Marsiello Group honored for role in Camden National homelessness charity drive

Camden National Bank recently recognized Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/The Masiello Group as a partner in the bank’s efforts to end homelessness in Maine.

The Marsiello Group was the lead referral agency for Camden National in Kennebec County for 2015, helping the bank raise about $42,000 to help the homeless, according to a news release from Camden National.

Consulting firm CEO to talk on networking at Thomas College

WATERVILLE — Jason Buchanan, who specializes in strategic planning, business growth and development, employee training programs, and process improvement and efficiency, is scheduled to speak about networking Thursday at the next Business Breakfast at Thomas College.

Buchanan, president and CEO of Colonial Danforth Consulting, plans to focus on developing relationships that make others want to help the businessperson.

The event, hosted by the college and the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 7:15 to 9:00 a.m. in Ayotte Auditorium on Thomas College’s campus, at 180 West River Road.

Before he went to Colonial Danforth, Buchanan spent 22 years in the Navy and was involved in multiple entrepreneurial activities and business consulting. He holds a Master of Science degree in organizational leadership, with a Master of Business Administration degree with a project management certification and is pursuing his doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology.

The cost of the Business Breakfast is $19 for late registration anytime this week by members, $25 for nonmembers and at the door. Breakfast is included with the reservation. To register, email [email protected] or phone 873-3315.

The sponsors for the Business Breakfast are AT&T; People’s United Bank; Higgins & Bolduc Insurance; Nicholson, Michaud & Co.; O’Donnell, Lee, McCowan & Phillips LLC; the Morning Sentinel, a division of Maine Today Media, Inc.; radio sponsor MIX107.9; and Choice Investments as our TV sponsor.

Alfond Youth Center picks McCabe as child care director

WATERVILLE — The Alfond Youth Center has appointed Waterville native Katie McCabe as its child care director.

McCabe, a Waterville native and summa cum laude graduate from the University of Maine’s graduate program in education, was hired in November as a health and wellness teacher for its After School Program, according to a youth center news release.

The center said it picked her because of “her devotion to physical activity and education combined with her skills in staff training and organization.”

McCabe said she looks forward to adding more instructional intramural sports to the recreational gymnasium time, and to expanding the center’s Family Dinner nights to offer children a chance to enjoy an activity at the center with their parents after dining together.

McCabe is, the release said, “a product of this very institution,” having played basketball there as a girl. She resides in Waterville with her husband, Bill, and their 2-year-old son, Tobey.

UMA campus hosting workshops on starting business, budgeting

AUGUSTA — A Lunch & Learn series of financial education workshops is underway at the University of Maine at Augusta.

Presentations on the schedule include:

• March 10: “Credit and You,” with Camden National Bank guest speakers Patricia Harriman, banking center manager, and Michelle Dunn, senior education officer.

• March 17: “You and Your Money,” with guest speaker Jean Dempster, of New Ventures Maine.

• April 7: “Repairing Bad Credit,” also with Dempster.

The series is sponsored by Camden National Bank, UMA student government and the Cornerstone Program. The workshops will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge at the Richard J. Randall Student Center on the UMA campus. All workshops include lunch and are free and open to the public.

The first workshop in the series, “Owning a Business in Maine,” was held Thursday.

U.S. Labor Department official to address human resources group

The Central Maine Human Resources Association plans to feature Patty Colarossi from the federal Department of Labor explaining wage and hour laws at the group’s March meeting.

The program is scheduled for 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. March 15 at the Ramada Inn in Lewiston. The cost is included with CMHRA membership and is $25 for nonmembers, which includes a full breakfast.

Colarossi will provide an in-depth review of the Fair Labor Standards Act. A presentation focusing on the federal minimum wage, overtime, recordkeeping, child labor provisions and the most common wage mistakes will be discussed. Her slides will be available to all attendees and they include guidance on such matters as calculating overtime, pay for travel, waiting time and exempt workers.

Membership to CMHRA is open to all for-profit, nonprofit, public and private organizations. Meetings regularly are attended by human resources managers, benefits administrators, health, wellness and safety managers, training and development professionals, supervisors, small-business owners, and others interested in human resource issues. Registration online is preferred and available at http://cmhra.shrm.org/events. Questions about the program should be directed to Rebecca Webber at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott at [email protected]

UMaine Extension offers small-scale food business workshop

SKOWHEGAN — University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a five-part workshop beginning Wednesday, April 6, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at the Kennebec Valley Community College Alfond Campus, Averill Building Demonstration Kitchen, on Skowhegan Road in Hinckley.

Additional classes meet April 13, April 21, April 28 and May 5.

“Recipe to Market: Cashing in on Value-added Opportunities” is for those seriously considering a small-scale food business with a recipe in mind. Taught by UMaine Extension educators, topics include the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, product development and licensing, business and marketing skills, and business development resources.

The cost is $40 per person; the registration deadline is April 1. Prospective participants can register online at extension.umaine.edu/register/product/from-recipe-to-market-april-2016. To register or request a disability accommodation, contact the Somerset County Extension office, 474-9622, 800-287-1495 (in Maine) or email [email protected]

Pike Industries wins award for Dexter paving project

LANTHAM, Md. — The National Asphalt Pavement Association announced today that Pike Industries Inc., an Oldcastle Materials Co., of Belmont, New Hampshire, has won a 2015 Quality in Construction Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement. The company received its award Feb. 10 at a ceremony during the association’s 61st annual meeting in La Quinta, California.

“All contractor’s projects earning a Quality in Construction Award are measured against industry best practices designed to live up to our promise,” said Michael Cote, NAPA chairman. “I’m honored to say that, in earning a 2015 QIC Award, Pike Industries has met or exceeded these rigorous standards.”

Pike won the award for its work on Route 23 in Dexter, Maine. The project was a 2-inch mill-and-fill on a heavily traveled secondary road. A large portion of the road followed the banks of Lake Wassookeag, so Pike and the Maine Department of Transportation worked closely to complete the project while minimizing the effect on the lake and its users. Temperature hovering around 40 to 50 degrees F further complicated paving.

Augusta lawyer McKee wins three professional awards

Walter McKee, of the Augusta law firm McKee Billings, recently was awarded three honors for his work as an attorney, according to a news release from his office.

McKee has been listed again in Best Lawyers in America, was named a New England SuperLawyer and earned the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating. The awards all come from anonymous peer reviews that span the entire bar. McKee has received the recognitions for the past five years.

McKee’s practice focuses on personal injury, criminal defense and general litigation. He has been practicing law for 23 years.

Kenebec Savings elects five new corporators

Kennebec Savings Bank elected five new corporators recently at its annual meeting: Anita Nored, of Windsor; Jennifer Johnson, of Farmingdale; Jessica Clark, of Vassalboro; Sarah Fuller, of Winthrop; and Travis Mills, of Manchester, according to a news release from the bank.

Nored, who has worked in banking for more than 40 years and is a senior vice president and chief retail banking officer at the bank, where she oversees all branches, Investment Management & Trust, and Kennebec Wealth Management.

Johnson is owner of Gardiner Family Chiropractic. She graduated from New York Chiropractic College in Syracuse. She specializes in serving pediatric and pregnant clients and particularly enjoys working with special needs children, including those on the autism spectrum.

Clark is the membership services coordinator for the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine and former owner of Curves in Gardiner. She is chairwoman of the Downtown Gardiner business development team and is a board member of Gardiner Main Street.

Fuller owns Fuller Ink, a public relations and marketing company in Winthrop. She is chairwoman of the Winthrop Town Council and president of the Winthrop Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce.

Mills served three tours of duty in Afghanistan in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. In April 2012, he was critically injured in an explosion. One of only five quadruple amputees living today, Mills has formed the Travis Mills Foundation to assist wounded and injured veterans and is renovating the former Maine Chance Lodge as a therapeutic retreat. He recently published “Tough As They Come,” a memoir of his experience, which has become a New York Times bestseller.

Compiled from contributed releases