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    New Dimensions FCU places their money on Financial Education — New Dimensions Federal Credit Union

    Central Maine’s community can expect to see New Dimensions FCU educating its residents the importance of financial Security!

    A new study just released by the National Credit Union Foundation reveals that 58 percent of credit union members are struggling financially, while only about half practice healthy financial habits. These numbers reflect members of all ages and income levels.  This doesn’t come as news to Ryan Poulin, President & CEO of New Dimensions Federal Credit Union (NDFCU), as he notes, “We have been providing financial education services to our members and participating local schools for several years now. The demand for this financial education is very high and we are committed to helping our members achieve their financial goals. Similarly, our hope is that by equipping our young members with real-world financial groundwork, their financial futures will be positively impacted.

    With the lack of personal financial education in school curriculums, New Dimensions has increased their efforts in financial literacy by hiring a Director of Financial Education, whose focus is primarily on providing local students in Kennebec and Somerset counties. Additionally, members are offered seminars and classes that teach them budgeting basics such as creating a budget, understanding credit and how it impacts their finances, and tips on buying a car. Tanya Verzoni, Director of Financial Education, works with students at Waterville, Winslow, and Messalonskee High Schools, as well as younger students at George J. Mitchell School and Girl Scouts of America.

    Tanya helped our troop understand the difference between needs and wants and how to save money for the future. The presentation helped our troop earn their literacy badge and the girls in Troop #1557 have a new look on what is or isn’t needed. Tanya was able to include all ages and levels and encouraged interactions throughout her discussion. We all loved the stories and games! We look forward to working with her again,” stated Brenda Achorn, Troop Leader. Jason Pellerin, JMG Specialist at Messalonskee High School added, “Tanya’s presentation style was informative and engaging, she uses real-life examples and humor to connect with the students. The subject matter discussed is so important to everyday living after high school. The ‘What is a Credit Score’ presentation may be one of the most ‘real-life’ one-hour lessons a high school student may receive.

    Tanya states that she loves working with students noting, “I never had classes in school about understanding credit, the dangers of credit cards, best practices of buying a car, or even basic budgeting. As an adult, I guess I just tried to figure it out as I went along, which was pretty scary at times. As adults, we’ve all made some mistakes with money and I am no different. I share my real-life examples with students hoping that they can learn from my mistakes. These real-life lessons will hopefully help them have a profitable future!

    Throughout 2018, New Dimensions Federal Credit Union will continue to offer seminars and educational sessions to our members as well as to local community members.

    For more details on financial literacy education, or to request Tanya Verzoni as a speaker at your school or group, visit www.newdimensionsfcu.com or email Tanya at tverzoni@newdimensionsfcu.com.

    Contact Info:
    • Address: 61 Grove Street, Waterville
    • Primary Phone: (207) 872-2771
    • Email: tpoissonnier@newdimensionsfcu.com

    25th Annual Festival of Trees — Good Will-Hinckley

    Good Will-Hinckley kicks off its 25th Annual Festival of Trees on Friday, December 8th, with a tree lighting ceremony and the Bell Ringers. It continues on with a craft/vendor fair with Triple C Dance Team and Kennebec Valley Chordsmen performing, Sunday Brunch featuring Uniquely Music, pictures with Santa, Belfast Bay Fiddlers, Down Home Dinner featuring the Lawrence High School Vocal Vibe Choir, Mount View Chamber Singers and closes with a kids day that includes horse drawn wagon rides and more. Please see the schedule of events at www.gwh.org/news-and-events for more information and to purchase tickets to the Brunch and/or Down Home Dinner.  All proceeds benefit all the programs on the GWH campus, to learn more about the programs please go to www.gwh.org/programs.  Thanks to the Festival’s Event Sponsor, Sappi, and all the other sponsors listed at www.gwh.org/news-and-events list for making this possible.  And of course, thank YOU for coming and supporting the young lives in Maine and being the change in their lives!

    Contact Info:
    • Address: PO Box 159, Hinckley
    • Primary Phone: (207) 238-4000
    • Email: lsandy@gwh.org

    Let’s bow our heads this Thanksgiving… — New Dimensions Federal Credit Union

    Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.  –Oprah WinfreyThis quote sums up how I choose to live my life. It is the quote that also guides my NEEDS vs. WANTS list, too! Examples of basic needs are shelter, food, water, clothes, and medicine. Many of our neighbors struggle with attaining their basic needs while others look to acquire more possessions like the latest cell phone models, a new vehicle every two years, and fancy brand name clothing. I will admit, in my 20’s and early 30’s I used to think that I needed a new band name purse every season or a new wardrobe, or to dine at the best restaurants. Do you know where this mentality got me? In debt. Did it bring me happiness? Well, I thought it did at the time. In reality, none of the “stuff” held its value and I found myself feeling empty inside.https://newdimensionsfcu.com/2017/11/21/lets-bow-heads-thanksgiving/Read More!

    Contact Info:
    • Address: 61 Grove Street, Waterville
    • Primary Phone: (207) 872-2771
    • Email: tpoissonnier@newdimensionsfcu.com

    NDFCU sets up a Christmas tree at The Sukeforth Family Festival of Trees

    On Friday, November 17, 2017, the 2nd Annual Sukeforth Family Festival of Trees begins. Just wait until you see those beautiful trees. There certainly is a lot of creativity at this event and the generosity of the community business involved is amazing. The NDFCU tree comes with $1,000 cash plus the beautiful tree you see pictured. Among our tree is several amazing trees that will thrill you and put you in the Christmas spirit for sure. You will hear friends catching up and chatting, tree viewers gushing over the beauty or creativity of each tree, or the wonderful Christmas music playing in the background ~ Can you think of a better way to spend a couple of hours this weekend (or next)? Grab your family members or some friends and come have fun with us.https://newdimensionsfcu.com/2017/11/17/ndfcu-sets-christmas-tree-sukeforth-family-festival-trees

    Now Offering Tea Leaf Readings! — Enchanted Herbs & Teas

    We, at Enchanted Herbs & Teas, are pleased to announce that we now offer tea leaf readings.  As many may know, we have been offering other forms of psychic divination (tarot and oracle deck readings) for some time now and with the addition of our new Tea Bar, we are able to offer tea leaf readings as well.  Come on by for a cuppa and a reading with Ayrca or Wmffre.  For more information, visit our website at: https://www.enchantedherbsmaine.com/services/psychic-readings” .

    Contact Info:
    • Address: 48 Main Street, Waterville
    • Primary Phone: (207) 860-0318
    • Email: info@enchantedherbsmaine.com

    7 ways to “trim” your Thanksgiving budget! — New Dimensions Federal Credit Union

    There’s nothing like the smell of a mouth-watering turkey dinner cooking in the kitchen. We are 1 week away from the big day and many of us are planning our menus.Before you finalize your menu and shopping list, consider these 7 money savings tips: Set a budget for your meal: Review your monthly household budget. How much can you realistically afford to spend on the ingredients? Many people just walk into the store, grab items and are shocked at the total at the registers. Don’t let your meal blow a hole in your budget. Continue reading for ways to save on the meal without feeling pinched.Get organized and do your research:> Plan your full menu and make a list of EVERYTHING you need. Multiple trips to the store can waste your time and gas. Read the grocery store flyers and search for BOGO (Buy One Get One) deals and note any sales on your list. Shop for the items on your list. Don’t get lured into buying other items that are not on your list. Stay strong, you can do it!Technology can help save you money: Apps! No, not appetizers…cellphone apps!  Downloading coupon, sale and store apps can save you a few extra bucks!strong>Avoid “Fancy” recipes with costly ingredients: While balsamic-glazed brussels sprouts threaded on bamboo skewers with crushed pine nuts and aged parmesan cheese sounds divine, perhaps just simple roasted brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper would please the crowd? Expensive nuts, herbs or spices can quickly inflate your food bill.Eliminate one or two dishes: Is there something you make that you could do without? Perhaps there is casserole or side dish that has lots leftover? Save the money and delete them from your menu.  Things like mashed potatoes and stuffing are inexpensive when made from scratch. Offer extra portions of those items instead. Ask two family members to bring a dish: Let your family members contribute a dish to the meal. If they can’t cook, assign them drinks or a store-bought dessert.Stretch the leftovers: All the leftovers can be used to make other quick weeknight meals. Making dishes ahead and freezing them helps your family get dinner on the table fast and saves you money, too.  Check out this link for lots of ideas to use up leftovers! http://www.foodnetwork.com/thanksgiving/leftovers/best-thanksgiving-leftover-recipes

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from New Dimensions Federal Credit Union!  

    Contact Info:
    • Address: 61 Grove Street, Waterville
    • Primary Phone: (207) 872-2771
    • Email: rpoulin@newdimensionsfcu.com

    Our new tea bar is open! — Enchanted Herbs & Teas

    Enchanted Herbs & Teas is pleased to announce that our new tea bar is open.  We will have fresh brewed teas, tisanes and coffee.  We will have a couple teas and coffees of the day but if that doesn’t suit your taste, we can brew any one of our many wonderful in-stock teas by request.  We can even make custom tea blends (tisanes) using any of our herbs.  We will occasionally feature one of our custom blends as a tea of the day.In addition to hot teas, our tea bar has iced teas from Pure Leaf, featuring their Tea House Blends. Just remember, it is always “time for tea” so stop on by to visit our new tea bar.

    Contact Info:
    • Address: 48 Main Street, Waterville
    • Primary Phone: (207) 860-0318
    • Email: info@enchantedherbsmaine.com

    Payroll deduction — Maine Fire Equipment Co.

    By popular request we now offer payroll deduction for our scrubs, shoes and medical supplies. If you are an employer or employee and are interested in payroll deduction please contact us and you can join the growing number of health care facilities who are enjoying this convenience. Also in stock by popular demand is a large selection of tall and petite sizes.

    Contact Info:
    • Address: 25 S. Factory Street, Skowhegan
    • Primary Phone: (207) 474-2992
    • Email: tsmith@mainefire.net

    Berry’s Stationers

    Berry’s Stationers is moving to 835B Kennedy Memorial Drive, Oakland Maine, Monday, November 13th!
    Make sure to stop by and see their new location!
    Berry’s Stationers is a family owned business specializing in office and art supplies, custom picture framing and related supplies,
    as well as all your stationery needs, including a variety of customized products.

    I am NOT an Outdoor Girl….Power Outage Safety! — New Dimensions Federal Credit Union

    Safety is key when dealing with power outages and so we did some research for you…

    For our members who follow Tanya’s Tips… follow the link below to read her blog….

    https://newdimensionsfcu.com/2017/11/03/not-outdoor-girl/

    Contact Info:
    • Address: 61 Grove Street, Waterville
    • Primary Phone: (207) 872-2771
    • Email: rpoulin@newdimensionsfcu.com