People and Business: Jan. 27

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Voting underway for Bangor
Savings community grants

BANGOR — Maine residents may now begin voting in the Community Matters More grant campaign of the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation.

In early March, The foundation will be donating a total of $100,000 to 68 non-profits based on the results of the community vote.

There are seven regional categories on the ballot: York County, Greater Bangor, Western, Mid-Coast, Northern, Greater Portland/ Lewiston/ Auburn, and Downeast. Each region has six nonprofits listed and a seventh write-in option.

The Greater Portland/ Lewiston/ Auburn region listed organizations are the Susan Curtis Foundation, Greater Portland Landmarks, Seniors-Plus Lewiston, Iris Network, Goodwill and Maine Children’s Cancer Program.

The Mid-Coast region choices are Belfast Area Child Care Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine, New Hope for Women, Habitat for Humanity, S.A.F.E., and Unity Ambulance Corporation.

The organization in each region that earns the most votes, either as a listed organization or a write-in, will be awarded a $5,000 grant. The remaining listed organizations are guaranteed a grant of $1,000 each. The top 20 write-in winners will each be awarded a $1,000 grant, with at least two selected from each region.

Any Maine resident can go to and cast one vote for up to three nonprofits listed, or write in a nonprofit of choice.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm holds
sustainability forums

FREEPORT — Wolfe’s Neck Farm is hosting a winter-long community forum through April 27 called “Sustainability: Transitions to Resilience,” about how Maine can become more sustainable in the areas of food, water, energy, and resilient to crisis.

The forums will include presentations and community discussions at the Freeport Community Center and film screenings at Frontier Cafe in Brunswick.

All presentations will be held at the Freeport Community Center at 6:30 p.m., with a reception and community discussion to follow. Suggested donation is $5. Films will be screened at Frontier Cafe in Brunswick, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5, or a work exchange at the Farm is an option.

The next presentation is Thursday, Jan. 28 with local historian Fred Koerber. He will discuss “Sustainability: Then and Now,” addressing the changes in the use of land and water with a focus on Maquoit Bay.

For more information or complete list of presentations and film screenings, please visit

New Ventures

Chrysa Baker of Falmouth has started a new business, Professional Appointment Setting, for business professionals looking to turn sales leads into face-to-face appointments. For more information, please call 653-6220.

Portland-based IT consulting firm Winxnet has launched a new Web site for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine. The Web site, located at, was designed and hosted by Winxnet. Winxnet CEO Chris Claudio has also recently joined the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine.

Dr. Ryan Nadeau, D.C., formerly of Roy Chiropractic Center, and Dr. Megan DePoint have opened Nadeau Active – Family Chiropractic at Willowdale Place, 360 U.S. Route 1, Suite 201 in Scarborough.  To set up an appointment, please call 289-6400.

Infomercial executive producer Robert Barnes of Groff Films in Portland and direct response marketing professional Daniel Molloy of South Portland have joined together to form revDRTV, revenue driven television. revDRTV will help entrepreneurs launch new infomercial products from inception through manufacturing, development and marketing.

South Portland writer and former DEA intelligence analyst, Joseph Souza, has a feature story in a newly published collection of crime stories, “Quarry: Crime Stories by New England Writers,” published by Level Best Books. The book is available for $15 online at


New England Water Works Association has elected David Kane as treasurer. Kane is also director of administration and treasurer of the Portland Water District.

The Board of Visitors of the USM Muskie School of Public Service has elected David Flanagan, former president and CEO of CMP Group, Inc., as chairman of the board.
Former Maine Congressman Tom Allen has joined the board of directors of the Ocean Conservancy.

Richard W. Petersen of South Portland, president and CEO of Maine Medical Center, has been named to the board of directors of Portland Ovations.

Scarborough resident Michael O’Reilly, vice president of commercial lending for Bangor Savings Bank, was elected chair of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association membership and marketing committee.

The Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine, E2Tech, has elected the following to its board of directors: David B. Ertz of Yarmouth, John Ferland of Cumberland, and James N. Katsiaficas of Portland.

Anna Marie Thron of Portland has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

The Maine Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council has named the following to its board of directors: Allison Stoddard Barton, marketing manager at Wright-Ryan Construction; Asha Escheverria of Bernstein Shur’s litigation and energy and environmental practice groups; and Cynthia Thomashow, director of the Center for Environmental Education.

Carol Willoughby, an attorney at Bernstein Shur, has been appointed to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s leadership council, one of 40 individuals selected nationwide to serve on the council.

The Very Reverend Doctor Benjamin Shambaugh, senior pastor of St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland, has been appointed to the Preble Street Board of Directors.


Nadeau, DePoint — Make MUGS – Nadeau is the man, DePoint is the woman

Sidebar Elements

Dora May Bragg of Yarmouth was recently honored at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland for her volunteer service as the hospital hairdresser. For 20 years she operated out of a makeshift, one-room “salon” on site once a week, providing patients with hair care. She would often be seen pushing a patient in a wheelchair, newly coiffed and smiling, on the way back to therapy. Bragg plans to spend her retirement traveling and spending more time with her sons and grandchildren.