PORTLAND — The American Lung Association of the Northeast will kick off a year-long celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Trek Across Maine 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 7 with a free birthday party at the Portland Company, 58 Fore St. The Trek Across Maine is a scenic three-day, 180-mile bicycling event that begins in the mountains at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry and ends at the sea in Belfast. It raises approximately $1.8 million annually to support the American Lung Association’s mission through research, education and advocacy. In past years, the Trek has attracted as many as 2,600 bicyclists, 175 teams and 700 volunteers from 28 states and Canada. The 2014 fundraising goal has been increased to $2 million. If successful, it would bring the Trek’s 30-year contribution to the American Lung Association to $22.5 million. More than 1,000 cyclists have already registered.
PORTLAND — The Portland Food Co-op launched its “Let’s Open the Doors” campaign to recruit the 1,000 new member-owners it needs to open a new storefront community-owned market. The Co-op’s market will be member-owned and open to the public. Building on its existing relationships with Maine producers, the market will carry local, natural and organic products in stock, including, meat, dairy, frozen foods, health and beauty products, and beer and wine. The co-op is currently in lease negotiations for a possible location on the Portland Peninsula.
Freeport-based L.L. Bean donated 50 pairs of Arctic Sport Muck Boots to Red Cross volunteers assisting flood victims in Colorado, including volunteers from Maine. A member of the Maine group suggested L.L. Bean because of the quality its products and the company’s long-standing support for Red Cross, according to Red Cross officials.
More than 30 volunteers from the greater Portland area, including four Girl Scout Troops, joined together to hold a new fashion show event in memory of longtime Cape Elizabeth resident, Mary Staszko. Fashion Forecast features a runway show, a wall of accessories and a live auction. All of the proceeds from the Oct. 24 event at Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth will benefit Preble Street programming including Florence House.
Chris Barstow has been appointed the new general manager of Hampton Inn, Freeport. Barstow will direct all areas of the hotel’s operations, including guest services, sales and marketing efforts and hotel administration.
Heather T. Whiting has joined the family law department of Drummond & Drummond LLP as an associate. Her practice includes divorce, adoption, guardian ad litem, mediation and probate matters. Whiting previously worked for large and small firms in Washington, D.C., and Portland.
The Boulos Company added Vince Ciampi and Brian Berube to its Portland office. Both Ciampi and Berube assist with brokerage related duties.
Christopher Dana and Jeana Petillo joined Drummond Woodsum’s Portland law office. Before joining the business and corporate cervices group, Dana worked as a corporate associate at a major international firm, focusing on complex capital-raising transactions. He has also served as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. Petillo is a recent graduate of Connecticut School of Law, where she was editor for the Connecticut Law Review. She was honored with the UConn School of Law Pro Bono Certificate of Recognition for contributing more than 100 hours of volunteer legal services while in law school.
Mid-Coast Health Services honored three staff members and an exemplary patient in a celebration during National Rehabilitation Week in September. This year, physical therapist Carol Kelley with Mid-Coast Senior Health Center, physical therapist Tina Phillips with Outpatient Rehabilitation Services and occupational therapist Ruth Stevenson from CHANS Home Health Care were named Clinician of the Year in their respective clinical areas. The event recognized John Conlan as Patient of the Year, an award given to an individual who has received rehabilitation services and has demonstrated outstanding determination in facing his or her recovery.
Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project Board President Jennifer Archer has been named the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Pro Bono Attorney Hero for summer 2013. Archer is a shareholder at Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman in Portland and is a committed and passionate pro bono immigration attorney in Maine. She has dedicated thousands of hours to pro bono work that impacts immigrants in Maine, including 10 years on ILAP’s Pro Bono Asylum Panel representing dozens of clients pro bono, recruiting and mentoring new attorneys and presenting at ILAP trainings.
Bicyclists get ready at Sunday River Ski Resort for the 2013 Trek Across Maine, a 30-year tradition supporting the American Lung Association.