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First National Bank recently announced the launch of their Spirit VISA® Debit Cards.

The program, which works in partnership with their First Hoop program, currently enrolls ten schools across their market area including: Boothbay Region High School, Calais High School, Ellsworth High School, George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill, Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro, Mount Desert Island High School in Bar Harbor, Oceanside High School in Rockland, Shead High School in Eastport, and Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan.

When a customer opens a new personal checking account and asks for a Spirit Card, First National Bank donates $5.00 to the participating school’s First Hoop fund. Each school has an opportunity to earn an additional $500 per First Hoop season.  

The new cards are available at any of FNB’s 18 locations.

DAMARISCOTTA – First National Bank is proud to announce the winners of its fourteenth annual Customer Photo Calendar Contest. Fifteen color photographs have been chosen from over 300 entries, and each winning photographer will be awarded a $150 cash prize. The images will appear in the Bank’s 2023 desk calendar, tide calendar and wall calendar, which will be available to customers in all offices of First National Bank by mid-November.    

The winning entrants are: Cover – Carisa Landeis of Eastport; January – Laura Zamifirescu of Monroe; February – Lois Glaser of Boothbay Harbor; March – Jeff DeBoer of St. Cloud, MN; April – Dennis Boyd of Pemaquid; May – Stephen Vecchiotti of Bar Harbor; June – Dayna Herz of Bangor; July – Lauren Remington of Calais; August – Katie Dyer of Mount Desert ; September – Dale Joyce of Swan’s Island; October – Amie Bowman of Pittsfield; November – Michelle Christian of Waldo; December – Jolene Andrews of Brooksville; wall calendar image – Matthew Parisot of Union; tide chart image – Kevin Burnham of Boothbay.

First National Bank began asking its customers last fall to submit their very best original, scenic Maine shots. All photographers are welcome to enter the contest – professionals and amateurs, Maine residents and visitors. To continue First National Bank’s tradition of being a genuine Maine community bank, the custom calendars are being designed by Proforma Marketing Essentials in Camden.  

“Every year we are amazed by the spectacular photographs taken by our customers,” said Susan Norton, Executive Vice President. “Producing custom calendars that highlight our customers’ talents and the natural beauty of our state is such a win-win situation. We look forward to sharing our calendars this fall.”    

oyd of Pemaquid; May – Stephen Vecchiotti of Bar Harbor; June – Dayna Herz of Bangor; July – Lauren Remington of Calais; August – Katie Dyer of Mount Desert ; September – Dale Joyce of Swan’s Island; October – Amie Bowman of Pittsfield; November – Michelle Christian of Waldo; December – Jolene Andrews of Brooksville; wall calendar image – Matthew Parisot of Union; tide chart image – Kevin Burnham of Boothbay.

First National Bank began asking its customers last fall to submit their very best original, scenic Maine shots. All photographers are welcome to enter the contest – professionals and amateurs, Maine residents and visitors. To continue First National Bank’s tradition of being a genuine Maine community bank, the custom calendars are being designed by Proforma Marketing Essentials in Camden.  

“Every year we are amazed by the spectacular photographs taken by our customers,” said Susan Norton, Executive Vice President. “Producing custom calendars that highlight our customers’ talents and the natural beauty of our state is such a win-win situation. We look forward to sharing our calendars this fall.”    

BREWER, ME – On Monday, January 31, 2022, Tony C. McKim, President and CEO of First National Bank, a subsidiary of The First Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: FNLC), announced the opening of a Brewer branch at 5 Parkway South. Brewer is First National Bank’s second branch in Penobscot County, joining their Bangor location.

Brewer is a full-service branch offering personal and business banking services along with a complete line of investment services from First National Wealth Management, a division of First National Bank. Prior to opening, First National Bank obtained all required legal and regulatory approvals.  

FNB’s Maria Ikwugwalu has been promoted to Assistant Branch Manager in Brewer. Ikwugwalu joined the bank in 2016. FNB welcomes Banking Consultants Ashley Grow, Christy Hart and Tyler Williams to the Brewer team.

“With today’s ribbon cutting we officially open our second Penobscot County branch,” stated Tony C. McKim, President and CEO of FNB. “Our new Brewer branch provides added convenience for our current customers and we look forward to meeting Brewer area residents in our new location.”

First National Bank kicked off its grand opening with a ribbon cutting and $5,000 donation to the Christine B. Foundation to help support their nutrition assistance program. The Brewer City Council also presented FNB with a welcome key plaque. The bank will host its grand opening week Monday, January 31st through Friday, February 4th with giveaways and the chance to enter-to-win gift cards to some of your favorite local Brewer businesses *while supplies last.

With the addition of Brewer, First National Bank now operates 18 branches in Lincoln, Knox, Waldo, Hancock, Washington and Penobscot Counties. For more information about First National Bank, call 1-800-564-3195 or visit www.thefirst.com.

As we close 2021, the First National team has created our Top 5 Tips financial tips to help you better prepare for the year ahead.
 
Fund Short-term Savings. Financial advisors suggest that you maintain 3-to-6 months of expenses on hand in a savings account that is immediately available for emergencies. If you’ve had a good year, this is the perfect time to open or contribute to your First National Bank savings account.

Review Your Homeowners’ Insurance. If you own a home in Maine, chances are the value of your home has increased by more than 10% this year alone. With the price of building materials rising even faster, the cost to replace your home in a catastrophic event may have increased beyond the limits of your homeowners’ policy. Now is a good time to review with your insurance agent to make sure you are covered.

Keep Pace with Inflation. Inflation is running hot. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was up 6.8% in November from year ago levels. A financial advisor from First National Wealth Management may be able to help. In this YouTube video, Portfolio Manager Chris Shelton explains what inflation is and what it can mean for your future financial plans.

Contribute to Your 401(k). December 31,2021 is the last day you can contribute to your 401(k) in order to take advantage of pre-tax savings this year. If you do not have a 401(k), you might consider contributing to an IRA with a deadline for 2021 contributions of April 15, 2022.

Pay down high interest debt. The average credit card carries an interest rate of 16%. You can earn a 16% risk-free rate of return simply by paying any outstanding balance. If you do not have available cash, some customers use their First National Bank home equity line to pay off their credit debt – saving the difference between the interest of their line and the interest on their credit card.