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2018 MTUG Information Technology Summit & Tradeshow is May 31 - Please join us! Early bird rate ends 5/23

The MTUG 2018 Summit & Tradeshow is a great chance to learn of new trends in tech and security, network with IT professionals, and enjoy a tradeshow floor of innovative products and services. Please join us for Maine's largest business tech event!

WHEN: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

WHERE: Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101

WHAT: 14 Workshops, 50+ Exhibitors, 500 attendees, Continental Breakfast, Buffet Lunch, Dessert, Prizes!

SIGN UP: Visit https://www.mtug.org/summit 

COST: $45 by Wednesday 5/23 (extended from previous postings); $50 standard advance; ($60 on the event day); $25 for pre-registered students with credential.

HIGHLIGHTS: 

--> WORKSHOPS: Tracks include Cloud, IT Career Development, IT Infrastructure, Security, and "Tech Sandbox." Workshops selected by our nonprofit board. FMI: https://www.mtug.org/summit#Workshops

--> KEYNOTE: Dr. Rafael J. Grossmann, Trauma/General Surgeon & Health Technology Innovator, presents "Mixed Reality & Beyond: The Smart Use of Technology Without Limits!" Following the Keynote, MTUG will present the 7th Annual MTUG Co-Sponsored Scholarships with donor representatives and scholarship recipients. For keynote bio and presentation details: https://www.mtug.org/summit#Keynote 

--> TRADESHOW: 50+ Exhibitors -- Check them out! -- https://www.mtug.org/summit#BoothMap

The Maine Technology Users Group (MTUG) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing IT professionals and business leaders together to network, educate, and share technology experiences.

MAINE’S LARGEST INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT AND TRADESHOW FEATURES TECHNOLOGY INNOVATORS, WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITORS

The Maine Technology Users Group (MTUG) will hold its 31st Annual Information Technology Summit and Tradeshow on Thursday, May 31st 2018, 7:30am to 4pm, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland. An expected 500+ IT professionals will gather to share technology experiences and the latest in techniques, services and products. 

The registration fee is $45 “Early Bird” rate by 5/16/18, $50 advanced purchase, and $60 on the event day. $25 rate available for Students who pre-register. Fee includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, keynote, workshops, exhibit hall access and afternoon refreshments. To receive updates via Twitter, follow @MTUG_Maine and search for #MTUG2018. For complete details or to register, visit the Summit Page online at:  https://www.mtug.org/summit.

This year's Keynote Speaker is Dr. Rafael Grossmann, Trauma/General Surgeon and Health Technology Innovator. In his address, "Mixed Reality & Beyond: The Smart Use of Technology Without Limits!" Dr. Grossmann will explore current trends and the future of the smart application of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality technologies in healthcare and education.  Dr. Grossmann was the first surgeon to pioneer the use of Google Glass during live surgery, and is an ardent telemedicine, global health, and digital medicine advocate.

The event features 15 workshops and demonstrations across 5 tracks: Cloud, IT Career Development, IT Infrastructure, Security, and “Tech Sandbox” (hands on technology demonstrations) on topics such as redesigning a campus-wide network, using DevOps in chaotic situations, Microsoft Azure migrations and deployments, cost effective security techniques, Maine’s neutral internet exchange, security threat hunting, IT certification and education programs, and more. Most workshops will be led or co-led by “end-user” IT professionals at Maine-based organizations; sectors represented include retail, education, biotechnology, government services, and manufacturing.

The exhibit hall of 59 vendor booths will be open all day, with ample time to visit between sessions. Exhibitors include representatives from IT and telecom infrastructure, IT services, technology consulting, and tech education vendors from Maine and across the nation.

The expected 500+ attendees will include IT and telecom professionals and senior business and operations managers from Maine and Northern New England, representing all sectors and industries, including finance, education, government, retail, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, nonprofit organizations and more. With three food events around the sessions, there will be plenty of time to network, share ideas, and ask questions of presenters and vendors.

At the Summit Lunch, the 7th Annual MTUG Co-Sponsored Scholarships will be announced jointly with partnering business donors Connectivity Point, Consolidated Communications, Great Works Internet, Lincolnville Communications, Maine Fiber Company, Norway Savings Bank, Systems Engineering, and Tyler Technologies. The scholarships will be managed by the University of Maine Foundation, and will benefit nine students from Maine studying in IT fields at a University of Maine System campus.

MTUG’s 2018 IT Summit Sponsors include: Casco Bay Hall Sponsor Avaya; Lunch Sponsor Consolidated Communications; Gold Sponsors: Carousel Industries, Fortinet, Lincolnville Communications, and Skyterra / Workspot; Silver Sponsors: Enghouse Interactive, Extreme Networks, ITS Inc., New England Communications, Nutanix, PCM, Thrive, TPx Communications, U.S. Cellular, and WEI; Bronze Sponsors: Purdue University Global and Headlight Audio Visual.

The Maine Technology Users Group (MTUG) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing IT professionals and business leaders together to network, educate, and share technology experiences. MTUG holds monthly events -- online and in-person -- from late August to late May. Our Webinars, "Peers & Beers" and annual I.T. Summit cover a broad range of technology topics, including infrastructure / networking, I.T. security / cybersecurity, VoIP and telephony solutions, collaboration tools, devops, video conferencing tools, contact center solutions, technical training / technical education programs and strategies, career and professional development topics, and much more. For additional details, visit MTUG’s website at www.mtug.org.

Healthy Aging Expo on June 1 will inform and entertain

Health Expo

On Friday, June 1, Spectrum Generations’ Cohen Community Center will host their annual Healthy Aging Expo, from 10:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. 

A free event, the Healthy Aging Expo offers attendees an opportunity to meet with exhibitors (including major sponsors, Senscio Systems and Bridges Home Care), learn about different ways food can affect health, sample products, get healthy cooking tips, qualify for door prizes and get resources to meet personal goals. Be sure to stop by the Beltone booth for your free hearing test.

Lunch will be catered by Cohen on the Meadows and available for a cost of $6.50 (sandwich wraps, salads, and vegetarian options).

For more information call 626-7777. Spectrum Generations’ Cohen Community Center is located at 22 Town Farm Road in Hallowell.

Agricultural Field Labor Day on May 3 Showcases Career Opportunities

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry (DACF), Maine Department of Labor (MDOL), and Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC), invite the public to celebrate the vitality of Maine's agricultural industry at the first Agricultural Labor Field Day on Thursday, May 3, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Alfond Recreational Center, KVCC Hinckley Campus, 16 Prescott Dr., Hinckley, ME. The event is open to the public and free to attend.

The Agricultural Labor Field Day connects those interested in professional and academic agricultural careers with local jobs and/or KVCC's undergraduate programming in a variety of agriculture fields, including Sustainable Agriculture, Culinary Arts, and Business Administration. Workforce training and professional development staff from KVCC and MDOL will be on-site to review resumes and offer job searching advice. Attendees can also take a tour of KVCC’s 120-acre farm which demonstrates organic crop production and sustainable livestock.

Schedule of Events:

  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Doors open to the public. Open fair format for participants to visit exhibits and for exhibitors to host interviews
  • 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. – First KVCC Farm Tour leaving the Alfond Rec Center
  • 12 Noon to 12:30 p.m. – Last KVCC Farm Tour leaving the Alfond Rec Center 

There is no cost to exhibit at Agricultural Field Labor Day. Employers and agencies in agricultural and related fields are encouraged to attend and promote their summer jobs, internships, and career opportunities. Pre-registration is required by April 26th. Visit the Farm Labor Link Network for more information or to register.

Current Exhibitors Include:

  • Aldemere Farm
  • Backyard Farms
  • Casella Organics
  • Circle B Farms
  • Eastern Maine Development Corporation
  • Hammond Tractor
  • KeeKionga Farm
  • KVCC’s Business Program
  • KVCC’s Culinary Arts Program
  • KVCC’s Sustainable Agriculture Program
  • KVCC’s Workforce Training & Professional Development
  • Maine AgrAbility.
  • Maine Conservation Corps
  • Maine Department of Labor
  • Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
  • State of Maine Bureau of Human Resources
  • Swan’s Honey
  • USDA
  • Willows Awake Farm
  • Wolfe’s Neck Farm

Maine Department of Labor staff will be available to offer technical assistance to employers in developing job descriptions, recruiting skilled employees, posting job opportunities, find funding for training, increase employee engagement, and much more. In addition, join Eastern Maine Development Corporation to discuss opportunities with the National Farmworker Jobs Program and network with staff from KVCC’s undergraduate programs in Sustainable Agriculture, Culinary Arts, and Business Administration on hosting internship opportunities for KVCC students.

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!

WWW.CAPCOMP.COM

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 http://www.silentnomore.org/cd-2017.html 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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FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:  http://enrichment.snowpond.org/

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.  www.thomas.edu 

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.

Read more: Coalition...

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

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

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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...