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

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

Awards

Best in Show

Oliver Solmitz, Untitled 2

Painting

1st – Robert Dennison, The Noisy Night

2nd – Judith Schuppien, Taking up the Traps

3rd – Jim McLear, The Three Mystics

Watercolor

1st – Margaret La Farge, Summer Light

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

Drawing

1st – Sally Stanton, The Wizard

2nd – Rose Crossman, Sassy

3rd – Tom Whittaker, 54 Chevy Truck

Photography

1st – Page Eastman, Machias Window Abstraction

2nd – Olga Merrill, Drifting Away

3rd – John Meader, Sycamore Gap

Other Media

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

2nd – Martha Stanford Campbell, Starvation Calculator II

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

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

About Waterville Creates!

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

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

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

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

2019 United Way Golf Scramble winners:  

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

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

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

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

Course challenge winners: 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GHM Insurance

51 Main St

Waterville, ME  

207-873-5101

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

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

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

For more info, visit www.amtrakdowneaster.com.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

The event will feature at no charge:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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.


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.

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

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

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.   

Kennebec Behavioral Health Outstanding Community Partnership Award 2019 MeHAF

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

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

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

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

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

   

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

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

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

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

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

BACKGROUND

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

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

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

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

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