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The Kennebec Valley Tourism Council Awards $1,785 in Sponsorship Support to the Maine Film Center

The Kennebec Valley Tourism Council (KVTC) has awarded Sponsorship Support funds in the amount of $1,785 to the Maine Film Center for the 22nd Maine International Film Festival. This funding will assist in the growth of tourism in Maine’s Kennebec Valley and produce a positive economic impact on the region.

Maine Film Center was one of eight sponsorship recipients awarded as part of the 2019 KVTC marketing partnership program. In total, the 2019 KVTC Sponsorship Support application requests reached nearly $20,000. The organization was able to award $15,000 in local regional sponsorships to its members this year, with plans to increase funding for sponsorships in 2020 to member organizations located within Maine’s Kennebec and Somerset counties who are helping KVTC promote the Maine’s Kennebec Valley Region as a destination place within their own marketing initiatives.

“We’re honored to receive the support of the Kennebec Valley Tourism Council in support of the Maine International Film Festival,” says festival director Mike Perreault. “As the largest film event in northern New England, we’re passionate about sharing 100 films from around the world and providing audiences, who visit our area from all over, the opportunity to connect with film makers and discover new stories throughout ten exciting days in Waterville.”

“Supporting local organizations and events, particularly new events and destinations that are just getting off the ground, is a major focus of our regional marketing grant program. Our preference is to fund new events, however, events with significant tourism turnout/impact are also given substantial consideration” says Tanya Griffeth, executive director of the KVTC. “These funds are dedicated to support marketing efforts in some of the more rural areas in Maine. While established events can rely on word-of-mouth and brand awareness to help drive attendance, new events and destinations have quite a bit of ground to cover to pull visitors from neighboring regions. These sponsorships help provide funding for key marketing elements including advertising, printing, branding and more. This allows organizers to focus their often-limited funding on building the foundations of their programs versus stretching their resources too thin in the early stages of event and destination development.”

About the Maine International Film Festival
The 22nd annual Maine International Film Festival will be held in Waterville, Maine from July 12 through 21, 2019 at Railroad Square Cinema and the Waterville Opera House. During the 10 days of the festival, MIFF features nearly 100 films, representing the best of American and International independent cinema and spotlighting some of Maine and New England’s most innovative filmmakers. The full MIFF schedule will be available at www.miff.org as the Festival nears. The Maine International Film Festival is a project of the Maine Film Center, whose mission is to enrich, educate and entertain the community through film and art.

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

About the Kennebec Valley Tourism Council
The Kennebec Valley Tourism Council (KVTC) is a 501(C)6 nonprofit group organized to manage the Maine Tourism Marketing Partnership Program (MTMPP) grant issued by the Maine Office of Tourism and the state of Maine to each of the eight Maine tourism regions. Funds from the MTMPP regional grant are allocated for use in the promotion of tourism in each of the eight tourism regions of Maine. The KVTC board undertakes activities to promote tourism in Maine's Kennebec Valley generate a positive economic impact for the region. KVTC is primarily funded by the MTMPP grant however, in order to receive the grant, KVTC must also contribute funds. We accomplish this by membership dues, advertising revenue and county contributions.

About the Kennebec Valley Region
Named for the Kennebec River that runs down the center of the region, the Kennebec Valley is one of the eight Maine tourism regions and includes the cities and towns contained in both Kennebec and Somerset counties. The region contains Maine's capital city of Augusta, Gardiner, Hallowell, Waterville, Skowhegan and Jackman as well as the recreational resort communities near Monmouth, Belgrade, and The Forks. It also contains a few outlying towns including Rockwood-on-Moosehead, China, and Pittsfield. To learn more, visit www.KennebecValley.org.

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32nd Annual MTUG Information Technology Summit & Tradeshow is June 13!

Join MTUG for our 32nd Technology Summit & Tradeshow! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

GHM Insurance Agency Recognized for Exceptional Customer Commitment and Service selected for The Hanover’s President’s Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Maine Film Center

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

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Waterville Rocks! Returns for 4th Year in Castonguay Square with Free Summer Concerts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Family Violence Project Volunteer Training Starts Soon!

Are you a good listener?

Are you comfortable talking on the phone?

Do you have a passion for helping others?

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

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

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

Funeral Alternatives has moved!

We are moving!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote” Opens March 23, 2019 at the Maine State Museum

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

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

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

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

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

Trek Across Maine Comes to Central Maine

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

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

Upcoming Workshops and Courses at Zardus Art of Massage & Wellness Spa w/School of Massage

Embodying the Sacred Feminine- Healing the Divine Masculine

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

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

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

 

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation (non-religious based)

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

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

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

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

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

 

Chakra Balancing Art Workshop for Mind, Body and Spirit Balance

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

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

Hydrotherapy  & Reflexology (no prerequisites or experience needed)

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

 

Circle Medicine: Labyrinths, Grids & Earth Mandalas

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

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

 

Stone Circle Method - An ancient method of divination and introspection

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

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

 

Intuitive Vibration Energy Work 101

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

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

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

NDFCU Places 22nd in Total Funds Raised

This is in large part due to our Members!

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

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

New Dimensions works hard to protect its members information!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Peacox Productions Present: A Magical Christmas

Join us on December 7th & 8th at 7:30 PM at Hallowell City Hall for "A Magical Christmas" fundraiser for our Christmas Program! Peacox Productions is Maine's Premier Male & Female Impersonation Troupe with music, dance, and comedy, and this performance will have a special appearance by Maine Humorist, Gary Crocker! Please bring an unwrapped toy or warm mittens for children ages birth to 12 years old!

AAA Car Care Clinic

AAA Car Care Clinic 

 

Join us November 1st, 2018 for our annual Car Care Clinic!

 

Free to Members & Non-Members

 

Come learn how to maintain your vehicle, plus take advantage of the following services:

Free 38-point Vehicle Maintenance
Inspection (a $45 value), including:
✓ Belts
✓ Hoses
✓ Fluid levels
✓ Tire pressure
✓ Windshield wipers

 

AAA Battery Service:
✓ Battery test
✓ Charging system test
✓ Failed battery
replacement available
for purchase

 

Phone: 207.622.2221

 

Location: AAA Augusta

Turnpike Mall 

20 Whitten Rd

Augusta, ME 04330

 

 

Name Change Announcement

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We are excited to announce that Capitol Computers is changing its name to Unlimited Technology, effective September 1, 2018.

You will continue to receive the same great service and dedication to excellence you’ve come to rely on, now as Unlimited Technology. As part of our continued commitment to providing end to end security services to our clients, we will be adding to the services we already offer, including Cyber Security and Exero services.

Unlimited Technology was started in 1989 and has become a fully integrated solutions provider. Our owners and top managers have over 90 years of expertise in the security and technology industries. We have multiple offices throughout the country, and acquired Capitol Computers in 2015, which now serves as our Maine office.

We look forward to continuing to manage your technology needs so you can manage your business.

Let's Shine a Light on Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time where we shine a light on this very large but often hidden issue that greatly impacts our families, friends, and communities. We are asking you to join us by putting purple lights in your storefront window. Let's show our community that we support survivors and hold those who use violence accountable. 

To show your support, contact the Family Violence Project at 620-9043. For $20.00, you will receive a string of purple lights to display in your window and a small poster that explains the meaning of the lights as well as our helpline information. 

Together, we can end domestic violence.

Volunteer With Us!

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Are you a good listener?

Are you comfortable talking on the phone?

Do you have a passion for helping others?

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

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

Family Violence Project’s next volunteer training will be held in Waterville Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting September 18th. If you are interested in participating in this training and volunteer opportunity, you must be 18 years of age or older, complete a volunteer interview, and pass background / reference checks prior to being accepted into the training. Volunteer interviews must be completed by the end of the business day on Tuesday, September 11th. While the training itself is free of charge, we ask for a $25 donation from those who are financially able to provide it; this will help cover the cost of background checks. The inability to make a donation will not prevent a person from participating in this opportunity!

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity or schedule an interview, please contact Jaime Mooney (Advocacy Director) at 207-620-9044 or .

35th Annual Trek Across Maine

Join the American Lung Association for the 35th annual Trek Across Maine on Father's Day Weekend - June 14 – 16th, 2019. Featuring a new route for our 35th Anniversary, cycle 180 miles across the state of Maine, with the starting and finishing line hosted at the Brunswick Landing and overnight stops at Bates College in Lewiston and Colby College in Waterville. This ride is fully supported by volunteers and trained medical staff, including support vehicles along the route and three rest stops daily.

-2 day option for those of you that can’t get away for a 3 day vacation! Join us Saturday and Sunday and enjoy the Trek experience!

-1 Day option for those that want to just experience a taste of the Trek Across Maine! Join us on Sunday for the last leg of the ride starting at Colby College!

VOLUNTEER WITH US! We are always looking for volunteers to help us support the Trek Across Maine. We have many volunteer opportunities available. Please contact Erica at 857-302-6646 or for more information.

ROUTE OPTIONS:

The Regular Route:

Day 1: Brunswick Landing to Bates College in Lewiston  (approx. 60 mi) - 3 rest stops located on route

Day 2: Brunswick to Colby College in Waterville (approx. 60 mi) - 3 rest stops located on route & 1 water stop

Day 3: Colby College to Brunswick Landing  (approx. 60 mi) - 3 rest stops located on route & last mile staging stop

NOTE: Although we try to be consistent, mileage may vary from year to year depending on local and state construction projects.

2 Day Option

Date: June 15 – 16, 2019
Start Location: Colby College, Waterville, ME
Finish Location: Brunswick Landing, Brunswick ME
Mileage: Approx. 100 Miles
Fundraising Minimum: $400 ($300 ages 7-17)
Age Limit: 7 years and up 

1 Day Option

Date: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Start Location: Colby College, Waterville, ME
Finish Location: Brunswick Landing, Brunswick ME
Mileage: Approx. 60 Miles
Fundraising Minimum: $250 ($200 ages 7-17)
Age Limit: 7 years and up

FEES & FUNDRAISING:

Registration is $65 registration fee.  This is non-refundable & non-transferable.  Registration fee does not count toward fundraising minimum. 

3 Day Fundraising: $550 per person ($400 for ages 7 -17)**

2 Day Fundraising: $400 per person ($300 for ages 7 - 17)**

1 Day Fundraising: $250 per person ($200 for ages 7-17)**

** Fundraising must be submitted before the start of the ride or you will not be able aloud to ride**

For more information, visit: www.trekacrossmaine.org email call: 207-624-0312

***Note***Age Limit is 7 years and up.  Children between the ages of 7 - 12 must ride a tandem or tag-a-long bike with adult guardian. All children under the age of 18 must have an adult guardian with them at all times on the route. Child and guardian are both required to meet the fundraising minimum.

Celebrating Resilience

On Thursday, September 20th, we will be 'Celebrating Resilience' at O'Brien's Event Center at the Best Western in Waterville. This year's celebration recognizes the hard work and dedication of some past and present pregnant or parenting teens to complete their high school education and become successful parents.

Past and present teen parents will share their stories of the Sharon Abrams' Teen Parent School Program and we will also have a number of silent auction items to bid on and support our fundraising! The event will start at approximately 6:00 PM with a social and silent auction bidding available at 5:30.

Tickets are $40 and are available online or by calling (207) 872-0261.

2018 MTUG Information Technology Summit & Tradeshow is May 31 - Please join us! Early bird rate ends 5/23

The MTUG 2018 Summit & Tradeshow is a great chance to learn of new trends in tech and security, network with IT professionals, and enjoy a tradeshow floor of innovative products and services. Please join us for Maine's largest business tech event!

WHEN: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

WHERE: Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101

WHAT: 14 Workshops, 50+ Exhibitors, 500 attendees, Continental Breakfast, Buffet Lunch, Dessert, Prizes!

SIGN UP: Visit https://www.mtug.org/summit 

COST: $45 by Wednesday 5/23 (extended from previous postings); $50 standard advance; ($60 on the event day); $25 for pre-registered students with credential.

HIGHLIGHTS: 

--> WORKSHOPS: Tracks include Cloud, IT Career Development, IT Infrastructure, Security, and "Tech Sandbox." Workshops selected by our nonprofit board. FMI: https://www.mtug.org/summit#Workshops

--> KEYNOTE: Dr. Rafael J. Grossmann, Trauma/General Surgeon & Health Technology Innovator, presents "Mixed Reality & Beyond: The Smart Use of Technology Without Limits!" Following the Keynote, MTUG will present the 7th Annual MTUG Co-Sponsored Scholarships with donor representatives and scholarship recipients. For keynote bio and presentation details: https://www.mtug.org/summit#Keynote 

--> TRADESHOW: 50+ Exhibitors -- Check them out! -- https://www.mtug.org/summit#BoothMap

The Maine Technology Users Group (MTUG) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing IT professionals and business leaders together to network, educate, and share technology experiences.

MAINE’S LARGEST INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT AND TRADESHOW FEATURES TECHNOLOGY INNOVATORS, WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITORS

The Maine Technology Users Group (MTUG) will hold its 31st Annual Information Technology Summit and Tradeshow on Thursday, May 31st 2018, 7:30am to 4pm, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland. An expected 500+ IT professionals will gather to share technology experiences and the latest in techniques, services and products. 

The registration fee is $45 “Early Bird” rate by 5/16/18, $50 advanced purchase, and $60 on the event day. $25 rate available for Students who pre-register. Fee includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, keynote, workshops, exhibit hall access and afternoon refreshments. To receive updates via Twitter, follow @MTUG_Maine and search for #MTUG2018. For complete details or to register, visit the Summit Page online at:  https://www.mtug.org/summit.

This year's Keynote Speaker is Dr. Rafael Grossmann, Trauma/General Surgeon and Health Technology Innovator. In his address, "Mixed Reality & Beyond: The Smart Use of Technology Without Limits!" Dr. Grossmann will explore current trends and the future of the smart application of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality technologies in healthcare and education.  Dr. Grossmann was the first surgeon to pioneer the use of Google Glass during live surgery, and is an ardent telemedicine, global health, and digital medicine advocate.

The event features 15 workshops and demonstrations across 5 tracks: Cloud, IT Career Development, IT Infrastructure, Security, and “Tech Sandbox” (hands on technology demonstrations) on topics such as redesigning a campus-wide network, using DevOps in chaotic situations, Microsoft Azure migrations and deployments, cost effective security techniques, Maine’s neutral internet exchange, security threat hunting, IT certification and education programs, and more. Most workshops will be led or co-led by “end-user” IT professionals at Maine-based organizations; sectors represented include retail, education, biotechnology, government services, and manufacturing.

The exhibit hall of 59 vendor booths will be open all day, with ample time to visit between sessions. Exhibitors include representatives from IT and telecom infrastructure, IT services, technology consulting, and tech education vendors from Maine and across the nation.

The expected 500+ attendees will include IT and telecom professionals and senior business and operations managers from Maine and Northern New England, representing all sectors and industries, including finance, education, government, retail, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, nonprofit organizations and more. With three food events around the sessions, there will be plenty of time to network, share ideas, and ask questions of presenters and vendors.

At the Summit Lunch, the 7th Annual MTUG Co-Sponsored Scholarships will be announced jointly with partnering business donors Connectivity Point, Consolidated Communications, Great Works Internet, Lincolnville Communications, Maine Fiber Company, Norway Savings Bank, Systems Engineering, and Tyler Technologies. The scholarships will be managed by the University of Maine Foundation, and will benefit nine students from Maine studying in IT fields at a University of Maine System campus.

MTUG’s 2018 IT Summit Sponsors include: Casco Bay Hall Sponsor Avaya; Lunch Sponsor Consolidated Communications; Gold Sponsors: Carousel Industries, Fortinet, Lincolnville Communications, and Skyterra / Workspot; Silver Sponsors: Enghouse Interactive, Extreme Networks, ITS Inc., New England Communications, Nutanix, PCM, Thrive, TPx Communications, U.S. Cellular, and WEI; Bronze Sponsors: Purdue University Global and Headlight Audio Visual.

The Maine Technology Users Group (MTUG) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing IT professionals and business leaders together to network, educate, and share technology experiences. MTUG holds monthly events -- online and in-person -- from late August to late May. Our Webinars, "Peers & Beers" and annual I.T. Summit cover a broad range of technology topics, including infrastructure / networking, I.T. security / cybersecurity, VoIP and telephony solutions, collaboration tools, devops, video conferencing tools, contact center solutions, technical training / technical education programs and strategies, career and professional development topics, and much more. For additional details, visit MTUG’s website at www.mtug.org.

Healthy Aging Expo on June 1 will inform and entertain

Health Expo

On Friday, June 1, Spectrum Generations’ Cohen Community Center will host their annual Healthy Aging Expo, from 10:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. 

A free event, the Healthy Aging Expo offers attendees an opportunity to meet with exhibitors (including major sponsors, Senscio Systems and Bridges Home Care), learn about different ways food can affect health, sample products, get healthy cooking tips, qualify for door prizes and get resources to meet personal goals. Be sure to stop by the Beltone booth for your free hearing test.

Lunch will be catered by Cohen on the Meadows and available for a cost of $6.50 (sandwich wraps, salads, and vegetarian options).

For more information call 626-7777. Spectrum Generations’ Cohen Community Center is located at 22 Town Farm Road in Hallowell.

Agricultural Field Labor Day on May 3 Showcases Career Opportunities

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry (DACF), Maine Department of Labor (MDOL), and Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC), invite the public to celebrate the vitality of Maine's agricultural industry at the first Agricultural Labor Field Day on Thursday, May 3, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Alfond Recreational Center, KVCC Hinckley Campus, 16 Prescott Dr., Hinckley, ME. The event is open to the public and free to attend.

The Agricultural Labor Field Day connects those interested in professional and academic agricultural careers with local jobs and/or KVCC's undergraduate programming in a variety of agriculture fields, including Sustainable Agriculture, Culinary Arts, and Business Administration. Workforce training and professional development staff from KVCC and MDOL will be on-site to review resumes and offer job searching advice. Attendees can also take a tour of KVCC’s 120-acre farm which demonstrates organic crop production and sustainable livestock.

Schedule of Events:

  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Doors open to the public. Open fair format for participants to visit exhibits and for exhibitors to host interviews
  • 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. – First KVCC Farm Tour leaving the Alfond Rec Center
  • 12 Noon to 12:30 p.m. – Last KVCC Farm Tour leaving the Alfond Rec Center 

There is no cost to exhibit at Agricultural Field Labor Day. Employers and agencies in agricultural and related fields are encouraged to attend and promote their summer jobs, internships, and career opportunities. Pre-registration is required by April 26th. Visit the Farm Labor Link Network for more information or to register.

Current Exhibitors Include:

  • Aldemere Farm
  • Backyard Farms
  • Casella Organics
  • Circle B Farms
  • Eastern Maine Development Corporation
  • Hammond Tractor
  • KeeKionga Farm
  • KVCC’s Business Program
  • KVCC’s Culinary Arts Program
  • KVCC’s Sustainable Agriculture Program
  • KVCC’s Workforce Training & Professional Development
  • Maine AgrAbility.
  • Maine Conservation Corps
  • Maine Department of Labor
  • Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
  • State of Maine Bureau of Human Resources
  • Swan’s Honey
  • USDA
  • Willows Awake Farm
  • Wolfe’s Neck Farm

Maine Department of Labor staff will be available to offer technical assistance to employers in developing job descriptions, recruiting skilled employees, posting job opportunities, find funding for training, increase employee engagement, and much more. In addition, join Eastern Maine Development Corporation to discuss opportunities with the National Farmworker Jobs Program and network with staff from KVCC’s undergraduate programs in Sustainable Agriculture, Culinary Arts, and Business Administration on hosting internship opportunities for KVCC students.

Family Violence Project Volunteer Training Starts in April!

Are you a good listener?

Are you comfortable talking on the phone?

Do you have a passion for helping others?

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

• Tuesday, April 3rd from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                           • Thursday, April 5th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, April 10th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                         • Thursday, April 12th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, April 17th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                         • Thursday, April 19th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, April 24th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                         • Thursday, April 26th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, May 1st from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                            • Thursday, May 3rd from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, May 8th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                            • Thursday, May 10th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, May 15th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                          • Thursday, May 17th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, May 22nd from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

If you are interested in participating in this training and volunteer opportunity, you must be 18 years of age or older, complete a volunteer interview, and pass background / reference checks prior to being accepted into the training. Volunteer interviews must be completed by the end of the business day on March 24th. While the training itself is free of charge, we ask for a $25 donation from those who are financially able to provide it; this will help cover the cost of background checks. The inability to make a donation will not prevent a person from participating in this opportunity! If you would like to learn more about this opportunity or schedule an interview, please contact Jaime Mooney (Advocacy Director) at 207-620-9044 or .

Beer & Wine Tasting and Live Auction

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On Thursday, April 26th, The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers will be hosting a beer and wine tasting at T&B's Celebration Center in Waterville. Enjoy wine and craft beer from local Maine vendors, hors-d'oeuvres, and a silent and live auction emceed by Maine humorist, Gary Crocker.

Tickets are $35 per person and are available online, at the door or by calling Kelly Couture at (207) 872-0261. Must be 21+ to attend.

Capitol Computers is now offering Office 2016 Training!

Capitol Computers is happy to announce that we have upgraded our training center and can now offer Microsoft Office 2016.

We offer classes from beginner to advanced levels for Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word. All courses offered in this series are full day, instructor-led classes. Each class is one day of training, typically held 9am-4pm. Scheduled classes are held at our facility, located at 151 Water St. Augusta. Classes can be held off-site, contact us for more info. 

Course Rate: $195 per day (Ask about our various discounts!!)

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In order to keep out rate the same, take home books are no longer included in the rate of the course. They are available for purchase and are $15. 

Visit our website for more information about each course and to view our training calendar!

WWW.CAPCOMP.COM

To register for a course; 207-623-2700 or

 

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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