Winslow Police Department promotes three officers

Chief of Police Shawn O’Leary of the Winslow Police Department was honored to promote three officers on July 2 at the Winslow Police Department.

Over the last month, officers participated in an extensive written exam lasting three hours, Oral Board conducted by Executive Law Enforcement Leaders from outside the department and community members, and finally an in-depth interview with O’Leary.

At the conclusion, the following individuals were promoted: Capt. Haley Fleming, Patrol Sgt. Brad Hubert and Detective Alex Jones.

The department also welcomed two new police officers Matthew Buck, who started his career as a reserve with the Clinton Police Department and will attend the Maine Criminal Justice Academy this coming August, and Cameron Huggins, formerly of the Waterville Police Department.

Nurse practitioner Kristy Hilton joins Franklin Memorial Hospital


Nurse practitioner Kristy Hilton, APRN, FNP-C, has joined the Franklin Memorial Hospital medical staff as a provider at Franklin Health Primary Care in Farmington.

Hilton received her master’s degree in family nurse practitioner studies from Walden University in Minneapolis. Prior to that she received an associate’s degree in nursing from Kennebec Valley Community College.

Hilton has provided nursing care in the Franklin Memorial Hospital Intensive Care Unit and most recently provided nursing care in the ICU at VA Togus Medical Center in Augusta, Maine.

Franklin Health Primary Care, formerly Intown Medicine on Box Shop Hill, is located in the Mt. Blue Health Center, located on the Franklin Memorial Hospital campus. She joins its team of providers: David Rice, MD; Deborah Burchfield, DNP, APRN, FNP-C; and David Huish, PA-C.

Kristy Hilton

New Dimensions Federal Credit Union expands loan department in Skowhegan

SKOWHEGAN — New Dimensions Federal Credit Union announces that they have expanded their Mortgage/Commercial Loan department at their Skowhegan branch location. Stephanie Lachance began working in their Somerset branch this past May. Lachance has an extensive background in the financial arena and comes with a vast array of knowledge and skill. She is an alumna of Madison High School 1980 & Gwinnett Tech 1995 and lives in East Madison with her partner, two dogs, and their cat. Lachance enjoys volunteering in the local area and brings her thoughtful, caring personality with her.


As previously stated, Lachance has worked within the financial industry for many years and has a passion for helping our members realize their dreams. Lachance states, “The financial services industry offers me a choice in the work I do, while New Dimensions gives me room to explore alternative options for our members. I am continuously given the resources I need to learn about the best practices available today.” Ryan Poulin, president & CEO of New Dimensions Federal Credit Union also added, “Stephanie has been a great addition to the Skowhegan branch! Her advanced knowledge of mortgage loans and Commercial lending will give the community more options in the Skowhegan area.”

Stephanie Lachance

Trademark FCU announces board changes

AUGUSTA — Trademark Federal Credit Union recently announced that Melanie Daigle was elected to the Board of Directors during the Credit Union’s 82nd annual meeting in May. Previously Daigle served on the Credit Union’s Supervisory Committee.

In June, the following board directors were appointed to fill unexpired terms: Blaine Gonthier, logistics analyst for retail business services and Alyson Leeper, private brand specialist for Delhaize.

Blaine Gonthier

They also announced the appointment of new supervisory committee member Pam Rudman, senior corporate auditor for Ahold Delhaize. The members of Trademark Credit Union’s Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee serve on an unpaid, voluntary basis.

Alyson Leeper

Adams-McFarlane merges with Wiles Funeral Homes


FARMINGTON – Kent C. Wiles, of Wiles Funeral Homes Inc., and Wiles Remembrance Centers, and his sister, Rhonda A. Wiles-Rosell and Jeremy MacFarlane, President of Adams-McFarlane Funeral Home and Cremation Care are pleased to announce the merger of the Adams-McFarlane with Wiles Funeral Homes, Inc., effective July 4.

This merger represents a trend nationwide in the consolidation and mainstreaming of personnel, equipment and facilities for the ultimate purpose of offering affordable choices and quality services for all families. According to Kent Wiles, “This has been a shared mission of both firms and with a unified business, our goal is to continue being the premier leader in West Central Maine, offering affordable, quality end-of-life choices with the Golden Rule serving as our guiding principle.”

A newly designed website including a pre-planning app for your smart phone and tablet will be unveiled as well as new themes and music for video tributes within the next month as the firm continues to be one of the leaders within the industry with new and invigorating ideas in memorialization.

The Wiles Remembrance Centers are located in Dixfield, Jay and Farmington and the Farmington location will be known as The Wiles Remembrance Center and Cremation Service: Adams-McFarlane Chapel, located at 137 Farmington Falls Road, routes 2 & 27, Farmington.

The telephone numbers will remain the same: 778-5911, 778-3350 and 639-2541, as well as 800-640-5910.

Melanie Daigle

Nurse practitioner joins Franklin Health Internal Medicine


FARMINGTON — Nurse practitioner Vanessa Smith, APRN-FNP, has joined the Franklin Memorial Hospital medical staff as a provider at Franklin Health Internal Medicine. She will evaluate patients, diagnose, write prescriptions and guide their patients on maintaining healthy lifestyles.

Smith completed her master’s degree in family nurse practitioner studies at St. Joseph’s University in Standish. Prior to that she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine Farmington, followed by an associate’s degree in nursing from Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing and Health Professionals.

Smith most recently worked as an intensive care unit and emergency department nurse at St. Joseph Healthcare in Bangor. She has a professional interest in working with older adults.

Franklin Health Internal Medicine is located in the Franklin Health Medical Arts Center on the Franklin Memorial Hospital campus. Smith joins its team of providers: Stephen Goss, DO; Stacy Hershfeld, DO; Robert O’Reilly, DO; and Paula Lumb, LCSW.

For more information, call 778-4922.

Vanessa Smith

Kennebec Savings Bank No. 1 on Forbes 2018 Best-In-State Banks in America


AUGUSTA — Kennebec Savings Bank President and CEO, Andrew Silsby, recently announced in a news release that Kennebec Savings Bank took the top spot on the Forbes list of Best-In-State Banks and Credit Unions.

Scoring 89.45, Kennebec Savings Bank was named Maine’s Best Bank. Forbes partnered with Statista, which compiled the list surveying more than 25,000 customers in the U.S. and receiving feedback on their current and former banking relationships.

“We are honored to be the number one bank in Maine on the Forbes list of Best-InState Banks and Credit Unions. Here at Kennebec Savings Bank, our customer relationships are our best asset,” said Silsby in the release. “This ranking reaffirms that our customers continue to value their relationship with us and our employees are putting our core values first — service, teamwork and community.”

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