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Family Violence Project Volunteer Training Starts in April!

Are you a good listener?

Are you comfortable talking on the phone?

Do you have a passion for helping others?

If you answered yes to these questions, I have an opportunity that may be perfect for you! Family Violence Project has an ongoing need for volunteer advocates to help answer our 24-Hour Helpline for those affected by domestic violence. As a volunteer advocate on the helpline, you will make a difference in people’s lives by volunteering once a month from the comfort of your home. Do you worry that you won't know what to say? Family Violence Project offers a free training that prepares you for this volunteer role; also, a staff person will always be available to assist you by phone while you are volunteering. Participants in the training will learn about the complex issue of domestic violence, the staff and services of Family Violence Project, and how to talk with callers and help them create safety plans. Although successful completion of our training is required for this volunteer role, no other experience is necessary. Family Violence Project's next volunteer training will be held in Augusta on the following dates and times:

• Tuesday, April 3rd from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                           • Thursday, April 5th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, April 10th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                         • Thursday, April 12th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, April 17th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                         • Thursday, April 19th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, April 24th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                         • Thursday, April 26th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, May 1st from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                            • Thursday, May 3rd from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, May 8th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                            • Thursday, May 10th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, May 15th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm                          • Thursday, May 17th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

• Tuesday, May 22nd from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

If you are interested in participating in this training and volunteer opportunity, you must be 18 years of age or older, complete a volunteer interview, and pass background / reference checks prior to being accepted into the training. Volunteer interviews must be completed by the end of the business day on March 24th. While the training itself is free of charge, we ask for a $25 donation from those who are financially able to provide it; this will help cover the cost of background checks. The inability to make a donation will not prevent a person from participating in this opportunity! If you would like to learn more about this opportunity or schedule an interview, please contact Jaime Mooney (Advocacy Director) at 207-620-9044 or .

Beer & Wine Tasting and Live Auction

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On Thursday, April 26th, The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers will be hosting a beer and wine tasting at T&B's Celebration Center in Waterville. Enjoy wine and craft beer from local Maine vendors, hors-d'oeuvres, and a silent and live auction emceed by Maine humorist, Gary Crocker.

Tickets are $35 per person and are available online, at the door or by calling Kelly Couture at (207) 872-0261. Must be 21+ to attend.

Capitol Computers is now offering Office 2016 Training!

Capitol Computers is happy to announce that we have upgraded our training center and can now offer Microsoft Office 2016.

We offer classes from beginner to advanced levels for Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word. All courses offered in this series are full day, instructor-led classes. Each class is one day of training, typically held 9am-4pm. Scheduled classes are held at our facility, located at 151 Water St. Augusta. Classes can be held off-site, contact us for more info. 

Course Rate: $195 per day (Ask about our various discounts!!)

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In order to keep out rate the same, take home books are no longer included in the rate of the course. They are available for purchase and are $15. 

Visit our website for more information about each course and to view our training calendar!


To register for a course; 207-623-2700 or


Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Center ~ 18th Annual Celebrity Dinner

The Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Center will be hosting their 18th Annual Celebrity Dinner on September 16th from 5:30 to 10pm at the Augusta Civic Center and are excited to announce the event has moved to the Main Auditorium! SAC&SC anticipates as many as 350 guests and local Celebrities to attend this premier fundraiser in support of the survivors they assist every day.

This year’s theme is “Hawaiian Luau” and festivities will include a Limbo Challenge, Hula Hoop Contest, Celebrity Waiter Performances and much more. The event includes a buffet dinner, silent and live auction, and musical entertainment. Meet event emcee, WGME’s Jeff Peterson and dance the night away to music provided by The Music Crew.

100% of the proceeds of this event will benefit the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center and their services for survivors of sexual abuse. A fully staffed and highly trained Sexual Assault Support-line available 24hours a day, support groups, advocacy, school based prevention education, and the Children’s Advocacy Center are all provided free of charge to the Kennebec and Somerset counties’ communities. The Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center assisted over 17,000 people through their many programs within Kennebec & Somerset Counties in the past year alone!

FMI or to purchase tickets, please visit or call 207-377-1010.

Snow Pond New Music Based After School Program

Welcome to Snow Pond Enrichment! A new innovative AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM for grades 2-8 Monday - Friday 3:00pm-5:30pm

The Snow Pond Enrichment Program is a vivacious program that combines academic support, health and recreation, and music education for every student every day.

Please join us for an informational Open House Snow Pond Visitor’s Center Thursday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Reserve your place today by calling 844-476-6976 ext. 401 or by email at 

Why Music? Research shows that music instruction, in particular, has a positive influence on reading and mathematic achievement. Music notably improves school performance, collaboration, and critical thinking skills, along with confidence and self-esteem. Study after study has shown how music education produces not only better, more diligent students, but also more well-rounded citizens. 

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Thomas College to host 'Entrepreneur Speaker Series'

Thomas College will be hosting an 'Entrepreneur Speaker Series'.  It's an initiative to showcase the entrepreneurial talent within Central Maine, as well as provide the necessary insight and networking opportunities for inspiring entrepreneurs.

The first of several events will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 6:00 PM at Thomas College in the Ayotte Auditorium.  Amber Lambke, CEO and President, of Maine Grains will describe her entrepreneurial journey for not only creating a company but an industry.  

Please join us!  Free admission and refreshments.  For more information, contact Mike Duguay at or at 859-1151. 

Coalition Highlighting the Hunting Economy Wraps up a Banner Second Year!

As big of a deal as hunting is in Maine, many folks in the public have never really been told just how important it is to jobs, wages and the tax base. That has begun to change with the efforts of Hunting Works for Maine, a collation of businesses and organizations formed in 2015 to educate the public about the value of hunting.

Using a grassroots strategy to spread the word, Hunting Works for Maine has already grown to more than 100 members in just eighteen months! While members include business associations including the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce, it also includes tourism associations and other businesses such as hotels, restaurants and many others.

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KVHRA Awards General Education Scholarships

KVHRA (Kennebec Valley Human Resources Association) awarded three $250 general education scholarships to it's members today, at their June 8 monthly meeting.  KVHRA's scholarship program promotes professional development in the assistance of general education scholarships. 

Congratulations to:  

Jessica Wilbur,   Manager with Career Management Associates

Laurie Hayden,  HR Manager with Central Maine Motors

Wade Lesperance,  Recruiter/Employee Relations at Backyard Farms

KVHRA member awardees demonstrate a plan of professional development within the HR profession, a passion and commitment to the HR community as a whole, and demonstrated leadership within human resources, their organization, and community.    

Helping End Hunger in Central Maine


Gardiner Federal Credit Union has a record breaking year, raising funds for Ending Hunger and is awarded first place, for highest per member contributions.


The staff of Gardiner Federal Credit Union, proudly display the plaque, awarded to them this week, from the Maine Credit Union League (MCUL).  A number of Maine Credit Unions have been raising funds for the Campaign to End Hunger, since 1990.  MCUL ranks the success of the participating Credit Unions, in two categories; Most Funds Raised and Highest per Member Contributions.  Gardiner Federal Credit Union has placed in the top three, for member contributions every year, for the past ten years, with a total of six first place awards.

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Monhegan...the Muse

Monhegan...the Muse, an exhibit at Common Street Arts in Waterville featuring 50 works of art from the Lupine Gallery collection. Exhibit hours Wednesday through Saturday until February 27. Reception on January 28 at 5 PM to include music by Tiger Saw and their new songs recorded on Monhegan.  Art work includes paintings, ecthings and more by a range of artist from Lynne Drexler and Zero Mostel. Gallery located at 16 Common Street in Waterville. Gallery hours are from Noon to 5 PM Wednesday through Friday and Saturday from 10 AM - 1 PM. Call (207) 872-ARTS for more information.

Helping Hands Medicaid Consulting - EAS LLC

News Release:


Eastern Admin Services LLC, will be doing business as, Helping Hands Medicaid Consulting and they invite you and your family to be a part of theirs. The business is a current member of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce, and they are located in Manchester, Maine.

At Helping Hands Medicaid Consulting they will provide the attention, answers and assistance with the process of applying for Maine Medicaid Services under the Long Term Care program.

One of life’s most difficult times is having to place a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility.  Having firsthand knowledge of how difficult the process can be for people to apply for Long Term Care Assistance, they wish to extend their hands to you and your family to make the application method a simple, efficient, cost effective and worry free experience. They are available to work directly with the family, facility and the State of Maine, DHHS.

Read more: Helping Hands...

Children's Discovery Nursery School

The Children's Discovery Museum now offers a licensed Nursery School!

Mission Statement

The mission of the Children’s Discovery Nursery School is to provide a safe, enriching, service-based Nursery School for families in the Kennebec Valley area. Located directly inside The Children's Discovery Museum, the school seeks to provide an array of exhibits and activities that promote developmental skills including social, cognitive, problem solving and peer interaction. The environment aims to create an interactive community in which hands on learning is provided through play.



Children ages 2 years 9 months to age 5 may be considered for admission. The enrollment process includes submitting all admission forms as well as completing the Payment Agreement.



Our first session will start January 4th, 2016 and run through May 27th 2016. All sessions last five months. The Nursery School day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 11:00am, running Monday through Friday.  Each day will include indoor and outdoor play, facilitated learning opportunities, circle time and snack.



The Children’s Discovery Nursery School is a licensed school, with a student-teach ratio of at least 6:1.


For more information, please email .

Opportunities Abound for Maine Staffing Employees

Maine Staffing Group's Augusta office has been growing.  MSG is pleased to announce the promotion of Janie Miller to Human Resources and Compliance Manager.  Janie has been performing these duties for over 12 years for us on an as-needed basis along with providing HR consulting services to our client-companies.  Now, we will be utilzing Janie's expertise in HR and compliance matters on a full-time basis, but she will still be available to provide consulting services to our client-companies.   To help offset the reduction of Janie's time in placement services, Account Manager Amber Nadeau will be fulfilling the state-contracts management, along with the regular placement services she has been assisting our client-companies with.  Rounding out the team, is Account Manager Donna Armstrong who specializes in our DOT-Regulated CDL drivers and Driver Qualification Files through our CDL driver hiring program.  Additionally, our Staffing Specialist Joshua Shannon is our 'go-to' for his hands-on role in recruiting, sourcing, and screening applicants for our many job opportunities. 

Meet our team... come by and visit, the coffee is always on.  Call anytime, we're here to assist you in your hiring needs, or your job search needs. 

Sexual Assault Crisis & Support 16th Annual Celebrity Dinner!



On Saturday, September 19, 2015 the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center (SAC & SC) hosted their 16th Annual Celebrity Dinner event, which was their most successful fund raising and awareness event to date by collecting over $47,000.00. The SAC & SC agency is in its 28th year of providing services to individuals impacted by sexual violence within Kennebec & Somerset Counties in Maine. The theme for this year’s event was “Masquerade Ball”, which was an evening of great elegance dedicated to honoring the many masks that survivors of sexual violence may wear, in their everyday lives, to find their new sense of “normal” as well as to bring awareness to the stigmas that sexual violence victims face while finding their journey of healing. To learn more about the event itself as well as the services SAC & SC provides please visit their website at:

 Waiter lineup!

2015 Waiters

First Row (left to right) Dana Bushee; Maeghan Maloney; Tessa Mosher; Shon Theriault; Gary Croker; Colleen Madigan; Jillaine McGough; Nicole McSweeney and Jay Hanson.

Second Row (left to right) Kathleen Shannon; Colleen Tyler; Scott O’Brien; Karen Kearney; Amanda Bartlett; Kristin Murray-James; Michelle Galego; Donnie Whitten; Jason Madore; Tina Chapman; Julie Buffington; Adrienne Bennett; Sara Bangs and Desiree Sirois.

Third Row (left to right) Mike Gilbert; Kris McCabe and Russ Murley.

New Document and Record Storage Facility in Augusta

If you've been using valuable office space to store important documents, records, or valuables you can now free-up that space by using Augusta's newest "Climate Controled" and high security document storage facility at 5 Community Drive.

Professionals such as lawyers, CPA's or medical providers are required to save records for seven years and longer in many cases.

CapitaGate Document Storage has just opened a 10,000+ square foot facility that conveniently provides, individual easy access units, for low monthly rental costs and no long term lease. You can stay as long as you wish.

The benefit of climate controled storage is moisture no longer can "wick" into the paper causing mold and mildew and eventual deterioration.

CapitalGate Document Storage rates and contact information is available at



For more information:

Contact Gerard Queally

Spectrum Generations, CEO

(207) 620-1674

October 23, 2015


This time of year brings much change to our environment.  The leaves change color; sportsmen get ready for hunting season; and shorts and sandals get replaced with sweaters and boots.  It is also a critical time of year for Maine’s older population.  The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is from October 15th through to December 7thand Spectrum Generations is here to help older adults of central Maine stay informed and answer their questions about Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and MaineCare, Medigap and other programs and benefits that supplement Medicare.

Each year Medicare health and drug plans can make changes to things like premium cost, coverage and which providers and pharmacies are in their networks.  People in a Medicare health or prescription drug plan should always review the materials their plans send them, like the “Evidence of Coverage” (EOC) and “Annual Notice of Change” (ANOC) and if their plans are changing, they should make sure their plans will still meet their needs for 2016.

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Kennebec Performing Arts Company: Call for Musicians

The Kennebec Performing Arts Company is pleased to announce that we are welcoming new musicians for our 2015-2016 season.   This is an exciting opportunity to join an organization with a long history of making music in the greater Augusta area. Under the direction of Charles T. Milazzo, our three ensembles – an auditioned 4-part chorus, a large wind ensemble, and a jazz band - perform in at least two concert series each year. Our musicians are your incredibly talented neighbors and fellow community members – everyone from students to music teachers; from working professionals to the retired young-at-heart.

We are seeking both vocalists and instrumentalists. The ability to read music is required.   Our chorus rehearses Monday nights from 6:30-8:30, at the Hope Baptist Church in Manchester – first rehearsal is Monday, September 14.  Our Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble rehearse in several area high schools on Tuesday nights from 5:45-7:00 and 7:00-8:30, respectively. First rehearsal is at Cony High School on Tuesday, September 1.

Please contact Chuck Milazzo at 685-9653 to learn more about how to join us.

Check out our website and like us on Facebook for more details on concert dates and what music we’ll be featuring at our upcoming shows!

Delta Ambulance promotes Dustin Nadeau to Education Coordinator.

  Dustin was hired  at Delta Ambulance in 2011 as an advanced EMT and became a Paramedic in 2012. Since then Dustin has earned his Critical Care Paramedic certification from the University of Maryland. He is a member of Delta’s Clinical Standards and Practice Team, a Field Training Officer and an EMS Continuing Education Instructor.  Dustin and his wife Lisa live in Sidney, Maine with their two daughters Ariana and Braylee. They enjoy all outdoor events and riding motorcycles.

Congrats to New Quality Manager

Congrats to New Quality Manager

Congratulations to Chip Getchell who has recently accepted a full-time position as quality (improvement) manager at Delta Ambulance. Chip was hired as a paramedic by Delta Ambulance in 2001, and received his critical care paramedic certification after attending the University of Maryland in 2010. He is a member of Delta’s Clinical Standards and Practices Team, a field training officer, and teaches monthly classes for area first responders. Chip has been awarded Delta’s Clinical Performance Excellence Award for ten of his fourteen years with Delta. A registered professional engineer in Maine, Chip and his wife Beth have three grown children and five grandchildren. They reside in Weeks Mills with their horses and ponies, including two rescues.

Camp Sunshine receives $200k donation from Party City

Keeping true to their motto "Nobody has more party for less," Party City got the celebration started today by presenting Camp Sunshine with a check for $205,950. With Party City's support, Camp Sunshine can serve more families, reach more people and make a difference in more lives!