People and Business: Aug. 19

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Program names 31 ‘Best
Places To Work In Maine”

AUGUSTA — The Maine State Council of the Society for Human Resources Management has announced the names of 31 companies in the fourth annual “Best Places to Work in Maine” program.

Local companies, listed alphabetically, are Baker, Newman & Noyes, Portland; Burgess Advertising & Marketing, Portland; Consigli Construction Co., Portland; Day One, Portland; Garrand, Portland; Maine Printing Company MPX, Portland; Mountain, Ltd., New Gloucester; Pierce Atwood LLP, Portland; PowerPay, LLC, Portland; SMRT Inc., Portland; Tyler Technologies, Inc., Falmouth; Unum, Portland; and Wright-Ryan Construction, Inc., Portland.

The Best Companies Group compiled its list based on evaluating company
employee policies and procedures and questionnaire responses given from company

The first, second and third rankings for the small/medium-sized company category and for the large company category will be announced at an awards banquet held on Oct. 13 in Lewiston.

Shipyard Brewing
garners green award

PORTLAND — The Shipyard Brewing Company was recently presented with an Efficiency Maine Recognition Award.

The company was lauded by Efficiency Maine for implementing green energy practices at its banquet center and brew pub location in Eliot, as well as green improvements at its facilities in Kennebunk, Topsham and Portland.

Efficiency Maine worked with Shipyard, providing assistance and financial incentives for purchasing and installing energy efficient equipment.

Add Verb receives
$75K anonymous gift

PORTLAND – Add Verb Productions, a Portland-based nonprofit that produces live theater for social change, received a gift of $75,000 from an anonymous donor-advised fund at the Calvert Social Investment Foundation in Maryland.

The unrestricted gift, spread out over three years, will be used by Add Verb to expand its programming across Maine and to design curriculum for use in middle and high school classrooms throughout the country.

Add Verb has produced three nationally-touring plays that have addressed difficult social issues such as eating disorders, interpersonal violence and violence intervention.

A new play about substance abuse is currently being developed for high school and college students.

Justice award presented
to Portland couple

PORTLAND – Charlie and Ellie Miller of Portland were presented with the 2009 Muskie Access to Justice Award at the annual Muskie Dinner in recogition of their 30-year contribution to Maine’s civil justice system.

Ellie Miller joined Pine Tree Legal Assistance in the late 1970s, and helped form many vital legal aid programs over the years, including the Volunteer Lawyers Project, KIDS LEGAL, and the domestic violence program in Portland.

As a member of the Maine Bar Foundation, Charlie Miller was instrumental in the creation and growth of the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Muskie Fund for Legal Services and the Campaign for Justice.

This year’s Muskie gala fundraiser dinner helped raise over $60,000 to support Maine’s nonprofit legal service providers.

Falmouth resident wins
Garelick Farms contest

FALMOUTH — Sue Gauthier of Falmouth was selected by Garelick Farms as its grand prize winner in the “Lighten Up Maine” Over the Moon Recipe Contest.

The recipe contest challenged Maine residents to submit a favorite family recipe using its fat-free milk “Over the Moon.”

Gauthier’s winning entry was a recipe for chicken with multigrain fettuccini and garlic tarragon cream. As the grand prize winner, she received $1,000, and a a year-long membership to Curves and Curves Complete.


Fisher & Phillips, LLP, in Portland was ranked as one of the top labor and employment law firms in the United States in “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2009.” Three Fisher and Phillips attorneys, Jonathan Shapiro of Cape Elizabeth, regional managing partner, partner Eric J. Uhl of Yarmouth and Of Cousel, Philip J. Moss of South Portland, were recognized individually in this year’s “Chambers USA” for labor and employment law. 

Burgess Advertising & Marketing in Portland won two awards at the national Healthcare Advertising Awards for work on behalf of client Mercy Hospital. The agency received a Silver Award for its radio commercial, “Mercy XPress Care,” and won a Merit Award for its video production, “Mercy Eating Disorders Program.” 

The Maine Development Foundation selected Main Street, Bath as the Best Main Street program in the state and Bath’s city manager, Bill Giroux, was named Maine’s Outstanding Public Official. 

Woodard & Curran engineer Lauren Swett was recently recognized by the Maine Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers as Maine’s Young Civil Engineer of the Year. 

Dr. Virginia Eddy of Cumberland, trauma surgeon at Maine Medical
Center and clinical professor at the University of Vermont School of
Medicine, received three awards from the university, including Clinical
Teacher of the Year Award, Howe Outstanding Teacher Award, and was
co-recipient of the American Medical Women’s Association Gender Equity

Steve and Jane Filieo of Scarborough, formerly of South Portland, were presented with a legislative sentiment from State Rep. Jane Eberle, D-South Portland, in recognition of 20 years of directing and producing the musical theater program at South Portland High School.

At its annual employee appreciation day, Portland-based New England Rehabilitation Hospital presented Dr. Elissa Charbonneau of Yarmouth, NERHP medical director, with the Caregiver of the Year Award; Shelley Coull, PT, of Portland, with the Buzz Fitzgerald Award; and Cathy Waterman, RN, of Gorham, was named Employee of the Year.  

Roberta Wright of Falmouth, event services director for the
Cumberland County Civic in Portland was inducted into the Event and
Arena Marketing Hall of Fame.   

Brunswick-based Maine State Music Theatre recently honored John Wasileski, owner of The Highlands and Highland Green in Topsham for 20 years of season sponsorship. Cast members from MSMT performed a concert event and presented a crystal award to Wasileski for his continued support.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick recently recognized G. Cameron “Cam” Smith of Topsham for 40 years of service as choir director.  


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BugLight.JPGThe Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth, the unofficial caretaker of the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, (known as Bug Light), recently painted the lighthouse with help from inmates from the Cumberland County Jail. The work was overseen by Rotary Club member, Peter Cotter of Two Lights Painting.