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Modern Pest Services recently ranked 44th in this year’s top 100 pest control companies in North America. The Pest Control Technology list is based on revenue from 2011. PCT, a pest control news and resource center, compiled the top 100 list after reviewing the revenues of 20,000 pest control companies in North America.

OA Centers for Orthopaedics announced recently that it has been named one of “154 Orthopedic and Spine-Driven ASC’s to Know” by Becker’s ASC Review. With over 5,900 ambulatory surgery centers in the United States, that places OA’s Orthopaedic Surgery Center in the top 3 percent nationwide. Becker’s ASC Review is a Chicago-based publication focusing on the latest business and legal trends and issues related to ambulatory surgery centers.


The United Way of Greater Portland Foundation recently awarded Richard P. LeBlanc and Nathan H. Smith with the 2012 Meg Baxter Legacy Award. The event recognizes individuals whose leadership and contributions to the Foundation are vital in helping United Way improve thousands of lives in the community.

David Turin, head chef and owner of David’s Restaurant and David’s 388, has been recognized as a culinary innovator by the International Food, Wine and Travel Writer’s Association. Turin is the recipient of the IFWTWA’s prestigious Culinary Excellence Award, which honors the top restaurateurs and chefs from around the globe throughout the year.

Greater Brunswick PeaceWorks recently awarded the Peacemaker Award to the MidCoast Hunger Prevention Program, whose mission is to reduce hunger by providing food assistance, sustainable living education and referral services to households living at or below poverty.

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses recently announced that it has been awarded two one-year grants totaling $92,462 by United Way of Greater Portland. These investments will support charity care for adults and children who need home health services but lack insurance and/or financial resources to
pay for necessary care.

The American Cancer Society was recently named a recipient of the 2012 Bowdoin College Common Good Grant to help support their Road to Recovery Program.  The Society’s Road to Recovery program matches volunteer drivers with cancer patients to provide safe and reliable transportation to and from cancer treatment. Since 2001, an anonymous alumni donor has contributed $10,000 annually for Bowdoin students to allocate to local agencies looking for funding to start new initiatives and as well as maintain existing programs. Acting much like a community foundation, students that are a part of the program evaluate grant proposals to determine which local nonprofits will receive the Common Good Grants each spring. The purpose of the program is to provide students the opportunity to learn about grants, foundations and philanthropy while becoming familiar with local non-profit organizations.

The International Map Collectors’ Society recently named Harold Osher the 2012 recipient of its annual Helen Wallis Award. The award, named for the scholar, researcher, and longtime superintendent of the British Library’s Map Library, is presented to an individual who has been responsible for cartographic contributions of great merit and wide interest to map collectors worldwide.

New Hires and Promotions

Friends School of Portland recently promoted Jen McNally to the newly created position of director of admissions and marketing. She has an extensive background in marketing and has served as the school’s marketing coordinator since March 2011.

John Orlowski recently joined Sweetser as the human resources director. Orlowski will oversee the operational functions of the department, which serves nearly 700 employees throughout the state.

The Portland Museum of Art recently announced that Dana Baldwin has been named director of learning and interpretation. Baldwin is the 2011 National Museum Educator of the Year and has been the Museum’s Peggy L. Osher Director of Education since 1992. Baldwin’s new title and the creation of the department of learning and interpretation is a new initiative toward museum education that focuses on creating more dynamic and engaging experiences in the museum’s galleries.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care recently announced that Charles R. Goheen, a seasoned finance executive with more than 25 years experience in both the provider and payor environments, has been named as chief financial officer.  In this role, he will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Harvard Pilgrim’s accounting, financial planning, tax, actuarial, underwriting and treasury operations. 


Portland’s Downtown District has announced the following officers for 2012-2013: Doug Fuss, president; Nicholas Morrill, vice president; and Catherine Lamson, treasurer. Also, newly elected to the board are: Bill Duggan, Dan Edwards, Phil Haughey Jr. Re-elected to the board is Brad McCurtain. Portland’s Downtown District  represents over 600 property owners and 400 businesses in the Old Port and Arts District.

Good Deeds

The American Lung Association of the Northeast recognized L.L Bean as top fundraising team at the 2012 Trek Across Maine. L.L. Bean, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year,  is a longtime corporate sponsor of the annual cycling event which takes riders on a challenging yet picturesque journey from Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry to Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast.

New location

J. Kelley Salon, formerly of 81 Bridge St. in Yarmouth, has moved to 21 Main St. in Freeport and is operating under the name L.A. Style Beauty Boutique. The Salon is owned by Jill Kelley and Emma Arenstam.