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The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. One of just 100 agencies nationwide seeking accreditation or renewal, the local sheriff’s office joins only 4 percent of agencies nationally to achieve the status through CALEA. As well, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is the first sheriff’s office accredited in Maine, joining four other CALEA-accredited law enforcement agencies in the state.

Mid Coast–Parkview Health was recognized at the gold level in this year’s Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network Gold Star Standards of Excellence Recognition Program. Mid Coast Hospital’s Tobacco Educator Stacey Schmidt also received a gold level plaque on behalf of the health system.

Jim Duncklee and Ken Nott, owners of the former Hallowell Granite Works Office, were recognized by Maine Preservation for excellence in historic preservation.

PDT Architects of Portland has been awarded a 2015 Lee J. Brockway Award for school renovation/addition projects by the Association for Learning Environments for its design of the Mt. Blue campus in Farmington. Lyndon D. Keck, AIA, LEED AP, founding principal, was the principal-in-charge; Alan G. Kuniholm, AIA, LEED AP, also a principal with PDT, was the design principal.

On the Move

Earle W. Noyes & Sons Moving Specialists of Portland received the 2015 United Van Lines President’s Quality Award, which recognizes the top service achievement in the carrier’s U.S. family of affiliated moving agencies.

Wayside Publishing, located in Falmouth and owned by Navy veteran and Freeport resident Greg Greuel, is finishing a re-branding campaign that includes a new website, new logo and tagline, a new version of its online classroom interface and a new e-textbook platform.

Casco Bay Artisans at 68 Commercial St., The Maine Wharf in Portland, celebrated its grand opening on The Maine Wharf Dec. 3.

Paul and Liz Leonard recently opened a remodeling franchise, Kitchen Tune-Up, in Portland. The company is ranked number one in Entrepreneur’s 2015 Franchise 500 in kitchen and bath remodeling franchises.

The Blind Pig Barber Company, owned by entrepreneur Bryan Pappas, will be debuting its first upscale barber shop in the Old Port in Portland sometime this month. The company emphasizes that the new shop will be more than just a place for men to receive haircuts – it will be a place where men can go to relax, unwind, escape the rigors of everyday life, and get a haircut, beard trim, hand detail, and other services.

Merrymeeting Adult Education in Topsham has received a Rural Development grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for teleconferencing equipment. The grant will be used to offer adult classes ranging from basic literacy to highly specialized, career-focused training at 42 sites. 

Northbridge Companies announced it has acquired Sunnybrook Village Senior Community in Brunswick.

Hires, Promotions, Appointments

The University of New England has appointed Jay Collier as its director of Computational and Digital Programs.

Renée Greatorex has joined Norton Financial Services of Cumberland Foreside, as a group benefits account specialist.

Casey Oakes has been hired as the public relations and marketing coordinator for the Bowdoin International Music Festival. In addition, Nancy Simmons was brought on board as the new administrative assistant and data manager.

Giving Back

In the first year of its charitable giving program, CBWA Investing In The Community, Casco Bay Wealth Advisors assisted several local nonprofit organizations selected by the partners of the firm: Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program of Brunswick; Maine chapter of the Nature Conservancy; Maine chapter of the American Lung Association; and Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland.

As part of its “Bring Change” campaign, the TD Bank location on Forest Avenue in Portland hosted a community coin-counting event that raised almost $2,100 for the East End Community School. TD matched up to $2,000 in coins toward the donation.

Proceeds totaling more than $3,600 from Comedy Relief 2015, staged at Chocolate Church Arts Center in Bath, were donated to the Bath Area Food Bank to support food pantry and soup kitchen operations.