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Giving Back

Dairy-product manufacturer Oakhurst, headquartered in Portland, recently contributed more than $21,000 to The Salvation Army of Northern New England. As it has for the past 15 years, the company donated a portion of its holiday egg-nog proceeds – 5 cents for each container sold – to the nonprofit social service organization. This year’s contribution was Oakhurst’s largest ever, and brings the total funds donated to The Salvation Army to more than $260,000.

Day’s Jewelers recently donated more than $102,000 to Jewelers for Children, an industry foundation dedicated to helping children suffering from illness, abuse or neglect. In 2014, as part of its centennial celebration, Day’s pledged to raise $100,000 for the organization. Day’s was founded in Portland and operates six stores throughout Maine and New Hampshire.

New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

Mercy Gastroenterology, a physician practice affiliated with Mercy Hospital and based in South Portland, has added Dr. Catherine H. McCrann to its staff. McCrann, who previously worked at Central Maine Gastroenterology in Lewiston, holds an M.D. from The Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University. She performed her internal medicine residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she was chief resident from 2006-2007, and completed a fellowship in digestive diseases.

David Schneider, an attorney and resident of South Portland, has joined Portland-based law firm Bernstein Shur. Schneider, who joins the firm’s Business Law Practice Group, previously served as a business associate at a boutique law firm in Portland. He earned his undergraduate degree and J.D. from George Washington University, where he was managing editor of the law review.

Marcella (“Marcy”) Ade, a real estate sales professional in Portland, has joined the Keller Williams Greater Portland Market Center. Ade has an extensive background in health-care administration, managing large hospitals and ancillary facilities in Maine, New York, New Jersey and Maryland.

Norton Insurance Agency, based in Cumberland, has hired Caitlin Jenkins, of Portland, as an accounting clerk. Jenkins was previously a customer service associate with People’s United Bank, and also worked for Berkshire Bank in western Massachusetts as a teller.

Investment services firm Merrill Lynch has appointed Jonathan Singer, of Cumberland, as resident director of its Portland office. Singer has 20 years experience in the finance industry, and joined the firm in 2003. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hobart College.

Mid Coast Medical Group has hired Dr. Peter Hutchinson as an orthopedic surgeon. Specializing in hand and upper extremity surgery, he also serves on the medical staff of Mid Coast Hospital. Hutchinson earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and performed an internship in general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed an orthopedic residency in Boston, followed by a fellowship in hand surgery. Most recently, he was employed by The Philadelphia Hand Center in Pennsylvania.

The Bath Housing Development Corp. has named Sally Hennessey and Jeffry Knuckles to its board of directors. Hennessey has worked for the nonprofit group March of Dimes, most recently as a regional director. Knuckles is a former federal litigation attorney and law professor.


The Maine Real Estate & Development Association recently honored four industry professionals at its 2015 Forecast Conference in Portland. The group’s Robert B. Patterson Jr. Founders’ Award went to James Whelan, of Scarborough, who works with Saco and Biddeford Savings Institution. Portland resident Drew Sigfridson, of CBRE | The Boulos Co., was named the MEREDA Volunteer of the Year. The President’s Award was presented to Gary Vogel, of Yarmouth, who serves with law firm Drummond Woodsum. Rick Stauffer, who lives in Porland and works for law firm Preti Flaherty, received MEREDA’s Public Policy Award.

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