Franklin Memorial Hospital has announced the recertification of its cardiac rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The hospital was recognized for its commitment to improving quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

Cardiovascular rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems, such as heart attacks and coronary artery bypass graft surgery, recover faster and improve their quality of life. The program includes exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.

The cardiac rehabilitation program participated in an application process that required extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR program certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR program certification committee and certification is awarded by the AACVPR board of directors.

At Franklin Memorial Hospital, cardiac rehabilitation is an individualized program of monitored exercise and education to help patients recover after a heart attack or heart surgery. A team of registered nurses, a dietitian, a respiratory therapist, diabetes educators, physical therapists and a cardiologist work together to ensure that patients regain strength, prevent their condition from worsening and reduce risks of future heart problems.

The cardiac rehabilitation program, located on the first floor of the hospital at 111 Franklin Health Commons in Farmington, sees patients Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For appointments, call 779-2734.

Armstrong appointed assistant vice president at Kennebec Savings Bank in Farmingdale

Kevin Healey, senior vice president and chief human resources officer of Kennebec Savings Bank, announced that Julie Armstrong has been hired as an assistant vice president and branch manager of KSB’s Farmingdale location, which serves the Gardiner area.

Armstrong brings more than 30 years of experience in branch operations and lending to her new job with KSB. She begins her new role in Farmingdale the week of Sept. 21.

Armstrong attended the New England School of Banking at Williams College, holds a business degree from University of Maine at Augusta and is an alumna of Cony High School. She is a board member of Gardiner Main Street, has served on the United Way of Kennebec Valley’s allocation committee and has been involved with Junior Achievement of Maine. Julie lives in Winthrop with her husband, Will. Their son, Cameron, is a junior at the University of New England in Biddeford.

UMaine Extension appoints Brzozowski new leader of cooperative extension

University of Maine’s Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Jeff Hecker has appointed Richard Brzozowski the program administrator for its cooperative extension. Brzozowski, who began Sept. 1, will provide support for the University of Maine Extension Maine Food System effort.

Brzozowski has been with UMaine Extension for more than 28 years. While based in Cumberland County, he was a UMaine Extension agent, educator, and poultry and small ruminant specialist. Brzozowski’s professional accomplishments include being awarded more than $1 million in external grants in the past four years. He has conducted applied research in sheep diseases, led professional development projects in poultry science and has held leadership roles with the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. He is known for the diversity of his educational programming and his commitment to Maine agriculture and family farms.

Brzozowski will serve on the UMaine Extension staff to the UMaine Board of Agriculture, serve as associate director of the Maine Agricultural Center, and represent UMaine Extension on the Agricultural Council of Maine. He will supervise UMaine Extension faculty and professionals working in the Maine Food System along with faculty and professionals in the UMaine Extension offices of Aroostook and Waldo counties.

More information about UMaine Extension’s efforts to support and grow the Maine Food System is available online or by calling Brzozowski at 951-7155.

Farmington resident Larry Karno named new associate at Sandy River Realty

Coldwell Banker Sandy River Realty has announced the addition of Farmington resident Larry Karno to its sales team. Karno has been active in the local real estate market for the past two years. First licensed in real estate in 1993, he brings over two decades of experience to his customers. In just the past two years, Karno surpassed $1.5 million in sales by working with both buyers and sellers.

Karno enjoys assisting sellers in promoting their homes for sale, but he said his greatest passion is helping buyers find their ideal home.

Karno has lived in Farmington for six years. His wife, Donna Karno, is an associate professor of early childhood education at the University of Maine at Farmington. He has two daughters who are clinicians at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, and a third daughter who is a senior in chemical engineering at the University of Maine in Orono.

Karno can be reached at 578-2180, by emailing [email protected] or by visiting Coldwell Banker Sandy River Realty at 602 Wilton Road in Farmington.

New Ventures Maine offers free training class for business entrepreneurs

New Ventures Maine is offering an entrepreneurship training class, starting Tuesday, Sep. 22, in Augusta. For people with a business idea, a creative endeavor or an existing business, this free training will help with marketing, financial record keeping and business planning. The class will meet 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays from Sep. 22 to Dec. 15. The deadline for applications is Monday, Sept. 21.

To apply or for more information, call Jean Dempster at 621-3434, email [email protected] or visit

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