Gawron Turgeon Architects Wins International IIDA Interior Design Award

Scarborough, Maine; October 12, 2017 – Gawron Turgeon Architects, P.C. is proud to announce that it has been named a winner of the International Interior Design Associations 6th annual IIDA Healthcare Interior Design Competition. This competition honors and celebrates outstanding originality and excellence in the design and furnishings of healthcare interior spaces. Gawron Turgeon Architects, P.C. (GTA) was recognized in the category of Extended Care and Assisted Living Facilities, for The Mooring on Foreside in Cumberland, Maine.

“We are thrilled that such a very special project, which challenged current assisted living industry standards, was recognized in this manner,” stated Rebecca Dillon, principal at Gawron Turgeon Architects.  “Our client was determined to erase any perception of institutional care and understood that every detail of the interior design was critical to achieve that – it was a pleasure to be an integral part of that vision.”

The jury panel reviewing this year’s competition included Carol Doering, IIDA, AAHID, CID, LEED AP, healthcare lead, IA Interior Architects; Lisa Herriott, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, interior designer, project manager, UW Medicine | Harborview Medical Center; and Tiana Lemons, IIDA, NCIDQ, EDAC, healthcare studio leader, orcutt | winslow.

“With research illustrating the link between design and positive patient outcomes, designers are making a tremendous impact on the healthcare industry,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP. “This year’s winners of the Healthcare Interior Design Competition reflect the ever-evolving and healing nature of healthcare design.”

GTA, along with all winning projects, will be published in an issue of Healthcare Design magazine, featured on the IIDA website, and promoted on IIDA social media networks to more than 300,000 followers.

For more information about Gawron Turgeon Architects, P.C. please contact Cara Tachibana, GTA Marketing Director, at

For more information about The Mooring on Foreside community, please contact the President of the community, Lynn Peel, at

For more information regarding IIDA and/or their competitions, please contact Liz Moran, IIDA design competitions director, at

SEDCO Annual Meeting Photos, October 2017, Black Point Inn in Scarborough

SEDCO Honors Outstanding Businesses at their 2017 Annual Meeting

SCARBOROUGH, MAINE (October 6, 2017) – The Scarborough Economic Development Corporation’s (SEDCO’s) Board of Directors honored four local businesses as the 2017 Outstanding Businesses of the Year at the corporation’s Annual Meeting at the Black Point Inn on October 3, 2017.

The 2017 Outstanding Scarborough Businesses include:

Martin’s Point Health Care: Project of the Year, New Building

The Holy Donut: Project of the Year: Reuse or Renovation

Mutty Paws Academy:  Outstanding Small Business

Highland Avenue Greenhouse & Farm Market: Outstanding Legacy Business

“It’s a pleasure to once again recognize outstanding businesses in Scarborough,” said Kevin Freeman, SEDCO Board Chair. “The Scarborough business community is so vibrant, that it is a real challenge to narrow the field down to just four businesses. This year we’re honoring businesses in Health Care, Restaurants, Retail and Service. Each one of the businesses and their employees have made a difference in Scarborough this year.”

“The SEDCO annual meeting celebrates the energy and creativity of businesses in Scarborough,” said Karen Martin, SEDCO executive director. “It’s our way of thanking our businesses for choosing Scarborough and contributing to the community.”

The SEDCO Annual Meeting, held in October of each year, draws a crowd of nearly 150 attendees. This year, the corporation also launch a new visitor industry website to complement the existing SEDCO site.  “Our existing site was designed to speak to businesses,” said Freeman. “The visitor industry site will be focused on activities and events in Scarborough – something useful to visitors and residents alike.”

The Annual Meeting was made possible by the support of community sponsors. This year’s sponsors include: Hannaford, Risbara Bros. Construction Co., Martin’s Point Health Care, The Holy Donut, Biddeford Savings, cPort Credit Union, Piper Shores, People’s United Bank, Gawron Turgeon Architects, Allied Cook Construction, Androscoggin Bank, Blais Engineering, Enterprise Business Park,Fluid Imaging, Gorham Savings Bank,  Housing Initiatives, Katahdin Trust, Northeast Civil Solutions, Roxane Cole Commercial Real Estate, Saco & Biddeford Savings, Salt Pump Climbing Co., TD Bank and Town & Country FCU.


Town & Country Federal Credit Union Creates New Skill for Alexa


First Credit Union in the Nation to Offer Account Linking and Management Functionality

October 4, 2017 – Scarborough, ME – Town & Country Federal Credit Union announced today it has released a Town & Country skill for Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based voice service. The Town & Country skill allows members to securely access their personal account information using Amazon Alexa-enabled devices.

Town & Country is the first credit union and among the first banks in the country to introduce a skill for Alexa with account linking and management functionality.  Members will now be able to access their checking account balance, monitor their spending or find other information such as the credit union’s routing number through any Amazon® Alexa-enabled device including Echo, Dot, Tap, Show and the new Spot.

Town & Country created its skill for Alexa to help simplify and add value to member’s busy lives. “With growing consumer interest in voice-activated technology, particularly using Amazon’s Alexa, Town & Country’s skill will make it easy and convenient for our members to access their account information with simple voice commands such as “Alexa, open Town & Country,” said David Libby, Town & Country’s President & CEO. “With Town & Country’s new Alexa Skill, members can now stay on top of their finances just by asking Alexa,” said Libby.

Town & Country collaborated with Digital Insight, an NCR company and leader in digital banking solutions, to develop its new skill for Alexa. “We wanted to work with an innovative company at the forefront of technology who not only had the ability to develop the skill, but could offer a secure connection between the credit union and the Amazon Alexa”, said Libby.

The Town & Country skill for Alexa is easier than using the app on a mobile device. It is the perfect tool for busy consumers. Users can ask Alexa to check their account balances while getting ready for the day or when making dinner at night. The skill can also be helpful for people with vision issues to take care of their banking just by asking Alexa.

Town & Country will continue to expand upon it new Alexa Skill in the months ahead.

“As Town & Country develops more sophisticated and innovative products like the skill for Alexa, we hope our experience and learning will lead the way for others in the financial services industry to explore this new technology,” said Libby.

About Town & Country Federal Credit Union

 Town & Country is a Maine-based full service financial institution offering a wide range of financial products and services to people who live or work in Cumberland and York Counties. The credit union has more than 36,677 members, $346 million in assets, and operates six branches in Saco, South Portland, Portland, and Scarborough.