2014 Profile section B
An annual overview of businesses and organizations
Business PrO file Home | Profile The area professionals listed in this section are dedicated and trusted experts who provide information, services and products that inspire us to find comfort in house and home. 2B profile 2014 Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Saturday, April 26, 2014 Flooring & Kitchen By Dan Marois Feature Writer / Photographer W ith a new location, expanded showroom and additional design staff to meet your needs, Sherm Arnold’s Flooring & Kitchen, at 675 Main Street in Lewiston, is the place to visit for your next home remodeling project. “Our new location is bigger, better and brighter,” said Denis and Tammy Lebel, owners of the home remodeling center. “There is ample parking and plenty of space in our showroom.” Well known for their personalized customer service, Sherm Arnold’s Flooring & Kitchen carries an array of products for anyone from do-it-yourselfers to the most experienced contractors. They also offer design services to help plan out new construction or any remodeling project. Kitchen designer, Todd Lebel, is still on staff and he has been joined by an additional designer, Michelle Berube. “They can produce a computerized detailed design of what your kitchen or bath will look like,” said Tammy Lebel. “We can help them with everything from A to Z.” The move to their Main Street location in Lewiston also brought the need for an additional staff members, who specializes in sales and customer service. “When we moved here, we added staff to better support our customers,” said Lebel. Customers can get an up-close look at kitchen cabinets including a wide array of colors, designs, and brand names. With a new location, expanded showroom and additional design staff to meet your needs, Sherm Arnold's Flooring & Kitchen, at 675 Main Street in Lewiston, is the place to visit for your next home Sherm Arnold's Flooring & Kitchen offers a layaway plan on remodeling project. purchases, an item rarely seen in home improvement stores. When purchasing fro m Sherm Arnold’s Flooring & Kitchen, customers are dealing with a locally owned, Maine-based business that is ready to help out with any project. And while the Lebels have owned the business for nearly seven years, the business has served central Maine for almost 40 years. “Let us show you what the power of buying local can do for you,” said Lebel. “That’s a motto that Denis likes to use.” “In our customer service, we truly help out the customer and listen to what they want to do,” said Lebel. “We don’t just try to sell them something [for the sake of it]; we really respond to what they want.” classic hardwood, laminate, tile, vinyl and carpeting samples of various colors and textures. “We have done well,” said Denis Lebel, noting that the business actually grew in a down economy. And to assist families on a budget with their remodeling project, Sherm Arnold’s Flooring & Kitchen even offers a layaway plan on purchases, an item rarely seen in home improvement stores. “We encourage people to stop by our new location, meet our dedicated staff, and talk about their next project,” said Lebel. “We often say that ‘Your Vision is our Mission.’” In keeping with the tradition at their former location, there’s an area of the new location that showcases what is known as “Denny’s Deals.” “This area has remnants of carpeting, vinyl, tile and specially priced items,” said Lebel. Sherm Arnold's Flooring & Kitchen has a new, spacious location and showroom at 675 Main Street in Lewiston. A quick walk around the showroom reveals that there are many design options from which a shopper can choose. In one area, customers can get an up-close look at kitchen cabinets including a wide array of colors, designs, and brand names. The showroom also features one display after another with samples of everything from the newest and most fashionable floor coverings, and multiple racks of Flooring & Kitchen 675 Main Street, Lewiston Phone: 207-782-0831 • www.shermarnolds.com Woman’s Literary Union of Androscoggin County By Denise Scammon WLU Publicist them away for free to junior and senior high school students from any school, any where. Girls getting a free prom gown one year can pay it forward by bringing it back after cleaning for someone else to wear the next year. INTELLECTUAL, CULTURAL, EDUCATIONAL ADVANCEMENT THE FOSS MANSION T he Woman’s Literar y Union of Androscoggin County is a §501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization established in 1892 that seeks to further the intellectual, cultural and educational advancement of its members and the community. The organization’s name is purposely spelled with an “a” in Woman as at the time the organization was established, it was the era of the “New Woman.” The Foss Mansion at 19 Elm Street, Auburn, was bequeathed to WLU upon the death of Ella May Fletcher Foss in 1941. Prior to this, the organization had met at its former clubhouse, the Squire Edward Little House on Main Street, Auburn, from 1932 to 1943. Before owning the Little House, WLU met in various public rooms, halls and vestries in Lewiston-Auburn, and in the homes of members. Describing the concept of the “New Woman” in 1894, WLU’s president at the time, Mrs. Addison Small, explained that women increasingly recognized the necessity of pursuing an intellectual life. She said that women realized how much richer one’s life becomes when giving of one’s time and services to better the world. The Foss Mansion is a beautiful venue for cultural events that include artistic and musical expression or as a backdrop for wedding photos or family portraits. The house is available for private functions. Call for available dates. From its inception, education has been a big part of WLU’s activities. As early as 1898, WLU members started a successful movement to add kindergarten to the public school systems in Lewiston and Auburn. In 1902, WLU held a public debate as to whether or not it would “be for the advantage of the schools of Lewiston and Auburn to have women on their school boards.” Members spoke on both sides of the issue; the vote resulted in an affirmative majority. example of the adults in attendance and dress for the Tea in pretty dresses, shoes, and hats, and may be accompanied by a doll. The children learn to display appropriate behavior and etiquette, and to care about how they look and behave at public events. The Tea’s entertainment varies each year from storytelling to short skits, complete with costumed actors. The project took several years to get off the ground, but WLU members, in 1908, established three public playgrounds in Lewiston and Auburn where none had existed. WLU initially purchased the playground equipment with funds they had raised through donations. After the playgrounds were established, the cities began contributing to playground expenses, but left management to WLU. Until at least 1921, WLU club members maintained the playgrounds and hired teachers to run the summer recreation programs. Information on the histor y of W LU, its members and activities can be found in the club’s collection of historical documents, which include meeting minutes, ledger books, scrapbooks, photos, correspondence, bank records, and more, dating back to the early days of the club, and which are available for research by appointment. WLU is an excellent resource for student projects. About six times a year, the public is invited to play Bunco, a dice game dating back to 18th-century England. It came over to America with immigrants and then spread from the East to West during the Gold Rush of the 1850s. It was a popular game at speakeasys during Prohibition which is when the term “bunco squad” originated, from police raids on gambling parlors. WLU members give instructions before the playing begins. Bunco has become very popular at WLU and those who have played it at the Foss Mansion can’t wait for the next scheduled game. New in 2014, and sure to return for years to come, is WLU’s Fairy Godmother Project Prom Gown Giveaway extravaganza. The purpose of the Fairy Godmother Project is to collect donated gowns, dresses and accessories and give EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES These days, W LU members continue to put the club’s mission into practice through cultural, intellectual, educational, and civic engagement in the community. Money raised by WLU at its events helps maintain the beautiful Foss Mansion, and fund the scholarships given away each year for Androscoggin County high school students studying the arts or literature. The annual Doll Tea hosted by WLU each spring is a cultural event with educational aspects. Children follow the Sun Journal file photo The annual Doll Tea is a cultural event with educational aspects. The Foss Mansion is like a magnet to the community and has been a landmark in Auburn since it was completed in 1917, nearly 100 years ago. Tales about the skeletons found on the Foss property, the mansion’s proximity to an early cemetery, and other mysteries about the house fascinate history hounds. This magnificent home was built for Horatio G. and Ella M. Foss. When it was built, the house featured the latest in technological innovations such as both electric and gas lighting, a central vacuum system, concealed lighting in the dining room, and bathrooms with f lushing toilets and plumbing. The garage had a turntable in its floor. The only major changes made to the house were in the kitchen which was updated in the late 1940s and the switch from coal to oil furnaces. The rest of the house with its Spanish-influenced white-stuccoed exterior walls, clay tiled roof, Federalinfluenced portico, and Palladian windows, remains a fine example of mostly Georgian-Revival architecture. The house was listed in the National Register of Historical Places in 1976 for its architectural significance as well as its association with the Dingley-Foss Shoe Company, owned by Horatio G. Foss. MEMBERSHIP In 1917, WLU examined its organizational purpose, stating: “As a Literary Union we have many aspirations. We aspire to increase our membership, to enlarge and broaden out our department work, always remembering without high purposes we can accomplish nothing. Only by bringing some assistance to the home, the schools, the institutions of the town, can we live up to our work. ... The extension of the club movement from the literary field to the realm of practical matters is a growth – an evolution.” Today, membership in WLU is open to anyone and the diverse backg rounds of its members ma ke t he club dynamic. Multi generations chair or sit on the various committees and work together at events all year. Members pick and choose the events and programs they want to attend or participate in based on their interests and availability. Now is the perfect time to join us. For more information, visit www.womansliteraryunion.org or call 207-783-5630. profile 2014 3B Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Saturday, April 26, 2014 R.S. Osgood & Sons: Celebrating 85 years in business "Q u a l it y s a le s a nd s e r v ic e since 1930" is the slogan at R.S. Osgood & Sons, Inc. in East Dixfield, Maine. Founded by Roland Osgood in 1930, Osgood's has been helping customers in the surrounding area for 85 years. "Our biggest focus is the personal attention we are able to give our customers," said third-generation owner, Cindy Osgood. "We service everything we sell, we have the parts in stock, and the experience with the equipment." Some of the equipment they carry includes the full line of Kubota tractors, zero-turn mowers, and RTVs. In addition to the Kubota line, they also offer law n and garden tractors by Toro and Cub Cadet, snowblowers by Honda and Toro, Honda generators, Stihl chainsaws and trimmers, and farm equipment by Kuhn, Woods and Landpride. There is a sense of pride among the 10 employees who work at R.S. Osgood & Sons, showing a desire to be helpful when called upon. Osgood senses that pride. She understood the importance of building strong relationships with customers when she took over the business from her father, Spencer Osgood in 2003. A visit to their 85th annual open house confirmed that strong relationship, as cars and trucks were lined up for hundreds of feet on both sides of Route 2. Employees and customers discussed the nice spring weather, and checked out the newest Kubota tractors, while eating their fresh-cut french fries, always a big hit at their annual open house. A lt houg h recent t rends have seen larger farms dwindling, R.S. Osgood & Sons has reacted to the trends and are ready to help those people who are looking to produce their ow n food on a smaller amount of land and still need reliable equipment to perform day-to-day tasks. "Homeow ners are doing a lot of gardening, people with five to 15 acres. They may have a few horses or cattle; some have smaller gardens and many have larger gardens," Osgood said. "We have the equipment to help those people be successful, as well as those working the larger farms. We take pride in the fact that we know the needs of ALL our customers, from the smallest gardener to the largest farmer." T h roug h t hei r reputat ion of ser v ic e a nd rel ia bi l it y, R . S. Osgood & Sons has developed a niche that their customers have come to rely on, and has given them a broad base of returning and new customers. The company's location in a small Western Maine community has been a real positive factor, as many of their customers have been returning for years. Helping to support that reputation is their exceptiona l parts and ser v ice departments. Osgood's employees are trained, experienced, and ver y k nowledgeable i n t he t rade. T hei r service staff has over 40 years of combined service, and are dedicated to make sure the job is done right and completed in a timely fashion to get you up and running again. 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Optional equipment may be shown. © Kubota Tractor Corporation, 2014 Rt. 2, East Dixfield • 645-4934 or 1-800-287-4934 Hours: Mon-Fri 8-5, Sat 8-12 • www.rsosgood.com • email: email@example.com 4B profile 2014 Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Saturday, April 26, 2014 Pictured below: The youngest members of the extended Warner "family" hold the $189 vinyl window replacement deal sign in front of the owners, staff and family in the showroom on Lisbon St. By Dan Marois Feature Writer L & S Windows at 884 Lisbon Street in Lewiston is well known for its home window replacement deal. The sign in their showroom boldly states, “Any size vinyl replacement window $189 installed!” “That’s what we are known for,” said Scot Warner, who runs the business with his wife, Laurianne, and son, Scott. “This year, the offer is even better with a higher quality window from the Alside Fusion Series.” The $189 price includes remov ing t he e x i st i ng w i ndow s a nd t he c omplete installation of new windows. “I’m not sure that anyone else is offering something like this,” said Warner. For c u stomer s i ntere ste d i n bu y i ng Maine-made products, L & S Windows now offers Paradigm Windows which are manufactured in Maine by Maine people. Scot, Laurianne, and Scott Warner Safety and Health Administration) and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency for homes built before 1978). They are also certified state of Maine weatherization tech n icia ns. They a re ex per ienced in working with federal and state housing programs that sometimes have special requirements in construction standards. Scot Warner, and son, Scott, say that the $189 deal includes highquality windows from the Alside Fusion Series and the removal of existing windows along with the complete installation of the new windows. They have even sta r ted a n auto g lass division that offers mobile ser vice and auto window replacement at an affordable price, framing construction and also offer financing. They recently became certified vinyl siding installers and they are on the cutting edge of energy conservation efforts. There’s a book full of customer testimonials in the L & S showroom where satisfied customers have given the contractor rave reviews. L & S Wi ndows prov ides w i ndow replacement as well as roofing, siding, and doors primarily in southern and central Maine. With a total staff of 10 employees, L & S Windows is a one-stop shopping center for exterior home improvements. “In 2015, there will be new Energ y Star requirements,” said the younger Warner. “Our Mezzo Window a lready meets or exceeds the new Energy Star guidelines.” G er r y St. Onge, of L ew iston, a lw ay s he sit at e d w hen h i s w i fe p o s e d t he discussion of placing vinyl siding on their Walnut Street two-story, flat-roof building. No job is too large or too small for L & S Windows. “I had never had it sided for 48 years,” said St. Onge. “Finally, I decided it was time.” The Warners take pride in being a locally run family business. “We do sma ll projects w it h just a few windows to replace,” said Warner. “We also do major projects that involve replacing dozens of windows.” He liked L & S Windows because the service was good and they didn’t “drag their feet.” “And Maine people know how to deal with Maine winters,” added son Scott. “L & S stands for Laurianne and Scot and our youngest and eldest sons are Logan and Scott,” said Warner. “Someday when they take over the business, they won’t have to change the name.” The Lisbon Street showroom is cozy and bright with displays showing an array of w indow choices, roof ing shingles, and siding options. Warner noted that all of their windows are American made and installed by their own employees. “The windows have an insulated glass unit, are all vinyl and durable, and have tilt-in sashes for easy cleaning,” said Warner, as he demonstrated in the showroom how easy it is to fold down the windows within their cases. “Most of the heat lost in homes is through older windows that don’t have the same technology and efficiency of current designs. We find that replacement windows pay for themselves in about five years when considering the heat that is saved with new windows.” T he pa s t y e a r h a s s e en a fe w ne w developments for L & S Windows. They now have a display area at Home Pros on Center Street in Auburn, a year-round homeshow storefront promoting many local business contractors. T he y have a ne w website de sig n at landswindows.com with lots of information for potential customers and they are well represented and rated on Angie’s List, the online website where consumers can rate their experiences with contractors. BEFORE “If I needed something, all I had to do was to call them up,” said St. Onge. “They had everything done in less than two weeks.” St. Onge was particularly pleased that L & S took the time and attention to keep some of the unique character of the older house. “They took the extra time to keep some of the designs along the roof line,” said St. Onge. “Not every company would do that.” “Being the maintenance supervisor of over 15 buildings in the Lewiston area including Saint Peter & Paul Basilica, and dealing with numerous contractors, I would feel totally Warner family youngsters hold the $189 special sign. confident in hiring L & S Windows for all my construction needs,” said Jerry Tanguay of Lewiston in a recent referral letter to the Warner family. “Totally professional, reliable, courteous, and very friendly.” Even the former mayor of Lewiston weighed in on the experience with the Warner family in a similar letter to them. “The ser v ice at your place of business w a s e xc el lent . L au r i a n ne e x pl a i ne d everything about the windows, the process of installation and provided an accurate timeline for the project,” said Laurent Gilbert, Sr. “When your crew left the job site, it was left neat and clean and one could never tell that new windows were installed that day.” “Every step of the way, you’ll be working with a family member,” added Warner, who you’ll soon discover treats all of his customers just like family. “We not only sell the job, but we are there from start to finish completing the project.” AFTER Warner and his team are well trained for window installations. In addition to being certified window installers with special training in the process, they are certified installers through OSH A (Occupational L & S Windows, 884 Lisbon Street, Suite 3, Lewiston, ME 04240 Phone: 207-783-9200 or 1-866-989-9155 • Fax: 207-783-9201 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • Web: www.landswindows.com profile 2014 5B Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Saturday, April 26, 2014 195 Center Street, Auburn, ME 04210 Bouffard & McFarland: Quality Maine-built homes By Dan Marois Feature Writer “The construction of our homes can be described as Old World craftsmanship, with attention paid to every single detail. We specialize in custom trim work and custom handbuilt cabinetry,” said McFarland. “We have had the same trim and cabinet people from the inception of our company so we maintain the same quality in every house we build. Having no turnover of employees creates consistency in every aspect of building a home so there’s no variability in the final product. We feel this makes us different from the competition.” B usiness partners Reggie Bouffard and Gary McFarland have been building custom homes for over 30 years and, in that time, they have learned a thing or two about quality construction. “We have built many new homes over the years. Whether you have your own blueprints or you want a design from one of our talented architects, we have the experience to build your house the way you want it,” said McFarland. “Quality is always a priority at Bouffard & McFarland and we use only the best materials available to us to build these high-quality homes. “We also have many house lots available in very desirable sections of Auburn and the greater southern and central Maine area,” added McFarland. “We are happy to provide free quotes for package deals of homes and lots.” After having started in the business by doing most any remodeling and building job that came along, Bouffard & McFarland have developed a following for their expertise in new home construction as well as remodeling projects. “We have gotten business by word-of-mouth,” said McFarland, “and as time went on, we started doing more high-end home-building jobs.” Today, Bouffard & McFarland have a reputation for being the premiere luxury home builders in central and southern Maine. A look at their website (www.mainebuilthomes.com) Bouffard & McFarland offers pre-designed blueprints to choose from or they can offer a personalized blueprint to your specifications. Submitted photos These are just a few samplings of the designs available featuring Bouffard and McFarland craftsmanship and quality. shows photos of elegantly designed homes on wonderfully groomed landscapes. But don’t be fooled. The builders construct a wide variety of homes, within various budgets, and they do home remodeling as well. “We are currently working on a project where we gutted the entire first floor,” said McFarland. “We redid the whole thing.” Remodeling work often includes kitchens or bathrooms or complete additions to an existing home. Bouffard & McFarland take pride in detailed construction not found from other builders. “Our architects take a laptop right to the homeowner to plan out their project,” said McFarland. “We find this is the best way to plan your project and get exactly the design that you want.” A recent testimonial from their website captures the essence of Bouffard & McFarland. “I can't even begin to thank you for the beautiful dream home you built for us. What a great experience to work with you both and what a superb crew you have. It is a truly amazing house and so beautiful. Words can't even express our gratitude and appreciation.” Call Bouffard & McFarland today to start your construction project or remodeling at 207-783-6224 or visit them at www. mainebuilthomes.com. We are more than just cats and dogs... Adoption Lost & Found Temporary Shelter Partnerships Community Spay/Neuter Assistance Humane Education Youth Volunteer Programs Programs for the Disabled Special Pets for Seniors GREATER ANDROSCOGGIN HUMANE SOCIETY 3312 Hotel Road 783-2311 (general) Auburn, Maine 04210 786-4713 (business) www.SavingPetsInMaine.org 6B profile 2014 Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Saturday, April 26, 2014 Fontaine Family The Real Estate Leader: Worthy of your trust By Donna rousseau Feature Writer With team and technology in their professional “tool box,” Fontaine Family Team agents are afforded the luxury of time for their clients, and right on point, Fontaine recognizes the importance of the personal touch. C onsumers choose daily where to place their trust in regard to the products and services they use. When buying or selling real estate, knowing how to identify the best sales agent can make the difference between a quality, professional experience and one fraught with frustration and disappointment. Technology and efficiency alone do not define the quality of an agent. It is the side-by-side experience, the listening, the irreplaceable human element that defines the quality agent. Persona l ser v ice is what sets a Fontaine Family Team agent apart and positions the Fontaine Family -- The Real Estate Leader as a front runner in the industry. Brenda Fonta ine, ow ner of Fontaine Family – The Real Estate Leader, says her clients’ quality experience begins and ends with the quality of the agents on her team. Over the years, Fontaine has grown from an office of one to a team of 19, comprised of family members and a carefully selected group of agents and administrative staff who know how to deliver. The Fontaine Family Team agents close, on average, 33 transactions per year compared to eight transactions per year by the average agent. “The Fontaine Family Team is second to none in Lewiston-Auburn for ‘most listings sold’ in 2013,” stated Fontaine. The team is also honored to be named among America’s Top 1000 Professional Real Estate Teams, ranking in the top 10 percent of the top 1,000 teams. To their accomplishments, the team also receives top marks for lowest days on the market for their listings. “Our average is 95 days,” said Fontaine. “Our mission, ‘To get your home sold faster for top dollar’ is not just slogan. It’s a fact.” The building of a better agent begins much like that of a quality building, with a solid foundation and sturdy framework. Fontaine said, “Most agents spend less than 25 percent of their time helping buyers and sellers. The other 75 percent is spent on essential administrative functions. That’s why our office has a real estate-licensed support staff to manage all the ‘backstage’ details, allowing our remaining sales professionals to build the trusting client/ agent relationships that ultimately result in faster, more efficient sales.” Speed and efficiency count in a world where immediacy has become a daily expectation. Fontaine keeps pace by staying on the edge of technology and utilizing social media including Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube, and Pinterest. Their website, www.brendafontaine.com, is constantly evolving and is ranked in the top 11 percent for websites in the world. Additionally, they were the first to offer a mobile website to their clients. Over 30 years Fontaine has assisted more than 4,500 families realize the American dream of home ownership. During that time, she and her team have forged client and community relationships that, like a well-built structure, will hopefully stand the test of time. “Our success lies in the hands of our clients and the communities in which they live,” said Fontaine. “We strive to build relationships that will last a lifetime but, we also recognize the importance of maintaining a healthy community in which everyone can live and achieve their goals. Consequently, we dedicate support for organizations and efforts including cancer research, Make-A-Wish Maine, United Way, and Safe Voices. It’s our way of giving back. We are all a part of something much bigger than ourselves and we are grateful to our clients and our community for the opportunity to serve them. Every day we commit ourselves to hard work and integrity so that we will continue to be worthy of their trust.” Fontaine Family – The Real Estate Leader • 336 Center Street • Auburn, ME 04210 • 784-3800 s with t c je Abo o r p r v e an u o y dB h s i eyo n i f d nd n a n i g Be Roofing By Deborah Carroll Feature Writer a very diverse group,” added Therrien, “and we bring a lot of knowledge to every job site.” Although Above and Beyond LLC, a full-service contractor with its offices at 524 Lincoln Street in Lewiston, has its roots in commercial roofing, its repertoire of available services has grown to include nearly all aspects of commercial and residential construction and remodeling including garages and additions, windows and doors, kitchens and bathrooms, siding, gutters and decks, as well as roofs. At Above and Beyond they know that this attention to training, as well as employee longevity, are the building blocks for a consistently good product. Both Glenn Therrien and Frank Robitaille, owners of Above and Beyond LLC, were born and raised in Lewiston and, prior to formally joining forces as Above and Beyond, the pair had worked side by side on various job sites for more than 20 years. During the winter months, with lots of work to be done both in and out of doors, Above and Beyond employs between 18 and 25 people. During the summer months, that number grows to around 30, and the employees of Above and Beyond consider themselves a team. “It starts with Kim answering the phone,” said Therrien, “then our customers work hand in hand with our estimators, and then with our various crews. By the time most projects are finished, the customer has had the opportunity to work with 10 to 15 of our employees. From office staff to foremen, and estimators to team leaders and supervisors, Above and Beyond has longevity on their side. “We’ve been very fortunate,” said Therrien, “in the last five years, we haven’t lost any key employees.” Perhaps “fortune” has nothing to do with it. “If you want to get good work out of your people,” said Robitaille, “you have to treat them right.” Above and Beyond provides its team with ample opportunities to develop their skills. “We do a lot of cross training,” explained Robitaille. “Our roofers are able to do carpentry, and vice versa.” With respect to experience and expertise, “We’re According to Therrien, the company strives to employ a great team of people who achieve the goals the company sets for itself. "This, in turn, helps Above and Beyond to achieve the goals set by their customers." A lthough Above and Beyond subs out a few specific jobs, such as excavation, foundation, electrical and plumbing work, they have known each of their subcontractors for many years, and work with them exclusively. Metal roof “They’re part of the Above and Beyond family,” said Therrien, “and we don’t bounce around.” According to Robitaille, whether the reference is to key employees or subcontractors, “Our customers know that the guy they worked with last year is the same guy that they’ll work with this year.” Above and Beyond works closely with architects and engineers, but can also do “design build,” where a customer comes to them with ideas and they work closely with them, on a more personal level, to help make their vision become a reality. Freestanding garage What it boils down to is this: “We work hard for our customers,” said Therrien, “and we take pride in ourselves and in the consistent quality of the work that we do.” A re you considering a bathroom or k itchen remodel? Do you need an in-law apartment, an office suite or a new roof, even in the dead of winter? Siding “We can do it all,” said Therrien, making Above and Beyond a great place to begin, and finish. For more information, visit www.aboveandbeyondonline.com or call 207-576-3825. Above and Beyone LLC 524 Lincoln St, Lewiston, ME 04240 207-786-9966 Replacement window profile 2014 7B Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Saturday, April 26, 2014 The All-Access Bundle. Itâ€™s the news you want. Wherever you are. $4.99/week All-Access Digital and Print Bundle The All-Access Digital and Print Bundle from Sun Media Group is the ideal way to get your news anywhere and anytime you want. For just $4.99 per week, youâ€™ll enjoy daily delivery of our print edition, along with unlimited access to Sun Media Group websites, free quarterly classified ads, weekly merchant discounts, a donation to the charity of your choice and much more. Sign up at SunJournal.com. 8B profile 2014 Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Saturday, April 26, 2014 the BalLoOnS k Ba r aRrAugust 15-17C 22nd annual Great Falls Balloon Festival 9 Lewiston / Auburn, Maine BE OFF ’N AWAY . . . SHOW ’YER SUPPORT . . . ON A BALLOON RIDE BECOME A SPONSOR The best way to experience the festival is from the basket of a hot air balloon! All rides are free-flying and passengers will enjoy spectacular views of the cities. The generosity of our sponsors makes the festival possible. Benefits include: Balloon ride tickets make great gifts for Moms, Dads and Grads! 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Launches are scheduled for 6am and 6pm Friday–Sunday during festival weekend. 9 Support dozens of local non-profits Our mission is to provide fundraising opportunities for local non-profits. In 2013, the festival helped 33 groups. profile 2014 9B Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Saturday, April 26, 2014 3 Middle St, Lewiston Phone: 207- 784-5721 By Dan Marois Feature Writer / Photographer T ucked away on Middle Street in Lewiston, in the shadow of Central Maine Medical Center, there is a great resource for new construction or home remodelers at Redlon & Johnson. While locals might remember it as the former location of Hall & Knight, Redlon & Johnson is a Maine-based business founded in 1887. “We are a leading New England wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating, cooling, water system, pipe, valves, fittings, and industrial products,” said branch manager, Tim Fox. “We supply professional contractors with the products, services, and value that make them more competitive for the consumer.” “We are a wholesaler that sells through contractors, not directly to the public,” said Fox. “However, we have a spacious showroom where consumers can see our products up close.” According to the company’s website at www.redlonjohnson.com, “In today's competitive marketplace, there are many options for the consumer. The consumer can buy products directly from home centers or other warehouse-type outlets. In these cases, consumers may think they are getting a better price. However, consumers need to be aware of some of the hidden costs of purchasing in this way.” Redlon & Johnson is a Maine-based business founded in 1887. And while the showroom features products for kitchen and bathroom projects, Fox noted that Redlon & Johnson sells home heating units. “We have heating engineers on staff,” said Fox. “We have units that run with natural gas, propane and oil.” With 12 locations in Maine and New Hampshire, the Lewiston location features a registered Kohler showroom featuring some of the finest products on the market. The Lewiston site also boasts 26 employees ready to meet the needs of contractors and their clients. Redlon & Johnson is a leading New England wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating, cooling, water system, pipe, valves, fittings, and industrial products Redlon & Johnson has created each of their design centers to help customers visualize their building or remodeling dream. “You need to know your options in terms of products, colors, and sizes, and we have knowledgeable staff who can help you with ideas, new products, displays, catalogs, and features,” said Fox. “We bring everything together: your contractor’s technical knowledge, our showroom's design creativity, and of course, the quality kitchen and bath products that will make your home project complete.” Fox said, “Redlon & Johnson will make your building or remodeling project an enjoyable experience. Partnering with your contractor, we can assure you a timely and valued project that you will enjoy for years to come.” The website further explains that the actual product they are purchasing is, in many ways, designed for the retail market and may not have the quality that is in the professional products that the professional contractor buys from Redlon & Johnson. The consumer bears the burden of the warranty for these products. If for some reason the product fails, the consumer will have to pay to have it taken out and re-installed. A better alternative to purchasing products from home centers or other outlets is for consumers to "Partner with Professionals,” a special collaboration offered by Redlon & Johnson. “This means that consumers work with licensed contractors and with Redlon & Johnson,” said Fox. “And, together with our partners, we offer consumers quality, value, warranty and service.” Redlon & Johnson has a spacious showroom where consumers can see products up close. 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I t’s all about looking ahead at Electrical Systems of Maine where both commercial and residential customers can count on expert work for efficiency and safety. For more than 25 years, ESM has helped businesses and homeowners with dependable electrical design work and installations both large and small. Electrical Systems of Maine is at 1200 Minot Ave., Auburn. The office can be reached at 207-783-7126. Matt described a recent retrofit they did of parking lot lighting at Whited Truck and RV Center in Auburn. The new LED lighting resulted in reduced wattage and the pay-back period for the installation is just three years, he said. The improved lighting is accomplished with fewer fixtures that provide more light, and the life span of the modern light units can be as much as 22 David Tassinari, founder and president, Matt Tassinari, the firms corporate financial Michelle Fournier has been office officer, and Craig Norcross, Chief operations manager at Electrical Systems of manager, head a full-service company that Maine for eight years. began in the family’s garage. The company grew and moved on through several Auburn locations. In the early days, they worked from a chicken barn years. near the Hartt’s Transportation Systems terminal on Hotel “The future is going to be LED lighting,” Matt said. Road and ESM once operated out of the Washington Street ESM’s services include engineering and design, control building formerly occupied by the WBLM radio station. panel manufacturing, project management, maintenance As the company expanded, David bought a 24,000-square- and service, fire alarm systems, phone and data wiring and foot facility located on Minot Avenue in January of 2007 and thermal imaging. immediately began a total remodeling project there. The ESM team has total experience of more than 100 years of The building continues to serve the company well, Matt com- combined work in the field. mented. The facility has bright and attractive offices, a large conference room and a reception area at the front. The spa- Craig Norcross, operations manager, has been with ESM for cious shop and warehouse at the rear provide 18,000 square 22 years. Steve McGuire, senior estimator, has 14 years of service, Michelle Fournier, office manager, has been with the feet of wide-open working space. company for eight years, and Nolan Meunier, senior project The business operates completely under one roof. Warehous- manager, has been at ESM for four years. ing was formerly located at a separate location from the main Matt said the current ESM work force numbers 31, with 24 offices. of them in the field. Others are office personnel and project With that small-scale beginning, ESM has steadily expanded managers. He said more employees may be added soon. while maintaining its reputation one job at a time on projects ranging from hospitals and manufacturing facilities to com- Going forward into 2014 looks to be a great year for ESM. They have a good backlog of projects ranging from residenmercial buildings and high-end residential homes. tial generator installations to large industrial projects such The firm provides a full range of electrical contracting ser- as pavement plant electrical upgrades to computerized shipvices with cutting-edge options related to energy efficiency, ping systems. safety and economy for its customers. Roger Champaign, electrician, works on a power upgrade for a customer. “A customer comes to us and gets the full package,” Matt said, explaining that the firm is ready and able to do wiring work and generator installation in older homes as well as new construction. “It could be anything from a light switch or a whole house, or a residential stand-by generator system,” Matt said. ESM is a major distributor in the area for Generac stand-by electrical generator systems. ESM installed 50 generators last year. With that kind of demand, the best time to install a stand-by generator is spring and summer, Matt said. Noting that many Mainers were caught off-guard by the Christmas ice storm this past winter, he said it was a special pleasure when several of those customers called to thank the ESM team for providing back-up power to handle just such emergencies. Electrician Roger Champaign of Electrical Systems of Maine works on a Electrician Gerry Merritt works on a large control panel at the company’s control panel. facility at 1200 Minot Ave., Auburn. A Leap of Faith Giving Hope to Sabattus Area Families in Need Loaves & Fishes is located at the Dominican Sisters Convent at 61 Lisbon Road, Sabattus, ME. Under the sponsorship of the Dominican Sisters, Loaves and Fishes serves all qualified residents of the Sabattus area, regardless of religious affiliation. Our Story Loaves & Fishes was based on the Scripture story of the miraculous multiplication of the loaves and fishes. We were established in 1997 to provide assistance to families in crisis.. The program extends to a clothes closet and food pantry that receives food from the USDA food program through Community Concepts, Hannaford’s, Panera Bread, and the Good Shepherd Food Bank for distribution to Sabattus residents. The pantry is opened every Wednesday of the month between the hours of 9:00 and 9:30 am and every fourth Wednesday from 9:00 and 9:30 am and 3:00 and 3:30pm Loaves & Fishes has an all volunteer Board of Directors that is comprised of community members, active and retired business professionals and educators, and recipients of Loaves & Fishes. We are supported by many volunteers who donate countless hours to the program. Loaves & Fishes helps local school children with school supplies, warm winter coats, and handmade woolen hats and mittens. We also provide Thanksgiving meals, and collect Christmas presents for families. At Christmas time, Loaves & Fishes prepares gift bags for the Sabattus police to deliver to the elderly in our community. In order to continue our work, we depend on donations, and multiple fundraisers such as garage sales, concerts, dinners, food sales, card parties and much more. Our supporters are our strength and the reason we continue to help people in crisis . Contact Information For more information, call 375-8399 or visit us on our website at www.sabattusdominicans.org profile 2014 11B Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Saturday, April 26, 2014 5/1 5/9 5/11 MAY PROMOTIONS EDUCATION DAY AT HADLOCK FIELD MADE POSSIBLE BY MERCY HOSPITAL BRANDON WORKMAN BOBBLEHEAD TO THE FIRST 1,000 FANS MADE POSSIBLE BY U.S. CELLULAR CIVIL RIGHTS DAY SPONSORED BY ELECTRICITY MAINE MOTHER’S DAY 5K ROAD RACE 9:15AM START OF RACE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE DAY WOODSIDE ONE WHEELERS PRE-GAME PERFORMANCE FIREWORKS SHOW AFTER THE GAME 5/16 5/17 MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY SPONSORED BY GENERAL DYNAMICS BATH IRON WORKS 5/18 SUPER HERO DAY – SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY SPIDERMAN BARK IN THE PARK COURTESY OF PLANET DOG BRING YOUR DOG TO THE PARK AND WATCH THE GAME THE ACADEMY OF DANCE PRE-GAME PERFORMANCE 5/19 ALL THE HAIR YOU CAN SPARE PRESENTED BY 99.9 THE WOLF & AKARI 5/20 ALS AWARENESS NIGHT AT HADLOCK FIELD 5/22 GOLF NIGHT PRE-GAME DEMONSTRATIONS 5/28 HARNESS AT HADLOCK SPONSORED BY THE MAINE HARNESS RACING PROMOTION BOARD 5/29 EDUCATION DAY AT HADLOCK FIELD 6/3 6/4 6/6 6/7 JUNE PROMOTIONS WILL MIDDLEBROOKS BOBBLEHEAD TO THE FIRST 1,000 FANS COURTESY OF IRVING OIL HIGH SCHOOL NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS COURTESY OF MAINE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD UNUM TEACHER’S HALL OF FAME FAITH AND FAMILY NIGHT PRE-GAME CONCERT BY JOSH WILSON PLAY CATCH ON THE FIELD 10:00AM – 11:15AM DANCE STUDIO OF MAINE PRE-GAME PERFORMANCE 6/15 FATHER’S DAY 5K ROAD RACE 9:15AM START OF RACE 6/20 WEBKINZ GIVEAWAY COURTESY OF NORTHEAST DELTA DENTAL 6/21 MAINE DAIRY NIGHT 6/8 SPONSORED BY THE MAINE DAIRY PROMOTIONS BOARD 6/22 L.L. 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AS “ELVIS” PERFORMS AT HADLOCK FIELD MAINE LOTTERY NIGHT 8/3 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER PROMOTIONS PLAY CATCH ON THE FIELD 10:00AM – 11:15AM SPONSORED BY ELECTRICITY MAINE SPINAL MUSCULAR ATROPHY AWARENESS DAY 8/12 DANIEL NAVA BOBBLEHEAD TO THE FIRST 1,000 FANS COURTESY OF NORTHEAST DELTA DENTAL 8/15 SUBWAY NIGHT AT HADLOCK FIELD SPONSORED BY YOUR LOCAL SUBWAY SHOPS 8/16 NEW ENGLAND FORD NIGHT AT HADLOCK FIELD 8/17 PORTLAND PIE COMPANY DAY AT HADLOCK FIELD MAINE LOTTERY NIGHT 8/27 FREE SEA DOGS CAPS TO THE FIRST 1,000 FANS COURTESY OF DEAD RIVER COMPANY 8/28 FIREWORKS SHOW AFTER THE GAME SPONSORED BY PEOPLESCHOICE CREDIT UNION 8/29 UNUM & SEA DOGS HALL OF FAME PRESENTATION BARK IN THE PARK COURTESY OF IDEXX BRING YOUR DOG TO THE PARK AND WATCH THE GAME 8/30 GRANDPARENTS AND GRANDKIDS APPRECIATION DAY SPONSORED BY MARTIN’S POINT HEALTH CARE 8/31 ANNUAL “FIELD OF DREAMS” GAME 9/1 Early experiences lay the foundation for life Soon after conception, the construction of your baby’s brain begins. Like the construction of a home, the building process for your baby’s brain starts with laying the foundation. Your baby’s early experiences and relationships are the building blocks that create this foundation and shape how the brain is built. A strong foundation increases the chances of a bright and healthy future, while a weak foundation can increase the odds of later difficulties with things like learning or health. Maine Families understands that all parents want the best for their babies. Our caring and professional home visitors will partner with you to access the information and resources that can support the physical and emotional health of your baby and the entire family. You set the time. There is no cost to you. We meet you in your home or where it is most convenient for you. PRESENTED BY NEXTGEN COLLEGE INVESTING PLAN TEAM AWARDS GAME PRESENTED BY IRVING OIL & CREATIVE AWARDS Baby on the way? Newborn at home? Have you heard about... 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When you schedule a home visit with Maine Families, you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts and experiences about parenting, ask questions and receive reliable information based on your interests and needs on topics such as: • pregnancy • baby and child health care • breastfeeding / formula feeding • nutrition • immunizations • child growth and development • discipline • toilet training • child safety • household safety • local resources To Learn More, Please contact Maine Families Franklin County partner the Children’s Task Force 113 Church Street, Farmington (207) 778-6960 www.fcctf.org 12B profile 2014 Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Saturday, April 26, 2014 HAMMOND SET FOR SUMMER GREENVILLE Auburn store loads up on docks, decks, home packages and more Given the chances that Maine’s year-round residents and visitors will be more eager for summer than ever, Hammond Lumber Company has been busy preparing to help out. On those days when temperatures were lingering around zero, the Hammond staff was busy receiving shipments of docks, decks and other supplies and distributing them among the twelve Hammond stores. “It’s been quite a winter,” says Steve Pray, new manager of the Hammond store in Auburn, “and we expect people will be ready to bust out when it finally warms up.” Pray, who took the reins of Hammond-Auburn last fall after Marc Ducharme shifted to the manager’s role at the Portland store, has been with the company since 1983. “I’m excited about the new position,” Pray says, “and I’m looking forward to a very busy building season.” SKOWHEGAN FARMINGTON BANGOR FAIRFIELD BELGRADE DAMARISCOTTA AUBURN PEMAQUID BRUNSWICK BOOTHBAY HARBOR PORTLAND From start-ups to decks Hammond Lumber anticipates the demand for new homes will continue to rebound along with the general economy. So, the company has expanded its Home Planning Center, based in Belgrade, which offers custom design and drafting services as well as predesigned packages for quick and easy construction. “We stock eight home packages that we’ve designed,” says Pray, “from ranches to colonials. And each one can be fully customized.” Customers who prefer to start from scratch can work with a Hammond designer to create a full set of drawings and a complete materials list. This service is free if the customer buys those materials from Hammond. Steve Pray, Auburn Store Manager For people simply wanting to add a new deck to an existing home or camp, all Hammond stores carry the materials needed for virtually any kind of set-up. “We offer a lot of different composite decking,” says Pray, “but for those who prefer natural wood, we have everything from pressure-treated to cedar. Just let us know what you like, and we’ll fix you up with what you need.” of polycarbonate, which makes it suitable for saltwater as well as freshwater. Pray says people interested in ShoreMaster can get started by going online to hammondlumber.com, clicking on ShoreMaster, and downloading a full catalogue. They can also play with the online dock-builder program and try out different designs and accessories, including boat lifts, jet-ski lifts and swim rafts. “There are also ShoreMaster displays at all our stores,” the Auburn manager says, “and our sales people can come out to your site and do a free shoreline evaluation to determine what type of ShoreMaster system is right for you. We can even arrange to have it installed for you at the start of the season, then removed at the end.” And, of course, free delivery In addition to free design service and free on-site evaluations for any building project, Hammond delivers orders for free within striking distance of any of their stores. In addition to Auburn, they are located in Bangor, Belgrade, Boothbay, Brunswick, Damariscotta, Fairfield, Farmington, Greenville, Pemaquid, Portland and Skowhegan. Pray says the addition of the coastal stores during the last several years has allowed Hammond-Auburn and its staff of 37 men and women to serve inland areas even better than before. “We can grow within a smaller footprint now that the coast is being serviced by other stores,” he says. “We maintained that area very well for a lot of years, and now we can focus on our own area and to the west. Offering good service is very important to us. It’s the key to our success.” Drafting Department L-R Front: Matt Bancroft, Bethany Peluso, Tyler Brown. Back L-R: Matt Morin, Alan Michaud, Jeff Boulanger. For fun on the water In 1994, the company stuck its toe in the waters of the premade dock business when it took on the ShoreMaster line of aluminum docks, boat lifts and accessories. Within several years, Hammond became the country’s largest ShoreMaster dealer, a position it has held ever since as more and more ShoreMasters have appeared on Maine lakes and rivers. Among the features that make ShoreMaster so appealing is that the structural parts are guaranteed to last for at least 15 years. Also, customers can choose a standing dock system, a wheel-in dock or a floating dock, depending on the needs of the waterfront at their home or camp. A wide choice of removable decking panels are available for the standing and wheel-in versions, which are framed with aluminum. The floating dock is now made Road Sales L-R: Kevin Hackett, Jeff Newton, Tim Mancine. TOLL FREE 1-866-HAMMOND www.hammondlumber.com The Auburn store is located on the Poland Road and can be reached by phone toll free at 1-800-439-2826 or 784-4009. Directions for driving to the store are available by phone and e-mail, and by visiting www.hammondlumber.com. Customers may also call 1-866-HAMMOND toll free, and they will be connected with the store nearest their calling area.