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People and Business: Sept. 22

Community

People and Business: Sept. 22

SMCC shines light
on community support

SOUTH PORTLAND — Southern Maine Community College honored community leaders and organizations at a recent celebration, A Light on the Point.

The Rotary Club Breakwater Daybreak and the Rotary Club of South Portland – Cape Elizabeth was recognized for their partnerships in sponsoring the SMCC International Food Festival for the last five years. Through the festival sponsorship and other ongoing scholarship donations, the two Rotary Clubs have raised a total of nearly $60,000 for student scholarships.

Chris Emmons, president of Gorham Savings Bank, was recognized for his sustained commitment to the SMCC Business Program. Gorham Savings Bank has contributed nearly $50,000 to the College to support the Business Program.

State Senator Stan Gerzofsky of Senate District 10 serving Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell and Pownal, was honored for serving as a champion and advocate for SMCC. Senator Gerzofsky was pivotal in the passing of new economic development legislation to create the SMCC Midcoast Campus in Brunswick, securing five buildings at the Brunswick Naval Air Station for college use. In addition, he worked to pass a $4.75 million bond to help fund the new Midcoast Campus renovations.

Mid-Coast Chamber
presents annual awards

TOPSHAM — The Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber honored its 2010 award recipients at its annual awards gala with special guest presenter, Governor John E. Baldacci.

The Business of the Year Award was presented to Cook's Lobster House of Harpswell, large business; Thomas Point Beach of Brunswick, small business; and Coastal Enterprises, Inc., of Wiscasset, nonprofit.

The New Business Venture of the Year Award went to the Captain Daniel Stone Inn of Brunswick.
    
Individuals recognized for their personal, business, and community service accomplishments include Robert "Bob" Davis, Citizen of the Year Award; and Matt Rice, Rising Star - Young Professionals Award.  

Other awards presented include the Chairman's Award, which was awarded to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, MRRA; and the Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to the 2010 SMMC Membership Committee.  
 
The Harry C. Crooker Lifetime Achievement Award, the chamber's highest award, was presented to Herbert Paris, president and CEO of Mid Coast Health Services. 

Ipcar book heads to
national book festival

YARMOUTH — The children’s book "Hardscrabble Harvest," authored by Dahlov Ipcar, was selected to represent Maine at the upcoming 2010 National Book Festival in Washington D.C.

The book was selected by the Harriet P. Henry Center for the Book at the Maine Humanities Council.

"Hardscrabble Harvest" is one among five formerly out-of-print Ipcar books recently reissued by Yarmouth-based publisher, Islandport Press.

Ipcar, 92, has written and illustrated more than 30 children’s books. She recently received the 2010 President’s Award for lifelong achievement from the New England Independent Booksellers Association.

New Hires, Promotions

Woodfords Family Services has named Paul A. Nau, PhD, as its new executive director.  Dr. Nau has served as the agency’s director of programs since 2004. He is replacing Richard R. Farnsworth, who is retiring after 18 years as executive director of Woodfords.

Cumberland-based Norton Financial has hired Nick Lelansky of South Portland as a financial services coordinator and Kieth Tong of Portsmouth, N.H. as a financial consultant.

Portland-based startup, MaineNewsSimply, has hired Robert Carlson of Biddeford to lead advertising sales, and Matt Smith of Bridgeton to design and develop the news website. MaineNewsSimply was recently co-founded by Stefan Willimann of Yarmouth and Christina St. Cyr of Scarborough.

Berry Dunn McNeil & Parker, a certified public accounting and management consulting firm based in Portland, has hired two senior consultants, Nicole Becnel of Hurricane, W.Va., and Verna Lynch of West Paris; and three staff accountants, Jerry Cahill of Portsmouth, N.H., Angela Thompson of Portland, and Max Donlon of Scarborough.

The Royal River Conservation Trust and the Town of Yarmouth have come together to jointly hire Kyle Warren of Portland as stewardship coordinator, charged with managing invasive plants on protected lands and coordinating community outreach and volunteer efforts.

Jack Barnes was appointed president and Chief Executive Officer of People's United Financial Inc. and a member of the Board of Directors. Barnes has also been named president, CEO and a director of People’s United Bank. He formerly served as executive vice president at Chittenden Corporation.

Maureen McCrann Sturtevant has joined the law offices of Lambert Coffin as an associate at its Portland office.

Macdonald Page & Co LLC, a certified public accounting firm with offices in South Portland and Augusta, has added three to the staff at its South Portland office; David Martines of Portland,  tax associate; Ivanka Stefanova of Portland, staff accountant; and Melissa Lavoie of Saco, senior IT auditor. Laurie Brochu, Durward Ferland, Michele Giggey, Alison Herrick and Tara Wheeler were promoted to senior manager positions; Nancy Chase was promoted to manager; and Renee Bissonnette, Cynthia Bouchard, Lindsay Buteau, Elena Casey, Melissa Coy, Kristina Emmons, Michelle Gauthier, Patrick O’Reilly, Krista Salvas and Adam Warfel were promoted to senior accountant positions.

HealthInfoNet, a Portland-based nonprofit, has hired the following three new employees; Shaun Alfreds of North Yarmouth, Chief Operating Officer; Todd Rogow of Falmouth, director of project management; and Amy Landry of Portland, communications manager.

Baker Newman Noyes, certified public accounting firm with offices in Portland and Manchester, N.H., has promoted Nicole (Blaise) Prokos, Jason Emery and Matt Vasil to audit managers in the Portland office. The following members of the Audit Division in Portland were promoted to audit senior accountant: James Boissonneault, Jeremy Dumond, Matt Fernandez, Mary Michaud, Michael Morse, Bill Newton, and Nick Paquette.

The Maine Arts Commission has hired John Holdridge of Peaks Island as an associate overseeing the Commission's Arts in Education program.