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Awards, winners, and presenters Ray Geiger Award to: Steve Closson — Androscoggin Bank; Presented by Matt Jancovic, Oxford Networks

Community Service Leadership Award to:

Community Service Leadership Award to:

Business Leadership Award to:

Lewiston/Auburn Art Walk; Presented by Robin Robbins of Androscoggin Bank

Agren Appliance — Large Company; Presented by Adam Dunbar of Wells Fargo Financial Advisors

Education-Business Partnership Award to:

L/A CA$H Coalition; Presented by Joyce Gibson of USM’s LewistonAuburn College and Nancy Cable of Bates College

Healthy Androscoggin; Presented by Jennifer Willey of Canteen Service Co.

Congratulations to all award winners of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce.

Business Leadership Award to: Baxter Brewing — Small Company; Presented by Bob Bernier of Matheson Valley Gas & Iman Poeraatmadja of Neokraft Signs

Poland Business Award to: Pike Industries; Presented by Elaine Hemenway of Payroll Management and a representative of Poland Spring Bottling Company

Cool Chamber Award to: IRC Roofing; Presented by Michael Cox of Central Maine Orthopaedics

President’s Award #1 to: Northeast Charter & Tour; Presented by Kurk Lalemand of Next Level Business Coaching, Patti Gagne of the Patti Gagne Allstate Agency and Chip Morrison

President’s Award #2 to: The Library Cafe; Presented by Jodi Eller, P & G and Chip Morrison

New Member Award to: Center Street Dental; Presented by Jen Hogan of Community Credit Union

Public Service Leadership Award to:

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Phil Crowell, Auburn Police Chief; Presented by Doug DiVello of Central Maine Medical Center and Mike Malloy of Skelton, Taintor & Abbott

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Ken Additon Business Advocate Award to:

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Lewiston Career Center; Presented by Stephanie Gelinas of Sandcastle Clinical and Educational Services


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The annual awards program of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce is the largest single celebration of excellence in our communities. The event is a total sellout with Chamber members and others joining to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of award winners. T he yea r 2012 ma rk s T he C h a m b e r ’s 1 2 4t h a n n u a l meet ing a nd t here w i l l b e 13 i nd i v idu a l s a nd /or organizations receiv ing the prestigious awards – but many, many ot her businesses and organizations are deser ving of recognition. This year there were 68 nominations of people who have done rema rkable things in our communities – who have contributed to our loca l economy a nd to t he positive transformation of our area. The selection of winners was very difficult. The Chamber board of directors joins me in congratulating the winners and thanking them for all they have done to make our area such a great place to live, work, and play.

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Community awards recognize community supporters By Rich Livingston Feature Writer


A ndroscoggin C ou nt y C h a mber of Commerce functions at the convergence of business, education, public service and community. At the height of awards season in the country each year, the Chamber recognizes those whose contributions to the quality of life in our communities in the past year were among the particularly notable.

Public Service Leader Phil Crowell, will be honored with the 2012 Public Service Leadership Awa rd. Once k now n to school kids in Auburn simply as Officer Friendly, Crowell rose t hrough the ranks of the Auburn Police Department to become its chief. While serving as chief, Crowell was also tapped to function as assistant city manager and as acting city manager, while maintaining the effectiveness and integrity of the police department and ensuring

t hat it cont i nued to ser ve t he interests of the citizens of Auburn. Throughout, Chief Crowell has earned the continuing respect of his department, of a succession of elected officials, municipal officials, law enforcement officials statew ide, and the deep appreciation of the people of Auburn.

Small Business Advocate Established in 2004, t he Sma ll Busi ness Advocate Awa rd was named in honor of the late Ken Add iton, a long-t i me ba n ker a nd communit y advocate who provided vital counsel to scores of small businesses that have become part of the fabric of the community. The award is conferred to those who best embody the spirit with which Additon was infused. A great friend to the Chamber, the sma ll business communit y, his clients and legions of persona l friends, all past recipients of this award have cited Additon’s inspiration as the source of their own motivation. The 2012 award will be presented to the Lewiston Career Center, which provides local busi-

nesses w it h f ree employ ment recruitment, hiring, and training, as well as helping individuals achieve productive positions in the community.

Cool Chamber Award

Since 1945, t he IRC Industrial Roofing companies have helped their customers build, retrofit and maintain facilities in ways which opt imi ze per for ma nce, energ y efficiency, durability, and access to new technologies, including solar arrays. They have won numerous awards for positive environmental contributions and have become an LEED-certified contractor, as well.

Chamber members and guests will gather at the Ramada Conference Center on Thursday, February 9th

The annual meeting will feature The Chamber Awards program, emceed by Chamber board chair, Ku rk L a lema nd of Nex t L evel Business Coaching.

subscribers and has broadened its focus to include exercising, eating well and the prevention of substance abuse. It continues to help improve the quality of life for everyone in this community.

to all Androscoggin Chamber 2012 Award Winners for their valuable contributions to the region’s vitality

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Education Award The 2012 Education Award will be presented to Healthy Androscoggin, which was created in 1995 as Tobacco Free L-A, a grassroots group of community members and

Thursday, February 9 at 5 p.m. at the Ramada, Lewiston for the 124th Annual Meeting and Awards program – The Chamber’s largest event of the year.

Si nc e t hen, t he or ga n i z at ion has grown to include nearly 300 coalition members and over 2,300

I nt roduced i n 2010, t he Cool Chamber Award recognizes those w ho have made a sig n i f ic a nt d i f ference i n reduci ng energ y usage and preserving resources.

Chamber Awards sponsors and co-sponsors A ndroscoggin Bank w ill be the sponsor of The Chamber’s 124th annual meeting. The meeting is co-sponsored by Oxford Networks, Poland Spring Bottling Company, and Procter & Gamble.

organizations working to reduce tobacco use in the greater Lewiston-Auburn area.

Those being recognized include: The Chamber’s new members in 2011; past and present Chamber leaders ; a nd t he dist ing uished communit y members who w i l l receive The Chamber’s highest awards. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. The cost is $50 per person and reservations are required.

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Northeast Charter & Tours, and ow ner Scott Riccio, have been selected both for all they do in suppor t of t he C ha mber a nd the community, and also for the incredible growth the company has experienced in the past decade. The mission of Northeast Charter & Tou r Inc. Co. is to prov ide customers with safe, reliable and a f fordable t ra nspor tat ion w it h exc ept iona l c u stomer ser v ic e a nd a com m it ment to protect the environment. In addition to its specia lt y tou rs t h roug hout New England, the company will transport Mainers anywhere from Portland to Presque Isle. Customer service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. If it’s an unexpected trip or an important emergency, Northeast can provide you with “one less thing to worry about.” The Librar y Cafe, a nd ow ners Daphne and Bill Berta, have been chosen for the second President’s

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Scott Riccio, owner of Northeast Charter & Tour in Lewiston, has invested $1 million in three new fuel-friendly buses: one smaller one is a hybrid and the two larger buses have special transmissions. Aw a r d . T h e c a f e o p e n e d i n December 2009 in t he historic C a r ne g ie l i br a r y of A u bu r n . Since then, it has served library patrons, the business community and general public. They provide catering of f-site and on-site in library meeting rooms. They have volunteered valuable support for a growing number of community events and organizations.

Dr. Rosemarie Sheline, Dr. James P. Dunn and the rest of the Center Street Dental staff strive to provide t he most adva nced a nd gent le dental care possible. They provide checkups, cleanings, implants, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, digita l X-rays, root cana ls, tooth-colored fillings, dentures, night guards, extractions, crowns, and bridges.

The Chamber’s New Member of the Year is Center Street Dental, in Auburn, offering cosmetic and family dentistry in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Center Street Dental ser ves the communities of Lewiston and Auburn and all of Androscoggin County.

They have demonstrated significa nt suppor t for t he Cha mber and many other community organizations, including The FrancoAmerican Heritage Center, Central Maine Community College and the Lewiston-Auburn Film Festival.

“Congratulations To This Year’s Recipients”

Pike Industries, with more than 35 locations throughout northern New England, is the 2012 recipient of t he Pola nd Business Awa rd. Founded in 1872, Pike Industries ha s developed t h roug h f ive generations of family leadership. After a small – but determined – be g i n n i ng , t he c ompa ny h a s evolved into one of t he largest asphalt and aggregate materials producers in New England. The compa ny is committed to the values of “quality, customer satisfaction, innovation, safety, e n v i r o n m e n t a l s t e w a r d s h i p, integrity and community.”

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aving the opportunity to select those organizations or individuals I consider to be especially worthy of recognition each year is one of the greatest perks of the presidency of the Chamber,” stated Chip Morrison, Chamber president. This year, there will be two recipients of the President’s Award. “I only confer this award when I deem t h e r e i s s om e on e e s p e c i a l l y deserving,” Morrison explained, “and I am excited by the winners selected this year.”

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They deployed a new, state-ofthe-art asphalt plant which allows the company to produce warm, mixed asphalt that is easier to use by paving crews and saves fuel in the process, and they continue to research better products, techniques and training methods.

Advertising Supplement, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 5, 2012

Winners reflect the strength and vitality of The Chamber By Rich Livingston Feature Writer


hat the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce has achieved record membership of over 1,400 – virtually having doubled its size in the past decade – attests to the vibrant business constituency represented by the Chamber.

often been conferred on people who have had close connections to the Chamber and have served t h e or g a n i z a t i on i n v a r i ou s capacities. It will be presented this year to Steve Closson, the recently ret i red president a nd CEO of Androscoggin Bank.

With a sell-out crowd of some 450 expected on the evening of February 9, the event celebrates those businesses, organizations and individuals who have demonstrated except iona l leadersh ip a nd commitment to our community.

In the past two decades, perhaps no single individual has personified t hose cr iter ia of hav i ng made a “sig n i f ica nt cont r ibut ion i n support of the Chamber’s mission,” more fully than Closson. He helped A nd roscog g i n Ba n k become a major engine of grow t h in our community, has been a stalwart supporter of the arts, education, and especially the Chamber and its efforts to help the region become an even better place to live and work. Closson served seven years on the Chamber board, including a term as chair, was an integral part of the building campaign, and continues to be an active recruiter.

The Ray Geiger Awa rd, na med i n honor of t he brot her w ho f i rst broug ht G eiger Brot her s to Lewiston and who became a tireless community advocate, has

The Business Leadership Award for a larger company will be presented to Agren Appliance. In 1969, the Agren family business included a phone and two repair trucks. Rou-

At no time is the strengt h and vitality of Lewiston-Auburn and environs more evident than at the Chamber’s annual meeting, the largest gathering of the year of business, nonprofit, education and civic leadership.

tine weekday calls for appliance repair, emergency responses on weekends and over critical holiday periods helped build Agren’s reputation for reliability with many Maine families. The company has grown to include stores i n f ive tow n s a nd ha s added full lines of furniture and televisions to their basic appliance inventory. The company’s success rema i n s rooted i n exempla r y service, and each store has become a vital corporate citizen in each tow n – none moreso t ha n t he f lagship on Minot Avenue at the southern gateway of Auburn, where the company remains an inspiring example of the best of how familyowned businesses reinforce the fabric of their communities. Ba xter Brew ing Co., recent ly recognized by the beverage industry as “the 2011 best new brewery in the U.S.” is the recipient of the Business Leadership Award for a smaller company. The only brewery in New England to package all its beers in either kegs or aluminum cans, the startup was compelled to double its production in its first quarter of operation. The tasting room, open for tours Thursdays through Sundays, has attracted visitors from 46 states and 25 foreign countries. Baxter beer is distributed to more than 1,000 retailers, bars and restaurants throughout Maine, and the Boston/North Shore areas of Massachusetts, with expansion to the rest of Massachusetts starting now. Two Communit y Ser v ice Leadership Awards will be presented this year. The L/A CA$H Coalition is a group of community partners who annually promote the Earned Income Tax Credit, a federal credit f o r l o w-t o -m o d e r a t e -i n c o m e workers. The EITC is touted as the federal government’s largest antipoverty initiative. T h e C o a l it ion pr o v id e s f r e e preparation and e-filing of federal and state returns by IRS-certified volunteers, and provides free tax preparation at the Lewiston MultiPurpose Center and Auburn City Ha ll. Since 2004, t he Coa lition has facilitated the return of over $13 million in tax refunds to the p o c k e t s of low-t o -mo de r a t e i ncome workers w it h i n t he Lewiston-Auburn area, a boost to the local economy.

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Baxter Brewing Co. founder and president, Luke Livingston, has opened New England’s first craft brewery in which the beer is sold in cans at the Bates Mill in Lewiston. Advertising Supplement, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 5, 2012

The organizers of the L/A Art Walk, led by Mike Dostie, will receive the other award in this category. Between May and September, more than 1,500 people were drawn to

tours of art exhibits throughout the downtowns of Lewiston and Aubu r n on w hat be c a me t he u nof f icia l Fr iday n ig ht out i n the Twin Cities, sold more than

$6,000 of local art, and captured the attention of art organizations around the entire state of Maine.

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Chamber board of directors Jason Agren, Agren Appliances Janet Barrett, Ware Street Inn Bed & Breakfast, Past Chair Regional Image Committee Ed Barrett, City of Lewiston Joleen Bedard, United Way of Androscoggin County Bob Bernier, Advantage Gases & Tools Susan Berube, WGME 13 Art Boulay, Strategic Talent Management, Past Chair Nancy Cable, Bates College JoAnne Campbell, Mechanics Bank Michael Cox, PHD, FACSM, Central Maine Orthopaedics PA

Doug DiVello, Central Maine Healthcare Corp Adam Dunbar, Wells Fargo Advisors LLC Jodi Eller, Procter & Gamble Patti Gagne, Patti Gagne Agency, Allstate Insurance, Membership Chair Stephanie Gelinas, Sandcastle Clinical and Educational Services, Ambassador Chair Don Gerrish, City of Auburn Joyce Gibson, University of Southern Maine Lucien Gosselin, Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council Kevin Healey, St. Mary’s Health System

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Clif Greim, Harriman Architects & Engineers, Co-chair, Business Advocacy Committee Elaine Hemenway, Payroll Management Inc. Jennifer Hogan, Community Credit Union, Co-chair Education Committee Matt Jancovic, Oxford Networks Mary LaFontaine, MDOL-Lewiston CareerCenter, Co-chair, Education Committee and Chair-elect Kurk Lalemand, Next Level-Business Coaching, Inc., Chair Paul Landry, Fish Bones American Grill Michael Malloy, Skelton Taintor & Abbott PA

Scott McKenney, Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch Iman Poeraatmadja, Neokraft Signs, Regional Image Co-chair Robin Robbins, Androscoggin Bank, Treasurer Susan Stacey, Kaplan University, Past Chair Peter Steele, Twin City Times Bob Thompson, AVCOG Peter Traill, Nason Mechanical Systems Inc., Co-chair, Busines Advocacy Committee Jennifer Willey, Canteen Service Co., Chair Golf Tournament Committee Shane Wright, Isaacson & Raymond, YPLAA Chair

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