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Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Center ~ 18th Annual Celebrity Dinner

The Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Center will be hosting their 18th Annual Celebrity Dinner on September 16th from 5:30 to 10pm at the Augusta Civic Center and are excited to announce the event has moved to the Main Auditorium! SAC&SC anticipates as many as 350 guests and local Celebrities to attend this premier fundraiser in support of the survivors they assist every day.

This year’s theme is “Hawaiian Luau” and festivities will include a Limbo Challenge, Hula Hoop Contest, Celebrity Waiter Performances and much more. The event includes a buffet dinner, silent and live auction, and musical entertainment. Meet event emcee, WGME’s Jeff Peterson and dance the night away to music provided by The Music Crew.

100% of the proceeds of this event will benefit the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center and their services for survivors of sexual abuse. A fully staffed and highly trained Sexual Assault Support-line available 24hours a day, support groups, advocacy, school based prevention education, and the Children’s Advocacy Center are all provided free of charge to the Kennebec and Somerset counties’ communities. The Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center assisted over 17,000 people through their many programs within Kennebec & Somerset Counties in the past year alone!

FMI or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.silentnomore.org/cd-2017.html or call 207-377-1010.

Snow Pond New Music Based After School Program

Welcome to Snow Pond Enrichment! A new innovative AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM for grades 2-8 Monday - Friday 3:00pm-5:30pm

The Snow Pond Enrichment Program is a vivacious program that combines academic support, health and recreation, and music education for every student every day.

Please join us for an informational Open House Snow Pond Visitor’s Center Thursday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Reserve your place today by calling 844-476-6976 ext. 401 or by email at 

Why Music? Research shows that music instruction, in particular, has a positive influence on reading and mathematic achievement. Music notably improves school performance, collaboration, and critical thinking skills, along with confidence and self-esteem. Study after study has shown how music education produces not only better, more diligent students, but also more well-rounded citizens. 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:  http://enrichment.snowpond.org/

Thomas College to host 'Entrepreneur Speaker Series'

Thomas College will be hosting an 'Entrepreneur Speaker Series'.  It's an initiative to showcase the entrepreneurial talent within Central Maine, as well as provide the necessary insight and networking opportunities for inspiring entrepreneurs.

The first of several events will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 6:00 PM at Thomas College in the Ayotte Auditorium.  Amber Lambke, CEO and President, of Maine Grains will describe her entrepreneurial journey for not only creating a company but an industry.  

Please join us!  Free admission and refreshments.  For more information, contact Mike Duguay at or at 859-1151.  www.thomas.edu 

Coalition Highlighting the Hunting Economy Wraps up a Banner Second Year!

As big of a deal as hunting is in Maine, many folks in the public have never really been told just how important it is to jobs, wages and the tax base. That has begun to change with the efforts of Hunting Works for Maine, a collation of businesses and organizations formed in 2015 to educate the public about the value of hunting.

Using a grassroots strategy to spread the word, Hunting Works for Maine has already grown to more than 100 members in just eighteen months! While members include business associations including the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce, it also includes tourism associations and other businesses such as hotels, restaurants and many others.

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Helping End Hunger in Central Maine

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Gardiner Federal Credit Union has a record breaking year, raising funds for Ending Hunger and is awarded first place, for highest per member contributions.

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The staff of Gardiner Federal Credit Union, proudly display the plaque, awarded to them this week, from the Maine Credit Union League (MCUL).  A number of Maine Credit Unions have been raising funds for the Campaign to End Hunger, since 1990.  MCUL ranks the success of the participating Credit Unions, in two categories; Most Funds Raised and Highest per Member Contributions.  Gardiner Federal Credit Union has placed in the top three, for member contributions every year, for the past ten years, with a total of six first place awards.

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Kennebec Valley Board of REALTORS 18th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

The Kennebec Valley Board of REALTORS will host its 18th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit Area Boys & Girls Clubs of America on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 at the Sunday River Golf Club.  The Team Scramble will start at 12:00 noon.

The tournament is on Monday, October 3rd at the Sunday River Golf Club. All proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in the Kennebec Valley. The National Association of REALTORS® recognizes the importance of giving back to the communities our members serve. NAR announced it will be joining forces with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) in an effort to ensure America’s kids continue to have great futures. Local REALTORS are teaming up to support this cause in the Kennebec Valley. Sponsors and teams are needed and registration forms are available from Tammy at the KVBR Office at .

KVHRA Awards General Education Scholarships

KVHRA (Kennebec Valley Human Resources Association) awarded three $250 general education scholarships to it's members today, at their June 8 monthly meeting.  KVHRA's scholarship program promotes professional development in the assistance of general education scholarships. 

Congratulations to:  

Jessica Wilbur,   Manager with Career Management Associates

Laurie Hayden,  HR Manager with Central Maine Motors

Wade Lesperance,  Recruiter/Employee Relations at Backyard Farms

KVHRA member awardees demonstrate a plan of professional development within the HR profession, a passion and commitment to the HR community as a whole, and demonstrated leadership within human resources, their organization, and community.    

Monhegan...the Muse

Monhegan...the Muse, an exhibit at Common Street Arts in Waterville featuring 50 works of art from the Lupine Gallery collection. Exhibit hours Wednesday through Saturday until February 27. Reception on January 28 at 5 PM to include music by Tiger Saw and their new songs recorded on Monhegan.  Art work includes paintings, ecthings and more by a range of artist from Lynne Drexler and Zero Mostel. Gallery located at 16 Common Street in Waterville. Gallery hours are from Noon to 5 PM Wednesday through Friday and Saturday from 10 AM - 1 PM. Call (207) 872-ARTS for more information.

Helping Hands Medicaid Consulting - EAS LLC

News Release:

 

Eastern Admin Services LLC, will be doing business as, Helping Hands Medicaid Consulting and they invite you and your family to be a part of theirs. The business is a current member of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce, and they are located in Manchester, Maine.

At Helping Hands Medicaid Consulting they will provide the attention, answers and assistance with the process of applying for Maine Medicaid Services under the Long Term Care program.

One of life’s most difficult times is having to place a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility.  Having firsthand knowledge of how difficult the process can be for people to apply for Long Term Care Assistance, they wish to extend their hands to you and your family to make the application method a simple, efficient, cost effective and worry free experience. They are available to work directly with the family, facility and the State of Maine, DHHS.

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Children's Discovery Nursery School

The Children's Discovery Museum now offers a licensed Nursery School!

Mission Statement

The mission of the Children’s Discovery Nursery School is to provide a safe, enriching, service-based Nursery School for families in the Kennebec Valley area. Located directly inside The Children's Discovery Museum, the school seeks to provide an array of exhibits and activities that promote developmental skills including social, cognitive, problem solving and peer interaction. The environment aims to create an interactive community in which hands on learning is provided through play.

 

Enrollment

Children ages 2 years 9 months to age 5 may be considered for admission. The enrollment process includes submitting all admission forms as well as completing the Payment Agreement.

 

Schedule

Our first session will start January 4th, 2016 and run through May 27th 2016. All sessions last five months. The Nursery School day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 11:00am, running Monday through Friday.  Each day will include indoor and outdoor play, facilitated learning opportunities, circle time and snack.

 

Licencing

The Children’s Discovery Nursery School is a licensed school, with a student-teach ratio of at least 6:1.

 

For more information, please email .

Opportunities Abound for Maine Staffing Employees

Maine Staffing Group's Augusta office has been growing.  MSG is pleased to announce the promotion of Janie Miller to Human Resources and Compliance Manager.  Janie has been performing these duties for over 12 years for us on an as-needed basis along with providing HR consulting services to our client-companies.  Now, we will be utilzing Janie's expertise in HR and compliance matters on a full-time basis, but she will still be available to provide consulting services to our client-companies.   To help offset the reduction of Janie's time in placement services, Account Manager Amber Nadeau will be fulfilling the state-contracts management, along with the regular placement services she has been assisting our client-companies with.  Rounding out the team, is Account Manager Donna Armstrong who specializes in our DOT-Regulated CDL drivers and Driver Qualification Files through our CDL driver hiring program.  Additionally, our Staffing Specialist Joshua Shannon is our 'go-to' for his hands-on role in recruiting, sourcing, and screening applicants for our many job opportunities. 

Meet our team... come by and visit, the coffee is always on.  Call anytime, we're here to assist you in your hiring needs, or your job search needs. 

Sexual Assault Crisis & Support 16th Annual Celebrity Dinner!

THE SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS & SUPPPORT CENTER’S 16th ANNUAL CELEBRITY DINNER

RAISES OVER $47,000.00 FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE.

On Saturday, September 19, 2015 the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center (SAC & SC) hosted their 16th Annual Celebrity Dinner event, which was their most successful fund raising and awareness event to date by collecting over $47,000.00. The SAC & SC agency is in its 28th year of providing services to individuals impacted by sexual violence within Kennebec & Somerset Counties in Maine. The theme for this year’s event was “Masquerade Ball”, which was an evening of great elegance dedicated to honoring the many masks that survivors of sexual violence may wear, in their everyday lives, to find their new sense of “normal” as well as to bring awareness to the stigmas that sexual violence victims face while finding their journey of healing. To learn more about the event itself as well as the services SAC & SC provides please visit their website at: http://www.silentnomore.org/celebrity-dinner.html

 Waiter lineup!

2015 Waiters

First Row (left to right) Dana Bushee; Maeghan Maloney; Tessa Mosher; Shon Theriault; Gary Croker; Colleen Madigan; Jillaine McGough; Nicole McSweeney and Jay Hanson.

Second Row (left to right) Kathleen Shannon; Colleen Tyler; Scott O’Brien; Karen Kearney; Amanda Bartlett; Kristin Murray-James; Michelle Galego; Donnie Whitten; Jason Madore; Tina Chapman; Julie Buffington; Adrienne Bennett; Sara Bangs and Desiree Sirois.

Third Row (left to right) Mike Gilbert; Kris McCabe and Russ Murley.

New Document and Record Storage Facility in Augusta

If you've been using valuable office space to store important documents, records, or valuables you can now free-up that space by using Augusta's newest "Climate Controled" and high security document storage facility at 5 Community Drive.

Professionals such as lawyers, CPA's or medical providers are required to save records for seven years and longer in many cases.

CapitaGate Document Storage has just opened a 10,000+ square foot facility that conveniently provides, individual easy access units, for low monthly rental costs and no long term lease. You can stay as long as you wish.

The benefit of climate controled storage is moisture no longer can "wick" into the paper causing mold and mildew and eventual deterioration.

CapitalGate Document Storage rates and contact information is available at www.CapitalgateDocumentStorage.com

 

PSA, A MESSAGE FROM SPECTRUM GENERATIONS CEO, GERARD QUEALLY

For more information:

Contact Gerard Queally

Spectrum Generations, CEO

(207) 620-1674

October 23, 2015

PSA, A MESSAGE FROM SPECTRUM GENERATIONS CEO, GERARD QUEALLY

This time of year brings much change to our environment.  The leaves change color; sportsmen get ready for hunting season; and shorts and sandals get replaced with sweaters and boots.  It is also a critical time of year for Maine’s older population.  The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is from October 15th through to December 7thand Spectrum Generations is here to help older adults of central Maine stay informed and answer their questions about Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and MaineCare, Medigap and other programs and benefits that supplement Medicare.

Each year Medicare health and drug plans can make changes to things like premium cost, coverage and which providers and pharmacies are in their networks.  People in a Medicare health or prescription drug plan should always review the materials their plans send them, like the “Evidence of Coverage” (EOC) and “Annual Notice of Change” (ANOC) and if their plans are changing, they should make sure their plans will still meet their needs for 2016.

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Jerry Chase's Blind Time New Website

blindtime iconBlind Time needed a newly designed and mobile friendly website to properly display their high quality products and services. A2Z Computing Services, Inc accomplished this and have provided them with features such as interactive forms, slideshows, photo galleries and a customer ranking and review system.

Kennebec Performing Arts Company: Call for Musicians

The Kennebec Performing Arts Company is pleased to announce that we are welcoming new musicians for our 2015-2016 season.   This is an exciting opportunity to join an organization with a long history of making music in the greater Augusta area. Under the direction of Charles T. Milazzo, our three ensembles – an auditioned 4-part chorus, a large wind ensemble, and a jazz band - perform in at least two concert series each year. Our musicians are your incredibly talented neighbors and fellow community members – everyone from students to music teachers; from working professionals to the retired young-at-heart.

We are seeking both vocalists and instrumentalists. The ability to read music is required.   Our chorus rehearses Monday nights from 6:30-8:30, at the Hope Baptist Church in Manchester – first rehearsal is Monday, September 14.  Our Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble rehearse in several area high schools on Tuesday nights from 5:45-7:00 and 7:00-8:30, respectively. First rehearsal is at Cony High School on Tuesday, September 1.

Please contact Chuck Milazzo at 685-9653 to learn more about how to join us.

Check out our website and like us on Facebook for more details on concert dates and what music we’ll be featuring at our upcoming shows!

www.kennebecperformingartscompany.org

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Delta Ambulance promotes Dustin Nadeau to Education Coordinator.

  Dustin was hired  at Delta Ambulance in 2011 as an advanced EMT and became a Paramedic in 2012. Since then Dustin has earned his Critical Care Paramedic certification from the University of Maryland. He is a member of Delta’s Clinical Standards and Practice Team, a Field Training Officer and an EMS Continuing Education Instructor.  Dustin and his wife Lisa live in Sidney, Maine with their two daughters Ariana and Braylee. They enjoy all outdoor events and riding motorcycles.

Congrats to New Quality Manager

Congrats to New Quality Manager

Congratulations to Chip Getchell who has recently accepted a full-time position as quality (improvement) manager at Delta Ambulance. Chip was hired as a paramedic by Delta Ambulance in 2001, and received his critical care paramedic certification after attending the University of Maryland in 2010. He is a member of Delta’s Clinical Standards and Practices Team, a field training officer, and teaches monthly classes for area first responders. Chip has been awarded Delta’s Clinical Performance Excellence Award for ten of his fourteen years with Delta. A registered professional engineer in Maine, Chip and his wife Beth have three grown children and five grandchildren. They reside in Weeks Mills with their horses and ponies, including two rescues.

Camp Sunshine receives $200k donation from Party City

Keeping true to their motto "Nobody has more party for less," Party City got the celebration started today by presenting Camp Sunshine with a check for $205,950. With Party City's support, Camp Sunshine can serve more families, reach more people and make a difference in more lives!  http://www.wmtw.com/.../Camp-Sunshine-exceeds.../34023156