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Dress for Success
receives grants
PORTLAND — Dress for Success Southern Maine, a nonprofit organization that supports disadvantaged Maine women entering the workforce, has received grants from the Bank of America and Unum.
Bank of America Charitable Foundation donated $5,000 to the nonprofit.
Unum donated $6,000 to support a professional development group for Dress for Success clients.

Senior health center
opens new deck, rooms
BRUNSWICK — Mid Coast Senior Health Center recently unveiled the newly constructed Donnell Deck, a large outdoor space, and five newly renovated private rooms for hospice care in the Bodwell Skilled Nursing Unit.
The deck and room renovations were funded by a donation from the Richard H. Donnell Foundation.

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Yarmouth Arts hires
executive director
YARMOUTH — Yarmouth Arts recently hired Kerry J. Charles of Yarmouth as executive director.
Charles has a master’s degree in art history from Harvard University and has worked as an illustrator and cartographic researcher.

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McQuade earns award
from Maine Innkeepers
FREEPORT — Maureen McQuade of Cape Elizabeth was recently recognized by the Maine Innkeepers Association with a Hall of Fame award for her contribution to the hospitality industry.
McQuade was the innkeeper/owner of the Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth for 17 years. Last year, she was awarded the the highest honor of the association, the Innkeeper of the Year award. She also served as president of the association in 2003.

Ketchen joins Brunswick
office of Northeast Bank
LEWISTON — Northeast Bank recently hired Ben Ketchen of Portland as a commercial loan officer and assistant vice president at the bank’s Brunswick branch.
Ketchen has five years experience in banking and has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Bentley College.

Miller to head women’s
leadership task force
PORTLAND — Bernstein Shur attorney Charles E. Miller of Portland was recently appointed the co-chairman of the international Lex Mundi law firm association Women’s Initiative Leadership Task Force.
As co-chairman, Miller will help promote the goals of the task force to improve women’s leadership roles in the law firms that are members in the Lex Mundi association, which includes Bernstein Shur.

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Melnick, Jayne join
staff at MCLU
PORTLAND — Maine Civil Liberties Union has hired two new staff members at its Portland office.
Alysia Melnick of Portland has been hired as the public policy counsel to work on policy issues and legislative communications. She was previously employed at the Center for Prevention of Hate Violence and the Institute for Child and Family Policy at the USM Muskie School of Public Service.
Katy Jayne of Portland has been hired as a field organizer working on extending civil marriage rights to same-sex couples. Most recently, she was an organizer for the Maine Democratic Party in Waldo County.

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Dodge named to
marketing board
NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Andrew Dodge of Freeport was recently named to the Incentive Marketing Association board of directors.
Dodge is a senior manager of national accounts for L.L. Bean’s direct to business division.

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Meek earns ‘green’
real estate certification
PORTLAND — Deborah Meek of Portland recently earned the Energy Smart Real Estate Specialist professional certification.
Meek, a realtor with Keller Williams Realty Market Center in Portland, received training on maximizing and identifying home energy efficiencies.

Woodard & Curran
promotes 3 in Portland
PORTLAND — Woodard & Curran engineering firm has promoted three employees at its Portland office.
Bob Severance of Yarmouth was promoted to construction services manager. He has been with the firm for 20 years, previously serving as senior project manager.
Scott Keenan of Cape Elizabeth was promoted from scientist 1 to scientist 2. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Hillsdale College.
Megan LaPierre of Portland was promoted from engineer 1 to engineer 2. She has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Maine.

Bath resale store
has new owner
BATH — Nancy Fenderson of Brunswick is the new owner of the Carousel Resale Shoppe at 26 Center St.
The store offers children’s clothing, toys and equipment as well as maternity clothes and furniture.

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Welch earns award from
immigrant legal group
PORTLAND — The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project recently presented its Attorney of the Year award to Anna Welch of Portland.
Welch volunteers on the organization’s pro bono panel and also mentors new pro bono attorneys. She currently heads the immigration and global migration group at Verrill Dana law firm in Portland.

Clopp promoted at
health care agency
AUGUSTA — Doug Clopp of Portland was recently promoted to director of government affairs and coalition coordinator at Consumers for Affordable Health Care.
Clopp has been with the agency for nearly three years, previously serving as a health care policy analyst.