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Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Kicks Off Second Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Bar Harbor Bank NEH Toy Drive 2018Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is kicking off its second annual Holiday Toy Drive on Monday, December 2. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any Bar Harbor Bank & Trust from December 2 through December 13. All the toys collected will be donated to local nonprofit organizations throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

“When you are doing your holiday shopping this year, consider purchasing an extra toy and bringing it to your local Bar Harbor Bank & Trust branch,” said Joseph Schmitt, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “Together we can bring smiles to children in our communities who are in need of holiday cheer.”

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust collected more than 1,200 toys during the inaugural Holiday Toy Drive in 2018.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Collects More Than 3,000 Food Items in Annual Food Drive

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust collected more than 3,000 food items during the bank’s 31st Annual “Food for Good” Food Drive. Between October 21 and November 22, 2019, customers and employees dropped off non-perishable food items at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust branches to help our neighbors in need. The collected items were then delivered to over 30 food pantries across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

“Thanks to the generosity of our customers, neighbors, and employees, the shelves of our local food pantries are a little more stocked for families in need during Thanksgiving and the winter months ahead,” said Joseph Schmitt, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “Giving back to the people in the places we call home is a priority for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, and we are honored to provide this outlet for community giving.”

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.

 

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust collected more than 3,000 food items during the bank’s 31st Annual “Food for Good” Food Drive. Between October 21 and November 22, 2019, customers and employees dropped off non-perishable food items at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust branches to help our neighbors in need. The collected items were then delivered to over 30 food pantries across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

“Thanks to the generosity of our customers, neighbors, and employees, the shelves of our local food pantries are a little more stocked for families in need during Thanksgiving and the winter months ahead,” said Joseph Schmitt, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “Giving back to the people in the places we call home is a priority for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, and we are honored to provide this outlet for community giving.”

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.

 

Camden National Bank Donates an Additional $10,000 and 625 Pounds of Toiletry Items to Five Local Homeless Shelters Serving Maine Youth

Camden National Joe Kreisler Teen Center customer appreciation week donationThis fall, Camden National Bank celebrated its Customer Appreciation Week, highlighted by a $10,000 donation to five homeless shelters in Maine. The shelters receiving funds all provide vital support to Maine youth and teens. The bank’s employees also donated more than 625 pounds of toiletry items, collected at the bank’s 2019 Employee Appreciation Night, to local homeless shelters. The unrestricted funding and in-kind donations are part of the bank’s larger Hope@Home program which has provided more than $440,000 to homeless shelters in the bank’s service area over the past five years.

“Our Hope@Home program has received enthusiastic support from customers and employees since it began in 2015,” said Greg Dufour, President & CEO of Camden National Bank. “These additional donations represent our commitment to this cause as well as the program’s effort to increase awareness for the issue of homeless in our communities.”

The five shelters that received donations for teen and youth services are: Emmaus Homeless Shelter in Orland, Shaw House in Bangor, New Beginnings Inc. in Lewiston, Hospitality House in Rockland, and the Joe Kreisler Teen Shelter at Preble Street in Portland.

"We're humbled by the continued support the Hope@Home program has provided to youth at PrebleCamden National Food Banks Street," said Preble Street Executive Director Mark Swann. "Every dollar that goes to our Teen Services supports young people on their journey to stability, and we know firsthand that a seemingly simple toothbrush or a bar of soap can greatly impact the health and dignity of a person experiencing homelessness."

All five shelters will also receive 125 pounds each of assorted toiletry items—like toothbrushes, shampoo, tissues, and more—donated by Camden National Bank employees.

“The collection boxes at our 2019 Employee Appreciation Night were overflowing with donated items from our employees,” continued Dufour. “It was an incredible reminder of just how committed each employee at Camden National Bank is to giving back and supporting someone going through a tough time.”

To learn more about Hope@Home, please visit: https://www.camdennational.com/hopeathome

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Receives “Lender at Work for Maine Award” from the Finance Authority of Maine

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust received the “Lender at Work for Maine Award” from the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME), which recognizes the Bank's increased lending activity in partnership with the agency and in support of Maine businesses. This year, the Bank and FAME partnered on 20 loans totaling approximately $5.1 million, creating 39 new jobs and retaining an additional 112 jobs in Maine.

The award was presented to the Bank during FAME’s annual event, Showcase Maine, held in Portland, Maine, on November 21. The event celebrates the agency’s successful partnerships with Maine’s business, lending, governmental, and higher education communities.

“Having deep roots in Maine going back more than 130 years, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is committed to helping Maine businesses achieve their drive for success,” said Greg Dalton, EVP, Regional Banking Team Leader for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “We are proud of the work we have accomplished in partnership with the Finance Authority of Maine and are honored to receive this award.”

FAME is a quasi-independent state agency that provides financial solutions that help Maine people achieve their business and higher education goals. FAME helps to create a Maine workforce with good-paying jobs by focusing on the nexus of economic and educational development. Learn more about FAME at www.famemaine.com.

“We are pleased to recognize Bar Harbor Bank & Trust with this award and are proud of our partnership helping to create and grow Maine businesses and jobs,” said FAME CEO Bruce Wagner.

Camden National Bank Continuously Recognized for Outstanding Commitment to Small Business Growth in Maine

This year, Camden National Bank received the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME)’s “Lender at Work for Maine” Award for the tenth time and the U.S. Small Business Adminitration (SBA)’s District Director Award.

The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) presented Camden National Bank with the “Lender at Work for Maine” Award at its annual Showcase Maine event in Portland. The award category is reserved for lenders with assets of $1.5 billion and above, and this is the bank’s tenth time as a FAME awardee. Earlier this month, Camden National Bank also received the 2019 U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) District Director Award. Both recognitions highlight Camden National Bank’s outstanding commitment to supporting Maine business growth.

Over the past year, Camden National Bank partnered with FAME on 48 loans totaling approximately $13.6 million. This in turn helped to create 109 Maine jobs and retain an additional 484 jobs.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to support the growth and success of hard-working, local businesses which help our communities and local economy thrive,” said Tim Nightingale, Executive Vice President and Senior Lending Officer at Camden National Bank. “We are honored to receive both FAME’s ‘Lender at Work for Maine Award’ and the SBA’s ‘District Director Award’ this year as these recognitions represent the long-lasting impact that our partnerships and capabilities have on Maine businesses, families, and communities.”

“Camden National Bank is a valued partner of FAME’s, and we are pleased to once again recognize them for utilizing our programs to help grow Maine’s economy and create and retain good-paying Maine jobs,” said Bruce Wagner, FAME CEO.

FAME is a quasi-independent state agency that provides financial solutions that help Maine people achieve their business and higher education goals. FAME, which is celebrating its 36th Anniversary, helps create a stronger Maine workforce by focusing on the nexus of economic and educational development.

Fort Western to Host Old Time Christmas Open House

Fort Western will present an Old Time Christmas open house, Saturday, November 30th from 12:00pm-4:00pm as part of the Riverfront Holiday Celebration sponsored by the City of Augusta and the Augusta Downtown Alliance.

Take a ride to Fort Western on a horse-drawn hay wagon from downtown Augusta to experience the sights, sounds and smells of an Old Time Christmas. Upon arrival, visitors can warm themselves by an 18th century hearth fire in the south kitchen while sampling holiday refreshments of times past. Period rooms will be decked with holiday décor and music from a Victor Talking Machine will immerse the senses into days of yore. Children and adults can listen to readings of Clement Moore’s 1823 “Twas the Night Before Christmas” [An Account of a Visit from Saint Nicholas] by candlelight and much more!

The giftshop will be open for holiday shopping at the main entrance gate and mulled cider will be available for sampling. At 5:00pm don’t miss the City of Augusta’s traditional holiday tree lighting and fireworks at Market Square downtown!

A $5.00 donation is recommended and greatly appreciated. Proceeds will benefit educational programs, the preservation of the Fort, and the promotion and continued research of history in the Kennebec Valley. For more information please call (207) 626-2385 or e-mail us at . You can also visit our website at www.oldfortwestern.org.

Camden National Bank Receives the 2019 U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) District Director Award for Exceptional Dedication to Small Business Growth in Maine

Camden National 2019 SBA AwardThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Maine District Office presented Camden National Bank with the 2019 District Director Award today at its lender awards ceremony in Augusta. SBA leadership in Maine determines the award recipient, a lender which has made significant efforts to increase the use of SBA loans in their portfolio and the access to capital for small businesses in the previous fiscal year.

In Fiscal Year 2019, Camden National made 16 loans for a little over $3.8 million under the SBA’s 7(a) program, and 6 loans for a little over $7.8 million under the 504 3rd Part loan program. This was the third highest number of 7(a) loans and the second highest number of 504 3rd Party loans among lenders in Maine for Fiscal Year 2019.

“We are very proud to be recognized by the SBA for our strong partnership and commitment to helping small businesses in Maine succeed,” said Tim Nightingale, Executive Vice President and Senior Lending Officer at Camden National Bank. “As community bankers and local financial advisors, we are passionate about providing personalized solutions which enable small businesses to thrive, fueling economic growth and job creation in our communities.”

The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. Its mission is to help Americans start, build, and grow businesses.

“We depend on our lenders to effectively deliver SBA loan programs in Maine, and their efforts deserve recognition and appreciation,” said Amy Bassett, SBA District Director for Maine. “Utilizing our programs, to the benefit of Maine’s small businesses, takes dedication and commitment from the entire lending institution. We could not achieve our mission of helping small businesses start, grow and thrive without devoted lending partners like Camden National Bank.”

‘Tis the Season – For Flu! Local SERVPRO cleaning specialist shares commonsense precautions to help control spread of the flu virus

Flu season is here, and it’s often marked by the offers of free flu shots in neighborhood pharmacies and stores across the country. The cleaning pros at SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville - experts in cleaning and sanitizing building materials, surfaces, and contents after fire, water, or natural disasters—remind Augusta home and business owners how important it is to step-up routine cleaning efforts during this time of year. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the flu virus can remain viable on surfaces for up to 48 hours. Cleaning surfaces and objects that are frequently touched minimizes the likelihood of contacting the flu virus when you touch an infected surface.

According to the CDC, nearly 15% of the U.S. population suffered from the flu in 2018. More than 950,000 people were hospitalized and almost 80,000 people died from flu complications, making 2018 the most severe flu season since 2009.1

“As an emergency response company, we understand the hidden danger of contaminated surfaces in a workplace or home,” said Anthony Wolverton, owner, SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville. “This time of year, the flu virus can be a ‘hidden danger’ at home, at work, and in the community. It is a serious illness, and we want our Augusta friends and neighbors to take it seriously.”

The CDC recommends the following to help protect yourself or your loved ones from contracting the flu.
1. Get vaccinated. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccination as the first and most important protection against this serious virus.
2. Thoroughly wash your hands (20 seconds or more with soap and water) or sanitize them frequently throughout the day, even if you are not infected, to help protect yourself and others.
3. Beware of frequently touched surfaces, like handrails and doorknobs. Keep them clean at home using a bleach and water solution and clean your hands as soon as possible if you must touch them in public.

If you or a family member comes down with the flu despite these precautions, keep in mind the flu spreads primarily through droplets from a sick person when they cough, sneeze, or talk. With that in mind, the CDC offers the following guidelines to help control the spread of the disease:
1. Stay home and keep your distance. Infected droplets from a sick person’s nose or mouth can travel up to six feet and land in the noses and mouths of people nearby, exposing them to the illness.
2. Wait until you are fever free – without medications – for at least 24 hours before returning to school, work, or normal activities.
3. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue, your sleeve, or your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue and clean your hands with soap or a sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol.

There is no such thing as a foolproof flu protection plan, says Wolverton, but frequent hand-washing and conscientious cleaning practices at home, work, and in the community are precautions everyone can practice to help keep them and their loved ones healthy. For more flu statistics and tips on how to help prevent the spread of the flu virus, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu.

SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville specializes in disaster restoration, residential, and commercial deep cleaning, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened.” For more information on SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville, please contact Anthony Wolverton at (207) 622-7166 or .

1 https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/2017-2018.htm

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.

Waterville Creates! Invites You to Joy to the Ville on Saturday, December 7th

Free community fun day offers family-friendly entertainment, activities, goodies and more at participating locations in Waterville

On Saturday, December 7th the city of Waterville will once again embrace the holiday spirit with the 3rd annual “Joy to the Ville” event– an all-day community celebration meant to highlight the magic of the holiday season on the Kennebec River. Waterville Creates! and their friends at the Waterville Public Library, the Colby College Museum of Art, Snow Pond Center for the Arts, the KVCAP Family Enrichment Council, and the Children’s Discovery Museum are joining forces with local business sponsor Bangor Savings Bank and media sponsor News Center Maine to organize this day of free, family-friendly holiday programming throughout Waterville! For a complete listing of activities visit: https://www.watervillecreates.org/event/joytotheville/

Joy to the Ville 2019 Schedule of Events *All events and admissions are FREE

FREE Hot Chocolate Cotton Candy from 10am – 4pm at Railroad Square Cinema, Common Street Arts and the Colby College Chace Community Forum. (While Supplies Last!)

10 – 11am: Princess Storytime at Waterville Public Library
10am – 12pm: A screening of the hit holiday movie A Christmas Story at Railroad Square Cinema
10am – 2pm: Make holiday cards for nursing home residents at the Waterville Public Library
10am – 4pm: Tinker and explore with the Children’s Discovery Museum’s pop-up exhibitions at the Chace Community Forum
11am-3pm: Make a holiday ornament using 3d printed parts, ribbon, colored paper, and more! Get creative and see how a 3d printer works Common Street Arts
11am – 5pm: Visit Santa at Kringleville in Castonguay Square
1 – 2pm: Satur-Play: Families in Theater Workshop led by members of the Recycled Shakespeare Company at the Waterville Public Library! Caregivers and kids will learn fun theater games to get them used to stage life!
1 – 2pm: Join Snow Pond Community Music School for a Melody Makers class where we use our bodies and instruments to make music at the Chace Community Forum
1 – 3pm: Holiday Green Screen Winter Fun Photos at the Chace Community Forum
1 – 3pm: Make a cool creative holiday frame for your festive photos with Colby Museum of Art at the Chace Community Forum
1 – 4pm: Holiday Mind Jars with KVCAP Family Enrichment Council at the Chace Community Forum. Similar to a snow globe, mind jars can be used for fun and can also be used to relax
2 – 3pm: Instrument Petting Zoo at the Chace Community Forum sponsored by the Snow Pond Community Music School. Try your hand at xylophone, violin, African drum and lots more!

Introducing a new Skills-Based, Certification Training program for various industries

An exciting and new local initiative has emerged providing a new Skills-Based, Certification Training program for various industries. In partnership with private business and industry-related organizations, the Capital Area Workforce Training Partnership was formed (CAWTP). Our mission is to partner and produce skills-based training specific to local hiring needs, in a responsive time-frame. In 2019, the group produced a CDL B training program with multiple adult student participants and hiring partners. Currently underway is the Construction101 skills training and we are recruiting student participants and hiring partners, now. Eligible students who apply will undergo a Work Prep program including communication and problem-solving skills, and more. Skills training will provide a host of skills such as OSHA10, Rigging/Signaling, Fall Protection, Blueprint reading, Constr Math, Tools training, and more. Industry business here in the Capital Area will benefit from these motivated students with program-paid Work Experience, Employees Eager to Work in the Trades, and the Skills learned through this program. Training starts in Feb2020 and completes in the Spring!

To learn more about how your business can be involved as a HIRING PARTNER, contact Janie Miller at Maine Staffing Group  622-5352 or  ; or Becca Tibbetts at G&E Roofing  622-9503 or .

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Camden National Bank recognizes six Maine nonprofit board directors and their organizations with 2019 Leaders & Luminaries Awards and $22,000 in grants

Camden National Bank recognized six nonprofit board directors with 2019 Leaders & Luminaries Awards and $22,000 in grants for their respective organizations. The awards breakfast took place during Maine Association of Nonprofits’ executive forum, “Focus on Strategic Board Recruitment: Connecting People with Purpose.”

Since the Leaders & Luminaries Awards began in 2011, Camden National Bank has now given $152,000 to 43 Maine nonprofits through its private charitable foundation, The Bank of Maine Foundation.

“Our Leaders & Luminaries Awards aim to shine a spotlight on the critical impact that volunteer board directors have each day,” said Greg Dufour, President & CEO of Camden National Bank. “We couldn’t be prouder of this year’s awardees who bring passion, strategic vision, and leadership to their organizations in order to strengthen our communities.”

This year, over 55 nonprofit board members were nominated by the community for a Leaders & Luminaries Award. Camden National Bank’s Leaders & Luminaries independent selection committee selected four Leaders & Luminaries Award Winners, each receiving $5,000 grants, an Emerging Leader Award Winner and a Spotlight Award Winner, each receiving $1,000 grants.

2019 Leaders & Luminaries Award Winners:

John Manganello, Co-Founder & Board President, Boots2Roots
John co-founded Boots2Roots with Colonel Dave Hickey in 2016 when they saw a significant gap in services for active duty military members separating from service or retiring to Maine. John helped draft the original Boots2Roots business plan, and he was instrumental in nonprofit incorporation, drafting bylaws, recruiting a diverse board, hiring staff, and creating long-term sustainability. Boots2Roots is now the only organization in Maine focused on proactively working with soon-to-be veterans up to a year before they come to Maine, and John has been instrumental in their success.

Lydia MacDonald, Board Trustee and former Board President, Island Community Center
Lydia, a lifelong resident of Stonington, first joined the Island Community Center board of trustees in 2016. Passionate, dedicated, and a natural leader, Lydia eventually became the Board President during a challenging time for the Island Community Center. Significant funding was needed to repair and upgrade their building, but Lydia stepped up to rally the board, reinvigorate positivity, recruit new board members, and develop a “Save Our Center” public campaign. Lydia was the driving force in building open lines of communication with key partners and putting the community center on a new path of stability and success.

Katie Feliciano, Board Vice-Chair, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta (LVA)
Katie first became involved with LVA in 2014 as a passionate volunteer tutor, and in 2016, she joined the board. In addition to eagerly attending events and fundraisers, Katie brought her experiences as a tutor to board conversations in order to propel advancement and growth. At the board’s strategic planning retreat in 2018, she played a key role in establishing a sub-committee for tutor support that would work to engage board members in tutor outreach and develop easily accessible online trainings for tutors. With the support of the full board, Katie helped propose action items that would lead to a culture focused on making LVA part of a cohesive learning community.

Barrett Brown, Board President, Midcoast Recreation Center (MRC)
Barrett joined MRC’s board of directors with a focus on achieving measurable goals, building a strong community, and creating long-term sustainability. As Board President, he led the process of hiring a new Executive Director with the skills to improve best practices, create tighter financial controls, increase board involvement, and initiate annual support campaigns. As a result, the organization reached exciting milestones with audits in place, an active finance committee, and a new treasurer and finance director as well. Barrett also focused on creating a strong, strategic board of directors by aligning board practices, creating a governance committee, and recruiting new members with needed skillsets. Board job descriptions, by-laws, succession planning, and recruitment practices were all updated and put into action, uniting the board’s vision for success as they began a strategic planning process.

2019 Emerging Leader Award:
Katie Shorey, Board Chair, Startup Maine
Katie had been serving as a loyal volunteer at Startup Maine for several years when the Board nominated her to become the new president. During this time, the organization faced a challenging situation and a public relations crisis, but Katie immediately stepped up to lead with strength and diplomacy. Under her leadership over the past two years, Startup Maine has officially become a nonprofit with an expanded mission and several new key partnerships. Katie has helped rebuild and rebrand Startup Maine and grow its community of supporters. With Katie at the helm, Startup Maine is creating a strong, lasting impact in Maine’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

2019 Spotlight Award:
Clayton Cleaves, Board Director, Four Directions Development Corporation
When Clayton first heard about Four Directions Development Corporation, a Native American Community Development Financial Institution which provides support to members of the Wabanaki tribes, he saw an opportunity to help the Passamaquoddy people. As the Director of the Passamaquoddy Housing department on the Pleasant Point/Sipayik reservation, Clayton had seen too many houses in need of repair and causing health problems, high bills, and unsafe conditions for families. He also understood the challenges the tribe faced when trying to get a mortgage due to tribal and federal legal restrictions. As board director leading with passion and humility, Clayton demonstrates outstanding leadership as a coach and mentor on the board, and he has played an essential role in developing new, safe infrastructure on the reservation.

The 7th Annual Holiday Bazaar in Waterville Features Nearly 60 Maine Artists

When you shop you support Maine artists and Common Street Arts programming!

November 21st - December 23rd
Opening reception – November 21st 5:00pm – 7:00pm

For the seventh consecutive year, Common Street Arts gallery will transform into a wonderous hand-crafted artisan gift shop in downtown Waterville! Featuring more than 60 selected artisans, this unique holiday retail experience is the perfect place to find special gifts for everyone on your list while supporting Maine artists. From incredible handcrafted wooden products, astonishing clothing, jewelry, accessories, and ceramics, to tasteful home décor, adorable felt animals, fine arts, and more, there is truly something for everyone at the Holiday Bazaar!

The Holiday Bazaar will be open Monday – Friday from 9:00am - 5:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am – 4:00pm in Suite 106 at the Hathaway Creative Center in downtown Waterville. In addition to regular hours, the Holiday Bazaar will be open for special events throughout the holiday season. For more information about participating artists and special events, visit www.watervillecreates.org.

Special Events Include:
Small Business Saturday – November 30: Take $10 off any purchase of $20 or more!
Hathaway Holiday Stroll – Friday, December 6 from 5:00 – 8:00pm: Create, shop, and have fun!
Joy to the Ville – Saturday, December 7: Make your own 3D Printed holiday ornament!

“The Holiday Bazaar is one of our most popular events – both with artists and our arts patrons,” says Marie Sugden, Coordinator of Special Projects at Waterville Creates! “Now in its seventh year, the Holiday Bazaar has become a local tradition where residents and visitors can experience a truly unique shopping experience that supports Maine makers, our local economy, and our diverse programming at Common Street Arts.”

Holiday Bazaar Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
CLOSED SUNDAYS
CLOSED November 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving Observance

2019 Holiday Bazaar Exhibitors
33 By Hand
Amphitrite Studio
Ann E. Rhinehardt Fine Art
AP Curiosities
Atlantic Art Glass
Baskets by Dot
Black Dog Ironworks
Brookes Smith Knitting
Butler Woodworking
CE Nilles
Creatively Crafted Creatures – by Bette
Cute Knits
Delilah Iris Designs
Earth Tones and Fish Bones
Elizabeth’s Ephemera
Ember Grove LLC
Emily Shaffer Studio
Fabula Nebulae
Fine Mess Pottery
Frost
Gale Davison Photography
Good Land Pottery
Gray Day Studio
Helene Farrar
Heléna W. Melone
Hennessey Jewelry
Holmes + Hudson
Jennie Blue
Jones Limited
Magpie Creative
North Circle Studio
Olivia Atherton Decorative Painting & Design
Pennello
Pinecone and Sparrow
Pooka Design
Pure At Heart Glass Art
Purplebean Bindery
Running Blynd
Rusted Pulchritude
Seegers Studio
Singing Water Spirit Creations
Snazzybaggs
Spig Woodwork
Stoneflower Quilt
Yikes Studio Enamels
Sweet Beetle
The Adventures of Claudia
Unity Pond Pottery
Willy Wires
Zootility Tools
and more!

About Waterville Creates!
Waterville Creates! connects artists, organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in our community. Supporting and promoting arts education, exhibitions, theatre, film, music, and dance that is accessible to all, Waterville Creates! is leading the effort to make Waterville an exciting cultural destination and a thriving, vibrant community. For more information about the ongoing community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center visit www.downtownartscenter.org

Downtown Yoga & Healing Arts | Grand Re-Opening & Open House

Grand Re-Opening & Open House 🕉 November 16th 2-4pm ✨ Meet the new owner’s Andrea and Jason Shorey, our teachers, take sample classes, pick up discount class passes, get a chair massage, a karmic astrology reading while enjoying refreshments featuring Cushnoc Brewing & Huiskamer Coffee 😊 then shop at Merkaba Sol who will be offering a discount for the DTY Tribe during the open house. 🙏🏼 DTY is proud to be part of Downtown Augusta and supporting our community.

KBH Receives 2019 Best Places to Work Designation

Kennebec Behavioral Health was recently named as one of the 2019 Best Places to Work in Maine in the large business category. The awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of the Society for Human Resource Management - Maine State Council (MESHRM) and Best Companies Group. Partners endorsing the program include: Mainebiz, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, the Maine Department of Labor, the Department of Economic and Community Development and Maine HR Convention. This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Maine.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Maine which included an employee survey to measure the employee experience.

Kennebec Behavioral Health’s Chief Executive Officer, Tom McAdam expressed that the organization’s designation as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Maine validates the purposeful attention that the agency has made around recruitment and retention. McAdam stated, “we are very pleased that our staff participated in the Best Places survey. They have acknowledged our efforts to create a workplace where people feel valued and enjoy coming to work every day. We also recognize the competitive workforce environment and will continue to do more for our staff around culture, compensation and benefits.”

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Maine program, visit www.BestPlacestoWorkME.com or contact Jackie Miller at 717-323-5237.

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.

New Dimensions Federal Credit Union Welcomes New Financial Education Coordinator

New Dimensions Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce its new Financial Education Coordinator, Carrielyn Reynolds. Carrielyn has over 9 years of banking experience including assisting customers with crafting effective household budgets and credit repair sessions, as well as, teaching financial best practices at local community seminars. She is a graduate of Nokomis Regional High and received her BS from the University of Maine. She is an active member of the Corinna Recreation Board, where she volunteers her time to organize sports clinics, fundraisers, and is often seen staffing the concession stand, too. Carrielyn resides in Plymouth with her 2 children Dean and Hailey, and their dog Aspen. 

In addition to one-on-one sessions with credit union members, Carrielyn will be teaching in classrooms throughout Kennebec and Somerset counties in grades K-12. She will be visiting colleges as well. Carrielyn is very excited to be working with New Dimensions FCU to help spread the awareness of financial education. She states, “With my extensive financial services background and my desire to help people reach their personal goals, this position is perfect for me! I have always believed that financial education is the stepping stone to financial success. Knowledge is power. The more information individuals have the better prepared they are to make informed financial decisions.” 

Tanya Verzoni, Director of Financial Education, states “Personally, I am thrilled to have Carrielyn on the financial education team! We have seen this program blossom over the last two years as the demand for both one-on-one member sessions and requests for classroom presentations have increased immensely. I am confident that Carrielyn will continue to grow this program even more.” 

About New Dimensions FCU

New Dimensions Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, financial cooperative with over 150 million dollars in assets that offer a full array of personal and business banking services, has locations in Waterville, Augusta, Winslow, and Skowhegan. They proudly serve over 16,000 members and employ over 50 employees, who are available and ready to assist our community with their finances. For more information, contact NDFCU at (800) 326-6190 or visit www.newdimensionsfcu.com. 

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust's 31st Annual 'Food for Good' Food Drive starts 10/21

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is hosting their 31st Annual Food for Good Food Drive beginning October 21 through November 22, 2019.  Non-perishable food items are being collected at all bank branches to benefit local food pantries throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.  Join us is helping our neighbors in need by visiting your local branch with a donation for the collection bin.  Cash donations are not being accepted. 

“As a community bank, we prioritize giving back to the people in the places we call home,” said Joseph Schmitt, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.  “We are proud to continue the tradition of our fall Food for Good food drive for the 31st year to help stock the shelves of our local food pantries.”  Interested to know which organization will receive your donation?  Ask your banker the next time you visit your local branch!

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.

Rebecca Gagne joins Bar Harbor Bank & Trust as AVP. Treasury Support Manager

Rebecca Gagne IMG 1821HRRebecca Gagné has joined Bar Harbor Bank & Trust as Assistant Vice President, Treasury Support Manager.  In this role, Rebecca leads the Bank’s Treasury Support team in meeting the day-to-day needs of cash management customers.  This team provides technical support and training for electronic banking services to commercial customers.  They onboard new customers and provide timely responses to customer service requests. 

For the last two years, Rebecca has worked at People’s United Bank as AVP, Treasury Analyst Officer.  She has over 10 years’ experience in Treasury Services, spending the majority of her career at Bangor Savings Bank as a member of their Treasury and Payment Services team assuming positions of increased responsibility.

In the community, Rebecca has been an active member of Sanford Maine Police Families.  She enjoys singing in local choirs and acting in local community theater.  Rebecca runs in road races raising money for worthy causes.  She loves to travel, watch movies, and attend live music concerts.  Rebecca earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Maine.  She lives in North Berwick, with her husband, Matthew and their Maine Coon Cat. 

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.

The Waterville Opera House Presents Disney’s Newsies the Musical!

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Disney’s Newsies the Musical! – Opens Friday, November 8th

Waterville, Maine — The Waterville Opera House (WOH) is seizing the day with Disney’s Newsies the Musical! With nonstop thrills, a timeless message of right over might, delightful dancing, and iconic high-energy songs, you’re sure to have a whizbang of a time! Opening on Friday, November 8th, this production will run through Sunday, November 17th at the Waterville Opera House located at 1 Common Street in downtown Waterville. Tickets are available at www.operahouse.org or by calling 207-873-7000.

Set in turn-of-the-century New York City, Disney’s Newsies the Musical is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When the titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right! Can Jack and his band of rag-tag newsies take it to the streets and change history forever? Disney’s Newsies the Musical is based on a real-life story and stars your favorite community theatre members!

Newsies Showtimes

November 8, 9, and 15 at 7:30pm
November 10, 16, and 17 at 2:00pm

The talented actors performing in Disney’s Newsies the Musical are:

Jack Kelly – Tony Gerow
Katherine Plummer – Jessica Lake
Crutchie – Michael Pullen
Davey – Isaac Tardy
Les – Noah Spieldenner
Albert – Tabyr Briggs
Buttons – Sarah Southwick
Elmer – Corrina Franzose
Finch – Jacob Sutherland
Henry – Hannah Stevens
Ike – Megan Huesers
Jo Jo – Sophia Mathieu
Mike – Maddy Thorndike
Mush – Lizzy Steeves
Race – Jack Gibson
Romeo – Cade Parker
Specs – Jarred Schmidt
Splasher / Sniper – Brady Gardner
Tommy Boy / Spot Conlin / Scab #3 – Laney Reardon

Ensemble Newsies

Nicholas Harper
Wyatt Woodbury
Zion Lawrence
Jackson Leonard
Will Newschafer
Medda Larkin – Kay Warren
Mrs. Jacboi – Michal Wagner
Wiesel/Stage Manager – Tim Croce
Bill – Amanda King
Mayor of New York – George Coleman
Oscar Delancy – Matt Craig
Morris Delancy – Joe Craig
Seitz / Photographer – Will Stecher
Bunsen – Mel Morrison
Hannah / Nun / Bowery Beauty – Morgan Steward
Snyder – Michael Gilbert
Policeman / Guard – Richard Haviland
Brooklyn Newsies / Nun – Emily Whittemore
Brooklyn Newsies / Nun/Bowery Beauty – Hannah King
Brooklyn Newsies / Nun / Bowery Beauty – Amanda King
Brooklyn Newsies / Nun / Bowery Beauty – Arielle Costello

Production Team

Director – Debra Susi
Music Director – Steven Barter
Scenic and Lighting Designer – Chad Lefebvre
Sound Designer – Ben David Richmond
Costume Designer – Debra Susi & MCI Technical Theatre II Students
Stage Manager – Sarah Johnson
Music by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman
Book by Harvey Fierstein

Disney’s Newsies the Musical runs November 8th through 17th at the Waterville Opera House and is sponsored by Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel, Camden National Bank, and Lipman & Katz Attorneys. Tickets range from $24 - $27. Groups of 10+ receive a 10% discount. WOH’s 19 – 20 season programming is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Harold Alfond Foundation, Colby College, Golden Pond Wealth Management, Maine General Health, Kennebec Savings Bank, Central Maine Motors, Northern Light Inland Hospital, GHM Agency, Granite Hill Estates, Central Maine Newspapers, Marie Cormier, JS McCarthy Printers, and Woodlands Senior Living. Disney’s Newsies the Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. For more information or to reserve tickets call 873-7000, visit our website at www.operahouse.org or our Box Office at 1 Common Street!

About The Waterville Opera House

The Waterville Opera House has been Central Maine’s cultural center since 1902, treating audiences of all ages to the magic of the performing arts. The 810-seat venue has been host to theatrical productions, ballet performances, concerts, vaudeville and comedy acts, touring shows, as well as a variety of community celebrations and special events. Each year, the Opera House draws 30,000 patrons, reaches 4,000 students through its education performances, and features 250 youths in their theater camps and productions. From the classics to new releases the Waterville Opera House has a seat for you. For more information, visit www.operahouse.org/

Waterville Creates 1st Annual Variety! Fundraiser

Join Waterville Creates at the 1st Annual Variety! Fundraiser for an evening of exceptional entertainment at the Waterville Opera House on Saturday, October 19th

Waterville, Maine — Waterville Creates!, a non-profit supporting and promoting high-quality, accessible arts and cultural programs and institutions in Waterville, Maine, is pleased to announce tickets are now on sale for Variety! – an evening of exceptional entertainment – at the historic Waterville Opera House on Saturday, October 19th at 7:30pm. Tickets for this first annual fundraiser are available for $35.00 each online at www.WatervilleCreates.org/variety or by calling the Waterville Opera House Box Office at 207-873-7000.

Variety! is a new, signature fundraising event for the performing, visual and cinematic arts in Waterville and promises to be the hottest ticket in town. This year features a live equestrian act on stage, which hasn’t happened at the Waterville Opera House in over eighty years. All Variety! proceeds will directly support the programming of Waterville Creates!, the Maine Film Center, and the Waterville Opera House.

Amazing and original performances have been curated especially for this community event! Your Emcee for this evening of exceptional entertainment is Hannah Dineen, NEWS CENTER Maine’s newest weekend news anchor and Colby alumni. Featured Variety! performances include:

  • Kevin Crane, Intuitive Horseman with Star the Dancing Horse
  • King of New York by the cast of Disney's Newsies the Musical
  • Joao Victor, Maine Poetry Out Loud 2019 Champion
  • The cast of Waterville Senior High School's Cinderella
  • Emilienne Ouellette, Begin the Beguine by Cole Porter
  • Mike Miclon, Stand-Up Juggler
  • Happy Hoofers by TNT Dance Studio's Tap Company - Hannah Butler, Maya Gray, Hunter Hamlin, Haley Libby, Kali Lozada, Rowan Saucier (choreography: Terri Glidden)
  • Screening of Ocean Child, an award-winning film by Isabelle and Phoebe Rogers
  • MIFF Trailer Compendium by Jak Peters
  • Barbershop by Maine Stream - Jay Daniel, Steve Eccher, Tim Giroux, Emmons Pinkham, Tim Giroux, Juan Lavalle-Rivera
  • Music by Automat - Gary Coons, Dan Dubord, Steve Fotter, Greg Goulette, Jim LaLiberty, Christine Poulson

“Only 41% of our total budget is covered by ticket sales and program fees,” says Shannon Haines, president and CEO of Waterville Creates! “We rely on the support of our community to help sustain outstanding arts and cultural programming that is accessible to all. We felt that a variety-show fundraiser featuring performing, visual and cinematic arts would be the perfect way to represent the impact our organization has on central Maine, highlight incredible local talent, and provide our patrons with a delightful evening in thanks for their ongoing support.”

VARIETY! is made possible by Presenting Sponsor, Central Maine Motors Chevrolet, Media Sponsor NEWS CENTER Maine, Stage Sponsor Ware-Butler Inc., and Print Sponsor, SBS Carbon Copy.

Kennebec Historical Society announces logo design contest

Contest open to public; prize includes $100, society membership

AUGUSTA – The Kennebec Historical Society is seeking submissions for a logo design for use primarily across digital media.  

Any member of the public is welcome to submit a design. The design should be created keeping in mind that its final use is for concise and easy-to-identify brand use, representative of the KHS mission and/or history of Kennebec County. The logo needs to be usable in social media, such as for a Facebook profile image or brand icon. This logo will not replace the society’s current logo; instead, it is intended to act as a supplemental logo that maintains a connection to the current logo.

A KHS committee, in conjunction with the KHS board of directors, will select the winner.

The designer of the selected logo will receive:

  • $100
  • A one-year membership in KHS
  • Recognition across platforms such as our newsletter, our Facebook page, and press releases sent to local media

Logo designs should be emailed as .JPG, .EPS, and .PDF files to with subject line “Logo Contest Submission” by 5 p.m. December 1, 2019.

For more details about the contest, visit the Kennebec Historical Society’s Facebook page (enter “@KHS1891” in Facebook’s search window), email us at , or call us at 622-7718.

Over 1,000 Yellow Tulips to be Planted in Waterville to Raise Awareness for Mental Health

Waterville Creates! and The Yellow Tulip Project are teaming up to smash the stigma around mental illness by planting vibrant yellow tulips in community Hope Gardens at the RiverWalk at Head of Falls, Veteran’s Memorial Park, and at the Bill and Joan Alfond Main Street Commons in downtown Waterville. The Yellow Tulip Project was founded by Julia Hansen when she was just a sophomore in high school. The public is invited to participate in the planting of the Hope Gardens on Saturday, October 12. Planting will begin at the RiverWalk at 2:00 pm and finish at the Veteran’s Memorial Park. A Yellow Tulip ambassador, Abi Bloom, will lead the opening ceremony at the Veteran’s Memorial Park at 4pm, where there will be hot cocoa and cider to enjoy.

Participating organizations include Waterville High School, Kennebec Behavioral Health, Waterville Parks and Recreation, Hardy Girls/Healthy Women, The Family Enrichment Council, Maine General Hospital, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, FEDCO Bulbs, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville Peer Support Center, the Universalist Unitarian Church, Waterville Rotary Club, Waterville Lions Club, Maine Film Center, as well as many privately-owned properties throughout Waterville. 

Julia had the goal to make a space for determined youth to join together to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental illness, build communities, and spark conversations about how to decrease the suicide rate. This is done through the Hope Gardens and related programming. In May, when the tulips are in full bloom, there will be associated wellness events available for all to attend in Waterville.

“We are thrilled to be working with The Yellow Tulip Project to help raise awareness for mental illness while spreading joy throughout Waterville. I’m looking forward to the programming in May and seeing all the beautiful tulips in bloom,” says Serena Sanborn, Education and Outreach Coordinator at Waterville Creates!

About The Yellow Tulip Project
The Yellow Tulip Project is a Maine based non-profit organization whose mission is to diminish the stigma surrounding mental illness while building a supportive community combining youth and community leaders. The goal is to remove the stigma associated with mental illness and The Yellow Tulip Project is fiercely devoted to making this aspiration a reality. For more information about The Yellow Tulip Project, visit TheYellowTulipProject.org

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.

A Partner in Technology now offers Web Design services!

Lisa Montagna of Dimensions Web Design has joined A Partner in Technology (API) as our Creative Web Designer. We have known Lisa for many years, in fact some of you have already been working with her for your workplace website! Lisa lives in Manchester with her husband and 2 children.

We are excited to offer our clientele with the opportunity to have API update or build you a new website. This can include state of the art WordPress sites so you can make quick changes yourself! We will apply security updates as required to keep your website as secure as possible!

Web sites starting at $395.00!

Click here to learn more!!

Give us a call and ask for Lisa or Scott for more information. Our office number is 207-582-0888

Black Friday 50/50 Raffle Tickets

New Dimensions FCU are now selling our 50/50 Black Friday Raffle Tickets. You can buy tickets in any one of the four locations (Skowhegan, Waterville, Winslow, and Augusta) from now until November 22nd. Drawing will be held on Monday, November 25th., just in time for the biggest shopping day of the year! Proceeds will benefit Ending Hunger Maine and Special Olympics.

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Theater at Monmouth brings Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet to Maine Communities

William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet is TAM’s Shakespeare in Maine Communities offering for 2019. Romeo & Juliet will tour for three weeks to schools and community centers across the state from October 7-25 and run for one weekend only in Cumston Hall October 11 through 13. TAM’s production is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Shakespeare in Maine Communities tour is also funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission.

Theater at Monmouth has provided literature-based education programs in schools and community centers since the Theater’s founding. Since 2005, TAM has taken the Bard on the road with Shakespeare in Maine Communities— featuring 60 to 90-minute adaptations of Shakespeare with five to eight actors. The target grade levels for the tour are middle and high schools; previous tours have reached more than 6,000 students annually.  For more information about TAM’s Education Tours visit www.theateratmonmouth.org/education-tours

About the Play: Two aging fathers, one a King, one his courtier, reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tempest of pitiless ambition—plunging king and kingdom into a hell of treachery, madness, and violence. Tender, chaotic, moving, and shocking, King Lear reveals the worst and best in human nature.

Honor, murder, betrayal, and the passion of young love flood the stage in TAM’s 2019 production of Shakespeare’s classic, Romeo & Juliet. The Bard’s only romantic tragedy is a nail-biter filled with missed chances, misunderstanding, and humor. In the end the lovers fall victim to the older generation who, failing to understand them, contribute to their deaths. TAM’s adaptation offers an engaging and accessible introduction to Shakespeare, highlighting the timeless themes of impetuous love, loyalty, and revenge.

Shakespeare’s tragedy of star-crossed love, Romeo & Juliet, written between 1594 and 1595, was first published in a quarto version in 1597. Adapted countless times for the stage, film, musicals, and operas, Romeo & Juliet is not only a literary masterpiece but a strikingly contemporary tale of young people who are witty, volatile, uncontrollable, and, ultimately, doomed.

Adapted and directed by Dawn McAndrews, Romeo & Juliet features Ellen Magee as Juliet/ Benvolio, Erin Christine Walsh as Romeo/ Lady Capulet, Wendy Way as Nurse/ Balthazar, Paul Haley as Capulet/ Mercutio/ Friar, CJ Stewart as Prince / Paris/ Tybalt. Set design by Jim Alexander, costume design by Elizabeth Rocha, lighting design by Jim Alexander.

Performance Calendar

Public performances: Take place at Cumston Hall in Monmouth October 11 at 7:30 p.m., October 12 at 1:00 pm and 7:30 pm, October 13 at 1:00 pm. All tickets $25. For tickets or booking information call 207.933.9999 or visit theateratmonmouth.org.

The 2019 ShakesME tour was made possible by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest as well as the Maine Arts Commission.

National Endowment for the Arts Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Art’s funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. The agency has partnered with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.

Arts Midwest A non-profit regional art organization in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest has served and worked with audiences, arts organizations, and artists around the world for more than 25 years. Their programs provide opportunities for communities large and small to engage with arts and culture.

For more information, please contact Box Office at and 207.933.9999 or visit www.theateratmonmouth.org.

MaineGeneral to expand help for people living with HIV

$108,000 grant provides positive self-management tools to stay healthy

The Horizon Program at MaineGeneral Medical Center (MGMC) has received a $108,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help people living with HIV stay healthy with chronic health conditions.

“Modern medicine enables people with HIV to live longer lives, and HIV itself is now considered a chronic disease,” said Gillian Frisch, community program supervisor at the Horizon Program. “We’re excited to offer positive self-management classes specifically tailored to people living with HIV. This is the first of its kind program in Maine, and we’re excited to partner with the wellness experts at MaineGeneral’s Prevention & Health Living and Spectrum Generations to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV.”

The MaineGeneral project, Living a Healthy Life with HIV in Maine, adapts chronic disease management classes like type 2 diabetes, chronic pain and cardiovascular disease to people living with HIV.

The grant builds on work of MaineGeneral’s Prevention & Healthy Living and Spectrum Generations, which offer classes to people in the Kennebec Valley that provide tools to manage their chronic conditions.

“We’ll be providing health self-management behaviors specific to people living with HIV,” said Frisch. “The grant also enables us to help these individuals with transportation to such classes, removing what can be a significant barrier to access these important tools. This program has the potential to greatly improve quality of life overall for people living with HIV.”

Annual Girls Just Wanna Have Fun event to be held at Spectrum Generations Muskie Community Center

Beauty and wellness expo will offer an opportunity to engage with multiple businesses in one place

Waterville, ME – Spectrum Generations’ Muskie Community Center will be hosting its Girls Just Wanna Have Fun annual event on Saturday, September 28, at the Muskie Community Center, 38 Gold Street in Waterville from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This event is being sponsored by MaineGeneral Health and will feature booths of local businesses including Andrea Gagnon Quilts, Pillowcases and Dish Towels, Arbonne, Color Street, Creative Gemstones Jewelry, Diamond Art, doTerra, Finders Keepers Unique Find, Food Addicts in Recovery, LuLaRoe, Paparazzi, Perfectly Posh, Pine Tree Cellular, Pink Zebra, Rebecca's Reaths, Scentsy, Solid Rock Creations & More, Stampin' Up, Thirty-One, Tupperware, Twisted Sisters Creations of ME, Usborne Books & More, Younique, and more. There will be a silent auction, raffles, and giveaways throughout the day as well as the opportunity to purchase products from the participating vendors. Admission for the expo is by donation.

For more information on the event please contact Betty at Spectrum Generations’ Muskie Community Center at (207) 873-4745.

Spectrum Generations is the Central Maine Area Agency on Aging, whose mission is to help older and disabled adults live healthy, independent lives in their own homes and communities, offering enriching programming, activities, health and wellness workshops and classes, aging and disability resources, caregiver respite, Medicare counseling, and more. Learn more about Spectrum Generations and the event at spectrumgenerations.org.

36th Annual Trek Across Maine

Join the American Lung Association for the 36th Annual Trek Across Maine on Father’s Day weekend, June 19-21, 2020. 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.

RIDE! Take part in the entire 3-day ride, join just Saturday and Sunday for the 2-day option and overnight at Colby College, or get just a taste of the Trek experience by doing the 1-day option and joining others on the last leg of the ride from Colby College to the Brunswick Landing!

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

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 207.624.0310 or for more information.

FEES & FUNDRAISING:

Registration includes a $65 registration fee.  This is non-refundable & non-transferable.  Registration fee does not count toward fundraising minimum. Fundraising must be submitted before the start of the ride.

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)*

*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.

Special Fall Programs Launch Exploration of Women’s Suffrage

Free Plays, Talks, and Programs for Students

Begin September 26 at the Maine State Library in Augusta

AUGUSTA   A diverse slate of entertaining, educational, and free events will mark the centennial of women’s suffrage and begin on Thursday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Maine State Library. That evening, Candace Kanes and Sheila McDonald will present a talk, Women’s Long Road. Kanes and McDonald are the co-curators of the Maine State Museum’s current exhibition, Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote. The illustrated talk will take a deeper look at some of the exhibit’s stories and themes.

David Richards, director of the Margaret Chase Smith Library, headlines a talk on October 3, 2019 at 5:30 p.m., also at the Maine State Library. Richards will provide insights on the trailblazing career of Margaret Chase Smith in a talk, A Woman’s Place is in the House and in the Senate: The Life and Legacy of Margaret Chase Smith.

Play Me a Story, featuring teaching artists from Portland Stage Company, will be held on Saturday, October 5 at 11:00 a.m. at the Maine State Library. The teaching artists will conduct an interactive dramatic reading and acting workshop for kids (ages 5 – 11) and their families. The workshop features books that explore how every person can make a difference in the world by standing up for their beliefs.

The talks and Portland Stage Company program are sponsored by the Maine State Museum, Maine State Library, and Maine State Archives, all located in the Cultural Building at 230 State Street in Augusta. Information about these events and other related events coming in November can be found on the Maine State Museum’s website, www.mainestatemuseum.org or by calling the museum at 207-287-2301.

14 Camden National Bank Employees Receive Annual Recognition Awards

On Thursday, September 19th, Camden National Bank held its annual Employee Appreciation Event at the Augusta Civic Center. Over 550 employees traveled from as far away as Calais, Maine and Braintree, Massachusetts to attend. Throughout the celebration, employees recognized each other for an incredible year, and 14 outstanding employees received awards for their impressive commitment to Camden National Bank’s customers, employees, and communities.

“I’m proud to share that we received a record number of employee nominations for our annual awards this year,” said Greg Dufour, President & CEO. “The employee success stories and testimonials from the past year were truly inspiring. We’ve seen employees embrace all kinds of opportunities to grow, both professionally and personally, shaping our collective success and culture here at Camden National Bank. It was an honor to celebrate all together in Augusta for our annual recognition event.”

Camden National Bank’s 2019 Employee Award Winners are:

Officer of the Year:

This is the most prestigious officer award, given to someone who demonstrates an impressive, outstanding commitment to Camden National Bank.

  • Mark O’Donal, Banking Center Manager, Camden Main Office 

Employee of the Year:

This is the most prestigious award, given to an employee who demonstrates an impressive, outstanding commitment to Camden National Bank.

  • Luke Dean, Regional Operational Specialist, Bangor

CamdenCARE Award:

This award is given to employees who excel at building lasting, trusted relationships with customers to help them navigate their financial wellbeing with care.

  • Lauren Epstein, Sr. Trust Officer and Relationship Manager, Camden National Wealth Management
  • Carrie Bishop, Banking Center Manager, Bangor

Team Player Award:

Winners of this award are constantly impressing others with their dedication to making Camden National Bank an outstanding place to work.

  • Zachary Short, Credit Analyst, Bangor
  • Craig Day, Relationship Manager, Waterville
  • Elise Wallace, BSA Analyst, Rockport

Community Award:

The winners of this award embody the true spirit of giving back. They are passionate about serving community organizations and building meaningful community relationships.

  • Dan Swindler, Director of Support Services, Rockport
  • Gretchen Williams, PR & Communications Officer, Camden National Bank

Core Value Award:

These employees live and breathe our Core Values in all they do, acting as a strong sounding board and trusted allies for others.

  • Nychole Hare, Digital Banking Technician, Rockport
  • Brent Vicnaire, Banking Center Manager, Gardiner

CamdenCircle Award:
These award winners are outstanding advocate of our customer experience program, exploring new ideas, offering feedback, and helping deliver a better customer experience every day.

  • Laura Priestley, Customer Care Expert, Bangor
  • Chad Daley, Assistant Banking Center Manager, Portland

Bob Daigle Award for Achievement through Innovation:

This special award is given only in a year when an employee has made a significant contribution to positive change and innovative solutions at Camden National Bank.

  • Penelope Dougherty, Digital Banking Manager, Rockport



Kennebec Historical Society honors archivist Plummer

The Kennebec Historical Society’s Personnel Committee has picked longtime archivist Ernest L. Plummer, of Pittston, as the first recipient of the society’s newly established W. Scott Hill Service Award.

Plummer resigned this month after having volunteered in a variety of KHS positions over 16 years, including two terms as president. He and his wife, Joan, plan to move closer to his daughter’s family in Massachusetts.

A native of Buffalo, New York, and a retired industrial chemist, Plummer has upgraded and maintained the KHS collections database, enabling catalogers to embed photographs and scanned images or original written documents into the record. The improvement in quality and quantity of society holdings has effectively opened KHS files to many more researchers seeking to learn more about some aspect of Kennebec County history.

Plummer became KHS vice president in 2007 and was elected to two-year terms as president in 2009 and in 2013. Under his leadership, the society pressed forward with efforts to retire the $190,000 mortgage on its present home, the Henry Weld Fuller Jr. house in Augusta, a goal that was achieved less than four years later. He also has been the society’s executive director and treasurer, and he recruited his wife to manage the society’s membership database, which she has done for several years.

He also spent much of his time assisting researchers and fostering cooperative relationships with other historical societies in the county. He clocked several hundred volunteer hours per year for the society’s benefit. As he winds up his years of service, he is training six volunteers to carry on his work of cataloging materials in the database.

For these achievements and others, the KHS Personnel Committee selected Plummer for the Hill award, which was established this year to honor society members who have initiated or organized landmark improvements in the society’s operation, reputation or contributions to the community. The award is named for W. Scott Hill, an Augusta physician who was one of the society’s co-founders and its first president.

The 560-member Kennebec Historical Society, a private, nonprofit organization, was founded in 1891. Its mission is to collect, preserve and make available to the public historical documents and illustrations that pertain to the history of Kennebec County and its 30 municipalities. The society hosts monthly historical lectures in a variety of locations in the county.

United Way announces $1.1 million in committed support at Kickoff Breakfast

Campaign Chairs Steve Shuman and Elissa Shuman Emmons celebrate early totals.

AUGUSTA - United Way of Kennebec Valley (UWKV) launched its 2019 fundraising season with $1.16 million in committed support, the most ever pledged this early in the campaign. Twenty-six businesses reported their advance campaign success to a crowd of more than 320 people at the Campaign Kickoff on Thursday. 

Steve Shuman and Elissa Shuman Emmons, from Charlie's Family of Dealerships, are co-chairing United Way's annual appeal effort. They announced a goal of raising $1.8 million by December. This marks United Way's highest campaign goal in its 64-year history. 

"United Way has always been really important to our family," Elissa said. "We have stepped up our giving this year and we encourage others to do the same. The best way to do that is to show people that every dollar counts." 

Steve and Elissa are charged with rallying the people of Kennebec Valley to give any amount they can to support community members that need a hand-up. Early progress indicates that United Way has raised 64 percent of its overall goal to date. 

Steve and Elissa also presented the organization's 2019 campaign video, which showcased the campaign theme, "Every Dollar Counts," highlighted food insecurity in Maine and celebrated the buying power of a dollar. Together donors "Power the Dream" for a stronger, healthier Kennebec Valley by supporting 51 nonprofit programs

"When considering the community needs we wanted to focus on this year, food insecurity was number-one," Steve said. "More than 200,000 Mainers do not have enough food on a regular basis. If one person donates $1 a week for a year, they can provide 208 meals for someone in need. We are all responsible for making this community great, and for teaching the next generation how to do the same." 

Courtney Yeager, executive director of United Way, thanked attendees for serving as crucial messengers of United Way's work. "Each of you is here today because you want to be," Yeager said. "You're interested in what's going on in our community and how you can help. If you ask me what our secret weapon is this campaign season, I would say it's you--and it's always been you. You make change possible." 

United Way's Community Builder Award was presented to Rob Gordon, the former executive director of UWKV, by longtime United Way supporters Charlie and Nancy Shuman. Gordon was celebrated for his 33 years of generosity and his dedication to strengthening the Greater Augusta community. The award was renamed the "Rob Gordon Community Builder Award" in his honor. 

"I am very proud of the work we all do. I want to thank you for all the large, the small and the very specific ways we work together to strengthen our community," Gordon said. 

During the event, Al Smith, executive director of the Augusta Food Bank, shared the importance of both cash and product donations. 

"People often ask me what type of donation is better, giving money or food. I tell them 'yes' because both things are needed," Smith said. "With the money donated just this morning, I can buy 1,900 meals for someone in need." 

Attendees of UWKV's Kickoff Breakfast donated 1,330 pounds of food. Upon conclusion of the event, the food was split among United Way's three partnered food pantries: Winthrop Food Pantry, Augusta Food Bank and Faith Food Pantry. 

According to recent data, 30 percent of Kennebec Valley residents received direct support from a United Way-funded program. To support United Way's community-wide campaign, please contact 207-626-3400 or visit uwkv.org/give.

Maine State Museum Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s 15th Annual Museum Day on September 21, 2019

Free Admission on September 21, 2019 with a Downloadable Museum Day Ticket

The Maine State Museum in Augusta will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday, September 21, 2019 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of culture and learning.  In order to be admitted for free on September 21, participants need only visit the website www.Smithsonian.com/museumday , download a free ticket for two people, and present it at the Maine State Museum. On that day, the museum will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“Our visitors often think of the Maine State Museum as a kind of mini-Smithsonian,” comments Museum Director Bernard Fishman.  “This is a compliment to both institutions and makes our participation in Museum Day a good fit for the Maine State Museum.  Both museums use objects from nature and culture to enhance understanding and knowledge, and convey the incredible richness and diversity of the many kinds of worlds that surround us.”

Smithsonian magazine recognizes the extraordinary power of museums, and other cultural institutions, to provide visitors with insight and inspiration. Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to boundless curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event. Over 1,500 museums nationwide are expected to participate in Museum Day this year.  

Visitors who present the Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating museums and cultural institutions for one day only.  One ticket is permitted per household, per e-mail address.  For more information about Museum Day and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit www.Smithsonian.com/museumday. For additional information about the Maine State Museum’s exhibits and programs, please visit www.mainestatemuseum.org.

Fueling Arts Education

Augusta Fuel Company has been kind enough to partner with the Snow Pond Center for the Arts for a campaign called “Fueling Arts Education”.  By purchasing a $10 raffle ticket online at snowpond.org or directly from yours truly, your name will be entered in a drawing to win a free delivery of 250 gallons of heating oil from AFC!

Are you in?

AFC’s delivery area includes towns from Monmouth to Jefferson, Richmond to Pittsfield and everywhere in between, the winner must receive delivery within normal AFC delivery areas.

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Kennebec Valley Community College expands offerings in Rockland

ROCKLAND, Maine - Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) is expanding its regional access to courses and full academic programs this fall at the new Mid-Coast School of Technology (MCST) in Knox County. This initiative now enables mid-coast residents to earn a certificate in health sciences starting this fall. This certificate covers the pre-requisite coursework for students who wish to continue to nursing and other allied health programs at KVCC or other colleges in the state. In addition, starting in January 2020, mid-coast residents will be able to complete certificate programs to become an emergency medical technician (EMT) or advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT) at MCST’s state-of-the-art facility that opened this week in Rockland.

Maine’s newest $25-million career and technical education center, located at 1 Main Street in Rockland, will serve high school students and adults from surrounding communities.

KVCC’s Rockland satellite location will offer the programs in a dedicated higher education suite located within the new MCST building. Such an arrangement will increase access to higher education for the populations of Knox County and the mid-coast region. 

The KVCC Health Science Certificate program is funded by the Maine Community College System (MCCS) Bring College to ME program, which supports targeted certificate and degree programs in high-demand, high-wage occupations to underserved areas. For eligible students that means there will be no tuition, fees or book costs for the courses offered through the Bring College to ME program at the KVCC satellite location at MCST.

“KVCC is very excited to offer courses and programs in Knox County in dedicated space at the new MCST building. This is a great opportunity for people from the greater Rockland area to have local delivery of KVCC programs without having to travel. It’s a privilege to partner with the Mid-Coast School of Technology and leverage their outstanding new facilities. Residents of Knox County will now have an affordable, high-quality option for getting the skills they need to succeed.” KVCC President Richard Hopper said.

This fall, KVCC is offering two of the courses required for the Health Science certificate: Anatomy and Physiology I and English 101.

Students will be able to attend all classes and complete the Health Science Certificate within two years at the Rockland location. The Emergency Medical Technician certificate program, starting in spring 2020, can be completed in just one semester.

Over the coming year KVCC plans to offer additional classes in Welding and Liberal Studies.

In the meantime, please note the following important dates related to the launch of the KVCC satellite location in Rockland.

Monday, September 9 – Ribbon cutting for the KVCC higher education suite at the new Mid-Coast School of Technology at 1 Main Street in Rockland from 2pm to 7pm. For more information, please contact MCST at (207) 594-2161.

Thursday, September 12 – KVCC admission event for prospective students in Knox County from 4pm to 7pm. There are currently 18 openings for the Health Science Certificate program in Rockland. Those interested in enrolling or asking questions may contact CJ McKenna at the KVCC Enrollment Services Center: Tel: (207) 453-5822.

Monday, September 23 – KVCC classes begin at MCST in Rockland.

KVCC serves about 2,500 students and has campuses in Fairfield and Hinckley, with satellite locations at the Buker Community Center in Augusta and now at Mid Coast School of Technology in Rockland.

MaineGeneral 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 MaineGeneral Health 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.

“Our mission is to enhance the everyday health of our patients, our families and our communities,” says Chuck Hays, president and CEO of MaineGeneral. “Research shows that art can help people with depression, anxiety, or life-threatening diseases. The act of creating and experiencing art has been linked to improved memory, reasoning, and resilience in healthy older people. In supporting the Paul J. Schupf Art Center, we’re investing in our region’s overall health.” MaineGeneral’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. $629,420 has been pledged to the campaign to date, representing businesses, individuals, and foundations.

“MaineGeneral Health is an incredible community partner and supporter of the arts. They truly value the impact that our arts and cultural organizations have on quality of life in the region, as reflected by their long-standing annual support of the Maine International Film Festival and the Waterville Opera House,” says Shannon Haines, president and CEO of Waterville Creates! “Now, with this generous gift to the capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center, they are demonstrating that they share our belief that investing in the arts will lead to a more vibrant future for Waterville and the surrounding area.”

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

National Preparedness Month Offers Home and Business Owners an Opportunity to Resolve to be Ready for an Emergency

Local SERVPRO disaster restoration specialist highlights no-cost tools to help property owners prepare and maintain a comprehensive emergency readiness plan

No matter where you live or work, emergencies caused by weather, fire, wind, water, and other natural or manmade disasters can strike at any time and are largely unpredictable. SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville reminds Augusta-area home and business owners that preparing in advance is the best thing you can do to help minimize a disaster’s impact on your loved ones and your property. Each year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designates September as National Preparedness Month – a time to create, or update, your plan for when disaster strikes.

“In the same way that people make ‘resolutions’ at the New Year, National Preparedness Month is a great time to resolve to create a plan, or review your existing plan, each and every year,” said Anthony Wolverton of SERVPRO® of Augusta/Waterville. “Everyone needs a comprehensive emergency plan. Business owners also need to plan for business interruption and continuation. But equally importantly, families and businesses alike need immediate access to data like emergency and insurance contacts, shut-off valves, electrical panel locations, and the line of command to authorize work so emergency responders can react quickly and appropriately during the emergency. This month’s focus on preparedness is a great incentive for both families and businesses to put a plan in place and review it regularly.”

Creating an emergency plan is straightforward, according to Wolverton. No matter what type of threats exist where you live or work – wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, or other natural or manmade disasters – tools are available from FEMA (https://www.ready.gov) with guidelines for preparing emergency food, water, and medical supplies; planning for special needs; and creating communication and evacuation plans. These tools and others, like the SERVPRO READY app, also help you store essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the free app at https://ready.servpro.com/home/mobileapp.

Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) to be stored in the READY app.

“The key to getting your life or business back on track is timely response after a disaster strikes. That’s why it’s important to take the time to record and store your information electronically, and then commit to a time – like National Preparedness Month – to review and update your records at least once each year,” said Wolverton. “Remember, filing cabinets and their contents may be inaccessible or even destroyed in an emergency situation, so don’t depend on them to keep track of critical insurance, property, or contact information in the event of a disaster. Store your data electronically. If disaster strikes, you’ll have the information you need literally at your fingertips.”

SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville, please contact Anthony Wolverton at (207) 622-7166 or . For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.servpro.com.


About SERVPRO®
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Kennebec Performing Arts Company Accepting New Members

The Kennebec Performing Arts Company (KPAC) is starting rehearsals for the 2019-2020 performing season. We invite singers and instrumentalists high school age and older to join us. New members can be accepted through the last rehearsals in September.

The chorus rehearsals are Mondays at 6:30 at Hope Baptist Church, 726 Western Avenue, Manchester. The Jazz Band rehearsals are Tuesdays at 5:45 at Cony High School, 60 Pierce Drive, Augusta. The Wind Ensemble rehearsals are Tuesdays at 7:00 also at Cony High School.

Interested people should contact our artistic director, Charles Milazzo at 207-685-9653 if you are interested. Messages can also be left at 207-370-5381. Check our website http://www.kennebecperformingartscompany.org for more information.

KPAC exists to allow adult musicians (both vocal and instrumental) to enjoy the performance of music for their lifetime.

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.