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

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

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

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

2019 Leaders & Luminaries Award Winners:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About New Dimensions FCU

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

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

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

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.6 billion in assets.  As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company.  For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.barharbor.bank or call 888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.

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

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

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

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.6 billion in assets.  As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company.  For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.barharbor.bank or call 888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.

EXTRA EXTRA read all about it! The Waterville Opera House Presents 

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

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

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

Newsies Showtimes

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

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

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

Ensemble Newsies

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

Production Team

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

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

About The Waterville Opera House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The designer of the selected logo will receive:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Web sites starting at $395.00!

Click here to learn more!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Performance Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

36th Annual Trek Across Maine Event

The 2020 Trek Across Maine has gone virtual now through June 30th! Cycling is a great way to improve both your physical and mental health, while giving an extra boost to your immune system. We encourage you to participate in the virtual event as this is the perfect time to get outside while still practicing social distancing! Challenge yourself to stay active and support the American Lung Association’s work to support critical lung health research. 

COVID-19 is a lung infection and we are working to minimize the risk to all, especially those with a lung disease like asthma, COPD or lung cancer—who are at higher risk for more severe symptoms or complications from COVID-19. Join us in accelerating the progress we’ve already made, including a breakthrough discovery that could inform coronavirus treatment strategies and help us fund additional groundbreaking research that can help mitigate COVID-19.

Who: Everyone! Not a cyclist? You can still sign up to do the virtual event and help support our cause!

What: If you choose to participate in the cycling portion of the virtual event, complete 60, 120 or 180 miles on an indoor or outdoor bike (or mix of both) at your own pace and in segments if preferred. All virtual participants that raise the minimum $250 by June 30th will receive an accomplishment medal and event t-shirt. You can earn incentives the more you raise!

When: Now through June 30th. 

Where: Anywhere you’d like, just make sure to practice social distancing at all times.

How: Visit the event website and register as a virtual participant for $15. You will receive everything you need to successfully complete the virtual event from there! Please take a moment to review our website for details and make sure to check out the FAQ Page.

Extras: Join our Trek Across Maine Group on Strava. You can connect your tracking devices to the Strava app so others can see your progress. We also encourage you to join our Trek Across Maine group to stay in touch with other participants and post photos of your ride/screenshots of your progress. 

Free Plays, Talks, and Programs for Students

Begin September 26 at the Maine State Library in Augusta

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

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

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

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

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

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

Camden National Bank’s 2019 Employee Award Winners are:

Officer of the Year:

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

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

Employee of the Year:

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

  • Luke Dean, Regional Operational Specialist, Bangor

CamdenCARE Award:

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

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

Team Player Award:

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

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

Community Award:

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

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

Core Value Award:

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

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

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

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

Bob Daigle Award for Achievement through Innovation:

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

  • Penelope Dougherty, Digital Banking Manager, Rockport