People and Business

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New Projects

Hypertherm, a cutting systems manufacturer, recently tapped Portland-based Winxnet to perform AD and Exchange discoveries and upgrades. Winxnet’s plan for Hypertherm is to administer and maintain a virtualized environment across the company’s multiple locations with an improved messaging system that centralizes communication and eliminates connectivity issues.

The Massachusetts-based National Fire Protection Association recently chose Portland-based design studio NASHBOX to create the campaign for Fire Prevention Week 2012.


Andrew Bossie was recently appointed to serve on the board of directors of the Frannie Peabody Center. Bossie currently serves as Maine Citizens for Clean Election’s (MCCE) first full-time executive director. Prior to joining MCCE he was the executive director of the Maine AIDS Alliance, a statewide organization committed to HIV advocacy, technical assistance and grant making for the Maine HIV/AIDS community.

Oakhurst Dairy recently announced that John H. Bennett and Thomas A. Brigham were named co-presidents of the company. The pair will take over for current president William P. Bennett and execute day-to-day operations. William Bennett will maintain an active role in the company’s management as chairman of the company’s Board of Directors.

The First Radio Parish Church of America “Daily Devotions” recently appointed the following people to its Board of Trustees: Pauline Dion will serve on the fundraising committee and Nancy Dumais will serve on the publicity committee and will assist in fundraising efforts.

The Avesta Housing Board of Directors recently appointed the following people to their board: Neal Allen, Drew Sigfridson, Gren Blackall, and Rebecca Greenfield.

Good Deeds

Martin’s Point Health Care recently presented $500 to the Brunswick Teen Center at People Plus. In addition to the $500, which was comprised of donations from Martin’s Point staff and patients, the donation included a file cabinet for the Teen Center office, juice, snacks and a box of fun items from the teen center wish list including “cool colored” duct tape, beads and new ping pong paddles and balls.

New Hires

Drummond Woodsum recently welcomed Tom Watson to the firm in the business services and trial services groups. He will concentrate his practice on business law, civil litigation and real estate. Watson comes to Drummond Woodsum from the New Hampshire firm of Wiggin & Nourie.

Casco Systems recently hired Donald Vogel to its staff as a senior automation engineer. Vogel brings with him over 20 years of experience in the field of industrial automation and control.

Melissa Babineau recently joined Norway Savings Bank as the new vice president, cash management manager. She will be based in the Congress Street office, but will work with clients throughout the market area.


The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced its annual award winners for 2012. Sherry Brown, Susan Pope, Jane Harmon and Bonnie Pothier of Key Bank’s Key4Women Champions were selected to receive the Women in Business Champion of the Year award. They were recognized for their contributions to women and minority business owners through advocacy and partnerships with Women, Work & Community, the Maine Women’s Policy Center and the Maine Small Business Development Centers.

The Maine Autism Alliance recently received a $16,729 grant from the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. The Alliance was one of 30 nonprofit organizations in eight states and Canada that, in total, received $380,060 from the foundation. The Maine Autism Alliance is an emerging non-profit, created to answer the unmet needs of Maine’s autism community, dedicated to support, education and raising awareness.

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute recently chose Clark Insurance as its David E. Lawrence Award recipient. The award recognizes the agency as its vendor of the year. The recognition is based on a vendor’s “extraordinary service, innovative problem solving and dedicated partnership” to help enable the Gulf of Maine Research Institute to make a difference in the world.

The ACLU of Maine Foundation will present the 2012 Justice Louis Scolnik Award to Walt McKee on May 3. McKee chairs the Legislative Committee of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and appears regularly before the Maine Legislature’s Criminal Justice Committee as a civil liberties volunteer advocate on criminal justice legislation. He has testified on numerous criminal justice bills.


Dan Mitchell, attorney and share holder at Bernstein Shur, recently received the Martindale-Hubble AV Preeminent Rating, the highest level of Martindale-Hubble’s peer review rating system. The rating system is an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the U.S. and Canada. The evaluations are based on legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability and legal experience.

FairPoint Communications recently recognized its outstanding sales leaders. The top performers were: Andy Mullen, Mia Perron, Cindy Tucci, Joe Bourgault, LuAnn Moore, Barry Crommett, Karen Romano and Guy Langelier.


The Maine Army National Guard recently promoted the following individuals: George Churchhill, Staff Sergeant, Portland; Joshua Shannon, Specialist, Portland; Brandon White, Private First Class, Scarborough; and Brian Griffin, Private Second Class, Scarborough.

New Location

The Advanced Vein Center recently relocated to 210 Western Ave., South Portland.


Yarmouth Boat Yard recently broke ground on their new service center and indoor heated boat storage facility. The new 6,500 square foot building will facilitate year-round boat service work and provide indoor heated storage. The building will be completed and ready for service work beginning in June. The site work for the facility is being completed by Scott Dugas Trucking and Excavation of Yarmouth and the construction work is being completed by PATCO Construction.