Discover: Hermon 2022

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Carter Lloyd Lozier, 2, of Hermon, and his father, Joe Lozier, tend an ice fishing trap on Hermon Pond during Carter’s first-ever ice fishing trip. PHOTO: LAURIE LOZIER

A Special Advertising Section of the Bangor Daily News • Friday, January 14, 2022


DISCOVER: HERMON • Bangor Daily News Special Advertising Section • January 14, 2022




HILE MANY MAINE BUSINESSES have been negatively




According to Perkins, some of those projects have included

sales business expansion for the region. Matthews Brothers


new construction by Hopkins Paving, LLC to provide support

also plan to install a new major industrial manufacturing line

business in Hermon has been booming.

for offices and garages, as well as space for the paving and

for their windows business which could potentially result in

Director of Economic and Community Development Scott

milling business and new container roll-off service for

about 50 new positions.

Perkins said that Hermon is one of the fastest growing

demo debris. In addition, Ellis Commercial Development is

In addition to those projects, Maine Salt Company, Bouchard

communities in Maine, per capita, with strong growth in

constructing a Dollar General on Route 2, and Hermon Family

Towing, Hidden Beauty, Valley Home Services, Covey Physical

residential home construction, commercial business



industrial and


business building projects. He said that local businesses have met the challenge of the pandemic by adding services and refining their

Therapy, The Shop, and Gardner


approaches to market conditions.

Construction Enterprises on Route 2 also made major investments by expanding their existing locations in Hermon, Perkins said. Unlike many employers nationwide, Hermon employers have not struggled with employee recruit-

“Major investments from businesses offering new services

Dental is building a new location on Billings Road. Sinclair

ment and retention. The many new residents moving into the

or growing their market share have kept Hermon busy with

Home Heating Fuels is also building a new location on Route

area have contributed to the already existing strong work-

economic development projects in the industrial zone and

2, Northeast Cable is beginning development of an industrial

force in the area, he said.

village commercial area,” said Perkins. “New business growth

property in Freedom Park, and Eurovia Atlantic Coast

In regard to attracting new businesses, Perkins said that

remains strong with several recently completed projects and

LLC is developing a new property on Odlin Road for liquid

Hermon offers strong local incentive programs for indi-

new projects underway in our community.”

asphalt storage and distribution along with an aggregate

viduals creating new value. Those include tax incentives,

DISCOVER HERMON • Bangor Daily News Special Advertising Section • January 14, 2022 A shot from inside the Maine Salt Company, a growing Hermon business which produces salt for roads and lobster bait. BDN FILE PHOTO





The owners of Hartford’s Auto Service

business equipment loan subsidies, and


loan programs with financial support for

Industrial Park, last year, after servicing





planning and site development. He said that

customers in the Brewer area for many

the incentive programs, in combination

years. Sally Hartford said the town of

with the exceedingly low tax rate, logistical

Hermon was very welcoming and supportive

transportation advantages, available work-

during the relocation process. She said the

force, and streamlined approval processes,

town kept them informed regarding local

provide businesses with an opportunity to

code regulations. In addition, she said the

succeed. “Giving Businesses the Edge” was

town also assisted them with marketing and

the tag line recently adopted by the town

advertising their their business. She added

council, planning board, and municipal ad-

that the location of Freedom Industrial

ministrators in Hermon.

Park, near I-95 and I-395, as well as the low

Casey Tuttle, the division manager of the

taxes, were both factors in their decision to

Liquid Asphalt section of Eurovia Atlantic

relocate to that area. The larger building

Coast LLC, said they chose to do business

will allow them to expand and hire new

in Hermon because the town streamlined

employees in the future.

the approval processes and also offered







incentive programs. He said they’ve had a

Hermon and all the town has to offer, visit

good working relationship with the town.



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n the heart of every small town lies a business that supports the community far beyond their mission statement. Since 2008, Seaboard Federal Credit Union in Hermon has not only honored its goal of being “committed to meeting the financial needs” of its members, but has situated itself as an integral component of Hermon’s overall growth. Year after year, Seaboard FCU supports local schools through a financial literacy program while advertising for various sports and arts programs. They’ve also sponsored recreational soccer and Little League teams as well as the Hermon Summer Sizzler. In 2021, Seaboard continued to support Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Community Food Pantry, located in Hermon. Kyle Casburn, who is the President and CEO of Seaboard FCU, credits the stability of his longstanding staff who have been able to create genuine relationships with the members, thus, understanding where there’s a need in the community. Of course, having employees with 15-plus years of service also allows for true product knowledge with every transaction. “All loan decisions are made in-house by the loan officer you’re sitting across from,” said Casburn. “If a loan could be ‘hand-crafted,’ then our lending model would fit that description.” Further, a quick turnaround on the loan decision is made with reasonable rates and low fees. To help members of the community understand

more about rates, fees and overall financial literacy, Seaboard FCU has invested in providing financial literacy through their Banzai program, where there are three different levels of learning, based on age. Adults can tackle topics such as maintaining good credit, buying insurance, understanding taxes and qualifying for a mortgage. “We also sponsor Banzai’s online financial literacy program, which is free to teachers and students at 17 area schools,” said Casburn, noting Hermon High School and Middle School both use the program. With so many schools doing a combination of in-person and remote learning this year, the Banzai program has helped greatly for educators, parents and students with new topics to encourage financial wellbeing. For younger kids, a new youth savings program called Zoe’s Club is a fun way to get children excited about having their own bank account. Zoe is an actual 3-pound Yorkshire Terrier who serves as the credit union’s mascot. While Zoe’s cute appearance gains a lot of attention, more importantly, she teaches respect, responsibility, the importance of being kind-hearted and making wise financial decisions. The cost to open this account is a balance of $5. “Seaboard is pretty nimble at adopting new technology and adding features to existing services,” said Casburn. “We’re not burdened with layers upon layers of bureaucracy so we can react to our members’ needs fairly quickly.”


Another celebrated perk is Seaboard’s participation in Maine’s SurF ATM network, where members can use 250 ATMs in Maine surcharge free. Through the shared branching network with other credit unions, members can also enter 175 branches across the state or 5,400 nationally and perform deposits, withdrawals, make loan payments and transfer funds as if they were at their own Seaboard branch. Results have shown a savings of $300 a year in ATM fees. Since Hermon has seen tremendous growth over the past 20 years, Seaboard aligns itself with the vision of the many small businesses that make up the surrounding area by providing loans for equipment, vehicles, lines of credit and investment property and commercial real-estate. “Like our consumer loans,” said Casburn, “we offer low rates and fees, personalized service and quick turnaround on underwriting decisions.” Since the members own the credit union and elect the board of directors, who are volunteers, there’s a sense of ownership and pride that runs deep from the first moment you walk through the doors.

For more information, visit or check out their Facebook page to learn more about Seaboard FCU and how you can become a member.

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Federally Insured by NCUA

2410 Route 2, Hermon · Phone: (207) 848-9995 ·


Seaboard Federal Credit Union is pleased to offer Fixed Rate Mortgage and Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) products.

Home Equity Loans

We offer Fixed Rate Home Equity Loans, as well as Variable-Rate Home Equity Lines of Credit. These loans may be used for home improvement, education, vacations and debt consolidation.

Personal Loans

A financial education program for all!! Go to our website to experience real world financial education in a fun, safe way! Banzai is the financial education program used by many teachers and students around the country.

Rates will vary based on borrower’s credit score, selected term, and amount financed. Contact our loan department for details.

Business Loans

Get the funding you need to grow your business. Come in to Seaboard Federal Credit Union and speak with us about a business loan. We have the products and services your business needs.

We are proud to offer local decisions and servicing on these loans.

For questions or more information about Banzai!, please visit us online at and navigate to the Education>Banzai! tab!

Contact us today for more details!

A fun wa to save, y spend & give! Designed for children from birth to 17 years of age, a Zoe’s Club youth savings account can be opened for as little as $5! For questions or more information about joining Zoe's Club youth savings account, please feel free to speak to a Member Service Representative at 1-800-639-2206 or visit us online at and navigate to the Zoe’s Club tab! Zoe's Club is Federally Insured by NCUA.



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HETHER YOU’RE IN TOWN for business, a high school sporting event, dining or recreation, stick around and check out all that Hermon has to offer. Here are just a

few fun things not to miss all year long.

1. Ski Hermon Mountain Hit the slopes at Hermon Mountain, located off Newburgh Road and just minutes from Bangor. With 20 trails and a fun terrain park, the mountain offers hours of skiing bliss. Thrillseeking individuals can go solo and carve the slopes during the day-time, or bring their date along for an unforgettable night-skiing experience. Want to bring the family along? Hermon Mountain offers ski lessons to kids and adults of all ages. Don’t ski? No problem — you can still enjoy some outdoor winter fun tubing at Hermon Mountain. Take the lift up and tube down a 600-foot, U-shaped slope for lots of fun and laughs. With beautiful trails in a cozy woodland environment, Hermon Mountain is a winter treat for the whole family.

A solo rider on the Hermon Mountain chairlift. BDN FILE PHOTO

Fishing off the shore at Jackson Beach. BDN FILE PHOTO

3. Attend an Event at Morgan Hill Attending an event at Morgan Hill Event Center immerses you in the beautiful atmosphere of cathedral ceilings with high wooden beams, glossy wooden floors and a cozy granite fireplace. Each individual element works together in flawless harmony to create a rustic atmosphere for every imaginable event, from weddings and catered gatherings to musical concerts and business meetings. Come and enjoy a riveting musical concert or dial up the fun for a hilarious evening of stand-up comedy. Other perks you might discover at this one-stop wonder include a three-

2. Enjoy Jackson Beach With the sun shining on a bright summer or winter day, what better way to spend an

sided balcony and a beautiful outdoor ceremony site.

4. Eat at Dysart’s

afternoon than immersed in the beautiful outdoors at Jackson Beach? Nestled in the bottom

Made popular by their nationally recognized ‘baked in a buttery, flaky crust’

corner of Hermon, Jackson Beach holds a wealth of activities such as fishing, kayaking and

bloopers video, Dysart’s Restaurant and Truck Stop has gained more than just the

swimming in the summer and ice fishing and skating (see page 8) in the winter. Overflowing

attention of Saturday Night Live. Wanderlust travelers and locals alike flock to this

with excellent fishing opportunities, cast your line out into the sparkling waters for a

delectable diner for so much more than just their buttery, flaky crust. Authentic

chance to catch one of the various types of fish that call Hermon Pond home. The fish

New England flavors show through in each freshly baked fruit pie and piping hot

directory here includes brook trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass, white sucker, black

dish. Take time to indulge in some of Dysart’s favorites such as their chicken pot

crappie, pumpkinseed, and rainbow smelt, to name a few. Kayaking is also a favorite here,

pie, haddock chowder and tuna melt, and tender bourbon steak tips, or call ahead

as various little streams connect to Hermon Pond, offering miles upon miles of waterways

and grab a dish to go. If you are up to the challenge, try the 18-wheeler — Dysart’s

to navigate and explore. Just bring your boat on over to the convenient boat landing at

special dessert which features 18 scoops of creamy ice cream for you to enjoy at one

Jackson Beach near the swimming area and push off into the great outdoors. Surrounded by

sitting. Whatever the time of year or occasion, eating at Dysart’s is what you would

sunny blue skies, tranquil waters and gorgeous woodland scenery, your morning stop might

call a wicked good idea.

just turn into a regular weekend getaway.

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5. Catch a Movie at Bangor Drive-In Bring back all the nostalgia with a trip to the Bangor Drive-In, located on Hammond Street in the outskirts of Hermon. Showing two fan-favorite movies back-to-back, the Bangor Drive-In offers the latest in technology through the oldest of methods. This vintage entertainment facility contains a fully stocked snack bar with classic theater food such as hamburgers, candy, popcorn and pizza in addition to a playground on-site for kids to stretch their legs. Transmitting sounds via FM frequency, tune in to the movie on your car radio or bring along a portable radio for a memorable night under the stars.

6. Visit Ecotat Gardens and Arboretum Become a wildlife pro in no time with a visit to the stunning Ecotat Gardens and Arboretum. Coined from the terms ‘ecological’ and ‘habitat,’ Ecotat certainly does its name justice with over 60 different gardens spread amongst 91 acres of land in the natural forest. Come, unwind and peruse some of the 1,500 fascinating types of colorful flowers such as magnolias, azaleas and mock orange. Looking to take some high-quality photos for your favorite social media account? Bring the camera along to photograph some of the 280 varieties of trees and shrubberies such as smoke and ash leaf maple trees while walking along the Ecotat Native Tree Trail.

7. Take a Swing at Hermon Meadows Surrounded by lush woods, Hermon Meadows is a par 72, 18-hole golf course. Open spring, summer and fall, Hermon Meadows offers the ideal golfing experience in all the beauty of New England. Come and enjoy the colorful months of fall where the changing foliage provides the perfect backdrop to a game of golf. Looking to channel your inner Tiger Woods? Swing on the driving range or perfect your putting stroke on the spacious practice green.

Ecotat Gardens is a peaceful spot to visit. BDN FILE PHOTO


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SKILL LEVEL: Beginner. Ice skating can be a bit of a challenge

just a hop and skip from Bangor, is an excellent place

for people who’ve never tried it before, and falling down on ice

to go ice skating when the conditions are right. A

can certainly hurt, so if you’re new to the sport, I advise

public boat launch and park called Jackson Beach lies at the

wearing a helmet as well as thick snow pants or even knee pads

west end of the pond with plenty of parking. Just skate among

and elbow pads.

the ice shacks, keep an eye out for fishing holes and enjoy the 461-acre ice rink made for you by Mother Nature herself.

GUIDELINES: The most important thing to consider when ice skating on ponds and lakes is whether or not the ice is safe. The

HOW TO GET THERE: A public boat launch on Hermon Pond

Maine Warden Service provides the following ice thickness

is located at Jackson Beach at the end of Jackson Beach Road

guidelines, which are for new, clear, solid ice:

in Hermon, at the west end of the pond. To get there, take I-95

• If the ice is 2 inches thick or less, stay off it • 4 inches may allow ice fishing or other activities on foot • 5 inches often allows for snowmobile or ATV travel • 8 inches to 12 inches of good ice will support most cars or small pickups To increase your safety, skate with a companion or two, and choose a pond or lake that’s popular for ice fishing and other winter activities like Hermon Pond.

Exit 174 and head west (you’ll technically be going north) on Route 69 (Hampden Road) about 1 mile, then turn right onto Hinckley Hill Road. Drive 1.2 miles, then turn left onto Newburg Road. Drive about 0.8 miles and turn right onto Jackson Beach Road, which is marked with a large sign for Jackson Beach. Drive to the end of the road, following the signs to the boat launch and parking area.