People and Business: March 31

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No. Yarmouth to update
business directory

NORTH YARMOUTH — The town’s Economic Development and Sustainability Committee is in the process of updating the North Yarmouth Business Directory.

New businesses that would like to be included in the directory or current businesses needing to update current information should visit the town’s Web site at to print out the registry form.

Questions can be directed to Anne Graham, North Yarmouth Selectman, at

Goodwill opens flagship
South Portland store

SOUTH PORTLAND — Goodwill Industries of Northern New England recently held a grand opening celebration of its new South Portland flagship store and donation center.

The 27,000 square feet store is located in South Portland at 555 Maine Mall Road, in the former Circuit City building next to the Christmas Tree Shop. 

The new store features a drive-thru for donations and also accepts used computer equipment through the ReConnect computer recycling program.  Used items available for purchase include clothing, jewelry, books, household items, and furniture, and a limited selection of new items. 

Store and donation center hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 pm. Sunday. 

City of Portland launches
10-week fitness program

PORTLAND — The March into May health initiative is marking its 12th year anniversary with a new MIM 5K race to be held on May 29.

MIM is a free, 10-week physical activity improvement program open to all ages and sponsored by the City of Portland Health and Human Services, Public Health Division, Healthy Portland and Healthy Casco Bay.

Participants set their own physical activity goals and workout routines, receive health tips about physical activity and nutrition, and tips on how to train for the March into May 5K using the “Couch to 5K” model.

To encourage businesses to support workplace wellness programs, $250 mini-grants are available to local businesses, a portion of which can be used for incentive prizes. 

The March into May 5K will be held at 9 a.m. May 29 along the Back Cove Trail in Portland.

For more information or to register for the program, please visit or email Kristen Dow at

‘Best Places to Work in
Maine’ program kicks off

PORTLAND — The Maine State Council of the Society for Human Resources Management has kicked off its fifth annual “Best Places to Work in Maine” program.

Any Maine company with at least 15 employees is encouraged to register to participate in the program.

The Best Companies Group will evaluate each registered business by assessing each company’s employee benefits, policies and responses from a comprehensive employee engagement and satisfaction survey. 

Results from the data collected will be used to determine the “Best Places to Work in Maine” for 2010.

Companies selected as a “Best Place to Work in Maine” will be announced at a gala event in the fall and featured in a statewide publication by Mainebiz.

Interested companies can apply to participate in the program by May 28 at

For more information, please contact Jackie Miller of Best Companies Group at 1-877-455-2159 ext. 284 or Jeanne Paquette of the Employment Times at 786-4200

The event is endorsed by Best Companies Group, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Employment Times, HR Times and Mainebiz.


Gorham Savings Bank has appointed Brad Wise, senior vice president of human resources at Hannaford, to its board of directors.

The Maine Bar Foundation has elected the following new officers for 2010: Sarah Ruef-Lindquist of Camden, attorney at Planning for Good, president; Eric “Rick” P. Stauffer of Portland, attorney at Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios, president-elect; and Deborah Shaw of Westbrook, attorney at Pierce Atwood, treasurer. Arnold MacDonald of Freeport, attorney at Berstein Shur, is the immediate past president. Three new members were appointed to the board. They include: David Owen of South Portland, University of Maine School of Law; David Pierson of Portland, attorney at Eaton Peabody; and David Wakelin of Portland, attorney at Wakelin, Hallock & O’Donovan.

The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ has named Bruce Lockwood, owner of Portland Research Group, as president of its board of directors.

Ken Hartwell of Cumberland, a Life Insurance and Annuity consultant, was elected to the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army, Portland Corps.

The following individuals have been appointed to the The Cumberland County Civic Center board of trustees: Beth Edmonds of Freeport, District 5; Linda Boudreau of South Portland, District 2; and William Troubh of Portland, District 1. Newly elected officers for 2010 are Neal Pratt of Scarborough, chair; Mark Maroon of Scarborough, vice-chair; Richard Ranaghan of Portland, treasurer; Linda Boudreau of South Portland, assistant treasurer.

Shawn Gorman, vice president of card services and direct to business at L.L. Bean, and Jacquelyn Hedlund, M.D., medical director at Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute, have joined the board of directors of the United Way of Greater Portland.

Portland Trails, a non-profit urban land trust and trail building organization, has elected Heather Chandler of Westbrook as a new board member and re-elected Aurelia Scott of Portland, board president; John Osborn of Portland, committee chair; and board members Jeanie Campbell of Falmouth and Rob Levin of Portland.

The Maine Cancer Foundation has named Susan Bowden of Maine Center for Cancer Medicine as the chair of the ninth annual Cure Breast Cancer for ME luncheon to be held on Oct. 4 in support of Maine Cancer Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund.

The Human Resources Association of Southern Maine has elected the following to its board of directors: Kristine A. Avery of Windham, president; Deborah Whitworth of Portland, president-elect; Robert M. Smith, Jr., of Durham, treasurer and marketing chair; and Jodie Griffith of Westbrook, secretary.

Habitat for Humanity / 7 Rivers Maine has elected five new members to its board of directors. Bob Conger of New Harbor, Karen Filler of Damariscotta, Eileen Johnson of Bowdoin, Elizabeth Rodenz of Bath, Dan Nadeau of Brunswick. Joining board president Tim Mellen and treasurer Billie Jo Whitmore are newly elected officers, Paul Wilson, vice-president and Gerry Brookes, secretary. Continuing members of the board are Bill Bartley, Alex Cornell du Houx, Ken Dale, Judy Metcalf, Carol Minnehan-Lee, May Mitchell, Dan Purdy, Vic Taylor, and Bowdoin representatives, Kate Leifheit and Will Pugh. Departing board members include Bob Beaumont, Bill Howlett, Mark Lamarre, and Caralen MacKenzie-Hicks.





Sidebar Elements

Lynn DiBiase of Belissimo Hair Salon and Maria Little, whose family owns Fresh Look Cleaners enjoy the festivities that launched the South Portland Buy Local initiative on March 16. The Snow Squall restaurant was filled with local business represenatives displaying their products and services, and community supporters.