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New hires and promotions

Joseph Siviski joined Perkins Thompson as an associate attorney and will practice primarily in the areas of business law and environmental law. Siviski, a Yarmouth native, earned his law degree from the University of Maine School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Colby College

Verrill Dana’s Private Clients & Fiduciary Services Group continues to grow with the addition of Susan C. Steiner. Steiner joined the firm as counsel in the Portland office after having previously practiced at Pierce Atwood. 

Tilson, a Portland-based information technology and telecom services company, recently hired Doug Gauthier, of Dover-Foxcroft, as a wireless technical installer and tower climber. Gauthier was previously a foreman and tower climber on a large New England cellular long-term evolution, or LTE, deployment.

Piper Shores recently announced its board of directors has hired James Adamowicz as CEO. Adamowicz will provide strategic vision and leadership for the nonprofit lifecare retirement community as Piper Shores elects to go self-managed after working with an outside management company. Adamowicz brings more than 20 years of management experience in continuing care and senior services to the Piper Shores community. He recently served as president of The Highlands at Wyomissing, a nonprofit continuing care retirement community in Wyomissing, Pa.

The Diocese of Portland announced the hiring of Michael Magalski as the director of the office of professional responsibility. Magalski succeeds Deacon John Brennan, who is retiring after serving as the director since 2002. Magalski, 52, had a distinguished career as a member of the U.S. Secret Service. He was the resident agent in charge for Maine, acting in that capacity for 17 years until his retirement in January.

Benchmarks

Winxnet, an information technology provider that supports the complete IT strategy and services needs of small and mid-sized businesses, recently announced record growth in of 35 percent in revenue and 43 percent in headcount for the 2012 fiscal year. 

Good deeds

The Maine Association for Public Interest Law, a student group at the University of Maine School of Law, is reaching out to the business and legal communities in an effort to gather donations for its 25th annual auction. The student organization hopes to raise more than $10,000 at the April 5 event at the University of Maine School of Law at 246 Deering Ave. The money will support fellowships for students to work in the area of public interest law, helping low-income families, veterans, immigrants, and others in need of legal aid.

Maine’s credit unions raised almost $472,000 for the "thawing out hunger in Maine" campaign. In buying power, the money will enable food pantries and hunger organizations to purchase nearly $7 million worth of food to help Maine’s hungry. This year’s campaign raised nearly $25,000 more than last year’s record.

Expansions

Fast on the heels of the recent announcement of Vermont distribution, Rising Tide Brewing Company has now begun offering its beer in New Hampshire as well. Rising Tide has partnered with New Hampshire Distributors, Bellavance Beverage Company, Clarke Distributors, and White Mountain Distributors to allow for statewide distribution. Founded in 2010 with a tiny one-barrel brewing system, Rising Tide completed an expansion in summer 2012 with the installation of a custom-built 15-barrel brew house in a 5,000-square-foot facility on Fox Street in Portland's East Bayside neighborhood. 

Recognition

At its annual awards banquet, the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project honored several of ILAP’s many dedicated volunteers. Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman, of Portland, was named the Pro Bono Firm of the Year. The firm has three attorneys, Jennifer A. Archer, Timothy E. Steigelman and Lauri Boxer-Macomber on ILAP’s Pro Bono Asylum Panel. In 2012 they donated more than 400 hours representing seven asylum clients from Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi. Salvatore Savatteri, of Portland, was named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for conducting 19 pro bono Know Your Rights presentations at Cumberland County Jail last year. Pro Bono Attorney Collaboration awards were given to Barbara A. Vestal of Chester & Vestal in Portland, and Rodney A. Shain of Sanford, for their collaboration with ILAP attorneys on cases that involved family law components to the clients’ immigration matters. Erin Tolan of South Portland was awarded CeleSoirée Volunteer of the Year for her work on ILAP’s annual fundraising event. Mary Stockmeyer of Portland was awarded Intake Volunteer of the Year. Meg Moran, of Portsmouth, N.H., was named In-House Legal Volunteer of the year. Licensed clinical social workers Molly McMahon and Paul Revier, both of Portland, were named Community Volunteers of the Year.

Westbrook-based DennyMike's, makers of award-winning sauces and seasonings recently represented outstanding Maine products at the Fancy Food Show held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Showcasing products in conjunction with the Maine International Trade Center, DennyMike's was one of only four Maine companies spotlighted at the annual culinary event designed to introduce the world's finest foods and beverages to retailers, distributors and food writers from across the nation.

Edward Jones, a national financial services firm, has been ranked No. 12 on Training magazine's 2013 Training Top 125 list, while winning special recognition for an innovative branch-training program, according to Caleb Stephens, a financial adviser in Freeport. The company has been honored by the magazine for 13 consecutive years.

Accreditation

South Portland-based New England Bible College has been granted candidate status by the Association of Biblical Higher Education. The college began its affiliation with ABHE in September 2008 when its application to initiate the process of accreditation was first submitted. The ABHE Commission on Accreditation approved NEBC for Applicant status at its February 2009 meeting. Since then, the school has engaged in a self-study process to demonstrate its ability to meet accreditation standards.