People and Business: July 29

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Smith opens new ‘room’
expands restaurant staff

PORTLAND — Harding Lee Smith, owner of popular Portland restaurants, The Front Room Restaurant & Bar and The Grill Room & Bar, has recently opened The Corner Room Kitchen & Bar at 110 Exchange St. in Portland.

Sean Doherty, formerly the sous chef at The Edge restaurant at The Inn at Ocean’s Edge in Lincolnville, was named chef de cuisine at The Corner Room. The Corner Room will feature affordable rustic Italian-inspired food, highlighted by fresh pastas and artisanal breads.

At The Grill Room & Bar, Joseph Higgins of South Portland was promoted to the position of executive sous chef, Mark Teffenhart of Portland was named kitchen manager, and Brian Harnois of South Portland was appointed the morning sous chef.

The Front Room Restaurant & Bar promoted Tory Bridgman of Portland to sous chef, with Gregory Wilson of Hollis continuing as chef de cuisine for his third year.

Nominees sought for N.
Yarmouth citizen award

NORTH YARMOUTH — The North Yarmouth events committee is seeking nominations for its 2009 North Yarmouth Distinguished Citizen Award.

Th award is presented annually to a North Yarmouth resident who has made significant improvements to the town through volunteerism.

Nomination forms are available at or at the North Yarmouth Town Office. The deadline for nomination forms is Aug. 14.

Port City Music Hall
debuts TV concert series

PORTLAND — “LIVE at Port City Music Hall,” an hour-long TV program that showcases live Maine music recorded at Port City Music Hall’s Congress Street venue, has debuted at 11:30 p.m., Thursdays, on WPXT channel 51.

The July episodes feature the Portland-based band Gypsy Tailwind performing at its June 20 CD release party for their new album entitled “Grace.”

‘LIVE at Port City Music Hall’ is presented by Portland’s Shipyard Brewing Company.

Governor presents
honorable service medals

AUGUSTA — Governor John E. Baldacci recently presented State of Maine Silver Star Honorable Service Medals to veterans at a State House ceremony.

The awards were presented to recognize Maine veterans who were former prisoners of war and veterans who were wounded in combat and received the Purple Heart.

All of the prisoners of war recipients served during World War II. Recipients include local residents Peter J. Bramsen of Harpswell and Stewart H. Day of Bath.

The Purple Heart recipients all served in Vietnam, with one veteran who served in World War II. Recipients include Ryan D. Jennings of Bowdoinham, Edward E. Langbein of Brunswick, Dante J. Piermarini of Harpswell, Kenneth Finlayson of Portland, Olga M. Finlayson of Portland, Alfred K. Fogg of Freeport, Louis D. Germani of Portland, Richard T. Sorenson of Portland and David L. Stevens of Brunswick.

New Hires / Promotions

Dr. Rabee Kiwan of Portland, a board-certified internist, has joined the medical staff at Martin’s Point Health Care at its Portland Health Care Center on Veranda St. His specialties include geriatrics and end-of-life care, critical care medicine, stress testing, electrocardiogram reading and joint injections.

KeyBank has named David P. Doane of Waterville as a manager of the Falmouth branch located at 256 U.S. Route 1. 

Amy Keating of Portland has joined Harborview Investments, an office of Cantella & Co., Inc., as a wealth manager. 

Technology consulting firm Reliable Networks has appointed Christopher Provencher of Biddeford as senior engineer at the Portland-based firm. 

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine recently hired three staff members: William McMurray of Portland, event and volunteer coordinator; Sarah Cushman of Portland, Southern Maine Safe Routes to School coordinator; and Darcy Whittemore of Readfield, Central Maine Safe Routes to School Coordinator. 

Christopher M. Reilly of Yarmouth was named the new executive director of the Catholic Foundation of Maine through the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

Nelson & Small has hired Bill Gabriel of New Gloucester as territory sales manager for distribution of alternative-energy products, including solar-thermal flat panel and vacuum tubes, solar-electric, Southwest and Mariah wind power, Econar geothermal heat pumps, and specialized high-efficiency heating products.  

Seth Hedstrom of Gray has joined the management information services group at the Portland office of Berry Dunn McNeil & Parker, a CPA and management consultantcy firm.

Woodard & Curran, an engineering, science, and operations company, has promoted three employees to vice presidents of the firm: Engineers Tom Schwartz of Falmouth and Mike Stein of Scarborough; and director of information services, Maria Morrissette of Portland. 

Jason Norton of Brunswick has joined Northeast Bank as a mortgage loan officer at its Brunswick office. 

Robert Wright has joined Baker Newman Noyes as administrative assistant at its Portland office. 


Governor John E. Baldacci presented the 2009 Maine Fitness Awards in recognition of encouraging and promoting physical activity throughout Maine. Local award winners include Maine Senior Games of Scarborough, adult category; National Semiconductor of South Portland, healthy workplace, medium business category; Dr. William Dexter, director of sports medicine at Maine Medical Center of Portland, lifetime achievement. Runners-up include Dyer Elementary School program “Healthy Me, Healthy ME,” of South Portland, school category; Martin’s Point Health Care of Portland, healthy workplace, medium business category. 

Shipyard Brewing Company’s Pugsley’s Signature Series “Imperial Porter” received second place in the annual West Coast Brew Fest’s Commercial Craft Competition held in Sacramento, Calif. 

Scarborough-based Cardiovascular Consultants of Maine was recognized as a Platinum-Level Start! Fit-Friendly Company by the American Heart Association’s Start! movement for helping employees become more health-conscious. 

Tracy Post Rousseau of Solo Bistro in Bath won the Cold River Vodka Restaurant Week Cocktail Competition award for her “Cold River Shiver” cocktail. 

Planet Dog Company Store received the Editor’s Choice Award from Yankee Magazine for the “Best Store to Woof About,” featured in the magazine’s 2009 Travel Guide for New England. 

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peaksbank.jpgThe Peaks Island branch of Maine Bank & Trust celebrated its first anniversary in business at its location in the lobby of the Inn on Peaks Island with a customer appreciation day. Maine Bank & Trust representatives pictured above from left, are Alison Schneller, market manager, Peaks Island and Mill Creek; Sam Ladd, president and CEO; Mike Stoddard, senior vice president, community banking; Melissa Childs Nelson, Peaks branch customer service representative.