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Capital Area Federal Credit Union is holding their 12th annual BBQ to benefit Special Olympics Maine on Friday August 2, 2024 from 11am to 2pm. There will be burgers and hot dogs, chips, beverages and baked goods. This year's sponsor and grill master will be RA Robinson Landscaping. Make sure to stop by and help raise money for this worthy cause. 

Join us on the Maine Wine Trail this summer - get on the app! 

Check-in at YOUR favorite tasting rooms and win prizes and rewards!

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Did you know that there are 30 Tasting Rooms in Maine?

It's true! Map out your Wine Trail Adventure and Check them ALL out!

Brought to you by the Maine Winery Guild

Escape Augusta recently opMissing Poster fullened its THIRD room and it's made for young escape artists!

The Case of the Missing Pet is a 45 minute room available in two difficulty levels - very easy (ages 6-9) and easy (ages 10+).

This fun room for beginners comes with some feel-good philanthropy: 10% of all ticket sales will be donated

to the Kennebec Valley Humane Society.


Visit to book today!


 ESCAPE AUGUSTA: Where you can't escape the fun!

Curious how much your antique vase is worth? Think your family heirloom is priceless? Bring your treasured items to the Community Meeting Room for valuation by expert appraisers from the Thomaston Place Auction Galleries on Thursday, May 2nd from 1:00 – 4:00pm.  A donation to the Friends of Lithgow Library is required for each appraisal. We ask that you bring no more than 5 items, and no glass or china unless it is Tiffany.

Lithgow Library is located at 45 Winthrop Street, Augusta, ME 04330

On Sunday, April 28th, 2024 at FirstPark in Oakland at 9:00 am, people will be running or walking in solidarity against the harsh reality of the impact of sexual violence in our Maine communities. Inspired by the current Maine statistic of an estimated ONE in FIVE people in Maine have been affected by sexual violence (Muskie School of Public Policy, Maine Crime Victimizations Rates, 2011), the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center is hosting the 13th annual One in Five 5k race. You can choose to sign up for the virtual race which we have extended to May 12th, or you can join us at FirstPark on April 28th. This event is taking place in the month of April to honor Sexual Assault Awareness Month!

Registration is open now:


  • Do you want to build your team and leadership effectiveness?
  • Do you want a healthy team?  
  • Do you want to learn from a new perspective in a non-traditional setting?

Well trying something new & different –



Our Program:

Our program offers a unique and non-traditional opportunity for organizations to build a stronger team in an outdoor natural setting through our customized Equine Assisted Programs.  Our programs will help develop leaders and improve communication, collaboration and cooperations between all staff members.

What’s not traditional – is team building with horses.  Each session becomes an experiential learning with opportunities to teach grounding skills, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, improve confidence, and improve communications skills.

Our horses will do most of the teaching in the specific activities we have designed to develop problem-solving skills while encouraging participants to work as teams to achieve positive results.

Why Horses:

Horses are 100% honest, 100% of them time.  No matter who you are, the horse will be an authentic team member who will let you know if things are working – or not.  And most often they will give you plenty of chances to get it right.

Without judgement they teach us to be present, honest, clear and committed.  Like people, horses come with a wide range of personalities, moods, and unique quirks.  They react differently to each person and each situation.

The horse’s herd mentality offers powerful leadership lessons. A horse will respect a herd leader who demonstrates awareness, fairness, consistency, and respect when guiding towards a goal.  Horses will challenge a leader who is vague, confusing or lacking commitment to the good of the group.  As a tool of survival – horses are highly sensitive to nonverbal stimuli, they are experts at reading the most subtle behaviors such as body language, posture, expressions, determination, and emotional charge of people.  They seem to sense personal level of trust, confidence, awareness and interpersonal skill providing us with valuable, visible, and uncensored feedback immediately.  With all of this information we learn if, when, or how we need to do something differently to meet their particular needs at that moment.

Effectively Lead & Manage

Our skilled facilitators know how to define the teachable moments in this unique style of the horse/human interaction that makes for an effective approach to building team leaders’ strong team dynamics.

In a very real sense, the horses do most of the teaching – event facilitators are there to provide explanations and guidance through each experience.

Horses have a great deal to t ach us, largely because they have so much in common with humans.  They are also surprisingly good at revealing the hidden dynamics within any team.  These sensitive creatures can actually hear our heartbeat and will react to even the slightest changes within a group.

For many this experience proves to be absolutely life-changing.  It builds trust and communication in a fun, engaging and full collaborative atmosphere.  Because these events make such a lasting impression, participants tend to retain the lessons far longer than in a typical classroom experience.

Programs are offered with certified professionals in both the equine industry and in corporate team building sessions.   Each session is limited to 10 participants.  No horse experience is necessary.  All work is unmounted (no riding required). 

Contact us for more information and to for customized programs and packages.


Kennebec Behavioral Health is hosting its annual community fundraiser, a Night Out, in Augusta on November 4th. The event will feature a Maine Horror-themed murder mystery show with Mystery 207, a three-course meal, cash bar and basket raffle (ages 21+). 

Mystery 207 will stage the crime, give clues and interact with attendees as they try to solve who the murderer is. Costumes are encouraged! Attendees can dress up as their favorite horror character with extra points going to Stephen King characters. 

Tickets start at $55/person and are available at All proceeds benefit KBH's College Scholarship fund which supports Maine students pursuing a college education in behavioral health. 

HeartSaver CPR/AED and First Aid Course Date: 9/11/2023 Time: 8am - 1pm Location: Augusta Natural Gas 21 Meadow Road Augusta, ME 04330 Who should take this course? The AHA’s Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course is designed for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for their job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements, or anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting. What does this course teach? * First aid basics * Medical emergencies * Injury emergencies * Environmental emergencies * Preventing illness and injury * Adult CPR and AED use * Opioid-associated life-threatening emergencies * Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED Contact: CPR of MAINE David Mejia 207-592-9181
BLS CPR Renewal Course
Monday, October 02, 2023, 09:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Kennebec Valley Chamber

                269 Western Ave 

                Augusta, ME 04330

Time: 0900 - 1200pm

What does this course teach?

  • High-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
  • The AHA Chain of Survival, specifically the BLS components
  • Important early use of an AED
  • Effective ventilations using a barrier device
  • Importance of teams in multirescuer resuscitation and performance as an effective team member during multirescuer CPR
  • Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infant

Who should take this course?

The AHA’s BLS Course is designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings.

Contact: David Mejia at 207-592-9181 or 

Space is limited Sign up today.

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8 of the 10 Run Amok meads that competed at the recent Orpheus Mead Fest came home with medals.  These are them!  Come and try some! 

Summer Hours at FairWeather, our Tasting Bar(n) are:  Sat 2-7, Sun 12-5. 

Come and Run Amok with us!  (What could possibly go wrong?  😉)

Run Amok Mead is located at 1043 High Street in West Gardiner, Maine and we CANNOT WAIT to see you!

Check our FB for upcoming Tasting Barn events and Brewfests!

We are Harvest Hosts - come stay with us! 


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Would your business benefit from a Free IT Evaluation ? From Data Backups, Cloud Solutions, Phone Systems, Cyber Security, Remote Access and More. We can provide the solutions you need. You can email  or call 207-544-5510 for more information and scheduling! Find out your how your current Network is doing.

Secondly, as a fellow Member of chamber you will also be entitled to 1 month of complimentary Anti-Virus protection, should you choose to work with us for your IT Needs. 



We are already almost to the halfway point of 2023! The Keller Agency wants to express a huge thank you to all of you for your support and understanding as we navigated the waters of this new agency. We are thankful that State Farm gave Paul the opportunity to be an agent in Augusta and we are thankful to the community for their support. Collectively, our team has 46 years of service in State Farm and though our agency is new, our team is not, and we have lots of experience to help you with what is important to you. In this agency, we pledge to treat every customer as we would our own family and provide you with choices and appropriate products and services to meets your individual needs. Thank you again for your support through our transition in the new agency, and we look forward to many years of service to you!!

Keller Insurance Agency Inc
Paul A Keller, Agent
38 Bangor St, Augusta

We are pleased to announce that Katherine Higgins, Relationship Manager has successfully completed the requirements for her Series 7 investment securities license. The exam focuses on stocks and bonds, investment risk and interactions with clients. Katherine is now preparing for the Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law exam.

Securities and Advisory Services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Katherine Higgins holds her Series 7 license with LPL Financial.

WATERVILLE, MAINE - April 20, 2023  - Golden Pond Wealth Management’s founder and managing director,    Brian Bernatchez, CFP®, was recently named to Forbes' Best-In-State Wealth Advisors list for the fourth consecutive year.

“According to Forbes, the annual list spotlights the nation’s top performing advisors, who are nominated by their affiliated firm and evaluated based on a methodology developed by SHOOK Research. Advisors are also evaluated based on personal interviews, industry experience, revenue trends, a review of compliance records and a focus on those that encompass best practices in service to their clients.

“Although Forbes recognizes the individual advisor, being included in the Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors list with a top 4 ranking for Maine is a reflection of our entire team, our clients, and their continued confidence in and support of our efforts to grow and protect their wealth,” said Brian Bernatchez, CFP®.

Golden Pond Wealth Management is based in Waterville, Maine. They provide retirement planning and comprehensive wealth management to individuals and families, and investment & endowment management to non-profit institutions.

Brian Bernatchez is an independent financial advisor affiliated with LPL financial, the nation's largest independent broker-dealer* and a leader in the retail finance market, providing resources, tools and technology that support advisors in their work to enrich their client's financial lives.

Securities and Advisory Services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC

*Based on total revenues, Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2022

LPL Financial, Forbes magazine and Golden Pond Wealth Management are all separate entities. The Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisor ranking, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on in-person and telephone due diligence meetings and a ranking algorithm that includes: client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, including: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Portfolio performance is not a criterion due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK Research receives a fee in exchange for rankings.