Red Barn Restaurant in Augusta recently partnered with Ampion Renewable Energy, a Bar Harbor-based community solar company, and raised $3,000 for Meals on Wheels. Left to right, Victoria Abbot, Director of Community Engagement, Spectrum Generations; Laura Benedict, owner of The Red Barn restaurant; Nate Miller Sr., program director, Spectrum Generations; and Ted Rioux, Senior Sales Manager, Ampion Renewable Energy. Photo submitted

AUGUSTA — Nearly 1 in 3 seniors in Maine faces hunger or the threat of hunger. Many have to choose between paying for food or other essentials like medicine and heating. Like many Mainers, these seniors are now burdened with rising electricity costs in 2022.

To help solve these problems, The Red Barn restaurant in Augusta has partnered with Ampion Renewable Energy, a Bar Harbor-founded community solar company that offers local clean energy subscriptions that save taxpayers money. money on electricity. Through this partnership, The Red Barn and Ampion achieved valuable energy savings while jointly raising $3,000 for Meals on Wheels. For every new Community Solar Subscriber who signed up through The Red Barn, Ampion donated $100 to Spectrum Generations, the Meals on Wheels program through the Central Maine Area Agency on Aging and Disability Resource Center.

On Wednesday, Laura Benedict, owner of the Red Barn, and Ted Rioux, Maine resident and senior sales executive at Ampion, presented the donation to Spectrum Generations President and CEO Gerald Queally and the team based in Augusta.

Meals on Wheels is a program that provides nutritious meals to housebound seniors and people with disabilities who are unable to cook for themselves on a regular basis. Spectrum Generations’ has an incredibly dedicated team of volunteers and staff, all delivering meals on wheels in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Somerset and Waldo counties, including several towns in Cumberland County.

These Meals on Wheels recipients are usually the same people who are hardest hit by rising energy costs. Ampion and The Red Barn recognized they had the potential to help by raising funds for Spectrum Generations, a game-changing program for so many Mainers. To learn more about Spectrum Generations, visit

Surette Immobilier hires a new agent

WATERVILLE — Lucas Wheeler is a new agent on the CENTURY 21 Surette Real Estate team.

He has extensive knowledge of the area which makes him a personal expert when inquiring about surrounding towns and things to do.

Kozak & Gayer welcomes a new lawyer

AUGUSTA — Kozak & Gayer, PA announced that Ragner E. Jaeger has joined its health law practice. Ragner graduated from Rutgers School of Law in 2014. Prior to joining the firm, Ragner served as Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey and, most recently, Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Penobscot Community Health Care.

He has extensive experience working on transactional matters and litigation involving healthcare and regulatory compliance, privacy, employment, contracts, grant funding, real estate and other legal matters. of health. Ragner will work with clients in a variety of areas including healthcare, corporate, compliance and administrative law matters.

Ragner is admitted in Maine, New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Federal Court of New Jersey. He is an active member of the Rutgers School of Law Alumni Council, the Hispanic Bar Association, and the Boys & Girls Club of Bangor.

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