Camden National Bank honors 14 employees

CAMDEN — Camden National Bank recently celebrated the efforts of its employees and officers at the company’s annual Employee Appreciation Event, held Sept. 28 at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta.

The event drew hundreds of employees from the bank’s 63 locations and recognized commitment to customer service and the core values of the organization: honesty and integrity, trust, service, responsibility and excellence, according to a news release from the bank.

Awards presented honored workers and officers for their commitment to customers, fellow employees, shareholders, the community and the bank’s overall success. This year’s recipients included Kathleen Dodge, from branch operations, Portland, employee of the year; Josh Nash, from information technology, Bangor, officer of the year; Kate Bellmore, human resources, Rockport, and Suzanne Cifaldo, branch operations, Rockport, commitment to core values; Brent Grace, customer assistance, Rockport, and Libby Arrico, credit administration, Bangor, commitment to the customer; MaryBeth Munroe, Kennebunk banking center, and Nancy Tracy, retail regional manager – central region, Waterville, commitment to the community; Katie Rose, commercial loan administration, Rockport, and Michelle Dunn, stakeholder development, Rockport, commitment to the employee; Andrew Eugley, loan servicing, Rockport, commitment to internal service; Megan Kennedy, deposit services, Rockport, Bob Daigle Award for Achievement through Innovation; and Ray Jean, project management, Gardiner, and Al Butler, collections, Gardiner, commitment to the shareholder.

Children’s Center due to open in Farmington

FARMINGTON — The Children’s Center plans to open a site in Farmington on Nov. 7 at 508 Fairbanks Road. The center will offer center-based programming to children from birth through 5 years old with an autism or mental health diagnosis and/or children who may be exhibiting significant interfering behaviors under Children’s Behavioral Health Day Treatment (Section 65 Services).

The center also will offer children’s targeted case management to children from birth through 12 years old and their families.

Overseen by Linda Riley, a licensed clinical social worker, behavioral health professionals will provide half-day or full-day specialized services in a highly structured setting with a high child-to-staff ratio.

Jonathan Kimball, a board-certified behavioral analyst, will provide support for programming created based on principles of applied behavioral analysis using discrete trials and data collection to inform treatment and create programs. Targeted case managers will offer children and families additional assistance in assessing and developing a plan to make referrals for needed services and access resources in the community.

Batstone rejoins Franklin Health Urology

FARMINGTON — Dr. Richard Batstone, M.D., has rejoined the medical staff of Franklin Health Urology effective Oct. 1, according to a Franklin Memorial Hospital news release. Batstone is a urologist and surgeon who has been in private practice since in Farmington since 2011.

Batstone’s practice will remain at 126 Middle Street in Farmington, and there will be no interruption of services, the release said.

Batstone is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in urology, a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeon of Canada in Urology. He received his medical degree at Cambridge University in England. Before his advanced training in urology, his training also included orthopedics, neurosurgery, emergency care, general surgery and research on the immunology of prostatitis at the University of Cambridge, culminating in a medical doctoral degree.

Credit union membership reaches record number

Total membership in Maine credit unions reached a new record of nearly 680,000 members in the first six months of 2016, according to a news release from the Maine Credit Union League.

Seven credit unions with ties to the Augusta/Waterville region ranked in the top 30 in asset size through the first half of the year, including the state’s largest credit union, Maine State Credit Union, headquartered in Augusta.

The other six in the top 30 are Maine Savings Federal Credit Union, of Hampden, with a branch in North Vassalboro, at No. 4; Five County Credit Union of Bath, with branches in Augusta, Rockland, Skowhegan and Waterville, at No. 9; cPort Credit Union, of Portland, with a branch in Augusta, ranked No. 13; Down East Credit Union, headquartered in Baileyville, but with local locations in Belfast, Richmond and Unity, at No. 18; Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union, of Dexter, at No. 26; and Sebasticook Valley Federal Credit Union, of Pittsfield, with a branch in Newport, ranked No. 30 in asset size.

For the six-month period covering Jan. 1 to June 30, combined assets at Maine’s 58 credit unions surpassed the $7 billion mark for the first time and grew to $7.04 billion. Loans outstanding to members for the six-month period increased by nearly $200 million, or 4.1 percent, to $4.9 billion. Savings at Maine’s credit unions also surpassed a milestone, growing by more than $200 million for the period, to rise to a record $6.02 billion.

Membership growth at Maine credit unions was among the fastest in the nation, growing nearly 1.8 percent, or 12,000 members, over the six-month period to a new total membership record of 679,405 members.

Contractors group funds veterans’ monument expansion

A monument honoring Maine veterans has expanded to allow for more names to be added, with support from Associated Builders and Contractors of Maine, based in Richmond.

The Veterans Count Easter Seals Maine Heroes Wall is a permanent monument to honor past and present military members, according to a news release from Easter Seals Maine. The public can buy tiles with a veteran’s name and image, and 50 percent of each purchase will benefit Easter Seals Maine’s military and veteran services.

Until recently, only one section of wall was available to honor military heroes, in Portland; but the donation by Associated Builders and Contractors made an additional section possible in Columbia Falls.

“This second wall was built in record time so that all who wish to memorialize the service of someone close to them can continue to do so without interruption,” said Charlie Summers, Veterans Count executive director for Northern New England, in the release.

Veterans honored on the wall can be from anywhere in the United States, but all the money raised stays in Maine to help Maine’s military and veteran families. Packages can be upgraded to include an additional slate to keep at home or memorial site.

An unveiling ceremony is planned for Nov. 9 with a fundraising breakfast.

To order a tile or get more information, visit veteranscount.org/maine.

Compiled from contributed releases


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