TRK Design Company wins best customer service on Houzz

TRK Design Company, with projects including kitchens, bathrooms and custom home designs in Belgrade Lakes, has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design, according to a news release from the company.

TRK Design was chosen for this award from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design professionals. Voting was conducted among more than 40 million monthly unique Houzz users.

With more than 25 years of award-winning experience and an outstanding reputation for establishing new design standards, TRK Design Company’s Thomas Richard Kelly is one of the premier kitchen and bathroom designers in the country. Kelly has also long been recognized as one of the premier design builders of custom lake homes in the Belgrade Lakes region.

A gallery of Kelly’s extensive designs can be viewed at

Kelly is the author of “Today’s Real Kitchens & Interior Designs.” His new book, “Living Designs,” will be available this summer.

Kelly’s designs have also been featured in national design magazines and on HGTV.

The Best Of Houzz in Customer Service award is based on several factors including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge has been posted on TRK Design Company’s Houzz profile.

“Receiving a Houzz award for the third time is something we take great pride in, along with earning four other Houzz badges,” Kelly said, according to the release.

First Maine lawyer elected to National Employment Lawyers Association

Jeffrey Neil Young is the first Maine lawyer ever elected to the Board of the largest civil rights organization in the country dedicated to workers’ rights, the National Employment Lawyers Association. He is a partner in the largest employment and civil rights law firm north of Boston. His firm, Johnson, Webbert & Young LLP, in Augusta, represents workers and individuals throughout Maine and New England. NELA is headquartered in California, with an office in DC, and has over 4,000 attorney members nationwide, and its Maine affiliate has over 50 members.

Young has won many landmark verdicts and court rulings in employment and civil rights cases.

Young stated, “I am honored that my peers from across the country saw fit to elect me to the NELA Board. NELA is second to none when it comes to fighting for the legal rights of working men and women, especially those who are not protected by unions. I look forward to working on national efforts to preserve and expand protections for all workers.” Young’s term begins on July 1 and lasts three years.

Coast of Maine Organic donates $10,000 worth of compost to 70 Maine schools

In 2018 Coast of Maine Organic Products Inc. established “Growing Good” program, where instead of a monetary donation, a donation of up to 10 bags of Coast of Maine products is made to school garden programs all across New England, according to a news release. This year, while working in cooperation with the Maine School Garden Network, Coast of Maine donated more than $10,000 worth of their Quoddy Blend Organic Lobster Compost (700-plus bags) to more than 70 school gardens across Maine, from Kittery to Houlton.

“Our donation helps fund the school’s garden and brings the local retailer closer to the community. It also serves and acts as a seed starter for kid’s lifelong love of gardening, health and the environment. In short we all win,” said Director of Marketing Cameron Bonsey, according to the release.

Because it has long been the philosophy of the Coast of Maine brand, that their locally made products should only be sold by local independent retailers/garden centers, (never in “big box stores”) Coast of Maine asked the school’s garden coordinators to not only pick up their donations at their local garden centers, but to also thank them publicly on their social media pages as well. The garden centers were credited for the sale of the product by Coast of Maine and the garden coordinators supported their local community businesses, according to the release.

Coast of Maine Organic Products Inc. is a company founded in Maine that has been producing truly exceptional, organically approved, compost-based soils, enriching mulches, soil supplements and liquid fertilizers, since 1996. They compost residuals sourced locally in Maine and New Brunswick, such as shellfish (lobster and crab), salmon, wild blueberries and cow manure. Additional local ingredients include: tree bark, worm castings and seaweed. The company distributes their organic retail bagged goods to independent garden centers and retailers along the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Local schools include:

• Good Will Hinckley, Hinckley

• Hall-Dale Elementary School, Hallowell

• Lincoln Elementary School, Augusta

• Maine School Garden Network, Augusta

• Messalonskee High School, Oakland

• Mt. View Elementary School. Thorndike

• Teresa C. Hamlin Elementary School, Randolph

• Walker Elementary School, Liberty

• Whitefield Elementary, Whitefield.

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