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

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

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

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

36th Annual Trek Across Maine Event

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

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

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

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

When: Now through June 30th. 

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

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

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

Free Plays, Talks, and Programs for Students

Begin September 26 at the Maine State Library in Augusta

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

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

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

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

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

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

Camden National Bank’s 2019 Employee Award Winners are:

Officer of the Year:

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

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

Employee of the Year:

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

  • Luke Dean, Regional Operational Specialist, Bangor

CamdenCARE Award:

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

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

Team Player Award:

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

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

Community Award:

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

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

Core Value Award:

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

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

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

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

Bob Daigle Award for Achievement through Innovation:

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

  • Penelope Dougherty, Digital Banking Manager, Rockport



The Kennebec Historical Society’s Personnel Committee has picked longtime archivist Ernest L. Plummer, of Pittston, as the first recipient of the society’s newly established W. Scott Hill Service Award.

Plummer resigned this month after having volunteered in a variety of KHS positions over 16 years, including two terms as president. He and his wife, Joan, plan to move closer to his daughter’s family in Massachusetts.

A native of Buffalo, New York, and a retired industrial chemist, Plummer has upgraded and maintained the KHS collections database, enabling catalogers to embed photographs and scanned images or original written documents into the record. The improvement in quality and quantity of society holdings has effectively opened KHS files to many more researchers seeking to learn more about some aspect of Kennebec County history.

Plummer became KHS vice president in 2007 and was elected to two-year terms as president in 2009 and in 2013. Under his leadership, the society pressed forward with efforts to retire the $190,000 mortgage on its present home, the Henry Weld Fuller Jr. house in Augusta, a goal that was achieved less than four years later. He also has been the society’s executive director and treasurer, and he recruited his wife to manage the society’s membership database, which she has done for several years.

He also spent much of his time assisting researchers and fostering cooperative relationships with other historical societies in the county. He clocked several hundred volunteer hours per year for the society’s benefit. As he winds up his years of service, he is training six volunteers to carry on his work of cataloging materials in the database.

For these achievements and others, the KHS Personnel Committee selected Plummer for the Hill award, which was established this year to honor society members who have initiated or organized landmark improvements in the society’s operation, reputation or contributions to the community. The award is named for W. Scott Hill, an Augusta physician who was one of the society’s co-founders and its first president.

The 560-member Kennebec Historical Society, a private, nonprofit organization, was founded in 1891. Its mission is to collect, preserve and make available to the public historical documents and illustrations that pertain to the history of Kennebec County and its 30 municipalities. The society hosts monthly historical lectures in a variety of locations in the county.

Campaign Chairs Steve Shuman and Elissa Shuman Emmons celebrate early totals.

AUGUSTA - United Way of Kennebec Valley (UWKV) launched its 2019 fundraising season with $1.16 million in committed support, the most ever pledged this early in the campaign. Twenty-six businesses reported their advance campaign success to a crowd of more than 320 people at the Campaign Kickoff on Thursday. 

Steve Shuman and Elissa Shuman Emmons, from Charlie's Family of Dealerships, are co-chairing United Way's annual appeal effort. They announced a goal of raising $1.8 million by December. This marks United Way's highest campaign goal in its 64-year history. 

"United Way has always been really important to our family," Elissa said. "We have stepped up our giving this year and we encourage others to do the same. The best way to do that is to show people that every dollar counts." 

Steve and Elissa are charged with rallying the people of Kennebec Valley to give any amount they can to support community members that need a hand-up. Early progress indicates that United Way has raised 64 percent of its overall goal to date. 

Steve and Elissa also presented the organization's 2019 campaign video, which showcased the campaign theme, "Every Dollar Counts," highlighted food insecurity in Maine and celebrated the buying power of a dollar. Together donors "Power the Dream" for a stronger, healthier Kennebec Valley by supporting 51 nonprofit programs

"When considering the community needs we wanted to focus on this year, food insecurity was number-one," Steve said. "More than 200,000 Mainers do not have enough food on a regular basis. If one person donates $1 a week for a year, they can provide 208 meals for someone in need. We are all responsible for making this community great, and for teaching the next generation how to do the same." 

Courtney Yeager, executive director of United Way, thanked attendees for serving as crucial messengers of United Way's work. "Each of you is here today because you want to be," Yeager said. "You're interested in what's going on in our community and how you can help. If you ask me what our secret weapon is this campaign season, I would say it's you--and it's always been you. You make change possible." 

United Way's Community Builder Award was presented to Rob Gordon, the former executive director of UWKV, by longtime United Way supporters Charlie and Nancy Shuman. Gordon was celebrated for his 33 years of generosity and his dedication to strengthening the Greater Augusta community. The award was renamed the "Rob Gordon Community Builder Award" in his honor. 

"I am very proud of the work we all do. I want to thank you for all the large, the small and the very specific ways we work together to strengthen our community," Gordon said. 

During the event, Al Smith, executive director of the Augusta Food Bank, shared the importance of both cash and product donations. 

"People often ask me what type of donation is better, giving money or food. I tell them 'yes' because both things are needed," Smith said. "With the money donated just this morning, I can buy 1,900 meals for someone in need." 

Attendees of UWKV's Kickoff Breakfast donated 1,330 pounds of food. Upon conclusion of the event, the food was split among United Way's three partnered food pantries: Winthrop Food Pantry, Augusta Food Bank and Faith Food Pantry. 

According to recent data, 30 percent of Kennebec Valley residents received direct support from a United Way-funded program. To support United Way's community-wide campaign, please contact 207-626-3400 or visit uwkv.org/give.

Free Admission on September 21, 2019 with a Downloadable Museum Day Ticket

The Maine State Museum in Augusta will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday, September 21, 2019 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of culture and learning.  In order to be admitted for free on September 21, participants need only visit the website www.Smithsonian.com/museumday , download a free ticket for two people, and present it at the Maine State Museum. On that day, the museum will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“Our visitors often think of the Maine State Museum as a kind of mini-Smithsonian,” comments Museum Director Bernard Fishman.  “This is a compliment to both institutions and makes our participation in Museum Day a good fit for the Maine State Museum.  Both museums use objects from nature and culture to enhance understanding and knowledge, and convey the incredible richness and diversity of the many kinds of worlds that surround us.”

Smithsonian magazine recognizes the extraordinary power of museums, and other cultural institutions, to provide visitors with insight and inspiration. Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to boundless curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event. Over 1,500 museums nationwide are expected to participate in Museum Day this year.  

Visitors who present the Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating museums and cultural institutions for one day only.  One ticket is permitted per household, per e-mail address.  For more information about Museum Day and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit www.Smithsonian.com/museumday. For additional information about the Maine State Museum’s exhibits and programs, please visit www.mainestatemuseum.org.

Augusta Fuel Company has been kind enough to partner with the Snow Pond Center for the Arts for a campaign called “Fueling Arts Education”.  By purchasing a $10 raffle ticket online at snowpond.org or directly from yours truly, your name will be entered in a drawing to win a free delivery of 250 gallons of heating oil from AFC!

Are you in?

AFC’s delivery area includes towns from Monmouth to Jefferson, Richmond to Pittsfield and everywhere in between, the winner must receive delivery within normal AFC delivery areas.

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ROCKLAND, Maine - Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) is expanding its regional access to courses and full academic programs this fall at the new Mid-Coast School of Technology (MCST) in Knox County. This initiative now enables mid-coast residents to earn a certificate in health sciences starting this fall. This certificate covers the pre-requisite coursework for students who wish to continue to nursing and other allied health programs at KVCC or other colleges in the state. In addition, starting in January 2020, mid-coast residents will be able to complete certificate programs to become an emergency medical technician (EMT) or advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT) at MCST’s state-of-the-art facility that opened this week in Rockland.

Maine’s newest $25-million career and technical education center, located at 1 Main Street in Rockland, will serve high school students and adults from surrounding communities.

KVCC’s Rockland satellite location will offer the programs in a dedicated higher education suite located within the new MCST building. Such an arrangement will increase access to higher education for the populations of Knox County and the mid-coast region. 

The KVCC Health Science Certificate program is funded by the Maine Community College System (MCCS) Bring College to ME program, which supports targeted certificate and degree programs in high-demand, high-wage occupations to underserved areas. For eligible students that means there will be no tuition, fees or book costs for the courses offered through the Bring College to ME program at the KVCC satellite location at MCST.

“KVCC is very excited to offer courses and programs in Knox County in dedicated space at the new MCST building. This is a great opportunity for people from the greater Rockland area to have local delivery of KVCC programs without having to travel. It’s a privilege to partner with the Mid-Coast School of Technology and leverage their outstanding new facilities. Residents of Knox County will now have an affordable, high-quality option for getting the skills they need to succeed.” KVCC President Richard Hopper said.

This fall, KVCC is offering two of the courses required for the Health Science certificate: Anatomy and Physiology I and English 101.

Students will be able to attend all classes and complete the Health Science Certificate within two years at the Rockland location. The Emergency Medical Technician certificate program, starting in spring 2020, can be completed in just one semester.

Over the coming year KVCC plans to offer additional classes in Welding and Liberal Studies.

In the meantime, please note the following important dates related to the launch of the KVCC satellite location in Rockland.

Monday, September 9 – Ribbon cutting for the KVCC higher education suite at the new Mid-Coast School of Technology at 1 Main Street in Rockland from 2pm to 7pm. For more information, please contact MCST at (207) 594-2161.

Thursday, September 12 – KVCC admission event for prospective students in Knox County from 4pm to 7pm. There are currently 18 openings for the Health Science Certificate program in Rockland. Those interested in enrolling or asking questions may contact CJ McKenna at the KVCC Enrollment Services Center: Tel: (207) 453-5822.

Monday, September 23 – KVCC classes begin at MCST in Rockland.

KVCC serves about 2,500 students and has campuses in Fairfield and Hinckley, with satellite locations at the Buker Community Center in Augusta and now at Mid Coast School of Technology in Rockland.

Waterville Creates!, a non-profit supporting and promoting high-quality, accessible arts and cultural programs and institutions in Waterville, Maine, announces a gift in the amount of $25,000 from MaineGeneral Health in support of the community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center.

Designed to bring together under one roof some of Waterville’s most beloved arts institutions, including the Maine Film Center, Common Street Arts, and a new gallery of the Colby Museum of Art, the Paul J. Schupf Art Center will be constructed on the current site of The Center building at 93 Main Street, directly adjacent to the Waterville Opera House and City Hall building and downtown’s central green space, Castonguay Square. Waterville Creates! and Colby College are partnering on this transformative project, which will create a distinctive hub for visual arts, performing arts, arts education, and film for children and adults. In addition to enhancing Waterville’s reputation as a destination for arts and culture, this new facility will add vitality to downtown Waterville during both the daytime and evening hours and serve as an economic driver for the region.

“Our mission is to enhance the everyday health of our patients, our families and our communities,” says Chuck Hays, president and CEO of MaineGeneral. “Research shows that art can help people with depression, anxiety, or life-threatening diseases. The act of creating and experiencing art has been linked to improved memory, reasoning, and resilience in healthy older people. In supporting the Paul J. Schupf Art Center, we’re investing in our region’s overall health.” MaineGeneral’s gift was pledged in support of the $2 million community capital campaign led by Waterville Creates! as part of the overall fundraising goal of $18 million for the project. $629,420 has been pledged to the campaign to date, representing businesses, individuals, and foundations.

“MaineGeneral Health is an incredible community partner and supporter of the arts. They truly value the impact that our arts and cultural organizations have on quality of life in the region, as reflected by their long-standing annual support of the Maine International Film Festival and the Waterville Opera House,” says Shannon Haines, president and CEO of Waterville Creates! “Now, with this generous gift to the capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center, they are demonstrating that they share our belief that investing in the arts will lead to a more vibrant future for Waterville and the surrounding area.”

According to the Business Contributions to the Arts: 2018 Edition, a study by The Conference Board in conjunction with Americans for the Arts, 79% of companies believe arts help to improve quality of life in the community. The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study, published by Americans for the Arts in 2017, found that Waterville’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences generate over $6 million in direct economic activity per year.

Local SERVPRO disaster restoration specialist highlights no-cost tools to help property owners prepare and maintain a comprehensive emergency readiness plan

No matter where you live or work, emergencies caused by weather, fire, wind, water, and other natural or manmade disasters can strike at any time and are largely unpredictable. SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville reminds Augusta-area home and business owners that preparing in advance is the best thing you can do to help minimize a disaster’s impact on your loved ones and your property. Each year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designates September as National Preparedness Month – a time to create, or update, your plan for when disaster strikes.

“In the same way that people make ‘resolutions’ at the New Year, National Preparedness Month is a great time to resolve to create a plan, or review your existing plan, each and every year,” said Anthony Wolverton of SERVPRO® of Augusta/Waterville. “Everyone needs a comprehensive emergency plan. Business owners also need to plan for business interruption and continuation. But equally importantly, families and businesses alike need immediate access to data like emergency and insurance contacts, shut-off valves, electrical panel locations, and the line of command to authorize work so emergency responders can react quickly and appropriately during the emergency. This month’s focus on preparedness is a great incentive for both families and businesses to put a plan in place and review it regularly.”

Creating an emergency plan is straightforward, according to Wolverton. No matter what type of threats exist where you live or work – wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, or other natural or manmade disasters – tools are available from FEMA (https://www.ready.gov) with guidelines for preparing emergency food, water, and medical supplies; planning for special needs; and creating communication and evacuation plans. These tools and others, like the SERVPRO READY app, also help you store essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the free app at https://ready.servpro.com/home/mobileapp.

Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) to be stored in the READY app.

“The key to getting your life or business back on track is timely response after a disaster strikes. That’s why it’s important to take the time to record and store your information electronically, and then commit to a time – like National Preparedness Month – to review and update your records at least once each year,” said Wolverton. “Remember, filing cabinets and their contents may be inaccessible or even destroyed in an emergency situation, so don’t depend on them to keep track of critical insurance, property, or contact information in the event of a disaster. Store your data electronically. If disaster strikes, you’ll have the information you need literally at your fingertips.”

SERVPRO of Augusta/Waterville 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 on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.servpro.com.


About SERVPRO®
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

The Kennebec Performing Arts Company (KPAC) is starting rehearsals for the 2019-2020 performing season. We invite singers and instrumentalists high school age and older to join us. New members can be accepted through the last rehearsals in September.

The chorus rehearsals are Mondays at 6:30 at Hope Baptist Church, 726 Western Avenue, Manchester. The Jazz Band rehearsals are Tuesdays at 5:45 at Cony High School, 60 Pierce Drive, Augusta. The Wind Ensemble rehearsals are Tuesdays at 7:00 also at Cony High School.

Interested people should contact our artistic director, Charles Milazzo at 207-685-9653 if you are interested. Messages can also be left at 207-370-5381. Check our website http://www.kennebecperformingartscompany.org for more information.

KPAC exists to allow adult musicians (both vocal and instrumental) to enjoy the performance of music for their lifetime.

Bar Harbor, Maine – Thank you to all who participated in Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s first annual School Supply Drive held from July 22 thru August 16, 2019.  A total of more than 3,500 items were collected at branch locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont which included notebooks, folders, glue sticks, pencils, and more. 

“All donations support students and educators in the communities we call home,” said Joseph Schmitt, SVP/Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.  “These supplies will help local children actively participate in classroom learning, making the educational experience better for both students and teachers.”  

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.

Registration is now open for September art workshops at The Harlow, 100 Water Street in Hallowell including Color Theory taught by Jim Flahaven, Ceramic Surface Design taught by Tyler Gulden, and Artists’ Professional Development Series taught by Helene Farrar.

Workshops at the Harlow offer an opportunity to try something new or expand on existing skills. Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Spaces are limited. They will be small classes with lots of opportunity for one on one instruction and conversation.

Color Theory with Jim Flahaven:
This workshop will focus on the physical interaction of colors. It is appropriate for anyone who uses color in their practice: painters, interior designers, fiber artists, etc. The approach will be hands-on and students will paint, cut and paste using acrylics. Together, the group will cycle through a number of different exercises and discuss numerous color theory concepts. Each student should leave the workshop with more mastery and understanding of color. All materials included. Tuition: $40 Members / $65 Non-Members. Space is limited to 15 students. Open to ages 16 and up. No previous experience necessary. Register and learn more: http://harlowgallery.org/color-theory-with-jim-flahaven/

Ceramic Surface Design with Tyler Gulden: On Saturday, September 28, 1-4pm join ceramic artist and educator Tyler Gulden for a hands-on introduction to the chemistry of mixing and techniques for applying very thick slip to transform the surface of their pots. Using the wheel, brushes, hands, and a variety of tools and ribs (some of our own making) the class will explore together how slip can elevate and change the the surface of ceramic forms. This workshop will take place at Hallowell Clay Works located at 157 Water Street, Hallowell. Students will pick up their fired pieces at the Harlow, just down the street at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. All materials included. Tuition: $50 Members / $75 Non-Members. Space is limited to 12 students. Students under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No previous experience necessary. The deadline to register is 6pm on Wednesday, September 25. Register and learn more: http://harlowgallery.org/ceramic-surface-design-with-tyler-gulden/

Artists’ Professional Development Series with Helene Farrar: Ready for the next level and willing to do the work? Need someone to look at your art and give you the feedback you need to grow and stretch? This Fall, join artist and educator Helene Farrar as your mentor and facilitator for a 4-part professional development workshop series. Sessions will be held Sunday, September 29, October 27, November 24, December 29 from 10am-1pm. The group will explore a range of topics including: developing an art practice, technique and content, resume and artist statement development, marketing, and more. Each morning session will be thematic with some preliminary homework each session followed by homework for the following class. This workshop is specifically designed for artists who are working to develop a professional art practice. Ideally, students will have already created at least a small series of completed works within the same medium and of the same content. This class will offer lots of opportunity for questions, conversation, and one-on-one interaction. All materials included. Tution: $160 Members / $200 Non-Members. Registration deadline: 6pm on Wednesday, September 25. Limited to 12 students. Ages 18+. Register and learn more: http://harlowgallery.org/professional-development-series-for-artists-with-helene-farrar/

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.

Courtney Yeager is the new executive director at United Way of Kennebec Valley

AUGUSTA - The United Way of Kennebec Valley (UWKV) Board of Directors has named Courtney Yeager as the organization's executive director. Yeager took the helm on August 10 following the retirement of longtime executive director Rob Gordon. 

Yeager has served as UWKV's director of resource development and marketing since 2016. In that role, she became responsible for the annual fundraising campaign, increasing the campaign by 19 percent in three years. As a result, UWKV has had the capacity to partner with six additional nonprofit agencies, bringing the total number of funded programs to 51. More than 30 percent of the population is now directly impacted by a UWKV-funded program.  

"The Board of Directors and I are very pleased to have selected Courtney Yeager as United Way of Kennebec Valley's executive director," said Maria Hays, UWKV board chair. "Through her existing experience with the United Way, her time working with Rob Gordon, and her strong commitment to the community, she has already helped so many throughout our region. As executive director, Courtney can continue the work she is so passionate about. We feel the future of the United Way will continue to shine in her hands." 

With the support of the board and volunteers, Yeager implemented several initiatives that have attracted new donors, including the Emerging Leaders Society for young professionals, a giving program for small businesses, and a planned giving society. In 2019, Yeager was invited to share the recent growth strategies of United Way of Kennebec Valley with colleagues across the United Way Worldwide network at a conference that highlighted best practices.  

"I feel fortunate that my passion, purpose and profession have come together in this way," Yeager said of her new position. "The Kennebec Valley is a tight-knit, generous community, and our region thrives when people band together to help one another. I see United Way as an essential community organizer, responsible for mobilizing local folks so they can make change happen. I look forward to building upon the strong foundation that United Way already has, thanks to the tireless support of our donors, volunteers, and staff." 

Yeager is the first female to hold this position at UWKV and brings an extensive background in communications, fundraising, marketing and community involvement to her role. Prior to her career at United Way, Yeager was the public relations and fundraising manager at Crisis & Counseling Centers, a UWKV-funded partner program that treats mental health and substance use disorders. She also worked in communications at the Maine Department of Education, regularly meeting with educators and students statewide to report on cradle-to-career education strategies. 

Beyond her work life, Yeager serves on the Board of Directors at Healthy Communities of the Capital Area, teaches literacy to correctional inmates through the College Guild volunteer program, and spent nearly a decade as a youth mentor. 

Yeager graduated from Colby College with a bachelor's degree in English and is completing a Master's degree in Policy, Planning and Management at the University of Southern Maine. In 2019, Yeager was nominated for the Kennebec Valley Chamber Young Professional Award. 

Since 1955, United Way of Kennebec Valley has been mobilizing the caring power of people and communities in southern Kennebec County. UWKV focuses on improving access to basic needs, health care, education and financial stability, helping more than 22,700 local people last year.  

For more information, contact 626-3400 or visit uwkv.org.

Waterville Creates!, Common Street Arts (CSA), and the Waterville Area Art Society (WAAS) announces the winners of the 2019 Maine Open Juried Art Show (MOJAS) at the CSA Gallery in downtown Waterville. Now in its 28th year, MOJAS attracts artists from across the state, representing diverse Maine communities in a variety of media. A closing reception and awards ceremony will be held at CSA on Saturday, September 7th from 3:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.

The 2019 MOJAS award winners include Oliver Solmitz, recipient of Best in Show for his artwork Untitled 2. The 2019 MOJAS selection committee consisted of arts professionals and artists with combined professional experience from the Maine Arts Commission, Colby College Museum of Art, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation. Awards were broken down by categories: painting, watercolor, drawing, photography, and other media.

Awards

Best in Show

Oliver Solmitz, Untitled 2

Painting

1st – Robert Dennison, The Noisy Night

2nd – Judith Schuppien, Taking up the Traps

3rd – Jim McLear, The Three Mystics

Watercolor

1st – Margaret La Farge, Summer Light

2nd – Michael E. Vermette, Monhegan Sternman Stacking Traps

Drawing

1st – Sally Stanton, The Wizard

2nd – Rose Crossman, Sassy

3rd – Tom Whittaker, 54 Chevy Truck

Photography

1st – Page Eastman, Machias Window Abstraction

2nd – Olga Merrill, Drifting Away

3rd – John Meader, Sycamore Gap

Other Media

1st – Julie Gray, Home Altars of Mexico, Plates 20 + 21

2nd – Martha Stanford Campbell, Starvation Calculator II

“We are so pleased to announce the 2019 MOJAS awards, and extend a hearty congratulations to each of the award recipients. We encourage all to experience this outstanding exhibition now through September 7,” says Patricia King, Vice President at Waterville Creates!

The Sterrs Gallery at Common Street Arts is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 – 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Hathaway Creative Center, 10 Water Street in Waterville. To learn more about the MOJAS exhibition, please visit: www.watervillecreates.org/event/mojas-2019/ 

About Waterville Creates!

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

Central Maine Power played in the Scramble and served as the event's major sponsor.

AUGUSTA - United Way of Kennebec Valley raised a record-breaking $16,000 to support community programming at its 49th Annual Golf Scramble. Twenty-seven teams competed and 37 businesses sponsored the tournament, held August 12 at the Augusta Country Club. 

Proceeds from the event will support United Way's annual fundraising campaign, which aims to raise $1.8 million to fund 51 programs in the Kennebec Valley region. 

2019 United Way Golf Scramble winners:  

1st Gross - Charlie Shuman, Stephen Shuman, Andrew O'Hearn and Roger Williams, representing Charlie's Family of Dealerships 

2nd Gross - Mary Bailey, Dan Freeman, Ryan Meserve and Jeremy Payne, representing Readfield Insurance 

1st Net - Ron Trahan, Rocky Gaslin, Anthony Wolverton and Michael Trahan, representing Gosline Insurance  

2nd Net - Elissa Emmons, Josh Hall, Mike McGrail and Zach Williams, representing Charlie's Family of Dealerships 

Course challenge winners: 

Closest to the pin contest, sponsored by Sprague & Curtis - Lynn Cayford, representing Brookewood Realty 

Straightest drive contest, sponsored by Townsquare Media - Lisa Davies, representing KVCAP  

Air cannon closest to the pin contest, sponsored by Cross Insurance - Kenny Bickford, representing J.S. McCarthy 

Putting contest, sponsored by KV Federal Credit Union - Bob Moore, representing Thomas College 

Central Maine Power served as the event's exclusive cart sponsor, and Charlie's Family of Dealerships sponsored a hole-in-one challenge. Golfers were treated to lunch, courtesy of Charlie's and J.S. McCarthy Printers. An auction with sponsor-donated prizes raised $2,100.


For more information about UWKV, visit uwkv.org or contact 207-626-3400. 

The kick-off and hiring fair is on August 29, 2019, from 11 am – 3 pm at the Augusta Civic Center located at 76 Community Dr, Augusta, ME 04330.

New Dimensions FCU will be attending and will have applications on hand and will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding open positions at the credit union. Additionally, our Director of Education will be there to offer one-on-one personal budgeting appointment sessions to anyone wishing to get their finances in order. Come visit us at our booth. We will be there the entire time ready to assist you.

For more information and a list of employers who will be present at this important job fair visit, the Maine Career Center’s website.

https://newdimensionsfcu.com/2019/08/12/new-dimensions-fcu-participates-in-hire-a-vet-campaign-in-2019/

The designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) has been conferred on Melissa Davenport, Account Executive of GHM Insurance in Waterville, Me, following her successful completion of a rigorous insurance education program sponsored by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors. This accomplishment is affirmed by the President of the Society of CIC, Dr. William T. Hold, Ph.D., CIC, CPCU, CLU. The full CIC credentials were sent to Mrs. Davenport on June 28th, 2019 in official confirmation of the achievement.

The Society of CIC is a key member of The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, the nation’s preeminent provider of insurance and risk management education.

Mrs. Davenport has demonstrated her professional competence through the successful completion of the five CIC courses and the corresponding comprehensive examinations that focus on all major fields of insurance and insurance management, such as property and casualty, personal and commercial lines, commercial multiline, agency management, insurance company operations, life and health, and risk management.