Cumberland Farms fundraiser announced

Cumberland Farms recently launched its 5th annual Cups for Kids campaign, a month-long fundraiser that will benefit pediatric care programs at five children’s hospitals throughout the Northeast — including The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, according to a press release from Cumberland Farms.

Locally, customers can stop by their local Cumberland Farms at 148 Bridge St. in Gardiner for a Chill Zone beverage including HYPERFREEZE™, and 5 cents from every purchase will go directly to The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. In 2015, the brand donated over $8,000 to The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital — and a total of $425,000 to all of its hospital partners across New England & New York.

For more on Cups For Kids, please visit www.cumberlandfarms.com/company/doing-good/cups-for-kids. To join the conversation, follow Cumberland Farms on Twitter and Instagram @CumberlandFarms, and use #CupsforKids.

Manchester glass company launches challenge

Stained Glass Express invites the public to view the entries in its “Amazing Glass Challenge” Glass Art Contest, on display at its store located at 966 Western Ave., Manchester, throughout the month of September, according to a press release from the business.

The challenge is the newest event showcasing stained glass, fused glass and mosaic art made by customers. Customers have been “challenged” to design and create a glass masterpiece using some of our “challenge glass” which has been provided for them. Over 60 pounds of glass has been generously donated by Lucie Boucher and Bernie Huebner of Stone Ridge Glass in Waterville for this challenge.

The deadline for all entries to be submitted to Stained Glass Express is Aug. 31 by 6:00 pm. Entries will go on display beginning on September 3, 2016.

More information on this event can be found at stainedglassexpress.com/blog/category/events/.

Stained Glass Express is a family-owned business in Manchester specializing in stained glass, fusing, mosaics, flameworking (bead making) and etching supplies for glass artists; glass gifts for everyone; church window and antique stained glass restoration work; a wide range of glass art classes through its The Glass Academy, cabinet door glass and stained glass pieces.

Poland Spring employees donated thousands of pounds of food

Employees at three Poland Spring plants, including the one in Kingfield, participated in the company’s Better Lives Food Drive to help children eat well, according to a news release from the company.

Employess from the Kingfield plant collected 200 pounds of food, which was donated to the Salem Food Pantry.

The Poland plant collected 2,003 pounds of food for the Poland Community Foodbank, and made a $1,000 donation to the MannaFeed Backpack Program, which helps provide nutritious foods to children over the weekend that may not have enough to eat when they are not receiving school lunch, according to the news release.

The Hollis plant collected 4,906 pounds of food for the United Methodist Economic Ministry Food Bank.

Poland Spring also sponsored exterior painting renovations at the Poland Community Food Bank.

Darling’s Augusta celebrates new building

Darling’s Auto Group recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Darling’s Augusta, 439 Western Ave., for their new 32,587-square foot dealership, and a recently completed upgrade to the other facilities, including a building that was damaged during a fire in May 2014, according to a press release from the dealership.

Construction began in September 2015 and was recently completed.

The new facility includes a variety of upgrades, including an inside service drive-thru write-up area, redesigned customer waiting area with snack and beverage bar, children’s play area near the customer lounge, and large multi-function room and kitchen, which will be made available to local non-profit groups looking for a meeting place. In addition, a number of technological advances will increase energy efficiency and reduce waste, including a heating system specially designed to re-use waste oil from vehicles and LED high-efficiency lights on the lot.

Representatives from Darling’s, Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Jewett Construction, attended the ceremony, according to the press release.

New physician joins MaineGeneral

Romeo Augusto Lucas, DO has joined MaineGeneral Obstetrics & Gynecology, according to a press release from the hospital.

Lucas has expertise in minimally invasive robotic surgery and uses a diversified, multidisciplinary approach to treat pelvic pain and endometriosis. His other professional interests include contraception/sterilization and treatment for various conditions including condylomas (warts), cervical dysplasia and endometriosis.

He comes to MaineGeneral from Meridian Health System: Jersey Shore Obstetrics & Gynecology in Freehold, New Jersey.

Lucas received his medical degree at University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford. He completed an obstetrics and gynecology residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in 2013.

Lucas is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Hammond Lumber mills are again first in safety

The Northeast Lumber Manufacturers Association announced in June that it has given Hammond Lumber Company four awards for outstanding safety performance during 2016 at Hammond’s sawmill and planer mill in Belgrade. The awards are given to mills operating in the New England states, plus New York and Pennsylvania.

A Maine family-owned business founded in 1953, Hammond finished first in Division 2 for the combined operations of both mills. Divisions are determined by the number of worker-hours logged during a calendar year. A Division 1 classification represents 1 to 25,000 hours, while Division 2 represents 25,000 to 50,000 hours.

The Maine family-owned business also earned first place in Division 1 for planer-mill safety, second place in Division 2 for sawmill safety, and a fourth honor for achieving an accident-free year in both mills.

Perhaps best known today as a building supplier operating 13 retail stores throughout Maine, Hammond Lumber began in 1953 as a three-man sawmill, which is still housed at its original location in Belgrade. In its 63 years of continuous operation, the Hammond mill has seldom had a lost-time accident and has won many safety awards.

According to safety director Bruce Pelletier, there has not been a lost-time accident in the sawmill since 2004, nor in the planer mill since 2001.

A safety committee established in 1985 continues to meet once a month to identify and correct potential safety hazards on the job as well as discuss ideas for keeping everyone in the company safe during their off-hours, too. The position of full-time safety director was created in 2005 and has been filled by Pelletier ever since.

There are currently 12 people working in the sawmill, and seven in the planer mill, representing a total of 243 years of experience at Hammond. Gerald Manley has worked for the company for 37 years, Craig Dawes for 36, Cliff Elliott for 31, and Rob Higgins for 22. Richard Thyng, Alan Bickford and Travis Manley have all been on the job more than 15 years. Ron Albair has 12 years in.

Those with less than 10 years are Bruce Albair, Coyt Ingraham, Chris Hinkel, Frank Walker, Matt Dawes, Nate Hewitt, Josh Ladd, Kris Merrill, Miranda Bickford, Ray Ashland and Elijah Gagne.