AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Labor’s CareerCenters program will be holding a recruiting session in Augusta featuring 22 employers seeking to hire employees to fill current positions.

The session will be held 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at the Augusta CareerCenter, 21 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2, in Augusta, according to a press release from the agency.

Employers participating will include: Assistance Plus; AngelZ Behavioral Health; athenahealth; Care and Comfort; Catholic Charities; Community Health and Counseling Services; Eastern Maine Health Care; Federal Correctional Institution NH; Goodwill Industries; Kaplan University; Maine Army National Guard; Maine Department of Corrections; Maine Staffing Group; Maine State Police; Merrymeeting Behavioral Health; NRF Distributors; Sage Dining; Sears, Augusta; Securitas USA; SequelCare of Maine; Stericycle Communication Solutions; and TD Bank contact center.

“Employers are recruiting at Maine’s CareerCenters,” said Gov. Paul LePage said in the release. “Our monthly job fairs make connections between job seekers and their next position. Each CareerCenter offers several workshops that can help you write a better resume, brush up on your interviewing skills, and prepare to meet with employers.”

Job seekers are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring a current resume and be prepared to interview.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer free services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides public-access computer workstations with resume-writing and cover-letter software, Internet access and O’Net software for skills assessment.

Franklin Memorial Hospital appoints director of pharmacy

FARMINGTON — Franklin Memorial Hospital recently announced that Garry Miller has been appointed director of pharmacy.

The hospital said in a press release that Miller’s responsibilities will cover all pharmacy operations and services, facilitating the planning, development, implementation and monitoring of programs and services to ensure the highest level of pharmaceutical care consistent with regulatory bodies, industry standards and hospital policies.

Before joining becoming pharmacy director, Miller served as clinical pharmacist on a per diem basis for the Farmington hospital. He also served for three years as director of pharmacy at Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center in Bangor and at Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta.

Miller received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and national certification in medication therapy management, at the University of Rhode Island. He is a member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, and resides in Woolwich with his wife, Martha.

Crisis & Counseling Centers welcomes three new directors

AUGUSTA – Crisis & Counseling Centers’ board of directors voted in new members Rebecca Colwell, Lt. Christopher Massey and Isaac Witham three new members at a recent meeting, the agency said in a press release.

Colwell recently retired from her position as director of integrated care management at MaineGeneral Health, in which she directed the Kennebec Valley Community Care Team. Colwell, of Gardiner, holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Southern Maine and a master’s degree in business administration from Thomas College, according to the release. She also served as vice president for HomeCare and Hospice in the MaineGeneral system.

Massey serves as the support service commander for the Augusta Police Department, where he has worked in law enforcement since 1996 as an overnight patrolman, detective of criminal investigations, patrol sergeant and watch commander.

Witham, of Vassalboro, has been a general care coach for T-Mobile since 2010. He served as a U.S. Army staff sergeant for nearly a decade and served as human resources and operations manager for a local department store. He holds a degree in business management from University of Maine at Augusta.

Each board member will serve a three-year term, from 2015 to 2018.

Crisis & Counseling Centers serves individuals with behavioral health needs, including mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring concerns. The nonprofit agency is the sole provider of crisis services for Kennebec and Somerset counties and administers 24-hour-a-day crisis services to those in need.

Johnny’s Selected Seeds hosts growers roundtable

ALBION — Johnny’s Selected Seeds recently hosted the 2015 Tomato Growers’ Roundtable, where a consortium of growers and scientists met to discuss the challenges and opportunities of growing tomato in the New England region.

Organized by the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association, the roundtable serves as a forum for small- to medium-scale commercial growers to listen and collaborate on topics ranging from thinning and pruning and planting density to disease and fertility, according to a press release from Johnny’s.

The meeting was moderated by Eric Sideman, MOFGA’s organic crop specialist, and Becky Sideman, extension professor and sustainable horticultural production specialist at the University of New Hampshire. Several members of Johnny’s research staff were present to listen and contribute to the discussion.

Trials performed at Johnny’s research farm in Albion help provide information to growers of all sizes. As a result of the roundtable, growers can look for upcoming changes to tomato offerings from Johnny’s Selected Seeds, the company said in the release.

Bragdon Farm gets grant to develop fuel logs

WATERVILLE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded Bragdon Farm in Waterville a grant toward the Hay Fuel Logs: Transforming Waste Hay into an Alternative Heating Source for Maine and Beyond project.

The company said in a press release that it will be using the one-year Small Business Innovation Research Program, Phase I grant to develop its prototype fuel hay log into a cost-effective source of heat, and to produce a regional business model that can be reproduced elsewhere in the country.

The company is developing a 12-inch-long, 4-inch-diameter “fire log” and “fuel log” for use in wood stoves, furnaces and outdoor fires.

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