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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.

  • Leah Allee, Cony High School – Augusta
  • Jenna Butler, Erskine Academy – South China
  • Emiley Wheeler, Gardiner Area High School – Gardiner
  • Brenna Saucier, Lawrence High School – Fairfield
  • Laura Ireland, Maranacook High School – Readfield
  • Sydney Noonan, Skowhegan High School – Skowhegan
  • Aubrey Fossett, Waterville High School – Waterville
  • Dakota Estes, Winslow High School - Winslow

The scholarships are made possible through KBH’s College Scholarship program which developed in order to invest in our communities’ future mental health professionals.  The program is the recipient of KBH’s annual fall fundraiser comedy show, “A Night Out” which will be held this year on Saturday, November 2nd at the Calumet Club in Augusta.  

Interested students at partnering high schools were each asked to submit an application form which included an essay question around why she or he was interested in pursuing a career in the behavioral health field.  KBH’s Chief Executive Officer Tom McAdam stated, “we are so pleased that the students that applied already had a good understanding of the importance of the social services area of study.”  Several students will be attending colleges in Maine and one has selected the University of Kansas. 

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

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:

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.

Propane Grills
1. Check for leaks in the gas tank hose before using your grill.
2. Open gas grill top before lighting the grill.
3. If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least five minutes before re-lighting it.

Charcoal Grills
1. Use only charcoal starter fluid or opt for a charcoal chimney or electric starter.
2. Never add charcoal starter fluid, or any flammable fluid, to the fire.
3. Dispose of coals in a metal container after the coals have cooled completely.

“It doesn’t take long to prepare your grill for safe cooking, but it can take months to recover from a fire and the resulting flame, smoke, and water damage,” said Wolverton. “Invest a few minutes now to get your outdoor cooking equipment clean and ready to go, and then spend your summer enjoying good times and great food, not dealing with the destruction and heartbreak of a house fire.”

SERVPRO is an industry leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services. For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit For more information on SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville, please contact Anthony Wolverton at (207) 622-7166 or .


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 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


AUGUSTA, Maine – MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center (EEPC) has been awarded a one-year, $130,000 grant from the John T. Gorman Foundation to provide home-based parent coaching services for at-risk mothers in the Kennebec Valley.

The grant provides a unique level of support to mothers who have substance use disorder, a history of mental health diagnosis, involvement with the child welfare system or other related factors that might negatively impact parenting.

“Many parents today are struggling with mental health and substance use problems, which can seriously interfere with their ability to connect with their infant in the sensitive, nurturing, consistent way that they, in their heart of hearts, very much want to,” said
Dr. Lindsey Tweed, MD, MPH, child psychiatrist at the Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center.

Starting July 1, the EEPC will help up to 40 women and their infants living in Kennebec and Somerset counties. Using the modified Attachment and Biobehavorial Catch-up (ABC) model, health educators will meet with each mother in her home beginning at six months into her pregnancy.

“A primary goal of the John T. Gorman Foundation is ensuring that more Maine children get a strong start in life – which begins with helping parents become the best caregivers they can be,” said John T. Gorman Foundation President and CEO Tony Cipollone. “Nationally and in other countries, the ABC model has shown very positive results in helping at-risk mothers form deeper bonds with their infants, a key factor in a young child’s healthy development. The Foundation is proud to help MaineGeneral implement this innovative program in Maine, where we hope it will bring the same positive outcomes to mothers and their children. If it does, we also hope that it’ll become a model for other communities to emulate.”

“This model has the best evidence of any program in the world for helping parents form the bond with their infants. ABC programs have begun to spread throughout the world but none yet have been developed in New England. MaineGeneral is very excited to begin bringing this state-of-the-art program to its pregnant moms,” Tweed said.

The funds will support the training, certification and equipment for two part-time health educators, technical assistance from the developer of the program, Mary Dozier PhD, and her team at the University of Delaware and other support such as developmental toys for the infants.

Join MTUG for our 32nd Technology Summit & Tradeshow! 

The nonprofit Maine Technology Users Group (MTUG) invites IT professionals, managers, and technology enthusiasts from all industries and sectors to the 32nd Annual Information Technology Summit and Tradeshow on Thursday, June 13th, 2019, 7:30am-4pm. 

The MTUG IT Summit is Maine's largest business technology conference with 14 educational sessions, over 50 vendor exhibits, and ample time to explore a broad range of IT topics, products and services. 

Admission is $50 "early bird" rate by the extended date 6/5/19, $55 Advance and $60 on the event day. Students just $25! Fee includes workshops, tradeshow floor access, continental breakfast, lunch, and door prizes. MTUG is a nonprofit organization focused on bringing educational events and resources to the IT community. Space is limited; please pre-register at the event website:  

Workshop tracks include IT Infrastructure, IT Career Development, IT Management, Security, and “Tech Mavericks” (out-of-box tech topics), covering subjects such as disaster recovery, DevOps, Microsoft Windows/Intune deployments, security automation, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Risk Frameworks, interviewing/retaining good cybersecurity people, and much more.

Keynote Ravi Srinivasan, Vice President of Solutions and Product at Forcepoint, will discuss the security implications of modeling user behavior with machine learning. Also during lunch, MTUG will recognize our scholarship co-sponsoring companies, who together with MTUG donated $18,000 in scholarships to 14 Maine tech students in the UMaine system.

MTUG's thanks our 2019 Summit Sponsors! Premier Gold Sponsors include Avaya, Consolidated Communications, Fortinet, and Lincolnville Communications. Silver & Bronze sponsors include Carbon Black, Carousel Industries, Extreme Networks, Headlight Audio Visual, Juniper Networks, New England Communications, PCM, Presidio, Pulse Secure, SonicWall, Thrive Networks, TPx Communications, Verkada, WEI, and Zerto.

GHM Insurance Agency recently was selected for The Hanover Insurance Group’s President’s Club, an elite group of independent insurance agencies from across the country.

The Hanover’s President’s Club agencies are recognized for delivering outstanding value to their customers through their insurance expertise and responsive service.

The Hanover partners with a select group of 2,300 independent agents nationwide. GHM was one of only 120 independent agencies recognized with this distinction. This is the 18th consecutive year GHM has been named to The Hanover’s President’s Club.]

“We are proud to partner with the great team at GHM Insurance Agency,” said Richard W. Lavey, president, Hanover Agency Markets. “They are truly committed to serving their customers, offering valued counsel and high-quality insurance expertise.”

The agency was formally recognized for its inclusion in the company’s President’s Club during a national business conference in Bluffton, South Carolina.

“GHM has been serving the insurance needs of Maine families and business owners since 1901. We’re proud to represent The Hanover Insurance Group. They are an outstanding insurance carrier that provides a high level of value and service we expect when choosing which carrier to place our customer’s business with,” said Bill Mitchell, President at GHM.

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The Maine Film Center Hosts 22nd Annual Maine International Film Festival July 12 – 21

Waterville once again becomes the epicenter of independent and Maine-forward film for ten days

Waterville, Maine —The Maine Film Center, whose mission is to educate, entertain, and build community through film and art, is pleased to announce the 22nd Annual Maine International Film Festival (MIFF), scheduled for July 12th – 21st, 2019 in Waterville, Maine. MIFF is currently seeking film submissions as well as sponsoring organizations and individuals, Festival Pass preorders, and volunteers for the 10-day Festival. Learn more at:

Over the course of 10 exciting days, MIFF showcases 100 premier releases of American independent and international cinema, classic revivals, inspiring performances, exhibitions, and community workshops in Waterville, Maine. At MIFF, audiences have the unique opportunity to connect with directors, producers, writers, actors, and musicians who travel to Waterville from across the globe. Founded in 1998, MIFF honors members of the independent film industry whose contributions to cinema deserve recognition. Honored guests and visiting filmmakers host panels and informal Q&A sessions, giving the audiences an incredible chance to hear about the art of film from those on the front lines.

MIFF is currently seeking submissions – the absolute deadline is May 20th – and primarily seeks feature-length and short films of any genre. Special consideration will be given to works that were filmed in Maine or that have a significant Maine theme or focus. MIFF will not accept films that have been theatrically released prior to the start of the festival or have been publicly exhibited in the state of Maine in any way (including film festivals, television transmissions, and one-off events). Filmmakers are encouraged to submit at

There are many ways to support this exciting, high-profile highlight of summer in Maine. Pass holders receive access, perks, exposure, placement, recognition, and exclusivity. Package holders and supporters are prominently credited in MIFF’s programs, events, and print materials. MIFF is also seeking business sponsorships for its film screenings and special events including the Opening Night party and Achievement Award galas. Want to get involved behind the scenes and in the front lines of the Festival action? Volunteer! Volunteers receive many perks and exclusives in return for their service to the arts,

including free film access, VIP event access, celebrity meet and greets and more. Learn more about these exciting opportunities to make the most of MIFF at today!

About the Maine International Film Festival
The 22nd annual Maine International Film Festival, a project of the Maine Film Center, will be held in Waterville, Maine from July 12-21 at Railroad Square Cinema and the Waterville Opera House. During the 10 days of the festival, MIFF features nearly 100 films, representing the best of American and International independent cinema and spotlighting some of Maine and New England’s most innovative filmmakers. The full MIFF schedule will be available on the Festival’s website, as the Festival nears.

About the Maine Film Center

The Maine Film Center (MFC) brings independent film to Waterville through the nationally recognized Maine International Film Festival, an annual 10-day event that attracts filmmakers and film aficionados worldwide; Railroad Square Cinema, the only Sundance Art House cinema in Maine; and by hosting world-class exhibitions and educational opportunities. MFC inspires an appreciation for the art of film, and, as part of the artistic community, works to make Waterville a sought-after arts destination. MFC firmly believes that art and culture have the power to enrich lives, strengthen community bonds, and act as an economic engine. Its mission is to educate, entertain, and build community through film and art.


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Free, family-friendly concerts to be held on June 28th, July 5th, July 26th, and August 2nd  

Featured Acts include Enter the Haggis, The Mallett Brothers Band, Kat Wright and more! 

Waterville, Maine — Waterville Creates!, one of Maine’s leading arts and cultural organizations with a mission to promote Waterville as a vibrant destination in central Maine, is delighted to announce the fourth consecutive year of Waterville Rocks! The series of free and family-friendly outdoor concerts will feature regional acts, including Enter the Haggis, The Mallett Brothers Band, and Kat Wright in downtown Waterville’s Castonguay Square on Friday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Along with fabulous music, the concert series will offer a beer garden by The Proper Pig selling beverages and food for adults of age to enjoy, and will also host the Stone Fox Farm Creamery Food Truck for kids of all ages. Waterville Rocks! is hosted by the Waterville Opera House and sponsored by local businesses, organizations and patrons of the arts. The series is designed to provide free cultural programming for the community and offer a new way to animate downtown Waterville.

The 2019 Waterville Rocks! free summer concert dates are set for June 28, July 5, July 26, and August 2 and will once again feature a variety of funk, rock, pop and Americana music for attendees. A website to help promote this free concert series is located at

The first Waterville Rocks! concert is scheduled for Friday, June 28th and features performances by The Mallett Brothers Band and Hymn for Her. Bring a blanket or chairs to enjoy in Castonguay Square, stop by The Stone Fox Farm Creamery ice cream truck, or The Proper Pig Beer Garden (open at 5:30pm for adults of age).

The second concert in the Waterville Rocks! series is scheduled for Friday, July 5th and is our first all-female concert, including performances by Kat Wright and Katie Matzell. Come enjoy these ladies of rock in Castonguay Square! Yes, The Proper Pig Beer Garden and The Stone Fox Farm Creamery will be back!

The third concert in the Waterville Rocks! series is scheduled for Friday, July 26th and will include performances by Tinsley Ellis and Cold Engines. Come enjoy these fan-favorites in Castonguay Square along with ice cream from The Stone Fox Farm Creamery and delicious refreshments from The Proper Pig Beer Garden.

Enter the Haggis and Tricky Britches will perform on August 2nd for the final concert. Enter the Haggis performed at our largest Waterville Rocks! concert last season, so we just had to ask them back to play for us again for anyone who missed that incredible evening downtown. We thought Tricky Britches would pair nicely!

Waterville Rocks! is hosted by the Waterville Opera House and made possible by the generosity of the following businesses, organizations and arts patron sponsors: Colby College, GHM Insurance Agency, Waterville Creates!, Kennebec Savings Bank, Inland Hospital, Central Maine Motors, Thomas College, and John and Jackie Dalton. Waterville Rocks! is also supported by Waterville Creates! Partners: the City of Waterville, Common Street Arts, the Maine Film Center, the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and the Waterville Public Library.

In the event of rain, all Waterville Rocks! concerts will be performed inside the Waterville Opera House. Scheduled to perform as part of the Waterville Rocks! Summer Concert Series:

June 28
The Mallett Brothers Band –
An independent, nationally touring sextet with albums chock-full of crackling Americana, a foot-stomping patchwork of country, folk, and rock.
Hymn for Her – An incredible duo that injects juiced-up backwoods country blues with desert rock psychedelia.

July 5
Kat Wright –
There’s soul flowing in and out of her rock ‘n’ roll with a serpentine seduction. She has been described as “a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse.”
Katie Matzell –
Upcoming Portland, Maine native with a voice that is “fierce and dazzling.”

July 26
Tinsley Ellis –
“Non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge… his eloquence dazzles… he achieves pyrotechnics that rival Beck and Clapton.”
Cold Engines –
An all-star cast of artists that brings together a mix of soul, new wave, rock, and dance.

August 2
Enter the Haggis –
Toronto-based Indie Celtic Folk Rock band with appearances on “Live with Regis and Kelly”, and a PBS concert special that aired across multiple stations!
Tricky Britches – A country, contra-dance, bluegrass, rock string-band consisting of four friends from Maine who shape their music around experiences from places in the U.S. to Europe!

About Waterville Rocks!
Waterville Rocks! is a free, family-friendly concert series held in downtown Waterville’s Castonguay Square. Established in 2016 by local business leaders and arts-focused organizations, Waterville Rocks! has become an annual community celebration of all-things-music held in the great outdoors. Keep up to date on all the latest and greatest news and event updates at or on Facebook at 

Are you a good listener?

Are you comfortable talking on the phone?

Do you have a passion for helping others?

If you answered yes to these questions, we have an opportunity that may be perfect for you!

Family Violence Project has an ongoing need for volunteer advocates to help answer our 24-Hour Helpline for those affected by domestic violence. As a volunteer advocate on the helpline, you will make a difference in people’s lives by volunteering once a month from the comfort of your home. Do you worry that you won’t know what to say? Family Violence Project offers a free training that prepares you for this volunteer role; also, a staff person will always be available to assist you by phone while you are volunteering. Participants in the training will learn about the complex issue of domestic violence, the staff and services of Family Violence Project, and how to talk with callers and help them create safety plans. Although successful completion of our training is required for this volunteer role, no other experience is necessary.

Family Violence Project’s next volunteer training will be held in Augusta starting April 23rd! For more information, please contact Jaime at  or 207-620-9044. You can also find out more information on our webpage:

We are moving!!!

Charles Kincer and his staff at Funeral Alternatives are proud to announce their move from 198 Western Avenue to their new Augusta location!

You can find us at 82 Western Ave., just down the street from our previous location in King’s Court.

Funeral Alternatives is a locally owned and operated funeral establishment, and is dedicated to serving families in the areas in which we live and work.

We specialize in offering an alternative to the traditional funeral home culture, and although we provide many of the same services as traditional firms, we have a more simplified, cost effective approach. Simplified means that the consumer gets the services that they need and/or want, without the high cost frills associated with traditional cremation and burial packages.

Funeral Alternatives offers cremations, burials, viewings, church funerals, graveside services, personalized memorials and caring, personal support for hundreds or even thousands of dollars less.

Call us at 207-626-8100 for more information, or with questions about cremations, burials, or pre-payment options.

The Maine State Museum in Augusta opens its newest exhibition, “Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote,” on Saturday, March 23, 2019. The museum will be celebrating the opening with free admission all day from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Maine Girls Chorus will give a special performance at 11:00 a.m. Special crafts for kids and families will be offered throughout the day.

“As Maine prepares to celebrate its bicentennial in 2020, it’s stunning to realize that, at our state’s founding, only non-Indian male citizens 21 and older could vote,” comments Museum Director Bernard Fishman. “Even more surprising was that it took 100 years of petitions to the Maine Legislature, work by suffrage organizations large and small, and countless debates and demonstrations, before most women finally received the vote in 1920. It’s hard to believe that there was so much opposition to what we now see as such an obvious right. Surely that means we’re making real progress after all.”

Through the people who lived the struggle, the museum’s exhibition tells the story of the 100-year effort to expand voting rights to include women. Historical photographs, artifacts, and documents on display add dimension to those stories as they were played out in newspaper headlines, parades, cartoons, products, and petitions. The work of Maine activists, and the ‘antis’ who were against opening the vote to women, are seen along with the passions of the national struggle. The museum exhibit also looks at women’s lives generally over the century, as well as at voting issues that continue to be a vibrant part of public debate today. In fact, the exhibit will include a voting booth where visitors can cast their ‘ballot’ about some of the current voting-related questions that are pointing the way to the next surge of enthusiasm in the examination of who can vote and what voting means in America’s form of representative democracy.

“Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote” will be on view at the museum through January 25, 2020. Related educational programs and events will be announced or available through the museum’s website at “Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote” is also a project of Maine’s Suffrage Centennial Collaborative, a diverse group of organizations that, through 2020, will feature a variety of programs about the centennial of women’s suffrage and the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. For further information, see the collaborative’s website

The Maine State Museum is located at 230 State Street in Augusta. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday, and all state holidays. Admission is charged. For more information: or call 207-287-2301.

For the first time ever, the Trek Across Maine riders will be coming through Augusta and many other parts of the Kennebec Valley. They will be riding through new communities and past more of our beautiful state. With the new route comes new demand for volunteers from these communities, and their connections to local businesses! For information on taking part in the Trek Across Maine as a cyclist, volunteer, or donor, please visit or call Erica Fredrick-Rock at 207-624-0310 to volunteer and Chrystal Toner at 207-624-0312 to ride or donate. Come be part of our Father's Day tradition! 

The American Lung Association has hosted the Trek Across Maine fundraising cycling event each year since 1985. In 2019, the organization is proud that the Trek Across Maine will celebrate its 35th anniversary. Over the course of the event’s history, over $25 million has been raised to support the mission work of the American Lung Association: to save lives my improving lung health and preventing lung disease. For more information about the initiatives of the American Lung Association, please visit Trek Across Maine 35 Aniv Horiz Clr USE

Embodying the Sacred Feminine- Healing the Divine Masculine

March 16:  10 a.m. to  4 p.m. –. at Zardus Art of Massage & Wellness Spa w/ School of Massage, 1 Lincoln Ave, Gardiner, ME   $120   

NOTE:  A segment of this workshop will be offered again at the Zardus Open House on June 18 for $30

Presented by Kat Beaudoin (;  fb: Kat Beaudoin, Hope Belief Trust; and Mary Katherine Spain, Nine-Pillars Healing of Portland.  Contact: 207-446-8099 or


Tibetan Buddhist Meditation (non-religious based)

March 13 (every Wednesday) - 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at Zardus Art of Massage and Wellness Spa with School of Massage, 1 Lincoln Ave, Gardiner, Maine. Recommended donation $8   

Presented by Ani Jane (fb: Zardus Art of Massage & Wellness Spa w/School of Massage; Contact: 207-446-7470 or

Spiritual Dowsing:   Tools for Accessing Intuition and Exploring the Unseen Realms.

March 17 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Zardus Art of Massage and Wellness Spa with School of Massage, 1 Lincoln Ave, Gardiner, Maine. $60

Presented by Kat Beaudoin (; fb: Kat Beaudoin, Hope Belief Trust; Contact: 207-446-8099 or


Chakra Balancing Art Workshop for Mind, Body and Spirit Balance

March 22 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Zardus Art of Massage and Wellness Spa with School of Massage, 1 Lincoln Ave, Gardiner, Maine   $40

Presented by Teresa Zardus BA in Psych, LMT, CRP and Spiritual Healing Arts (; fb: Kat Beaudoin, Hope Belief Trust; Contact: 207-446-8099 or

Hydrotherapy  & Reflexology (no prerequisites or experience needed)

March 23 - 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Zardus Art of Massage and Wellness Spa w/School of Massage, 1 Lincoln Ave, Gardiner, Maine. $95  Presented by Claire Guy (www.SoleWiseReflexology; fb: Claire Guy; Contact: 207-441-5670 or


Circle Medicine: Labyrinths, Grids & Earth Mandalas

April 13 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Zardus Art of Massage and Wellness Spa with School of Massage, 1 Lincoln Ave, Gardiner, Maine   $60  

Presented by Kat Beaudoin (fb: Zardus Art of Massage & Wellness Spa w/School of Massage; Contact: 207-446-7470 or


Stone Circle Method - An ancient method of divination and introspection

April 14 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Zardus Art of Massage and Wellness Spa with School of Massage, 1 Lincoln Ave, Gardiner, Maine   $60

Presented by Kat Beaudoin (; fb: Kat Beaudoin, Hope Belief Trust; Contact: 207-446-8099 or


Intuitive Vibration Energy Work 101

April 23 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Zardus Art of Massage and Wellness Spa with School of Massage, 1 Lincoln Ave., Gardiner, Maine  $50

Presented by Kat Beaudoin (; fb: Kat Beaudoin, Hope Belief Trust; Contact: 207-446-8099 or

About: Kat, a former management executive, operates her business under the name Kat Beaudoin, Hope-Belief-Trust. She has been studying shamanism since the late 70s, began formal training in tai chi and qi gong, shamanism, reiki, and access consciousness in 2008.  She uses all of these tools in her energy moving practice. Her passion is to offer experiential workshops designed to expand consciousness.

This is in large part due to our Members!

On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, New Dimensions FCU had the honor of attending the Maine Credit Union League Ending Hunger campaign luncheon at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport. This special event recognizes the contributions of Maine’s credit unions made to combat hunger in the state.

We are proud and excited to announce that the 2018 Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger raised a record-setting $787,360.68 (that’s $47,333 more than last year’s total). The other exciting fact is that there was 100% participation from Maine’s credit unions again this year. Due to hard work and our fundraising efforts, NDFCU placed 22nd in total funds raised and 30th for per member contributions, which means we will receive a total of $9,202.11 to distribute to local organizations and food pantries. Yes, this means this money we raised goes back into the local community it came from. READ MORE HERE!








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