SIDNEY — Snow Pond Center for the Arts was presented a gift of $25,000 on June 29 from Kennebec Savings Bank at its Broadway Under The Stars concert.

The gift is intended to support Snow Pond’s Bowl in the Pines, an outdoor amphitheater, according to a news release from the center. The Bowl in the Pines was built in 1930 and is still one of the nation’s largest outdoor stages. The additional infrastructure — power and structure for needed lights and sound equipment — will allow Snow Pond to accommodate larger-scale events starting next summer.

The upgrade of this historic venue is expected to increase tourism and area visibility, drawing audiences from across the Northeast and beyond, directly benefiting area restaurants, hotels and other businesses.


Cooper promoted to FHC corporate vice president

BOWDOIN — FHC, Inc., a global manufacturer of products for the neuroscience industry, recently appointed Melanie Cooper its corporate vice president and member of the board of directors.

Melanie Cooper

In this new role,  Cooper will have full board status and will be an advocate for all FHC employees at that level. She also will continue to serve as the face of FHC for external stakeholder relations. She is responsible for meeting the needs of FHC and its workers through the supervision of human resources, facilities, information technology, customer service and the corporate wellness program. She also oversees the operation of FHC’s community resources, including the Cathance Children’s Center and Fitness Center.


Cooper joined FHC in 2015 as the human resources manager. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maine at Presque Isle and is a 2014 graduate of the Kennebec Leadership Institute. She also completed the Bell Leadership Institute Achievers Program in 2017 and has earned a certificate of achievement in HR management from Villanova University.


Kahn becomes Unity College director of career services

Rachel Kahn

Rachel Kahn recently was appointed as Unity College’s new director of career services.

Kahn will work to help students find relevant unpaid and paid internships that will provide a competitive advantage as they move toward their first career, give them direct access to interviews for career options, and in the long-term, support sustainable entrepreneurs who graduate from Unity.

Kahn previously worked as the college’s associate director of career services, and having worked in financial aid, student accounts, admissions and student services at previous institutions.




Occupational therapist achieves certification in hand therapy

FARMINGTON — Jessaka Nichols, an occupational therapist at Franklin Memorial Hospital, has achieved specialty certification in hand therapy by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission, according to a news release from the hospital. She joins 24 other therapists in the state who have achieved CHT status.

Specialty certification in hand therapy recognizes therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience and skills in the practice of hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. To become certified, therapists must meet the standards required of Certified Hand Therapists, including three years of practice experience with 4,000 hours or more in direct practice of upper extremity treatment and successful completion of a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper extremity rehabilitation.

Nichols received her master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of New England. She has worked at Franklin Memorial Hospital in the occupational therapy department for five years.

Besides providing patient care, Nichols also supervises all upper extremity evaluations and treatments in the hospital’s outpatient occupational therapy setting. The full outpatient orthopedic team works with a variety of upper extremity injuries, including but not limited to musculoskeletal injuries, tendonitis, fractures, nerve injuries, wound and scars, arthritis, and post-surgical conditions.


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