Firm’s focus: Fiscal planning

Wells Chamber of Commerce members and town officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently to welcome the new business First Command Financial Planning at 38 Hubbard Lane. The business, owned by Kyle Powers, offers services in comprehensive financial planning to help families reduce debt, build wealth and pursue financial goals. The company was founded in 1958. For more details, call Powers at 641-2900 or go to


Agency aids seriously ill kids

Members of the Sanford-Springvale Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of Grahamtastic Connection’s new Springvale office with a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently. Founded by Executive Director Leslie Morissette, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency provides free laptop computers and Internet access to seriously ill children. The new office is at the Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen St., Suite 107.


Hairdresser opens own salon

Hairdresser Laurie Hanlon, formerly of D’Avanti Salon in Lewiston, has opened her own salon, Unique Hair Designs. The business is at 625 Bridgton Road (Route 302), Westbrook. Walk-ins are welcome. For an appointment or more details, call 797-7772.


Tax-preparation offices sold

Robert Jolicoeur recently became a Jackson Hewitt Tax Service franchisee after acquiring the company’s Saco-Biddeford and Scarborough-South Portland properties. An enrolled agent with a background as a certified public accountant, Jolicoeur has been a tax preparation business franchisee and manager for Jackson Hewitt in Florida for the past 20 years. He plans to open four locations in Maine, including an in-line store in the Maine Mall at South Portland and kiosks in the Biddeford and Scarborough Walmarts. A year-round office will be at 245 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough. The new franchise expects to hire 15 to 20 people to staff the locations


Yarn shop in bigger site

The Yarn Sellar has moved to a new, larger location at 264 US Route 1, York. The shop sells a full line of fine yarn, notions, knitting needles and books. A knitting book-club also has been founded on site, and knitting classes will begin the first week of January. For more details, go to or call 351-1987.

New name for bank locations

Camden National Corp. plans to operate its Union Trust division under the name Camden National Bank effective Feb. 22. The name change will affect nine Union Trust locations in the Down East region. Union Trust was bought in 2008 and made a division of Camden National Bank, serving Ellsworth, Bar Harbor and Down East Maine. Union Trust employees, locations, products, services, account numbers, hours and ATM locations will not be affected, and customers will automatically be redirected to the Camden National website and will receive new debit/credit cards. For more details, call (800) 860-8821.

Yoga studio plans launch

Breathing Room Yoga & Movement Studio, 864 Broadway, South Portland, will open its doors Jan. 8, offering two complimentary classes at 10 a.m. or noon and a celebration at 5 p.m. to include live music, complimentary henna tattoos by local artist Mary Schmaling, complimentary chair massages with local therapist Shea Perry and refreshments by Verbena Cafe of South Portland. The studio will offer a variety of yoga styles and movement classes. For more details, call owner and instructor Carissa Ciuca at (843) 906-8784 or visit