Gardiner credit union personnel donate to end hunger

The Gardiner Federal Credit Union staff and board members recently presented a total of $24,173.71 to nine area food pantries and organizations that provide meals to neighbors in need, according to a news release from the credit union.

This is an increase of more than $4,600 from last year’s total.

The credit union staff credits their members for their generosity and participation in their many fundraising activities.

Anyone wishing to support GFCU’s current Ending Hunger Campaign fundraiser may purchase cash calendars, for $10 each, throughout June and July. $2,300 will be awarded to winners, one $100 winner each weekday, throughout the month of August. Calendars are available at Gardiner Federal Credit Union and in the July Kennebec Valley Chamber Newsletter.

Poland Spring grant funds oil-spill kits in Somerset County

PIERCE POND TOWNSHIP — Two emergency oil-spill mitigation kits, allowing fast and effective response to any fuel spills, have been placed at Pierce Pond in Somerset County thanks to a grant from Poland Spring water company, according to a news release from the Maine Wilderness Watershed Trust.

The $5,000 Good Neighbor grant also will fund construction of properly sited and constructed bathrooms at up to six campsites on the shores and islands of Pierce Pond. In addition, a kiosk will be erected to educate watershed users about invasive aquatic species.

Pierce Pond is located on an 11,000-acre watershed straddling Bowtown and Pierce Pond Townships. The trust has worked since 1989 to protect the watershed and prevent development.

“Fuel spills from watercraft or on-shore vehicles and tanks could threaten water quality as well as fish and wildlife,” said MWWT President Carl Freeman, according to the release. “We’re so honored to have Poland Spring’s support. This grant will flow through the watershed in the form of enhanced water quality protection.”

Since 2000, Poland Spring’s Good Neighbor grant program has given more than $7 million to local Maine communities and causes. This is the second grant MWWT has received from the company.

“Poland Spring is committed to protecting Maine’s environment and partnering with organizations that do just that,” said Heather Printup, Poland Spring community relations manager, according to the release.

Air Force recruiter assigned to Augusta

AUGUSTA — Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Davis has been assigned to the Air Force recruiting office, located at 56 Western Ave. in Augusta.

As an Air Force recruiter, Davis is responsible for engaging, inspiring and recruiting the brightest, most competitive and diverse men and women for service in America’s Air Force in the Augusta and surrounding areas.

Prior to his assignment in Augusta he was assigned to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam as a Security Forces member.

For more information about Air Force opportunities, call Davis at 603-988-9494 or check him out on Facebook at Air Force Recruiting Services Augusta ME.

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