Friday, April 3, 2020

Business Spotlight: Mainely Ticks

http://mainelyticks.com/As we all are protecting ourselves, our loved ones and the world from the spread of COVID-19, we
also need to remember that with children home during the day and playing in their yards, we need to protect ourselves and family members from tick bites.

That is where Mainely Ticks, an Integrated Pest Management company that has served Cumberland and York counties for 15 years, takes a community-based approach with their mission of Tick Management through Education and Science.

“We make sure people know how to protect themselves and their children from contracting Lyme and other tick-borne diseases,” stated co-owners Bob and Barb Maurais.

“Right now, while everyone is focused on the virus, we do want to remind and educate people that deer ticks are already out,” Bob said. “Seventy-five percent of all Lyme is contracted 100 feet from the home and senior citizens and children have the highest incidences of Lyme disease here in Maine.” Adult Deer Ticks as well as newly molted nymph ticks (which are about the size of a poppy seed) are active and can transmit Lyme disease along with other tick-borne illnesses.

Barb reminds us that with children now at home and encouraged to spend time outdoors, it is important for everyone to actively pursue personal protection.  “Before hiking and playing outside, make preventing tick bites part of your plans. Apply repellent to exposed skin and consider wearing protective clothing pretreated with 0.5% Permethrin.”

In 2005, when Bob and Barb began building the Mainely Ticks website, Barb wrote, “You may have Lyme disease and not even know it.” Little did she realize that she was talking about herself.  Later that year, Barb was diagnosed with Lyme disease, Bartonella and Babesia.  After treatment, they renewed the company’s mission of advocating, educating and increasing awareness about tick-borne diseases through talks and conferences throughout Southern Maine along with distributing educational materials throughout the state.

In the January 16, 2020 edition of the Portland Press Herald, Staff Writer Joe Lawlor wrote about this subject in his article, “Lyme Disease cases in Maine hit a record high last year”. He stated that there were at least 2,079 Lyme cases in 2019, eclipsing the previous high of 1,852 cases in 2017. Quoting the Maine Center for Disease Control, Lawlor wrote, “Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases are on the rise, so Mainers need to proactively protect themselves.”

Bob reiterated that personal protection is important for everyone. “Prevention is the best prescription,” he said. “Adults should do a nightly tick check on themselves and their children and pets.”

Tick Removal. If a tick is found, use fine-pointed tweezers to gently remove the tick from where it is attached.  Pull upward with steady pressure.  Do NOT aggravate the tick by trying to smother it, squeeze it, apply lotion or heat.  Upset ticks will regurgitate their stomach contents.
Tick Avoidance. Deer ticks require a damp, humid environment to survive and are most often found in wooded edges, especially in leaf litter and low ground cover. They are usually picked up on the lower leg and tend to crawl up the body looking for a place to attach and feed.  Modify your environment by cutting lawns and removing leaf litter.  Keep children’s play areas away from wooded edges and tall grass.  Deer ticks will not thrive in sunlit areas.
Protective clothing. Wearing light colored clothing whenever working or playing in tick endemic areas makes spotting ticks easier. Also, you can pretreat clothing and socks with 0.5% Permethrin spray to provide up to six weeks of protection even after repeated washings.   www.insectshield.com  is a company that professionally treats clothing.  Save 20% at checkout by using promo code MAINELYTICKS1 when sending your own clothing to be treated, or promo code MAINELYTICKS2 when you purchase clothing.
Tick repellents. You can substantially increase your level of protection against ticks and mosquitoes by applying a DEET based repellent (20% to 30%), IR3535, Picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus to your skin. Go to https://www.epa.gov/insect-repellents/find-repellent-right-you and take the quiz to determine which repellents are appropriate for you and your family.
Frequent tick checks. The single most important step to reduce your chances of contracting tick-borne illnesses is frequent tick checks. Be sure to check yourself, your children and pets after spending time outdoors in tick endemic areas. Use the sensitivity of your fingertips to feel for small bumps, starting with a thorough inspection of the scalp, in and around the ears, hairline and neck, arms, armpits, back, torso, belly button, groin, front and back, between all skin folds, legs, behind the knees and between your toes.

Mainely Ticks offers residential tick and mosquito spraying options in select communities in Cumberland and York counties.  For more information or to request a quote for services, visit www.mainelyticks.com


Friday, March 20, 2020

Business Spotlight: Treatmytickbite.com

http://treatmytickbite.com/A Maine physician has started the second season of a new online medical service in Maine designed
to help prevent new cases of Lyme disease by increasing patient access to early evaluation and treatment of tick bites. Dr. Catherine Lockwood has founded treatmytickbite.com, a first of its kind online service where anyone in Maine can use a secure online connection and have a video consult with a physician to have their tick bite assessed for the risk of Lyme disease and be treated with preventative antibiotics when needed.

Online medical services make getting care easier by avoiding waiting rooms and doctor’s offices,
avoiding waiting for return calls or delays in appointments and avoiding costly emergency room visits when people have nowhere else to receive care.

Some cases of Lyme disease can be prevented when early medical care identifies which tick bites are worrisome so preventative treatment can be started as soon as possible - but timing is key. The goal of treatmytickbite.com is to decrease the barriers between people getting bites and getting care. The site's online services are available seven days a week during tick season which typically is mid-March through November. Appointment times vary each day but are offered as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 9 p.m.

After having been a primary care provider and an urgent care physician locally, Dr. Lockwood now works to help people identify whether they should be concerned or not from a tick bite.  Lockwood said the idea for her online business grew out of her experience as an urgent care doctor in the lakes region. “During peak tick season, sometimes 20% or more of our visits would be related to tick bites,” she said. “People would often wait several hours and they or their insurance companies would be charged hundreds of dollars for the visit.  I was most concerned by the many people I imagined who didn't have hours to wait or hundreds to spend who rolled the dice, didn't have their bites checked and instead waited to see if they became sick. I just thought there really should be another option to help manage this need. So, treatmytickbite.com was born.”

Dr. Lockwood grew up in Connecticut and was trained in medical school at the University of Connecticut with a residency at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. “I married a native Mainer and we have settled here in Freeport for the past 13 years,” she stated. “As a teenager, I was drawn to science, writing and caring for people without thinking about where that would lead. It was simply what I enjoyed. After high school and college, studying science and writing, being a hospital volunteer and nurse's aide, I reached a point where I needed to make a career choice. Stumped, my father trying to help asked if I wanted to be a doctor. I said, ‘Doesn't everyone?’. ‘No,’ he said. ‘So, if you want to be one, it means something.’  Now, nearly 30 years later I still agree with him.”

Lockwood hadn’t been on the road to becoming a doctor very long when she first encountered Lyme disease. “I have been seeing cases of Lyme from early in my medical training as a medical student in Connecticut where Lyme disease was first identified,” Dr. Lockwood began. “I can remember as a medical student working with the Pediatric Rheumatology department and seeing dozens of kids sent there with swollen, painful joints, their doctors concerned they had Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Instead, they had Lyme disease and most parents would then ask what that was. This was 25 years ago. I don't think you could live in Connecticut or Maine now and not have some personal experience with Lyme disease. My mother and son and husband have all had early Lyme disease, were treated and fully recovered. Watching for ticks and signs of Lyme are a part of our daily lives at this point.”

Maine is the number one state in the country for Lyme disease with cases here being 10 times the national average for this potentially disabling illness including some of our more isolated island communities that experience cases at a rate 100 times greater than the national average.  Now, using this new service from home or work or even from a remote island accessible only by ferry, Maine residents and visitors can use a secure online connection to show a Maine physician the tick that bit them, the bite site, any rash that has developed and get direct medical advice and treatment tailored to their specific situation including medications if needed.

The site seeks to keep costs for patients affordable with a new patient video visit priced
at $29.

For further inquiries you can contact Catherine Lockwood MD at drlockwood@treatmytickbite.com

Friday, March 13, 2020

Business Spotlight: Windham Youth Soccer Association

jasonweatherby@hotmail.comEntering its 39th year with a mission to develop, promote and administer the game of soccer to youth between the ages of two and fourteen, Windham Youth Soccer Association is one of the only soccer clubs in the state of Maine that runs both an In-House soccer program and a travel soccer program. The Association, which owns, manages and maintains their own soccer complex at Gambo Field, is run exclusively through a team of dedicated volunteers of coaches and board members with no direct town resources or affiliation.  

“Our long history of success is due to the devoted enthusiasm of our volunteers,” explained volunteer Board Member, Amy Bilodeau. “There is no way we could do this without the collaboration between parents, coaches, board of directors and other community members.”

Volunteers of the Windham Youth Soccer Association provide instructional, recreational and competitive soccer programs and leagues for all genders and playing ability levels for approximately 1,100 youth per year.

There are three specific soccer team options available for any child or teenager living in Windham as well as the surrounding communities who do not have their own recreational or travel soccer programs. The three programs include: Little Eagles, In-House (also referred to as recreation soccer) and Travel.

The Little Eagles soccer program is for children ages two to three years old. Lead by junior coaches, the 45-minute Saturday morning lessons during the spring and fall seasons include games and skill building activities. “It is a fun introduction to the game of soccer,” stated Bilodeau. “Often, most children discover after participating in the Little Eagles program that soccer is a game they want to continue to play and go on to participate in one of our other two programs.”



The Windham Youth Soccer Association also offers the travel soccer program. It is for players who are interested in participating in a more competitive environment and the team participates in the Soccer Maine’s Fall Classic League playing teams from all over Southern Maine. 

The Association website explains that travel teams are selected based on evaluations held in mid to late May with the goal to have a playing opportunity for all interested players and they frequently have more than one team in an age group. May 1st is the registration deadline for those who are interested in the travel soccer program.

No matter which soccer program a child or teenager joins, Bilodeau points out that a participant learns more than the sport itself. “Players learn about team building and playing respectfully with one another and other clubs. They learn to follow instructions and learn life lessons that they can be applied in adulthood.”

And there’s more. Bilodeau added that being a part of the Windham Youth Soccer Association also benefits adults as well. “Parents gain long lasting friendships. It’s as if we become a networking group of parents. I have had the best time as a volunteer, collaborating with other adults in the community in the five years I’ve been on the board.”

Bilodeau also pointed out that parents and youth alike work well together by helping to maintain Gambo Field. “Students and adults help clean and prepare the soccer fields as the season begins.” She especially noted that parents, Rick and Anne Drapeau who own and operate Wildwood Properties in Windham, have been instrumental in the maintenance of Gambo Field. “We’ve been really lucky to have them on board and volunteer with us,” she said.

The volunteer coaches, board members and referees are offered opportunities to help everyone succeed in the program. Windham Youth Soccer provides education and licensing while maintaining strong and consistent enrollment. “We also adhere to the Soccer Maine guidelines and do background checks and Safe Sport Training for all our volunteers,” Bilodeau said

To learn more about how to participate in the Windham Youth Soccer Association, whether it is as a parent, a coach, a referee or a player, contact Jason Weatherby, President at Jasonweatherby@hotmail.com. Or for travel soccer questions contact Travel Director Amy Bilodeau at Amy.bilodeau@yahoo.com. Be sure to follow Windham Youth Soccer on Facebook and peruse their website at www.windhamyouthsoccer.com.


Friday, March 6, 2020

Business Spotlight: Hands and Soul

https://www.facebook.com/Hands-and-Soul-Integrative-Massage-Health-and-Wellness-109329343814977/To create the best individualized treatment option, Hands and Soul, located at 936 Roosevelt Trail, Suite #2, provides integrative massage, health and wellness combinations with the intent to deliver healing at the maximum level. In order to offer the best restorative health possible, Owner Amanda Thomes along with other licensed Massage Therapists, Kimberly Mentzinger and Patricia Kazcmarek, provide deep tissue, medical and therapeutic Swedish massage as well as pregnancy, oncology, four hands and couples massage.

“We have also recently incorporated therapeutic yoga classes on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.” stated Thomes, who is a Reiki Master and offers energy work as well. “We are very excited to have Anecia Trickey join Hands and Soul to teach the yoga classes. She is amazing and has quite the following as a yoga instructor.”

Thomes stated they have also added fascia blasting to their integrative health options. She explained that fascia, or myofascial tissue, contributes to pain and cellulite when it’s tight. “Fascia blasting, a technique that loosens the fascia through physical manipulation and pressure, allows increased blood flow and circulation which helps to reduce pain and cellulite.”

And there are many more options Hands and Soul provide for their clients. Aestheticism, Samantha Hale, is on staff to provide customized facial services to include, but are not limited to waxing, tinting and eyelash extensions.

If one is looking to add to their massage experiences, CBD cream massage, herbal foot soaks, hot stones as well as Himalayan salt hot stones are other options that can enhance the healing process. CBD cream and pills are also offered and sold separately.

“Our CBD creams and pills are made by Nature’s Resolutions which is a local individual who grows her plants organically and is a member of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association,” Thomes stated. “Her product is amazing. It’s so popular, I simply can’t keep it on the shelf.”

Thomes knows a thing or two about the many healing techniques and results of the various massage therapy and energy healing alternatives. “I knew at the age of nine that I would be doing something like this with my life,” said Thomes, who has approximately 20 years of professional experience.

Staff at Hands and Soul
Thomes explained that her father was always in a lot of physical pain due to an injury he sustained from falling off a 40-foot ladder. “He actually broke his back and he was in a wheelchair for a while. He was able to walk again but he was in constant pain.” As a child, Thomes, would offer to give her father a back massage to help ease some of the discomfort he often felt. “I would actually know where the pain was in his back before he would tell me.”

Her mother, who was a nurse at Mercy Hospital, also played a role in Thomes career choice. “My mom was a massage therapist, training others at the hospital. In fact, she actually introduced infant massage to the staff.”

But perhaps what solidified Thomes’ chosen career path was a movie she saw about a man who could heal with his hands. “I thought to myself, ‘I can do that’.”

Thomes attended what is now known as SpaTech Institute in Westbrook. Upon graduation in 2002, she began her first massage business by traveling from home to home - but it wasn’t long before she was invited to worked for Dr. Roy Moore of Moore Chiropractic and Wellness Center. After five years there, she relocated her business to Innovations Hair Salon where she had her office for twelve years.

“Once the salon closed its doors, I knew I wanted to create my own healing center with a focus being more on healing and less about the spa experience.” So Thomes set out to find where that center would be – and it turns out – Dr. Moore had the space. Officially opening at this location on December 1, 2019, Thomes said she feels as if she has come full circle and has found the perfect home for her healing center.

And perfect it seems to be for the clients of Hand and Soul. “It’s a wonderful welcoming place,” stated one happy customer. While others say: “Hands down, the best therapeutic massage I’ve ever received. Kim is amazing.” And, “No better way to break up the day than visit my favorite massage therapist, Amanda Thomes. I feel amazing.”

As Thomes reiterates, “Hands and Soul is where you come to heal” and it appears her clients could not agree more.

To learn more about healing opportunities offered Hands and Soul or to make an appointment, contact Thomes or other staff members at (207) 572-1072. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Be sure to follow them on their Facebook page. A website will be up and running soon.


Friday, February 28, 2020

Business Spotlight: Splane Insurance Solutions

https://splaneinsurancesolutions.com/As a direct to market insurance company, you will receive expert and personalized insurance attention with Michael Splane of Splane Insurance Solutions. Offering personal and commercial selections, Splane Insurance Solutions is also proud of their agricultural coverage specialization. As part of the American National Family Group of companies including Farm Family that writes 70 percent of all-inclusive coverages for farm policies in Maine, Splane Insurance Solutions has a very strong and dedicated presence to the livelihood of this state.

“American National has been providing 115 years of responsible, ethical and conservatively fiscal insurance across the country and has been a favorite go-to insurance company in Maine,” explained Michael. “There are many reasons for this. Since we are a direct to market insurance company and do not rely on brokers, we have the advantage of eliminating the possibility of gaps or overlap in insurance coverage as the result of being the one point of contact. We also uniquely provide residential and commercial farms with one policy tailored to meet the needs of today’s farmers.

To serve area families, businesses and farms, Michael has recently opened his doors at 639 Roosevelt Trail, Suite C in Windham. Originally from Bangor and obtaining his business degree at the University of Maine-Orono, Michael has served the business community and families of Maine for over 20 years with his diverse knowledge of benefits, retirement, technology, business P&L strategies, insurance solutions, tax strategies and much more.

Michael explained why Splane Insurance Solutions provide solutions to the exceptional challenges many farmers face. “In Maine, we have a unique variety of farms - from vegetables, meats and micro-greens to seaweed, shellfish and clams,” began Michael. “Hemp and wind farms are also on the rise and whether you are a professional farmer, or you grow as a hobby we are here to work with you to craft our policies to cover your venture.”

Splane Insurance Solutions also provides property coverage on farm machinery, equipment breakdown and farm income loss. They also specialize in handling equine and livestock coverage. As a result, Splane Insurance Solutions is able to utilize its animal liability experience with other industries such as Veterinarians, which has earned the endorsement from the Maine Veterinary Medical Association.

It is true that Michael has extensive experience in the insurance and business worlds, but he also knows a thing or two about farming. He and his family own and run a small hobby farm in New Gloucester where they reside. There they grow vegetables and flowers, raise goats, chickens, ducks, cats and three golden doodles.

Additionally, Michael spends his free time volunteering in the community. He volunteers for the Department of Defense as the State of Maine Public Relations Director of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). ESGR advocates and promotes cooperation and understanding between civilian employers and their National Guard and Reserve employees.

Michael also serves on several other civic and community-based organizations and is active in the Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce. He was also elected and has served on the New Gloucester Economic Development Board.

His community service and experience has put him on the track of success - not only for him as an individual but, just as importantly, for those who trust him for their insurance needs. Michael has received many accolades including the following from Steve and Lynn:

"Mike was absolutely great to work with. We had a really hard time finding an insurance agent/company that was willing cover what we needed on our farm.  Then we found Mike and he made the process easy and painless and got us the coverage we needed at a reasonable cost.  It has been a pleasure to work with him and he continues to be available and responsive when we need anything. We would highly recommend him."

And Doug had this to say: "I was nearly four 1/2 months without insurance on the homestead. It was nearly impossible for my son and I to find an insurance company that would insure a working farm. I was directed by another farm family to contact Michael Splane. With hard work, a few upgrades and communications with Michael, we were able to secure farm insurance that satisfied our needs. Thank you for believing in and working with the farmers of Maine."

Whatever unique and extraordinary coverage you may seek, whether it is your mainstream personal or commercial insurance coverage or meeting the needs of agricultural challenges, Michael at Splane Insurance Solutions is the one who can find a policy to secure you and your future.

For more information or to contact Michael, he can be reached by phone at 207-894-7010, or email at michael.splane@american-national.com or on his website at www.splaneinsurancesolutions.com. Be sure to follow Splane Insurance Solutions on Facebook.


Friday, February 21, 2020

Business Spotlight: Petcurean

https://www.petcurean.com/loyal-companion/Petcurean, a premium quality pet food manufacturer that specializes in creating nutritionist-formulated, premium-quality recipes for cats and dogs, is excited to partner with Loyal Companion stores to introduce the company’s GO! SOLUTIONS™ collection, including the Loyal Companion pet store right here in Windham.

Loyal Companion, located at 770 Roosevelt Trail in the Shaw’s Shopping Plaza has on its shelves the specially formulated pet food by Petcurean’s Nutrition Team, led by Dr. Jennifer Adolphe PhD, who is recognized across North America for her expertise and influence in the pet food industry.

The GO! SOLUTIONS collection features wet and dry recipes for dogs and cats. Each recipe provides complete and balanced nutrition, while also offering functional benefits to support pets’ unique dietary needs, including picky eating, itchy skin or dull coat, and food sensitivities. With zero growth hormones, by-product meals, and artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, the complementary wet and dry recipes are formulated for easy combination feeding to add flavor variety and increased moisture to pets’ daily mealtimes.

Petcurean’s GO! SOLUTIONS recipes for dogs are complemented by a line of meal mixers, which feature freeze-dried functional ingredients to help address issues like skin and coat care, hip and joint support, digestive health and weight management.

"Launching GO! SOLUTIONS is an exciting opportunity to introduce Petcurean to pet parents who are committed to providing the best possible care and nutrition to help their pets live happy and healthy lives,” says Anabel Immega, trade marketing manager at Petcurean. “At Petcurean, we focus on being leaders in science-based pet nutrition, and we know that Loyal Companion shares that commitment in their mission to be a singular, knowledgeable destination for consumers to find the best possible mix of products to suit the needs of each and every pet. By extension, we also look forward to further deepening our connection to pet parents and their four-legged family members across New England."

All GO! SOLUTIONS wet food recipes are packaged in sustainable Tetra Pak® cartons, and Petcurean is currently the only brand to offer Tetra Pak recipes in shredded, minced and pâté formats, in addition to stews. This provides highly palatable texture options for cats and dogs that may have varying preferences due to age, breed size and other factors. They can be served as a treat, topper, or as a complete and balanced meal on their own.

There are many happy customers (and their pets) who share their GO! SOLUTIONS stories:
“My 2-year-old cat has been eating Petcurean cat food for a year,” Natalie said. “I was buying trout+salmon for her until I decided to try this new recipe: GO! SOLUTIONS CARNIVORE Grain Free Salmon + Cod. She loves it. I've read passages about feline mineral deficiency, and Petcurean's dry cat food satisfies the daily requirements of mineral intake. What I like most is the low level of carbohydrates and high level of proteins. And of course, the first four ingredients are specified species of fish, which is great because the protein in this dry food mainly comes from animals. This brand is a hidden gem in my city. I love this brand, Petcurean, so much.”

Then there is Lee Ann and her dog, Rex who battled hair loss, itching, digging and chronic ear problems. “I saw an ad for GO! SOLUTIONS online and decided to give it a try. After two weeks his eyes were crystal clear. His coat started growing back very silky and shiny.  The scratching and digging stopped completely and there were no more ear problems! Never give up on finding something that will completely change the health and well-being of your pet for the better. Hard to believe that something so simple could make such a drastic transformation in the health of my dog. We can never thank you enough for such a great quality food. My dog will be seven this June and does not even look or act like a senior.”

Petcurean pet foods are sold exclusively through pet specialty retailers in Canada, the United States, and more than 30 countries internationally. At Petcurean, with every decision they make and every recipe they create, they put pets first. Please visit www.petcurean.com for more information.

To promote the health and happiness for your dog or cat, be sure to purchase your next GO! SOLUTIONS collection of pet food (and a belly scratch for the four-legged customer) at Loyal Companion. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The Loyal Companion experts are available to answer your questions at (207) 892-8825







Friday, February 14, 2020

Business Spotlight: Automotive Everything

http://automotiveeverything.net/If your vehicle’s check engine light glows on your dashboard, more often than not it is trying to alert you of something gone wrong. Mark Daniels, the owner of Automotive Everything can find out what the problem is, sending you and your newly repaired vehicle on its way home safely.

Located at 1255 Roosevelt Trail, Daniels provides the latest in diagnostic equipment. Automotive Everything is one of the very few automotive repair centers in the Windham and Raymond areas that offers module, can-bus communication and electrical interference diagnosis.

“Vehicles are run by hundreds of sensors and computers and they control almost everything,” explained Daniels. “If one thing goes wrong, it can affect another part of your car’s electrical system and finding the problem is almost impossible. It takes high-quality diagnostic equipment to analyze and find where the original problem is and here at Automotive Everything, I have the equipment that can detect it.”

Automotive Everything officially opened its doors in July of 2019, providing all vehicle service needs including inspections, alignments, oil changes and more on both domestic and foreign vehicles to include Audi, Mercedes Benz and BMW.

Formerly known as Auto Werke, this turn-key automotive repair business had an intentional transition plan with only one thing in mind – making sure customers remain happy and providing the same great, superior service.

“I had been wanting to retire for a while but did not want to quickly sell my business to just anyone,” stated Tom Blackburn, owner of the former Auto Werke business. “I knew Mark because he worked for other auto service businesses in the Lakes Region and knew from experience that he was the best mechanic in the area. In fact, if there is something other mechanics can’t figure out, they often reach out to Mark to help them. When I discovered he was in the process of purchasing his own automotive business, I called him and offered him a deal he couldn’t refuse. I knew that I could trust Mark to continue giving the high-quality service I demanded of myself. Afterall, it is due to my customers and their trust in me that gave me my successful business and thus the ability to retire - I owed my customers a continuation of the same service they have been receiving for over 20 years with me. I found that with Mark and I was able to retire without concern.”

Daniels has been working in the field of auto mechanics for approximately 15 years. However, he admitted that his first love was construction and woodworking. While in high school, Daniels worked with his father during school breaks and on weekends. Once he graduated in 2005 from Bonny Eagle High School, he worked for a few construction companies believing that he had found his niche in life. But while working part-time at an auto-parts store and then at a transmission repair shop, he discovered he enjoyed working on vehicles more.

“It helped that one of the technicians took me under his wings, so to speak, and taught me much of what I know today,” explained Daniels. “From there, I knew I wanted to work with vehicles instead of homes.”

Mark Daniels with his sons Zachary (left) and Chase
As the name suggests, Daniels at Automotive Everything can do just about everything including fluid film rust preventative maintenance program.

People come from just about everywhere in the greater New England area as he continues to build the trust that Blackburn began.

“I still have customers who come from South Portland, Buxton and other Southern Maine towns to get the cars serviced here. And during the summer, I also have clients from as far as New York and New Jersey."

The following statements are from a few satisfied customers:

Mark and his team at Automotive Everything have serviced three of our vehicles. The diagnosis, repairs and follow-up are exactly what we are looking for in a service facility -- specifically, communicating priority of repairs that are needed in order to keep our vehicles safe and in good working order. We are very pleased that we can count on Automotive Everything and highly recommend them to anyone that has a vehicle in need of repairs and that wants those repairs done right.”

“Mark did great during a very frustrating time. He had my transmission replaced much sooner than he had originally told me, (Finished in less than a day and a half!) and his estimate was spot on; no surprise costs after he started the work. Fair price, reliable work, and just a good guy.”
As for Blackburn, he stated, “I’m very happy with how Mark has continued on in this business – and I know for a fact that my customers are happy, too!”

The next time your engine light comes on, be sure to give Mark Daniels at Automotive Everything a call at 207-655-3101 or email him at automotive.everything@yahoo.com. Be sure to also follow Automotive Everything on Facebook.