Legislature cites UniTel for broadband expansion award

UNITY — Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Waldo, honored UniTel on Feb. 2 with a legislative sentiment on the Senate floor for receiving an award from NTCA — The Rural Broadband Association. The national organization recognized UniTel for its innovative work in bringing high-speed broadband service to the rural communities it serves.

“I see the work that they have done as a model for the entire state and I congratulate them on their award and for their vision,” Thibodeau said.

This recognition highlights the work that UniTel is currently undertaking to extend high-speed Internet access throughout its service area. Its most recent endeavor involves a 90-mile Fiber To The Home (FTTH) initiative in addition to the 160 miles of existing fiber network. The build-out began early 2015, with plans of being operational in Newburgh, Dixmont, Knox, Thorndike and Troy by this month. When it is complete, UniTel plans to offer several speeds with customized options up to 1 gigabit per second.

Smithfield woman wins UMaine hockey tickets from Sullivan Tire

Holly Thebarge, of Smithfield, recently won a social media giveaway hosted by Sullivan Tire and Auto Service and the University of Maine. Thebarge won four suite tickets to the UMaine vs. Providence College hockey game, a $100 Sullivan Tire gift card and an autographed UMaine hockey team helmet signed by the entire team.

Thebarge attended the game with her husband, Jeff; her daughter Haley; and her daughter’s friend Sayre Pono, of Skowhegan.

Maine State Credit Union offers $1,000 scholarships

AUGUSTA — For the sixth year in a row, Maine State Credit Union will recognize 20 local high school seniors with a $1,000 scholarship to help offset the high cost of post-secondary education.

“We believe it is important to help local students continue their education,” said Tucker Cole, the credit union’s president and CEO, in a news release. “The cost of college continues to rise and it is important that the residents of Kennebec and Somerset counties have every opportunity available, which is why we established this scholarship.”

The credit union started the annual scholarship program in 2010. Since its inception, it has provided over $120,000 in scholarships to local residents.

Area high school seniors who are members of credit union are urged to apply for the program. Candidates must complete an essay as well as a brief form describing their academic, extracurricular and community achievements. Winners will be notified in April.

To learn more about the Maine State Credit Union Scholarship, consult MaineStateCU.org/scholarship or visit one of the credit union’s branch locations.

Franklin Savings Bank’s Community Development Foundation seeks scholarship applicants

Students planning to pursue a business-related field in college are invited to apply for the Franklin Scholar program.

Franklin Savings Bank’s Community Development Foundation has announced it again will offer 11 scholarships, for a total of $33,000.

“We know these scholarships are appreciated by families as college expenses continue to skyrocket,” said Peter Judkins, president and CEO at the bank.

The scholarships will be available to class of 2016 students graduating from Mt. Blue High School, Mt. Abram Regional High School, Dirigo High School, Mountain Valley High School, Rangeley Lakes Regional School, Skowhegan Area High School, Madison Area Memorial High School, Spruce Mountain High School, Telstar Regional High School and Carrabec High School. Scholars must graduate from one of the 10 schools. Two scholarships are awarded at Mt. Blue.

High school seniors who plan to pursue a major at a four-year college or university in business-related fields, such as accounting, finance, computer science or marketing are eligible for the scholarships. The foundation’s selection criteria are based on high academic achievement, community citizenship, participation in athletics or other extracurricular activities, and financial need.

While the foundation will fund the scholarships, the recipients will be selected by their school. Applications are available at the school guidance offices, at Franklin Savings Bank locations and online at www.FranklinSavings.Bank/scholars.html. Completed applications must be turned in to the school and comply with deadlines established by the school.

Molina Medicaid Solutions of Maine helps give away sneakers to needy teens and children

Molina Medicaid Solutions of Maine, a partner with the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program, distributed 500 pairs of New Balance sneakers to children and teens in need on Feb. 11 at Educare Central Maine in Waterville.

Molina employees participated in the distribution as part of the company’s Helping Hands employee volunteer program. The program allows employees to receive paid time off to get involved in their community through organizations such as homeless shelters, food pantries and after-school programs.

According to the latest Kids Count report, 1 in 5 of Maine’s children live in poverty.

Molina Healthcare Inc., a Fortune 500 company, provides managed health care services under the Medicaid and Medicare programs and through the state insurance marketplaces.

Century 21 Surette Real Estate wins accolade as 2015 Top Office in Maine

WATERVILLE — Century 21 Surette Real Estate received recognition as Top Office in Maine in closed units and gross sale price in 2015, according to the agency’s president, Michael Byrne.

The agency also was recognized as the Top Century 21 office in Maine in commissions closed for the 15th year in a row, the No. 1 Century 21 office in eastern New England for properties sold and No. 19 in commissions closed. It was a winner of Century 21 quality Service Pinnacle Office Award with a 95 percent overall score award index, and the winner of Centurion and President’s Award from Century 21 International.

Pam Casavant, designated as the top company agent and top agent in the Waterville market, was designated as a Centurion Producer, having closed at least $225,000 in commissions in the Waterville area.

Compiled from contributed releases