Central Maine business briefs: Maine Eye Doctors latest FirstPark occupant – Kennebec Journal & Morning Guard

1August 2020

FirstPark in Oakland invited its newest occupant, Maine Optometrist, to the business park.

Maine Optometrist is the 3rd business to buy residential or commercial property at business park in 2020. A team of regional optometrists recently purchased the 6,000-square-foot area at 25 FirstPark Drive in a deal brokered by Bruce Holmes of Century 21 Venture Ltd. and industrial real estate broker Don Plourde of Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate, according to a press release from FirstPark.

The structure was customized for Maine Eye Doctors and includes 7 eye care lanes, eye care equipment and technology. Partners for the practice include Lorie Lepley Parks, medical professional of optometry, Helen L. Bell-Necevski, physician of optometry, and Zlatko Necevski.

“Throughout COVID-19, we have actually seen a lot of interest from services of all sizes that are evaluating their alternatives since of the coronavirus. Many are drawn in to FirstPark since of our area off Interstate 95 and the fiber Internet, the fastest speed offered for video conferencing, telehealth and remote work for staff members during the pandemic. How companies do business is altering. Companies around the world are evaluating their location to see how it affects their bottom line and quality of life for their workers,” said Jim Dinkle, executive director of FirstPark.

Previously this year, J.B. Brown & & Sons purchased the existing T-Mobile building at 133 FirstPark. J.B. Brown & & Sons, a business residential or commercial property management and development company in Portland, paid $10.7 million for the 78,610-square-foot Class A, single-story office complex located on 26 acres. The building is inhabited by T-Mobile’s client care center under a lease that ends in August 2027.

T-Mobile is the anchor occupant and biggest building in the park. Other services with residential or commercial property in the park include Bioenergetic Healing, Entrance Financial Partners, Inland Foot & & Ankle, L.L.Bean, MaineGeneral, Maine Medical Partners, One River Certified Public Accountants, Waterville Community Dental Center and SurgiCare.

Business park has experienced growth in the past two years with a new marketing plan that has actually brought in brand-new companies and attention of site selectors around the world, consisting of a visit from Kim Yonghyon, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Boston.

Dr. Joseph Caruso signs up with Franklin Health Surgical treatment

Dr. Joseph Caruso Photo courtesy Franklin Memorial Medical facility Dr. Joseph Caruso has signed up with Franklin Health Surgical treatment and Franklin Memorial Health Center in Farmington, according to a news release from the healthcare facility. Caruso most just recently provided care at Evans Army Neighborhood Healthcare Facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Besides basic surgery, his expert interests include hernia and breast surgical treatment. While a major in the U.S. Army, he likewise offered client care that consisted of trauma, significant injury, and surgical treatment in Germany, England and Afghanistan.

Caruso got his medical degree from Temple University School of Medication in Philadelphia, followed by a year-long research study residency and a five-year general surgical treatment residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Caruso is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Franklin Health Surgical treatment is located in the Franklin Health Medical Arts Center where he will join colleagues Dr. Eric Gunther; Dr. Stacey Gutman; Dr. R. Bradley Hayward; and Betsy Norton, physician’s assistant-certified.

Paramedic Scott Nile earns flight certificate

NorthStar Paramedic Scott Nile, who currently has Wilderness National Windows Registry Paramedic, Flight Paramedic Certification, just recently got accreditation as a Flight Paramedic, according to a news release from Franklin Memorial Health Center.

Scott Nile Image courtesy of Franklin Memorial Medical Facility The accreditation is focused on the understanding level of accomplished, skilled master-level paramedics currently dealing with a flight or critical care transport group. To end up being qualified, Nile completed a 40-hour course over 4 days and effectively passed a strenuous exam. Certification shows that paramedics have a proficiency of skills and knowledge of present crucial care transportation medicine requirements to deal with critically ill and injured patients while in transportation to a competent medical center.

Nile, who is a homeowner of Farmington, has actually worked for NorthStar for six years.

NorthStar is the local ambulance service for Greater Franklin County with 5 bases in Farmington, Rangeley, Carrabassett Valley, Phillips and Livermore. NorthStar is a program of Franklin Memorial Medical Facility.

New Dimensions Federal Cooperative credit union called among Forbes’ Best-In-State Credit Unions in 2020

New Dimensions FCU in Waterville has actually been ranked No. 1 as part of Forbes’ yearly list of America’s Best-In-State Credit Unions in 2020. The awards list was announced on June 25, and can be seen on the Forbes website forbes.com, according to a news release from the credit union.

Forbes Best-In-State Credit Unions 2020 is comprised of the top cooperative credit union based upon the results of independent surveys including around 25,000 U.S. customers who were asked to rank the financial institutions at which they have or have actually had inspecting accounts.

Individuals made recommendations concerning overall satisfaction; they likewise examined banks and cooperative credit union in the following locations: “Trust,” “Terms & & Conditions,” “Branch Services,” “Digital Solutions,” and “Financial Guidance.”

“On behalf of the cooperative credit union, I am both humbled and honored to be part of such an excellent organization that does so much for its members and neighborhood,” said CEO Ryan Poulin. “Being recognized for this award confirms the accuracy of our objective by demonstrating that our monetary standards and practices are exactly what our members are looking for when choosing a financial institution.”

Northern Light Inland Hospital personnel win ice cream calling contest

Northern Light Inland Hospital’s staff has named a brand-new Gifford’s ice cream. Northern Light Delight is the winning name chosen for a chocolate and toasted coconut ice cream taste simply launched by Gifford’s, according to a news release from the Waterville medical facility.

< a href=" https://multifiles.pressherald.com/uploads/sites/10/2020/07/NLIHospital.winners.-Cathy-Russell-Sandra-Porter-with-Chris-Kinney-Giffords-General-Manager-7-24-2020-edited-1024×663.jpg "data-caption="Northern Light Inland Healthcare facility employee won the ice cream calling contest performed by Giford's. From left are Cathy Russell, Chris Kinney, Gifford's general supervisor, and Sandra Porter. Picture thanks to Northern Light Inland Healthcare Facility

“> Northern Light Inland Hospital staff members won the ice cream calling contest carried out by Gifford’s. From left are Cathy Russell, Chris Kinney, Gifford’s basic supervisor, and Sandra Porter. Photo courtesy of Northern Light Inland Healthcare Facility The ice cream calling contest is the kick-off to a summer fundraising collaboration with Gifford’s and the hospital, situated on Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville. Gifford’s will contribute a portion of

the sale of Northern Light Delight at its Waterville Stand for brand-new heart monitoring equipment at Inland, which will be used for new mothers and infants with possible heart conditions. Gifford’s leaders presented thank you presents to the two employees who sent the brand-new ice cream name. Sandra Porter, a pharmacy service technician, and Cathy Russell, a breathing therapist, were 2 of more than a 100 Inland and Lakewood personnel who participated in the naming contest.

Chris Kinney, Gifford’s basic manager, said, “We ‘d like to thank Inland and Lakewood employees for recommending names for the new ice cream. All the submissions were fantastic and they all revealed great imagination. However Northern Light Delight stood apart due to the fact that it paid tribute to you as our regional doctor and our area. It also has the perfect word to explain how you feel when you eat the ice cream. We are definitely happy with the brand-new name and know that other ice cream fans will be too!”

Northern Light Pleasure is a limited-edition flavor and will be cost all 5 Gifford’s areas in Waterville, Skowhegan, Auburn, Bangor and Farmington through the summertime.

In addition to the ice cream sales, Gifford’s will hold a miniature golf competition on Aug. 22 and 23 at its Waterville place, with profits to benefit Inland’s heart monitoring devices campaign. Preregistration is advised. To sign up or learn more, see northernlighthealth.org/giffords.

“We are really grateful for Gifford’s fundraising assistance throughout these bumpy rides,” stated Terri Vieira, president of Inland Health center. “We value our collaboration and thank them for their remarkable neighborhood spirit!”

Franklin Cost savings Bank promotes Heidi Lee

Heidi Lee Image thanks to Franklin Cost savings Bank Franklin Cost savings Bank has enhanced its robust home loan group by promoting Heidi Lee to mortgage underwriting officer. Lee has been an integral part of the back-office residential financing group, balancing her time in between loan processing and assisting existing underwriters. Lee has actually demonstrated dedication to discovering the underwriting function, supporting the loaning group in different roles. These elements in addition to the consistent development in mortgage volume, warrant for another underwriter in the department, according to a news release from the Farmington-based bank.

“Heidi has actually constantly revealed excellent initiative to discover and establish” stated Assistant Vice President Bett Hardy. With her wealth of understanding and talent, integrated with her devotion and commitment to Franklin Cost savings Bank, our customers and our community, she will be an invaluable asset to the banks property underwriting team.”

Lee signed up with the bank in 2006 and has actually shown a desire to excel within her profession. She portrays professionalism and leadership qualities. Lee holds a business certificate from Central Maine Neighborhood College and has completed various classes and trainings important to her position. Lee lives in Jay with her hubby, Justin, and their child.

Skowhegan Cost savings Charitable Structure contributes $25,000 to the Somerset County Company COVID Relief Fund

Skowhegan Cost Savings Charitable Foundation has contributed $25,000 to the Somerset County Business COVID Relief Fund bringing the fund to a present total of $75,000 in offered grants for companies in Somerset County that have been negatively affected by COVID-19, according to a press release from the foundation.

The Neighborhood Economic Resource Council was formed by local economic advancement leaders in Somerset County who acknowledge the need for collaboration to help regional businesses throughout this time of requirement. The program was begun with a $25,000 grant from Somerset Economic Development and a $25,000 matching grant from Somerset County Commissioners. The program offers up to $5,000 grants to businesses within Somerset County to assist with payroll, energies, lease, home loan payments, insurance coverage, inventory, production and other needs.

“We are happy to support CERC and their COVID Relief Fund,” said David Cyr, president and CEO of Skowhegan Cost Savings. “Numerous organisations are experiencing difficulty due to COVID and this was just one more way that Skowhegan Cost savings could help our regional neighborhoods throughout these hard times.”

CERC includes representatives from Somerset Economic Advancement Corporation, Main Street Skowhegan, Skowhegan Economic Advancement Corp., Skowhegan Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Skowhegan. The collaboration continues the mission of these companies to reinforce economic development initiatives within the region, promote Somerset County as the perfect rural Maine area to begin a company and to be a one-stop resource for business owners and new business owners.

“Our small businesses are the key to making our neighborhoods an excellent location to live and work,” said Vicki Alward, president of the Somerset Economic Development Council.

Skowhegan Savings is dedicated to supporting local services and the wellness of Maine neighborhoods during these challenging times. The bank’s foundation recently donated $30,000 to 28 local food cabinets.

CERC is still accepting contributions for the program. Contributions can be made to Somerset Economic Development Corp., RE: COVID-19 Relief Fund, 41 Court St., Skowhegan, ME 04976; or by calling Christian Savage, executive director, at

[ email protected] or 207-474-0166. Hannaford partners with summer season feeding websites to disperse fresh fruit to kids

Hannaford Supermarkets has actually embarked on a nine-town trip to distribute fresh fruit loads to kids and households at more than 20 summer season feeding websites across Maine. The month-long tour started in mid-July and anticipates to go through mid-August, according to a press release from Ericka Dodge, a supervisor at Hannaford, based in Portland.

“Supporting the health of kids and offering access to nutritious food is very important to everyone at Hannaford. It’s one method we can live our commitment to help nourish the communities in which we serve,” stated Kim Kuusela, Hannaford’s local merchandising professional.

Hannaford made a Snack Pals stops at Farrington School in Augusta. Photo thanks to Hannaford partnered with Full Plates Full Possible to identify summer season feeding sites and areas of requirement. To date, Hannaford’s kid-oriented SnackPals truck has actually made stops in Kittery, York, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Auburn, Lewiston and Augusta– and anticipates drops in Farmington and Strong in addition to a 2nd round of return drops in the coming weeks.

Hannaford directly donated more than 24.4 million pounds of food to kitchens, meal programs and food banks in 2019, including more than 9.7 million pounds of food in Maine. And, because March 2020, Hannaford has actually donated $1.25 million to COVID-19 relief efforts consisting of to regional farmers and cravings relief and homeless outreach companies.

Assembled from sent press release. For more service briefs, go to CentralMaine.com.

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