From left are Chief Master Sgt. Andy MacDonald, senior enlisted leader, 101st Air Refueling Wing Maintenance Group (Maine Air National Guard); Lt. Col. Amy Nutter, deputy commander, 101st Air Refueling Wing Maintenance Group; Bethanie E. Mazzaro, volunteer support technician, Maine Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve; Dwaine Drummond, retired Army brigadier general), volunteer, ESGR; Tabitha Washburn, supervisor, Pre-Arrival Unit, MaineGeneral Health; Katharine Noble, insurance rep II, Pre-Arrival Unit; Abigail Poulin, team leader, Financial Clearance, Pre-Arrival Unit, MaineGeneral Health; Col. Gavin Batchelder, commander, 101st Air Refueling Wing Maintenance Group; and Chuck Hays, president and CEO, MaineGeneral Health. MaineGeneral Health photo

Tabitha Washburn, supervisor of Patient Access at MaineGeneral Health, received the Patriot Award on Thursday, Nov. 11 from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The award recognizes individual managers for their steadfast support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

Also in attendance at the ceremony were Chuck Hays, president and CEO of MaineGeneral Health; and Katharine Noble, who works in the MaineGeneral Pre-Arrival Unit and also is master sergeant in the Maine Air National Guard. Noble nominated Washburn, her manager, for the award.

Additionally, leadership from the 101st Air Refueling Wing Maintenance Group, where Noble serves, participated in the event. Noble is due to deploy to Qatar in December and return in September 2022.

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Psychiatrist joins Franklin Health Behavioral Services

Kristen H. Mazoki, DO, has joined the Franklin Memorial Hospital medical staff as a doctor at Franklin Health Behavioral Services. Her clinical interests include women’s mental health and integrating psychiatry with primary care.

Mazoki received her medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, followed by a psychiatric residency at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University of Camden and Atlantic City, New Jersey. Before attending medical school, Mazoki earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Drexel University in Philadelphia after completing a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Northeastern University in Boston.

Day’s Jewelers announces new Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Day’s Jewelers in Waterville has transferred ownership of its family-owned business to its employees. From left are Jeff Corey, ex-owner; David Gilman, Day’s vice president of finance and trustee; Joseph Corey, president; Kristie Jandreau, human resource manager and trustee; and Kathy Corey, ex-owner. Contributed photo

Day’s Jewelers has transferred ownership of its family-owned business to its employees. The Employee Stock Ownership Plan will benefit its 120 employees, making Day’s the only employee-owned and operated jewelry company in Maine and New Hampshire.


“We weighed the options of selling to an outside buyer or selling to our employees,” said Kathy Corey, Day’s co-owner. By converting the business to an ESOP, the future of the business will be kept in the hands of our employees, so we can keep our current leadership and the amazing Day’s family culture we have built.”

For the Day’s employee, the ESOP will be a significant retirement benefit. Employees are not required to make an out-of-pocket contribution. For all employees, the ESOP is a built-in retirement plan for which they might not otherwise qualify.

Day’s joins a number of other high-profile employee-owned companies in Maine, including Cianbro, Moody’s Collision, Clark Insurance, ReVision Energy, as well as Yankee Publishing, Inc., Cirtronics Corp., and Hypertherm in New Hampshire.

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