People and Business: Jan. 6

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Celeste named to
national nonprofit board

PORTLAND – Michael Celeste of Falmouth, 2009 board chair of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine, was elected to the national board of directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of America is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors comprised of corporate and civic leaders from across the country. Each of the 65 Make-A-Wish chapters across the country annually elect a delegate to the nationwide leadership council, which serves in an advisory capacity to the national board of directors.

Celeste, a senior business development officer at Bath Savings Institution, has been on the Make-A-Wish board of directors in Maine since 2003.

Habitat celebrates 100th
home weatherization

BATH – Habitat of Humanity / 7 Rivers Maine weatherized its 100th home recently, marking a milestone for the new program.

The weatherization program trained volunteers and visited 100 low-income families in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, and Cumberland Counties to seal air leaks in the homes and install interior storm windows to increase home energy efficiency.

The program was developed by energy expert Charlie Wing and initiated by the United Way of Mid Coast Maine.

Habitat for Humanity hopes to continue and expand the program next fall. For more information about Habitat programs or to volunteer, please call 386-5081.

Ricetta’s names best
pizza, beneficiary

FALMOUTH – Ricetta’s Brick Oven Pizzeria recently announced the winner of its next best pizza contest.

The winning pizza, “Tre Amici,” was created by Susan Higgins of Yarmouth. She received a $500 prize and her pizza will be featured in the restaurant’s 2010 menu.

The restaurant has selected the Good Shepherd Food Bank as the beneficiary of its pizza contest. For every large Tre Amici pizza purchased in 2010 at the pizzeria’s Falmouth or South Portland location, Ricetta’s will donate $1 to the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

This is the second year the pizzeria has donated proceeds from the purchase of the winning pizza to the Good Shepherd Food Bank. Last year’s sales of the winning pizza, “The Philomena,” resulted in $1,200 donated to the food bank.


Preti Flaherty attorney Sigmund D. Schutz of Falmouth was named a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society.

Radio consultant Bud Stiker of Portland was recently awarded the RadioMedia Award by RadioMedia Finland, a marketing and advocacy organization in the radio industry in recognition of his achievements during his 40-year career in radio sales and management.

Joan Jagolinzer of Scarborough received Maine’s 2009 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service in recognition of her nearly 20 years of volunteer work with the AARP Tax-Aide program.

The Natural Resources Council of Maine has awarded Russell “Russ” Pierce, of Portland-based law firm Norman, Hanson and DeTroy, a 2009 Environmental Award for his ongoing efforts in the protection of Moosehead Lake. The NRCM presented Evelyn Dunphy of West Bath with the 2009 People’s Choice Award for her work protecting Maine’s wilderness areas, particularly Katahdin Lake.

Horace “Hoddy” A. Hildreth, Jr., businessman, former legislator and philanthropist, received  the Environmental Leadership Award from the Maine League of Conservation Voters for his dedicated work over many years designing and championing some of Maine’s strongest environmental protections, including the Department of Environmental Protection’s Site Location Law, the Wetlands Control Law, the Bottle Bill and the law that created Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission.

KG Partners, a Portland-based advertising, public relations and interactive agency, earned a Gold award for commercial Web site design at the 2009 Ad Club of Maine Broderson Awards for Night & Day Pictures’ film “Ball Don’t Lie.”

Professor Charles Scontras of Cape Elizabeth, historian and research associate with the University of Maine’s Bureau of Labor Education, received the President’s Award from the AFL-CIO at its 27th biennial convention in recognition for his lifetime of documenting Maine’s labor history.

Portland-based Shipyard Brewing Company received a Silver award for its XXXX IPA at the Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival, one of Europe’s largest trade and consumer shows. Shipyard was one of ten U.S. breweries to receive an award.

VNA Home Health & Hospice of South Portland was named one of the top 500 home health agencies in the United States for 2009 by HomeCare Elite. VNA Home Health & Hospice was one of 5 agencies in Maine to be included in the listing.

Portland filmmaker Joseph Brunett was the 2009 recipient of the Jane Morrison Film Fellowship, awarded by the Maine Community Foundation.

Portland-based brewing company Gritty McDuff’s Best Brown Ale was selected by Sante magazine as one of five Best New England Beers.


Laboratory and ocean research instrumentation manufacturer Fluid Imaging Technologies in Yarmouth hosted a 10th anniversary gala celebrating the company’s first decade in operation.

The Front Room Restaurant & Bar celebrated four years of business in Portland’s Munjoy Hill area.

Donna Aucoin of Topsham, KeyBank relationship manager, and Cathy Barter of Brunswick, vice president, Key Private Bank relationship manager, recently celebrated 25 years each of employment with KeyBank in Brunswick. Karen Lemont of South Portland, senior relationship associate for Key Private Bank in Portland, celebrated 30 years of employment at KeyBank in Portland. Darlene Williams of Portland, KeyBank senior relationship associate in the commercial loan department,  celebrated her 20th year anniversary of employment at KeyBank in Portland.