Ameglio joins Franklin Health Orthopaedics

Franklin Memorial Hospital has added Dr. Peter Ameglio, an orthopaedic surgeon, to the staff at Franklin Health Orthopaedics and Franklin Memorial Hospital.

Ameglio completed his medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his four-year orthopaedic residency at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, both in Bronx, New York. That was followed by a yearlong foot and ankle fellowship at Portland Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center in South Portland.

Ameglio has 15 years experience in general orthopaedics, including sports medicine and joint replacements. Most recently, Ameglio provided care in Brunswick at Coastal Orthopaedics.

“We are very pleased to have Dr. Ameglio join us to meet the orthopaedic needs of our community, including orthopaedic surgery. He is an experienced physician with strong people skills, who will be a great addition to Franklin Memorial Hospital’s outstanding medical staff,” said Rebecca Arsenault, FMH CEO and president.

Franklin Health Orthopaedics, which also provides podiatry and sports medicine services, is on the second floor of the Franklin Health Medical Arts Center on the hospital campus. Other providers include Dr. Thomas Pulling and Dr. Zachary Blakeman. For more information, call 778-9001.

Kennebec Valley YMCA hires five new staff members

The Kennebec Valley YMCA’s Chief Executive Officer Tom Warren recently announced several staff members who have been hired since November 2014, including Human Resources Director Cristina Chaplin, Finance Director Luc Pepin, Membership Director Roxanne Zwaga, Learning Center Coordinator Lisa Robbins-Lachance, and Marketing and Development Fund Director Carrie Arsenault.

Chaplin, as the new human resources director, began Nov. 5, 2014. She is attends the University of Maine in Augusta and is due to complete her degree in human resources management in December. Chaplin has worked in HR for six years, previously running the HR department at a small mental health agency in Augusta.

Pepin, as the new finance director, began on Nov. 24, 2014. Pepin graduated from Thomas College with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He has worked for local businesses his entire career, most recently for Goold Health Systems as manager of finance for the last 15 years.

Zwaga, as the new membership director, began on March 9, 2015. Zwaga has a degree in mental health and human services from the University of Maine and is working toward her master’s degree in justice studies and public administration at Southern New Hampshire University. After spending more than 10 years in retail management for Wal-mart and Best Buy, Zwaga started working in the nonprofit world, supporting youth and families across the state. She is certified in High Fidelity Wraparound, a certified trainer and practitioner of the Nurturing Parent Program and a certified parent support partner. She is also trained in restorative practices as a facilitator of family, group and restorative conferencing and family group decision making.

Robbins-Lachance, as the new Learning Center coordinator, began working there soon after enrolling her toddler, Cash, in the program. She has had several years of training and experience in early childhood education and several years of administrative experience. She is a former small-business owner and an avid outdoor enthusiast, including hiking, backpacking, camping and kayaking.

Arsenault, as the new marketing and development fund director, began on April 13. Arsenault graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business. Previously, she co-owned and operated the Augusta/Hallowell Dairy Queen Franchise for almost 10 years and was the executive director of the Children’s Discovery Museum in Augusta for more than three years.

For more information, call the Kennebec Valley YMCA, located at 31 Union St. in Augusta, at 622-9622, or email Carrie Arsenault at [email protected]

Madison, Albion health centers to hold drives for school supplies

Lovejoy Health Center in Albion and Madison Health Center will hold a drive for new school supplies in celebration of National Health Center Week, according to news releases from the organizations.

The drive in Albion starts Monday and ends Aug. 28. All donations from the community will be taken to Albion Elementary School in an effort to supply students with the tools they need to learn and grow in the classroom.

Lovejoy Health Center is at 7 School St. in Albion. For information, call 437-9388 or visit

Madison Area Health Center’s drive began in July and ends Friday.

All donations from the community will benefit School Administrative District 59 and can be dropped off at the health center at 8 South Main St.

Some of the most needed classroom supplies include No. 2 pencils, large pink erasers, colored pencils, glue sticks, lunch bags or boxes and backpacks, according to the releases.

For more information, call 696-3992 or visit

Both are members of the Health Reach Community Health Centers, a group of 11 health centers in central and western Maine.

Belgrade Regional Health Center to hold free Healthy Fun Fair

Belgrade Regional Health Center is hosting a Healthy Fun Fair from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday.

The event will be held on the center’s grounds on Route 27 and will include children’s games, music, prizes, vision screenings, blood pressure screenings by Delta Ambulance, as well as healthy lunch box and quick breakfast suggestions (with samples) from Debbie Barnett of the Maine Cooperative Extension.

Guided walks will be offered along the health center’s ADA-accessible walking trail.

Belgrade Regional Health Center is located at 4 Clement Way, on Route 27 in Belgrade. For more information, call 495-3323 or visit

Oakland, Farmington businesses sign with U-Haul

Hometown Auto Sales & Service, at 11 South Alpine St., Oakland, and Cushing Motorsports, at 414 Wilton Road in Farmington, have become U-Haul dealers, according to a news release from U-Haul International.

The businesses will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pickup for boxes, according to a news release from U-Haul.

Hometown Auto Sales & Service is owned by Marc Cote, and Cushing Motorsports is owned by Douglas Cushing.

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