Stien named MaineGeneral Medical Center COO

AUGUSTA — Paul Stein will become chief operating officer of MaineGeneral Medical Center starting Jan. 1.

Stein has worked at the hospital for 10 years, first as director of environmental services and now design and construction leader for the new regional hospital as well as head of the renovations scheduled at the Thayer campus in Waterville.

He will assume his new role when Chuck Hays takes over as chief executive officer of MaineGeneral Health, the health care organization’s parent organization.

Hays said Stein’s leadership and proven skills are a good fit for the new post.

“I am eager to take on new responsibilities, build on the strides we’re taking to improve our patients’ experiences and continue to move that forward,” Stein said in a press release from the hospital.

MaineGeneral Medical center is building a $312 million, 192-bed hospital in north Augusta as well as planning $10 million in renovations to convert Thayer into a comprehensive outpatient center.

Stein, 41, holds an bachelor’s degree in political science from the State University of New York in Brockport, N.Y., and a master’s degree in business administration from Thomas College, Waterville.

He lives in Manchester with his wife, Nicole, and their son, Justin.

Donations sought for Sandy relief

AUGUSTA — A local relief effort is planned Sunday to bring food and supplies to New York City for those affected by superstorm Sandy.

Donations will be accepted Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church at 6 Summer St. A caravan will take donated items to St. Jacobi Church later that day.

Organizers are requesting cold weather clothes, particularly for children, canned food flashlights with batteries and water.

For more information, call Jani Clark at 582-5515.

Chihuahuas available at Augusta shelter

AUGUSTA — The Kennebec Valley Humane Society has 10 small former California residents, all Chihuahuas or Chihuahua mixes, up for adoption.

The animal shelter took in the small dogs from a partner shelter in California, and all of them are now available to be adopted.

The dogs came from Rancho Cucamonga Animal Care and Adoption Center in California.

Melanie Martinez, the Augusta nonprofit shelter’s director of operations and an Augusta native, spent several years living and working in shelters in California before returning to Maine, and said shelters in California have so many small dogs they can languish as it can be hard to find them homes there. But small dogs are very popular in Maine.

“At our shelter in Augusta small dogs are very popular and usually find new homes in a matter of days,” Martinez said in a news release. “We hope that bringing in small dogs will not only help to save them, but also to provide foot traffic in our shelter and generate interest in our local animals in need.”

The California dogs are spayed or neutered and up to date on routine vaccinations.

Their adoption fee is $225, up from the usual dog adoption fee of $125, which will help pay for the cost of transferring the dogs.

Private donors to the Rancho Cucamonga shelter contributed money to pay for the dogs to be flown to Maine, according to the shelter’s website.

For information, visit the shelter on Pet Haven Lane, off Western Avenue, call 626-3491 or go to www.pethavenlane.org.

Readfield Select Board to go for walk in woods

READFIELD — The Select Board will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Town Office.

Board members will walk with members of the Trails Committee on the new Lower Fairgrounds Trail.