Maine Development Foundation chief to speak at Business Breakfast

Yellow Light Breen, president and CEO of the Maine Development Foundation, will be the guest speaker at the next Business Breakfast, presented by Thomas College and the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce,

The breakfast will be held from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Thursday, June 9, in the Spann Student Commons Summit Room on Thomas College’s campus at 180 West River Road in Waterville.

Breen will talk about the foundation’s measures of growth report as well as other data to seek common ground for solving problems and advancing the state of Maine to success and answer the question, “Can Maine prosper?” Breen became CEO of the foundation in August 2015.

The Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce holds monthly presentations on a variety of educational business topics at Thomas. The cost of the Business Breakfast is $17 for members, $19 for late registration (after Friday before the event), $25 at the door and for the public. Breakfast is included with the reservation. To register, e-mail [email protected] or phone 873-3315.

Cole joins credit union league board; Lachance elected chairman

Tucker Cole, president and CEO of the Maine State Credit Union, has been elected to a three-year term as a director on the Maine Credit Union League board of directors.

Cole’s election took place May 20 at the league’s 78th annual meeting, held in Portland.

The board met briefly after the annual meeting to elect its 2016-17 officers. Elected unanimously to one-year terms were, as chairman, Richard Lachance, president and CEO of Connected Credit Union, in Augusta; as vice chairman, Kyle Casburn, president and CEO of Seaboard Federal Credit Union; as secretary, David Desjardins, president and CEO of Acadia Federal Credit Union; and as treasurer, Scott Chretien, president and CEO of York County Federal Credit Union.

Lachance has been the board’s vice chairman for the past three years.

Werner promoted to president at Maine Drilling & Blasting

Maine Drilling & Blasting recently announced that Daniel M. Werner Jr., former senior vice president, assumed the title of president of the MD&B Group of companies, according to a news release from the company.

Bill Purington, having handed over the reins of the presidency, remains at the head of company executive leadership, now as chairman and CEO.

After his military training in explosives, Werner spent the last 14 years learning Maine Drilling’s business from the ground up, laboring, drilling, blasting and exhibiting the company’s culture. In the past eight years he has been a divisional manager in the Western Division, then with the MD North Division, and most recently regional manager and senior vice president.

Werner’s home base will be the corporate office in Gardiner.

Maine Drilling & Blasting offers drilling and blasting services to the construction and quarry markets, along with a variety of specialty services throughout the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States, including rock bolting, hoe ramming, engineering, public relations, pre-blast surveys and packaged and bulk distribution. In addition to the corporate office in Gardiner, the company has offices in New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

Evergreen Dental hires dentist in Augusta

Evergreen Dental Associates announced last week that Dr. Maegan Beinoras will be joining the Augusta practice in July, according to a news release from the practice.

Beinoras grew up in Gilford, New Hampshire, on Lake Winnipesaukee. She initially came to Maine to attend Colby College, where she received her bachelor of science degree in biology with minors in chemistry and art. She then moved to Baltimore to earn her doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

To advance her dental training, Beinoras returned to Maine to accept a residency position at the VA Maine Healthcare System-Togus in Augusta.

The practice is at 281 Western Ave.

Augusta gym celebrates expansion of facility

Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce member United Fitness 24/7, located at 198 Western Ave., recently celebrated an expansion with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, according to a news release from the chamber.

Festivities included sample boot camp and Zumba classes, a meet-and-greet with the personal trainers, door prizes, snacks and discounts on memberships.

United Fitness 24/7 has operated an around-the-clock fitness facility and training at the site since 2010. The larger space and group fitness classroom is intended to provide members with programming options such as boot camps, Zumba, yoga and more.

Holocaust center to honor students, others at annual meeting

Students and others in Maine doing outstanding work in Holocaust and human rights awareness and education are to be honored Sunday, June 5, at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine’s 28th annual meeting.

The meeting is scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth.

The recipient of the Lawrence Alan Spiegel Remembrance Scholarship is Sherman Brewer, a senior at Boothbay Region High School. This year’s Mathilda Schlossberger Outstanding High School Student of the Year is Lydia Elwell, a senior at Nokomis Regional High School. Clarice van Walsum, a seventh-grade student at Orono Middle School, has been named the Mathilda Schlossberger Outstanding Middle School Student of the Year.

The center also plans to present the Gerda Haas Award for Excellence in Human Rights Education and Leadership to the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, a nonprofit that offers free and low-fee legal services to low-income Maine residents.

The center will recognize Holocaust survivors Charles Rotmil and Max Slabotsky. During the annual meeting, the center also will pay tribute to the late Judith Magyar Isaacson.

The suggested donation for individual tickets is $40 and $375 for a table of 10. Sponsorship opportunities range from $250 to $1,000. For more information, call the center at 621-3530.

Glynn, Levesque earn public relations accreditations

Greg Glynn and Kristen Levesque, both of the Maine Public Relations Council, recently earned their Accreditation in Public Relations designation.

Levesque and Glynn are now two of only about 5,000 public relations professionals nationally who have that accreditation.

The goal of the accreditation program is to improve the practice of public relations by assessing competence in key areas of knowledge, skills and abilities associated with the profession. The APR designation signifies a public relations practitioner’s commitment to ongoing professional development and ethical practices.

Glynn is an account executive at Nancy Marshall Communications in Augusta, managing the public relations and marketing efforts for a range of clients, with a focus in the sports industry. Previously, he was the vice president of communications and play-by-play voice of the Portland Pirates, and he worked for U.S. College Hockey Magazine and WQUN 1220AM at Quinnipiac University.

Levesque, principal of Kristen Levesque PR & Marketing in Portland, has more than 20 years of public relations and marketing experience, with a focus on strategic communications for the arts and tourism industries. She is on the Maine Public Relations Council’s board as its secretary and has served on several other arts- and tourism-related boards. Previously, she held positions at the Portland Museum of Art and the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Hutchins hired as Maine Association of Nonprofits executive director

The Maine Association of Nonprofits has hired Jennifer Hutchins as its executive director.

Hutchins has more than 20 years of experience working for the nonprofit community in Maine and Washington, D.C., most recently heading Creative Portland. Hutchins is replacing Scott Schnapp, who is stepping down after 14 years. Hutchins is expected to join the organization on July 18.

Founded in 1994, the association is a membership organization that advocates on behalf of the sector and provides guidance on best practices, management training, research and assessment tools, and cost-savings programs.

Lincoln County Historical Association hires executive director

The Lincoln County Historical Association announced recently that it has hired Kerry Cushing as its executive director.

The Newcastle resident comes to the association from Lincoln Academy, where for many years she has been the development coordinator of giving and alumni.

At the association, Cushing’s primary duties will be to strengthen its financial base, develop the membership program and assist in routine association business.

Before her employment at Lincoln Academy, she gained valuable experience in the development office of the Maine Maritime Museum.

Cushing will spend part of her time during the summer in the association office at the Old Jail and Museum on Federal Street in Wiscasset. She can be reached at 882-6817 or [email protected]

Waterville’s Inland Hospital wins orthopedics accolade

Inland Hospital has been named a 2016 America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics by Women’s Choice Award.

The designation is the only orthopedics award that identifies the country’s best health care institutions based on criteria that consider female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence and what women say they want from a hospital.

Inland Hospital is among 426 award winners recognized for having provided exceptional patient care and treatment.

The 2016 America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics are hospitals that provide comprehensive orthopedics services, indicating a minimal number of arthroscopy, joint replacements and spine surgery services, as well as offering onsite MRI and physical therapy. These full-service hospitals then are judged based on their results through the Hospital Consumer Assessment for Healthcare Providers and Systems survey for patient recommendations and post-operative recovery instructions.

Hospitals could be disqualified for abnormally high rates of surgical complications and infections. Data made available by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is used in a method that is designed to be objective and uniform.

Compiled from contributed releases


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