Lewiston exposition to showcase innovation

Innovate Maine Expo 2017, an event aiming to celebrate creativity, spirit, ingenuity and innovation in Maine, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20, at 35 Canal St. in Lewiston, according to Museum L-A, its organizer.

Included in the event will be local and statewide businesses, along with talented students who will be showcasing innovative processes.

The creative and interactive exhibits are for learners of all ages. The event will provide a platform connecting generations, inspiring our young to explore innovative careers that will strengthen our community. The event is designed to be educational and entertaining for all ages, the museum said.

Museum L-A invites businesses and individuals to contact it to find out how they can be involved in what it describes as a chance to showcase the latest innovations and creative solutions, and help encourage and guide youth toward future growth and expansion. For more information, call Andrea at Museum L-A at 333-3881.

Museum L-A is in the Bates Mill Complex.

Noonan joins medical staff at Franklin Memorial Hospital

FARMINGTON — Dr. Joseph E. Noonan Jr., an orthopedic surgeon, has joined the staff of Franklin Health Orthopaedics through a specialty service partnership with MaineGeneral Orthopaedics, according to a news release from Franklin Memorial Hospital.

Noonan received his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He completed a four-year orthopedic residency at St. Louis University Hospitals, followed by a shoulder and elbow fellowship at WB Carrell Memorial Clinic in Dallas, and a sports medicine fellowship at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

Noonan provides experienced specialized care in sports medicine, treatment of diseases of the shoulder and elbow, as well as general orthopedics. Before joining Franklin Health Orthopaedics, he provided health care for four years at Crossroads Orthopedic Sub Specialists, LLC, in Waterford, Connecticut.

Franklin Health Orthopaedics is on the 2nd floor of the Franklin Health Medical Arts Center, located on the Franklin Memorial Hospital campus.

Nurse practitioner Burchfield joins Franklin Health

FARMINGTON — Nurse practitioner Deborah Burchfield has joined the Franklin Memorial Hospital medical staff as a provider at Franklin Health. She is based at Franklin Health Internal Medicine, but also will provide care at Livermore Falls Family Practice, and other primary care practices as needed.

Burchfield has 25 years of patient care experience. She received her doctorate of nursing practice degree at Chamberlain College of Nursing in Addison, Illinois, after receiving her Master of Science degree in nursing and family nurse practitioner studies at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish. Besides adult and family medicine, her professional interests include wound care and transitional care — the safe movement of patients from one health care setting either to another or to home.

Burchfield, a Brunswick native, lived in Texas for more than 30 years before returning to Maine.

Franklin Health Internal Medicine is in the Franklin Health Medical Arts Center on the Franklin Memorial Hospital campus.

CMP finishes upgrades in central Maine

Central Maine Power Co. has completed upgrades to its energy grid serving parts of Kennebec and Waldo counties, according to a news release from the company.

A new substation in South China and an additional distribution circuit serving the towns of China, Freedom, Liberty, Palermo, Vassalboro and Windsor were recently put into service.

“The new substation and circuit will provide more capacity and better reliability for homes and businesses in the region,” said Gail Rice, spokeswoman for CMP, in the news release. “We continually invest to modernize our system and keep pace with growing demand. The South China substation is a $6.5 million investment to support these growing communities.”

The new substation stands on a 1.6-acre lot on Route 3 across from the South China post office. It includes a new 34.5/12.47 kilovolt transformer; multiple breakers and switches; and a control house with state-of-the-art communications, protection and control equipment.

The project is part of an estimated $40 million CMP invested in the energy grid in 2016.

The substation replaces a facility on nearby Windsor Road, which is being decommissioned.

Stress-reduction workshop scheduled for Feb. 21

Dr. Cory St. Denis will address how human resources workers and business owners can reduce stress in the workplace and help reduce one of the leading causes of workers compensation claims on Feb. 21 at the Carriage House in Lewiston, according to a news release from the Central Maine Human Resources Association.

The workshop is designed to “bust many myths” about how to build and maintain focus, use momentum and brain science to stay on track, and the key secrets to fine-tuning focus, according to the association, adding that the techniques provided can be applied to small businesses or large corporations.

St. Denis will start by providing an updated explanation of how the human brain’s comfort zone can create lower productivity levels, then explain how to build a blueprint for addressing the varying types of stress in the workplace.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. There will be time to network before and after the program. Registration online is preferred and available at www.cmhra.org.

Legislative sentiment honors Emery’s Meat and Produce

AUGUSTA — The Legislature honored Emery’s Meat and Produce, of Gardiner, with a legislative sentiment for winning the 2017 Small Business of the Year Award from the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce. Leon Emery; his wife, Denise Emery; and his daughter Jessica Peavey operate the business, which was rated highly for community involvement and economic impact.

Sen. Shenna Bellows, D-Manchester, noted contributions Emery’s has made to the Gardiner area such as its “Buy a Pound, Give a Pound” program, through which customers can buy a pound of meat for themselves and one for someone in need.

Bangor Savings Bank opens new Augusta branch

Bangor Savings Bank held a grand opening celebration Thursday to mark the opening of a new full-service branch in Augusta, according to a news release from the bank.

The location at 127 Community Drive offers personal and business banking services and a 24-hour ATM.

Bangor Savings Bank President and CEO Bob Montgomery-Rice welcomed community leaders, business partners and bank employees to the ceremony, including Augusta Mayor David Rollins.

Bangor Savings Bank has nearly 800 employees statewide, and eight bank branches in Kennebec and Somerset counties. The bank has 54 locations throughout Maine.

Compiled from contributed releases