People and Business: April 27

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Bangor Savings announces
grant recipients

BANGOR — Bangor Savings Bank’s Foundation recently announced the winners in its fifth annual charitable giving campaign, Community Matters More. Nearly 90,000 people voted for their favorite organization to receive a grant from the foundation, with a total of 68 nonprofits receiving a grand total of $100,000.

Eight nonprofits with the highest number of community votes received a $5,000 grant. The eight winners include Emmaus Homeless Shelter, Kennebec Valley Humane Society, Preble Street, Aid for Kids (Degenhardt Foundation), Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League, Seniors Plus “Meals on Wheels,” Open Hands Open Hearts Saco Food Pantry and Bangor Humane Society.

An additional 60 nonprofits were voted to receive grants of $1,000. The grant recipients were made up of 40 nonprofit organizations listed on the ballot, and 20 organizations that earned the highest number of write-in votes.


Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, recently named Edward Wolak of Scarborough the 2010 Dunkin’ Donuts Developer of the Year. The Developer of the Year Award is one of the company’s highest distinctions, and is presented to a franchisee who has demonstrated success in multi-store growth, commitment to quality brand standards and executional excellence. Wolak has been with Dunkin’ Donuts for over 30 years and operates a 70-store network with 11 stores in Maine.

The American Red Cross presented FairPoint Communications with the Life Share Program Platinum Level Achievement Recognition for outstanding employee participation in supporting blood drives. At the recent FairPoint Bundle Up Blood Drive, 592 units of blood were collected on behalf of the Red Cross.The Life Share program provides businesses, civic groups and schools the opportunity to help organize community blood drives to help save lives.

AIDS activist Kristin Espey of Portland has been named Outstanding Graduate of the Year by the Women & Gender Studies Department of the University of Southern Maine. Espey is a long-time case manager for Frannie Peabody Center, Maine’s largest HIV/AIDS service organization.

Josh Burns of Falmouth has been ranked number one in Maine in Barrons magazine Top 1000 Financial Advisors annual survey. Burns is a senior vice president, senior portfolio manager of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Portland.

Bowdoin College’s Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum was named one of the best five places to take kids in New England by Yankee Magazine in the March/April 2011 issue.

The DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator was the recipient of a 2011 Backpacker magazine Editors’ Choice Award. The award is given annually to products in recognition of outstanding innovation in design, materials, and/or performance.

Off The Grid Jobs LLC, owned and operated by Christy Hillman of Portland,  was recently accepted into the Northern New England Association of Personnel Services. The company provides direct-hire recruiting services to green, alternative energy companies, and companies committed to doing business in a socially responsible and ecologically sustainable way.  

The South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club recently honored the South Portland and Cape Elizabeth Public Works and Parks Departments at a luncheon held at the South Portland Community Center. Over 40 employees from both departments attended the annual luncheon.

At The Signature Event to kick off Maine Restaurant Week, Adrian Trudeau, bartender at Academe Brasserie at the Kennebunk Inn, won the Signature Cocktail competition with his drink, “Sage Against the Machine.” Jay Towle of Brian Boru was the runner-up with his drink “Hot Ginger and Lemon Whiskey Tea,” and Tom Laslavic of Natalie’s, Camden Harbour Inn, was the second runner-up with a three-course cocktail, “Natalie’s House Soda.” Patrick Tubbs, pastry chef at The Salt Exchange, won the grand prize in the juried Art of Dessert competition with his Cream Stout Gingerbread. In the People’s Choice “How Sweet It Is” competition, pastry chef Anthony Scherrer of Walter’s received the most votes for his dessert, “Kitt Katt Bar with Sea Salted Caramel.” Tubbs was the runner up in the People’s Choice competition for his Creme Stout Gingerbread dessert. A portion of the proceeds from the event was donated to Maine Harvest Lunch.

Jason Briggs, vice president of business development at VIP Tour & Charter Bus Co. in Portland, was presented with the Maine Tourism Award for Commitment to Community at the 2011 Maine Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Portland. Briggs leads VIP’s partnership with Shaw’s Supermarket to annually hold Stuff-A-Bus food collection programs for the South Portland Food Cupboard and the Saco-Old Orchard Beach Food Pantry. He has also donated transportation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the STRIVE Program and local schools.

Mark Glanville of Hannaford Bros. in Scarborough recently received the United Fresh Produce Association’s Retail Produce Manager Award. Glanville was among 25 winners who were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted by retailers and produce suppliers across the country and Canada. Sponsored by Ready Pac Foods, the Retail Produce Manager Awards program is in its seventh year and is presented through the Foundation’s Center for Leadership Excellence.

Maine Distilleries recently hosted the second annual Cold River Bartenders Bash competition. Leah Chamberlin, Old Port Sea Grill’s bartender, earned the People’s Choice Award for her Cold River Gin “Cucumber Martini.” Second place went to Roxanne Dragon of Hugo’s for her “Gin Ginger Fizz.” 50 Local’s James Ferguson took third for his “The Local Greyhound” cocktail. Vignola’s “Provincial” cocktail was selected as the winner in the Experts’ Pick category.

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Several local volunteers and organizations were honored with Golden Hammer awards by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland at its volunteer recognition dinner held recently at The Woodfords Club. State Farm, Tyler Technologies, and The Maine Mall received a Golden House award for their contributions to Habitat. Individuals who received the award were Martha Palmer and Greg Walsh of Cape Elizabeth, and Phil Gage of South Portland. Fellow volunteers, Habitat staff, board members, and homeowner families, pictured here, were on hand to celebrate the volunteers’ contributions.