People and Business: April 13

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Maine Bar Foundation honors

contributions to justice

SOUTH PORTLAND — At the Maine State Bar Association conference held recently in South Portland, the Maine Bar Foundation, a non-profit grant-giving agency, presented awards to honor contributions to justice in Maine. Thomas A. Cox of Portland received the Howard H. Dana Jr. Award for his advocacy work on behalf of low-income Maine homeowners through the Maine Attorneys Savings Homes Project. His work was instrumental in forcing many lenders to agree to a nationwide foreclosure moratorium.  

During the event, the Maine Bar Foundation also recognized nine attorneys and three law firms in Maine for providing pro bono services to people in need in Maine. The Volunteer Lawyers Project Pro Bono Publico Awards include: Most hours on completed Volunteer Lawyer Project case by an attorney, Jennifer L. Eastman of Eaton Peabody; Most Volunteer Lawyer Project cases accepted by a solo practitioner, Benjamin S. Fowler; Most cases accepted by Domestic Violence Panel member, Leslie S. Silverstein; Most cases referred as Lawyer of the Day during a full year, Scott T. Maker of UNUM; Most Volunteer Lawyer Project cases accepted by a law firm, Drummond Woodsum & MacMahon; Most hours on complete Volunteer Lawyer Project cases by a law firm, Eaton Peabody; and firm donating the most Lawyer of the Day hours, Pierce Atwood. 

In addition to the formal awards, the Maine Bar Foundation also recognized 11 attorneys who had donated more than 100 hours of pro bono representation last year. They are: Ilse Teeters of Trumpy, Lipman Katz & Katz; Jennifer L. Eastman of Eaton Peabody; Robert E. Meggison; James F. Molleur of Molleur Law Office; William Devoe of Eaton Peabody; Brian M. Rayback of Pierce Atwood; Jed J. French of Powers & French; Lauri Boxer-Macomber of Kelly Remmel & Zimmerman; Kurt E. Olafsen of Olafsen & Butterfield, LLC; David Plimpton of Plimpton & Esposito; and Amanda E. Ramirez of Holmes Legal Group.


The Portland Water District was recently awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association.

The EqualityMaine Foundation, the state’s largest and oldest LGBT political advocacy organization, recently held its 27th annual awards ceremony. The Cameron Duncan Award was presented to the Maine AIDS Alliance for its commitment and service within the  HIV/AIDS community. The FE Pentlarge Award was presented to Paul and Jeanette Rediker for outstanding demonstration of family values. Betsy Parsons of GLSEN Southern Maine was recognized with the Youth Leadership Award. The OutFront Volunteer Leadership Awards for outstanding Volunteer Leadership within EqualityMaine were awarded to Suzanne Blackburn, Jenny Hall, Kate Pennington, Regina Pistilli and Ellen Ward.

Friends of Casco Bay honored Oakhurst Dairy and the Bennett family at the organization’s annual meeting and volunteer recognition event. Oakhurst was lauded for its energy innovations that have conserved fuel and heating oil, and the Bennett family was noted for their involvement in community tree planting and other volunteer efforts. Darren McLellan of Cape Elizabeth was also recognized for 15 years as a volunteer Water Quality Monitor for Friends of Casco Bay. Peter Milholland, the Citizen Stewards Coordinator for Friends of Casco Bay, was presented with the Gulf of Maine Visionary Award by the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, for his innovation, creativity, and commitment to environmental protection.

Edward E. Langbein, Jr., of Brunswick, received the Bowdoin College 2011 Alumni Service Award for his decades of service and dedication to the college. Langbein Jr., a member of the class of 1957, will be presented the award by the Bowdoin Alumni Council during the Reunion Convocation on June 4. Over the years he has served  as the reunion chairman for his class, and has served on the Bowdoin Alumni Council, Bowdoin Bath-Brunswick Alumni Club, chairman of Bowdoin Alumni and Schools Interviewing Committee, and chairman of the Association of Bowdoin Friends. He and his wife also established the Edward E. Langbein Sr., Summer Research Award. The couple was presented with the Polar Bear Award in 2008 for their outstanding support of Bowdoin athletics.

Scarborough’s Bei Capelli Hair Salon was recently named to the Salon Today 200 by Salon Today magazine, a business publication for salon and spa owners. The salon, co-owned by Melissa Vigue and Nancy Cartonio,  received a customer service award, making it the fourth consecutive year of being included in the Salon Today 200.

Matthew Tabenken of Falmouth, Northern New England market manager for Moet Hennessy USA, received the New Hampshire Liquor Commission’s Individual Supplier Representative Award for his outstanding customer service.

McClain Marketing Group
, a Portland-based strategic marketing firm, recently received 11 awards at the eighth annual Service Industry Advertising Awards, SIAA, national competition. The firm took home three gold awards in the categories of total ad campaign, logo letterhead design, and newspaper ad series; two silver awards for brochure and logo letterhead design; two bronze awards, total ad campaign, logo letterhead design; and four merit awards for website, employee communications program, website and logo letterhead design.  

Mass High Tech has recognized Jean Hoffman, CEO and founder of Putney, Inc., as a 2011 Women to Watch. The Women to Watch award was presented to 22 entrepreneurs for their leadership and creative abilities to develop new business opportunities. Putney is a Portland-based pet pharmaceutical company focused on the development and sale of generic prescription medicines for pets.

FairPoint Communications recently recognized its outstanding sales leaders at the annual company-wide sales meeting. James Graul of Falmouth and Karen Romano of Yarmouth were among 13 FairPoint employees in Maine to earn individual recognition for meeting customer needs and for outstanding service.

Portland-based realty company, RE/MAX By the Bay, recently named the following agents to its RE/MAX 100% Club for 2010 in recognition of outstanding sales production for 2010: Collette Conley, Kathie Hooper, David Marsden, and Elizabeth Dubois.

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