Gardiner credit union’s fundraising for hungry nets $19,541

Gardiner Federal Credit Union raised a total of $17,291 for the Campaign for Ending Hunger in 2015 to feed the hungry in Gardiner and surrounding communities.

Finishing in first place in highest per-member contributions and in ninth place in total funds raised among the 62 participating credit unions, the credit union earned an additional $2,250 from funds raised by the Maine Credit Union League.

Maine credit unions have been raising money for the campaign since 1990.

The league ranks the success of the participating credit unions in two categories: most funds raised and highest per-member contributions. Gardiner Federal Credit Union has placed in the top three for member contributions every year for the past 10 years with six first-place awards.

Six weeks into 2016, the staff at Gardiner FCU has continued its commitment to ending hunger by hosting its annual Chili & Chowder day on Feb. 11, raising more than $500. Throughout February, it is selling Hearts for Ending Hunger at $1 each and displaying them in the lobby.

Maine Tennis Association honors Augusta’s A-Copi Tennis & Sports Center

A-Copi Tennis & Sports Center at 23 Leighton Road in Augusta has been awarded the 2015 Indoor Club of the Year by the Maine Tennis Association.

Accepting the award this past Saturday night at the Portland Racket and Fitness Center were Kennebec Valley Tennis Association President Don Gasink, Operations Manger Deidre Hutchins and KVTA Treasurer Hilary Holm.

A-Copi Tennis & Sports Center is owned and operated by KVTA, a not for profit organization. It offers a variety of programs including youth tennis, adult learn to play tennis, middle school/high school tennis, triples tennis, cardio tennis, lessons, scrambles, mixers and pickleball.

Solarize MidCoast picks Sundog Solar as partner installer

DAMARISCOTTA — Solarize MidCoast Maine has selected Sundog Solar LLC, of Searsport, as its partner installer, according to a Sundog news release.

Sundog Solar has installed 129 solar electric systems, 26 solar hot water systems and 134 heat pumps since 2012 with its three crews.

The Solarize program is fully underway, and a series of five public workshop is scheduled for February and March throughout the region. Sundog Solar also is beginning to contact people who indicated they were interested in solar over the previous few months. Homeowners and small businesses can save about 10 percent on a solar installation by purchasing through the program

For additional information, email Sundog at [email protected] or visit the web site at www.solarizemidcoastmaine.com.

Camden National Bank gathering donated items for homeless

CAMDEN — In conjunction with its [email protected] initiative, Camden National Bank has launched a companywide drive to collect urgently needed items for Maine’s homeless shelters. At all of the bank’s 64 locations, employees, customers and local businesses are working together to gather personal items, toiletries and nonperishable food items for Hope Kits to be delivered to shelters in each of the communities Camden National Bank serves. The collection will take place throughout February, and donations can be delivered to any of the bank’s branches in Maine.

Through the community-based, statewide program, for every home Camden National Bank finances, $100 is donated to a homeless shelter in the community of the new homeowner, and in the homeowner’s name. In 2015, Camden National Bank financed 442 new home purchases and raised $44,200 for Maine’s homeless shelters.

To donate items for the bank’s Hope Kit collection effort, visit a local branch. For more information on [email protected] or how to join Camden National Bank’s efforts to help Maine’s homeless individuals, children and families, visit CamdenNational.com/hopeathome.

Economy Guns/Indoor Range opens in Madison

MADISON — Madison business owner Robert Hagopian opened his newest venture, Economy Guns/Indoor Range, LLC on Saturday.

Located on 81 Main St., Economy Guns/Indoor Range offers an indoor shooting range and training classes and has a retail store that will sell guns and ammunition. People will be able to buy memberships that give them unlimited range usage and a variety of targets. There is also an option to pay for individual range usage.

“We’ve been working on this for quite a while,” Hagopian said in a news release. “There are no other indoor shooting ranges in the area, so we wanted to fill that need with a brand new, state of the art facility in downtown Madison.”

The indoor shooting range will open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For details, call 696-5548.

Tractor Supply providing food for homeless pets

SKOWHEGAN — The Tractor Supply Co. store in Skowhegan is donating 20 bags of pet food to feed dogs and cats awaiting permanent homes.

“Tractor Supply is a partner for those working hard to connect homeless pets with loving families,” said Dennis Bowman, store manager, in a news release. “We are grateful to have such caring pet partners in our community, and we are looking forward to serving those new pet families.”

Tractor Supply presented the pet food donation to the Somerset Humane Society and the Somerset Animeals Program.

In addition to the pet food donation, Skowhegan Tractor Supply periodically hosts pet adoption events throughout the year.

For information and tips on adopting an animal and raising pets, visit TractorSupply.com/KnowHow.

Public invited to attend ‘real estate boot camp’

SKOWHEGAN — A “real estate boot camp” hosted by Allied Realty will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. March 5 for anyone interested in buying or selling real estate.

Attendees are encouraged to ask questions of a panel of speakers that will include a broker, a lender, a title attorney and a home inspector.

The event will be held at the Skowhegan Community Center at 39 Poulin Drive.

For more information, call 474-9553.

Bernatchez honored as top LPL Financial adviser

WATERVILLE — Brian Bernatchez, CFP, of Oakland, an LPL Financial-affiliated adviser at Golden Pond Wealth Management, has been recognized as a top financial adviser and named to LPL’s Chairman’s Council, according to Bernatchez.

This honor is awarded to fewer than 2 percent of the firm’s approximately 14,000 advisers nationwide and is based on an annual production of all registered advisers supported by LPL.

“Chairman’s Council advisers exemplify leadership in the financial industry and in their communities,” said Andy Kalbaugh, managing director and divisional president, LPL Business Consulting and Relationship Management. “We congratulate Brian on this distinct achievement, which represents not only an elite level of success, but a commitment to superior service and to helping clients prosper and pursue their financial goals.”

Compiled from contributed releases