Camden National workers raise nearly $20,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters

More than 170 Camden National Bank employees joined efforts to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine at Bowl For Kids’ Sake events across the state this year.

In total, the Bank formed 43 teams and raised a combined total of close to $20,000 to support local Big Brothers Big Sisters programs and one-to-one youth mentoring in central Maine and other regions of the state.

According to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine, Bowl For Kids’ Sake provides about 40 percent of the agency’s annual operating budget. Last year the nonprofit served 787 children through Big/Little matches in Knox, Lincoln, Waldo, Penobscot, Kennebec and Somerset counties. It costs around $1,000 per year to create and professionally support each match, according to the organization.

Sandy River Realty hires local UMF grad as real estate agent

Coldwell Banker Sandy River Realty has hired Dylan Toothaker as a real estate sales agent.

Toothaker is a graduate of Mt. Blue High School and the University of Maine at Farmington. After graduating from UMF with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Over the last few winters, he worked at Titcomb Mountain in the rental department for Northern Lights.

Maine Dental Association honors Skowhegan dentist, Winthrop retiree

Dr. Demi Kouzounas, a Saco resident who practices dentistry at and owns Dunstan Dental Center in Scarborough and Northwoods Dental in Skowhegan, has been recognized with a Maine Dental Association President’s Award. She was given the honor at the organization’s annual convention June 11 at the Samoset Resort.

Kouzounas received the award from outgoing Executive Board President Dr. Timothy Oh for her service to the Maine Dental Association.

Kouzounas has been licensed as a dentist in Maine since 1981. She is graduate of Thornton Academy, the University of Maine and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She completed postgraduate training with the U.S. Army in what then was West Germany. She and her husband, Dr. Joseph Penna, have been practicing dentistry side by side for more than 30 years. She is a Pierre Fauchard Academy fellow, an International College of Dentists fellow, and a past president of the Maine Dental Association Executive Board.

Kouzounas is the co-founder of Dentists Who Care for ME, an annual free day of care that has helped more than 3,500 patients to date.

The association also has honored Dr. Paul Zimmerman, a retired dentist who lives in Winthrop, with inclusion on its Honor Wall.

The Honor Wall recognizes “those who have given extraordinary service to the Maine Dental Association” and is displayed at the organization’s headquarters in Manchester. Zimmerman, along with Dr. David Moyer, were lauded as the Honor Wall’s newest members at the Maine Dental Association’s annual convention June 11 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.

Upon graduation from dental school, Zimmerman served in the Army before operating his own practice in Augusta. He was chief of dental service for the VA Maine Healthcare System and has was an adjunct faculty member at a number of dental schools throughout the country. Zimmerman also was an associate dean at the University of New England College of Dental Medicine. He is a past president of the Maine Dental Association Executive Board and was a long-term delegate to the American Dental Association. He is a member of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Franklin Memorial honors instructor as local Caregiver of the Year

Clinical instructor Taffy Davis has been named Caregiver of the Year for Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, according to Gerald Cayer, vice president.

Cayer made the surprise announcement during a recent manager’s meeting, praising Davis’ passion in the science behind learning and leadership in the evolution of nursing education.

Davis has worked at FMH since 1987.

During her tenure, Davis has worked in the Emergency Department and managed several nursing departments, and she now works in the Education Department. She has a master’s degree in nursing, is board-certified in nursing professional development and has completed classes in online learning and instructional design.

At the hospital, she makes herself available to staff of all shifts, teaching protocol procedures to follow in emergency situations through a series of mock codes, teaching CPR and facilitating learning in a variety of ways, training to ensure personnel compliance and providing educational resources throughout the organization so clinical departments have the most up-to-date patient information, according to the hospital.

Davis also has taken on an active role in the hospital’s Western Maine Area Health Education Center to provide learning opportunities for area students on a wide variety of health care topics, including job shadow and internship opportunities.

In addition, Davis is continually developing courses to improve the quality of classroom engagement in the field of nursing, not just at Franklin Memorial Hospital, but also by sharing her expertise at statewide and national conferences, the hospital said.

Randolph company wins award recognizing its service to veterans

Coutts Bros., of Randolph, was honored earlier this month for its commitment to veterans when the company was awarded the Disabled American Veterans of Maine Small Employer of the Year award.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-2nd District, presented the award to Coutts Bros. at the company’s annual meeting in Bangor.

Coutts, founded in 1963, provides electrical construction and maintenance services to utilities, municipalities, cooperatives and the private sector throughout the Northeast.

DAV publicly recognizes employers who demonstrate, through hiring practices and community outreach, that they have a firm dedication and passion to give veterans suitable training and employment to care for themselves and their families. Through relationships with the National Guard, Hero2Hired and the Maine Department of Labor, Coutts has hired veterans into the apprenticeship program. The Randolph-based contractor has 42 employees, 11 of them are military veterans and two of them are classified as disabled.

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