The National Safety Council has announced that seven Hammond Lumber Co.stores have won the 2018 Occupational Excellence Achievement Award.

The National Safety Council’s Occupational Excellence Achievement Award recognizes companies, units and/or facilities that have reported injuries and illnesses that involved days away from work equal to or less than 50 percent of the BLS rating for companies who have the same NAICS code and have not had any fatalities during the year, according to a news release from Hammond Lumber in Belgrade.

The Hammond stores recognized by NSC are in Auburn, Bangor, Belgrade, Boothbay Harbor, Damariscotta, Fairfield and Portland.

According to Hammond Safety Director Bruce Pelletier, the seven stores had no lost-time accidents last year, a reflection of the company’s emphasis on safety.

Hammond Lumber’s Belgrade store won the NSC’s Million Work Hours Award for going more than 2 million consecutive hours between May 2012 and December 2018 without a job-related injury or illness that resulted in lost time.



Harlow hires Marion as executive director

Gretchen Marion Photo courtesy of The Harlow

Gretchen Marion is the new executive director of The Harlow, home of the Kennebec Valley Art Association, in Hallowell. She has more than 20 years of experience in management, marketing, fundraising, and finance. She is former executive director of the Submarine Force Library and Museum Association, a nonprofit educational foundation which provides marketing, fundraising, exhibit and education services to the USS Nautilus Museum located in Groton, Conn.

Marion has a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and fine arts from the University of Connecticut. Her nonprofit experience, business knowledge and enthusiasm for arts make her an ideal fit as as executive director of the Harlow.

The Harlow is bidding farewell to its current executive director, Deb Fahy, who has served the organization for more than 14 years.


Franklin Memorial hires Lawless, Delker


March Lawless Photo courtesy of Franklin Memorial Hospital

Marcy Lawless has been appointed clinical dietitian at Franklin Memorial Hospital covering both inpatient and outpatient nutrition services in Farmington, according to a news release from the hospital.

Lawless earned her bachelor of science in nutrition and food science from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in clinical nutrition counseling from Bastyr University, and completed a dietetic internship at the University of New Mexico.

Besides FMH, Lawless also works for Health Care Services Group serving Sandy River Nursing Home in Farmington and Cedar Ridge Center in Skowhegan for both skilled nursing patients and long term care residents.

She has worked in the field of nutrition for more than 20 years. Her work experiences include the WIC (woman infant children) program and Whole Foods Market, along with acute care experiences at the University of New Mexico Hospital and Maine General Hospital.

Jennifer Delker Photo courtesy of Franklin Memorial Hospital

Also, nurse practitioner Jennifer Delker has joined the Franklin Memorial Hospital medical staff as a provider at Franklin Health Livermore Falls Family Practice. Nurse practitioners evaluate patients, diagnose, write prescriptions, and guide their patients on maintaining healthy lifestyles, according to the release.

Delker completed her master’s degree in family nurse practitioner studies at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to that she received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Southern Maine, after completing an associate’s degree in nursing from Kennebec Valley Community College.


Delker has worked at Livermore Falls Family Practice since January first as a clinical abstraction specialist in preparation for the March launch of Franklin Memorial Hospital’s electronic medical record. Before that she worked at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick providing diverse patient care in six nursing units. She has more than 18 years of experience providing patient care.

Delker is a resident of Fayette, where she serves as the town’s local health officer and on the board for Underwood Memorial Library. She also serves as captain in the Air National Guard stationed at Pease ANGB in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


GHM Insurance attains national honor 

GHM Insurance Agency in Waterville recently was selected for The Hanover Insurance Group’s President’s Club, an elite group of independent insurance agencies from across the country, according to a news release from the agency.

The Hanover’s President’s Club agencies are recognized for delivering outstanding value to their customers through their insurance expertise and responsive service.


The Hanover partners with a select group of 2,300 independent agents nationwide. GHM was one of 120 independent agencies recognized with the distinction. This is the 18th consecutive year GHM has been named to The Hanover’s President’s Club.


Dental network surpasses $5M in donated treatment

Volunteers in Dental Lifeline Network — Maine’s Donated Dental Services program recently exceeded $5 million in comprehensive dental treatment. Because of the generosity of volunteer dentists and laboratories, people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile were able to receive dental care they needed but could not afford, according to a news release from Lucas Knowles, spokesman for the Maine Dental Association, in Manchester.

Dental Lifeline Network — Maine was founded in 1999 in conjunction with the association. It receives financial support from the Maine Center for Disease Control and the Dancing with the Dentists fundraising event.

Since the program was launched, more than 277 volunteer dentists and 110 dental laboratories have volunteered their time and resources to serve 1,444 people in Maine.

Because of lengthy waiting lists, applications are being accepted only in Hancock, Knox and Waldo counties. Maine residents from those counties, or those who qualify as medically fragile, can apply for the program at Applicants must lack adequate income to pay for dental care and:
· have a permanent disability, or
· are elderly (age 65 or older), or
· qualify as medically fragile.


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