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Giving Back

The first annual Red Shoe Crawl on April 27 drew 100 participants to support the Ronald McDonald House of Portland. They donned their bright red shoes to help raise more than $13,000 to directly benefit the children and families the House serves.

New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

Cameron Vermette, of Topsham, will be an Alcoa Fellow for summer season at Camp Korey, a camp for children with serious illnesses in Carnation, Washington. Alcoa fellows work as counselors and camp leaders while helping to establish environmental and sustainability-infused learning opportunities for the camp going forward. This will be Vermette’s first season at Camp Korey.

Mercy Hospital welcomed new director of business development, Tonya Houde. Houde’s expertise will assist Mercy in continuing to expand its fully integrated model and hub of services that extend from birth to elder care, as well as develop programs, services and processes addressing the needs and demands of community members.

Topsham resident Tom Dupont, Patrick Rael, of Brunswick, and John Voorhees, of Bath, have been elected trustees of the Pejepscot Historical Society.

Jennifer Kanwit, of Brunswick, is now a member of the board of directors of Hear ME Now. Kanwit previously held the position of public relations and development director at Hear ME Now and is currently an executive assistant at ghSMART, a management assessment firm. 

Shawn A. Babine joined Primary Residential Mortgage of Scarborough as a loan officer licensed in Maine and New Hampshire. Babine, of Scarborough has 20 years of lending and management experience and is a former Scarborough Town Councilor.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland promoted Alexa Plotkin as manager and Andrew Smith as procurement director of its Restore. Restore, at 649 Warren Ave., is a discount retail outlet selling donated new and gently used building materials, appliances and furniture at reduced prices.

Family Ice Center of Falmouth announced Peter Wellin, a founding board member and president for 15 years, will step down from the full-time presidency because he will be spending more time in California. Godfrey Wood will now serve as board president. Wood is the husband of Forecaster publisher Karen Wood.

New Openings and Expansions

Étaín Boutique, a new addition to Portland’s Arts District at 646 Congress St., Portland, aims to provide a space designed to help women feel relaxed and informed when shopping for lingerie.

Coastal Plastic Surgery, a team of cosmetic surgeons and skin care specialists, is seeing patients from a newly opened office at 4 Horton Place, just off Route 196, in Topsham, CPS offers an array of cosmetic services provided by experienced cosmetic surgeons and skin care experts.


Larkspur Design, of Yarmouth, has been awarded Best Of Houzz, by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The ecological landscape design firm was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

Piper Shores, Maine’s first and only nonprofit life care retirement community, has been awarded a five-year term of re-accreditation by the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission, the nation’s only accrediting body for continuing care retirement communities.

OceanView, of Falmouth announced that one of its independent residents, Kay Sawyer, turned 100 years old on May 12. Two parties were held for her, one including all May birthdays at OceanView, and a private party with friends and family.

The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors announced that Joseph Porta has completed the training and certification which ensures professionals of the highest quality in their ranks.


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