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The Scholarship Committee, from Gardiner Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce that they are offering a total of $3,000.00 in Scholarships in 2020.

GFCU is offering six scholarships, in the amount of $500 each, to deserving students who are pursuing post-secondary education or graduate degrees. To be considered for the scholarships, applicants must live, work, worship or attend school in Kennebec County, Lincoln County, or in the towns of Palermo or Richmond, Maine. Applicants must also complete the online application, which consists of a short form detailing their extracurricular activities and community service and two short essay questions.

“We have had winners from graduating high school classes, as well as winners who are already in college. This past year, we actually had a repeat winner.” stated Kelly Marie, Scholarship Committee Member. “The identities of the applicants are masked, so our committee has no idea who the applicants are, when reviewing the applications and reading the essays.”, she continued.

The application is available, under the applications tab, on Gardiner Federal Credit Union’s website: gardinerfcu.org. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2020.

All completed applications will be reviewed by the GFCU Scholarship Committee and the selected recipients will be notified by the second week of May.

Any inquiries about the scholarships may be directed to:

Kelly Marie

207-582-2676, ext. 125

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust collected more than 1,250 children’s toys during the Bank’s second annual Holiday Toy Drive. Over the course of two weeks, customers and community members dropped off new, unwrapped toys at their nearest Bar Harbor Bank & Trust branch. The toys were then donated to local non-profits throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont to be distributed to children in the community.

“We are grateful for the overwhelming generosity shown by our customers, neighbors, and employees during the toy drive,” said Joseph Schmitt, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “By working together, we are making the holidays more special for children in our communities.”

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.

Oak Table Masquerade PartyBust out those masks and come celebrate the new decade with us at The Oak!

Limited Seating available for 4pm, 7pm & 10pm

Here’s the party

Unveiling of the Oak’s 2020 Signature Smoked Cocktail

Select Wine Pairings by Kyle Neilson

Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast

6 Course Prix Fixe Menu by Chef Elisha Irland

Prizes for best masks

Food

Royal Ossetra Caviar on Uni Deviled Eggs

Hamachi Crudo with Lemon Agrumato & Blood Orange

Caldwell Farms Beef Tenderloin in Consomme

Smoked Ricotta Gnocchi with Chestnut Mushrooms & Truffle Oil

Seared Maine Duck Breast with Caramelized Root Vegetables & Apricot Brown Butter

Spice-Charred Pineapple with Cointreau Sabayon, Coconut

THE GRAND MASQUERADE IS A PRIVATE TICKET-ONLY EVENT

 TICKETS $185 (includes beverage/food taxes & gratuity)

Miss Holmes Opens at the Waterville Opera House January 24, 2020

The Waterville Opera House (WOH) is excited to present a mystery that shines a new light on favorite characters when Miss Holmes opens this January 2020 in Waterville. Inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, it’s not just another mystery – it’s a reexamination of the Victorian world of Holmes and Watson that explores the added obstacles that these two iconic characters would have faced if they had been women.

In a time and place where gender roles are rigidly defined, Miss Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Dorothy Watson dare to challenge societal norms by providing an unusual, but necessary, service. When an anonymous note sends a newlywed wife looking for help, Miss Holmes and Dr. Watson work together to uncover the secrets surrounding a corrupt police inspector whose wives have a habit of turning up dead. But this Holmes and Watson face far greater challenges than bringing the cunning criminal to justice. Miss Holmes possesses one of the greatest deductive minds of her generation, but she chafes at the restraints imposed upon her by society and family. Dr. Watson struggles to make a difference at the only hospital in London that will hire female doctors.

Join the Waterville Opera House and go on the hunt for a killer with Miss Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Dorothy Watson, and an all-star local cast of memorable characters. With murder, mystery, mistaken identities, and plot twists that you won’t expect, Miss Holmes is an exciting and thought-provoking mystery with a positive message. Reserve your tickets today!

Miss Holmes Showtimes

January 24, 25, 31 and February 1 at 7:30pm

January 26 and February 2 at 2:00pm

The talented cast of community actors performing in Miss Holmes are:

Miss Sherlock Holmes: Phoebe Sanborn

Dr. Dorothy Watson: Maggie Wachtl

Edwin Greener/Passerby: Erik Hyatt

Superintendent/Passerby: Joe Blackwell

Mycroft Holmes/Vagrant: Bart Shattuck

Dr. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson/Peggy/Martha: Jeralyn Shattuck

Mrs. Hudson: Eve Blackwell

Eudora Featherstone: Marie Cormier

Inspector Geoffrey Lestrade/Orderly #1: John DeWitt

Lizzie Chapman: Hannah King

Thomas Chapman/Orderly #3: Tim Croce

Dr. Michael Stamford/Passerby: Melvin Morrison

Reginald/Orderly #2: John Buys

Production Team

Written By: Christopher M. Walsh

Director: Debra Susi

Scenic and Lighting Designer: Tony Gerow

Sound Designer: Ben David Richmond

Costume Designer: Candace Chase

Stage Manager: Isaac Tardy

Miss Holmes runs January 24th through February 2nd at the Waterville Opera House. Tickets range from $21 - $24. 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. Miss Holmes is presented through special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing. For more information or to reserve tickets call 873-7000, visit our website at http://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 http://www.operahouse.org/

Camden National Bank announced a $250,000 commitment to Maine Medical Center to provide funding for its master facilities modernization project, a patient-focused initiative that will enable the state’s largest hospital to meet the most urgent healthcare needs well into the future. The donation comes five months after Camden National Bank announced a $250,000 commitment to Pen Bay Medical Center to provide early funding for the construction of a new 41,513-square-foot health center at the hospital’s campus in Rockport.

“We’re passionate about supporting Maine Medical Center’s work and vision to create long-term health and wellness in Maine communities,” said Camden National Bank’s President & CEO, Greg Dufour, who attended last week’s ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Coulombe Family Tower at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

“Our employees, customers, and communities will benefit greatly from the expanded and modernized facilities at Pen Bay Medical Center and Maine Medical Center, delivering state-of-the-art care to improve and save lives,” added Dufour.

The $534 million facilities modernization project at Maine Medical Center will create 128 new private patient rooms, add 19 procedure rooms for surgeries and other complex treatments, provide an additional 225 spaces for patient and visitor parking, and consolidate MMC employee parking into one nearby garage that will meet current demand and future growth.

The project will also open Maine Medical Center to Congress Street with a new building and entrance that is expected to dramatically enhance a major gateway to the city and provide for expanded ambulatory practice facilities. It will create modern, state-of-the-art practice space allowing MMC and Maine Medical Partners to further develop its ambulatory care practices in Scarborough, convenient and easily accessible for patients and their families.

“As we have come together as one, putting the strength of our entire system behind the care we offer in each community we serve, Camden National Bank has been a steadfast partner,” said Bill Caron, CEO of MaineHealth, the parent of both Maine Medical Center and Pen Bay Medical Center. “This support for our flagship tertiary care center and the new facilities we are building to support our mission at Pen Bay Medical Center is an investment in a system of integrated care that will benefit all 1.1 million patients in the MaineHealth service area.”

SERVPRO is proud to present the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, scheduled to kick-off on December 30, 2019, at 12:30 ET at the Gerald J. Ford Stadium, located on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in University Park, Texas. This is the second annual SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, and it honors the sacrifice and service of those who stand as the first line of defense in local communities – the brave men and women who respond when the unexpected or the unthinkable happens, says Anthony Wolverton of SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville. This year’s game, televised by ESPN, will feature the Western Michigan University Broncos and the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers.

This year, SERVPRO asked their franchisees nationwide to submit the name of a local first responder to be considered for special recognition at this year’s game. SERVPRO has selected one first responder from this group of nominees to be honored with an award during a presentation on the field at the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. In addition to the award presentation, SERVPRO will provide the selected first responder with complimentary airfare, accommodations, and tickets for the game.

Even if you can’t attend the game, you can still participate. Augusta area residents who wish to honor the dedication of these hometown heroes across the country may purchase a “Sponsor a Responder” ticket for $15 at https://www.firstresponderbowl.com/first-responders-1 to help send a first responder to the game for free. According to Wolverton, SERVPRO’s goal is to distribute more than 10,000 complimentary SERVPRO First Responder Bowl tickets to first responders and their families nationwide. Everyone who chooses to “Sponsor a Responder” will be recognized on the stadium’s video board during the game.

First responders - including police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue teams, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents, and military personnel—may register to receive complimentary tickets at https://reservations.aresttravel.com/attraction/single/7045/1425.

“Every day, across the nation, ordinary people make an extraordinary commitment to their friends and neighbors to put themselves in harm’s way when the unexpected happens,” said Rick Isaacson, CEO of Servpro Industries, LLC. “The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is one way we celebrate these dedicated first responders and their families as the hometown heroes they are.”

SERVPRO specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville, please contact Anthony Wolverton at (207) 622-7166 or . For more information about SERVPRO, please visit https://www.servpro.com.

The Harlow is excited to kick off 2020 with an exhibition of paintings by Keri Kimura of Southwest Harbor and Jan Ter Weele of Falmouth. The exhibit, showcasing a dynamic range rich textures and vibrant colors, is on view January 10 - February 8, 2020 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. Join us and meet the artists at an opening reception on Friday, January 10, 5-7pm. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm.


Keri Kimura is a visual artist living in Southwest Harbor. She studied painting at Smith College, the Glasgow School of Art, and the New York Studio School. She moved to Maine in 2015 and set up a studio in her home where she paints full-time during the winter months. This spring she spent a month as a resident at The Golden Foundation for the Arts in upstate New York. This year Kimura’s work will also be shown at The Painting Center in New York City, Nahcotta Gallery in Portsmouth, NH, and Swallowfield in Southwest Harbor Maine. www.kerikimura.com.


“When I moved to Maine, I became interested in the way nature has a kind of handwriting that combines pattern and chaos. The way the veins of leaves are mirrors of one another and the anarchy with which they are carried and laid down in a breeze. The way it is obvious when this handwriting has been disturbed, when humans have changed the balance. Around the same time I also began learning to sew. I have memories of my mother and grandmother making quilts when I was a small and I wanted to tap into that history of hand work. Painting for me has always been as much about process as anything else. These paintings came out of both these worlds. The landscape here, the serenity and strangeness and patterns and magic of the natural world. And also playing with textiles and layering color and weavings and the way things are intertwined. These are paintings about connectedness and exploration and mysteries and trees.”


Jan ter Weele was born in The Netherlands. In 1940 his family escaped from Holland after it was invaded and occupied. He now lives in Falmouth, Maine, with a studio in Portland. Solo exhibits of his paintings have taken place at Aucocisco Gallery, Cooper Jackson Gallery, the Gallery at The Clown, and Urban Dwellings, all in Portland. Other solos were in the Maine Art Gallery vestibule in Wiscasset and the Cerulean Gallery. His paintings have been in many invitational shows including a four-person show at Gallery 415 in Chicago, three separate shows at the New O'Farrell Gallery in Brunswick, Maine (along with Neil Welliver and Lois Dodd, among others), a show at Gold/Smith Gallery in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, a show at the University of Maine at Lewiston-Auburn, and successive shows in 2010 and 2011 at George Marshall Store Gallery in York, Maine. In 2014 and again in 2018 his paintings were in three-person shows at the George Marshall Store Gallery. In 2014 he was selected for the Monhegan Island Art Residency where he spent a month from early September to mid-October. This was a productive period during which time he completed 24 abstract paintings, working in acrylic on 18 x 18 inch canvas supports. He studied at Maine College of Art, Massachusetts College of Art, Honolulu Academy of Art, and on two separate occasions at the Art Students League of New York with John Hultberg, Peter Golfinopoulos, and Cornelia Foss. His paintings are in private collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. www.janterweele.com


“Painting, for me, is about color, shape, and rhythm. My landscape paintings are about real places, mostly done on location. Over the years I have made many paintings about places which pre-occupy me. Some of these places show up in my "Bridge”, "Cumberland”, and "Freeport" paintings. In recent years I have been disassembling the imagery of these places. My abstract paintings reflect the colors and patterns of the landscape. The Maine landscape figures prominently. My paintings of the human figure are about figures embedded and immoblized in space. When I start a painting I do not know where it will take me. When I finally resolve it, I discover what drove me to do it in the first place. I think the sources of painting, and of art generally, are unknown to us. They flow ultimately from the mystic law.”


The Harlow is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963. For more information please visit harlowgallery.org or call 207-622-3813.

Join us for a family-friendly benefit variety show that is jam-packed with crowd-pleasing entertainment for the whole family! This event guarantees to be an evening well spent! Our performers (Noteworthy Vocal Studio, TNT and Stage Presence Dance Studios along with Elvis Tribute Artist, Don Boudreau, just to name a few) will leave you begging for more. Your support will help the children attending The Children’s Place Early Care and Education Center at The Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers every day. The parents and children in this program need your help so they can keep moving forward in their lives and we, as a community, have it within our power to make sure that they can.

Come out and be a part of this one of a kind variety show hosted and performed by kids! Tickets $15 for adults and children 12 and under are free! You can buy your tickets online, by calling 873-4253 or at the door at Messalonskee Performing Arts Center.

 

– Camden National Bank is one of six U.S. banks named a 2019 Greenwich Customer Experience Leader by Greenwich Associates, leading global provider of data, analytics and insights to the financial services industry. The only New England-based bank among those named this year, Camden National Bank was one of five banks recognized specifically in the U.S. Retail Banking category.

“It is an honor to be recognized again this year for our continuous dedication to enhancing the customer experience in person and online,” said Renée Smyth, Executive Vice President, Chief Experience and Marketing Officer. “The 2019 award speaks to our employees’ exceptional commitment to building trusted relationships with customers and gathering new ideas and feedback in order to spark innovation and deliver a better banking experience for all.”

Greenwich Associates conducts interviews and extensive research which provides a foundation of benchmark data on bank customer relationships which does not exist anywhere else in the industry. Greenwich CX Leaders achieve scores that exceed the industry benchmarks by a specific margin for overall satisfaction, likelihood to recommend and likelihood to continue using.

“In virtually every bank with best-in-class CX, we find committed leadership and the seamless integration of digital capabilities that enhance—rather than replace—the human interaction with a banker or relationship manager,” says Greenwich Associates Managing Director Jacqueline Vose in a recent press release.

Each year in celebration of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration in Maine recognizes outstanding small business owners and their champions for their achievements and successes. Every day Maine entrepreneurs work tirelessly to provide quality goods and services to their customers as well as provide job opportunities for their employees and themselves. Many of these business owners have utilized SBA programs including loan guarantees, business advising through SBA’s resource partner network, or government contracting certifications to assist in their business growth. These entrepreneurs deserve our gratitude and support and we welcome the opportunity to acknowledge their efforts and share their stories.

Locally, the SBA holds a widely attended annual event to present awards and hear from some of Maine’s finest entrepreneurs. This event is the highlight of our year and without fail, each year we marvel at the journeys our award winners have taken on their pathway to success. These award winning small businesses and their champions have been nominated by our partners, supporters, and community members. They openly share their times of success as well as the hurdles and challenges they’ve overcome along the way. The audience, comprised of nominators, family, friends, lenders, SBA partners, and the Maine SBA team finds great inspiration in these stories and we hope to uncover more of these uplifting stories with our 2020 Maine SBA Small Business Awards.

In 2019 we recognized an outstanding group of awardees including our Small Business Persons of Year, Janie Wang and Chris Anderson, owners of Modernist Pantry in Eliot. As the proverbial story goes, Janie and Chris started their business in the basement of their home turning their hobby and love of cooking into a thriving and growing business. Over the next 8 years, they steadily grew their business which provides specialized ingredients and gadgets for modern cooking styles. They now fill orders for their customers, professional chefs and home cooking enthusiasts, from their expansive building that houses hundreds of products. With the help of an SBA 504 loan they were able to buy the land and build their state of the art facility that can accommodate the rise in e-commerce orders the couple has seen.  

We know there are many stories like Janie and Chris out there, but we need your help with nominations. SBA awards are presented in a variety of categories and some are competed nationally but with a significant focus on recognition and promotion throughout Maine. Some of the business award categories are: Small Business, Woman Owned, Veteran Owned, Exporter, Family Owned, and Small Manufacturer just to name a few. Currently we are seeking nominations, with initial nominations due December 13th and a completed package for finalists due on January 7th, 2020. For a complete list of categories and criteria, please visit our website for all the details: www.sba.gov/me or email .      

Please help us discover and recognize Maine’s extraordinary small businesses! 

Bar Harbor Bank NEH Toy Drive 2018Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is kicking off its second annual Holiday Toy Drive on Monday, December 2. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any Bar Harbor Bank & Trust from December 2 through December 13. All the toys collected will be donated to local nonprofit organizations throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

“When you are doing your holiday shopping this year, consider purchasing an extra toy and bringing it to your local Bar Harbor Bank & Trust branch,” said Joseph Schmitt, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “Together we can bring smiles to children in our communities who are in need of holiday cheer.”

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust collected more than 1,200 toys during the inaugural Holiday Toy Drive in 2018.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust collected more than 3,000 food items during the bank’s 31st Annual “Food for Good” Food Drive. Between October 21 and November 22, 2019, customers and employees dropped off non-perishable food items at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust branches to help our neighbors in need. The collected items were then delivered to over 30 food pantries across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

“Thanks to the generosity of our customers, neighbors, and employees, the shelves of our local food pantries are a little more stocked for families in need during Thanksgiving and the winter months ahead,” said Joseph Schmitt, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “Giving back to the people in the places we call home is a priority for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, and we are honored to provide this outlet for community giving.”

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.

 

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust collected more than 3,000 food items during the bank’s 31st Annual “Food for Good” Food Drive. Between October 21 and November 22, 2019, customers and employees dropped off non-perishable food items at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust branches to help our neighbors in need. The collected items were then delivered to over 30 food pantries across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

“Thanks to the generosity of our customers, neighbors, and employees, the shelves of our local food pantries are a little more stocked for families in need during Thanksgiving and the winter months ahead,” said Joseph Schmitt, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “Giving back to the people in the places we call home is a priority for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, and we are honored to provide this outlet for community giving.”

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.

 

Camden National Joe Kreisler Teen Center customer appreciation week donationThis fall, Camden National Bank celebrated its Customer Appreciation Week, highlighted by a $10,000 donation to five homeless shelters in Maine. The shelters receiving funds all provide vital support to Maine youth and teens. The bank’s employees also donated more than 625 pounds of toiletry items, collected at the bank’s 2019 Employee Appreciation Night, to local homeless shelters. The unrestricted funding and in-kind donations are part of the bank’s larger Hope@Home program which has provided more than $440,000 to homeless shelters in the bank’s service area over the past five years.

“Our Hope@Home program has received enthusiastic support from customers and employees since it began in 2015,” said Greg Dufour, President & CEO of Camden National Bank. “These additional donations represent our commitment to this cause as well as the program’s effort to increase awareness for the issue of homeless in our communities.”

The five shelters that received donations for teen and youth services are: Emmaus Homeless Shelter in Orland, Shaw House in Bangor, New Beginnings Inc. in Lewiston, Hospitality House in Rockland, and the Joe Kreisler Teen Shelter at Preble Street in Portland.

"We're humbled by the continued support the Hope@Home program has provided to youth at PrebleCamden National Food Banks Street," said Preble Street Executive Director Mark Swann. "Every dollar that goes to our Teen Services supports young people on their journey to stability, and we know firsthand that a seemingly simple toothbrush or a bar of soap can greatly impact the health and dignity of a person experiencing homelessness."

All five shelters will also receive 125 pounds each of assorted toiletry items—like toothbrushes, shampoo, tissues, and more—donated by Camden National Bank employees.

“The collection boxes at our 2019 Employee Appreciation Night were overflowing with donated items from our employees,” continued Dufour. “It was an incredible reminder of just how committed each employee at Camden National Bank is to giving back and supporting someone going through a tough time.”

To learn more about Hope@Home, please visit: https://www.camdennational.com/hopeathome

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust received the “Lender at Work for Maine Award” from the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME), which recognizes the Bank's increased lending activity in partnership with the agency and in support of Maine businesses. This year, the Bank and FAME partnered on 20 loans totaling approximately $5.1 million, creating 39 new jobs and retaining an additional 112 jobs in Maine.

The award was presented to the Bank during FAME’s annual event, Showcase Maine, held in Portland, Maine, on November 21. The event celebrates the agency’s successful partnerships with Maine’s business, lending, governmental, and higher education communities.

“Having deep roots in Maine going back more than 130 years, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is committed to helping Maine businesses achieve their drive for success,” said Greg Dalton, EVP, Regional Banking Team Leader for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “We are proud of the work we have accomplished in partnership with the Finance Authority of Maine and are honored to receive this award.”

FAME is a quasi-independent state agency that provides financial solutions that help Maine people achieve their business and higher education goals. FAME helps to create a Maine workforce with good-paying jobs by focusing on the nexus of economic and educational development. Learn more about FAME at www.famemaine.com.

“We are pleased to recognize Bar Harbor Bank & Trust with this award and are proud of our partnership helping to create and grow Maine businesses and jobs,” said FAME CEO Bruce Wagner.

This year, Camden National Bank received the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME)’s “Lender at Work for Maine” Award for the tenth time and the U.S. Small Business Adminitration (SBA)’s District Director Award.

The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) presented Camden National Bank with the “Lender at Work for Maine” Award at its annual Showcase Maine event in Portland. The award category is reserved for lenders with assets of $1.5 billion and above, and this is the bank’s tenth time as a FAME awardee. Earlier this month, Camden National Bank also received the 2019 U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) District Director Award. Both recognitions highlight Camden National Bank’s outstanding commitment to supporting Maine business growth.

Over the past year, Camden National Bank partnered with FAME on 48 loans totaling approximately $13.6 million. This in turn helped to create 109 Maine jobs and retain an additional 484 jobs.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to support the growth and success of hard-working, local businesses which help our communities and local economy thrive,” said Tim Nightingale, Executive Vice President and Senior Lending Officer at Camden National Bank. “We are honored to receive both FAME’s ‘Lender at Work for Maine Award’ and the SBA’s ‘District Director Award’ this year as these recognitions represent the long-lasting impact that our partnerships and capabilities have on Maine businesses, families, and communities.”

“Camden National Bank is a valued partner of FAME’s, and we are pleased to once again recognize them for utilizing our programs to help grow Maine’s economy and create and retain good-paying Maine jobs,” said Bruce Wagner, FAME CEO.

FAME is a quasi-independent state agency that provides financial solutions that help Maine people achieve their business and higher education goals. FAME, which is celebrating its 36th Anniversary, helps create a stronger Maine workforce by focusing on the nexus of economic and educational development.

Fort Western will present an Old Time Christmas open house, Saturday, November 30th from 12:00pm-4:00pm as part of the Riverfront Holiday Celebration sponsored by the City of Augusta and the Augusta Downtown Alliance.

Take a ride to Fort Western on a horse-drawn hay wagon from downtown Augusta to experience the sights, sounds and smells of an Old Time Christmas. Upon arrival, visitors can warm themselves by an 18th century hearth fire in the south kitchen while sampling holiday refreshments of times past. Period rooms will be decked with holiday décor and music from a Victor Talking Machine will immerse the senses into days of yore. Children and adults can listen to readings of Clement Moore’s 1823 “Twas the Night Before Christmas” [An Account of a Visit from Saint Nicholas] by candlelight and much more!

The giftshop will be open for holiday shopping at the main entrance gate and mulled cider will be available for sampling. At 5:00pm don’t miss the City of Augusta’s traditional holiday tree lighting and fireworks at Market Square downtown!

A $5.00 donation is recommended and greatly appreciated. Proceeds will benefit educational programs, the preservation of the Fort, and the promotion and continued research of history in the Kennebec Valley. For more information please call (207) 626-2385 or e-mail us at . You can also visit our website at www.oldfortwestern.org.

Camden National 2019 SBA AwardThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Maine District Office presented Camden National Bank with the 2019 District Director Award today at its lender awards ceremony in Augusta. SBA leadership in Maine determines the award recipient, a lender which has made significant efforts to increase the use of SBA loans in their portfolio and the access to capital for small businesses in the previous fiscal year.

In Fiscal Year 2019, Camden National made 16 loans for a little over $3.8 million under the SBA’s 7(a) program, and 6 loans for a little over $7.8 million under the 504 3rd Part loan program. This was the third highest number of 7(a) loans and the second highest number of 504 3rd Party loans among lenders in Maine for Fiscal Year 2019.

“We are very proud to be recognized by the SBA for our strong partnership and commitment to helping small businesses in Maine succeed,” said Tim Nightingale, Executive Vice President and Senior Lending Officer at Camden National Bank. “As community bankers and local financial advisors, we are passionate about providing personalized solutions which enable small businesses to thrive, fueling economic growth and job creation in our communities.”

The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. Its mission is to help Americans start, build, and grow businesses.

“We depend on our lenders to effectively deliver SBA loan programs in Maine, and their efforts deserve recognition and appreciation,” said Amy Bassett, SBA District Director for Maine. “Utilizing our programs, to the benefit of Maine’s small businesses, takes dedication and commitment from the entire lending institution. We could not achieve our mission of helping small businesses start, grow and thrive without devoted lending partners like Camden National Bank.”

Flu season is here, and it’s often marked by the offers of free flu shots in neighborhood pharmacies and stores across the country. The cleaning pros at SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville - experts in cleaning and sanitizing building materials, surfaces, and contents after fire, water, or natural disasters—remind Augusta home and business owners how important it is to step-up routine cleaning efforts during this time of year. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the flu virus can remain viable on surfaces for up to 48 hours. Cleaning surfaces and objects that are frequently touched minimizes the likelihood of contacting the flu virus when you touch an infected surface.

According to the CDC, nearly 15% of the U.S. population suffered from the flu in 2018. More than 950,000 people were hospitalized and almost 80,000 people died from flu complications, making 2018 the most severe flu season since 2009.1

“As an emergency response company, we understand the hidden danger of contaminated surfaces in a workplace or home,” said Anthony Wolverton, owner, SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville. “This time of year, the flu virus can be a ‘hidden danger’ at home, at work, and in the community. It is a serious illness, and we want our Augusta friends and neighbors to take it seriously.”

The CDC recommends the following to help protect yourself or your loved ones from contracting the flu.
1. Get vaccinated. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccination as the first and most important protection against this serious virus.
2. Thoroughly wash your hands (20 seconds or more with soap and water) or sanitize them frequently throughout the day, even if you are not infected, to help protect yourself and others.
3. Beware of frequently touched surfaces, like handrails and doorknobs. Keep them clean at home using a bleach and water solution and clean your hands as soon as possible if you must touch them in public.

If you or a family member comes down with the flu despite these precautions, keep in mind the flu spreads primarily through droplets from a sick person when they cough, sneeze, or talk. With that in mind, the CDC offers the following guidelines to help control the spread of the disease:
1. Stay home and keep your distance. Infected droplets from a sick person’s nose or mouth can travel up to six feet and land in the noses and mouths of people nearby, exposing them to the illness.
2. Wait until you are fever free – without medications – for at least 24 hours before returning to school, work, or normal activities.
3. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue, your sleeve, or your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue and clean your hands with soap or a sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol.

There is no such thing as a foolproof flu protection plan, says Wolverton, but frequent hand-washing and conscientious cleaning practices at home, work, and in the community are precautions everyone can practice to help keep them and their loved ones healthy. For more flu statistics and tips on how to help prevent the spread of the flu virus, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu.

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1 https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/2017-2018.htm

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Free community fun day offers family-friendly entertainment, activities, goodies and more at participating locations in Waterville

On Saturday, December 7th the city of Waterville will once again embrace the holiday spirit with the 3rd annual “Joy to the Ville” event– an all-day community celebration meant to highlight the magic of the holiday season on the Kennebec River. Waterville Creates! and their friends at the Waterville Public Library, the Colby College Museum of Art, Snow Pond Center for the Arts, the KVCAP Family Enrichment Council, and the Children’s Discovery Museum are joining forces with local business sponsor Bangor Savings Bank and media sponsor News Center Maine to organize this day of free, family-friendly holiday programming throughout Waterville! For a complete listing of activities visit: https://www.watervillecreates.org/event/joytotheville/

Joy to the Ville 2019 Schedule of Events *All events and admissions are FREE

FREE Hot Chocolate Cotton Candy from 10am – 4pm at Railroad Square Cinema, Common Street Arts and the Colby College Chace Community Forum. (While Supplies Last!)

10 – 11am: Princess Storytime at Waterville Public Library
10am – 12pm: A screening of the hit holiday movie A Christmas Story at Railroad Square Cinema
10am – 2pm: Make holiday cards for nursing home residents at the Waterville Public Library
10am – 4pm: Tinker and explore with the Children’s Discovery Museum’s pop-up exhibitions at the Chace Community Forum
11am-3pm: Make a holiday ornament using 3d printed parts, ribbon, colored paper, and more! Get creative and see how a 3d printer works Common Street Arts
11am – 5pm: Visit Santa at Kringleville in Castonguay Square
1 – 2pm: Satur-Play: Families in Theater Workshop led by members of the Recycled Shakespeare Company at the Waterville Public Library! Caregivers and kids will learn fun theater games to get them used to stage life!
1 – 2pm: Join Snow Pond Community Music School for a Melody Makers class where we use our bodies and instruments to make music at the Chace Community Forum
1 – 3pm: Holiday Green Screen Winter Fun Photos at the Chace Community Forum
1 – 3pm: Make a cool creative holiday frame for your festive photos with Colby Museum of Art at the Chace Community Forum
1 – 4pm: Holiday Mind Jars with KVCAP Family Enrichment Council at the Chace Community Forum. Similar to a snow globe, mind jars can be used for fun and can also be used to relax
2 – 3pm: Instrument Petting Zoo at the Chace Community Forum sponsored by the Snow Pond Community Music School. Try your hand at xylophone, violin, African drum and lots more!

An exciting and new local initiative has emerged providing a new Skills-Based, Certification Training program for various industries. In partnership with private business and industry-related organizations, the Capital Area Workforce Training Partnership was formed (CAWTP). Our mission is to partner and produce skills-based training specific to local hiring needs, in a responsive time-frame. In 2019, the group produced a CDL B training program with multiple adult student participants and hiring partners. Currently underway is the Construction101 skills training and we are recruiting student participants and hiring partners, now. Eligible students who apply will undergo a Work Prep program including communication and problem-solving skills, and more. Skills training will provide a host of skills such as OSHA10, Rigging/Signaling, Fall Protection, Blueprint reading, Constr Math, Tools training, and more. Industry business here in the Capital Area will benefit from these motivated students with program-paid Work Experience, Employees Eager to Work in the Trades, and the Skills learned through this program. Training starts in Feb2020 and completes in the Spring!

To learn more about how your business can be involved as a HIRING PARTNER, contact Janie Miller at Maine Staffing Group  622-5352 or  ; or Becca Tibbetts at G&E Roofing  622-9503 or .

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