The Keep It Local Maine Podcast
Episode 41: Rene Menard - Headmaster of Thornton Academy

Episode 41: Rene Menard - Headmaster of Thornton Academy

June 2, 2021

This week, we were excited to talk with the Headmaster from Thornton Academy in Saco, Rene Menard. We spoke about his almost three decades in education, Thornton Academy's recent award as Best Independent School in Maine, how the last year has affected education, what inspires him, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Rene Meanrd is the Headmaster of Thornton Academy, Maine's largest independent school.  Rene has spent the last 27 years working in education as a teacher, coach, dean of students, and Associate Headmaster before becoming Thornton's Headmaster in 2012.  Rene serves on the executive committees of the Maine Association of Independent Schools and lives on campus with his wife and two teenage children.

You can learn more about Thornton Academy at www.thorntonacademy.org and also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 40: Jeff Buckwalter - CEO & Co-Owner of The Holy Donut

Episode 40: Jeff Buckwalter - CEO & Co-Owner of The Holy Donut

May 27, 2021

In this episode, we had a sweet talk with Jeff Buckwalter, the CEO and Co-Owner of The Holy Donut! We talked about how he came to be part of the business, why their donuts are delicious, lobster donuts, how they give back to the community as a company, how he defines success, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Jeff moved to Maine from Illinois as a freshman in high school, growing up in Farmington and attending Mt. Blue High School. He then went to University of Maine in Orono where he met his wife Elizabeth to whom he’s been married to for 21 years.  He joined the family business founded by his sister-in-law, Leigh Kellis, in 2013 when they had just one location on Park Avenue in Portland.  They now have 3 locations and are building out their newest location in Portland's Old Port with plans to continue to grow the brand.  In his down time, he loves spending time outdoors and has a passion for fly fishing, bow hunting and exploring wild places in Maine's north woods.

Learn more about the The Holy Donut at www.theholydonut.com as well as purchase gift cards or place take-out orders! Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest as well.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 39: Geoff Iacuessa - Portland Sea Dogs President & General Manager

Episode 39: Geoff Iacuessa - Portland Sea Dogs President & General Manager

May 19, 2021

This week, we had a chance to sit down and talk with Geoff Iacuessa, the President and General Manager of the Portland Sea Dogs - the Double-A minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. We learned more about how the team is planning to keep people safe at Hadlock Field this year, some of the promotions they have coming up, what their role in the Red Sox system is, some of Geoff's favorite baseball memories and more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Geoff began his career with the team as an intern in 2001 and was hired as Director of Group Sales prior to the 2002 season. In 2004 he became the Director of Sales and Promotions, after the 2006 season he was promoted to Assistant General Manager for Sales and Promotions, and in 2018 he was promoted to President & General Manager. Geoff was honored as the 2015 Eastern League Executive of the Year and in 2011 he was named to the Portland Press Herald's "40 under 40" list, recognizing 40 local business leaders under the age of 40. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in sport management. In addition to his work with the Sea Dogs, Geoff serves on the PeoplesChoice Credit Union Board of Directors and the Maine Children's Cancer Program Board of Directors.

Learn more about the Portland Sea Dogs at www.seadogs.com and check out their schedule for promotions and to buy tickets as well. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for news and updates.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 38: Riley Armstrong - Maine Mariners Head Coach & Assistant GM

Episode 38: Riley Armstrong - Maine Mariners Head Coach & Assistant GM

May 12, 2021

This episode, we had a great conversation with Riley Armstrong, the Head Coach and Assistant General Managers of the Maine Mariners. We talked about his experiences going from player to coach, how the past year without hockey has been for him, what to expect from the team this coming season, some of his favorite hockey stories, and more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Riley Armstrong (@rilesarmy) is the first head coach in Mariner’s franchise history, leading them in their first two ECHL seasons and in the summer of 2019, he was promoted to Assistant General Manager. He came to the Mariners from the Wheeling Nailers, the ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he was an assistant coach from 2016-18. In his 12-year professional playing career, Armstrong spent his first five seasons in the San Jose Sharks organization, making his NHL debut in 2008-09. Armstrong made stops in some of Europe’s top professional leagues, playing in Russia, Finland, Germany and Sweden as well as additional stints in the AHL and ECHL  playing a total of 610 professional games. He resides in Scarborough with his wife Amber, daughter Peyton and son Ezra.

Check out the Maine Mariners 2021-2022 schedule and get your gear at www.marinersofmaine.com. Season tickets, flex plans, and individual tickets are now on sale as well. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 37: Adina Bercowicz - Maine Lyme Disease Advocate - Lyme TV

Episode 37: Adina Bercowicz - Maine Lyme Disease Advocate - Lyme TV

May 5, 2021

Did you know that May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month? We had the chance to talk with Adina Bercowicz of LymeTV to learn more about her journey through treatment, how she started her non-profit to raise awareness of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases, what we can all do to prevent tick bites, and more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

In 2013 Adina was very sick & was later diagnosed with late-stage Neurological Lyme disease & multiple co-infections which resulted in brain tissue damage & secondary diseases from a tick bite. Frustrated with the lack of scientific knowledge in the medical community about tick-borne diseases & proper treatments, she resolved to easily bring the information to the public to reduce the incidence of these diseases, one person & doctor at a time.  Adina has made it her duty to research & inform.  Her dedication to highlighting awareness birthed LymeTV. Adina served on the Department of Defense's FY19 Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, Tick-Borne Disease Research Program as a scientific panel Consumer Reviewer.

Learn more about LymeTV at www.lymetv.org and also find out how to get involved, donate, or their new Tick Jedi program. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

Also, be sure to check out Adina's recommendations:

- Bay Area Lyme Foundation 

- Global Lyme Alliance

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 36: Cheryl Tucker & Julia Bachelder - Maine Cancer Foundation

Episode 36: Cheryl Tucker & Julia Bachelder - Maine Cancer Foundation

April 28, 2021

Our guests this week are Cheryl Tasker and Julia Bachelder from Maine Cancer Foundation. We talked with them about their upcoming Tri For A Cure fundraising event, how they became involved with an organization helping raise funds and awareness for cancer in Maine, what inspires them, and more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUESTS:

Cheryl joined the team at Maine Cancer Foundation in 2019.  She has spent much of her career working in cancer-related public health.  As a passionate advocate, she strives to ensure that cancer prevention, screening and care are prioritized in all of our Maine communities.   While she is not a native Mainer, she calls Maine home and can’t imagine living anywhere else!

Julia joined the team at Maine Cancer Foundation in 2016, where she oversees major events and offers participant support to fundraisers. Julia is a native of Yarmouth, Maine and past participant in Tri for a Cure. She loves the opportunity to support women who endeavor to challenge themselves while also fundraising for a meaningful cause.

Learn more about Maine Cancer Foundation by visiting www.mainecancer.org or by calling (207) 773-2533. You can also register for this year's Tri For A Cure virtual event at www.triforacure.org right now. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram as well.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

 
Episode 35: Danielle Williams - Williams Brothers Paving & Construction

Episode 35: Danielle Williams - Williams Brothers Paving & Construction

April 21, 2021

Our guest this week is Danielle Williams, owner of Williams Brothers Paving & Construction. We talked about how she came to run a paving company, her story of processing and moving through grief, how she gives back, her inspiration, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Danielle Goulet Williams is a lifelong resident of Maine, a graduate of the University of Southern Maine, an interior designer, and something that a lot of people don’t expect - the owner and operator of a paving and construction company. Williams Brothers Paving & Construction was founded by her late husband Richard and was continued by Danielle after his passing as a way of keeping his memory alive. With Danielle at the helm, they serve residential and commercial customers throughout New England. She also gives back by serving as the secretary of the Michael Goulet Foundation for Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy, which donates multi-sport helmets to youth in Maine.

Visit Williams Brothers Paving & Construction at www.williamsbrothersconstructioninc.com or call 207-812-9071. Follow them on Facebook or LinkedIn. For more more information on the Michael Goulet Foundation, visit www.michaelgouletfoundation.org

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 34: Will Drury - Maine Magic Mud

Episode 34: Will Drury - Maine Magic Mud

April 13, 2021

This week, we spoke with Will Drury - the Maine skin care entrepreneur behind Maine Magic Mud. We talked about how he used mud to treat the severe dry skin on his hands during college, turned that into a business, what he's learned along the way, how he made giving back a part of the business from the beginning, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Will grew up on the island of Vinalhaven. After college he returned home to pursue his dream of small business ownership. He founded Maine Magic Mud after his experience with the effectiveness of an old local remedy. Running a business twelve miles off the coast comes with a unique set of challenges but Will has continued to face them with the adaptability born of island life.

You can order any of Maine Magic Mud's products at www.mainemagicmud.com. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 33: Dan & Joe McCluskey - Iron Clad East

Episode 33: Dan & Joe McCluskey - Iron Clad East

April 7, 2021

This episode is guaranteed to leave you hungry! We talked with Dan and Joe McCluskey of Iron Clad Eats - a new food truck in Maine serving up food that combines comfort foods with other incredible flavors to produce unique tacos that will leave you wanting more! We talked about how they decided to start their own food truck, how they got started cooking, what inspires them, and much more.

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Dan and Joe McCluskey are both Mainers born and raised. Dan studied at UMaine before moving throughout the northeast where he settled into New York’s tourism and service industries for the past decade. Now back in Maine with his wife Stephanie, he partners with Joe, who has worked in kitchens since he was 16, to bring you something fun, delicious and unlike any other food out there.

You can learn more about Iron Clad Eats at www.ironcladeats.com and also support their Kickstarter campaign, which runs through April 22. Follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 32: Jackie Lindstedt - JAX & BARD

Episode 32: Jackie Lindstedt - JAX & BARD

March 31, 2021

This episode, we spoke with Jackie Lindstedt - a Maine footwear designer, entrepreneur, and founder of JAX & BARD footwear. We talked about her twenty plus years in fashion, the origins of her own footwear line, how she handles adversity, what inspires her, and much more!

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Jackie "Jax" Lindstedt, a seasoned footwear professional and entrepreneur, launched her own label, JAX & BARD in 2014.  Created to solve her own footwear needs, JAX & BARD provides footwear solutions that offer a custom fit, comfort, and effortless style.  Her designs combine historical techniques with modern influences, and responsibly curated materials which set her styles apart in the current comfort category. JAX & BARD footwear is designed for women who desire options that help them look and feel their best all day long.

You can purchase the signature Libby Hill line from JAX & BARD online at www.jaxandbard.shoes as well as more information on how they make their exceedingly comfortable shoes. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

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