Connected Credit Union opens new building

Connected Credit Union celebrated the opening of its new building with a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, according to a news release from the credit union.

The building is on the corner of Civic Center Drive and Gaywalk Street.

Richard Lachance, the credit union’s CEO, said “the decision to build on Civic Center Drive was an easy one from the beginning.”

He said the credit union is a $36 million financial institution that serves more than 4,000 members and that the new location “would provide improved visibility.” It replaces two smaller offices that were on South Chestnut Street and University Drive.

The credit union staff, board members and representatives of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce attended the ribbon-cutting event.


CMP offers outage alerts on multiple platforms

Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of Anavgrid Inc., is encouraging customers to sign up for its new Outage Alerts service to get the information they need — including estimated restoration times — during an outage, according to a news release from the company.

The company also continues to add new features to the Outage Central section of its website as it prepares to respond should summer storms disrupt power.

Customers can receive outage alerts by phone, text message, email or any combination of the three. CMP will notify enrolled customers when it detects an outage and provides an estimated restoration time. Customers will receive an updated alert should the estimated restoration time change, along with a final alert once power has been restored. More information on Outage Alerts is at

Massage therapist offers Kinesio Taping in Farmington

Emily Bilodeau, licensed massage therapist, recently passed her coursework and examination to become a Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner. She now offers Kinesio Taping at her private practice, Serenity Holistic Massage, in Farmington.


Bilodeau said her own first experiences with Kinesio Tape grew from a desire to improve personal athletic performance. She finds that she uses this method most often with clients whose treatment focuses on reducing repetitive strain or contributing to better posture.

Bilodeau will offer massage therapy and Kinesio Tape to athletes participating in the Spandits! 5K race on Saturday in Farmington.

Thomas College adds two assistant professors to faculty

Thomas College in Waterville has announced the hiring of two faculty members to support growing enrollments in the Criminal Justice and Sport Management programs. Dr. Gail Rioux and Natalie West will join Thomas College in September.

Rioux will be an assistant professor of criminal justice. She has nearly 30 years’ teaching experience in higher education and has held administrative positions as both chairwoman and dean.

West will join Thomas as assistant professor of sport management. Prior to arriving at Thomas, West served as an adjunct faculty member at Emmanuel College, Lasell College and Northeastern University.


Tardif takes charge of public affairs, strategic marketing at UMA

University of Maine at Augusta President James Conneely has named Mark Tardif as executive director of strategic marketing and public affairs.

In his new position Tardif will oversee the Office of Public Affairs, which includes all UMA efforts in the fields of community relations, public relations/marketing, social media, internal/external communications and publications, and web management. With campuses in Bangor and Augusta, and eight University College Centers across Maine with a system-wide mission, UMA serves the third largest student population in the University of Maine System.

Maine State Credit Union promotes Marquis to card services post

Augusta’s Maine State Credit Union has promoted Christina Marquis to card services representative. She previously was a teller at the main office in Augusta.

Marquis has worked at the credit union as a teller since 2014. She is active in the community and volunteers at the Children’s Discovery Museum, where she teaches children about financial literacy.


She lives in Pittston with her husband, two children, one American bulldog and a buff orange cat.

Board-certified osteopath joins staff of Kennebec Pediatrics

Pediatrician Gerard L. Rubin, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, has joined Kennebec Pediatrics’ medical staff in Augusta, according to a news release from MaineGeneral Medical Center.

Rubin provides a full complement of health care services for children from infancy through adolescence. His clinical interests include behavioral pediatrics and integrative medicine for the pediatric population, and he has experience with patients with behavioral health problems.

Before joining MaineGeneral Medical Center’s active staff, Rubin worked as a general pediatrician at CCS Pediatrics in Lewiston, where he also was the medical director for school-based health programs.

Rubin earned a master’s degree in medical science from Boston University School of Medicine in 2006 and graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford in 2010. He completed residency training in pediatrics at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, in 2013 and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

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