Winthrop Lakes Region chamber breakfast offers talk on Thomas internships

Mike Duguay, executive director of the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation at Thomas College, is scheduled to speak Thursday about how local businesses can get involved in the Thomas College internship program.

The event, part of a Winthrop Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce breakfast, is to take place from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. in the Winthrop Commerce Center Community Room, at 16 Commerce Plaza in Winthrop. Duguay oversees the newly created internship program, which connects students with small and medium-size businesses in the region. The internships are funded through a $5.3 million grant Thomas College received last year.

The breakfast is open to the public. The cost for chamber members is $7; all others pay $10.

For more information on the breakfast, contact the chamber at 377-8020 or [email protected]

Waterville native becomes Catholic periodical’s editor-in-chief

The Rev. Sebastian White, a Dominican friar, has been appointed the new editor-in-chief of Magnificat.

The Rev. Sebastian White

Magnificat is a monthly Roman Catholic publication designed for daily use that encourages liturgical and personal prayer. Each edition contains articles, columns, and daily blessings and prayers. In addition, it features commentaries and essays from a variety of contributors in the Catholic community.

A native of Waterville, White graduated from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, with a degree in economics. After college, he lived in Austria for four years — two years studying at the International Theological Institute and two years working for the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s study abroad program.

During his time in Austria, he first encountered the Order of Preachers (also known as the Dominican Order) in Vienna. In 2008, he entered the novitiate for the Province of St. Joseph, and in May 2014 he was ordained to the priesthood at St. Dominic Church in Washington, D.C.

Garofalo receives promotion at Kennebec Savings Bank

Craig Garofalo was promoted Wednesday to executive vice president and chief operating officer of Kennebec Savings Bank.

Garofalo previously served as senior vice president and chief operations officer at the bank’s corporate office in Augusta.

Garofalo began at Kennebec Savings Bank as a college intern, then began his career in 2003 as a management trainee. After becoming a loan officer and a branch manager at the bank’s Augusta branch, he moved to operations in 2011 when the bank converted its core operating system.

Bank President and CEO Andrew Silsby said in a news release that Garofalo “has advanced our operations department helping to expand Kennebec Savings Bank’s footprint in the technology world” and recently helped add the bank’s first electronic banking and loan center in Freeport.

Garofalo has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Babson College. He is a graduate of the Kennebec Leadership Institute, the New England School for Financial Studies and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

He and his wife, Stephanie, and their three children chaired the United Way of Kennebec Valley’s 2015 fundraising campaign, which raised more than $1.5 million to support the region. He is also on the finance committee of Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency and an active member of several committees for the Maine Bankers Association.

The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director, Trisha Mosher. From left are Pam Dixon, treasurer; Mosher; and Mike Blanchet, board president.

Franklin County chamber announces new executive director

Trisha Mosher recently was appointed the new executive director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

Mosher, a Farmington native, graduated from Mt Blue High School. Her family is involved with the Farmington Agricultural Society and travels around to pulling rings throughout the state during fair season.


Kennebec Water District hires new general manager

The Kennebec Water District board of trustees recently announced that Roger Crouse has been appointed the district’s general manager effective this Thursday.

The water district is the public water utility serving 8,600 customers and the municipalities of Waterville, Winslow, Fairfield, Benton and Vassalboro.

Crouse is a licensed professional engineer who, for the past 10 years, has been the director of the Maine CDC Drinking Water Program. Before 2007, he was the program’s assistant director and chief engineer. He has a civil engineering degree from the University of Maine in Orono and a Master of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Crouse is replacing Jeff LaCasse, who is retiring after 40 years with the district. He lives in Winslow with his wife and children.

Kennebec Valley Humane Society receives Community Spirit Grant

The Kennebec Valley Humane Society in Augusta has been awarded $500 from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program.

Alyssa Eugley, a Harvard Pilgrim Health Care employee, nominated the organization for the award, according to the foundation. The money will be used to provide shelter, food and medical services to local animals in need.

The foundation created the program to commemorate those Harvard Pilgrim members who lost their lives in terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Farmington practice offers outpatient addiction recovery help

After a successful pilot year of patient care, Evergreen Behavioral Services, in Farmington, is offering specialized outpatient addiction recovery programming that offers more structure and intensity than standard weekly appointments.

Dr. Art Dingley, center, Evergreen Behavioral Services medical director and psychiatrist at Franklin Health Behavioral Services, works with Amanda Ricci, left, and Andre’a Bradford, both certified alcohol and drug counselors.

Intensive outpatient programming can be used for substance use disorders including alcohol and opiate drugs. It may be used as a primary form of care, or as part of an after-care plan for someone who has completed an inpatient program, according to a news release from the Franklin Community Health Network.

In a news release, Dalene Sinskie, EBS executive director, called the service “a community-based effort … decreasing barriers and increasing access for medication assisted therapies by using a combination of medicine, counseling, and behavioral therapy to treat opioid and other dependencies.”

Dr. Art Dingley, EBS medical director and psychiatrist at Franklin Health Behavioral Services, together with Andre’a Bradford and Amanda Ricci, both certified alcohol and drug counselors, collaborate on treatment recommendations. Bradford and Ricci use an evidence-based curriculum in a group setting that focuses on education and skill-building to manage the challenges of early recovery. Dingley provides assessment and treatment of psychiatric and substance use disorders with prescribed medicines.

Two sessions are offered each week, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday.

The program is open to anyone in the community. For details, call 779-2398.

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