Delta Ambulance employees recognized

WATERVILLE — The leadership team and board members of Delta Ambulance recently recognized several exemplary employees at the company’s annual gathering, according to a press release.

The award ceremony, part of the employee barbecue held in Vassalboro, commended Delta staff members clinical performance, community service, silent hero, peer recognition, patient care and longevity, the release said.

The nonprofit organization has more than 140 administrators, supervisors, paramedics and emergency medical technicians serving 29 central Maine communities.

“The annual awards ceremony is an excellent opportunity for Delta to recognize the outstanding work our employees do around the clock, 365 days a year, and let them know we appreciate their dedication and hard work,” said Tim Beals, executive director of Delta Ambulance.

Clinical Performance Excellence award winners were given to Delta paramedics Travis Burton, Shon Dixon, Michelle Grass, Jeremy Manzer, Rory Routhier, Jeff Tuttle, Steve Winn and Chip Getchell.

Phil Smith and Mark Weymouth were recognized for community service.

Mike Record won the Silent Hero award.

Brandy Stanley and Adam Clement won peer recognition awards.

Patient Care awards went to Kris Waldron, Jeremy Manzer and Rob Richards

In addition, longevity awards were presented for milestone anniversaries:

Five years: Kirk Andert, Amanda Johnson, Tobias Knausenberger, Robby Rice, Erika Thayer and Bradley Wing; 10 years: Paul Begin, Dee Conner, Doug Hillman and Jeffrey West; 15 years: Jessie Pendleton and Bob Phillips.

Beals was honored for 30 years of service.

Sunshine Pools opens Augusta store

Sunshine Pools, of North Jay, announced the opening of a second store, in Augusta behind the House of Pancakes on Western Avenue.

A family owned and operated business, it was started in 1973 by Leon and Lucy LaRoche and then revived in 2008 by their son Jeff LaRoche. The business provides service and installs in-ground and above-ground swimming pools and hot tubs.

Kim LaRoche, Jeff’s wife, manages the operations and retail stores, which provide chemicals, free water testing, pool parts, toys and accessories. For information go to

Carle recognized by stone groups

Kathleen Carle, of JC Stone, has been appointed to the 2014 Women in Stone steering committee for the Marble Institute of America. Carle was also recently voted in as the first woman to sit on the Maine Aggregate Board.

As one of only three woman to own stone quarries in the U.S., Carle “continues to push the ceiling of the stone industry,” according to a press release. The Women in Stone retains and advances women who have chosen a career in the stone industry, as well as recruits women into the industry, the release said.

Kathleen Carle primarily focuses on marketing, sales production, internal organization and staff development for the firm. It was her conception and perseverance that brought about the JC Stone Inc. Symposium in 2010 to support stone artists’ workmanship and creative endeavors, the release said. The symposium is being launched into the annual Viles Arboretum Stone Symposium 2014, in Augusta.

She and her husband, Jamie Carle, president and founder of the Jefferson company, have two children and live in Windsor.

Jamie Carle opened the company’s first quarry, in Washington, nearly 20 years ago. The pair opened a full stone center in 2000 and now have more than 40 employees. The firm operates eight quarries, providing both dimensional block and natural landscape products, according to the release.

In 2009, JC Stone was awarded The Marble Institute of America’s Pinnacle Award for its work on the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. The award honors stone companies around the world for projects that show beauty, creativity, ingenuity and craftsmanship, exemplifying professional mastery in the use of natural stone, according to the release. JC Stone was also featured on the DIY Network’s “Blog Cabins” series for work on an 1880’s farmhouse.

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