipment for two part-time health educators, technical assistance from the developer of the program, Mary Dozier PhD, and her team at the University of Delaware and other support such as developmental toys for the infants.

32nd Annual MTUG Information Technology Summit & Tradeshow is June 13!

Join MTUG for our 32nd Technology Summit & Tradeshow! 

The nonprofit Maine Technology Users Group (MTUG) invites IT professionals, managers, and technology enthusiasts from all industries and sectors to the 32nd Annual Information Technology Summit and Tradeshow on Thursday, June 13th, 2019, 7:30am-4pm. 

The MTUG IT Summit is Maine's largest business technology conference with 14 educational sessions, over 50 vendor exhibits, and ample time to explore a broad range of IT topics, products and services. 

Admission is $50 "early bird" rate by the extended date 6/5/19, $55 Advance and $60 on the event day. Students just $25! Fee includes workshops, tradeshow floor access, continental breakfast, lunch, and door prizes. MTUG is a nonprofit organization focused on bringing educational events and resources to the IT community. Space is limited; please pre-register at the event website: https://www.mtug.org/summit.  

Workshop tracks include IT Infrastructure, IT Career Development, IT Management, Security, and “Tech Mavericks” (out-of-box tech topics), covering subjects such as disaster recovery, DevOps, Microsoft Windows/Intune deployments, security automation, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Risk Frameworks, interviewing/retaining good cybersecurity people, and much more.

Keynote Ravi Srinivasan, Vice President of Solutions and Product at Forcepoint, will discuss the security implications of modeling user behavior with machine learning. Also during lunch, MTUG will recognize our scholarship co-sponsoring companies, who together with MTUG donated $18,000 in scholarships to 14 Maine tech students in the UMaine system.

MTUG's thanks our 2019 Summit Sponsors! Premier Gold Sponsors include Avaya, Consolidated Communications, Fortinet, and Lincolnville Communications. Silver & Bronze sponsors include Carbon Black, Carousel Industries, Extreme Networks, Headlight Audio Visual, Juniper Networks, New England Communications, PCM, Presidio, Pulse Secure, SonicWall, Thrive Networks, TPx Communications, Verkada, WEI, and Zerto.

GHM Insurance Agency Recognized for Exceptional Customer Commitment and Service selected for The Hanover’s President’s Club

GHM Insurance Agency recently was selected for The Hanover Insurance Group’s President’s Club, an elite group of independent insurance agencies from across the country.

The Hanover’s President’s Club agencies are recognized for delivering outstanding value to their customers through their insurance expertise and responsive service.

The Hanover partners with a select group of 2,300 independent agents nationwide. GHM was one of only 120 independent agencies recognized with this distinction. This is the 18th consecutive year GHM has been named to The Hanover’s President’s Club.]

“We are proud to partner with the great team at GHM Insurance Agency,” said Richard W. Lavey, president, Hanover Agency Markets. “They are truly committed to serving their customers, offering valued counsel and high-quality insurance expertise.”

The agency was formally recognized for its inclusion in the company’s President’s Club during a national business conference in Bluffton, South Carolina.

“GHM has been serving the insurance needs of Maine families and business owners since 1901. We’re proud to represent The Hanover Insurance Group. They are an outstanding insurance carrier that provides a high level of value and service we expect when choosing which carrier to place our customer’s business with,” said Bill Mitchell, President at GHM.

The Maine Film Center Hosts 22nd Annual Maine International Film Festival July 12 – 21

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The Maine Film Center Hosts 22nd Annual Maine International Film Festival July 12 – 21

Waterville once again becomes the epicenter of independent and Maine-forward film for ten days

Waterville, Maine —The Maine Film Center, whose mission is to educate, entertain, and build community through film and art, is pleased to announce the 22nd Annual Maine International Film Festival (MIFF), scheduled for July 12th – 21st, 2019 in Waterville, Maine. MIFF is currently seeking film submissions as well as sponsoring organizations and individuals, Festival Pass preorders, and volunteers for the 10-day Festival. Learn more at: http://www.MIFF.org.

Over the course of 10 exciting days, MIFF showcases 100 premier releases of American independent and international cinema, classic revivals, inspiring performances, exhibitions, and community workshops in Waterville, Maine. At MIFF, audiences have the unique opportunity to connect with directors, producers, writers, actors, and musicians who travel to Waterville from across the globe. Founded in 1998, MIFF honors members of the independent film industry whose contributions to cinema deserve recognition. Honored guests and visiting filmmakers host panels and informal Q&A sessions, giving the audiences an incredible chance to hear about the art of film from those on the front lines.

MIFF is currently seeking submissions – the absolute deadline is May 20th – and primarily seeks feature-length and short films of any genre. Special consideration will be given to works that were filmed in Maine or that have a significant Maine theme or focus. MIFF will not accept films that have been theatrically released prior to the start of the festival or have been publicly exhibited in the state of Maine in any way (including film festivals, television transmissions, and one-off events). Filmmakers are encouraged to submit at https://www.miff.org/submit/

There are many ways to support this exciting, high-profile highlight of summer in Maine. Pass holders receive access, perks, exposure, placement, recognition, and exclusivity. Package holders and supporters are prominently credited in MIFF’s programs, events, and print materials. MIFF is also seeking business sponsorships for its film screenings and special events including the Opening Night party and Achievement Award galas. Want to get involved behind the scenes and in the front lines of the Festival action? Volunteer! Volunteers receive many perks and exclusives in return for their service to the arts,

including free film access, VIP event access, celebrity meet and greets and more. Learn more about these exciting opportunities to make the most of MIFF at http://www.MIFF.org today!

About the Maine International Film Festival
The 22nd annual Maine International Film Festival, a project of the Maine Film Center, will be held in Waterville, Maine from July 12-21 at Railroad Square Cinema and the Waterville Opera House. During the 10 days of the festival, MIFF features nearly 100 films, representing the best of American and International independent cinema and spotlighting some of Maine and New England’s most innovative filmmakers. The full MIFF schedule will be available on the Festival’s website, www.miff.org as the Festival nears.

About the Maine Film Center

The Maine Film Center (MFC) brings independent film to Waterville through the nationally recognized Maine International Film Festival, an annual 10-day event that attracts filmmakers and film aficionados worldwide; Railroad Square Cinema, the only Sundance Art House cinema in Maine; and by hosting world-class exhibitions and educational opportunities. MFC inspires an appreciation for the art of film, and, as part of the artistic community, works to make Waterville a sought-after arts destination. MFC firmly believes that art and culture have the power to enrich lives, strengthen community bonds, and act as an economic engine. Its mission is to educate, entertain, and build community through film and art.

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Waterville Rocks! Returns for 4th Year in Castonguay Square with Free Summer Concerts

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Free, family-friendly concerts to be held on June 28th, July 5th, July 26th, and August 2nd  

Featured Acts include Enter the Haggis, The Mallett Brothers Band, Kat Wright and more! 

Waterville, Maine — Waterville Creates!, one of Maine’s leading arts and cultural organizations with a mission to promote Waterville as a vibrant destination in central Maine, is delighted to announce the fourth consecutive year of Waterville Rocks! The series of free and family-friendly outdoor concerts will feature regional acts, including Enter the Haggis, The Mallett Brothers Band, and Kat Wright in downtown Waterville’s Castonguay Square on Friday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Along with fabulous music, the concert series will offer a beer garden by The Proper Pig selling beverages and food for adults of age to enjoy, and will also host the Stone Fox Farm Creamery Food Truck for kids of all ages. Waterville Rocks! is hosted by the Waterville Opera House and sponsored by local businesses, organizations and patrons of the arts. The series is designed to provide free cultural programming for the community and offer a new way to animate downtown Waterville.

The 2019 Waterville Rocks! free summer concert dates are set for June 28, July 5, July 26, and August 2 and will once again feature a variety of funk, rock, pop and Americana music for attendees. A website to help promote this free concert series is located at http://www.operahouse.org/waterville-rocks/.

The first Waterville Rocks! concert is scheduled for Friday, June 28th and features performances by The Mallett Brothers Band and Hymn for Her. Bring a blanket or chairs to enjoy in Castonguay Square, stop by The Stone Fox Farm Creamery ice cream truck, or The Proper Pig Beer Garden (open at 5:30pm for adults of age).

The second concert in the Waterville Rocks! series is scheduled for Friday, July 5th and is our first all-female concert, including performances by Kat Wright and Katie Matzell. Come enjoy these ladies of rock in Castonguay Square! Yes, The Proper Pig Beer Garden and The Stone Fox Farm Creamery will be back!

The third concert in the Waterville Rocks! series is scheduled for Friday, July 26th and will include performances by Tinsley Ellis and Cold Engines. Come enjoy these fan-favorites in Castonguay Square along with ice cream from The Stone Fox Farm Creamery and delicious refreshments from The Proper Pig Beer Garden.

Enter the Haggis and Tricky Britches will perform on August 2nd for the final concert. Enter the Haggis performed at our largest Waterville Rocks! concert last season, so we just had to ask them back to play for us again for anyone who missed that incredible evening downtown. We thought Tricky Britches would pair nicely!

Waterville Rocks! is hosted by the Waterville Opera House and made possible by the generosity of the following businesses, organizations and arts patron sponsors: Colby College, GHM Insurance Agency, Waterville Creates!, Kennebec Savings Bank, Inland Hospital, Central Maine Motors, Thomas College, and John and Jackie Dalton. Waterville Rocks! is also supported by Waterville Creates! Partners: the City of Waterville, Common Street Arts, the Maine Film Center, the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and the Waterville Public Library.

In the event of rain, all Waterville Rocks! concerts will be performed inside the Waterville Opera House. Scheduled to perform as part of the Waterville Rocks! Summer Concert Series:

June 28
The Mallett Brothers Band –
An independent, nationally touring sextet with albums chock-full of crackling Americana, a foot-stomping patchwork of country, folk, and rock.
Hymn for Her – An incredible duo that injects juiced-up backwoods country blues with desert rock psychedelia.

July 5
Kat Wright –
There’s soul flowing in and out of her rock ‘n’ roll with a serpentine seduction. She has been described as “a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse.”
Katie Matzell –
Upcoming Portland, Maine native with a voice that is “fierce and dazzling.”

July 26
Tinsley Ellis –
“Non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge… his eloquence dazzles… he achieves pyrotechnics that rival Beck and Clapton.”
Cold Engines –
An all-star cast of artists that brings together a mix of soul, new wave, rock, and dance.

August 2
Enter the Haggis –
Toronto-based Indie Celtic Folk Rock band with appearances on “Live with Regis and Kelly”, and a PBS concert special that aired across multiple stations!
Tricky Britches – A country, contra-dance, bluegrass, rock string-band consisting of four friends from Maine who shape their music around experiences from places in the U.S. to Europe!

About Waterville Rocks!
Waterville Rocks! is a free, family-friendly concert series held in downtown Waterville’s Castonguay Square. Established in 2016 by local business leaders and arts-focused organizations, Waterville Rocks! has become an annual community celebration of all-things-music held in the great outdoors. Keep up to date on all the latest and greatest news and event updates at operahouse.org/waterville-rocks or on Facebook at facebook.com/WatervilleRocks 

Family Violence Project Volunteer Training Starts Soon!

Are you a good listener?

Are you comfortable talking on the phone?

Do you have a passion for helping others?

If you answered yes to these questions, we have an opportunity that may be perfect for you!

Family Violence Project has an ongoing need for volunteer advocates to help answer our 24-Hour Helpline for those affected by domestic violence. As a volunteer advocate on the helpline, you will make a difference in people’s lives by volunteering once a month from the comfort of your home. Do you worry that you won’t know what to say? Family Violence Project offers a free training that prepares you for this volunteer role; also, a staff person will always be available to assist you by phone while you are volunteering. Participants in the training will learn about the complex issue of domestic violence, the staff and services of Family Violence Project, and how to talk with callers and help them create safety plans. Although successful completion of our training is required for this volunteer role, no other experience is necessary.

Family Violence Project’s next volunteer training will be held in Augusta starting April 23rd! For more information, please contact Jaime at  or 207-620-9044. You can also find out more information on our webpage: https://www.familyviolenceproject.org/how-you-can-help/volunteer/

Funeral Alternatives has moved!

We are moving!!!

Charles Kincer and his staff at Funeral Alternatives are proud to announce their move from 198 Western Avenue to their new Augusta location!

You can find us at 82 Western Ave., just down the street from our previous location in King’s Court.

Funeral Alternatives is a locally owned and operated funeral establishment, and is dedicated to serving families in the areas in which we live and work.

We specialize in offering an alternative to the traditional funeral home culture, and although we provide many of the same services as traditional firms, we have a more simplified, cost effective approach. Simplified means that the consumer gets the services that they need and/or want, without the high cost frills associated with traditional cremation and burial packages.

Funeral Alternatives offers cremations, burials, viewings, church funerals, graveside services, personalized memorials and caring, personal support for hundreds or even thousands of dollars less.

Call us at 207-626-8100 for more information, or with questions about cremations, burials, or pre-payment options.

“Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote” Opens March 23, 2019 at the Maine State Museum

The Maine State Museum in Augusta opens its newest exhibition, “Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote,” on Saturday, March 23, 2019. The museum will be celebrating the opening with free admission all day from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Maine Girls Chorus will give a special performance at 11:00 a.m. Special crafts for kids and families will be offered throughout the day.

“As Maine prepares to celebrate its bicentennial in 2020, it’s stunning to realize that, at our state’s founding, only non-Indian male citizens 21 and older could vote,” comments Museum Director Bernard Fishman. “Even more surprising was that it took 100 years of petitions to the Maine Legislature, work by suffrage organizations large and small, and countless debates and demonstrations, before most women finally received the vote in 1920. It’s hard to believe that there was so much opposition to what we now see as such an obvious right. Surely that means we’re making real progress after all.”

Through the people who lived the struggle, the museum’s exhibition tells the story of the 100-year effort to expand voting rights to include women. Historical photographs, artifacts, and documents on display add dimension to those stories as they were played out in newspaper headlines, parades, cartoons, products, and petitions. The work of Maine activists, and the ‘antis’ who were against opening the vote to women, are seen along with the passions of the national struggle. The museum exhibit also looks at women’s lives generally over the century, as well as at voting issues that continue to be a vibrant part of public debate today. In fact, the exhibit will include a voting booth where visitors can cast their ‘ballot’ about some of the current voting-related questions that are pointing the way to the next surge of enthusiasm in the examination of who can vote and what voting means in America’s form of representative democracy.

“Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote” will be on view at the museum through January 25, 2020. Related educational programs and events will be announced or available through the museum’s website at www.mainestatemuseum.org. “Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote” is also a project of Maine’s Suffrage Centennial Collaborative, a diverse group of organizations that, through 2020, will feature a variety of programs about the centennial of women’s suffrage and the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. For further information, see the collaborative’s website www.mainesuffragecentennial.org.

The Maine State Museum is located at 230 State Street in Augusta. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday, and all state holidays. Admission is charged. For more information: www.mainestatemuseum.org or call 207-287-2301.

Trek Across Maine Comes to Central Maine

For the first time ever, the Trek Across Maine riders will be coming through Augusta and many other parts of the Kennebec Valley. They will be riding through new communities and past more of our beautiful state. With the new route comes new demand for volunteers from these communities, and their connections to local businesses! For information on taking part in the Trek Across Maine as a cyclist, volunteer, or donor, please visit www.trekacrossmaine.org or call Erica Fredrick-Rock at 207-624-0310 to volunteer and Chrystal Toner at 207-624-0312 to ride or donate. Come be part of our Father's Day tradition! 

The American Lung Association has hosted the Trek Across Maine fundraising cycling event each year since 1985. In 2019, the organization is proud that the Trek Across Maine will celebrate its 35th anniversary. Over the course of the event’s history, over $25 million has been raised to support the mission work of the American Lung Association: to save lives my improving lung health and preventing lung disease. For more information about the initiatives of the American Lung Association, please visit www.lung.org.ALA Trek Across Maine 35 Aniv Horiz Clr USE

Upcoming Workshops and Courses at Zardus Art of Massage & Wellness Spa w/School of Massage

Embodying the Sacred Feminine- Healing the Divine Masculine

March 16:  10 a.m. to  4 p.m. –. at Zardus Art of Massage & Wellness Spa w/ School of Massage, 1 Lincoln Ave, Gardiner, ME   $120   

NOTE:  A segment of this workshop will be offered again at the Zardus Open House on June 18 for $30

Presented by Kat Beaudoin (www.katbeaudoin.com;  fb: Kat Beaudoin, Hope Belief Trust; and Mary Katherine Spain, Nine-Pillars Healing of Portland.  Contact: 207-446-8099 or

 

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation (non-religious based)

March 13 (every Wednesday) - 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at Zardus Art of Massage and Wellness Spa with School of Massage, 1 Lincoln Ave, Gardiner, Maine. Recommended donation $8   

Presented by Ani Jane (fb: Zardus Art of Massage & Wellness Spa w/School of Massage; Contact: 207-446-7470 or

Spiritual Dowsing:   Tools for Accessing Intuition and Exploring the Unseen Realms.

March 17 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Zardus Art of Massage and Wellness Spa with School of Massage, 1 Lincoln Ave, Gardiner, Maine. $60

Presented by Kat Beaudoin (www.katbeaudoin.com; fb: Kat Beaudoin, Hope Belief Trust; Contact: 207-446-8099 or

 

Chakra Balancing Art Workshop for Mind, Body and Spirit Balance

March 22 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Zardus Art of Massage and Wellness Spa with School of Massage, 1 Lincoln Ave, Gardiner, Maine   $40

Presented by Teresa Zardus BA in Psych, LMT, CRP and Spiritual Healing Arts (www.katbeaudoin.com; fb: Kat Beaudoin, Hope Belief Trust; Contact: 207-446-8099 or

Hydrotherapy  & Reflexology (no prerequisites or experience needed)

March 23 - 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Zardus Art of Massage and Wellness Spa w/School of Massage, 1 Lincoln Ave, Gardiner, Maine. $95  Presented by Claire Guy (www.SoleWiseReflexology; fb: Claire Guy; Contact: 207-441-5670 or

 

Circle Medicine: Labyrinths, Grids & Earth Mandalas

April 13 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Zardus Art of Massage and Wellness Spa with School of Massage, 1 Lincoln Ave, Gardiner, Maine   $60  

Presented by Kat Beaudoin (fb: Zardus Art of Massage & Wellness Spa w/School of Massage; Contact: 207-446-7470 or

 

Stone Circle Method - An ancient method of divination and introspection

April 14 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Zardus Art of Massage and Wellness Spa with School of Massage, 1 Lincoln Ave, Gardiner, Maine   $60

Presented by Kat Beaudoin (www.katbeaudoin.com; fb: Kat Beaudoin, Hope Belief Trust; Contact: 207-446-8099 or

 

Intuitive Vibration Energy Work 101

April 23 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Zardus Art of Massage and Wellness Spa with School of Massage, 1 Lincoln Ave., Gardiner, Maine  $50

Presented by Kat Beaudoin (www.katbeaudoin.com; fb: Kat Beaudoin, Hope Belief Trust; Contact: 207-446-8099 or

About: Kat, a former management executive, operates her business under the name Kat Beaudoin, Hope-Belief-Trust. She has been studying shamanism since the late 70s, began formal training in tai chi and qi gong, shamanism, reiki, and access consciousness in 2008.  She uses all of these tools in her energy moving practice. Her passion is to offer experiential workshops designed to expand consciousness.

NDFCU Places 22nd in Total Funds Raised

This is in large part due to our Members!

On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, New Dimensions FCU had the honor of attending the Maine Credit Union League Ending Hunger campaign luncheon at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport. This special event recognizes the contributions of Maine’s credit unions made to combat hunger in the state.

We are proud and excited to announce that the 2018 Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger raised a record-setting $787,360.68 (that’s $47,333 more than last year’s total). The other exciting fact is that there was 100% participation from Maine’s credit unions again this year. Due to hard work and our fundraising efforts, NDFCU placed 22nd in total funds raised and 30th for per member contributions, which means we will receive a total of $9,202.11 to distribute to local organizations and food pantries. Yes, this means this money we raised goes back into the local community it came from. READ MORE HERE!