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Posted June 14, 2011, at 6:47 p.m.

Minigolf course

HERMON — The Sports Arena in Hermon will cut the ribbon during the grand opening of its new 18-hole minigolf course named “Gordy, the Gopher Mini Golf,” at noon Friday, June 17, on Route 2.

The layout is a challenging course, featuring two water fountains, waterfalls, surround sound music, sand traps and a par of 49. The course was designed with Maine rocks and granite as the focal point for the grounds, and is well-lit for evening play. Hours for minigolf will be noon-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and noon-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

The minigolf course was designed to complement the 20 lanes of bowling, 17 pool tables, 50 arcade games, sports bar and food with Maine offerings such as Gifford’s Ice Cream and Pat’s Pizza.

Officials said they hoped the addition would become a one-stop “Staycation Destination” for family entertainment and events such as birthday parties.

All the Birthday Parties have been updated to include the option of minigolf now in the summer months.

For information, call 848-5850 or visit http://www.thesportsarena.biz.

Bangor bank manager

BANGOR — Katahdin Trust Co. President & CEO Jon J. Prescott has announced that Chad V. Desjardins has joined the bank as manager and retail services officer at the Bangor branch on Broadway.

Desjardins will be responsible for retail lending, business development and the day-to-day management of branch activities.

Danelle Weston, regional vice president, who previously had served as manager in Bangor, will relocate to the bank’s new Hampden location, where she will be responsible for administrative oversight and retail business development in Greater Bangor.

“As Katahdin Trust Company expands its presence in the Greater Bangor area, we will do so with qualified banking professionals such as Chad,” Prescott said. “He joins our bank with a commitment to our brand of service-based, solutions-driven banking, and our Bangor customers will be well-served by his efforts and dedication to their financial well-being.”

A native of Fort Kent, Desjardins is a graduate of the University of Maine at Fort Kent with a bachelor’s degree in business management and a concentration in accounting and financial services. He began his career in the financial services industry in 2008 at KeyBank and has served in a variety of positions, most recently as client services manager in Newport.

Desjardins resides in Hermon with his wife, Kelcey.

Hampden bank manager

HAMPDEN — Katahdin Trust Co. President and CEO Jon J. Prescott has announced that veteran banker Sunny G. Somers has joined the bank as manager and retail services officer. In her new role, Somers will be responsible for retail lending, business development and the daily branch management of Katahdin Trust’s newest branch opening on June 20 at 57 Western Ave.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Sunny to the Katahdin family in Hampden,” Prescott said. “She has enjoyed an exceptional career with an in-depth knowledge of lending, account opening and branch operations. Our customers will be well-served by her presence and we invite friends old and new to stop by our new branch located at 57 Western Avenue to meet her.”

A native of Winterport, Somers has more than two decades of experience in the financial services industry. She began her career as head teller at Fleet Bank and later joined Camden National Bank where she served as branch supervisor with responsibility for origination of consumer and business accounts and loans and worked closely with branch operations. Somers most recently was a loan officer with Maine Savings Federal Credit Union in Bangor.

Somers is the recipient of numerous customer service awards during her career. She resides in Searsport and has one grown son.

Centsables program

BANGOR — A unique new program geared to teaching kids about financial literacy as well as life’s values launched on a multimedia platform on June 1 at People’s United Bank’s 12 branches in the Bangor and Waterville regions.

Bill Lucy, senior vice president and division president, said, “It was an easy decision for us. The Centsables program reinforces our commitment to support and enhance our customer’s financial lives. The appeal of these characters to kids, the creativity of the concept, the quality and variety of promotional materials, make this the most effective kids’ financial literacy program we have come across.”

The Kids’ Banking Program encourages saving and good financial management, providing youngsters with their own interest-bearing savings accounts, plus Centsables prizes and collectibles as their savings grow. The Centsables website, www.centsables.com, enables kids to explore the concepts of money, how value is determined, basic economics and investing, without being too technical to understand. Using activity pages and downloadable forms, children can master banking skills such as check-writing and budgeting, preparing deposit slips and earning money.

New home for salon

BANGOR — “Mon Ami” Hair Salon, a fixture on State Street for nearly 40 years, has moved a few blocks closer to downtown to 108 State St., with an entrance on Pine Street.

The salon maintains its signature yellow awning. Owner and master stylist Nancy Lamarre said she was excited to offer her customers a new, comfortable and welcoming space providing the same quality service.

Lamarre received her training at Montreal’s Bruno School of Hair Design, where Vidal Sassoon also is an alumnus. Mon Ami offers “stylish cuts and a full range of colors, foils and perms, using European products including Schwarzkopf color.”

Lamarre, a native of Fort Kent, also is known for her accordion playing and renditions of the folk songs of Maine’s Franco tradition. She occasionally performs for her customers and has recorded several CDs. She also owns a collection of antique accordions.

Mon Ami is open Tuesday to Friday and by appointment. For information, call Nancy Lamarre at 947-3875.

Beverage manager

BANGOR — Christine Hills, a native of Houlton, has been promoted to beverage manager at Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway.

Hills is responsible for managing beverage operations at the casino and the facility’s lounge, the Soundstage Lounge. She manages a team of 40-50 employees in her new position.

“Christine Hills is an extremely dedicated employee,” said Mike Camire, director of food and beverage. “She is very committed to excellence with a keen eye for detail and a strong rapport with her team. Christine is a true commodity with the organization and I look forward to continuing to work with her.”

Hills earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Maine in 2006. She started working at Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway in 2007 as a food and beverage server and was promoted to beverage supervisor in 2008. She recently was selected to assist with the opening of Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway’s sister property in Perryville, Md., because of her extensive technical knowledge of beverage distribution systems and her commitment to providing the highest levels of customer service.

Children’s play place

BANGOR — The Maine Jump, a new children’s play place and healthful food eatery, has been opened by John Dobbs at 312 Hogan Road.

The facility includes a Chez Cherry mural featuring Andrew Wyeth’s Cushing, the Capitol building in Augusta, Sugarloaf Mountain, Mount Katahdin, Fort Kent as the home of the World Cup Biathlon, the University of Maine, the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge, Stephen King’s house, Paul Bunyan and the rocky coast.

The playground at The Maine Jump includes a 15-foot-high bounce slide, a 40-foot-long dual obstacle course, an enclosed inflatable bounce castle, a jousting arena for children and a picnic area. The Maine Jump is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. For information, call 947-2228.

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