Kennebec Savings Bank spreads holiday cheer

Kennebec Savings Bank has been having a little holiday fun by randomly awarding local business gift certificates to visitors before Christmas, according to a news release from the bank.

Dubbed the “12 Days of KSB Christmas,” the program gave away $25 each day in certificates redeemable at The Maranacook Grill in Winthrop, Jorgensen’s Cafe in Waterville, Frosty’s Donuts in Gardiner and The Red Barn in Augusta, as well as Mid-Maine Chamber bucks.

Winners have been featured on Facebook and Twitter.

Kennebec Savings Bank is a $805 million state-chartered community bank, part of a mutual organization with a team of more than 100 employees and offices in Augusta, Waterville, Winthrop and Farmingdale, as well as KSB Anytime 24-hour electronic banking centers in Manchester, Augusta and Farmingdale.

UMA nursing professor honored by Maine American Nurses Association

The American Nurses Association of Maine honored University of Maine at Augusta assistant professor of nursing Carey Clark on Dec. 4 with the Sister Consuela White Award.

Clark was honored for her dedication to the spirit of nursing by the care, concern, respect and knowledge that she has demonstrated as a leader and educator in UMA’s Bachelor of Science — Nursing Completion Program, according to the association.

Doherty becomes new KV Chamber program director

The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce has hired Katie Doherty as its new program director, chamber president and CEO Ross Cunningham announced recently in a news release.

Doherty is responsible for all planning, coordinating and implementing of the chamber’s programs.

Doherty’s goal is to enhance and grow each of the programs, including the Whatever Family Festival & Kids Day in Capitol Park, Business EXPO, The Kenney Awards, and the Kennebec Leadership Institute, of which she is a recent graduate.

Doherty has experience in event planning, having spent many years organizing her parents’ Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival.

She lives in Brunswick with her husband, Chris.

Keller to be Salt Bay Chamberfest managing director

The Salt Bay Chamberfest has announced the appointment of Kimberly Keller as managing director, effective Jan. 4.

A 2013 alumna of Elizabethtown College, Kimberly earned her bachelor of arts degree in music while also studying business administration. While she remained an active instrumental musician throughout her time at Elizabethtown, her studies were concentrated in vocal performance. She performed with numerous ensembles and was a jazz vocalist at the JAM no MAM jazz festival in Salvador, Brazil.

After graduation, Kim was appointed the assistant patron services manager for Gretna Music, a small chamber music and jazz festival in Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania. Her experience in Mount Gretna sparked her interest in pursuing a career in the nonprofit arts sector. Most recently, she has worked in development for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.

New Dimensions wins $10,000 for Maine Children’s Cancer Program

WATERVILLE — New Dimensions Federal Credit Union is one of three November winners of a competition for CU Solutions Group’s Share the Love donations of $30,000 to charities that the winners support, according to a news release from the credit union.

The charity supported by New Dimensions is the Maine Children’s Cancer Program.

The competition was among 115 credit unions in 32 states that had submitted videos to Share the Love. More than 263,000 consumer votes had been cast in connection with the donations.

New Dimensions won in the small-asset class. The other winners were Frankenmuth Credit Union, in Frankenmuth, Michigan, in the medium-asset class; and Alabama Credit Union, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in the large-asset class.

The charities selected by each winning credit union will receive a $10,000 donation from CU Solutions Group and Love My Credit Union Rewards.

CU Solutions Group is a credit union service organization that serves the credit union industry by offering solutions in marketing, technology, membership enhancements, performance management, and lending and operations. The company serves more than 3,000 credit union clients nationwide.

Main-Land Development Consultants to move to new headquarters

Main-Land Development Consultants (Main-Land), of Livermore Falls, has bought Murray Hall in that town from Verso Paper and plans to renovate the building and move into it in 2016, according to company owner Bob Berry.

“Main-Land has grown to the point where we could no longer stay in our current building on Church Street,” Berry said in a news release. “We had to move to a larger facility in order to grow and continue serving our expanding client base and market sectors.”

Main-Land is an engineering, surveying and environmental sciences consulting company that helps people and organizations understand, develop and protect their land. For 42 years Main-Land has provided such services to landowners, developers, municipalities, the state and the federal government.

Murray Hall, located at 69 Main St., was built in the 1920s. The building burned in 1957 and was rebuilt in 1958 in its current form. In 1998 the building caught fire again and was renovated where necessary to repair the damage.

Main-Land will not be able to offer the building for community functions, as the renovation will change the nature of the facility. However, the building will continue to be called Murray Hall and to be maintained as an important part of the character of Main Street, Berry said..

Medicaid consulting firm sets up shop in Manchester

Helping Hands Medicaid Consulting in Manchester is offering help with the process of applying for Maine Medicaid services under the Long Term Care program, according to a news release from the owner, Eastern Admin Services LLC.

Helping Hands Medicaid Consulting bills itself as providing a simple, efficient, cost-effective, worry-free experience. It is available to work directly with treatment facilities and the state Department of Health and Human Services. The firm provides one-on-one consultation, striving to simplify the process and guide clients through the application tasks from start to finish. Helping Hands will deliver the Maine Long Term Care Application directly to DHHS.

The business is a member of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The company also obtains the financial five-year look back and compiles the information to help provide the accurate verifications with the application.

Helping Hands Medicaid Consulting has a notary who can do notarizations at the office or elsewhere, and it offers professional letter writing, checkbook balancing and bill-paying assistance.

The firm can be reached at 213-4819 or toll-free at 866-259-2809.

Kathy Lee Cook joins Fontaine staff

Fontaine Family — The Real Estate Leader has announced the addition of Kathy Lee Cook to its staff. Cook will be serving buyers and sellers in the agency’s Auburn office.

Cook was born and raised on Bailey Island, where she worked in her family’s restaurant, Cook’s Lobster House, starting at the age of 10. In 1993 she went to work for Maplewood Homes as the office manager and became the sales manager, selling manufactured homes full time in 1997. She was a top seller of Pine Grove Homes, earning free trips yearly from the manufacturer until 2006. She also worked for Haventa Ltd. from 1974 to 1993, which provided her the opportunity to travel extensively through Europe and the Caribbean.

In 2006 she joined ERA Webb, and in 2007 Cook was Rookie of the Year for ERA of Maine and has been in the Top 25 Agents for ERA each year. She also was named Realtor of the Year for ERA Webb Associates in 2007, 2009 and 2013. In 2014 Cook joined Better Home & Gardens Masiello. She also has been a member of the Kennebec Valley Board of Realtors.

Cook lives in Fayette with her husband, Ryan Gould.

Compiled from contributed releases