Sanders, Hanstein form law partnership

Two local lawyers have formed a new law firm, Sanders & Hanstein, which will have offices in Livermore Falls and Farmington.

Attorneys David Sanders and Woody Hanstein have each practiced law for more than 30 years, handling criminal and civil cases in state, federal and military courts. The two will concentrate their practice on personal injury, family matters, criminal charges, real estate issues and transactions, as well other more specialized legal issues, according to a press release.

Hanstein said in the release that the two attorneys look forward to assisting people in resolving divorce, child custody and probate issues “as well as any other legal matters which may arise in their daily lives.”

The firm’s offices will be at 107 Main St. in Farmington and 2 Pine Ave. in Livermore Falls.

Child care provider Dickson recognized

Stephanie Dickson, director and owner of Circle of Friends Early Learning in Gardiner, has been recognized for her efforts in early child care by the Maine Roads to Quality Maine Registry.

Dickson’s experience, training, education and volunteer contributions in her early childcare efforts led to the designation, according to a press release. The program is by the Child Care and Early Education Career Development Center at the Muskie School, part of the state’s Division of Child and Family Services early education division. The registry is voluntary and is designed to promote high quality child care and early education for young children and their families, according to the release. She’ll be required to document ongoing annual training in child care and early education to remain on the registry.

Dickson has offered preschool and child care in her home for the past six years. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary/special education and art and is a licensed family child care provider. She offers a full year preschool and summer program for children, using traditional and Montessori styles of teaching and learning, according to the release. She also offers tutoring and art classes.

Augusta roofing firm honored

Firestone Building Products Company, manufacturer and roofing product supplier, presented G&E Roofing Company Inc. with the 2014 Partner in Quality Award, according to a release.

The Augusta firm is one of 189 Firestone building products Red Shield licensed roofing contractors in the U.S., Canada and Mexico were honored for excellence in roofing system installation. The designees are required to complete extensive product installation training, according to the release. They are required to install four warranted Firestone building products roofs in each of the past five years; maintain at least 1 million square feet of Firestone roofs under warranty; achieve an annual quality incidence rating of 1.5 or less (QIR measures a contractor’s performance based on warranty repair incidences per million square feet under warranty).

“The Firestone Building Products Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors are some of the top roofing professionals in the industry,” said Tim Dunn, president of Firestone Building Products in the release.

Kennebec Savings mutual holding plan moves forward

Kennebec Savings Bank’s plans to reorganize into a mutual holding company is moving forward after banking regulators gave the bank a green light to proceed, announced Mark L. Johnston, president and chief executive officer of the bank, in a press release.

The next step will be a solicitation to depositors to vote in favor of a proposed conversion to a mutual holding company, Johnston said.

The re-organization process will change the mutual bank corporate charter to a mutual holding company, which will then own the bank, the release said.

“The bank’s charter hasn’t been updated since its inception in 1870,” Johnson said in the release. “Our charter, which is on less than one page, is outdated and that is the primary reason for our decision to make this change.”

A proxy statement containing detailed information on the plan of reorganization of the bank will be mailed to all eligible account holders Monday. The statement will provide depositors with the necessary details of the transaction, the release said. The bank is also holding an informational meeting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 1, in the Augusta Main Office. A meeting will also be held Tuesday, July 29, at the same location, for customers to vote in person if they have not mailed in their proxy.

The charter change will have no impact on existing accounts. The change should be seamless to customers and the general public, the release said.

PFBF CPAs hires Brewer, Pelletier

Perry, Fitts, Boulette and Fitton CPAs in Oakland and Bath recently hired Fred Brewer as a senior accountant and Heather Pelletier as a staff accountant.

Pelletier, of Winslow, returns to PFBF after interning in 2012. She earned her masters of business administration from Thomas College in 2013 and worked for MacPage of Augusta before joining PFBF.

She will help clients and businesses with tax planning and preparation. She will be a member on the audit team, and work on compiled and reviewed financial statements for businesses. She will work primarily out of the Oakland office.

Brewer, of Camden, previously worked for William Brewer CPA. He’s a member of the AICPA and the Maine Society of CPAs, and has extensive experience in governmental accounting, tax services and nonprofit organizations. Fred will be working primarily out of the Bath office. He is a 1999 graduate of Bentley University and a native of Damariscotta.

Saulter Dental Hygiene Center hires Gould

Saulter Dental Hygiene Center in Madison has announced Paula Gould IPDH to its Madison office located at 30 Main St.

Gould brings 10 years of experience as a dental hygienist to the practice. She is accepting new patients for dental cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatments. Her office hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with expanded hours as needed.

Maine Water Company promotes LeClair

The Maine Water Company has promoted Adrian LeClair to superintendent of its Skowhegan, Oakland and Hartland division effective upon the retirement of Brian Mitchell in June, the company announced.

LeClair will have overall responsibility for the three divisions, which serve 4,000 of the company’s 32,000 customers on the state.

LeClair, of Skowhegan, joined the company in 1997 on the distribution crew, and was promoted to foreman in 2004. He recently completed the year-long Maine management course for water and wastewater personnel, which focuses on training the next generation of water managers, according to the release. LeClair will oversee all aspects of the three water systems, including distribution, water treatment, customer and community relations, and will lead a team of five other employees.

“I can think of many comments I have received directly from customers that single out Adrian’s passion for serving our customers well and for his strong work ethic” said Judy Wallingford, president of Maine Water. “I know that he will bring this same passion and approach to his new Superintendent role.”

Ultrasound service at Franklin Memorial Hospital accredited

Franklin Memorial Hospital, including its satellite location the Androscoggin Valley Medical Arts Center, has been awarded its first three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound as the result of an extensive review by the American College of Radiology, according to a news release.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety, according to the release, which adds it is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR practice guidelines and technical standards, following a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

“Our patients’ safety is of upmost importance. With this new accreditation in ultrasound, all modalities of imaging offered at Franklin Memorial Hospital are now accredited,” said Kim Turner, radiology director. “This additionally includes: adult and pediatric CT (Image Gently Site), MRI, nuclear medicine, and mammography (Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center locations in Farmington and Livermore Falls).

The ACR is a national professional organization focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Youth labor permits available

The Maine Department of Labor has issued a reminder that those under the age of 16 looking for jobs can find the work-permit application online. Those under 16 must have a permit before they start a job, whether or not they attend school, according to a press release from the state.

“Before going to work, however, there are several steps teens must take to obtain a work permit,” said Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette in the release. “First, they must look for work and receive a job offer. They then must apply for a work permit at the superintendent’s office of the school district in which they live.”

Restrictions for teens under the age of 16 include the kinds of jobs and the hours they can work. Minors cannot work jobs considered hazardous. Some of the jobs Maine teens under 18 years of age cannot do include operating most mechanical equipment, driving for work and working alone in a cash-based business.

During nonschool weeks in the summer, minors can work more hours than they can when school is in session, although hazardous duties protections still apply. Minors ages 14 and 15 can work 40 hours a week, 8 hours a day, but no more than six days a week; minors 16 and 17 can work 50 hours a week, 10 hours a day, but no more than six days a week.

The application can be downloaded, and other information found, at, and dropped off, once completed, including a parent’s signature, at the superintendent’s office. Blank forms are available at superintendent’s offices for pick up as well.

A copy of the Guide to Maine Laws Governing the Employment of Minors is posted on the Maine Department of Labor website and is available by request by calling 623-7900.

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