Central Maine business briefs: Franklin Savings Bank employees provide for the community

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The Skowhegan Community Food Cupboard was one of eight local pantries that received collected canned goods and boxes, toiletries, and monetary donations from the Franklin Savings Bank. From left are Brynn Witham and Kayla Furbush, both of Franklin Savings Bank. Photo by Faith Rouillard

During the fall months, Franklin Savings Bank employees worked hard to support food supplies in their local communities along with Gold Star Service members and seasoned families.

The bank holds three celebrations a year to honor the achievements of its employees. During the week of October 25-29, staff turned a routine celebration into a collaborative effort to maintain food supplies in the area. The teams competed in a bank-wide grocery campaign called Fall Bounty Week, which highlighted healthy competition between different departments and branches.

“Fall Bounty Week was full of hope, motivation and positive energy,” said Courtney Austin, director of marketing at FSB, according to a press release from the bank. “For us as FSB employees, it means the world to come to work and to be part of so much more outside these bank walls.”

Employees collected canned and packaged goods, toiletries, and monetary donations, which were distributed to eight local pantries. Employee donations totaled 2,500 items and more than $ 1,400.

Additionally, the bank was inspired by the willingness of employees to donate and decided to complement their efforts with a donation of $ 11,000 to be distributed to the designated pantries.

Receiving pantries included Care and Share Food Closet, Farmington; St. Joseph Parish, Farmington; Skowhegan Community Pantry, Praise Meeting of God, Rumford; Wilton United Methodist Church, St. Rose of Lima, Jay; Rangeley Health and Wellness; and Loaves and Fishes, Ellsworth.

Giving doesn’t stop there; Every Friday and Saturday, FSB employees can wear jeans to work for a donation of US $ 2. Franklin Savings Bank employees raised over $ 560 in September to help fund Thanksgiving baskets for Gold Star and Veteran families. The bank also donated an additional $ 800 to help fund the baskets.

These baskets are filled with canned food and cardboard boxes, fresh vegetables, homemade cakes donated by various employees, handwritten cards from employees’ children, and Hannaford gift cards for the more perishable items. This year the FSB put together 31 baskets to support local families.

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Dr. Dawn Elliott joins Franklin Health Women’s Care

FARMINGTON – Dawn Elliott, MD has joined the medical staff at Franklin Memorial Hospital as a Doctor at Franklin Health Women’s Care. Elliott is a comprehensive OB / GYN provider specializing in high risk pregnancies, perinatal mood disorders, family planning and infertility. She has over 20 years of patient care experience.

Elliott received her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, followed by OB / GYN residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington and the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Most recently she was in charge of the Evans Army Community Hospital in Fort Carson, Colorado. She is certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

“I am honored to work with women to improve their wellbeing,” Elliott said, according to a hospital press release. “As an obstetrician-gynecologist, I use evidence-based screening, lifestyle modifications, and optimized medical and surgical interventions to help women achieve their health goals.”

Blue Marble Geographics CEO Appointed to Muskie School of Public Service Visitors Committee

HALLOWELL – Patrick Cunningham, CEO of Blue Marble Geographics, was recently named to the Visiting Panel of the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service.

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The Muskie School of Public Service is Maine’s prestigious school of public policy that combines an extensive portfolio of applied research and technical support with rigorous bachelor and master degrees and certificate programs in geographic anthropology; Tourism and gastronomy; Policy, planning and management; and public health. Renowned nationwide for applying innovative knowledge to critical topics in sustainable development, health and social policy and management, the school is home to the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy.

“We are excited to have Patrick Cunningham join the Muskie School Board of Visitors,” said Dr. Firooza Pavri, assistant dean of the Muskie School of Public Service, according to a press release from Blue Marble Geographics. “His geospatial expertise will benefit our community and we look forward to using his help to develop new training and experience opportunities for our students.”

“It is an honor to be asked to join the Muskie School Board of Visitors,” said Cunningham. “The Muskie School has an excellent graduate program here in Maine. Blue Marble supports public order, health and geography professionals around the world with state-of-the-art geospatial software. I am excited to bring this experience to the board, hopefully to help with the use of GIS at the graduate level at USM. “

Embodying the collaboration, outreach and education principles of Blue Marble, Cunningham brings knowledge and leadership experience from his work at Blue Marble Geographics to his new role on the Muskie School of Public Service Visitors Committee.

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