Central Maine enterprise briefs: Ware-Butler Inc., Giguere household be a part of Nice River Lumber household

Ware-Butler Inc. Lumber & Constructing Provides and the Giguere household have introduced they are going to be becoming a member of the Nice River Lumber (PRL) household efficient this month. Prospects will discover little change as Ware-Butler will proceed to function as a stand-alone firm beneath Nice River.

“We’re comfortable to welcome everybody from Ware-Butler into our group. Ware-Butler has an excellent staff and a really stable fame. Our primary objective is to proceed to offer the excessive degree of service and worth that Ware-Butler prospects are accustomed to whereas using our assets going ahead to extend that worth,” stated Chris Brochu, co-president of Nice River Lumber.

For 95 years, Ware-Butler Inc. has offered distinctive service to its prospects all through central Maine and past, providing high quality constructing supplies and aggressive costs. A modernized enterprise that maintains previous trend values, Ware-Butler Inc. is a neighborhood household owned operation with three retail areas in Waterville, Madison and Livermore Falls.

“We’re thrilled to work with the Brochu household to transition into this thrilling new part of Ware-Butler Inc. Our administration staff and I can be working conjointly with the PRL staff to proceed to extend the worth of what we already supply to our loyal prospects,” Richard Giguere, president of Ware-Butler Inc., stated based on a information launch from Ware-Butler Inc. in Waterville.

Nice River owns and operates lumber manufacturing services in Dover-Foxcroft, Jackman, Enfield, Hancock and Sanford specializing in spruce/fir framing lumber and japanese white pine boards. Along with the mills, they personal Chaffee Transport, a trucking firm in Clinton, High quality Noticed Gross sales and Service, a full service noticed submitting and provide firm in Enfield, and A&A Brochu Logging, a logging division specializing in business thinning, headquartered in Enfield.

“We now have been enthusiastic about increasing into retail for years and are honored to have the ability to be a part of forces with such a good and effectively managed firm. We imagine our tradition and the tradition of Ware-Butler are an ideal match and that each corporations can be stronger, to the good thing about our prospects, by coming collectively,” stated Jason Brochu, co-president of Nice River Lumber, based on the discharge.

Melissa Guimond joins Fontaine Household — The Actual Property Chief staff

Melissa Guimond has joined the Fontaine Household — The Actual Property Chief staff at their Auburn location.

Melissa Guimond Contributed picture

She grew up in Sabattus, and attended Oak Hill Excessive College in Wales. She then continued her schooling at College of the Arts, graduating with a serious in dance. She instilled her love of instructing at The Dance Heart in Auburn as a dance teacher and choreographer. To proceed serving to others, she additionally labored as a therapeutic massage therapist at Household Chiropractic Heart in Lewiston.

Guimond involves Fontaine together with her actual property gross sales agent license and appears ahead to persevering with her love of serving to folks discover their perpetually house.

Guimond resides in Sabattus together with her 4 youngsters.

The Fontaine Household Staff serves eight counties — Androscoggin, Cumberland, York, Sagadahoc, Oxford, Kennebec, Franklin and Somerset — in two areas, 336 Heart St. in Auburn and 432 U.S. Route One in Scarborough.


Richard resigns as  Maine Arts Fee govt director

AUGUSTA — The Maine Arts Fee just lately introduced that Julie Richard has formally resigned from her eight-year publish because the company’s govt director, efficient in December.

Julie Richard

Richard has accepted the place as the manager director to steer the Sedona Arts Heart, a nonprofit group in Sedona, Arizona.

“This has not been a straightforward choice for me,” Richard stated in her letter of resignation. “I care deeply concerning the arts and tradition sector in Maine, and I’m very happy with what has been completed throughout my tenure.”

The Maine Arts Fee oversaw myriad accomplishments and coverage modifications beneath Richard’s management as she steered the cultural company in a brand new path. From the completion of the primary complete statewide cultural plan in 2015, to reforming the company’s grants program to be extra clear and equitable, to the creation of ArtsEngageME, the statewide cultural community for arts advocacy, Richard’s tenure has helped foster a stronger and extra vibrant arts and tradition sector all through the state.

In 2016, Richard oversaw the state’s first Arts Schooling Census which produced a complete evaluation of arts programming in Maine’s faculties. The Census helped pave the best way to launching a number of initiatives, one wherein is at present enhancing entry to the humanities for six faculty districts in Washington County.

Between 2012-20, the Maine Arts Fee took on many challenges aimed toward rising the state and federal funding for the humanities. The Fee has seen greater than a $100,000 improve by means of its Partnership Grant with the Nationwide Endowment for the Arts over the previous eight years. Inside a typical fiscal yr, the Arts Fee processes about 450 grant functions throughout a number of packages and inventive disciplines. In 2020, whereas enduring the troublesome instances of the COVID-19 pandemic, Richard’s workers reviewed and processed 1,421 profitable grants and offered a lot wanted emergency reduction to their constituents with further funding from the NEA and CARES Act.

Underneath Richard’s management, the Maine Arts Fee additionally expanded its providers, providing extra skilled growth alternatives, workshops, and intensives for inventive employees and their communities all year long. 1000’s of artists and humanities organizations that make up the company’s huge community convened each different yr when the Fee would host its biennial Maine Worldwide Convention on the Arts (MICA). The Fee workers is at present planning a Digital MICA, after having to cancel the in-person convention that was slated for this autumn.

Within the coming weeks it’s anticipated that an interim director can be named who will work with the workers and Arts Fee members to make sure that ongoing progress will proceed and deliberate packages, initiatives, grant deadlines and awards will proceed as scheduled.

Richard has provided to help with the transition to new management by offering help and perception over the subsequent few months because the Fee prepares for its subsequent steps.

For additional info relating to the Maine Arts Fee’s future management, please subscribe to the company’s month-to-month e-newsletter at MaineArts.com or go to the Fee’s Fb web page.

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