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The South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club donated transportation passes and beds in cooperation with Maine Veteran’s Affairs. The Rotary Club donated 11 beds that provided for a family of four and several other veterans. The Rotarians also worked out a bus pass program to provide Zoom and Shuttlebus-Intercity passes at a value of $871, with $600 funded by the club and the rest donated by Shuttlebus-Zoom. These passes have been given to administration officials for management and distribution. During the last Rotary year, the club provided 345 one-way trips for veterans throughout the region at a value of $600.
Founder and principal Jason Sulham, of Yarmouth, announced the formation of North Public Affairs. Based in Maine, but with service capacity extending to New Hampshire and Vermont, North Public Affairs was established to provide tailored consulting services and strategic guidance for public affairs initiatives. The firm opens with services already under contract with nationally recognized entities.
On Dec. 2, award winning journalist Clarke Canfield was named director of communications at Southern Maine Community College. Canfield will manage the school’s internal and external communications and serve as the college spokesman. Canfield has more than 30 years experience as a writer and editor at daily newspapers, magazines and Internet sites. He comes to SMCC from The Associated Press, where he worked for more than 12 years. He previously worked for the Portland Press Herald and has won numerous state, regional and national journalism awards.
The Bowdoin International Music Festival announced that David and Phillip Ying have been named co-artistic directors, following a national search begun last January. The Ying brothers will succeed founding director Lewis Kaplan following the conclusion of the Festival’s 50th anniversary season in 2014.
Mathew Harvey has joined the commercial and bankruptcy practice at Perkins Olson law firm in Portland. Harvey had been an associate with Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell in Delaware.
Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany to Maine and New Hampshire Adrian Kendall was awarded the Friend of German Award by the American Association of Teachers of German in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 23. The award recognizes exemplary leadership in the advocacy of Germany and German language education. He was nominated by the Maine Chapter of the AATG. The award ceremony took place at the AATG national convention. Kendall is the co-chairman of the international practice section of the Maine State Bar Association. He helps Maine businesses enter foreign markets and actively works to promote an international perspective among Maine youth and college students.
Three students at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland were honored this fall by the state’s Katahdin Law Student Recognition Program, for providing free legal assistance to Mainers who cannot afford an attorney. Third-year law students Kimberly Watson, Katherine Malia and Michael O’Brien were recognized for completing more than 50 pro bono hours. The hours were above and beyond any other volunteer work the students performed for law school credit or during internships.