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Giving Back

The Cold River Warm Hearts program, established by Freeport-based Maine Distilleries in coordination with family-owned Green Thumb Farms of Fryeburg, donated 8,500 pounds of farm-fresh Maine potatoes to food banks across New England this spring. Now in its third year, Cold River Warm Hearts has donated enough potatoes to feed over 40,000 people.

Grants and Expansions

New England Mobile Showers, LLC, a portable shower trailer business, has received funding from the Libra Future Fund to help continue the company’s growth and expansion. The Libra Future Fund was created to capitalize upon the energy and creativity that Maine’s young people embody and to combat youth out-migration by supporting initiatives that increase the number of Maine-based professional opportunities, according to the organization’s website,

PORTopera has been chosen as one of several organizations across the country to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of its upcoming production of Verdi’s, “Rigoletto.” PORTopera will receive $12,500 to stage its unique take on the opera July 23-25 at Merrill Auditorium in Portland and an accompanying film festival for young filmmakers creating work inspired by the opera.

New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

Portland law firm of Thompson & Bowie, LLP, announced James M. Bowie was inducted to the Maine Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

Cornerstone Financial Planning, with offices in Portland and Newington, New Hampshire, added certified financial planner, Mackenzie Arsenault, to its Portland team. Prior to joining Cornerstone Financial Planning, Arsenault worked at UBS Wealth Management Americas in Boston, where she provided client services.

Bath Savings Institution’s senior vice president, John C. Marsh Jr., has been Maine State Housing Authority Commissioner by Governor Paul LePage. Marsh’s appointment was unanimously endorsed by the Legislature Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development.

New Openings

The Freeport Public Market had its grand opening May 15 at 20 Bow St., Freeport, with four tenants: Amato’s, Kamasouptra, Peachy’s Smoothies and Cafe Crepes. The Freeport Public Market will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., according to principal owner, Godfrey Wood. Wood is the husband of Karen Wood, publisher of The Forecaster.

Casco Bay Wealth Advisors has opened an office and satellite locations in Portland, Brunswick, Lovell, Auburn, Augusta, Bethel and South Paris. Casco Bay Wealth Advisors was founded by Christian Bishop, Kevin Carbin Jr., Leslie Couper, Stephen Goldsmith, Mary Holmes and Normand Poulin, who were previously with Northeast Financial Services. The firm aims to provide a comprehensive focus on helping to manage all aspects of financial life, including retirement planning, risk management, estate planning, taxation, and business planning.

O’Reilly Auto Parts opened a Brunswick store at 51 Bath Road.


Molly McGuire Rogers has been recognized with the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society award. This honor is awarded to the top 11 percent of approximately 85,000 sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system.

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From left, Lisa Sharpe of Peachy’s Smoothies & Juice Bar, Lauren Dallan of Cafe Crepes, Mike Jerome of Kamasouptra, Dominique Reali of Amato’s and Godfrey Wood, managing owner of the new Freeport Public Market at 20 Bow St. cut the ribbon May 10 the market’s grand opening. Wood is married to Forecaster publisher Karen Wood.