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Hires, Promotions, Appointments

Kimberly Braley of Brunswick has been appointed to The Plant Memorial Home board of directors. For the past 25 years, Braley has owned a day care business in Brunswick along with her husband, Cliff, a retired officer with the Brunswick Police Department. Since 1917, the Plant Memorial Home has provided charitable assisted living in Bath.

The following agents have joined Benchmark Real Estate in Portland: Portland residents Erik Carlson, Tom Caron, John Golden, Scott Huska, Diane Maines and Emily Nichols; Joshua Caron, of South Portland; Eileen Levesque, of Falmouth; and Christopher Pagli, of Old Orchard Beach. Benchmark founder Tom Landry is a native Mainer who launched into real estate sales and restoration in 2001 after a career at Barber Foods.

Norton Insurance Agency in Cumberland Foreside announced that Lauren Faulkner of Freeport has joined the company as commercial lines assistant. Cumberland resident Jeanne Fenton is a new clerical assistant at the agency.


Falmouth Memorial Library recently honored two local residents at its annual meeting. Falmouth High School Tech Team member Ryan Riccioni received the Helen G. Knight Volunteer of the Year award. Selected by library staff, the award is given to a volunteer who has contributed time and talent to the library in a significant way. Riccioni provides walk-in tech help twice weekly for patrons. Outgoing Board President Amy Kuhn received the Theodore K. Johnson award, given annually for outstanding service and dedication to the library. Kuhn served on the board of trustees for six years, and has been a vital member of the Garden Tour Committee and the Capital Campaign Committee.

The Maine Library Journalism Award recognizes the most outstanding print or broadcast story about libraries in Maine within the last year, and honors the writer or producer. This year’s award was presented at the Maine Library Association’s Annual Conference Nov. 16-17 to Nissa Flanagan, past president of the Maine Library Association and the Systems/Technical Services Librarian at Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth. Flanagan was singled out for her March 18, 2015 special to the Portland Press Herald: “Maine Voices: Cuts to revenue sharing would hurt libraries in towns already struggling”.

Bath Savings Institution recently honored employees at the 2015 Employee Recognition Night in Bath. Julie Chew, of the South Portland office, was acknowledged as the 2015 Exceptional Customer Service Representative. Emmie Carrigan, a teller in Yarmouth, received the Exceptional Teller Award. Hope Rainey was voted the most helpful internal support person. She is a deposit services clerk in Bath.

The 2015 Indie Biz Award winners were named by Portland Independent Business and Community Alliance at Port City Music Hall last month as part of the Portland Buy Local movement: Best New Business, Portland Patisserie; Flavor of Portland, Portland Food Co-op; Creative Crusader, One Longfellow Square; Environmental Hero, We Compost It!; Portland’s Best Kept Secret, Letterpress Books; Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind, Garbage to Garden; Portland Beacon, Standard Baking Co.; Portland Icon, Longfellow Books; Best Neighborhood, West End; Buy Local Champion, Bill Duggan.

The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit organization representing employers and purchasers of health care, has honored Mid Coast Hospital with an “A” Hospital Safety Score. Mid Coast has received an A rating each of the seven times the Hospital Safety Score has been released since the spring of 2012.

Chelsea Potter of Portland has been named Caregiver of the Month for October and Jayne Bragdon of Falmouth was named Caregiver of the Month for November by Comfort Keepers, a provider of in-home support services for older adults in Southern Maine.

New Beginnings

Portland-based CPA firm Baker Newman Noyes officially completed its previously-disclosed merger with Portsmouth, New Hampshire,-based CPA firm Albert Stowe, CPA, PLLC. The combined Portsmouth team will be operating out of BNN’s new office at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth.