Doctor joins Franklin Memorial emergency staff

Joanie Peter, MD, has joined the medical staff of the emergency department at Franklin Memorial Hospital.

Peter, who lives in Durham, received a medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in North Brunswick, N.J., according to a press release from the hospital. She completed a family medicine residency with a selective track in emergency medicine and critical care medicine at Central Maine Medical Center. In 2013 she earned the Family Medicine Residency Professionalism Award. Peter is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Before attending medical school, she was a health and physical education teacher, recreation specialist, coach and team-building specialist at two alternative schools for at-risk youth in Denver, Colo.

During her free time, Peter, enjoys snowboarding, wine collecting and kayaking. She is a volunteer ski patrol member at Black Mountain.

Other providers in the FMH emergency department include physicians David Kearing, Chris Canto, Steve Zanella, Richard Renzi, and physician assistants Randy Gauvin and James Pickrell.

Schmidt is Day Jewelers’ first merchandising planner

Longtime employee Amy Schmidt has been named Day Jewelers’ first merchandising planner.

As merchandising planner, Schmidt will work to improve the way that Day’s showcases items in stores and online at, according to a press release from the company.

Schmidt, a 10-year employee, began her career with Day’s Jewelers right after college as a sales associate in the Bangor store and has been office manager in the South Portland store for the past seven years.

In her new position, Schmidt will be working under the direct supervision of Kathy Corey, Day’s owner and vice president of merchandising, according to the release.

“The core of Day’s Jewelers 100 years in business has always been attentiveness to the needs of our customers,” Corey said. “I’m thrilled to have Amy on our merchandising team because of her deep understanding of our clients’ needs acquired over her 10 years working in Day’s stores.”

A Maine native, Schmidt attended Lasell College in Newton, Mass., and earned a degree in fashion merchandising.

Brandt, Goodwin join Kennebec Savings Bank

Cheryl Brandt and Sandra Goodwin have recently joined the Kennebec Savings Bank leadership team, according to a press release from the bank.

Brandt has been named vice president and chief retail banking officer. She will direct all banking activities focused on customers’ assets (deposit, trust and wealth management assets), including branch operations and she will also direct the bank’s marketing activities, according to the release.

Goodwin has been named vice president and chief loan officer. She will have overall responsibility for the management and analysis of the loan portfolio, directing retail lending activities (mortgage and consumer lending) and overseeing all loan processing and credit administration functions.

Brandt has had an extensive career in the strategic oversight of retail banking operations and sales programs, and was most recently at Gorham Savings Bank.

Goodwin has a strong background in lending and loan administration, including product development and sales/business development management. She joins Kennebec Savings Bank from Franklin Savings Bank, and prior to that Bangor Savings Bank, where she has had a combined 32 years of progressively more responsibility and experience in all facets of lending, according to the release.

KFS voted one of the Best Places to Work in Maine

Kennebec Federal Savings was recently selected as one of the 2014 Best Places to Work in Maine by the Society for Human Resource Management, according to a press release from the Waterville bank.

The rankings of the companies selected for the 2014 Best Places to Work in Maine list will be unveiled at an awards gala Oct. 8 in Portland.

The Best Places to Work in Maine awards program was created in 2006. It is a project of the Society for Human Resource Management (Maine State Council) and Best Companies Group.

Traumatologist Moore to speak at veterans conference

Traumatologist Robert Moore will be the featured speaker at a conference for veterans, their family members and the community.

Moore is a corporate and family Crisis Consultant with the Crisis Care Network and an associate fellow of the Ellis Institute, according to a press release from the Bringing Worlds Together conference.

The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the University of Maine, Farmington.

Moore has been in practice 40 years, including as a director of Florida’s Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy and as a domestic violence intervention program provider.

The conference is the third annual, and is hosted by Tri-County Mental Health Services with support from the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, Americorps Vista and many community volunteers, according to the release. It also features nine workshops on topics ranging from legal issues and re-integrating into family and community life to traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.

For information and to register for the free conference, visit or call Jerry DeWitt at 783-9141, ext. 228.

Bonney Staffing holding interview event

Job seekers from New Hampshire to Northern Maine are invited to attend Bonney Staffing Center’s statewide open interview event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at their local Bonney branch. Staffing supervisors will conduct open interviews for qualified applicants in an effort to connect job seekers with opportunities in their community, according to a press release from the company.

There are more than 250 positions available throughout New Hampshire and Maine in a variety of fields, including administrative and clerical, accounting, customer service, technical assembly, and light industrial/warehouse work, according to the release.

Bonney Staffing Center has eight locations, including in Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Biddeford, Portland, Topsham, Windham and Portsmouth, N.H.

ANA-Maine Celebrates 100 Years of Nurses Leading the Way

The American Nurses Association Maine annual conference and business meeting will take place Saturday, Sept. 27, at the University of New England College of Pharmacy and the Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine, in Orono.

Featured speakers include Mary Foley, ANA past president; Kelly Hunt, president, National Student Nurses Association; Tracy Bonney-Corson, chief nursing officer, Sebasticook Valley Health in Pittsfield and Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital in Greenville.

The conference is part of ANA-Maine’s yearlong celebration of its 100-year partnership with the American Nurses Association and the health care services provided by Maine’s 23,000 RNs, according to a press release from the ANA.

ANA-Maine will also host two VIP membership receptions on Friday, Sept. 26: one at the Portland Harbor Hotel with special invited guests U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, Gov. Paul LePage and Maine’s four registered nurse legislators; and another at the University of Maine Buchanan Alumni House in Orono.

On Sept. 27, RNs and guests at both locations will see and hear simultaneously via video conference from nationally known speakers who focus on the innovation, integration and influence of today’s nurses and the future of the nursing profession.

Registration is open. For information, visit

Appointments to the Maine Seed Potato Board Announced

Commissioner Walt Whitcomb announced today the appointment of David McCrum, of Rumford Point, and reappointment of Dominic Lajoie of Van Buren to the Maine Seed Potato Board. McCrum has agreed to serve as a commissioner’s appointment and LaJoie has agreed to be reappointed to the position of a person producing potatoes in Aroostook County primarily for processing, according to a press release from the board.

The Maine Seed Potato Board was established in 1945 to ensure an adequate supply of foundation seed potatoes for the state’s commercial seed potato producers and ultimately for the Maine potato industry.

McCrum is the managing partner of Sunday River Farms LLC, part of Penobscot McCrum, one of North America’s largest suppliers of potato specialty products.

Lajoie is part of a three-generation family organization that runs LaJoie Growers LLC an agricultural operation in northern Aroostook County.

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