With the busy school season quickly approaching, the Amtrak Downeaster is launching a “Kids Ride Free” flash sale to help families make the most of their summer vacation. Each adult can bring one child age 2-12 along at no charge on all Downeaster Trains.
The “Kids Ride Free” Flash Sale is available for purchase from Tuesday, August 5 through Sunday, August 11, 2019 and valid for travel from on Monday, August 26, Wednesday, August 28, and/ or Friday, August 30, 2019 only. Tickets can be purchased at AmtrakDowneaster.com by referencing promotion code v818.
With large spacious seats, and plenty of space to stretch out or get up and move around, the Amtrak Downeaster makes family travel easy. All aboard.
For more info, visit www.amtrakdowneaster.com.
Fort Western Living History Museum, Augusta, ME was the grateful recipient of a generous donation from the Society of Colonial Wars, a social, genealogical and historical organization whose members are descendants of those who assisted the Crown in a Civil or Military capacity prior to the Revolutionary War.
The Society’s representatives, Jim Blanchard and Edwin Garrett of Bar Harbor, ME visited Fort Western on July 22, 2019 to present Director/Curator, Linda Novak, with a check. The check was a grant from the Society’s national headquarters in Baltimore, MD matching the donation of the local Maine chapter earlier this year.
Blanchard said, “Old Fort Western is a wonderful and important part of our history and we are happy to support it”. Novak said, “We are very happy to receive this generous donation from the Society of Colonial Wars. This donation will help us to continue our very important work to Preserve, Protect and Interpret Fort Western for the education and enjoyment of present and all future generations”.
Fort Western (1754) is America’s oldest surviving wooden French & Indian War garrison illuminating 300 years of Maine and New England history. For more information about Fort Western Living History Museum in Augusta, please contact Linda Novak, Director/Curator at 207-626-2385 or visit their website at www.oldfortwestern.org.
Children ages 6 to 12 have a chance to win a new bicycle and helmet by participating in this year's summer reading challenge thanks to a generous donation of 14 bicycles and helmets by the Bethlehem Masonic Lodge #35 AF&AM of Augusta. To enter, children must sign up for the summer reading challenge to read 16 hours and turn in their completed log by August 16th to the Youth Services desk. Winners will be announced the week of August 19th.
For more information, contact the Lithgow Public Library at (207) 626-2415
Jim Nichols to be Recognized as the 2019 John Bridge Award Recipients at the Kennebec Valley YMCA’s 12th Annual Auction
Jim Nichols will be honored with The John Bridge award on October 5th at the Kennebec Valley YMCA’s 12th Annual Auction. The award is presented to an outstanding member of the community who represents altruism, is actively engaged in bettering their community and has provided philanthropic support to the Kennebec Valley Community.
“Jim has a long standing history with the KV YMCA. He is instrumental to the vitality of Camp KV for Kids and his passion for providing children with a safe, nurturing, fun summer experience is unparalleled. We are thankful for every contribution Jim has made and are proud to honor him with the 11th John Bridge Award.” Ranae L’Italien, KV YMCA Associate Executive Director.
The John Bridge Award began in 2009 with John Bridge as the first recipient in honor of his leadership in the Kennebec Valley YMCA’s Capital Campaign and many other organizations such as United Way of Kennebec Valley, University of Maine and MaineGeneral Health.
Please join us to recognize Jim and to bid on silent and live auction items. Festivities, food and drinks start at 5pm. All money raised will go toward KV YMCA scholarships, including memberships, camperships, learning center education and swim lessons, in addition to many other scholarship opportunities that the KV YMCA provides to those in our community who could otherwise not afford it.
Tickets are $45 per person or a table of 8 for $350. The Auction will be held on October 5th at 5pm in the KV YMCA Harold Alfond Gymnasium in Augusta. More information can be found at kvymca.org or by calling the Y at 622-9622. You may purchase tickets via phone 622-9622, in person and at the door the day of the event.
Marketplace at Augusta National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, August 6th, from 5:00-7:00 PM. Augusta’s National Night Out is part of a national celebration held throughout the United States to promote crime prevention and substance free community programming.
The event will feature at no charge:
The Kennebec Valley YMCA and the Friends of Lithgow Library are partnering again this year on a raffle fundraiser. Friends of Lithgow Library Member, Wick Johnson, commented, “It is very rewarding to see two great organizations work together to support our community!” The money raised through the raffle will go toward the YMCA’s Strong Kids Annual Campaign and Lithgow’s Annual Campaign.
Those listed on the winning ticket will receive the grand prize of $10,000. That grand prize will be drawn on October 22, 2019 from 5:30 – 8pm at the Lithgow Library in Augusta. The ticket drawing event attendance will be limited to one representative, plus guest, for each ticket sold. For those who attend the drawing event, there will also be 3 door prizes drawn and given away.
The cost to enter is $100 per ticket. Each ticket may be purchased by an individual or by a team of up to ten individuals. The winning ticket is split among the team members according to each individual contribution.
Get your Raffle entry forms and pay online at www.kvymca.org/raffle or http://www.lithgow.lib.me.us, at the KVYMCA or Lithgow Library. Payments must accompany a completed raffle entry form and returned to the KV YMCA. If paying with a check please make the checks out to the KV YMCA.
Fort Western Living History Museum & National Historic Landmark invites children of all ages interested in local history and museum stewardship to register for one of our Summer Youth Programs: Apprenticeship Program (ages 8-12) or the Jr. Interpreter Program (ages 13 and up). These one-week sessions start Monday, August 5 and continue through Friday, August 30.
The Apprenticeship Program will explore daily life at home in the 18th century, the varied world of work (blacksmithing, midwifery and storekeeping), the life of a French & Indian War Soldier and what children and adults did for entertainment. Graduates are eligible to participate in the Jr. Interpreter Program. Jr. Interpreters will assist with the Apprenticeship Program; learn about collections management and how to interpret the history of the Fort, develop necessary skills to demonstrate 18th century hands-on activities to the public, and how to conduct research through reading and deciphering original documents.
Reservation forms can be obtained on line at www.oldfortwestern.org or at Fort Western Administrative Office located in Augusta City Center, 16 Cony Street. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible to insure you get the desired week. Payment must be received in full by 4:00 p.m. Friday the week prior to the registered program session. A maximum of twelve participants may register for any given week. Discounts are available for Augusta residents and siblings attending the same week program. For more information, please call Fort Western at 626-2385 or e-mail us at .
On behalf of management, staff and the Board of Directors of New Dimensions Federal Credit Union (NDFCU), they would like to thank the participants, businesses, and community for their continued support of the Cruisin’ For A Cure Car Show. Additionally, they are excited to announce that this year’s event raised $11,741.55 for the cancer program. With an additional $5,000 award from the Children’s Miracle Network, the new total raised is $16,741.55. Each year the proceeds from the car show benefit the Maine Children’s Cancer Program (MCCP), an affiliate of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, and is located in Scarborough, Maine. A special thanks to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for the match award.
This year’s event was the biggest event yet with a record-breaking 160 participants who entered their cars into one of the 24 car classes offered. We had DJ, Mike Davis playing music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, the Flamingo Café food table sported lengthy lines all day, and the trophies were accepted with giant smiles and pride one-by-one.
New Dimensions FCU feels truly blessed to have such outstanding and involved community members, local business owners, and, of course, car enthusiasts who proudly showcase their beautiful cars each year. A heartfelt thanks to all of you!
In honor of TAM’s 50th Season, Cumston Area Quilters have created a beautiful, handmade quilt to be raffled off as part of TAM’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. Raffle tickets are $10 for one; $25 for three. The raffle will continue through TAM’s 2019 What Dreams May Come Summer Repertory Season and the winner will be drawn at the final performance of Sense and Sensibility on September 22.
Michelle Young and Pam Mason of Monmouth and Tina Barden of Wayne pooled their talents to
create the celebratory quilt for Theater at Monmouth. The Pride & Purpose Quilt was designed by Kaye England, machine pieced from fabric designed by Wilmington Prints and machine-quilted by Dee Roberge. In addition to the quilt itself, which measures 80” by 93”, the winner will receive two shams and a quilted carry-case.
TAM celebrates 50 years of producing Classic Theatre in Maine in 2019. The What Dreams May Come Season is bursting with works to make you laugh, cry, gasp, ponder, and experience a sense of wonder. Through classic Shakespearean thrillers, contemporary romances, and classic comedies, TAM’s Golden Anniversary with sparkle and shimmer all season long.
“We were totally overwhelmed by the support of the Cumston Area Quilters,” said Producing Artistic Director, Dawn McAndrews. “The time and commitment they put into creating this beautiful work of art was awe-inspiring. I’d like to win it myself but I bet there is a patron out there who has come to nearly every play for 50 years—and they deserve the right to win it!” Members of the Cumston Area Quilters agree and have said they plan to purchase raffle tickets to win the quilt themselves.
Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Theater at Monmouth Box Office before and during intermission for all performances of the 2019 Season. The winning ticket will be drawn from the stage after the final performance of Sense and Sensibility (it seemed appropriate given the name of the quilt) on September 22. All proceeds will benefit Theater at Monmouth’s Artistic, Education, and Community Engagement Programs.
For more information please contact the TAM Box Office at 207.933.9999 or visit www.theateratmonmouth.org.
SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville received the MILLIONAIRE'S Bronze award at SERVPRO’s recent 50th Annual Convention. The event, themed “Making History,” was held from June 24-28 at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California, where the company was founded.
“It is always gratifying to earn a distinction for our business,” said Anthony Wolverton, SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville Owner, “but it feels especially good this year. We are proud to be a member of the SERVPRO franchise family as the company celebrates 50 years of franchising success. SERVPRO’s ongoing commitment to providing innovative tools, ongoing training, and an ever-evolving business framework gives entrepreneurs like us a roadmap for success. We are proud to be part of SERVPRO’s team of dedicated disaster remediation professionals, and to know that we have both the tools and the knowledge to serve home and business owners in our community should the need arise.”
The company’s 50th Annual Convention was a celebration of the company’s history and a showcase of small business best practices and cutting-edge restoration and remediation technology. The event featured a variety of workshops and group sessions ranging across 37 different topics. Attendees gained knowledge and hands-on experience to help them build and grow their businesses and strengthen ties with both residents and businesses in their local communities. Highlights of the convention included a keynote address by motivational speaker Jon Gordon and an awards ceremony recognizing the achievements of top-performing franchisees.
“SERVPRO has come a long way since Ted and Doris Isaacson started the company as a painting business in Sacramento in 1967,” said Rick Isaacson, chief executive officer of SERVPRO. “In 1969, they used their cleanup and restoration background to take their new company in a different direction and never looked back. SERVPRO’s professional services network now includes more than 1,700 individually owned and operated franchises across the U.S. and Canada. Our annual convention brings this diverse group of entrepreneurs together to learn from industry experts and gives us an opportunity to recognize our top-performing franchises. We are incredibly proud of each of these dedicated professionals and the world-class service they provide to their customers and their communities.”
For more information about SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville, please contact Anthony Wolverton at (207) 622-7166 or or visit www.SERVPRO.com.
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.
Bar Harbor, Maine – Bar Harbor Bank & Trust invites you to participate in their first annual School Supply Drive from July 22 thru August 16, 2019. Collection boxes are available at all branch locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont! Please visit your local branch to make a contribution of new school supplies such as: notebooks, folders, glue sticks, pencils, and crayons. No cash donations are being accepted. All donations support students and educators in the communities we call home. Want to know which local school will receive your donation? Just ask a branch employee!
“We are introducing the School Supply Drive so local schools will have the supplies students need to actively participate in classroom learning.” said Joseph Schmitt, SVP/Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “Through the simple act of donating school supplies, we can make the educational experience better for both students and teachers. Thank you in advance for giving what you can to help local children with their education.”
AUGUSTA, ME – July 9, 2019 –MaineGeneral Medical Center has launched a new service aimed at improving care in its Emergency Departments. MaineGeneral is in the process of bringing on medical scribes to document patient visits while medical staff care for patients.
“The emergency department is a fast-paced environment focused on diagnosing and treating urgent patient conditions,” explained Laurel Parker, MD, Medical Director, Emergency Services. “Scribes work with our medical and nursing staff, especially during times of high volume, to record important patient care information in real time. They help locate past medical records, prior lab/radiology results, or past visit histories for the provider to review. They can also help medical staff contact other specialists and facilitate hospital admissions as needed. This gives medical staff more time to focus on the patients’ needs.”
Parker added that by decreasing time spent documenting, medical staff can see more patients and therefore decrease patient wait times, which is one of MaineGeneral’s ongoing goals.
MaineGeneral plans to employ a total of 30 medical scribes from the local area to join the Emergency Departments in both Augusta and Waterville. Sixteen have been hired thus far and are already working with medical and nursing staff, who are happy with the early results. “I am so pleased I can give my full, personal attention to my patients,” Parker said. “I also feel like I am providing better care because I don’t have to spend time on the computer in between visits.”
ScribeAmerica is handling recruitment and paid training of medical scribes, the nation's most frequently used medical scribe company with more than 15,000 employees across the U.S. providing professional services for more than 3,000 clients. Part-time positions, with potential for full-time, are available in Augusta and Waterville for local applicants with weekday and weekend daytime availability. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, as well as computer and typing skills; a college degree or current enrollment in a health-related program and familiarity with medical knowledge are preferred.
“Many medical scribes want to eventually become doctors or other health professionals, so this opportunity gives them great exposure to the emergency medicine environment, medical terminology, disease processes, emergency procedures, medications, medical decision-making and more,” Parker said. “It’s an excellent resume builder for medical school or another career in health care.”
To learn more, visit www.scribeamerica.com/apply.
Waterville Creates!, a non-profit supporting and promoting high-quality, accessible arts and cultural programs and institutions in Waterville, Maine, announces a gift in the amount of $25,000 from Golden Pond Wealth Management in support of the community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center.
Designed to bring together under one roof some of Waterville’s most beloved arts institutions, including the Maine Film Center, Common Street Arts, and a new gallery of the Colby Museum of Art, the Paul J. Schupf Art Center will be constructed on the current site of The Center building at 93 Main Street, directly adjacent to the Waterville Opera House and City Hall building and downtown’s central green space, Castonguay Square. Waterville Creates! and Colby College are partnering on this transformative project, which will create a distinctive hub for visual arts, performing arts, arts education, and film for children and adults. In addition to enhancing Waterville’s reputation as a destination for arts and culture, this new facility will add vitality to downtown Waterville during both the daytime and evening hours and serve as an economic driver for the region.
“Giving back to our community is one of our core values at Golden Pond Wealth Management, and we are particularly compelled to work with organizations that advance our collective cultural well-being,” says Brian Bernatchez, managing director of Golden Pond Wealth Management. “We are a major season sponsor of the Waterville Opera House because of its tremendous impact on our community, both culturally and economically, and we see the Paul J. Schupf Art Center as an incredible opportunity to further advance the arts in Waterville.” Golden Pond Wealth Management’s gift was pledged in support of the $2 million community capital campaign led by Waterville Creates! as part of the overall fundraising goal of $18 million for the project.
“Golden Pond Wealth Management has consistently been a strong supporter of the arts in our community, and we are thrilled by their generous support of this project,” says Shannon Haines, president and CEO of Waterville Creates! “The recent momentum that has been building for our community capital campaign has been due in large part to a business community that values and invests in the arts not only for the cultural enrichment they provide but for their power to drive a robust local economy.”
According to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study published by Americans for the Arts in 2017, Waterville’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences generate over $6 million in direct economic activity per year. Business Contributions to the Arts: 2018 Edition, a study by The Conference Board in conjunction with Americans for the Arts, revealed that 63% of companies believe the arts contribute to the economy of the community and 79% of companies believe arts help to improve quality of life in the community.
About Waterville Creates!
Waterville Creates! connects artists, cultural organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in our community. We firmly believe that art and culture have the power to enrich lives, strengthen community bonds, and serve as an economic engine. We promote and support arts education, exhibitions, theatre, film, music, and dance that is accessible to all residents and visitors. By helping to build a creative economy, Waterville Creates! is leading the effort to make Waterville an exciting cultural destination and a thriving, vibrant community. Learn more at http://www.watervillecreates.org. For more information about the ongoing community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center visit http://www.downtownartscenter.org.
Kennebec Behavioral Health (KBH) held its 59th Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 13th at the Senator Inn in Augusta. The event included recognitions of area community partners for exceptional community service and partnership.
Matt Brown was presented with the 2019 James R. Schmidt Award, which is presented annual to a person or organization that best exemplifies the late Jim Schmidt’s efforts to improve quality of life for adults who experience mental illness by providing them with social, education and employment opportunities. Mr. Brown has been working in some capacity of law enforcement since 1989. For the past year, he has been the coordinator of informal support systems for Law Enforcement Officers struggling with alcohol, substance abuse, and/or mental health issues. He has been an integral part of connecting Clubhouses to the broader community, including partnering Clubhouses with advisory board members, establishing employment opportunities, and promoting law enforcement relationships with the Clubhouses.
The Outstanding Community Partnership Award was awarded to Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) for the organization’s enduring support in our shared efforts to increase access to evidence-based addiction care for Maine citizens living with opioid use disorder. Through their Expanding Addiction Care Initiative, MeHAF provided invaluable support for KBH Outpatient Services and Redington Fairview General Hospital’s Primary Care to take the first steps in increasing access to the critically needed service of Medication Assisted Therapy.
The Transformational Clinical Collaboration Award was awarded to the Family Violence Project for their unique and innovative partnership to provide service for women surviving domestic violence. Since 2012, Family Violence has mentored and collaborated with KBH to provide treatment which meets the unique strengths and needs of the women they serve. Through this partnership of domestic violence shelter services and mental health and/or substance use disorder treatment services, Family Violence and KBH staff paved the way to a promising practice for women seeking safety, recovery and a new life.
A highlight of the evening was Kennebec Behavioral Health’s keynote speaker, Gordon Smith - Director of Opioid Response for the Office of Governor Janet T. Mills. A Maine native, Mr. Smith has served as Chair of the Maine Health Data Organization and of the Executive committee of the Advocacy Resource Center of the American Medical Association. He is also a former Chair of the Board of Quality Counts, a regional quality improvement collaborative and a former board member of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging. He is a current board member of the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership. Mr. Smith shared his vision for the Opioid Response efforts in the State of Maine and underscored the importance of prevention, intervention and treatment for substance use disorder.
Kennebec Behavioral Health was founded in 1960 and operates clinics in Waterville, Skowhegan, Winthrop, Augusta and Farmington. For more information, or to schedule an appointment for any KBH service, call 1-888-322-2136. Information can also be found at www.kbhmaine.org.
Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB or the “Company”) announced that its banking subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust (“BHBT” or the “Bank”), has signed a definitive agreement to acquire eight branches located in central Maine with approximately $287 million of deposits, $111 million of loans and $284 million of assets under management (as of March 31, 2019) from People’s United Bank, National Association (“People’s”).
Both banks will be working closely to ensure a seamless transition for customer accounts and associates transferring to BHBT. The Company intends to offer continued employment to the professionals associated with People’s central Maine region, which is anticipated to close in the fourth quarter of 2019. This acquisition is subject to regulatory approval from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the State of Maine and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The eight branches will increase BHBT’s total branch count to 56 in its footprint, and 22 in the State of Maine. The Company is well positioned to integrate the new branches into its existing operations and deliver the product depth and local responsiveness that it has become known for.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Curtis C. Simard stated, “We are pleased to welcome our new colleagues, customers and communities to our already deep Maine roots. We look forward to servicing their banking and Wealth Management needs, and to providing our full suite of personal and commercial deposit and loan products. We believe this acquisition provides our existing and new customers enhanced convenience and underscores our commitment to Maine while expanding into contiguous markets in a sensible way. These branches stretch across the central Maine I-95 corridor with four branches in the greater Bangor market and includes all deposits from People’s central Maine territory.”
Mr. Simard stated “This transaction contributes to our financial and long term strategic goals with manageable risk based on our experienced team’s history of successful acquisitions and system integrations. We plan to use the acquired deposits to replace certain existing higher cost of borrowings which will result in an immediate accretion to earnings and will support future growth with additional core funding. Incremental earnings will allow for an estimated earn-back of tangible book value per share less than a period of five years. At closing the Company will pay a 6.3% premium on average total deposits plus a premium of 1.2 times annualized wealth management revenue and approximately $4.4 million for the fair value of premises and equipment acquired.”
Griffin Financial Group, LLC served as financial advisor to Bar Harbor Bankshares and K&L Gates served as outside legal counsel. A presentation with additional information regarding the branch acquisition is attached as an exhibit and can be found on our website.
Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Founded in 1887, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is a true community bank serving the financial needs of its clients for over 130 years. Bar Harbor provides full-service community banking with office locations in all three Northern New England states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. For more information, visit www.barharbor.bank.
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Kennebec Behavioral Health is pleased to announce its 2019 college scholarship recipients. This year, the following students will each receive a $1000 scholarship upon successful completion of their first semester at their chosen college or university.
The scholarships are made possible through KBH’s College Scholarship program which developed in order to invest in our communities’ future mental health professionals. The program is the recipient of KBH’s annual fall fundraiser comedy show, “A Night Out” which will be held this year on Saturday, November 2nd at the Calumet Club in Augusta.
Interested students at partnering high schools were each asked to submit an application form which included an essay question around why she or he was interested in pursuing a career in the behavioral health field. KBH’s Chief Executive Officer Tom McAdam stated, “we are so pleased that the students that applied already had a good understanding of the importance of the social services area of study.” Several students will be attending colleges in Maine and one has selected the University of Kansas.
Kennebec Behavioral Health was founded in 1960 and operates clinics in Waterville, Skowhegan, Winthrop, Augusta and Farmington. For more information, or to schedule an appointment for any KBH service, call 1-888-322-2136. Information can also be found at www.kbhmaine.org.
Camden National Bank Is Now Accepting Nominations for the 2019 Leaders & Luminaries Awards
$20,000 total will be awarded to local nonprofits on behalf of outstanding board directors
Camden, Maine, June 25, 2019 – Camden National Bank announced that they are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Leaders & Luminaries Awards. This year, the bank will award a total of $20,000 to four local nonprofits on behalf of board directors who demonstrate passion, innovation and resourcefulness in their board service, fostering organizational success and sustainable board governance. Since 2011, Camden National Bank has awarded $130,000 to Maine nonprofits on behalf of 37 outstanding board leaders.
“Nonprofits are cornerstones in our communities, and strategic, committed board members are integral to organizational success and mission impact,” said Greg Dufour, President & CEO of Camden National Bank. “We’re pleased to celebrate outstanding board service by many people in our communities through the Leaders & Luminaries Awards.”
Camden National Bank’s Leaders & Luminaries Awards are organized in partnership with the Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP), whose mission is to strengthen the leadership, voice and organizational effectiveness of Maine nonprofits.
“Strengthened by dedicated boards, staff and volunteers, Maine’s nonprofits are vital contributors to our state’s economy and quality of life,” said Jennifer Hutchins, Executive Director of Maine Association of Nonprofits. “We are grateful that businesses like Camden National Bank demonstrate with a significant financial investment how much they value leadership, service and innovation in the organizations that are working every day to make Maine a healthy, sustainable state.”
An independent selection committee, including the Executive Director of MANP, two executives of Camden National Bank, and two additional Maine leaders who are active in the nonprofit community, will review all nominations, which are due August 30th, 2019.
The 2019 Leaders & Luminaries Award recipients and their organizations will be recognized at an awards ceremony to take place on November 12th, 2019 during MANP’s all-day session: ‘Get on Board: Connecting People with Purpose!’. Camden National Bank is one of MANP’s Benefactors, and the bank also commits additional funding to sponsor and support MANP’s day-long board governance training. Registration and event details will be coming soon on MANP’s website.
The Leaders & Luminaries Awards are made possible by Camden National Bank, through The Bank of Maine Foundation. For more details, eligibility requirements and the nomination form, please visit: https://www.camdennational.com/leadersandluminaries.
AUGUSTA, ME – June 24, 2019 –MaineGeneral Health is one of three health systems in the U.S. to be named 2019 Patient Financing Top Performers by patient financing service provider ClearBalance® in conjunction with the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).
The ClearBalance zero-interest financing program helps patients pay their health care bills over time. MaineGeneral began using the ClearBalance program in 2018 and is being recognized for Top Performer – Greatest Impact to Patients. In seven months, the ClearBalance program helped patients manage their medical costs for nearly 16,000 hospital visits. During that same time, an average 290 patients per month used the ClearBalance program to manage their costs for additional services at MaineGeneral Health, either for themselves, their spouse or dependents.
“We don’t want cost to be a barrier to receiving needed care. With ClearBalance, patients know they have a financing option so they aren’t as likely to delay care. Giving patients an option to pay their out-of-pocket costs over time definitely impacts satisfaction and loyalty,” said Buffy Higgins, senior director, Revenue Cycle. “It’s been a positive experience for our patients, including our own employees who need extended financing to pay their portion of care. It’s the right thing to do.”
In 2018, 92 percent of patients offered the ClearBalance program agreed to use it, Higgins added. Of that 92 percent, 95 percent paid their bill in full. “Offering affordable financing proves that most patients want to pay their out-of-pocket costs if they have a reasonable way to do so,” Higgins said. “MaineGeneral is seeing an improvement in financial performance as a result – helping patients from going to bad debt due to their cost of care.”
This is the fourth year ClearBalance has recognized health systems for their ability to achieve Top Performance with patient financing. CentraCare Health in Minnesota and UPMC Pinnacle in Pennsylvania also achieved top honors this year. Previous winners include Hackensack Meridian Health, Novant Health, Essentia Health and Mosaic Life Care.
“Health systems often experience immediate financial and patient satisfaction results when partnering with ClearBalance for patient financing,” said ClearBalance President and CEO Bruce Haupt. “We’re pleased to see such tremendous performance from first-year and longtime partners.”
Local SERVPRO cleanup and restoration specialist offers tips to Augusta area homeowners for a sizzling and safe summer grilling season
Augusta, ME (Grassroots Newswire) June 18, 2019 -- According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), July is the peak month for grilling fires, followed by June, May, and August.1 Annually, U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 10,200 home fires each year involving grills, hibachis, or barbeques. With the summer season fast approaching, Anthony Wolverton of SERVPRO® of Augusta/Waterville, a fire and water damage cleanup specialist in the Augusta area, urges homeowners to check the readiness of their outdoor cooking equipment – like grills and propane tanks – to help ensure summer cooking fires don’t become house fires.
“The NFPA reports that seven out of every 10 adults in the U.S. has a grill or a smoker,” said Wolverton. “That statistic really highlights the risk that homeowners face of experiencing a home fire caused by grilling and other open flame cooking. It’s important to take some basic safety steps to help ensure you’ll spend your summer enjoying friends and family and not dealing with the aftermath of a grill-related house fire.”
According to the NFPA, the top three causes of grilling fires are failure to clean the grill, leaks in gas hose lines or breaks in the grill body itself, and proximity to flammable objects. Wolverton says these risks are easily managed and offers the following tips2 from the NFPA to help Augusta area residents prepare and use their outdoor grills:
General Grill Safety
1. Check your grill for cleanliness and damage. Remove grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill before the first use and after each subsequent use.
2. Position your grill well away from your home and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging tree branches
3. Keep children and pets at a safe distance – at least three feet from the grill
4. Never leave the grill unattended when in use, and always grill outside.
1. Check for leaks in the gas tank hose before using your grill.
2. Open gas grill top before lighting the grill.
3. If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least five minutes before re-lighting it.
1. Use only charcoal starter fluid or opt for a charcoal chimney or electric starter.
2. Never add charcoal starter fluid, or any flammable fluid, to the fire.
3. Dispose of coals in a metal container after the coals have cooled completely.
“It doesn’t take long to prepare your grill for safe cooking, but it can take months to recover from a fire and the resulting flame, smoke, and water damage,” said Wolverton. “Invest a few minutes now to get your outdoor cooking equipment clean and ready to go, and then spend your summer enjoying good times and great food, not dealing with the destruction and heartbreak of a house fire.”
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The Kennebec Valley Tourism Council (KVTC) has awarded Sponsorship Support funds in the amount of $1,785 to the Maine Film Center for the 22nd Maine International Film Festival. This funding will assist in the growth of tourism in Maine’s Kennebec Valley and produce a positive economic impact on the region.
Maine Film Center was one of eight sponsorship recipients awarded as part of the 2019 KVTC marketing partnership program. In total, the 2019 KVTC Sponsorship Support application requests reached nearly $20,000. The organization was able to award $15,000 in local regional sponsorships to its members this year, with plans to increase funding for sponsorships in 2020 to member organizations located within Maine’s Kennebec and Somerset counties who are helping KVTC promote the Maine’s Kennebec Valley Region as a destination place within their own marketing initiatives.
“We’re honored to receive the support of the Kennebec Valley Tourism Council in support of the Maine International Film Festival,” says festival director Mike Perreault. “As the largest film event in northern New England, we’re passionate about sharing 100 films from around the world and providing audiences, who visit our area from all over, the opportunity to connect with film makers and discover new stories throughout ten exciting days in Waterville.”
“Supporting local organizations and events, particularly new events and destinations that are just getting off the ground, is a major focus of our regional marketing grant program. Our preference is to fund new events, however, events with significant tourism turnout/impact are also given substantial consideration” says Tanya Griffeth, executive director of the KVTC. “These funds are dedicated to support marketing efforts in some of the more rural areas in Maine. While established events can rely on word-of-mouth and brand awareness to help drive attendance, new events and destinations have quite a bit of ground to cover to pull visitors from neighboring regions. These sponsorships help provide funding for key marketing elements including advertising, printing, branding and more. This allows organizers to focus their often-limited funding on building the foundations of their programs versus stretching their resources too thin in the early stages of event and destination development.”
About the Maine International Film Festival
The 22nd annual Maine International Film Festival will be held in Waterville, Maine from July 12 through 21, 2019 at Railroad Square Cinema and the Waterville Opera House. During the 10 days of the festival, MIFF features nearly 100 films, representing the best of American and International independent cinema and spotlighting some of Maine and New England’s most innovative filmmakers. The full MIFF schedule will be available at www.miff.org as the Festival nears. The Maine International Film Festival is a project of the Maine Film Center, whose mission is to enrich, educate and entertain the community through film and art.
About the Maine Film Center
The Maine Film Center (MFC) brings independent film to Waterville through the nationally recognized Maine International Film Festival, an annual 10-day event that attracts filmmakers and film aficionados worldwide; Railroad Square Cinema, the only Sundance Art House cinema in Maine; and by hosting world-class exhibitions and educational opportunities. MFC inspires an appreciation for the art of film, and, as part of the artistic community, works to make Waterville a sought-after arts destination. MFC firmly believes that art and culture have the power to enrich lives, strengthen community bonds, and act as an economic engine. Its mission is to educate, entertain, and build community through film and art.
About the Kennebec Valley Tourism Council
The Kennebec Valley Tourism Council (KVTC) is a 501(C)6 nonprofit group organized to manage the Maine Tourism Marketing Partnership Program (MTMPP) grant issued by the Maine Office of Tourism and the state of Maine to each of the eight Maine tourism regions. Funds from the MTMPP regional grant are allocated for use in the promotion of tourism in each of the eight tourism regions of Maine. The KVTC board undertakes activities to promote tourism in Maine's Kennebec Valley generate a positive economic impact for the region. KVTC is primarily funded by the MTMPP grant however, in order to receive the grant, KVTC must also contribute funds. We accomplish this by membership dues, advertising revenue and county contributions.
About the Kennebec Valley Region
Named for the Kennebec River that runs down the center of the region, the Kennebec Valley is one of the eight Maine tourism regions and includes the cities and towns contained in both Kennebec and Somerset counties. The region contains Maine's capital city of Augusta, Gardiner, Hallowell, Waterville, Skowhegan and Jackman as well as the recreational resort communities near Monmouth, Belgrade, and The Forks. It also contains a few outlying towns including Rockwood-on-Moosehead, China, and Pittsfield. To learn more, visit www.KennebecValley.org.