TOGUS – A brief ceremony was held at the Togus VA Hospital on June 14 to dedicate new exercise equipment, donated by the Maine Elks Association, Portland Elks Lodge 188, and Millinocket Elks Lodge 1521.

A total of $17,777 in equipment had been donated, including a specialized treadmill, a versa-climber and two exercise cycles. The equipment is used for cardiac and physical therapy. Three additional pieces have been ordered.

VA Clinical Therapist Ken Goodwin said, “The veterans have really enjoyed using this equipment,” going on to say that “it has been very helpful for us as well, as we can adapt the equipment to their individual needs.”

The project was created under the guidance of last year’s State President Claris Ranger of Wilton (Farmington Lodge) and Veterans/National Service Chairman Thomas Elliot of West Bath (Brunswick Lodge).

Others who attended the ceremony were Togus Voluntary Service Director Steven Hurd, Recreation Therapist Teri Olson, Clinical Therapist Ken Goodwin, Roberta Ranger and Philip O’Brion (Farmington Lodge) of Jay.

For more information on the Elks, visit or visit a local lodge.

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