People and Business: July 22

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USM recognizes staff
at annual reception

PORTLAND — The University of Southern Maine recently held its annual professional staff recognition reception.

The Distinguished Professional Staff Award was given to Joyce Branaman of South Portland, director of support for students with disabilities.

William “Liam” Harrison of Portland, director of the office of research compliance, was given the Emerging Professional Staff Award.

Professional Staff Divisional Excellence Awards were given to three administration members who have distinguished themselves in their department. Recipients include Nicki Piaget of Cumberland, director of the bookstores; Kathleen Schorr of Westbrook, program manager for professional education; and Jon Dustin of Saco, system administrator of IT network services.

DeLorme makes new digital
map data sets available

YARMOUTH — DeLorme, a mapping and GPS solutions company, is launching its U.S. and world digital base maps for use by third-party digital applications.

The company has released two digital topographic map data sets: DeLorme World Base Map at 1:250,000 scale, and DeLorme North America Data Sets.

The DeLorme North America Data Sets feature routable U.S. highway, street, back road, and trail networks, with details including digital elevation model, land cover, drainage and open water, plus locations of interest.

The new datasets were unveiled at the 2009 ESRI User Conference, held in San Diego, and are now available for purchase.

Maine Women’s Fund awards
$80,000 to non-profits

PORTLAND – The Maine Women’s Fund awarded nearly $80,000 in social change grants to nine organizations in Maine.

The Fund makes grants to invest in education, better jobs and wages, asset building, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship for women.

The Maine Women’s Fund awarded grants to the following programs: Cobscook Community Center, $5,000; Caring Unlimited, $4,500; Dress for Success, $5,000; Greater Portland CA$H Coalition, $5,000; Hardy Girls, Healthy Women, $10,000; Immigrant Legal Action Project, $3,000; Maine Equal Justice Partners, $10,000; Maine Women’s Policy Center, $15,000; Women, Work and Community, $20,000.


Three new board members have joined Habitat for Humanity / 7 Rivers Maine: Alex Cornell du Houx, representative in Maine’s House of Representatives; Susan “Susie” Dorn, director of McKeen Center for the Common Good; and Carol Minnehan-Lee, realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

Timothy Boulette of Westbrook, a director at Portland law firm Murray, Plumb & Murray, was appointed to serve as president of the board of directors for Congregation Bet Ha’am in South Portland. 

Two local residents were named to the 2009-2010 officers for the Maine Credit Union League board of directors: Richard Dupuis, president/CEO of Five County CU of Bath, chair; and Gail Richardson, president/CEO of Midcoast FCU of Bath, secretary.

The Scarborough Garden Club elected new officers at their annual luncheon: Elaine Toher, president; Jan Pillsbury, first vice president; Judy Pierce, second vice president; Marilyn Weeman, treasurer; and Doreen Whitney, secretary. 

Portland-based WinterKids, a nonprofit supporting children’s outdoor winter activities, elected two local residents to its board of directors: Eric Kolben, financial advisor at UBS in Portland; and Michael Peisner, attorney at Curtis Thaxter Stevens Broder & Micoleau LLC in Portland. 

Keith P. Luke of South Portland, director of economic and community development for the City of Westbrook, was elected to the Maine Real Estate & Development Association board of directors. 

The Southern Maine Community College Foundation Board has elected new officers: Robert R. Lynch Jr., of Lynch Chiropractic Arts Center, president; Tim Walton, director of external affairs at Cianbro, vice chair; and Sean O’Hare, principal of O’Hare Associates, treasurer. 

The Maine Association of Nonprofits, a statewide organization that provides support to Maine’s nonprofit sector, has elected local residents to its board of directors and officers. Jane Richmond, director of operations at The Nature Conservancy in Brunswick, was re-elected to the board. Elected officers include Jennifer Hutchins, director of communications at the Muskie School in Portland, vice president; Peter Montano of MacDonald Page & Co., treasurer; and Cathy Ramsdell, executive director of Friends of Casco Bay in Portland, secretary/assistant treasurer. 

Susan Henderson of South Portland, Saint Joseph’s College professor and president of the American Nursing Association-Maine, was appointed to the Maine Quality Forum Advisory Council. 

Cheverus High School has newly elected Anthony Chiasson of Manhattan and Edward Dilworth, to its board of trustees. Board officers elected for the upcoming year include Rev. William R. Campbell, S.J., of Portland, president; Edward Haley of Cape Elizabeth, chair; John Kerry of Saco, vice chair; Richard Ranaghan of Portland, treasurer; Beth Dobson of Portland, secretary. Re-appointed board members include Rev. Richard D. Bertrand, S.J., of Portland; Peggy Cianchette of Falmouth; Jana Lapointe of Falmouth; and Rev. William Clark, S.J., of Worcester, Mass. 

New Ventures

Falmouth residents Clay Perry and David Leonard recently started Evergreen Geothermal, LLC, a residential geothermal drilling and heating business. Evergreen Geothermal provides the entire range of services, from design, installation, drilling, placement of heat pumps and distribution systems inside the home.

Fore River Gallery was recently opened by three local artists, Anna Russo, Mike Marks and Elizabeth Marks. The gallery is located at 613 Congress St. in Portland, next to the State Theater. It will feature a wide range of art, including metalsmithing, jewelry, ceramics and painting. Fore River Gallery will have normal business hours and will remain open late for each First Friday Art Walk. 

Barbara Mascarenas of Portland has launched a new digital imaging business called Save the Image. Save the Image will convert any type of analog media, including hard copies of photos, negatives, slides, video tape and film of various formats into a digital format that is easy to view and share. Digital formatting can range from jpeg files, to dvds and editable digital video files.

Russell Caron Photography, which specializes in wedding photography, has opened a Falmouth studio at 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 204A in Tidewater Village. 

The prosthodontic practice of Alan J. Hickey, DMD, Frank A. Musciano, DDS, and Alan D. Newton, DMD has changed its name to Maine Prosthodontics, PA. The practice has also been joined by Dr. Christina A. Gitto, previously from the Cleveland Clinic. The office is still located at 276 Canco Road in Portland and will continue to specialize in prosthodontics, maxillofacial prosthetics, oral oncology, and implant dentistry.

Norway Savings Bank has opened its 22nd branch at 688 U.S. Route 1 and Forest Falls Drive in Yarmouth. The Yarmouth branch will feature an open environment with service stations and a “smart ATM,” and a community room will be available for use by local nonprofit organizations. 

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