People and Business: Aug. 11

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Animal shelters launch
cat adoption campaign

BRUNSWICK and WESTBROOK  — In response to the exploding population of homeless cats and kittens in the greater Portland and Mid-Coast areas, the Coastal Humane Society and the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland have joined forces to find homes for surrendered and stray cats.

Both organizations have decided to waive adoption fees for all cats 1-year of age and older and offer kitten adoption as a two for the price of one.

The adoption campaign extends through the summer, with both shelters hoping to raise awareness about the unprecedented number of homeless cats and kittens and encourage more people to adopt their next cat from a local shelter.

The Coastal Humane Society is located at 30 Range Road, Brunswick, and can be reached at 725-5051. The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland is located at 449 Stroudwater St., Westbrook, and can be reached at 854-9771.

Pictures of cats and kittens available for adoption can be found online at and

Local writing center
awarded $20K in grants

PORTLAND — The Telling Room, a nonprofit writing center for children and young adults in Portland, recently received three grants totalling $20,000 in support of the launch of the its 2010 theme, The Play Project.

Each year, the community writing center focuses on a specific theme, with the 2010 writing theme incorporating aspects of play, ranging from an ad hoc sports league with a literary twist, a kid-created guide to greater Portland playgrounds, wilderness excursions, and more.

Funding for the Play Project was provided by the the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maine Arts Commission, and the Jane B. Cook 1992 Trust. The grants enable the Telling Room to offer its programs free of charge to area youth.

For more information on the writing program, please visit

Local artist chosen for
Baxter State Park program

MILLINOCKET — North Yarmouth watercolor painter Michael Boardman  has been selected as the 2010 Baxter State Park Visiting Artist.

Boardman is the second visiting artist chosen since the Park initiated the
program in 2009.  

The Visiting Artist program is scheduled from Aug. 8 to 21 at Daicey Pond

Campground in Baxter State Park. During this time, Boardman will have an open studio and present an evening program at the campground.

Falmouth High class of
1945 holds 65th reunion

FALMOUTH — Members of Falmouth High School’s Class of 1945 held their 65-year reunion in July at the Falmouth American Legion Post.

Members present were Arthur Frederiksen, Donald Knowles, Janet (Lund) Nelson, Robert Pfeffer, Phyllis (Russell) Lovejoy, Woodbury Thompson, Ted Vail and Richard Wheeler, and former teacher Maria (Phillips) Hurley.

New Hires, Promotions

Peggy Roberts has joined the Portland office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage of New England as a sales associate. Roberts, formerly a resident of Falmouth, will provide residential real estate services in greater Portland, as well as in the Sebago Lakes region where she now resides.

Mark Bower of Portland has joined the law firm of Jensen Baird Gardner & Henry, with offices in Portland and Kennebunk. Bower is a member of the firm’s government services practice groups. He previously practiced with Pierce Atwood, LLP.

Maine Bank & Trust has hired Kelly McKeil of Windham as a mortgage account officer at the Falmouth branch.  

iBec Creative, a Portland-based provider of website and traditional design services, has expanded its staff with four recent new hires: Chris Campbell of Scarborough, web developer; Rob Stevens, interactive assistant; Chris Putnam, web developer; and Lauren Myers of Portland, web analyst.

KG Partners, an advertising, public relations and interactive agency in Portland, has added two new communications professionals: Mark Kunert, assistant creative director; and Bryan Wyatt, public relations senior account executive.

Timothy R. Shannon
has joined Portland-based Verrill Dana as counsel in the firm’s litigation and trial department, and Lisa A. Skerlick has joined the firm as director of finance.

McClain Marketing Group, a strategic marketing solutions firm with offices in Portland and New York City, has hired Jane Johnson of Scarborough as an account executive and media director at the Portland office.

Matthew J. Seymour, son of Jeff and Stacy Seymour of Cumberland, received a commission in the U.S. Navy as an Ensign, and will report to Naval Air Station Pensacola in September for flight training.

Scarborough-based AlliedCook Construction, has hired Jennifer Broughton as human resources and administrative coordinator, and Keith Cloutier as controller.

Salvation Army’s Northern New England Division, based in Portland, has hired Rene Ciccone as the divisional social services Director, which includes Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  
SMRT, a Portland-based architecture, engineering, interior design firm has made the following promotions: interior designer Erin Anderson was named director of interior design; architect David Mains was named the assistant architectural team leader; Michael Chonko was promoted from mechanical engineering discipline leader to engineering leader for all disciplines. The firm also hired Keith Berry as a mechanical designer/drafter and Andrew Bradley as a structural engineer.

Anthony Fratianne
of Portland has joined the law firm of Drummond Woodsum as a member of the business services group in the Portland office, concentrating on real estate transactions.                                   

Jim Splude
of Sebago was recently hired as pumpout coordinator for Friends of Casco Bay’s small boat sewage removal service available for recreational boats between South Portland and Freeport.

Michelle Zichella of Portland, has joined Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook as director of communications and development. Zichella was formerly director of special events for the Falmouth chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.







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Karli Jaffe (far left) and Ani Helmick (second from right), of the Jewish Community Services Food Pantry in Portland, accepts a loaf of bread and a check for $500 from the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger from Rick Small (second from left) of Good Shepherd Food Bank and Luke Labbe (far right), chair of the Maine Credit Union League’s social responsibility committee.  The donation was made as part of the annual “Share the Bread” event coordinated by Maine’s credit unions.