Mid-Maine Chamber and KV Connect to host “Meet the Reps”

Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and KV Connect will host “Meet the Reps,” an event that brings members of the business community and public together with elected officials at all levels of government, Wednesday, December 18, 2019, from 5:30 – 7 p.m., at Chace Community Forum, located at 150 Main Street in Waterville (Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons).

The two organizations renewed their partnership for the upcoming legislative session in order to continue to encourage communication between business and community leaders, professionals and young professionals, and their government representatives.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is appreciated. Please contact Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce at 873-3315 or cindy@midmainechamber.com if you plan to attend. This event is possible thanks to the sponsorship of Central Maine Growth Council and Kennebec Savings Bank.

Kringleville: A magical Christmas tradition

Laila Libby, 4, of Waterville, speaks with Santa at the Waterville Parade of Lights on November 29. (photo by Mark Huard, owner Central Maine Photography)

Christmas season is underway in central Maine

by Mark Huard

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in downtown Waterville. (ohoto by Mark Huard, owner Central Maine Photography)

A message from Santa and Mrs. Claus to the spirited people of Kringleville, Maine USA! Thank you for welcoming us once again to the booming City of Waterville. We noticed that this year’s parade of lights was bigger and brighter than ever. We were so pleased to see so many floats and friends. We also noticed growth and development down your Main Street…Congratulations!

We are so thankful to S & S Carriage Rides for having Belle and Captain bring Santa Claus to town in style with Cathy, Elizabeth and Caitlyn. What would Kringleville and the City of Waterville do without the volunteerism of Scott McAdoo?

Scott makes a point to greet Santa and Mrs. Claus every season and extend his helping hand however needed by Kringleville. What a delight to see the Big E, Eric Lunt volunteering at the parade.

There were so many volunteers; firefighters, police officers, friends of Kringleville and so many more of you who contributed. Last season was full of Christmas magic in the Claus Cabin, at Castonguay Square, and this season has started out with lots of special visits and smiling faces. There have already been visitors to see Santa from Hawaii, China, Korea, Virginia, Arkansas, Connecticut and all over Maine and New England. Don’t miss your chance to see Santa this season!

Year after year, Kringleville has more and more visitors line up to visit with Jolly Old Santa. Last season, visitor after visitor commented to Santa and Mrs. Claus that though the wait can be long, once you’re inside the cabin you truly feel the magic of Christmas making it well worth the wait. Hearing it is “WORTH THE WAIT” again and again makes Santa and Mrs. Claus feel like visitor’s time in the cabin is special for each individual.

Mrs. C wants to remind all visitors of all ages, please dress appropriately for the weather. While waiting in line, you should have warm footwear, a warm hat, mittens and, of course, a warm jacket. Always prepare for the unexpected and bring an umbrella, too.

Kringleville continues with the support of The Children’s Discovery Museum led by Executive Director Amarinda Keys. Amarinda is a real go-getter and right on task whenever Santa and Mrs. Claus need something.

Thank you to the generous 2019 Kringelville sponsors; The Children’s Discovery Museum, Central Maine Chevy, Selah Tea Café, Day’s Jewelers and Bangor Savings Bank. Additional supporters are GHM Insurance, Marden’s, the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, Central Maine Photography and others who share in the Christmas spirit with Christmas caroling, hot chocolate and more.

Kringleville is a proud supporter of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Again this season, proceeds from Santa and Mrs. C’s hand painted annual Kringleville collectable ornaments will help children in need.

All of us at the Kringleville appreciate the generosity of Central Maine Motors Auto Group being Kringleville’s major sponsor again this season! If you or your business would like to contribute to the success of this timeless Waterville tradition, please contact Amarinda Keys at The Children’s Discovery Museum at (207) 622-2209 or email amarinda@childrensdiscoverymuseum.org to ask how you too can be a part of the magic of Christmas at Kringleville.

Keegan Miranda, 8, of Augusta, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Kringleville in downtown Waterville following the Parade of Lights, on November 29. (photo by Mark Huard, owner Central Maine Photography)

Waterville Audiology holds ribbon cutting ceremony

Photo courtesy of Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce

The Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony, on November 12, at Waterville Audiology, located on the corner of Silver and Preston streets. Owner is Dr. Becca Rancourt, while her mother Jennifer Rancourt is the office manager, and Brenda Bartucca staffs the front office.

Jazz artist to perform benefit concert

Waterville native, Jake Hickey

The “Great Jazz for a Great Cause” benefit concert/open house will be held on Sunday, December 1, from 2 to 5 p.m., at Grand Central Café, 10 Railroad Square, Waterville, to raise funds for Waterville resident Jen Hickey, who is experiencing financial hardship due to treatment for breast cancer. Live jazz will be performed from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. by Jen’s son, Jake Hickey, a Waterville High graduate and up-and-coming artist on the New Orleans jazz scene.

The open house will also feature an Art Show & Sale featuring Jen Hickey’s wonderful photographs, along with free soups, breads, deserts, tea, and coffee.

Suggested donation is $10 per person. Mailed or walked-in donations payable to “Jen Hickey” also are being accepted at Kennebec Savings Bank, 226 Main Street, Waterville, Maine 04901.

Joy to the Ville

On Saturday, December 7, the city of Waterville will once again embrace the holiday spirit with the third annual “Joy to the Ville” event – an all-day community celebration meant to highlight the magic of the holiday season on the Kennebec River. Waterville Creates! and their friends at the Waterville Public Library, the Colby College Museum of Art, Snow Pond Center for the Arts, the KVCAP Family Enrichment Council, and the Children’s Discovery Museum are joining forces with local business sponsor Bangor Savings Bank and media sponsor News Center Maine to organize this day of free, family-friendly holiday programming throughout Waterville! For a complete listing of activities visit: https://www.watervillecreates.org/event/joytotheville/.

Waterville holds 2019 Veterans Day parade

The Waterville High School performed during the Veterans Day parade, in Waterville, on November 11. (photo by Mark Huard, Central Maine Photography)

A Veterans Day parade was held in Waterville on November 11. One of the marching units was the Winslow Police Honor Guard. From left to right, Captain Fleming, Officer Jones, Officer Theobald and Office Veilleux. (photo by Mark Huard, Central Maine Photography)

Craig Bailey, left, commander of Bourque-Lanigan American Legion Post #5, in Waterville, and Pearly Lachance, offering a prayer on the steps of Waterville City Hall, during the Veterans Day ceremony, in Waterville, on November 11. (photo by Mark Huard, Central Maine Photography)

Celebrating 30 years of private practice in physical therapy

Suzanne and Ray Bouchard

After helping hundreds of people live pain-free lives in Germany, France, Mississippi, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Maine, Susanne Bouchard, PT, LMT established Bouchard Physical Therapy Services that opened its doors for business in 1989 first at the building of Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Hottentot and in 1990 Augusta (Stone Street) in a rental facility.

Susanne Bouchard, PT, LMT, CEO, Physical Therapist, Founder and President of the Business, is a licensed Physical Therapist since 1971, and since 1984 in Maine; is a licensed Massage Therapist since 1971, and licensed in Maine since 1994; is a licensed Balneo- and Medicinal Bathmaster since 1971.

With over 49 years experience now, she originated her physical therapy studies in Germany, and in 1977 moved to the United States with her husband, a native Mainer.

Susanne remembers: “Back then, when people asked me what I did for work and I said Physical Therapy, they had no idea what it was. It wasn’t even in the yellow pages in Maine. At that time physical therapy was mostly located in hospitals.”

Since there were almost no private physical therapy practices in the area, Mrs. Bouchard saw the need and the opportunity: “I wanted to be able to give my patients the highest quality of care, as well as utilize specific physical therapy methods developed in Germany.”

Gaining unique skills and expertise from that country and combining it with the American way of treatment approach, she has been able to provide high quality physical therapy techniques that have brought about lasting treatment results.

Being trained in Cranio-sacral Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Muscle Energy, Strain-Counterstrain, Connective Tissue Massage, and Swedish Massage has made the hands-on therapy invaluable. “It’s extremely rewarding when a patient tells you of being completely free from pain as a result of the therapy sessions.”

In 1990 Dr. Robert Hottentot, orthopedic surgeon, who was on the Board of the Waterville Boys and Girls Club, was instrumental in heating up the water temperatures of their swimming pool to 92° F, so it could be used for therapeutic purposes. Since water therapy (aquatics) plays a vital role in rehabilitation in Europe, Susanne Bouchard, during her physical therapy schooling was trained in aquatic physical therapy, and had learned the healing values of warm water therapy. Coming to the state of Maine she discovered that there were almost no warm water pools available to the community.

For a total of 20 years Mrs. Bouchard and staff carried out aquatic physical therapy treatments with the patients. From 1991 to 2001 at the old Boys and Girls Club pool in Waterville, and at the new facility, the Alfond Youth Center in 2001, aquatic physical therapy continued in the small pool being at the temperature of 92° F, until 2011.

As both clinics were growing, and word of mouth spread the news that we helped eliminate chronic pain (together with her staff excellent one-on hands-on care for one hour personalized treatment sessions were offered), they had to look for more space.

In 1993 the Augusta Physical Therapy clinic moved into the radio station building at 160 Riverside Drive, in Augusta, until the new facility there was built.

In August 2002, the Waterville Physical Therapy clinic moved into their new facility at 149 Silver Street, Waterville, which gave everyone a lot more space and a gym area. That is where they are located today.

In Augusta, over a period of 14 years the business grew from a little office to a full fledged larger physical therapy clinic, and health and fitness facility. Everyone was happy to move into the brand new building in October 2003, after the clinic had spent 9 years in the little radio station building next door. The new physical therapy facility is located behind the radio station, down the hill. The mailing address continues to be 160 Riverside Drive, Augusta.

In 2003 Bouchard Physical Therapy changed ownership and was donated to Light of Life Ministries, Inc, a not-for profit 501 (c)(3) organization. The name change took place which since then provides services to the community: Advanced Health Physical Therapy and Fitness, a division of Light of Life Ministries, Inc. Susanne Bouchard remains the executive director and manager of both facilities.

“During the past few years, the competition has been tougher as there are more therapy clinics in the area, says Mrs. Bouchard.” Advanced Health Physical Therapy has been able to continue to make a positive impact through service to the community by upholding a reputation for providing outstanding patient-oriented care. Word of mouth has been our best advertisement.”
Mrs. Bouchard also credits the company’s ability to stay competitive through the commitment to excellence of her high quality, experienced therapy staff.

She thanks local physician providers, Maine and beyond, who have entrusted their patients to Advanced Health Physical Therapy. “What makes this physical therapy practice so unique is that each patient receives hands-on care from a very good, long-standing staff knowledgeable in the specific soft tissue approach dealing with chronic pain, and most other types of pain”.

At Advanced Health Physical Therapy and Fitness, the physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are licensed in the state of Maine, are Medicare certified and are credentialed with most major insurance companies. With the passage of Direct Access in 1991 in Maine, a prospective patient/client can be seen by our physical therapists directly (self refer) on a cash basis.

Mrs. Bouchard reports that frequently the physical therapy programs are being updated and the professional staff (doctors of physical therapy and physical therapist assistants) attend major continuing education seminars and other skilled training seminars to keep up with the latest developments in physical therapy and rehabilitation wellness.

WHAT DOES A BEGINNING TREATMENT LOOK LIKE:

“At the start of your treatment sessions with Advanced Health Physical Therapy you will discover that we are a very unique PT practice. We first thoroughly evaluate, investigate and assess each patient, which takes about one hour. Then we design a specific treatment program that addresses the immediate physical issues and those that are prescribed by referring physician.

“We provide individualized hands-on physical therapy including deep massage, myofascial release, Muscle Energy Techniques, Cranio-sacral and Neuro-muscular Therapy, Strain/Counterstrain and other Soft tissue Release Techniques for pain relief, besides Stretching/ Strengthening Exercises, Mobility/Flexibility exercises, Balance and Posture training, Gait training, Functional Movement training. We also offer moist heat, Ultrasound, Electrical Stimulation, Ice packs and Ice massage, instruct in Contrast bath and many other modalities and procedures as indicated,” says Mrs. Bouchard.

With over 30 years in providing quality physical therapy they have established themselves in this community and the Kennebec Valley having served thousands of satisfied patients.

Their continued research proves a high success rate: 95 percent of patients get well, learn and stay well. When a patient graduates from physical therapy, the patient receives a coupon to use the fitness club/ wellness center for one month free, to easily facilitate the continuation of their wellness and fitness to stay healthy and pain free.

Mrs. Bouchard believes that physical therapy should be easily accessible. That is why they offer convenient patient parking, short wait times, one-on-one treatment rooms, early morning, lunch time and evening appointments.
For the patient’s benefit the clinics accept and file most insurance plans, and make payment plans available. They also accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

OUR MISSION:

Seeing our physically disadvantaged and injured clients restored to health in a comfortable, caring and personalized atmosphere, where skilled Physical Therapy is delivered through trusted, credible and capable hands.

Advanced Health Physical Therapy (formerly Bouchard Physical Therapy Services of Augusta) was founded out of a need to provide dedicated and skillful physical therapy services:

  • With excellent rehabilitation programs through professional and caring staff in appropriate state-of-the-art facilities
  • Improvement is facilitated through training, teaching, healing techniques and well-being education in an encouraging, personal and supportive environment

During the past 30 years we have successfully carried out our vision of a physical therapy clinic that is patient centered, one on one hands on, staffed by experienced and caring professionals.

To achieve our vision we have:

  • Developed precise rehabilitation treatment programs that are focused on treating the whole person. As physical therapists we establish functional goals that we communicate to the patient and work with the patient to achieve these goals
  • Provided our patients with great service and successful rehabilitation programs. We receive referrals from over 140 different medical doctors from Maine and beyond, and patients/clients that self refer, as we have direct access in the State of Maine
  • Hired and maintained an experienced, caring staff of therapists and assistants who have a combined experience of more than 80 years in outpatient physical therapy

One Project that is not finished yet is our HEALING WATERS THERAPY POOL.

In Augusta, on October 17, 2019, we have the open house from 3 to 6 p.m., at which time we give tours to view the Therapy Pool and the Clinic Facility.

Susanne M. Bouchard, PT, LMT, CEO, Founder, Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, 1971, Physical Therapy School at University of Tuebingen, Germany, has practiced in Germany, France, Mississippi, Tennessee, Oklahoma and for the past 26 years in Maine. She is a 1971 Licensed Massage Therapist, 1971 Licensed Balneo and Medicinal Bathmaster.

She oversees and works at both clinics in Waterville and Augusta.

We establish a treatment plan to relieve your pain and regain your function, educating you to prevent further injury and enjoy a pain free lifestyle.

Mrs. Bouchard concludes: “With all that said and done, we believe that we have made an impact into this community during these past 30 years, as we have touched many thousands of lives, who remember us.

The Biblical motto: “laying hands on the sick and they shall recover” has been our motto since the start of our physical therapy clinics. Tens of thousands of patients, clients, and customers have again and again affirmed to us that we truly perform: “hands on personal care”.

So we celebrate 30 years of physical therapy care during this coming year and say.

Thank you to our community.

Santa headed to central Maine, again, on Friday, November 29

Santa is already checking his mail box at the North Pole, looking for letters from all the children of central Maine. (photo by Central Maine Photography)

by Mark Huard
Central Maine Photography

A message from the North Pole to the good people of Kringleville, Maine USA! Thanks to the welcoming folks in the booming city of Waterville, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Kringleville cabin again this Christmas season. Last season was full of Christmas magic in the Claus Cabin at Castonguay Square.

Santa knows that you’ve been busy this year with new talents like cooking, and arts and crafts, and learning how to help clean the yard, the house and even the car, learning to play with others, play an instrument or play a sport and more. Mrs. Claus knows that you are all trying to mind your Ps & Qs and are trying your very best to be kind to others whether at home, at school, at dance, at karate, at gymnastics, at swimming, at soccer and so many more places that you are doing your best to be nice.

Santa and Mrs. Claus look forward to visiting with the Kringleville area residents, as well as so many who travel miles and miles to share stories with Santa and see Mrs. C, too. We love that you all continue to be part of the Kringleville story season after season and keep the tradition in such a wonderful city.

Again this year, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be greeting youngsters at their cabin at Kringleville, in Castonguay Square, in downtown Waterville. (photo by Central Maine Photography)

Year after year, Kringleville has more and more visitors line up to visit with Jolly Old Santa. Last season, visitor after visitor commented to Santa and Mrs. Claus that though the wait can be long, once you’re inside the cabin you truly feel the magic of Christmas making it well worth the wait. Hearing it is “Worth the Wait,” again and again makes Santa and Mrs. Claus feel like visitor’s time in the cabin is special for each individual. Mrs. C wants to remind all visitors of all ages, please dress appropriately for the weather. While waiting in line, you should have warm footwear, a warm hat, mittens and, of course, a warm jacket. Always prepare for the unexpected and bring an umbrella, too.

Kringleville continues with the support of The Children’s Discovery Museum led by Executive Director Amarinda Keys. Santa’s elves are already hard at work in the North Pole making toys for all the good little boys and girls. Thanks to the generosity of Central Maine Photography, Elves Cinnamon and Cinnamon Stick will be at the cabin again this season to offer photos of visitors with Santa. Central Maine Photography is a proud annual supporter of Kringleville. Thank you again to last season’s supporters; The Children’s Discovery Museum, Central Maine Motors Auto Group, Colby, Selah Tea Café, GHM Insurance, Portland Pie Company, Technology Solutions of Maine, Kennebec Behavioral Health, Marden’s, the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, the Bankery and others who shared the Christmas spirit with Christmas caroling, hot chocolate and more.

All of us at the North Pole, appreciate the generosity of Cen­tral Maine Motors Auto Group being Kringle­ville’s major sponsor again this season! If you or your business would like to contri­bute to the success of this timeless Waterville tradition, please contact Ama­rinda Keys at The Child­ren’s Discovery Museum at (207) 622-2209 or email amarinda@childrensdiscoverymuseum.org to ask how you too can be a part of the magic of Christmas at Kringleville.

Kringleville is a proud supporter of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Again this season, proceeds from Santa and Mrs. C’s hand-painted annual Kringleville collectable ornaments will help children in need.

The parade of lights is always scheduled for the Friday after Thanksgiving and is a jolly good time for Santa when he arrives to Kringleville from the North Pole.

Santa wants everyone to keep in mind that Christmas isn’t something you should have in your heart only once a year. The spirit of Christmas should live in your heart year-round. So, take Santa’s advice and be good to your brothers and sisters, your friends and neighbors, and all who you are with until Santa sees you again…That means mom and dad, too! Remember, he knows if you’ve been bad or good, which makes a difference for his naughty or nice list. So, be good listeners and be kind to one another always. Santa and Mrs. Claus look forward to seeing you all soon when they arrive for the 2019 Parade of Lights.

Best places to work in Maine

Kennebec Behavioral Health was recently named as one of the 2019 Best Places to Work in Maine in the large business category. The awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of the Society for Human Resource Management – Maine State Council (MESHRM) and Best Companies Group.

Kennebec Behavioral Health’s Chief Executive Officer Tom McAdam expressed that the organization’s designation as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Maine validates the purposeful attention that the agency has made around recruitment and retention. McAdam stated, “We are very pleased that our staff participated in the Best Places survey. They have acknowledged our efforts to create a workplace where people feel valued and enjoy coming to work every day. We also recognize the competitive workforce environment and will continue to do more for our staff around culture, compensation and benefits.”

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Maine program, visit www.BestPlacestoWorkME.com or contact Jackie Miller at 717-323-5237.

Kennebec Behavioral Health was founded in 1960 and operates clinics in Waterville, Skowhegan, Winthrop, Augusta and Farmington. For more information, or to schedule an appointment for any KBH service, call 1-888-322-2136. Information can also be found at www.kbhmaine.org.

Black Raiders defeat Purple Panthers

Winslow High School senior Cody Ivy carries the ball as he attempts to get away from the grasp of Waterville High School’s Nate Weir, during the annual, regular season ending game between the two arch rivals, at Drummond Field, in Waterville, on October 26. The Black Raiders dominated the Purple Panthers, 57-16, winning for the 10th consecutive time between the two teams, including playoffs. (Photo by Tawni Lively, Central Maine Photography)