Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce names program director

Cindy Stevens Mid-Maine Chamber program director

Mid-Mine Chamber of Commerce, located in Waterville, welcomes Cindy Stevens as its new program director. Cindy has been named Chamber Program Director, replacing Kelly Smith who is leaving October 16 to pursue employment at the Snow Pond Center for the Arts, following two and a half years in her position.

Stevens, who retired October 1, had served 41 years in various sales, marketing, human resources, finance and management roles with the Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal, part of the Masthead Maine newspaper group. Her most recent position was regional advertising director for both papers, serving in that role since 2013. She was responsible for all advertising print and digital revenue, events, and internal promotions. Stevens was a former member of the founding board of directors of Waterville Main Street.

A graduate of Mt. Blue High School, in Farmington, Stevens graduated from Kennebec Valley Community College, in Fairfield, with a degree in marketing, and from the University of Maine at Augusta with bachelor of science and bachelor of arts degrees in business and marketing. She holds a masters degree in management/marketing from Thomas College, in Waterville, and earned her real estate broker’s license while employed with Century 21 Surette Real Estate.

Included in her new duties as program director will be oversight of dozens of the Chamber’s signature events, working with multiple volunteer committees, as well as marketing and communications of these events. Mid-Maine Chamber President and CEO Kimberly Lindlof said of Stevens, “I have known Cindy since my days in ad sales when she was steering the ship of my competition. I have great admiration for Cindy, the wealth of experience she has compiled, and the relationships that she has built over the years with the regional business community. The Chamber is hoping to capitalize on that connectivity as well as Cindy’s vast understanding of the market in the mid-Maine area. Our team is pleased to welcome her aboard.”

Stevens resides in Winslow with her husband, Gary, and son, Jonathan.

Walk to end Alzheimer’s raises over $35,000

Nearly 300 participants joined the Kennebec Valley Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease on Saturday, October 5, at the RiverWalk at Head of Falls, in Waterville. Participants raised $35,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.

Fundraising for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s continues through the end of the calendar year. Donate to a team or individual participant at alz.org/walk.

In Maine alone, there are more than 28,000 people living with the disease and 69,000 caregivers providing unpaid care. In the United States, more than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 15 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org® or call 800.272.3900.

2019 Waterville Youth Football grades 3-4

Coaches: Left to Right – Tom Ferris, Craig McInnis, Chris Rancourt. Top Row Players: Zaiden Thoopsamoot, Charlie Ferris, Larson Ronco , Layne Ferran, Cam McInnis, Jameson Dow, Reid Morrison, Gideon McGee. Bottom Row Players: Jayden Rancourt, Isaac Gilman, Wyatt Jones, Logan Cimino, Michael Palmer, Blake Kenyon, Mason Pelletier, Quincy Nesbitt (Photo by Missy Brown/ Central Maine Photography)

2019 Waterville Youth Football

Front row, from left to right, Nevick Haywood, Justis Greene, Eli Cullen, Alyx Hardy, Brady Hawes, Logan Campbell, Felix Chapa, Emilia Coelho and Keegan Campbell. Second row, Ethan Veilleux, Bryce Doyon, Ethan Sirois, Chase Bowman, Camden Brown, Ghe Grip, Cole Tomasco, Jayden Greene and Derek Couture. Back row, coaches Shawn Forkey, Tom Hujara, Jason Greene and Isaac LeBlanc. (Photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography staff)

Recycled Shakespeare Company to perform ‘The Tempest’

Come away to a private island where the plants, stones, and water are alive. Considered one of Shakespeare’s best fairytales, The Tempest is a magical journey through love, loyalty, and power. Recycled Shakespeare Company, now in it’s sixth season, will be performing at 7 p.m., on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, at Skills Inc. Ervin Center, 46 Front Street, Waterville.

With original music and direction by Emily Rowden Fournier, of Fairfield, co-director Helena Page, of Clinton, and stage manager Debra Achorn, of Waterville, the scene comes alive as the exiled Prospero, (Raymond “Wingnut” Wing, of Waterville) creates a magical storm in order to shipwreck the queen and her courtiers. Prospero’s daughter, Miranda (Omm Stilwell, of Vassalboro) does not realize her father’s plan to introduce her to Prince Ferdinand (Cody Curtis, of Bath), but soon learns how she and her father came to be exiled on this island which is inhabited only by them, the monster Caliban (Aaron Blaschke Rowden and Joe Rowden, both of Fairfield) and Ariel, the musical spirit of the island played by nine singers and dancers. With would-be assassins afoot, can Ariel protect the queen and Prospero and still be freed from enslavement? Live accompaniment will be by Fournier on flute and Mia Fairman, of Waterville, on violin.

Recycled Shakespeare Company was founded with the mission of making theater accessible to all while using recycled and repurposed materials. The nonprofit group is Northern New England’s only grassroots Shakespearean community theater and has been featured at the Shakespeare Theater Association’s annual conference in Prague, Czech Republic, for their efforts in creating ecological theater.

This family-friendly production will be presented in the round, with the audience getting a 360 degree view of the stage, and is free to the public. Best view seats can be reserved with a $10 donation. Themed refreshments will be sold.

For more information or to reserve seats call 207-314-8607 or email RecycledShakespeare@gmail.com.

Waterville receives $370,415 to assist area fire departments

Photo: Waterville Fire & Rescue Facebook page

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today $83.27 million in direct assistance grants to 364 fire departments nationwide through the agency’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. Additional phases will soon be announced.

The Waterville Fire Department will receive $370,415 from FEMA for an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). This is a regional grant to purchase nine cardiac monitors to be used by the fire departments in Albion, Clinton, Fairfield, Waterville and Winslow.

This grant is funded through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. Eligible applicants include local fire departments, fire districts, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, tribal fire departments and State Fire Training Academies. The grant applications are submitted from each agency directly to FEMA, where the applications are reviewed and scored by fire service personnel from throughout the nation.

FEMA obligates funding for this project directly to the recipient agencies. It is the recipient agency’s responsibility to manage their grant award within federal guidelines with technical assistance and monitoring provided by FEMA Fire Program Specialists.

Additional information about FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters grant program(s) may be found at https://www.fema.gov/firegrants.

Northern Light concert set for October 25

Northern Light Inland Hospital is once again offering an amazing evening of musical entertainment at its annual Fall Pops Concert on Friday, October 25, at the Waterville Opera House.

Erin Freeman

The hospital welcomes the Portland Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Erin Freeman, who was a recent finalist for Performer Today’s Classical Woman of the Year. Freeman serves in multiple capacities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and maintains a national presence through guest conducting engagements. She holds a joint position as director of the Richmond Symphony Chorus and director of choral activities at Virginia Commonwealth University. Additionally, she is the artistic director of Wintergreen Music and resident conductor of the Richmond Ballet.

Alyson Cambridge

She will be joined by guest soloist, soprano Alyson Cambridge, who is currently performing in Broadway’s Rocktopia, and has extensive experience as a singer, model, actor, and host. Cambridge has been hailed by critics as “radiant, vocally assured, dramatically subtle and compelling, and artistically imaginative,” by the Washington Post.

John Dalton, Inland Hospital president, says, “We are excited to share this special night of music and talent with the greater Waterville community. We know how much people look forward to this event, almost as much as we do! We want to thank our community for its support of the Pops concert and Inland Hospital.”

Proceeds from this year’s event will help Inland purchase upgrades to its cardiac monitoring system that have the latest patient safety technology for patients.

Tickets are available at www.OperaHouse.org or 207-873-7000. The cost to attend the concert and a special pre-event reception at Amici’s Cucina is $50; concert tickets without the reception are $25.

Mid-Maine Chamber hosting super raffle

The Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Coldwell Banker Plourde Super Raffle on October 3, at the Waterville Elks Lodge, 76 Industrial Street, Waterville. In celebration of Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate doing business for 30 years in the Waterville area, hundreds of prizes have been donated by Chamber member businesses. The event will begin with a social hour at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the Chamber at 207.873.3315 or programs@midmainechamber.com. Tickets are limited.

2019 Event sponsors: Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, Choice Wealth Advisors and New Dimensions Federal Credit Union.

ABOUT THE CHAMBER: Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce is dedicated and committed to promoting, educating and advocating for business prosperity and regional economic improvement. Its membership region includes Albion, Belgrade, Benton, Burnham, China, Clinton, Fairfield, Hinckley, Oakland, Rome, Shawmut, Sidney, South China, Thorndike, Unity, Vassalboro, Waterville, Weeks Mills and Winslow. For more information call 873-3315 or visit www.midmainechamber.com.

Food service program feeds community kids

Alfond Youth & Community Center provides meals in three locations

The Alfond Youth & Community Center (AYCC) is participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program to make evening meals available at no separate charge to children ages birth through 18 years without regard to race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.

Meals are being served at the following facilities:

Alfond Youth & Community Center, 126 North Street in Waterville. Mon. – Fri. Evening Meals starting at 3 p.m.;

North End Boys & Girls Club, 16 Hillside Ave in Waterville. Mon.– Fri. Evening Meals starting at 3 p.m.;

South End Teen Center, 5 Libby Court in Waterville. Mon.– Fri. Evening Meals starting at 3 p.m.;

Boys & Girls Club of Oakland at Ralph M. Atwood Primary School, 19 Heath St in Oakland. Mon. – Fri. Evening Meals starting at p.m.;

Common Street Arts, in the Hathaway Creative Building, 10 Water Street, Suite 106 in Waterville.

 FMI AYCC: Kitchen Manager Shawn Forkey, kitchen@alfondyouthcenter.org; Grants Manager Jared McCannell, jmccannell@alfondyouthcenter.org.

Lasell College honors class of 2019 at 165th commencement ceremony

A record number of graduate and undergraduate students at Lasell College, in Newton, Massachusetts, were awarded degrees on May 11, 2019, in a ceremony featuring remarks from Massachusetts Congressman Joseph Kennedy III.

Vincent Marchesi, of Waterville, graduated with a BS in accounting.

Chad Martin, of Fairfield, graduated with a BS in finance.