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First National Bank recently announced that it has made donations totaling $16,500 to twenty-eight food pantries in the bank’s market area to celebrate the launch of its new program, Dream First Community.

Dream First Community supports local businesses while helping tackle food insecurity in Maine. When a customer shops using their First National Bank VISA® Debit Card at partner local merchants, First National Bank donates money to local area food banks and customers become eligible to win gift cards to their favorite local businesses.

“First National Bank is grateful for the critical services that our food banks provide our neighbors in need. To us, there is nothing more important than keeping things local,” remarked Tony C. McKim, President and CEO. “Dream First Community helps us move our communities forward, together.”

The twenty-eight food pantries included: Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry in Rockland, Bar Harbor Food Pantry, Belfast Soup Kitchen, Boothbay Region Food Pantry, Bread for the Journey in Warren, Bread of Life Food Pantry in Swan's Island, Camden Area Christian Food Pantry, Come Spring Food Pantry in Union, Ecumenical Food Pantry in Bangor, Friendship/Cushing Food Pantry, Garrapy Food Pantry in Eastport , Help Yourself Shelf in Wiscasset, Irene Chadbourne Food Pantry in Calais, Little Free Food Pantry in Vinalhaven, Loaves and Fishes in Ellsworth, Magic School Bus from Healthy Peninsula in Blue Hill, New Harbor Food Pantry, Newcastle Ecumenical Food Pantry, Salvation Army Food Pantry in Bangor, St. George Community Cupboard, Thomaston Interchurch Fellowship, Together Place Food Pantry in Bangor, Tree of Life in Blue Hill, Waldoboro Food Pantry, Westside Food Pantry in Southwest Harbor, Wiscasset Food Pantry and Woodland Community Food Pantry in Baileyville.

To find a complete list of participating merchants visit

First National Bank is an independent community bank with 17 offices in Lincoln, Knox, Waldo, Hancock, Washington and Penobscot Counties.  For more information about First National Bank, please call 1-800-564-3195 or visit 

BELFAST, ME – On Monday, December 14, 2020, First National Bank, a subsidiary of The First Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: FNLC), completed its purchase of 1B Belmont Avenue in Belfast, Maine from Bangor Savings Bank, a subsidiary of Bangor Bancorp, MHC. The transaction value per the preliminary closing statement is $25.2 million, consisting of loans, the building, equipment, and deposit premium. Prior to completing the transaction, First National Bank obtained all required legal and regulatory approvals.

The 1B Belmont Avenue branch in Belfast was previously operated by Damariscotta Bank and Trust and was purchased from Bangor Savings Bank. It was one of six Maine branches Bangor Savings Bank acquired from Damariscotta Bank and Trust and was divested to resolve concerns in the market raised by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.

“First National Bank is so pleased to be in Belfast,” stated Tony C. McKim, President and CEO of FNB. “While lobbies remain closed for the time being, we look forward to welcoming customers at the drive-up and through our curbside banking option. We feel fortunate to be part of this vibrant community.”

With this transaction, First National Bank operates 17 branches in Lincoln, Knox, Waldo, Hancock, Washington and Penobscot Counties. For more information about First National Bank, call 1-800-564-3195 or visit

First National Bank is proud to announce the winners of its thirteenth annual Customer Photo Calendar Contest. Fifteen color photographs have been chosen from over 150 entries, and each winning photographer will be awarded a $150 cash prize. The images will appear in the Bank’s 2021 desk calendar, wall calendar and tide chart, which will be available to customers in all offices of First National Bank by mid-November.    

The winning entrants are: Cover – Sherrie Tucker of New Harbor; January – Bill Knight of Bangor; February – Chris L'Abbe of Topsham; March – Mark Rupper of Freeport; April – Inna Stoyanova of Spokane, WA; May – Hannah McGhee of Newcastle; June – Hal Hagy of Rockport; July – Leo Kowal of Eastport; August – Moe Chen of Scarborough; September – Lisa Rogers of Dennysville; October – Debora Snyder of West Boothbay Harbor; November – Lori Bartlett of Bar Harbor; December – Don Dunbar of Perry; wall calendar image – Hal Hagy of Rockport; tide chart image – Spencer Mendell of Brunswick.    

First National Bank began asking its customers in January to submit their very best original, scenic Maine shots. All customers of First National Bank -- professionals and amateurs, employees and their family members -- were encouraged to enter the contest. To continue First National Bank’s tradition of being 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 a custom photo desk calendar that highlights our customers’ talents and the natural beauty of our state is such a win-win situation. We look forward to sharing the 2021 desk calendar this fall.”

Get a sneak peek of the winning entries on our Facebook page. (Opens in a new Window) (Opens in a new Window) 

(WESTBROOK) – The Maine Credit Union League and Maine Bankers Association are working together to reassure Maine consumers about the safety, security, and reliability of the state’s strong financial services industry.

  • Financial institutions across Maine have activated their pandemic response plans to minimize impact on the delivery of financial services and keep members, customers, and employees safe.
  • Families and businesses may experience financial hardships due to the coronavirus emergency. Maine’s financial institutions are willing and available to provide support. Consumers and businesses are urged to take an active role in contacting their credit union or bank if they would like to learn more about the products and services available to them.
For credit unions and banks alike, what remains unchanged are credit and debit cards, checks, ATMs, digital banking and lending, and electronic payments. These provide consumers reliable access to their accounts. What may change is that in the days and weeks ahead, many financial institutions are emphasizing drive-thru services and limiting access to their lobbies to protect the health of consumers and staff. But even with these changes, consumers will continue to have access to their accounts, funds, and services they need.

Digital banking, which is accessed through a mobile or desktop device, allows credit unions and banks to meet consumers where they are at any hour. These services are accessed on a computer, tablet, or mobile phone and enable users to check balances, transfer funds, make bill payments, apply for loans, and deposit checks—all without ever having to set foot in a branch.

“We must do everything we can to limit the spread of coronavirus,” said Todd Mason, President and CEO of the Maine Credit Union League and Chris Pinkham, President of the Maine Bankers Association. “That’s why our organizations are collaborating to educate the public about all of the secure and fully-insured banking options available to them every day, and especially during this challenging time.”

About the Maine Credit Union League
The Maine Credit Union League is a nonprofit, professional trade association that exists to serve Maine’s credit unions. Founded in 1938, the League’s mission is to help credit unions succeed and improve the financial lives of their members. As the trade association for Maine’s credit unions, the League provides advocacy, education, and other resources designed to assist credit unions in meeting the needs of their membership. For more information, visit

About the Maine Bankers Association
The Maine Bankers Association (MBA) represents Maine’s banking industry and its 9000 employees statewide. Maine’s 30 retail banks operate 463 offices in nearly every community throughout the state,where they assist Maine’s citizens and businesses with financial decisions that improve the quality of life for everyone. With assets exceeding $32 billion, the Maine banking industry serves as the economic engine for our state. For more information, visit