People and Business: March 17

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Maine bike advocates attend
National Bike Summit

AUGUSTA – A delegation of six Maine bike advocates from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine recently attended the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C.

The participants included Tony Barrett of Harpswell, Nancy Grant of Portland, Charley LaFlamme of Ogunquit, Fred and Cathy Robie of Freeport and Allison Vogt of Brunswick.

The Maine team also met with Maine Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud to discuss pending bicycling legislation that is currently before Congress.

Let’s Go! for the 5-2-1-0
program receives $100K grant

PORTLAND — The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to Portland-based Let’s Go! for its 5-2-1-0 Goes to School program. 

The foundation’s grant provides support for the 5-2-1-0 Goes to School program. The program, taught in 48 schools in greater Portland, advocates for 5 servings of fruit and /or vegetables each day; 2 hours or less of TV, computer and other screen time; 1 hour of physical activity; and 0 sugary drinks.

To date, Harvard Pilgrim has provided $300,000 to the Let’s Go! program as part of its Growing Up Healthy, and has pledged to commit a total of $500,000 in Maine over five years.

Bath Area YMCA
hosts annual meeting

BATH — several awards were presented and new board members and personnel changes were announced at the annual meeting of the Bath area YMCA.

The YMCA’s Red Triangle award, which represents the highest ideals of the organization of spirit, mind, and body, was presented to one of its oldest members, Dr. Leonardo Buck.  Dr. Buck has been a member since 1929.

Other awardees include Mark Wheeler and Pam Wischkaemper, who were both recognized as Volunteer of the Year.  The Klein family was recognized as Family of the Year.  Elmhurst, Inc., and Independence Association received the America Activate Award.  Long-reach swimmer James Wells received the Youth Achievement award.

The YMCA’s new executive director will be Sabrina Murphy, who formerly served as the operations director.

Phil Krummel, the executive director for the past 12 years, will move into a newly-created position of director of advancement, and will focus on development needs and the annual fund drive.

Incoming board members include Paula Benoit and Ron McLaughlin.

New ventures

Jodie Lapchick, former owner of Lapchick Creative, has launched Lapchick & Co., a new consulting firm focused on cause branding. The Portland-based company is dedicated to aligning nonprofits with corporations to develop marketable nonprofit brands and sustainable relationships that are mutually beneficial. For more information, go to

Androscoggin Bank has announced its senior management succession plan.
Following two years as executive vice president and COO, Paul H. Andersen will succeed Steven A. Closson, Androscoggin Bank’s current president and CEO, who will be retiring on Dec. 31, 2011.

Downeast Energy has opened a new energy store in downtown Bath, located at 94 Front Street, with 1000 square footage.  This new store allows for customers to work with energy advisors and customer service representatives, and offers energy equipment available to purchase, such as programmable thermostats and more.

Former lobbyist, public policy consultant and First Lady of Maine, Mary J. Herman, has launched a new consulting firm specializing in growth strategies and problem solving for businesses and nonprofits. The Brunswick-based company, Mary J. Herman Consulting, offers marketing consulting, business planning, fundraising consulting, political strategy, research and analysis, and network facilitation.

Famous Footwear Outlet and Johnny Rockets have recently signed leases to open  at Freeport Village Station this spring. The grand opening of Famous Footwear Outlet is planned for the Easter holiday week, March 29-April 5th. This will be the first Maine location for the 50s-style diner, Johnny Rockets.

Nancy Carleton, broker/owner, has opened a branch of Roy Farmer Associates in Bath at 99 Commercial Street by the Kennebec River.

Endicott Home Furnishings of Scarborough has moved from 717 U.S. Route 1 to a new space at 429 US. Route 1, next to Classic Flooring and Len Libby’s Chocolates. The store will continue to focus on the niche of well-made smaller furniture, with  more of their own “Inspired Furniture For Smaller Spaces.”

Melissa Rumery of Scarborough has started a new business, Your Entrepreneurial Success, a mentoring and coaching program for aspiring and existing small business owners. For more information, please call 239-4236.

New Hires, promotions

Kenneth A. Ross of Scarborough, was elected president and treasurer of Clark Insurance by the company’s board of directors at their recent annual meeting.  F. Dale Hudson of South Freeport, who has served as president since 2003, was elected chairman of the Portland-based insurance agency.

HeadInvest, a Portland-based investment advisor with $.5 billion in assets under management, has hired Kenneth A. Blaschke as vice president and portfolio manager.  

Attorney Nathaniel Bryans of Portland has joined Pierce Atwood LLP as an associate in the firm’s intellectual property practice group.  

KeyBank has appointed Sterling Kozlowski president of its Maine District, replacing retiring Maine District president Dick Lucas.

Cold River Vodka has added two Maine brokers, Tabitha Blake and Laura Zimmerman of Crush Distributors, to its distribution team.  

Career Management Associates, a Portland-based human resources and management consulting firm, has hired Greg Fall as vice president and promoted Audra Becker to director of HR consulting.






Sidebar Elements

The Royal Bank of Canada awarded Friends of Casco Bay a $5,000 RBC Blue Water Project grant to support  water quality monitoring work in the Casco Bay watershed. Pictured here, from left, James Jackson, RBC; Peter Milholland, Friends of Casco Bay Citizen stewards coordinator; Cathy L. Ramsdell, Friends of Casco Bay executive director; and Brian Clement, RBC.