People and Business

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Giving Back

The Milestone Foundation recently received a $15,000 grant from the John T. Gorman Foundation to support the Homeless Outreach & Mobile Engagement Team. A collaboration between Milestone, the city of Portland and Portland’s Downtown District, the HOME Team provides outreach and community support to people with chronic health, mental health and substance abuse problems on the streets of Portland.

New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

William T. Racine has been elected to the board of trustees of Bath Savings Institution. Racine is a certified public accountant with an office in Bath, and is active in local civic groups including the RSU 1 Education Foundation and the Wolfe’s Neck Farm Foundation.

Avesta Housing, a Portland-based, nonprofit developer of affordable housing, has hired Kim Farrar as vice president of residential services. Farrar, with 28 years of real estate experience, will oversee Avesta’s property management and assisted living operations. In addition, Avesta has promoted Matthew Peters to vice president of real estate services. Peters, who joined Avesta in 2010, will direct the company’s property development and acquisitions, as well as asset management.

The Maine Health Management Coalition, based in Topsham, has hired Marie Stuckey as its member relations specialist. She has more than 20 years experience in marketing and communication. The coalition is a nonprofit group that of employers, health care providers and insurers working to measure the effectiveness of health care services.

Sarah Long has joined WMTW-TV 8 as an on-air meteorologist. Long had previously worked in television weather forecasting before serving for four years as a meteorologist with the Mt. Washington Observatory in New Hampshire. She will assume weekend forecast duties for Channel 8.


The Scarborough Economic Development Corp. awarded its 2014 Outstanding Scarborough Business Awards at an Oct. 7 gala at the Black Point Inn. El Rayo Taqueria was named SEDCO Project of the Year, and Heidi’s House Child Care was recognized as the Outstanding Legacy Business. Broadturn Farm received the Outstanding Hidden Gem Award. Rocco Risbara Jr., of Risbara Bros. Construction Co., was recognized with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Community. The four recipients “helped define Scarborough’s business landscape,” said Karen Martin, SEDCO executive director.

The Maine State Chamber of Commerce has named Dale Bouton as its Chamber Volunteer of the Year. Bouton was honored for his volunteer work with the Greater Freeport Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented at the Maine Chamber’s annual dinner on Oct. 15.

Strouts Point Wharf Co., of South Freeport, has earned the federal government’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program Award in recognition of its rigorous safety programs. Designation as a SHARP employer by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recognizes a business as a model for worksite safety, and exempts it from OSHA general inspection for two years. Strouts Point is one of only 71 Maine employers to hold the designation.

Robert A. Pontau Jr., assistant general manager of the Brunswick Sewer District, was recently awarded the 2014 Young Professionals Award by the Maine Water Environment Association. In addition, BSD Treatment Plant Operator Jason Prout recently received a diploma for completion of Management Candidate School. The school is an intensive, year-long training program for water and water pollution control professionals, coordinated by the industry and state agencies.