Business news

Posted May 16, 2011, at 9:10 p.m.

Flag dedication

HOLDEN — Granville Stone and Hearth and Granville Rental will dedicate their new U.S. flag to the Maine Troop Greeters during an open house 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at 205 Main Road.

Activities also will include raising funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, which benefits those injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A bounce house for children and do-it-yourself classes for adults will be offered, as well. All are welcome to attend the free event. For information, call 989-7570 or visit http://www.granvillestone.com.

TD Bank vice president

BANGOR — TD Bank has promoted Jillian R. Faucher of Old Town to vice president, commercial loan officer in commercial lending in Bangor. She is responsible for providing a range of lending services to business clients with needs greater than $500,000 throughout eastern and Down East Maine.

Faucher has seven years of experience in banking and lending. She joined TD Bank in 2003 as a commercial loan administrator, then moved to portfolio loan officer, and most recently served as an assistant vice president.

Faucher serves on the board of directors and is the development committee chair for the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross. She is a 1999 graduate of Brewer High School.

KeyBank vice president

BANGOR — KeyBank has announced that Michael Chamberlain of Belfast has been named vice president, senior business banking relationship manager. Chamberlain is responsible for business lending throughout Key’s Bangor metro market and is based at 23 Water St.

“Mike has done an outstanding job developing and helping our business clients in both the Bangor area and the coastal area of Maine,” said Steven Gagnon, senior vice president and sales leader for business banking in the Maine District. “He is a true asset to both his clients and his team and is well deserving of this promotion.”

Previously, Chamberlain served as a business banking relationship manager in Key’s Bangor metro market and Key’s Coastal-Central market. Before joining Key, Chamberlain was assistant vice president of commercial banking for Northeast Bank in Augusta. He also was a small-business credit analyst and financial statement analyst for Bank of America and a customer relationship program manager for MBNA.

Chamberlain graduated as valedictorian from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

Agricultural grants

Gov. Paul LePage has announced recipients of several agricultural development grants that will expand Maine farmers’ access to viable water sources.

The Maine Department of Agriculture has awarded 13 farms a total of $518,700 in Agriculture Water Source Development Cost Share grants for 2011 to help farmers build new water storages and drill wells, which in turn, increases the farm’s sustainability.

“Agriculture in Maine, including value-added processing and retail sales, constitutes a $1.5 billion industry,” said LePage. “These grants are vital to farmers throughout Maine that generate this revenue and provide good jobs.”

Farmers who received the grants are required to match the investment, bringing the total capital expenditure for the water and irrigation projects to nearly $1 million.

“Providing investment support for farmers to build ponds and wells is important for securing our food supply and supporting rural farmers in our state,” said Agriculture Commissioner Walter Whitcomb.

There are some 8,100 farms in Maine on about 1.3 million acres. Farm-gate sales in Maine totaled nearly $676 million in 2008.

The 13 farms awarded grants include County Fair Farm in Jefferson, Hope Orchards of Hope, Rolling Acres Farm of Monroe, Stoneyvale of Exeter and Thomas Farm of Corinth.

Regional sales specialist

BANGOR — Christina R. Hansen, a native  of Bangor, has joined TD Insurance Inc., a subsidiary of TD Bank, as a regional sales specialist in Bedford, N.H. An assistant vice president, she is responsible for new client development in personal lines insurance throughout the retail store network across New Hampshire.

Hansen has 18 years of experience in the insurance industry. Before joining TD Insurance, she served as a business development manager in the Private Client Group at Willis in Portsmouth, N.H.

A resident of Merrimack, N.H., Hansen graduated from Bangor High School in 1988.

Investment club

BANGOR — Branching Out Inc. investment club invite others to join us who have an interest in learning about stocks and becoming an informed investor through studying and knowledge sharing. No prior knowledge of the stock market is required.

The group meets at 6 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will be on May 25. For more information, call Pat at 827-4615 or Dot at 866-3008.

Yarn collection

BREWER — Spin a Yarn is planning its first service project. Avid fiber friends, knitters and crocheters are invited to drop off or send stray skeins and extra balls of yarn to the shop at 39 North Main St.

As the collection grows, community knitting for a cause can begin. Some suggested beneficiaries include Project Linus, the Curran Homestead, EMMC pediatrics and neighborhood nursing homes. More suggestions are welcome.

“Let’s make a cuddly difference in the lives of others from our hands and our hearts,” said owner Melissa MacCrae. For more information, call the shop at 989-5002 or email mmaccrae@spinayarn.biz.

Yarn may be dropped off 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Evening classes

BANGOR — Responding to comments from the community, Empire Beauty School will offer evening classes beginning Monday, May 30, at 639 Broadway. The evening schedule will offer students who want to enroll in the cosmetology program greater flexibility in reaching their career goals.

 

“Many potential students request a part-time schedule,” said Amy Guiggey, executive director at Empire Beauty School. “Many of them are already working full time or have families and children to take care of. Offering evening classes will provide a way for these potential students to attend school while still meeting their personal obligations.”

 

Empire’s Bangor campus offers an accessible location with well-trained educators and a busy student salon. Full-time students attend 35 hours a week. Students looking for a part-time schedule can attend 16 hours a week.

 

Empire Education Group owns and operates four schools in Maine, including campuses in Portland, Caribou and Waterville.  For information, call 942-0039 or visit www.empire.edu

 

Food-service training

PROSPECT — Maine Food Smarts has opened a new location on Clark Road in Prospect. The company has more than 40 years combined experience to assist food-service operators in training employees, inventory control, developing products and processes, merchandising techniques and food safety.

In January, the state ruled that every restaurant that serves potentially hazardous foods must employ at least one certified food protection manager. Maine Food Smarts offers ServSafe food certification manager training that fulfills this  requirement.

For information, contact Kathleen Williamson at 567-6077 or visit http://www.mainefoodsmarts.com.

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