People and Business: May 19

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Raffle for sculpture
to benefit Cape land trust

CAPE ELIZABETH — The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust is selling raffle tickets for a Wendy Klemperer sculpture, entitled ‘DEER,’ in conjunction with its annual Paint for Preservation event to be held July 18. 
Tickets for the raffle are $25 each or 5 tickets for $100 and are available at the CELT office or online at

Proceeds from the raffle will support the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust’s Saving Cape’s Great Places initiative to preserve local strategic conservation lands.

The sculpture is available for viewing at the CELT office at 330 Ocean House Road or online.
The drawing will be held July 18.

Dana earns award for
legal aid advocacy

WASHINGTON, D.C., — Howard H. Dana was recognized by the American Bar Association as one of two  winners of its ABA Day 2010 Grassroots Award. 

Dana is a retired Maine Supreme Judicial Court associate justice who now serves as counsel in the Portland office of Verrill Dana.

A longtime advocate for legal aid funding, he has presented before Congress on the need for better funding of Legal Services Corporation and the Legal Services Benefit Act.

Commercial energy
grants available

AUGUSTA — Efficiency Maine, a program of the Maine Public Utilities Commission, is currently accepting grant applications for energy-related projects through its Commercial Grant Program.

Industrial, commercial, municipal and non-profit organizations can apply for a grant up to $50,000 for projects that focus on energy savings, job creation and/or retention, and sustainable economic impact.
Applicants must have matching funds available that equal or exceed the amount of grant funding requested. The Commercial Grant Program also generates additional private investment funds.

The application deadline is June 21, 2010. For more information please contact Please reference RFP No. 201004675.

Marasco named USM
Distinguished Professor

PORTLAND — Photographer Rose Marasco of Portland, a professor of art, was recognized as a USM Distinguished Professor.

The appointment is the third one given out in the history of the university, and was awarded in recognition of her exceptional scholarship and impact on both a local and national level in the field of photography and photography education.

As a full-time member of the art faculty at USM since 1987 and currently the sole tenure-track faculty member in photography, she has maintained high academic standards and maintains the accreditation of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Professor Marasco was nominated by former Provost Mark Lapping, USM’s first Distinguished Professor.

Her professional career has spanned three decades, and has produced and exhibited her work in group and solo exhibitions around the country, and has been regularly selected as a visiting artist, curator and juror for

She has also established herself within the Portland creative community, having served on the city’s Creative Economy Steering Committee and as a founding member and treasurer of Portland Artists Dwellings and Studios.

New Hires, Promotions

Gorham Savings Bank has named Ann Armstrong as senior business officer for their new Falmouth Foreside branch opening this summer. Armstrong, active member and current president of Falmouth/Cumberland Community Chamber Board of Directors, previously served as the director of marketing and business development for SYTDesign Consultants in Cumberland.

Andrea Irwin of Portland has been hired by consumer health organization, Consumers for Affordable Health Care, as a health policy advocate and coalition coordinator, responsible for health care research, policy analyses, collaborating with coalition partners, including serving as the liaison to the Maine Center for Disease Control Cardiovascular Health Program.

Leah K. Halsey of Portland has joined TD Insurance, Inc. in South Portland as an account executive in employee benefits, responsible for working with employers throughout Northern New England to design, implement and manage their employee benefit programs.

Jim Tasse of Cape Elizabeth has been appointed education director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. An avid cyclist, Tasse is a member of MaineDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Council, and has coordinated bicycle-pedestrian committees in Falmouth, Yarmouth and Freeport.

RE/MAX By The Bay, located in Portland, has added a commercial division and will now serve as both a full service residential and commercial real estate brokerage. Additionally, Susan Scanlon has joined RE/MAX By The Bay as a Maine Licensed Commercial Broker and Tina Segerstrom has been hired as operations manager and talent scout. New real estate teams to join RE/MAX By The Bay include Stephen Swan and Swan Real Estate, and Amy Tarbox and the Amy Tarbox Team, including residential broker Laura Fleischer.

Shiloh Theberg has been hired as an associate attorney in the Portland office of Fisher & Phillips, LLP.

Portland-based sustainable development group, GrowSmart Maine, has named Nancy E. Smith of Monmouth as the new executive director. Smith also serves in the Maine State Legislature representing Monmouth, Litchfield and Wales, and is House Chair of the Business, Research, and Economic Development Committee.

Jesus A. Laurelez of Topsham was promoted to director of Work Opportunities Unlimited, an organization that helps people with disabilities find supported employment in the Portland-Brunswick area.

Tim King of Scarborough has joined Yarmouth-based Fendler Communications, a public relations and marketing communications firm for the outdoor recreation, apparel, home and textile markets, as a senior public relations counselor.

John Jaques of Freeport has been hired as the director of Summer and Auxiliary Programs at North Yarmouth Academy.

Putney, Inc., a pet pharmaceutical company in Portland, has hired Anthony Lucas as director of product development, responsible for technical evaluation of products, formulation development with outside partners, its clinical program, and work closely with Regulatory Affairs.

Attorney Margaret Minister O’Keefe of Cumberland has rejoined Pierce Atwood, LLP, as a partner in the intellectual property, technology and litigation practice groups at the firm’s Portland office.

Peggy Stratton
has joined the administration at Parkview Adventist Medical Center as vice president of clinical services and Chief Nursing Officer. Prior to being hired, Stratton served as an executive consultant to the hospital.

Fashion store Maurices has named Karami Ham as store manager at its Topsham location.










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