EVENTS: KVCOG to hold hazardous waste collection day

The Kennebec Valley Council of Governments (KVCOG) will be offering Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days for the following locations:

On Saturday, October 1, from 9 a.m. – noon, the towns of Skowhegan, Canaan and Madison will be collecting at the Skowhegan Transfer Station. All residents have to sign up by calling their individual town office.

On Saturday, October 1, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., the towns of Pittsfield and Palmyra will be collecting at the Pittsfield Transfer Station. All residents have to sign up by calling their individual town office.

On Saturday, October 15, from 8 a.m. – noon, the communities of Winslow, Waterville, Belgrade and Oakland and will be collecting at the Winslow Transfer Station. All residents have to sign up by calling their individual municipal office.

According to Jessie L. Cyr, Community and Economic Development Specialist with Kennebec Valley Council of Governments, “we are all municipalities and nonprofit but these events directly benefit the people within our county and we feel it is a necessity to find the funding to hold these collection events.”

He continued, saying that many chemicals commonly used around the home are hazardous – either alone or when combined with other chemicals, and need to be disposed of by professionals trained to handle hazardous materials. Improper disposal of these materials can disrupt the function of sewage treatment plants or private septic systems, contaminate ground water, and harm animals and residents. Difficult to recycle -or dispose of- items can also become harmful if left unmonitored, items like electronic waste, paint, old fuels, mercury thermostats, etc. We also have local law enforcement officials on hand that day that will be collecting and properly disposing of any pharmaceuticals that residents want to bring in.

New president named at Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital, in Pittsfield

Randy Clark

Northern Light Health has announced that Randy Clark, MBA, will become Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital’s next president. In this role, Clark will also serve as a Northern Light Health senior vice president. He succeeds Terri Vieira, who retires on April 1, 2022.

Clark has earned a stellar reputation as a leader, colleague, and neighbor of Pittsfield and Sebasticook Valley Hospital. He began his career at the hospital as a controller in 1996, becoming vice president of Finance in 2005 and vice president of Finance and Operations in 2016. In 2021, he expanded his finance role when he also became vice president of Finance for Northern Light Inland Hospital and Northern Light Continuing Care, Lakewood in Waterville, with Operations added to his Inland role in January 2022.

In making the announcement, Timothy Dentry, MBA, Northern Light Health president, and CEO, said, “Randy has outstanding knowledge of healthcare operations and experience in finance, business development, and patient experience. He knows the hospital and the Sebasticook Valley region. He is well-positioned to lead the organization as it continues to focus on making healthcare work for the people we serve.”

Clark noted, “It’s been a privilege to be part of the team at Sebasticook Valley Hospital for many years, and it’s helped prepare me for this opportunity. We have many ongoing challenges to face with the pandemic and workforce shortages, but I am confident that we are headed in the right direction to keep community-based care strong in Pittsfield. I’m proud that our staff is very engaged, cares deeply about every patient, and is committed to our mission and values.”

Clark was raised in Madison. He and his wife have two grown children, a daughter and a son, who live in Maine.

He assumes his new role on April 1, 2022.

Anderson Buck earns scouting second class rank

Anderson Buck

by Mark Huard

Anderson Buck, of Pittsfield, passed his review and earned his Second Class Rank with Boy Scout Troop #63, in Newport.

Some of the requirements were two hours community service, being able to start a fire by himself, staying physically fit for 30 days and coming up with a plan to earn money in order to buy something he wanted. In his case it was a metal detector. He did a month of chores and odd jobs to successfully earn the money.

In the First Class Rank he will need to pass the BSA swimming test (100 meters without touching the bottom of a pool/pond), do 4 hours of community service and learn different types of knots and how to use them along with many others things. He would also like to organize a fundraiser for the local food pantry.

Anderson Buck lives in Pittsfield with his mom, Sharon Hood, stepdad, Chad Hood, and stepsister, Jayden.