AUGUSTA — Two key staff members have been promoted in the Augusta office of Nancy Marshall Communications, according to CEO Nancy Marshall.

Gaphic Designer Jennifer Libby has been promoted to Web developer. Libby has been with NMC since 1998 and is a graduate of Westwood College in Denver, Colo., with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Her most recent website for Lulu Lobster Boat gained attention from visitors and the media for its visual appeal and ease of use.

Account Assistant Ebb Walton has been promoted to online marketing specialist. Walton has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from St. Joseph’s College. Since joining the NMC team in 2013, Walton has excelled in developing online marketing funnels to educate prospective customers and create top-of-mind awareness for clients.

“I am delighted to see these two members of the NMC team advance in their careers,” said Nancy Marshall, founder and CEO of NMC. “They have both embraced our mission of providing cutting-edge service to our clients to help them reach their marketing goals, and they are relentless in their desire to continuously improve their skills and expertise.”

Vassalboro’s Birdhouses & More named in poll

Pine Tree Birdhouses & More, of Vassalboro, was named Best Outdoor Art in this year’s poll of Down East magazine readers’ Best Of Maine favorites.

The company, which makes decorative birdhouses and birdfeeders, is owned by David and Cheryl Sherwood.

The couple is also on the Board of Directors for the Vassalboro Food Pantry and rescue abandoned domestic rabbits, according to their website They are members of United Maine Craftsmen.

Jimmy L. Quirion Joins Macpage LLC

Jimmy L. Quirion, of Vassalboro, has joined Macpage, a certified public accounting firm with officers in Augusta, Portland and South Portland as well as Marlborough, Mass. Quirion is a staff accountant with the firm.

He graduated from Thomas College in 2013 with a degree in accounting and earned an MBA from Thomas this year.

Ohio Hill Road Store recognized for Tobacco Prevention

WATERVILLE — Healthy Northern Kennebec recently recognized Ohio Hill Road Store, in Fairfield, for its effort to eliminate marketing of tobacco to youth, according to a press release.

Healthy Northern Kennebec has named the store a Star Store — a responsible retailer that takes responsibility for its role in reducing the visibility of tobacco advertising to kids. Healthy Northern Kennebec is an organization that promotes healthy living in the Albion, Belgrade, Benton, China, Fairfield, Oakland, Rome, Sidney, Unity Township, Vassalboro, Waterville and Winslow

Franklin Savings donates $10K to economic development

FARMINGTON — Franklin Savings Bank Community Development Foundation recently donated $10,000 to the Greater Franklin Development Council to continue its efforts to support local economic development, according to a news release.

“This prolonged recession has made the GFDC more important than ever to our communities. Attracting new business and strengthening those already here is critical to keep and grow good jobs for Western Maine,” said Timothy Thompson, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Franklin Savings Bank.

WorkHealthy awards businesses recently

FARMINGTON — The Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County recently presented four area businesses with WorkHealthy awards for efforts in promoting good health for its employees. Awards were presented recently at the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce board meeting, hosted at Calzolaio Pasta Company.

Darryl Wood, LEAP executive director, and Cassie Smerdon, direct support professional; Rebecca Scott, Health Quest team leader; Tricia Robinson, University of Maine Farmington Wellness Team chair; and Joe Tinkham, Care and Comfort’s Wilton site district manager, accepted WorkHealthy awards on behalf of their organizations.

Businesses that received awards place high priority on promoting health for their employees by conducting health assessment surveys to measure employees’ interests and readiness to focus on a healthy lifestyle. Businesses also created substance abuse and tobacco-free policies along with promotion of physical activity and healthy eating while at work.

KBH recognizes advocate, restaurant

AUGUSTA — At its recent annual meeting, the nonprofit Kennebec Behavioral Health recently presented awards of appreciation to a statewide health-care advocate that works in behalf of low-income Mainers as well as a Waterville restaurant that employs persons experiencing mental illness.

The Outstanding Community Partnership Award was presented to the Maine Equal Justice Partners in recognition of the organization’s advocacy of Maine’s expanded health-care options made possible by the Affordable Care Act. MEJP is an Augusta-based nonprofit legal-aid provider that works in behalf of low-income and impoverished Mainers. Sara Gagne Holmes, the group’s executive director, and MEJP Board Chair Charles Dingman accepted the award at the recent event, held at the Senator Inn.

Joseph’s Fireside Steakhouse was awarded the James R. Schmidt Award for exemplifying the late Jim Schmidt’s efforts to improve the quality of life for adults who experience mental illness by providing them with social, educational and employment opportunities. Patricia Goodnow, Joseph’s Fireside Steakhouse’s general manager accepted on behalf of the Waterville restaurant, which employs members of High Hopes Clubhouse, a KBH affiliate.

Maine job bank listings grow

AUGUSTA — As workforce conditions in Maine continue to improve, so, too, do the number of jobs available on the Maine Job Bank, at About 8,000 active positions are now available for Maine’s citizens who are seeking employment, according to a news release.

In May, 4,439 new jobs were activated and 4,150 closed, for a net gain of 329 positions on the job bank. There were 7,773 total job listings available as of May 31.

All job listings on the Maine Job Bank have been posted within the last 90 days, including with Maine Fair Trade Lobster in Prospect Harbor, which is hiring 40 production workers.

Since July 1, 2013, 1,347 employers have registered to use the Job Bank as a recruiting tool in finding qualified job applicants, according to the release. The number of new employers registering for the site increased in May by 190.

Jobs are posted every day by Maine employers and staff at the Department of Labor. The team at the Department of Labor reviews each employer that registers and the posting before activating the job live on the site. CareerCenter staff follow up with employers after two weeks to review the listing’s response, make any adjustments or take the listing down when filled.

Silsby named KSB president, CEO

Andrew E. Silsby has been elected president and chief operating officer of Kennebec Savings Bank. Silsby has been with the Bank since 1993, most recently as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Silsby assumes the title as part of the succession plan for the retirement of current CEO Mark L. Johnston, who will retire next year, according to a news relesae from the bank. Johnston will retain the title of chief executive officer of the bank until December.

Richard D. O’Connor, chairman of the Board of Kennebec Savings Bank said that with “Silsby’s leadership, the bank will continue to focus on our three main stakeholders — our customers, our employees and our community.”

Silsby, a 20-year employee of Kennebec Savings Bank, oversees the bank’s operations, finance and technology divisions, according to the release. Previously, he was the bank’s senior loan officer and established the bank’s wealth management division.

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