People and Business: Dec. 15

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Hawthorne House presents
years of service awards

FREEPORT — The Hawthorne House in Freeport, a skilled rehabilitation and long-term care nursing facility, recently held its fourth annual “10-plus years of service recognition dinner.”

The following employees were honored for their long-term commitment to caring for Hawthorne House residents:  Tammy Bevins, RN, Staff Development, Stephanie Duval, CNA, Tammy Johnson, CNA, 10 years; Brandi Bernier, CNA, 11 years; Mary Jo Darling, CNA-Med Tech, 12 years; Mandy Thornhill CNA-Med Tech, 15 years; Emily Ashton, CNA-Med Tech, 16 years; Emily Heath CNA, Joel Rollins, Maintenance, 20 years;  Meeghan Wermuth, CNA-Med Tech, Medical Records, 22 years; Karen Russell, CNA-Med Tech, Medical Records, 24 years; and Debra Leslie, RN, 25 years.

Tedford Housing elects
officers, presents awards

BRUNSWICK — Tedford Housing recently elected the following new officers to its board of directors: Joel Merry, president; Sandra Holland, vice-president; Barbara Lee Gaul, secretary; and Irene Martin, treasurer. Outgoing directors, Patti Lawton and Marcy McGuire, were recognized for their contributions.

The organization also honored individuals and organizations that have worked hard to make improvements in the lives of people struggling with homelessness, mental health and substance abuse issues.

The Margit Cook Award for Exemplary Volunteer Service was posthumously awarded to the late Suzanne Suzie Moran. Receiving the Tedford Home Award was the JTG Foundation and the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good. The late Jane Newhall and the First Parish Congregational Church received the Scootie Brownell Award.  Dr. Edward Roy and Goodwill Industries’ YouthBuild program were recognized for contributing to the health and safety of shelter guests.

Founded in 1987, Tedford Housing provides emergency homeless shelter services for individuals and families, permanent supported housing, and other housing options in Bath, Brunswick and Lewiston/Auburn.

Grants Received

The Alliance for Biking & Walking in Washington, D.C. awarded an $18,000 grant to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine for its Community Spokes Program. The program was created to recruit and train rural citizen-advocates to work for local improvements in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and advocate for state policies that encourage bicycling and walking.

Cape Memory Care of Cape Elizabeth, a Woodlands Assisted Living facility, received an incentive grant of $112,500 from the Efficiency Maine Business Program to help offset the costs of installing the Mitsubishi HVAC system, a premium variable flow high efficiency heating and cooling system.

Cumberland County-based Support and Recovery Services, a community mental health program of Catholic Charities Maine, recently received a $100,000 JTG Foundation Grant. The grant will be distributed in two installments in 2010 and 2011. It will be used to bolster Support and Recovery’s day-to-day operations, which includes helping individuals with mental illness acquire housing, mental health treatment, dental and vision care and other basic services.

Portland-based Avesta Housing was awarded a $100,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation as part of the bank’s “Housing for Everyone” program. Avesta’s proposal to install solar thermal hot water panels at three of its senior living properties was selected for funding out of hundreds of proposals submitted. Grants were awarded to nonprofits looking to preserve and improve housing in areas where TD Bank does business.

The Maine Technology Institute board of directors recently approved six new Development Awards totalling over $2 million for Maine companies working in the areas of information technology, environmental technology, precision manufacturing and advanced technologies in forestry and agriculture. Local recipients include Energy Circle of South Freeport and Hall Web Services of Scarborough. Energy Circle received a $274,758 information technology award for the development of software for its PRO marketing and web services platform. Hall Web Services received $484,016 to add more staff to market the Hall Tools Suite, a search engine optimization program.

The Maine Education Policy Research Institute, in the Center for Education Policy, Applied Research and Evaluation at the University of Southern Maine, was the recipient of a $75,000 Opportunity Fund award from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. The funds will be used to conduct case studies in Maine K-12 schools that have been identified as higher performing and efficient.

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland received a $532,550 Maine Technology Asset Fund grant from The Maine Technology Institute to support community-based research of Atlantic herring populations in the Gulf of Maine. The research will provide critical data on herring assessments and management, which is valuable for Maine’s lobster industry. Funds will be used to purchase acoustic sonar systems and outfit 10 lobster boats across the coast of Maine with equipment for assessment of herring populations in Maine’s coastal waters.

Good Theater received a $5,000 grant from the Davis Family Foundation for its past production of “August: Osage County.” Good Theater, which is housed at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland, was one of the first regional theaters to receive the rights to this Tony Award-winning Broadway show.

The Tate House Museum in Portland received a $5,000 New Century Community Program grant from the Maine State Museum. The museum will use the funds to address persistent moisture problems and window repair, which are two major preservation issues for the Tate House. Funding for the New Century Community Program grants were approved by Maine voters in a 2007 bond issue.

Cumberland County Government and Casco Bay C.A.N (Create Awareness Now to Reduce Youth Substance Abuse), were awarded a competitive Drug Free Communities grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This 5-year, $125,000 per year grant will allow Casco Bay C.A.N. to prevent underage drinking and other drug use in the towns of Falmouth, Cumberland, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth, Freeport and Pownal. Funds will be used to provide information and resources to youth, parents, and the community on the dangers of youth alcohol and drug use, and for programs that will reduce youths’ access to illegal substances.

Sidebar Elements

In support of the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger, Evergreen Credit Union recently contributed $12,700 to greater Portland food banks. The donation will be distributed among the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Portland, Naples Food Pantry, South Portland Food Cupboard and the Windham Food Pantry. Pictured here at the check presentation, from left, are Catie Scribner of Evergreen Credit Union, Madeline Roberts of Windham Food Pantry, Barbara Adlard of Naples Food Pantry, John Lee and Annie Messinger of Boys and Girls Club Greater Portland, Sybil Riemensnider of South Portland Cupboard, and Tucker Cole, CEO of Evergreen Credit Union. Since 1990, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised over $3.5 million to help end hunger in Maine.