Rebecca 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!
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
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
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:
“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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
Employee of the Year:
This is the most prestigious award, given to an employee who demonstrates an impressive, outstanding commitment to Camden National Bank.
This award is given to employees who excel at building lasting, trusted relationships with customers to help them navigate their financial wellbeing with care.
Team Player Award:
Winners of this award are constantly impressing others with their dedication to making Camden National Bank an outstanding place to work.
The winners of this award embody the true spirit of giving back. They are passionate about serving community organizations and building meaningful community relationships.
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.
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.
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.
The Kennebec Historical Society’s Personnel Committee has picked longtime archivist Ernest L. Plummer, of Pittston, as the first recipient of the society’s newly established W. Scott Hill Service Award.
Plummer resigned this month after having volunteered in a variety of KHS positions over 16 years, including two terms as president. He and his wife, Joan, plan to move closer to his daughter’s family in Massachusetts.
A native of Buffalo, New York, and a retired industrial chemist, Plummer has upgraded and maintained the KHS collections database, enabling catalogers to embed photographs and scanned images or original written documents into the record. The improvement in quality and quantity of society holdings has effectively opened KHS files to many more researchers seeking to learn more about some aspect of Kennebec County history.
Plummer became KHS vice president in 2007 and was elected to two-year terms as president in 2009 and in 2013. Under his leadership, the society pressed forward with efforts to retire the $190,000 mortgage on its present home, the Henry Weld Fuller Jr. house in Augusta, a goal that was achieved less than four years later. He also has been the society’s executive director and treasurer, and he recruited his wife to manage the society’s membership database, which she has done for several years.
He also spent much of his time assisting researchers and fostering cooperative relationships with other historical societies in the county. He clocked several hundred volunteer hours per year for the society’s benefit. As he winds up his years of service, he is training six volunteers to carry on his work of cataloging materials in the database.
For these achievements and others, the KHS Personnel Committee selected Plummer for the Hill award, which was established this year to honor society members who have initiated or organized landmark improvements in the society’s operation, reputation or contributions to the community. The award is named for W. Scott Hill, an Augusta physician who was one of the society’s co-founders and its first president.
The 560-member Kennebec Historical Society, a private, nonprofit organization, was founded in 1891. Its mission is to collect, preserve and make available to the public historical documents and illustrations that pertain to the history of Kennebec County and its 30 municipalities. The society hosts monthly historical lectures in a variety of locations in the county.
AUGUSTA - United Way of Kennebec Valley (UWKV) launched its 2019 fundraising season with $1.16 million in committed support, the most ever pledged this early in the campaign. Twenty-six businesses reported their advance campaign success to a crowd of more than 320 people at the Campaign Kickoff on Thursday.
Steve Shuman and Elissa Shuman Emmons, from Charlie's Family of Dealerships, are co-chairing United Way's annual appeal effort. They announced a goal of raising $1.8 million by December. This marks United Way's highest campaign goal in its 64-year history.
"United Way has always been really important to our family," Elissa said. "We have stepped up our giving this year and we encourage others to do the same. The best way to do that is to show people that every dollar counts."
Steve and Elissa are charged with rallying the people of Kennebec Valley to give any amount they can to support community members that need a hand-up. Early progress indicates that United Way has raised 64 percent of its overall goal to date.
Steve and Elissa also presented the organization's 2019 campaign video, which showcased the campaign theme, "Every Dollar Counts," highlighted food insecurity in Maine and celebrated the buying power of a dollar. Together donors "Power the Dream" for a stronger, healthier Kennebec Valley by supporting 51 nonprofit programs.
"When considering the community needs we wanted to focus on this year, food insecurity was number-one," Steve said. "More than 200,000 Mainers do not have enough food on a regular basis. If one person donates $1 a week for a year, they can provide 208 meals for someone in need. We are all responsible for making this community great, and for teaching the next generation how to do the same."
Courtney Yeager, executive director of United Way, thanked attendees for serving as crucial messengers of United Way's work. "Each of you is here today because you want to be," Yeager said. "You're interested in what's going on in our community and how you can help. If you ask me what our secret weapon is this campaign season, I would say it's you--and it's always been you. You make change possible."
United Way's Community Builder Award was presented to Rob Gordon, the former executive director of UWKV, by longtime United Way supporters Charlie and Nancy Shuman. Gordon was celebrated for his 33 years of generosity and his dedication to strengthening the Greater Augusta community. The award was renamed the "Rob Gordon Community Builder Award" in his honor.
"I am very proud of the work we all do. I want to thank you for all the large, the small and the very specific ways we work together to strengthen our community," Gordon said.
During the event, Al Smith, executive director of the Augusta Food Bank, shared the importance of both cash and product donations.
"People often ask me what type of donation is better, giving money or food. I tell them 'yes' because both things are needed," Smith said. "With the money donated just this morning, I can buy 1,900 meals for someone in need."
Attendees of UWKV's Kickoff Breakfast donated 1,330 pounds of food. Upon conclusion of the event, the food was split among United Way's three partnered food pantries: Winthrop Food Pantry, Augusta Food Bank and Faith Food Pantry.
According to recent data, 30 percent of Kennebec Valley residents received direct support from a United Way-funded program. To support United Way's community-wide campaign, please contact 207-626-3400 or visit uwkv.org/give.
Free Admission on September 21, 2019 with a Downloadable Museum Day Ticket
The Maine State Museum in Augusta will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday, September 21, 2019 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of culture and learning. In order to be admitted for free on September 21, participants need only visit the website www.Smithsonian.com/museumday , download a free ticket for two people, and present it at the Maine State Museum. On that day, the museum will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
“Our visitors often think of the Maine State Museum as a kind of mini-Smithsonian,” comments Museum Director Bernard Fishman. “This is a compliment to both institutions and makes our participation in Museum Day a good fit for the Maine State Museum. Both museums use objects from nature and culture to enhance understanding and knowledge, and convey the incredible richness and diversity of the many kinds of worlds that surround us.”
Smithsonian magazine recognizes the extraordinary power of museums, and other cultural institutions, to provide visitors with insight and inspiration. Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to boundless curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event. Over 1,500 museums nationwide are expected to participate in Museum Day this year.
Visitors who present the Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating museums and cultural institutions for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per e-mail address. For more information about Museum Day and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit www.Smithsonian.com/museumday. For additional information about the Maine State Museum’s exhibits and programs, please visit www.mainestatemuseum.org.
Augusta Fuel Company has been kind enough to partner with the Snow Pond Center for the Arts for a campaign called “Fueling Arts Education”. By purchasing a $10 raffle ticket online at snowpond.org or directly from yours truly, your name will be entered in a drawing to win a free delivery of 250 gallons of heating oil from AFC!
Are you in?
AFC’s delivery area includes towns from Monmouth to Jefferson, Richmond to Pittsfield and everywhere in between, the winner must receive delivery within normal AFC delivery areas.
ROCKLAND, Maine - Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) is expanding its regional access to courses and full academic programs this fall at the new Mid-Coast School of Technology (MCST) in Knox County. This initiative now enables mid-coast residents to earn a certificate in health sciences starting this fall. This certificate covers the pre-requisite coursework for students who wish to continue to nursing and other allied health programs at KVCC or other colleges in the state. In addition, starting in January 2020, mid-coast residents will be able to complete certificate programs to become an emergency medical technician (EMT) or advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT) at MCST’s state-of-the-art facility that opened this week in Rockland.
Maine’s newest $25-million career and technical education center, located at 1 Main Street in Rockland, will serve high school students and adults from surrounding communities.
KVCC’s Rockland satellite location will offer the programs in a dedicated higher education suite located within the new MCST building. Such an arrangement will increase access to higher education for the populations of Knox County and the mid-coast region.
The KVCC Health Science Certificate program is funded by the Maine Community College System (MCCS) Bring College to ME program, which supports targeted certificate and degree programs in high-demand, high-wage occupations to underserved areas. For eligible students that means there will be no tuition, fees or book costs for the courses offered through the Bring College to ME program at the KVCC satellite location at MCST.
“KVCC is very excited to offer courses and programs in Knox County in dedicated space at the new MCST building. This is a great opportunity for people from the greater Rockland area to have local delivery of KVCC programs without having to travel. It’s a privilege to partner with the Mid-Coast School of Technology and leverage their outstanding new facilities. Residents of Knox County will now have an affordable, high-quality option for getting the skills they need to succeed.” KVCC President Richard Hopper said.
This fall, KVCC is offering two of the courses required for the Health Science certificate: Anatomy and Physiology I and English 101.
Students will be able to attend all classes and complete the Health Science Certificate within two years at the Rockland location. The Emergency Medical Technician certificate program, starting in spring 2020, can be completed in just one semester.
Over the coming year KVCC plans to offer additional classes in Welding and Liberal Studies.
In the meantime, please note the following important dates related to the launch of the KVCC satellite location in Rockland.
Monday, September 9 – Ribbon cutting for the KVCC higher education suite at the new Mid-Coast School of Technology at 1 Main Street in Rockland from 2pm to 7pm. For more information, please contact MCST at (207) 594-2161.
Thursday, September 12 – KVCC admission event for prospective students in Knox County from 4pm to 7pm. There are currently 18 openings for the Health Science Certificate program in Rockland. Those interested in enrolling or asking questions may contact CJ McKenna at the KVCC Enrollment Services Center: Tel: (207) 453-5822.
Monday, September 23 – KVCC classes begin at MCST in Rockland.
KVCC serves about 2,500 students and has campuses in Fairfield and Hinckley, with satellite locations at the Buker Community Center in Augusta and now at Mid Coast School of Technology in Rockland.
Waterville Creates!, a non-profit supporting and promoting high-quality, accessible arts and cultural programs and institutions in Waterville, Maine, announces a gift in the amount of $25,000 from MaineGeneral Health in support of the community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center.
Designed to bring together under one roof some of Waterville’s most beloved arts institutions, including the Maine Film Center, Common Street Arts, and a new gallery of the Colby Museum of Art, the Paul J. Schupf Art Center will be constructed on the current site of The Center building at 93 Main Street, directly adjacent to the Waterville Opera House and City Hall building and downtown’s central green space, Castonguay Square. Waterville Creates! and Colby College are partnering on this transformative project, which will create a distinctive hub for visual arts, performing arts, arts education, and film for children and adults. In addition to enhancing Waterville’s reputation as a destination for arts and culture, this new facility will add vitality to downtown Waterville during both the daytime and evening hours and serve as an economic driver for the region.
“Our mission is to enhance the everyday health of our patients, our families and our communities,” says Chuck Hays, president and CEO of MaineGeneral. “Research shows that art can help people with depression, anxiety, or life-threatening diseases. The act of creating and experiencing art has been linked to improved memory, reasoning, and resilience in healthy older people. In supporting the Paul J. Schupf Art Center, we’re investing in our region’s overall health.” MaineGeneral’s gift was pledged in support of the $2 million community capital campaign led by Waterville Creates! as part of the overall fundraising goal of $18 million for the project. $629,420 has been pledged to the campaign to date, representing businesses, individuals, and foundations.
“MaineGeneral Health is an incredible community partner and supporter of the arts. They truly value the impact that our arts and cultural organizations have on quality of life in the region, as reflected by their long-standing annual support of the Maine International Film Festival and the Waterville Opera House,” says Shannon Haines, president and CEO of Waterville Creates! “Now, with this generous gift to the capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center, they are demonstrating that they share our belief that investing in the arts will lead to a more vibrant future for Waterville and the surrounding area.”
According to the Business Contributions to the Arts: 2018 Edition, a study by The Conference Board in conjunction with Americans for the Arts, 79% of companies believe arts help to improve quality of life in the community. The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study, published by Americans for the Arts in 2017, found that Waterville’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences generate over $6 million in direct economic activity per year.