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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!

New Dimensions works hard to protect its members information!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a Branch Manager, I want you to know that New Dimensions is looking out for its members and that our staff is devoted to you as a person as well! We want you to know that when you contact us, we will be here to help you do your financial business and we will make sure your information is safe. Did you know that our staff has been trained on how to detect potential fraud, violations of financial and human rights such as elder abuse, or warning signs of human trafficking? It all falls into our “people helping people” philosophy and we are proud to be serving you for your everyday needs. We take pride in the fact that we may be able to make more than a financial impact in someone’s life by standing for what is right and protecting our members.

 

 

Peacox Productions Present: A Magical Christmas

Join us on December 7th & 8th at 7:30 PM at Hallowell City Hall for "A Magical Christmas" fundraiser for our Christmas Program! Peacox Productions is Maine's Premier Male & Female Impersonation Troupe with music, dance, and comedy, and this performance will have a special appearance by Maine Humorist, Gary Crocker! Please bring an unwrapped toy or warm mittens for children ages birth to 12 years old!

AAA Car Care Clinic

AAA Car Care Clinic 

 

Join us November 1st, 2018 for our annual Car Care Clinic!

 

Free to Members & Non-Members

 

Come learn how to maintain your vehicle, plus take advantage of the following services:

Free 38-point Vehicle Maintenance
Inspection (a $45 value), including:
✓ Belts
✓ Hoses
✓ Fluid levels
✓ Tire pressure
✓ Windshield wipers

 

AAA Battery Service:
✓ Battery test
✓ Charging system test
✓ Failed battery
replacement available
for purchase

 

Phone: 207.622.2221

 

Location: AAA Augusta

Turnpike Mall 

20 Whitten Rd

Augusta, ME 04330

 

 

Name Change Announcement

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We are excited to announce that Capitol Computers is changing its name to Unlimited Technology, effective September 1, 2018.

You will continue to receive the same great service and dedication to excellence you’ve come to rely on, now as Unlimited Technology. As part of our continued commitment to providing end to end security services to our clients, we will be adding to the services we already offer, including Cyber Security and Exero services.

Unlimited Technology was started in 1989 and has become a fully integrated solutions provider. Our owners and top managers have over 90 years of expertise in the security and technology industries. We have multiple offices throughout the country, and acquired Capitol Computers in 2015, which now serves as our Maine office.

We look forward to continuing to manage your technology needs so you can manage your business.

Let's Shine a Light on Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time where we shine a light on this very large but often hidden issue that greatly impacts our families, friends, and communities. We are asking you to join us by putting purple lights in your storefront window. Let's show our community that we support survivors and hold those who use violence accountable. 

To show your support, contact the Family Violence Project at 620-9043. For $20.00, you will receive a string of purple lights to display in your window and a small poster that explains the meaning of the lights as well as our helpline information. 

Together, we can end domestic violence.

Volunteer With Us!

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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, I 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 Waterville Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting September 18th. If you are interested in participating in this training and volunteer opportunity, you must be 18 years of age or older, complete a volunteer interview, and pass background / reference checks prior to being accepted into the training. Volunteer interviews must be completed by the end of the business day on Tuesday, September 11th. While the training itself is free of charge, we ask for a $25 donation from those who are financially able to provide it; this will help cover the cost of background checks. The inability to make a donation will not prevent a person from participating in this opportunity!

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity or schedule an interview, please contact Jaime Mooney (Advocacy Director) at 207-620-9044 or .

35th Annual Trek Across Maine

Join the American Lung Association for the 35th annual Trek Across Maine on Father's Day Weekend - June 14 – 16th, 2019. Featuring a new route for our 35th Anniversary, cycle 180 miles across the state of Maine, with the starting and finishing line hosted at the Brunswick Landing and overnight stops at Bates College in Lewiston and Colby College in Waterville. This ride is fully supported by volunteers and trained medical staff, including support vehicles along the route and three rest stops daily.

-2 day option for those of you that can’t get away for a 3 day vacation! Join us Saturday and Sunday and enjoy the Trek experience!

-1 Day option for those that want to just experience a taste of the Trek Across Maine! Join us on Sunday for the last leg of the ride starting at Colby College!

VOLUNTEER WITH US! We are always looking for volunteers to help us support the Trek Across Maine. We have many volunteer opportunities available. Please contact Erica at 857-302-6646 or for more information.

ROUTE OPTIONS:

The Regular Route:

Day 1: Brunswick Landing to Bates College in Lewiston  (approx. 60 mi) - 3 rest stops located on route

Day 2: Brunswick to Colby College in Waterville (approx. 60 mi) - 3 rest stops located on route & 1 water stop

Day 3: Colby College to Brunswick Landing  (approx. 60 mi) - 3 rest stops located on route & last mile staging stop

NOTE: Although we try to be consistent, mileage may vary from year to year depending on local and state construction projects.

2 Day Option

Date: June 15 – 16, 2019
Start Location: Colby College, Waterville, ME
Finish Location: Brunswick Landing, Brunswick ME
Mileage: Approx. 100 Miles
Fundraising Minimum: $400 ($300 ages 7-17)
Age Limit: 7 years and up 

1 Day Option

Date: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Start Location: Colby College, Waterville, ME
Finish Location: Brunswick Landing, Brunswick ME
Mileage: Approx. 60 Miles
Fundraising Minimum: $250 ($200 ages 7-17)
Age Limit: 7 years and up

FEES & FUNDRAISING:

Registration is $65 registration fee.  This is non-refundable & non-transferable.  Registration fee does not count toward fundraising minimum. 

3 Day Fundraising: $550 per person ($400 for ages 7 -17)**

2 Day Fundraising: $400 per person ($300 for ages 7 - 17)**

1 Day Fundraising: $250 per person ($200 for ages 7-17)**

** Fundraising must be submitted before the start of the ride or you will not be able aloud to ride**

For more information, visit: www.trekacrossmaine.org email call: 207-624-0312

***Note***Age Limit is 7 years and up.  Children between the ages of 7 - 12 must ride a tandem or tag-a-long bike with adult guardian. All children under the age of 18 must have an adult guardian with them at all times on the route. Child and guardian are both required to meet the fundraising minimum.

Celebrating Resilience

On Thursday, September 20th, we will be 'Celebrating Resilience' at O'Brien's Event Center at the Best Western in Waterville. This year's celebration recognizes the hard work and dedication of some past and present pregnant or parenting teens to complete their high school education and become successful parents.

Past and present teen parents will share their stories of the Sharon Abrams' Teen Parent School Program and we will also have a number of silent auction items to bid on and support our fundraising! The event will start at approximately 6:00 PM with a social and silent auction bidding available at 5:30.

Tickets are $40 and are available online or by calling (207) 872-0261.

2018 MTUG Information Technology Summit & Tradeshow is May 31 - Please join us! Early bird rate ends 5/23

The MTUG 2018 Summit & Tradeshow is a great chance to learn of new trends in tech and security, network with IT professionals, and enjoy a tradeshow floor of innovative products and services. Please join us for Maine's largest business tech event!

WHEN: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

WHERE: Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101

WHAT: 14 Workshops, 50+ Exhibitors, 500 attendees, Continental Breakfast, Buffet Lunch, Dessert, Prizes!

SIGN UP: Visit https://www.mtug.org/summit 

COST: $45 by Wednesday 5/23 (extended from previous postings); $50 standard advance; ($60 on the event day); $25 for pre-registered students with credential.

HIGHLIGHTS: 

--> WORKSHOPS: Tracks include Cloud, IT Career Development, IT Infrastructure, Security, and "Tech Sandbox." Workshops selected by our nonprofit board. FMI: https://www.mtug.org/summit#Workshops

--> KEYNOTE: Dr. Rafael J. Grossmann, Trauma/General Surgeon & Health Technology Innovator, presents "Mixed Reality & Beyond: The Smart Use of Technology Without Limits!" Following the Keynote, MTUG will present the 7th Annual MTUG Co-Sponsored Scholarships with donor representatives and scholarship recipients. For keynote bio and presentation details: https://www.mtug.org/summit#Keynote 

--> TRADESHOW: 50+ Exhibitors -- Check them out! -- https://www.mtug.org/summit#BoothMap

The Maine Technology Users Group (MTUG) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing IT professionals and business leaders together to network, educate, and share technology experiences.

MAINE’S LARGEST INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT AND TRADESHOW FEATURES TECHNOLOGY INNOVATORS, WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITORS

The Maine Technology Users Group (MTUG) will hold its 31st Annual Information Technology Summit and Tradeshow on Thursday, May 31st 2018, 7:30am to 4pm, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland. An expected 500+ IT professionals will gather to share technology experiences and the latest in techniques, services and products. 

The registration fee is $45 “Early Bird” rate by 5/16/18, $50 advanced purchase, and $60 on the event day. $25 rate available for Students who pre-register. Fee includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, keynote, workshops, exhibit hall access and afternoon refreshments. To receive updates via Twitter, follow @MTUG_Maine and search for #MTUG2018. For complete details or to register, visit the Summit Page online at:  https://www.mtug.org/summit.

This year's Keynote Speaker is Dr. Rafael Grossmann, Trauma/General Surgeon and Health Technology Innovator. In his address, "Mixed Reality & Beyond: The Smart Use of Technology Without Limits!" Dr. Grossmann will explore current trends and the future of the smart application of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality technologies in healthcare and education.  Dr. Grossmann was the first surgeon to pioneer the use of Google Glass during live surgery, and is an ardent telemedicine, global health, and digital medicine advocate.

The event features 15 workshops and demonstrations across 5 tracks: Cloud, IT Career Development, IT Infrastructure, Security, and “Tech Sandbox” (hands on technology demonstrations) on topics such as redesigning a campus-wide network, using DevOps in chaotic situations, Microsoft Azure migrations and deployments, cost effective security techniques, Maine’s neutral internet exchange, security threat hunting, IT certification and education programs, and more. Most workshops will be led or co-led by “end-user” IT professionals at Maine-based organizations; sectors represented include retail, education, biotechnology, government services, and manufacturing.

The exhibit hall of 59 vendor booths will be open all day, with ample time to visit between sessions. Exhibitors include representatives from IT and telecom infrastructure, IT services, technology consulting, and tech education vendors from Maine and across the nation.

The expected 500+ attendees will include IT and telecom professionals and senior business and operations managers from Maine and Northern New England, representing all sectors and industries, including finance, education, government, retail, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, nonprofit organizations and more. With three food events around the sessions, there will be plenty of time to network, share ideas, and ask questions of presenters and vendors.

At the Summit Lunch, the 7th Annual MTUG Co-Sponsored Scholarships will be announced jointly with partnering business donors Connectivity Point, Consolidated Communications, Great Works Internet, Lincolnville Communications, Maine Fiber Company, Norway Savings Bank, Systems Engineering, and Tyler Technologies. The scholarships will be managed by the University of Maine Foundation, and will benefit nine students from Maine studying in IT fields at a University of Maine System campus.

MTUG’s 2018 IT Summit Sponsors include: Casco Bay Hall Sponsor Avaya; Lunch Sponsor Consolidated Communications; Gold Sponsors: Carousel Industries, Fortinet, Lincolnville Communications, and Skyterra / Workspot; Silver Sponsors: Enghouse Interactive, Extreme Networks, ITS Inc., New England Communications, Nutanix, PCM, Thrive, TPx Communications, U.S. Cellular, and WEI; Bronze Sponsors: Purdue University Global and Headlight Audio Visual.

The Maine Technology Users Group (MTUG) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing IT professionals and business leaders together to network, educate, and share technology experiences. MTUG holds monthly events -- online and in-person -- from late August to late May. Our Webinars, "Peers & Beers" and annual I.T. Summit cover a broad range of technology topics, including infrastructure / networking, I.T. security / cybersecurity, VoIP and telephony solutions, collaboration tools, devops, video conferencing tools, contact center solutions, technical training / technical education programs and strategies, career and professional development topics, and much more. For additional details, visit MTUG’s website at www.mtug.org.

Healthy Aging Expo on June 1 will inform and entertain

Health Expo

On Friday, June 1, Spectrum Generations’ Cohen Community Center will host their annual Healthy Aging Expo, from 10:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. 

A free event, the Healthy Aging Expo offers attendees an opportunity to meet with exhibitors (including major sponsors, Senscio Systems and Bridges Home Care), learn about different ways food can affect health, sample products, get healthy cooking tips, qualify for door prizes and get resources to meet personal goals. Be sure to stop by the Beltone booth for your free hearing test.

Lunch will be catered by Cohen on the Meadows and available for a cost of $6.50 (sandwich wraps, salads, and vegetarian options).

For more information call 626-7777. Spectrum Generations’ Cohen Community Center is located at 22 Town Farm Road in Hallowell.

Agricultural Field Labor Day on May 3 Showcases Career Opportunities

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry (DACF), Maine Department of Labor (MDOL), and Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC), invite the public to celebrate the vitality of Maine's agricultural industry at the first Agricultural Labor Field Day on Thursday, May 3, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Alfond Recreational Center, KVCC Hinckley Campus, 16 Prescott Dr., Hinckley, ME. The event is open to the public and free to attend.

The Agricultural Labor Field Day connects those interested in professional and academic agricultural careers with local jobs and/or KVCC's undergraduate programming in a variety of agriculture fields, including Sustainable Agriculture, Culinary Arts, and Business Administration. Workforce training and professional development staff from KVCC and MDOL will be on-site to review resumes and offer job searching advice. Attendees can also take a tour of KVCC’s 120-acre farm which demonstrates organic crop production and sustainable livestock.

Schedule of Events:

  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Doors open to the public. Open fair format for participants to visit exhibits and for exhibitors to host interviews
  • 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. – First KVCC Farm Tour leaving the Alfond Rec Center
  • 12 Noon to 12:30 p.m. – Last KVCC Farm Tour leaving the Alfond Rec Center 

There is no cost to exhibit at Agricultural Field Labor Day. Employers and agencies in agricultural and related fields are encouraged to attend and promote their summer jobs, internships, and career opportunities. Pre-registration is required by April 26th. Visit the Farm Labor Link Network for more information or to register.

Current Exhibitors Include:

  • Aldemere Farm
  • Backyard Farms
  • Casella Organics
  • Circle B Farms
  • Eastern Maine Development Corporation
  • Hammond Tractor
  • KeeKionga Farm
  • KVCC’s Business Program
  • KVCC’s Culinary Arts Program
  • KVCC’s Sustainable Agriculture Program
  • KVCC’s Workforce Training & Professional Development
  • Maine AgrAbility.
  • Maine Conservation Corps
  • Maine Department of Labor
  • Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
  • State of Maine Bureau of Human Resources
  • Swan’s Honey
  • USDA
  • Willows Awake Farm
  • Wolfe’s Neck Farm

Maine Department of Labor staff will be available to offer technical assistance to employers in developing job descriptions, recruiting skilled employees, posting job opportunities, find funding for training, increase employee engagement, and much more. In addition, join Eastern Maine Development Corporation to discuss opportunities with the National Farmworker Jobs Program and network with staff from KVCC’s undergraduate programs in Sustainable Agriculture, Culinary Arts, and Business Administration on hosting internship opportunities for KVCC students.

Family Violence Project Volunteer Training Starts in April!

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, I 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 on the following dates and times:

• Tuesday, April 3rd from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                           • Thursday, April 5th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, April 10th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                         • Thursday, April 12th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, April 17th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                         • Thursday, April 19th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, April 24th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                         • Thursday, April 26th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, May 1st from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                            • Thursday, May 3rd from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, May 8th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                            • Thursday, May 10th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, May 15th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                          • Thursday, May 17th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, May 22nd from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

If you are interested in participating in this training and volunteer opportunity, you must be 18 years of age or older, complete a volunteer interview, and pass background / reference checks prior to being accepted into the training. Volunteer interviews must be completed by the end of the business day on March 24th. While the training itself is free of charge, we ask for a $25 donation from those who are financially able to provide it; this will help cover the cost of background checks. The inability to make a donation will not prevent a person from participating in this opportunity! If you would like to learn more about this opportunity or schedule an interview, please contact Jaime Mooney (Advocacy Director) at 207-620-9044 or .