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PVH Saves $228,000 by Going Green

July 17 - MEDIA RELEASE - (Lincoln, ME)— Imagine the positive environmental affect of cutting over 1 million pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere? That’s what your local hospital has done. In an effort to cut energy costs at the facility, PVH partnered with Siemens Building Technologies Division in 2009 to implement energy efficiencies. Just two years after installing the upgrades, PVH has recognized $228,808 in energy savings!

“We are very pleased with the results of our energy upgrades here at PVH,” states Mike Legere, PVH Director of Plant Operations. “In the last year alone, we have avoided over $116,000 in energy costs, primarily from the addition of new lighting with sensors to shut lights off when not in use and replacing the boilers.”

The lighting upgrades and replacement of the boiler system saved the hospital over $50,000 last year alone. Maintenance staff at PVH worked extremely hard to retrofit existing light fixtures, lamps and ballasts with more energy efficient pieces. Many of the lights in the administrative areas now have sensors that allow a light to automatically shut off when no motion is detected after a few minutes.

The hospital also recognized savings from its Energy Management System (EMS) optimization. Siemens updated the existing direct digital control EMS which now provides automatic temperature control and monitoring functions for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit.

The hospital also achieved efficiencies with compressed air system improvements; temperature adjustments at night and on weekends; heating, ventilation and air conditioning replacements; kitchen hood controls; ozone laundry system; and hot water reset.

PVH even saw a savings of nearly $1,000 by setting vending machines on motion and temperature control sensors. A person wishing to purchase a soda or snack at a PVH vending machine must first wave at the passive infrared sensor to turn the equipment on from standby mode. While the vending machine is in standby mode, the occupancy controllers monitor the temperature inside and automatically repower the equipment at one to three-hour intervals to ensure that the products stay cold.

PVH Chief Financial Officer Ann Marie Rush adds, “The program has surpassed all expectations in cost savings. Since implementing the upgrades at PVH, we have recognized an additional ten percent in savings over the original plan with Siemens. The hospital is proud to say we are saving on energy costs and redistributing those funds for our patient services.”


According to a recent energy audit by Siemens, energy upgrades implemented at Penobscot Valley Hospital have saved the atmosphere from over 1 million pounds of carbon dioxide, equivalent to removing 85 vehicles from the road for one year. - Graphic courtesy of Penobscot Valley Hospital.

Penobscot Valley Hospital Earns Gold Seal Accreditation

JUNE 26 - The Imaging Department at Penobscot Valley Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

In February 2012, Penobscot Valley Hospital installed the Hologic Selenia Digital Mammography system. “The new Selenia equipment offers superior image quality, a lower radiation dose, improved patient comfort and faster exam times. PVH also uses the MammoPad which is a foam pad that covers the mammography plate and provides a softer, warmer experience for patients,” states Heather Hines, PVH Director of Imaging.

PVH is also one of the only facilities in the state to offer a high definition Digitizer which converts past analog films into digital images that are easier to read and allow for better comparison from year to year.

“Our digital mammography equipment is top-of-the-line,” adds Hines. “The PVH Imaging Department is proud to be a recipient of the ACR gold seal of accreditation. Our patients can rest assured that they are receiving the best image quality in the industry right here at our local hospital.”

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

The American Cancer Society recommends annual mammography screenings after the age of 40, so talk to your physician about scheduling your yearly exam at Penobscot Valley Hospital or call the PVH Imaging Department at (207) 794-7118 for more information.

Lincoln's come a long way, baby!

 Lee & Connie celebrate the release of the Lincoln Maine iPad app on the iTunes App Store

June 7 - In February 2005, we looked at our list of possible future projects and decided it was time that the Lincoln, Maine, area had a professionally done, attractive and informative website to promote our area of the state. We spent the next five months designing and creating the Lincoln area website, now called "Welcome To Lincoln Maine". The site was launched on the World Wide Web on July 1st of that year. Since then over 6.5 million people have visited this website from all over the world - over 6,000 unique visitors every week! The site has evolved into a world class website that we only dreamed about seven years ago. We now have a Facebook companion page with over 3550 "fans". We still kept a list of possible future projects. Two years ago we added smartphone apps to that list.

Four months ago we started the process of developing apps for the Android, iPhone/iPod and iPad systems. These would be under the category of "travel apps", and would also be companions to our popular website and Facebook pages. Last night Apple notified us that the last of the apps was approved (this one for the iPad) and available for free as a download from the iTunes App Store. The other apps were available one by one over the past two weeks. Initial response has been very positive, and we appreciate that. We also appreciate the local businesses who share our vision for promoting this area through these projects, and do so by advertising with us. Rand Advertising has been in business for nearly 25 years now, and these projects are part of how we make our living. We appreciate those who help us do so.

We still have a list of possible future projects! Being creative and original is something we've always done and we're not stopping now. We probably should add useful to that, too! Please continue to utilize the Lincoln community website, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and make use of and spread the word about the free Lincoln Maine apps. And please support the area businesses who share our vision for the future and the promotional value of these projects. Lincoln has something most communities do not have, and we feel honored to be one part of that.

Let's have a GREAT summer in Lincoln, Maine, USA!

Lee & Connie Rand

Lincoln approved as "business friendly town"

MAY 31 - Lincoln's Business Friendly Community Status with the State of Maine has been approved! This was a great joint effort between the Lincoln are Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Lincoln.

Lincoln celebrates Memorial Day

May 30 - Although many other area towns celebrated Memorial Day last Monday, Lincoln chose to honor its heroes today, on the traditional Memorial Day. Ceremonies were held at the veterans' memorials on Goding Avenue and Main Street, and a wreath was dropped in Mattanawcook Stream at the bridge on West Broadway. Veterans from WW II to the present, local Scouts and veterans' groups joined Reps. Jefferey Gifford and Beth Turner, Sen. Elizabeth Schneider, and Rod Hathaway (who is running for State Senate) in a parade which marched from Goding Avenue to Main Street. A combined band from Mattanawcook Academy and Mattanawcook Junior High School, led by MA band director Trevor Marcho, provided music for the event.

Speeches and prayers remembered those who had served and are presently serving our nation in the armed services, as well as those who have given their lives to protect us all. Small groups of people of all ages gathered along West Broadway and downtown to observe the ceremonies, some following along with the parade. The turnout for these events is always too small. We hope that next year, even more local residents will take the time to show respect for those who have given so much to us all.

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Something new at Lincoln's Schoolhouse Park


May 21 - The "school room" building arrived this morning at Schoolhouse Park here in Lincoln. It will be set on railroad ties and will join the Little Red Schoolhouse as a tourist spot along with the Lincoln Historical Society Museum located across the street on West Broadway.

Credit Union donates to Little Red Schoolhouse upkeep


May 17 - The Lincoln Maine Federal Credit Union has a special connection to Lincoln's Little Red Schoolhouse. The school, which now occupies Schoolhouse Park on West Broadway, is a well-traveled building, having been moved several times since it was built on Sweet Road in 1891. For a few years, the school was located on Mechanic Street in downtown Lincoln, and was the credit union's office.

To help maintain the schoolhouse in its restored state, LMFCU has been donating to the Lincoln Historical Society each year. Today the credit union's office manager, Betty Tolman, (at left in the photo above) presented Lincoln Historical Society President Dottie Harding with a check for $500 towards the historic schoolhouse's upkeep.

- Photo by Lee Rand

Grand Opening for new Lincoln business

May 5 - Twin sisters Terri Pine (at the cash register) and Tracy Trecartin (with clown) have started a new thrift shop called Twisted Sisters. The store is located behind Smokes For Less on West Broadway. Having been open for three weeks, Twisted Sisters is having a grand opening today, with hot dogs, cupcakes and other goodies available free to shoppers until closing time at 4 pm.

The racks of clothing and other items have spilled over from the store itself to a large building nearby. Terri and Tracy have a great selection to choose from, with more coming in all the time. Those who have items to donate will receive store credit in exchange. Some things such as prom gowns can be placed there on consignment.

- Connie Rand

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