Friday, September 29, 2023

Business Spotlight: Windham Rental Center

If you think you know Windham Rental Center, you might want to think again. Under new owners Joe and Donna Poulin, the longtime business at 730 Roosevelt Trail in Windham is growing, all while adapting to changing times with increased rental and retail inventory and featuring quality products that can help get the job done, no matter how large or small the project.

Joe and Donna Poulin took over Windham
Rental Center in 2022. They are proud to
keep the business family owned and 
excited to continue to grow inventory
based upon customer needs.
With a staff of eight, Windham Rental Center has a distinguished 27-year record of success as Maine’s premier rental center and serves the entire state, offering the finest in construction and landscape equipment rentals, product delivery, as well as service for the products they sell - and always at competitive and fair pricing.

“The best thing about what we do is helping people,” Joe Poulin said. “We have a truly amazing staff and among us we have a wealth of knowledge and can help advise and provide guidance to those who come in. We offer paths and solutions for projects, what products to use, and how to use our products safely.”

The business has concrete and asphalt rentals; excavation rentals; hand and power tool rentals; home repair rentals; lawn and garden rentals; moving and cleaning rentals; party and event rentals; plumbing rentals; light, power, air, and heat rentals; and pressure washing rentals.

No job is beyond the capability of what can be accomplished with equipment from Windham Rental Center. It has brush cutters; leaf blowers; post drivers; stump grinders; lawn rollers; woodchippers; and post hole diggers. Need an excavator, a skid steer, or a backhoe? Same thing for moving dollys, wet and dry vacuums, saws, airless painters, and hydraulic jacks. All of those and more can be rented from Windham Rental Center.

Trusted brand-name products from Kubota, Bobcat, Black Rhino, Genie, Toro, Rayco, Mud Mixer and Greenworks Commercial, among others, can always be found at Windham Rental.

The business stands behind every product it rents and guarantees that when you take delivery, the equipment is clean and in proper working condition.

“We focus on catching stuff here instead of when you have it out in the field,” Poulin said. “When you pick it up, it will be clean and full of fuel and ready to go.”

According to Poulin, a common misconception is that because of the size of their location, Windham Rental Center may not have the equipment to meet their needs. “Our inventory is posted and updated on our website and people often are surprised by what we have,” he said. “We took over here in May 2022 and have changed the look and the inventory. We also have increased our retail products to meet the needs of contractors and residents and have everything from gloves to beef jerky.”

While they do everything possible to be ready to meet demands, reserving ahead is always recommended, as seasonal demands for some products rises significantly.

“One of the most challenging aspects of what we do is staying on top of the latest and greatest tools for our customers,” Poulin said. “We are always open to feedback and suggestions from both homeowners and professionals to be sure we have what they need.”

Online reviews are exceptional.

“After using Windham Rental Center, I won't go anywhere else, Service was top notch and the equipment was well taken care of! I will be referring my friends and family!! Great job Windham Rental Center!” Robert Duclos

“I had a great experience with Windham Rental. I rented a tractor and mini excavator two days apart. They dropped off the mini-ex machine late in the evening at exactly the time they said they would, and then they returned, picked up the excavator and dropped off the tractor. I had no experience with either machine and they gave me the five-minute run through about how the machines worked and told me they took a few minutes to get used to. They were professional, helpful, and easy to work with.” Paul J.F.

“Great staff that’s very helpful and an incredibly easy process of renting equipment. I would recommend Windham Rental to anyone and I myself will definitely be back!” Sam Pattee

Free quotes are always available at Windham Rental Center which strives to exceed expectations. Call 207-892-7743 or stop in today. Also visit and find them on Facebook. <

Friday, September 22, 2023

Business Spotlight: Woodman Mansfield Company, PC

Making an informed decision when choosing a Medicare insurance plan can be difficult and perplexing process, but Woodman Mansfield Company stands ready to help bring clarity to a confusing subject and bring people to a point where they feel comfortable about their healthcare choices.

Hilary Mansfield, left, and her father, Robert
Woodman, are the team at Woodman Mansfield
Company and specialize in bringing clarity 
to the confusing subject of healthcare choices.
Robert Woodman and his daughter, Hilary Mansfield, make up Woodman Mansfield Company, and are independent insurance agents who specialize in Medicare plans. They educate people about how Medicare works and why it works as it does and guide them about the correct process for enrollment to prevent penalties or dissatisfaction with their chosen plan.

“We listen to their needs and goals and compare plans available in their county so that they can make an informed decision about which plan will work best for their needs,” Mansfield said.

From their office in the Old Richardson Place at 510 Main St., Suite 109, in Gorham, Woodman Mansfield Company offers complete Medicare solutions, and they are licensed to assist anyone whose primary residence is in the state of Maine. They typically focus on the southern Maine region, but if someone needs their assistance elsewhere, they are happy to travel further.

“Our business is unusual because we are a father and daughter team,” Woodman said. “We take our time with our clients. We like to get to know each potential client well, and we encourage people to make a decision only when they feel confident and ready. And we maintain relationships with our clients. If there is a problem, we are here to assist.”

The company is particularly proud to feature a team of highly qualified individuals who work with them to provide educational “Retirement Planning For All Ages” workshops. These cover topics relevant to anyone planning for retirement. They typically provide an overview of the Medicare insurance process, investment strategies for retirement planning, and estate planning topics, such as the best way to transfer property to relatives. Participants are encouraged to set up a free initial consultation with any of the presenters, and their Medicare insurance consultations are always at no cost.

There is no cost to attend the workshops, and no pressure; just good information and an opportunity to ask questions. The workshops are held in the conference room at the Old Richardson Place in Gorham, and the event list is readily available on the Woodman Mansfield website.

For those turning 65 or looking for answers to Medicare plan questions, Woodman Mansfield Company is a trusted resource and available without expense to clients.

“We try to have some fun. Medicare is confusing, and we are here to help,” Woodman said. “Our consultations are no-cost to our clients. We are paid by the carriers who represent the plans they choose. This is why we take the time to certify with as many different companies as possible; we want to ensure that we can find the best plan for each person.”

Mansfield said that in speaking with her clients, she’s found that the public’s perception is that everyone promoting Medicare plans on television or online are local and that most of the plans are similar, and that’s not the case.

“We understand that choosing the right plan is a very important decision, and we understand how confusing this process can be. There's a lot of misinformation out there,” she said. “I have a background in education, and my dad has been in the industry for many years. We both enjoy working in a profession that allows us to help people every day. There's no better feeling than knowing that the work you’re doing is making someone's life a little easier. It's great to know at the end of each day we've achieved that goal.”

Woodman said that because their company is small, it’s able to offer personalized service and individual attention to clients.

“We try to go the extra mile for people,” he said. “We do whatever we can to get people what they need based upon their individual circumstances, needs, and goals.”

According to Mansfield, their business has grown primarily through referrals.

“There is no better testimonial than a client who is satisfied with the experience they had with us; so much so that they want their friends and family to have the same experience,” she said. “My dad has been working in this business for many years. I'm grateful to be learning from him, and now that we have our own agency, we can take the time to advertise a little bit, such as in this great local publication.”

For more details about how the Woodman Mansfield Company can help you, visit or call Robert at 207-951-2485 or Hilary at 207-466-4929. Find them on Facebook at Woodman Mansfield Company. <

Friday, September 15, 2023

Business Spotlight: Numbers By Nikole, LLC

Ask any successful business owner and they’ll tell you that a great bookkeeper can be the difference between profitability or merely treading water and hoping for the best.

Nikole Clough has owned and operated
Numbers By Nikole, LLC for four years
and has more than 20 years of
bookkeeping and financial experience.
With more than 20 years of experience and a thorough knowledge of financials, hiring Numbers By Nikole, LLC to handle their bookkeeping is one of the smartest decisions a business owner can make.

“Our main goal is to help ease business owners' minds by taking the finances off their plate, by providing useful reports to show their profit and help with maximizing their deductions,” said Nikole Clough, the owner of Numbers By Nikole, LLC.

Located in Gorham but having a virtual setup that allows her to work with clients throughout the United States, Numbers By Nikole, LLC has been in business for four years and is known for its reliable and personalized “done for you” bookkeeping services.

“Working with a bookkeeper and taking steps toward knowing your finances doesn’t have to be scary,” Clough said. “The majority of our clients say they waited so long to hire a professional because they were embarrassed. Being in this industry for 20 years, we have seen and heard a lot and there is zero judgement. We are here to help and be a comfortable space for you to know your numbers.”

Numbers By Nikole, LLC provides an array of helpful monthly bookkeeping support that includes making sure income and expenses are categorized correctly; reconciliation of checking, savings, credit cards or third-party payment accounts; loan tracking and reconciliation; a customized chart of accounts; and monthly financials to include a profit and loss and balance sheet and other reports that can be generated and customized based upon client needs.

“We also offer cleanup/catchup services, so for the business owner that has tried to keep the bookkeeping current but just doesn't have the time or it’s not coming out right and is a mess, we can come in and get the books all cleaned up and organized,” Clough said.

Numbers By Nikole, LLC also can help with State of Maine sales tax submissions; payroll support through a third-party vendor; annual budget preparation and tracking; estimated taxes of what should be set aside to make quarterly tax payments; helping business owners with knowing how much to pay themselves and setting up a payment schedule; accounts payable; and accounts receivable.

“While we do not perform tax services, we will have your books ready for a tax professional,” Clough said. “We do have some local CPAs that we can recommend for filing taxes.”

What makes Numbers By Nikole, LLC stand out from the competition is its core values.

“We believe in collaboration and strive to make sure our clients understand their numbers and how their business is doing. When a business owner goes from feeling overwhelmed with their finances to taking control, they are sure to feel empowered,” Clough said. “We are approachable. Whether you feel unsure or a bit embarrassed by the current status of your books, we will guide you through it in a judgment free zone. And we are trustworthy. We totally get that finances are a sensitive topic. Growing up we are taught not to talk about money, but here you are letting someone see all your transactions. We are not here to judge. You can count on us to help you create the business and life you dream of by having a strong financial foundation.”

Pricing is highly competitive and factors in Clough’s experience and expert knowledge of bookkeeping.

“We offer different levels of pricing based on what part of the journey a business owner is on. A business just starting out is likely to have a low volume of transactions and minimal complexity,” she said. “A business that is seasoned and growing is likely to have a higher volume of transactions and accounts with higher complexity. We base our pricing off all these factors.”

Online reviews of Numbers By Nikole, LLC are exceptional.

“Nikole has been a joy to work with. She’s professional, responsive, and extremely competent. Having her work on my books has relieved me of so much stress. It’s been a lifesaver.” L. Siviski

“Nikole is a great bookkeeper, we love working with her.” P. Anania

“Nikole has been fantastic in running my books for my gym. She is always prompt, super accurate, and really easy to get a hold of in case of an emergency. You will find her bookkeeping services superior.” S. Durfee

Clough said she enjoys her work and loves being able to help people alleviate the anxiety and stress associated with bookkeeping.

For more information about Numbers By Nikole, LLC, call 207-405-1633, visit or send an email to Find them on Facebook at numbersbynikole or on Instagram at numbers_by_nikole. <

Friday, September 8, 2023

Business Spotlight: Think Energy

Theresa Bouchard, a Windham, Maine resident of the past eight years, brings her expertise to Think+ Network, LLC ("Think+") as an Independent Energy Advisor. After Think Energy, LLC (“Think Energy”) rebranded and launch its exciting and innovative new program, Theresa has been dedicated to assisting customers since the early days of March 2023.

Contact local Think+ 
Independent Energy Advisor
Theresa Bouchard to learn 
more about how you can  help
shape Maine's clean energy
Theresa takes pride in presenting Think Energy's Vision for a Sustainable Future: Envision a world where your everyday actions contribute to a healthier planet, where your electricity choices not only reduce your carbon footprint but also bolster local communities.

Who is Think Energy?

Think Energy is redefining how Maine residents access clean energy. They're more than just an electricity supply service; they're pioneers of locally sourced, community-driven energy solutions. Think Community Solar's collaboration with a national independent power producer is set to revolutionize how Mainer’s access and benefit from clean energy.

Think Energy embodies a commitment to sustainability that aligns with your values. Whether you're new to clean energy or a seasoned advocate, their offerings empower your transition to a greener lifestyle.

Their foundation rests on three pillars: clean electricity, environmental preservation, and community engagement. Choosing Think Energy means access to clean electricity and becoming an environmental steward. Every enrollment contributes to safeguarding 50 trees in the endangered rainforest through their partnership with One Tribe. Learn more: One Tribe Global - Think Energy.

How can Think Energy offerings benefit Maine Customers?

Think Energy currently offers residential customers 100% clean energy, a fixed rate for 3 years with no cancellation fee, and cash back rebates through the Free Energy Club.

Consumers within the Central Maine Power ("CMP") service territory are free to select their own Competitive Electricity Provider ("CEP"). If a residential consumer doesn't choose to take service from a CEP, then they automatically receive electricity supply service from CMP, which is called CMP's Standard Offer Service. Until December 31, 2023, CMP's Standard Offer Rate for residential customers is $0.166310 per kWh.

Alternatively, Think Energy is currently offering residential customers a 3-year term with a fixed-rate price of 13.5 ¢/kWh. Eligible consumers who take advantage of Think Energy's offer will continue to receive a monthly invoice from CMP containing CMP's charges for electricity delivery service, except instead of seeing CMP's Standard Offer Rate, they will see Think Energy's supply charge. For more information about Think Energy's current offer, please review the Disclosure Label located at https://

Unsure about a long-term commitment? Thankfully, with Think Energy, there are no cancellation fees for residential customers.

Think Energy's cost savings on electricity supply through December 31, 2023, compared to CMP's Standard Offer Rate for residential customers reaches further through its affiliate, Think Community Solar. With community solar initiatives sweeping the state, you have the opportunity to be a part of something bigger. Think Community Solar's empowers you to receive 10% in bill credits on your electric bill for up to 20 years. This isn't just about cost savings; it is about actively contributing to the growth of local solar projects and reducing the reliance on traditional energy sources.

But the commitment doesn't stop there – it extends to you, the customer, through the Free Energy Club. Think Energy's innovative referral program empowers you to spread the movement and earn cash rebates on your electricity bills, up to $2,000 in any 12-month period. It's a win-win situation you're contributing to tree protection while enjoying the benefits of cleaner energy and financial rewards.

To learn more about Think Energy and community solar, or to enroll through its seamless enrollment process, go If you have any questions, call Theresa and her team at (C) 508-965-9224 or contact her via email at

Join Think Energy in Shaping Maine’s Clean Energy Landscape Think Energy isn't merely an energy provider; it's a driving force for positive change. Through a customer-centric approach, innovative technology, and a steadfast commitment to a sustainable future, Think Energy is rewriting the script on how we power our lives.

Maine's cleaner, greener tomorrow begins with you! <

Friday, September 1, 2023

Business Spotlight: Maine Management & Business Services

Barry Vaill of Maine Management & Business Services is not a Certified Public Accountant or a tax expert, but he could be the difference between profitability and treading water for a struggling business.

Barry Vaill of Maine Management & Business Services is an
expert at cleaning up company books and can help any
business with his personalized service and expertise.
Vaill is a former banking executive who founded Maine Management & Business Services to help companies clean up their books and understand to improve their profitability performance.

Working from his home in Otisfield, Vaill offers personalized service and the expertise needed for business owners to make sense of their finances.

“We are like a ‘business doctor.’ We clean up client's books either manual or a Quickbooks, then usually we take over the accounting up to income tax filings, done by their CPA,” Vaill said. “We usually take over the accounting after the clean-up. Also, we have a consulting niche advising clients regarding their profitability performance and offering solutions to improve profitability. I have 18 years of banking experience as an executive for large commercial banks. Therefore, we also render assistance in helping a business obtain business loans.”

Clients range from businesses in Cumberland County to Oxford, Androscoggin, and Kennebec counties and because its services are individually tailored to a client’s needs, many businesses feel that hiring Maine Management & Business Services is like adding a Chief Financial Officer at a reasonable cost.

“Most competitors perform bookkeeping and accounting, but they don't have my 50 years of experience doing it,” Vaill said. “I knock my brains out for my clients.”

Costs typically range from $200 per month to $2,500 depending upon the clients’ volume and needs with individualized services designed to fit a client’s business needs.

“If their books are a mess and they do not know how the business is performing, we fix the concerns,” Vaill said. “I just took on a new client close to Augusta, and they needed to file their 2022 Tax Return. They were at their wit's end. They called me, and it took 60-man hours to fix two years of major bookkeeping concerns. They are now ready for the CPA and now they have a greater understanding and knowledge about how their business is performing. It was a first for them after two years.”

According to Vaill, many business owners are so busy running the day-to-day operations of the company that their financial picture becomes overlooked, jeopardizing their success.

“The most challenging aspect of my work is always the clean-up of a client’s books,” he said. “Usually there’s a mess and some business owners have no clue as to the profit or costs associated with their business. We help them with that. We provide clarity and in some ways it’s like hiring a good business consultant and a reasonable CFO financial doctor.”

When he first moved to Maine in 2000, Vaill served as a General Manager for two retailers and then was CFO of a very large year-round resort. He has spent more than 43 years in business safeguarding company books.

“The misconception that some people may have about Maine Management & Business Services is that they think that I’m a run of the mill accounting service,” he said. “I do not do CPA work; what I promise to give my clients is a clean set of books.”

As the owner of a successful business himself, Vaill knows that time is a valuable commodity.

“I’m self-motivated and not a clock watcher at all,” he said. “If I must work on weekends to get caught up, I will. The quality of services that I offer to businesses is second to none and my clients will tell everyone that. When they call me, they get an immediate response and are not blown off. My clients become my friends and I establish long-term relationships with them.”

To learn more about Maine Management & Business Services and how they can assist your business, call 207-539-4076 or email <

Friday, August 25, 2023

Business Spotlight: Frank's Truck Kaps

Don’t let the name fool you. Frank’s Truck Kaps of Windham is about much more than just truck caps, it has every accessory for just about every road adventure or utility need along with a long list of top-quality brands for those that are looking to upgrade and protect their ride.

General Manager Ozzy will help you
find the part that you're looking for at
Frank's Truck Kaps.
Since Frank’s first opened its doors in 1976, it has focused on serving the community, providing exceptional customer service, and faithfully standing by the products it sells. Two years ago, new local owners Jeff Lyon and Dave Carter took over Frank’s Truck Kaps and added many new lines of reputable products and an array of showroom upgrades.

Frank’s continues to be Maine’s leader in Leer truck cap sales year after year, but its customers know that they are much more than that. They focus on giving the community a local source for many more products such as Truxedo truck bed covers and WeatherTech floor mats to shield their vehicle interiors from daily wear and tear. Additionally, they offer lift kits, side steps, running boards, mudflaps, and a variety of storage solutions for work and play.

Best of all, Frank’s is the leader in rapidly obtaining accessories and parts that others take days to locate and obtain. About 99 percent of what they sell can be shipped overnight and available the next day if it’s not already in stock.

Located at 357 Roosevelt Trail in Windham on Route 302 next to the newly renovated Big Apple, Frank’s Truck Kaps is hard to miss with bright Old Town kayaks for sale and a lot full of North Force Trailers outside made right here in Maine.

If you are looking for a utility trailer, Frank’s has a vast selection on sale currently and the team invites you to check out what’s available either on their website or to swing by in person to experience their no pressure, knowledgeable atmosphere led by their general manager, Ozzy.

The Frank’s Truck Kaps team has a combined total of more than 40 years of experience with truck utility products and installation. The company’s roots in the Windham community and its history with its customers is deeply valued and appreciated.

The team believes great customer service is the key to establishing long-term relationships, and they want to be here to help with your needs for the long haul. Beyond installations, they do repairs on truck caps and trailers, and are happy to make special orders of products from the manufacturers they carry. They are the longest active truck cap dealer; lots of their competitors have gone out of business. 

They have adapted through all the challenges over the years and continue to keep prices low. Their installer/tech has been in the business for over 30 years, and he is the most knowledgeable person around. They offer so much that they can afford to keep prices competitive and build their business through volume.”

Reviews of Frank’s Truck Kaps posted online are nothing short of incredible.

“Ordered WeatherTech floor mats for my new Rogue on Friday and they were ready to be picked up on Monday! Quick turnaround and great prices!” – Taylor Osmond

“I was happily reminded this week of the generous and exemplary service at Frank's! You just won't get their kind of customer care anywhere else. It obviously comes from the heart, not a script.” – Mark Fuller

“I recommend Frank's to anyone looking to purchase and install accessories for their truck.” – Vincent “Jim” Troiola

The employees at Frank’s Truck Kaps will do everything they can to find exactly what you’re looking for and go above and beyond to make sure that their customers receive the best price and the best quality product available.

“We’re truck people, and we drive trucks,” Carter said. “We drive what we sell and believe in our products. We want to continue to be depended upon for quality truck caps and accessories. We also want to expand our products to be a one-stop shop for making your vehicle work for the demands you put on it.”

Frank’s Truck Kaps is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To see the impressive list of the top-quality brands they sell visit their website:, call them at 207-892-3130, or take a ride over to see them. You can also find them on Facebook under Frank’s Truck Kaps. <

Friday, August 18, 2023

Business Spotlight: St. Pierre Law, PLLC

To Hannah St. Pierre, being an attorney is not merely just a vocation, it’s a public trust, and an obligation to give back to the community.

Hannah St. Pierre has operated St. Pierre Law
in Raymond since March 2023 and has been
practicing law since 2019.
She has operated St. Pierre Law in Raymond since March 2023 and has been practicing law since 2019. St. Pierre takes great pride in her ability to provide clarity to resolve problems when conflict and misunderstanding of the law arises between individuals.

“We are dedicated to serving the Maine community legal with services tailored to meet the unique needs of individuals and businesses alike,” she said. “From family, estate planning, probate, civil, and business law, our experienced team provides comprehensive legal solutions with excellence and compassion.”

The law firm specializes in five areas of practice including: (1) Family law which encompasses a wide range of legal matters, such as divorce, paternity, parental rights, child support, protection from abuse and harassment, post-judgement modification, enforcement, contempt, and DHHS involvement; (2) Probate law, which covers a range of legal matters, including estate administration, estate litigation, minor and adult guardianships and conservatorships, adoptions, termination of parental rights, and minor and adult name changes; (3) Estate Planning comprising of wills, powers of attorney, healthcare directives, transfer on death deeds, trust modification, and deeds; (4) Civil law providing support for issues such as landlord-tenant disputes and small claims matters; and (5) Business law with limited assistance for businesses, including corporation and LLC formation services to ensure compliance with state laws, as well as Registered Agent services to help businesses remain in good standing with the state.

“The Firm believes in building strong relationships with our clients, based on mutual trust and respect. We are committed to providing personalized attention and prompt communication, so our clients always feel informed and supported throughout the legal process,” St. Pierre said. “With our unique approach to legal issues, we aim to provide our clients with peace of mind and security, so they can move forward with confidence. We understand that legal issues can be overwhelming, which is why we are dedicated to providing our clients with legal services that are tailored to individual needs. Our experienced team works diligently to navigate the legal system with the utmost integrity and professionalism, ensuring that our clients' rights and interests are protected. At our Firm, we take the time to listen to our clients and gain a thorough understanding of their legal needs and objectives, enabling us to craft tailored solutions that meet their specific goals.”

St. Pierre said that the best thing about her practice is that she’s able to connect with people in the local community on both an interpersonal level and a business level, which helps her gain a better understanding about what’s going on in the community.

“We take the time to listen to our clients and gain a thorough understanding of their legal needs and objectives, enabling us to craft tailored solutions that meet their specific goals,” she said. “We focus on informal settlement discussions, mediations, and other alternative dispute resolution avenues to make settlement a priority, rather than extensive litigation that is both time-consuming and costly. However, we are ready to litigate when required.”

St. Pierre graduated from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona in 2019. During law school, Hannah clerked for the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division I, Chambers of the Honorable Jon W. Thompson and was a legal extern for two semesters at the Arizona Supreme Court Staff Attorney's Office. During her final year of law school, she was a law clerk with the Stanford Law Office in Scottsdale, Arizona, which focused on family law and probate matters. She was a moot court competitor, was a recipient of ASU's highest pro bono distinction award and received CALI awards for the top Grade Point Average in the subjects of criminal law, legal writing, civil procedure, and torts.

She has significant experience in family matters involving divorce, parental rights and responsibilities, grandparents’ rights, child support, minor and adult guardianships, adoptions, and termination of parental rights. Hannah has additional experience in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, and estate litigation. Prior to law school, from 2014 to 2016, Hannah was a family law paralegal for a busy litigation firm in Phoenix, Arizona focusing on high-asset divorce, custody, spousal support, grandparents' rights, and adoption. She also served as a case manager for the Androscoggin County Family Treatment Drug Court in Lewiston from 2012 to 2014 where she worked closely with Judge John B. Beliveau, treatment providers, DHHS, and parents' attorneys to assist in achieving a positive outcome for parents struggling with substance abuse disorders.

Following graduation from ASU Law, St. Pierre passed the bar in Nevada and practiced in worker's compensation, family law, and probate administration in Carson City, Nevada. She’s since returned to her home state of Maine, and joined the Law Office of Todd H. Crawford, Jr., P.A. from 2020 to 2023. Her law office is in the A-Frame Building across the street from the Good Life Market on Route 302 in Raymond.

St. Pierre Law can be reached at 207-613-2955 or online at Find St. Pierre Law on Facebook. <

Friday, August 11, 2023

Business Spotlight: Long Beach Marina

Since 1988, the Minervino Family has been welcoming boaters to Long Beach Marina on Sebago Lake and they go out of their way to treat everyone with kindness, courtesy, and respect.

As a full-service facility, Long Beach Marina at 81 Sebago Road (Route 114) in Sebago (Boat Coordinates 43°51’0”N, 70°34’0”W) can handle all your boating needs including late-model pontoon rentals, a dock with 93 octane fuel, long-term and short-term mooring rentals with courtesy shuttle, full-service packages, winterization, shrink wrapping, winter storage, boat washing, and an easy-to-launch boat ramp.

“Service with a smile is our mission” said Sam Minervino, who co-owns Long Beach Marina with his wife, Jan. “We keep it small so we can offer personalized service for each customer. In doing that, we get to know each individual customer and their boat.”

Long Beach Marina was established in 1947 and still maintains the original dock that was on the property when purchased in 1988, with regular upgrades to the infrastructure on site that help to ensure its use for years to come.

“In 2019 we added a service department, and we keep striving to offer the finest no-hassle boating services available locally,” Minervino said. “We offer year-round service and go the extra mile by treating our customers as we would want to be treated.”

He said that Long Beach Marina constantly maintains and upgrades its rental fleet of pontoons, providing a safe and worry-free rental experience on Sebago Lake.

Not only do they expertly maintain their own rental fleet, but Long Beach Marina’s experienced service technicians also take pride in caring for their customers’ boats and vessels with an array of mechanical repairs, routine maintenance, winter storage and reconditioning services available.

“Our complete service package is a great option if you appreciate meticulous care of your vessel and prefer to leave the details to the professionals,” Minervino said. “You can leave your boat on one of our moorings or we can pick it up at your dock. We’ll pull your boat out of the water in the fall and launch it in the spring for your next season of hassle-free boating. Our marine mechanics are skilled technicians who will treat your boat with expertise and care.”

Full end-of-season services are provided featuring winterization, shrink wrap, bottom washing, and storage. Start-of-season service to include spring commission, quick clean and launch with no requirement for a truck or trailer.

Convenience is another reason customers prefer Long Beach Marina. The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays days and 7 p.m. weekends during boating season and features timely preseason and postseason hours in the spring and fall.

The Long Beach Marina’s full-service fuel dock is easily accessed from the open lake, without under water obstruction, tricky channels, or waterways to navigate. The helpful marina crew members pump 93 octane gas to keep your boat running efficiently.

Online reviews are consistently nothing less than exceptional.

“These guys made everything so easy! The boat was in excellent condition, the staff were helpful and nice and so polite. Wonderful experience all the way around. This is the second year we've rented from them and will keep coming back.” Leigh H.

“Our experience was amazing! Check-in was fast and informative. Check-out was a breeze. The boat was clean and beautiful! We had an amazing time on Sebago Lake. Thank you for making our experience memorable! We will definitely be back.” Lina R.

“We rented a boat from Long Beach Marina to go tubing and some fishing. I appreciated the ease of renting from them, it was quick and uncomplicated. All the workers were helpful and friendly. Lake Sebago is beautiful - we had a great day on the water.” Cindy J.

“Great day on the lake. Boat pick-up and drop off was easy. Staff all very friendly. The lake is clean, beautiful, and so big that we felt like we had it mostly to ourselves despite being there on a prime summer Saturday. Amazing day!” Stephen C.

Long Beach Marina will be hosting The 3rd Annual Patty’s' Pontoon Ride for Veterans and their families, starting at noon Saturday, Sept. 9 on Sebago Lake to benefit the Operation Ray of Light program. The day includes a trip around the lake followed by a free barbecue at the marina to wrap up summer.

For more information about Long Beach Marina or to make an appointment for service, visit or call them at 207-787-3908. Find them on Facebook and Instagram. <


Friday, August 4, 2023

Business Spotlight: D&R Paving and Sealcoating

As homeowners in Maine, we take great pride in the beauty and comfort of our properties. While we focus on maintaining the interiors and gardens, one crucial aspect often overlooked is the driveway. Investing in proper driveway paving and sealcoating is essential to ensure not only its longevity but also the functionality and aesthetics it brings to your property.

If you’re looking for a locally owned paving company that you can trust, look no further than D&R Paving and Sealcoating. Established in 1995, owner Dana Brown has decades of experience with jobs both large and small. He has built a reputation for delivering superior workmanship and customer service for all asphalt needs. From the groundwork to the finish sealcoating, his dedicated crew performs quality work at a very competitive price.

“What distinguishes us from our competitors is our attention to detail,” Dana said. “We go the extra mile and pay close attention to our work.”

D&R Paving and Sealcoating takes thorough steps to ensure that your investment will withstand tough Maine seasons for years and years to come. Some of these details are proper drainage, straight edges, smooth finishes, adequate thickness, and flush transitions. This is important to ensure a durable finish and superior curb appeal. They are upfront and honest about the scope of a project so there are no hidden surprises. From the groundwork to completion, they have all the best equipment to get the job done right the first time and on budget.

If you already have a paved surface, it is important to perform proper ongoing maintenance to significantly extend its life. D&R Paving and Sealcoating can help with that too. They use top of the line seal coat to not only provide a protective barrier on the surface but to also enhance the appearance with a flawless, smooth, jet-black sheen.

D&R Paving and Sealcoating stresses the importance of sealing up cracks in your asphalt surfaces as well. Even small cracks allow water to seep down underneath the surface of your pavement which will weaken it over time. Seasonal temperatures can cause asphalt to expand and contract, creating more and more cracks which can then turn to potholes. For this reason, crack sealing is recommended as the most cost-effective preventative pavement maintenance procedure and should not be put off.

If your driveway or lot is more than a decade old, it may be time for periodic milling. Asphalt milling is an affordable solution to restore the surface. Rather than a complete demolition, milling grinds up the old asphalt surface and replaces it with a new, smooth overlay.

D&R Paving and Sealcoating also offers recycled asphalt which can be a great lower cost alternative to traditional pavement. Reclaimed asphalt is recycled asphalt that has been torn up from a previous project. With this material, the asphalt is crushed and mixed with gravel making the surface perform like a gravel road, but with easier maintenance and plowing. It is still far superior to a dirt or gravel road because it keeps your surface completely solid and free of mud. Once reclaim is laid it will also be simpler down the road to upgrade to traditional asphalt if desired.

For commercial and industrial parking lots, D&R Paving and Sealcoating does striping and marking. Whether you are installing a new parking lot, resurfacing an old one, changing its layout, or simply having existing stripes repainted, D&R will get the job done precisely. They are also very well-versed with ADA guidelines for handicapped access and will provide the knowledge to comply with every regulation.

Working with an independent, family-owned company means you will work with the owner directly and every job is personally guaranteed by Dana himself. Keeping his word, job after job, and doing quality work every time is how they have earned a BBB accredited A+ rating. Their excellent workmanship has earned the trust and loyalty of thousands of satisfied, repeat customers and they are excited to add you to that growing list.

Make your driveway a point of pride and let it be a reflection of the care and attention you put into your home by trusting the experts at D&R Paving and Sealcoating. They can provide expert advice on the best materials and practices to suit Maine's climate and ensure your driveway stays in excellent condition for years to come. Prices are based on square footage with groundwork also taken into consideration. Call for a free estimate now and beat the end-of-summer rush at 207-247-8706 or 207-281-2224. You may also email: Visit them on Facebook or go to their website: to see a complete description of services, portfolio and read their reviews. <

Friday, July 28, 2023

Business Spotlight: Royal Academy

 As technology advances, education is constantly evolving and adapting, and online learning is more prevalent now than ever before. Based here in the Lakes Region, Royal Academy is a valued resource in partnership with students and parents in providing a quality education for children.

Located in New Gloucester, Royal Academy is an independent, virtual, private, (K to 12) school. It includes credit recovery courses, education counseling, achievement testing, homeschool support, curriculum design, tutoring, correcting homework consulting and coordinating with a student’s current school as needed.

“The best thing about what we do is our custom-tailored one-on-one approach,” said Bernie Tajonera of Royal Academy. “We are present with each student. When we teach, it’s personalized. You can’t put a price on having an opportunity to get specific with each student through mentorship.”

Tajonera says what distinguishes Royal Academy from other online learning institutions is that the school personally crafts and presents Individualized Learning Plans for all its students.

“We approach the development of an Individualized Learning Plan for each student as a collaborative team process. We involve all the key support individuals from the student and parents to the teachers, academic coaches, and counselors, together as a team, we create a unique plan for every child. The plan is designed to organize, and sequence your child’s curriculum and courses, while considering his or her own unique academic strengths and challenges, passions, and dreams,” he said. “Some children are ready to move ahead in one subject but need extra help in others. Our Individualized Learning Plan establishes a strategy to help make the right choices and help each student reach their highest potential.”

Royal Academy was launched in 1994 by Shirley and Don Minster of Gray and now has four full-time staff members along with experienced independent instructors. The school is accredited by Cognia and recognized for equivalent instruction by the Maine Department of Education.

Its virtual classes allow people to attend classes from wherever they are. Some students are dual-enrolled, taking online classes offered by Royal Academy while continuing their studies at other schools.

“Our challenge is that all children are unique in their own way, so we find and meet those challenges,” Tajonera said. “We want to build rapport and relationships with our students.”

One part of Royal Academy’s key to being successful is through its innovative curriculum.

“Some have a misconception that online education is just for a certain type of student but that’s not the case,” Tajonera said. “Online teaching is all about the curriculum. You can experience life and that becomes your homework. At Royal Academy we make sure the curriculum fits our students and their lifestyle.”

With an expansive curriculum of more than 125 courses, Royal Academy provides students with important choices in math, science, English, history, languages, social studies and an array of other electives and multiple learning levels.

Featuring smaller class sizes and the ability to directly relate to students, Tajonera says that Royal Academy staff members have a personal presence with each student making the educational experience worthwhile.

Online reviews for Royal Academy are exceptional.

“Cannot wait to start teaching my son physical education tomorrow, we are sure to accomplish great strides this school year. We are so proud he will be attending Royal Academy again this year!” Abi, mother of 10th grader

“Enjoying working with ‘my’ Royal Academy Education, Inc. families. I have experienced many children growing from babyhood to adulthood and am now growing old(er) with the parents. Students are now wanting to home educate their own children and getting in touch with me for advice. Feeling a little like a grandmother with many, many grandchildren.” Jane, teacher, mother of homeschoolers

“I am so very proud of my sister-in-law and the stand she takes to provide decent education to our next generation.” Gail

Through the years Royal Academy has taught students from all over the United States, sometimes educating entire families, giving hope to students, meeting children where they’re at, through its unique and custom-tailored approach.

“Royal Academy will work extensively to create an educational and financial plan which has included giving family discounts,” Tajonera said.

For more details about Royal Academy, call them at 207-831-5337 or 207-572-2927 or visit them online at or find them on Facebook at <

Friday, July 21, 2023

Business Spotlight: Home Academy

Home Academy, a new, unique and innovative non-traditional school, offers an exceptional educational experience for students from Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.

Crystal and Liz are two sisters and
parents of school-aged children
who are the founders of the new
Home Academy, a unique and
innovative non-traditional school
which starts this fall.
Located at 15 Main St. in Gray, the mission of Home Academy is to provide a nurturing and supportive learning environment that goes beyond traditional methods. Home Academy’s founders are two sisters, Crystal and Liz, of school-aged children who are frustrated by the limitations of the public school system and seek an educational approach catered to the unique needs of their family.

“We believe in cultivating critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity and the overall growth of each child,” the sisters said. “At Home Academy, we strive to foster a love for education, empowering students to become lifelong learners and future leaders. We are starting this together. We are both entrepreneurs and have experience with business startups. We both have a huge desire to do something better for our children.”

They said they were inspired to create Home Academy after they witnessed how their children were not receiving the individualized attention that they required in a system overly focused on standards and test scores. After exploring various alternative schools and private schools in Maine without finding the right fit, Crystal and Liz felt compelled to create their own educational haven where their children and others could flourish.

Driven by their vision, the sisters embarked on the journey of establishing the Home Academy homeschooling program with a goal of creating a safe and nurturing space where children could feel safe, valued, and free to be themselves. They envisioned an environment that allowed kids to explore their passions, learn in areas that interested them, spend less time on technology, and embrace the wonders of the outdoors.

Instruction at Home Academy begins this fall with a staff of certified teachers.

“We believe in a lot of outdoor learning, project-based learning, as well as a focus on social -emotional development as it is essential to a child’s success. Every child will receive a book called the Big Life Journal. Filled with teaching about affirmations, self-confidence, dreams and so much more,” the sisters said. “We are going to spend the first two weeks getting to know one another. We believe that deeper connections and friendships will foster true respect for one another and a more family-type environment that we want Home Academy to have. We want our students to feel like they are coming home. They feel safe, appreciated, and have a love for education.”

Mindfulness and positive self-talk are integral parts of the Home Academy philosophy which aims to equip students with tools for emotional well-being and resilience, enabling them to navigate challenges and cultivate a healthy mindset.

“We are excited to incorporate the Big Life Journal into our program,” the sisters said. “The Big Life Journal helps children develop strong Social-Emotional Learning and growth mindset skills through inspiring stories, colorful illustrations, and engaging guided activities.”

As a non-profit school, the emphasis will be small class sizes, individualized learning, and an entrepreneurship program for students.

“We will prioritize giving children the freedom to explore their interests and passions,” the sisters said. “Our curriculum allows for flexibility, enabling students to delve into subjects that inspire them and pursue their unique talents. This freedom nurtures a genuine love for learning, as students actively engage in their education and take ownership of their academic journey.”

Many Home Academy classes will be offered outside.

“The majority of our learning will take place outdoors, embracing the wonders of nature as an extension of our classroom,” the sisters said. “Outdoor education not only promotes physical activity and a connection to the environment, but also enhances creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.”

Home Academy is currently enrolling students for fall 2023 and availability is limited. Enrollment may be completed on the school’s website at

For questions about Home Academy, send an email to, visit or find them on Facebook under Home Academy. <

Friday, July 14, 2023

Business Spotlight: East Shore Tavern

Kyle Bancroft is aware of how special it is to own and operate a business in his hometown of Raymond

and each day he’s thankful for the opportunity to provide a place close to home where those in the community can enjoy a great meal, listen to music, have fun, and meet old friends or make new ones. That place is called the East Shore Tavern and Bancroft has transformed what was a small family diner into an establishment that everyone can feel welcome to visit.

Located at 1248 Roosevelt Trail in Raymond, East Shore Tavern was rebranded in February after about 15 years of being known as Café Sebago. Bancroft bought the business three years ago after it had been on the market for some time and it is rapidly becoming a favorite gathering place for local and visitors.

“I was born and raised in Raymond and I’m a hometown guy,” Bancroft said. “I live in this community, and I work here in this community and to me, the best thing about all of this is being able to have a business in my hometown and elevating it for the future. When I purchased Café Sebago from the previous owner, I promised to keep it as Café Sebago for several years and I kept that promise.”

Along with his staff, Bancroft gathered several years of helpful information prior to rebranding the tavern to offer customers exactly the kind of place they wanted.

“We had to figure out who our customer base is to give them the type of atmosphere they could enjoy,” he said. “We took over after coronavirus had shut the business down and had to make changes slowly to bring it across the finish line. We had to roll everything out in sections.”

Bancroft has assembled a top-notch team to assist him in running the tavern.

“We’re a small-knit team but it was important to find qualified people who wanted to engage in the business and wanted to be part of the team,” he said.

One of the changes Bancroft has made during the transformation of East Shore Tavern is to liven things up and bring some nightlife to Raymond.

According to Bancroft, now, there’s something fun going on at the business every time a customer visits. Tuesdays at East Shore Tavern features karaoke, Wednesdays are game nights, and Thursdays are open mic nights. On Friday nights, there is a DJ spinning your favorite tunes and every Saturday there are live music performances. The dining room opens at noon each day with the dance floor available at 9 p.m. The tavern is closed on Mondays.
Formerly named Cafe Sebago, East Shore Tavern in Raymond
has been a local staple for great food and a friendly atmosphere
for almost 20 years. They have made many updates inside and
out over the last couple years and invite you to come and
enjoy amazing food and nightly entertainment.

Another task facing Bancroft and his team in transforming the business was how to best revise the menu to provide great and affordable food that customers preferred.

“We offer flavorful twists on pub-style food and have homestyle specials daily,” he said.

Since rebranding the business as East Shore Tavern, Bancroft said customers have embraced the changes and are liking what they are seeing.

Online reviews have been exceptional for the tavern.

“Fun place great staff. Highly recommended.” Donnie Sarazen

“A local great spot. Awesome food and drink!” Michael McGrath

“Love it! Always great food, drinks, and atmosphere!” Kate Latini

“Best food... great chef named Luisa. Prompt service by Ashley and Jazmyn, love this place, give it a try you will be back!” Kathleen Pierson

Bancroft said he’s happy that so many people have expressed how happy they are that Raymond at last has a place to go for fun and entertainment, and that all the work that has been put into making the tavern’s transformation to this point is connecting positively with local residents.

“We believe everyone will like it here,” Bancroft said. “People are coming out, having a good time, and having fun in a safe environment that’s clean and really is for everybody now.”

To learn more about East Shore Tavern, call 207-655-6481 or find them on Facebook under East Shore Tavern. Also be sure to follow them on Tik Tok @ eastshore207. <

Friday, July 7, 2023

Business Spotlight: Maine Power Wash Pros

Seven simple words can clearly define the work of Maine Power Wash Pros: dependability, reliability, and

outstanding service to customers.

Maine Power Wash Pros provides low-pressure house washing, cement cleaning/gum removal, roof cleaning, composite deck cleaning, condo/apartment building washing and commercial building washing in the Southern, Central and Midcoast Maine areas and has been in business for more than a decade.

“The best thing about our business is our customers. We have hundreds of repeat customers that come back time and time again. We relate that to clear expectations and incredible results,” said Brian Condon, Maine Power Wash Pros co-owner. “We think the world of the people that we have working with us. They take real pride in what they do and work very hard to deliver a great service to our customers.”

Condon said each Maine Power Wash Pros employee is determined to exceed expectations and go above and beyond to earn the loyalty and continued support of its customers.

“We are all about setting and exceeding expectations,” he said. “We’re very prepared for what we do and any situation we may encounter be it cleaning homes, business, condos or restaurants.”

One offer that shatters expectations is Maine Power Wash Pros’ Price Lock Guarantee, in which the company guarantees the price you are quoted for services is good right now or forever as long as you own your home.

“Once you get your quote, the price is locked in, whether that’s 30 days or five years or 10 years,” Condon said. “The price never changes once you get a quote for as long as you own your home.”

Maine Power Wash Pros was formed when owners Mike Morin and Brian Condon found a genuine need for this type of business existed in Maine and discovered that the learning curve to perform this service was feasible. They continuously take classes and seminars to be sure they are up to date with the latest skills for the best results.
Before and after photos of work of cleaning work performed
by Maine Power Wash Pros. SUBMITTED PHOTO

“We put in a lot of time and energy before every wash.” Condon said. “We stand behind our work anddon’t just take our word for it. Look at the hundreds of testimonials from our customers we’ve posted on our website from the last 10 years.”

Through its use of low-pressure house washing and featuring biodegradable products, Maine Power Wash Pros thrives on delivering quality and overall service. Their washing method doesn’t just clean but also disinfects surfaces.

“We do what we say we’ll do and when we say we’ll do it,” Condon said. “We’re very hands-on and our word is our bond.”

He said that customers have found that there is a distinct advantage in calling Maine Power Wash Pros when working on a project. “Roofs are guaranteed for two years, and we offer free estimates,” Condon said. “Your satisfaction is guaranteed, and senior discounts are available. We are fully insured and professionally trained and certified.”

According to Condon, Maine Power Wash Pros provides restored beauty and curb appeal of residential and commercial properties with hot water washing that is safe, effective, and affordable.

“You can change your home’s appearance in a single day,” he said. “Power washing is a safe and effective option for a wide variety of surfaces, including concrete, brick, roofs, wood decking, painted and all types of siding. It removes mold, mildew, dirt, grime, and oily residues for a truly clean wash that’s hard to accomplish through others means.”

“Power washing can help prolong the life of a home’s exterior surface and a power wash completed by Maine Power Wash Pros can keep all home surfaces in great shape,” Condon said.

“Our main service is cleaning vinyl siding, which is about 95 percent of our business, and the rest is painted houses,” he said. “Our no-pressure roof cleaning is a great option as well.” Their roof cleaning treatments are effective for removing streaks, lichen, and mold.

Call now to take advantage of a special Maine Power Wash Pros $50 off coupon. To receive a fast, no-obligation estimate or for more info. about Maine Power Wash Pros, call 207-320-1801 or visit their website at

On their website you will see numerous positive customer reviews. They rate five stars and have many repeat customers because of their professionalism, promptness, and effective results at a fair price. <

Friday, June 30, 2023

Business Spotlight: Chris Doughty State Farm Insurance

For Chris Doughty, his career focuses on helping people manage the risks of everyday life, recovering
from the unexpected, and realizing their dreams. Now Doughty has realized one of his own dreams by opening a second location for his insurance agency right here in Windham.

Doughty has been in the insurance industry for more than two decades, formerly operating State Farm agencies in Waterboro and Portland, and currently at 723 Main St. in Westbrook. But now he’s excited to open a new location at 765 Roosevelt Trail in Windham across from Planet Fitness and serve the community.

“We offer auto, home, life, disability and business insurance as well as financial services such as annuities and retirement planning,” Doughty said. “We take a comprehensive look at our clients’ complete insurance protection package and make sure they have no potential gaps that could cause issues for them down the road.”

The new Windham location is something that Doughty has hoped for since he started in the insurance industry.

“I really want to build our business here,” he said. “I live in Windham, I coach in Windham, and my kids go to Windham schools. This is the culmination of many years of hard work to open this office. As a second- generation owner of the business, I pride myself on our team’s ability to build strong relationships with our clients. Our clients enjoy doing business with us because they know they can call or stop in and always talk to a familiar friendly face from our team. We offer customized home, flood, auto, boat, condo, renters, personal articles, RV, motorcycle, umbrella, pet, commercial and life insurance policies and mutual funds and annuities.”

And teamwork is something that Doughty is familiar with, having played baseball for Saint Joseph’s College and earlier this year he was named as the new varsity baseball coach at Windham High School. He lives in Windham with his wife, Sara, two children, Eva, age 9, Troy, age 7, and the family dog, King.

His athletic success, coupled with his attentive, personalized, and exceptional customer service, outstanding product knowledge and vast expertise has led to some major accomplishments with State Farm Insurance as well. Doughty is the first State Farm agent in Maine to be given multiple locations. He also is a State Farm Chairman’s Circle qualifier recognizing the Top 10 percent of agents nationwide.

“I personally feel the customer service you receive at my agency is second to none and really separates us from other insurers,” Doughty said. “We understand you can’t always make everyone happy, but we sure try our best to do so. We truly care about all our clients and the community.”

According to Doughty, a common misconception that many people have is that insurance is a lot more
Chris Doughty, owner and agent at Windham's
new State Farm office located in the Windham
Shopping Center. SUBMITTED PHOTO 
expensive than it really is and that insurance agents are merely claims adjusters looking at saving the company money or trying to find faults.

“It’s exactly the opposite,” he said. “We represent the customer and try to get coverage for everyone. Our job is to build strong relationships with our neighbors and help them as much as possible.”

Doughty said the job of an agency is to deal directly with State Farm as an advocate for the customer and to find them affordable coverage while assisting them to understand what’s in their policy. The company offers free reviews and free quotes on home insurance, life insurance, auto insurance and more.

“Our current pricing with State Farm is the most competitive it has been since I opened my business in 2009,” he said. “Luckily with State Farm backing us they do an excellent job of sending out flyers, postcards, and letters to familiarize our clients with all the discounts we offer. Our team always makes sure to explain all the ways our clients can save money with us as well. We focus specifically on the Greater Portland and Lakes Region, but we have clients all over the state of Maine.”

Hours for the Windham office are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Saturday by appointment only.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 207-747-5944 or visit them online at Find them on Facebook under Chris Doughty State Farm Insurance. <

Friday, June 23, 2023

Business Spotlight: Raymond Car Wash

When it comes to getting your car sparkling clean, nobody beats Raymond Car Wash.

A trusted community business for the past 19 years, Raymond Car Wash takes the extra step to ensuring complete customer satisfaction through meticulous detailing services and investing in a brand-new state-of-the-art touch-free automatic wash to leave vehicles immaculate and shiny. Located at 1249 Roosevelt Trail, Raymond Car Wash is open 24 hours every day and features quality products, reliability, and well-maintained equipment for everyone seeking an exceptional car or boat washing experience.

“We strive to make sure all of our customers are happy and to provide the best car wash available,” said Raymond Car Wash owner Drew Taylor. “We live here, we work here, and we push ourselves to offer the best car wash possible. The interaction we have with our customers makes it all worthwhile.”

There are four types of automated wash packages available and a handy self-service wash with high-pressure options for soaping, rinsing, waxing and spot-free drying. Raymond Car Wash also features an array of express and interior and exterior detailing services and complete inside and outside reconditioning for your vehicle at affordable prices.

The staff includes Car Wash and Detailing Manager Melissa Duchesneau, Assistant Detailer Linda Mayer, and Facilities Supervisor Derek Weltz, who take great pride in seeing clean vehicles leave the site driven by happy customers. Taylor said that their attention to detail and expertise is one of the reasons Raymond Car Wash continues to be a customer favorite in town for nearly two decades.

“The challenging aspect is making sure everything is operational and in good working order so you can drive away in a clean, shiny car,” Taylor said. “A misconception is that a business like this takes care of itself and that’s not the case. An automated car wash takes attention daily, weekly and we put in the effort to make sure everything is working properly every time our customers visit. If not, our policy is come back if you’re not happy, and we’ll certainly make it right.”

Basic detailing services are thorough and include hand wash and scrub, express wax and protectant, all glass and mirrors cleaned inside and outside, express interior vacuuming, the dashboard wiped down and tires dressed. Exterior detailing includes hand wash and paint decontamination, buff polish and protectant, vinyl trim reconditioned, windows cleaned inside and outside, wheels and rims cleaned, and tires dressed. Interior detailing features vacuuming and shampooing of carpets, mats, and upholstery, clean consoles, door panels, jambs, knobs and gauges, vinyl and plastic surfaces dressed, glass and windows cleaned, and leather cleaned and conditioned. Call for pricing.

Online reviews are exceptional.

“Amazing car wash! Best in the area.” Hayes Henderson

“Raymond Car Wash did an amazing job detailing my car. Melissa exceeded our expectations!” Susan Shoberg

“Such a great job! Drop off in the morning and pick up afternoon. makes me feel like a new car and not another payment. super clean and fresh!” Kim DeCesere Merrill

“Automatic car wash cleans my car pretty good compared to other car washes.” Brianna Palmer

“Updated automatic car wash works great!! My truck had dried mud all over it from a muddy road, and it did a great job cleaning it off. Did a better job than I was expecting!” Scott Allen

Taylor said Raymond Car Wash remains popular because the business and employees care about providing an exceptional experience and value to customers.

“We’re very mindful to take care of our customers,” he said. “Our goal is to deliver outstanding services to keep your vehicle as clean as possible.”

For a spotlessly cleaned vehicle or boat with attentive and personalized service to boot, call 207-655-4643 for detailing appointments or send an email to Detailing services are offered by Raymond Car Wash from May through October, weather permitting. Hours of operation for detailing are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and on Sundays. The self-serve car wash remains open 24/7 year-round. <

Friday, June 16, 2023

Business Spotlight: Trafford Truck Equipment

If you haven’t heard of Trafford Truck Equipment yet, you should know that the New Gloucester-based business is quickly developing a loyal and dedicated following for its personalized customer service, quality product lines, exceptional pricing, and meticulous attention to detail.

Rely on Trafford Truck Equipment to customize your truck
for work or play. From Fisher plows and Duramag bodies
and dumps to custom fabrication and everything in
between, you can rely on them to do precision work
Under new owner Dan Williams, Trafford Truck Equipment at 531 Penney Road in New Gloucester is on a mission to help customers be as profitable as possible while getting their jobs done faster, safer, and more efficiently.

Trafford sells and installs truck equipment such as Duramag Truck Bodies, Magnum Racks, and other custom fabrications. It also sells, installs, and services Fisher plows and sanders, Douglass plows, and a wide range of other truck products.

No matter if you’re looking for a top-of-the-line truck rack or custom welding and fabrication services, Trafford Truck Equipment is committed to providing you with the highest quality truck upfitting around.

In business since 2009, the Trafford Truck Equipment staff has the knowledge, technical expertise, and experience to handle the most challenging of projects. It is a full truck equipment facility, specializing in the installation of all types of truck implements such as snow and ice removal equipment, emergency lighting, van body liftgates, and pickup truck liftgates.

The truck outfitting shop carries an extensive line of quality strobe lighting, and other affordable truck accessories and leveling kits.

“This is the perfect time to upfit your work truck or your daily driver,” Williams said. “We have tons of options and are ready to make your visions a reality. We now stock both Maine-ly Batteries, Inc. and B&W Trailer Hitches.”

Wiliams says that Trafford Truck Equipment is not some hole-in-the-wall type of shop and takes its work and its customers seriously. But because the business is designed to be smaller and has less overhead than larger competitors, that works to the advantage of its customers.

“It certainly allows our pricing to be highly competitive compared to bigger shops,” Williams said. “It also lets us focus more on personalized customer service and providing exceptional value in the products we sell and service.”

Convenience and availability are significant factors when choosing a truck outfitting shop for a project and Trafford Truck Equipment has those areas covered for its customers, Williams said.

“We are open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and remain available throughout the winter months,” he said. “Our customers can be assured that we are there to help them every step of the way. And with us doing the installation and the service work, we make sure it’s done right.”

The outstanding service delivered to customers at Trafford Truck Equipment is second to none in the Lakes Region of Maine. They answer the phone promptly, answer all questions courteously and all quotes and estimates for projects are entirely free.

“We take great pride in what we do,” Williams said. “We stand behind our products and services.”

Reviews for Trafford Truck Equipment are nothing short of amazing.

“Highly recommend these guys! Excellent customer service. Got my truck in and out in one day! They stayed a half hour after close to get me out ready for the coming storm. Thank you. You killed it. Very impressed with the quality of work and attention to detail cutting my bumper. Awesome job.” Derek Hodgkin

“When it comes to meticulous workmanship, Trafford is where it’s at. Attention to detail when installing on trucks and equipment is a must, you won’t have to worry about being stranded on the side of the road because someone ran a wire the wrong way. Our company will only have Trafford install anything on our fleet. Top notch service and good people. Customer for life here!” Jake Audet

“You couldn’t find a better company to deal with.” Mike Denny

“Great guys! From helping get you back going in the middle of a snowstorm when you are brokedown, to helping you find just the right truck body that you’re looking for, I have always had an awesome experience!” Mike Killinger

To learn more about products and services offered by Trafford Truck Equipment and how they can help you, call 207-926-4271, send an email to or find them on Facebook under Trafford Truck Equipment. <

Friday, June 9, 2023

Business Spotlight: Elysian Aesthetics

Seeing a client’s remarkable transformation is what is most gratifying to the team at Elysian Aesthetics in Windham.

Kynthia Green and owner Deborah Lewia
of Elysian Aesthetics are excited to serve
you at their new location in Windham at
48 Tandberg Trail. COURTESY PHOTO
At its new location at 48 Tandberg Trail, the staff of Elysian Aesthetics provides expertise in identifying appropriate treatment options to achieve your goals and to guide clients through the treatment process. In business for three years in Windham, the Elysian Aesthetics Spa team includes two aestheticians, an electrologist, a nurse practitioner (injector), and a massage therapist. Elysian’s staff is highly skilled at performing safe aesthetic procedures and offers a wide range of services at competitive rates.

Services available include skin tightening, laser hair removal, IPL laser treatments, Zerona Fat Loss, Facials, Teeth Whitening, Ear Candeling, Foot Detox, Lash and Brow Tinting, Spray Tanning, Eyelash Extensions, Facial Waxing, Styku Body Scanning, Reshape Body Contouring, JetPeel Facials, Microchanneling Facials, Electrolysis, Botox/fillers, Botox Parties and Massages.

Elysian Aesthetics owner Deborah Lewia said that it’s rewarding when a client is pleased with the service they’ve received and then recommends the spa to friends and family.

“I love meeting so many people in the community and helping them to feel better about themselves,” Lewia said.

A graduate of Aveda Institute in Augusta, Lewia says that her passion is to help people of all ages achieve their skincare goals and to feel great about the way that they look. She developed a passion for the aesthetics field while working with a plastic surgeon in a medical spa and went on to receive extensive training in numerous medical grade devices and in providing many different aesthetics treatments.

Lewia said the Elysian Aesthetics team is constantly searching for new and affordable ways to improve services for its clients.

“Our latest additions are PRX facials, spray tanning and our Hydrinity skincare line,” she said. “By next week we will offer Geneo, a new advanced facial treatment. Keeping up with the latest technology and continuing our education keeps us relevant and competitive with other spas. We are able to offer the very latest top-notch services. I feel very confident that my employees are up to date on treatments and continue their education as the aesthetic world evolves.”

The Elysian Aesthetics team was first in Maine to bring clients the JetPeel, Reshape, and the Zerona, its most popular treatment. The Zerona is pain free, covers a large surface area, and is a non-invasive treatment that offers immediate results after the first appointment, with six sessions recommended.

They also offer DaVinci teeth whitening, a fast, safe and natural way to brighten teeth instantly. The LED blue light technology is trusted by dental professionals and is recognized and used world-wide to remove years of staining from teeth. Results are amazing and are super affordable at only $199 for teeth whitening.

The facility also carries the iS Clinical skincare line and specializes in the “Fire and Ice Facial,” otherwise known as the “Hollywood Red Facial” treatment. This type of facial results in a complexion that is dramatically refined, with no down time, peeling, or other negative side effects and is good for all skin types.

Elysian also offers individually tailored at-home skincare routines and products for all ages. It’s the only place in Maine that offers a needle-free face lift.

“We’re different in that all of our services are non-invasive, needle-free, with zero down time,” Lewia said.

What distinguishes Elysian Aesthetics from the competition is personalized and customized treatment plans for everyone who visits the facility.

“We have flexible hours, and great product lines that provide value and quality,” Lewia said. “We offer affordable treatment plans and packages, as well as a referral program. We have cutting-edge products and equipment that are medical and pharmaceutical grade that help us deliver the best possible results for our clients.”

Lewia said the Elysian team listens closely to their clients’ wants and needs and is known for exceptional products and convenient, affordable services.

“For us, we are changing lives for the better and making a difference,” she said. “Our clients are grateful and happy with the results. We exceed expectations.”

Elysian Aesthetics is open Monday through Friday and on Saturday by appointment only.

For more information, call Elysian Aesthetics at 207-572-4160 and visit them online at or find them on Facebook under Elysian Aesthetics Spa or on Instagram at elysianaestheticsskin <