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Giving Back

The John and Patricia Klingenstein Fund and the Sadie and Harry Davis Foundation Inc., have donated $250,000 to support Mercy’s pediatrics program, which will now be known as the Dr. Harry E. Davis Pediatric Center. Davis received his medical training from Tufts Medical School in 1919, and returned to Portland in the early 1920s to work as a pediatrician. He served as chief of pediatrics at Mercy Hospital from 1943 until his death in 1963.

The Dr. Harry E. Davis Pediatric Center at 195 Fore River Parkway will offer comprehensive well child care, inpatient well newborn care at The Birthplace at Mercy, sick child visits, preventative dental care and integrated behavioral health services for patients under 18.

VFW Post No. 2197 of Topsham donated to the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, Tedford Housing, the Santa Fund, Toys for Tots, Togus VA Facility, as well as homeless veterans in Maine during this year’s holiday giving program. Also this year, the National Headquarters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars established a matching grant program for worthy causes, which allowed the Post to increase its planned donation to the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program from $200 to $400. Throughout the year, Post No. 2197 reviews worthy causes for support at each monthly membership meeting. Sponsorship is also provided for baseball and soccer teams in the Topsham Recreational Leagues, as well as scholarship programs.

Habitat for Humanity of York County received a $5,000 grant from KeyBank Foundation to help fund a new construction tool trailer. The trailer will be used to transport and store tools used to build affordable homes in York County communities.


Brunswick Bay of Brunswick was named the Resident Owned Neighborhoods Association of Maine Co-op of the Year, the highest award given, when the RONA celebrated the 2015 RONA Board Appreciation Gala in Augusta. Brunswick Bay also received the the Community Achievement Award – which is calculated by lowest vacancy, most efficient board meetings, and lowest delinquency rate, and the award for Best Appearance.

RONA represents the five cooperative communities in Maine; all new manufactured housing cooperatives join for advanced training opportunities, networking and collective purchasing.

Hires, Promotions, Appointments

Hospice of Southern Maine elected new officers and board members at its annual meeting last month. Elected as officers for a three-year term were Edward McGeachey III, president of Southern Maine Health Care, board chairman; Gayle Brazeau, Ph.D., professor and dean at University of New England, College of Pharmacy, vice chairwoman; Kevin Montminy, director of Audit and Compliance, MaineHealth, treasurer; Maryanna Arsenault, Healthcare Consultant, secretary; and Miriam Leonard, vice president of Value Improvement, MaineHealth, past board chairwoman.

Elected to the Board of Directors for three-year terms were Laurence Gross, executive director of Southern Maine Agency on Aging; Heidi Hanson, principal of HN Hansen and Co.; Angela Orr, owner of Good for All Pharmacy; Adam Walker, owner of Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Homes; and Paul Wolf, president of Kennebunk Investment Service.

William Caron Jr., CEO of MaineHealth, was honored with the Katherine Pope Leadership Award, which recognizes a person or organization for their leadership and commitment to advancing the work of hospice and supporting the mission of Hospice of Southern Maine. The award was presented by Pope to Caron for his instrumental role in the formation of Hospice of Southern Maine.

Jennifer L. Mirabile has been hired as senior vice president and wealth management adviser at People’s United Bank. Mirabile is a graduate of Bates College and the New England School of Banking at Williams College.

Carl Chatto officially took the reins of Baker Newman Noyes effective Jan. 1. Chatto succeeded Managing Principal Eleanor “Ellie” Baker, a founding member of the firm who will work closely with Chatto over the next several months to ensure a smooth transition before she retires this summer.


The Portland Museum of Art has acquired two major acquisitions: “An Open Window,” an 1872 painting by Winslow Homer, and “River Cove,” a 1958 painting by Andrew Wyeth. Both paintings will be on view Jan. 22, when the PMA reopens after a brief closure as part of the multi-year project, “Your Museum, Reimagined,” which is focused on improving access to the museum’s collection.