People and Business: Nov. 18

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Master gardener
applications available

PORTLAND – The University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County is offering a Master Gardener Training Course to begin Feb. 5, 2010.

Master gardeners receive 45 hours of practical training in basic horticulture featuring fruits and vegetables over 16 consecutive Friday afternoon classes held in Falmouth. In exchange for the training, participants agree to volunteer 40 hours over a 12-month period in selected community projects in Cumberland County.

Possible community projects include growing and donating food through the Plant-a-Row for the Hungry program, establishing school and community gardens, working with low-income families to promote gardening, or helping the elderly or disabled as a “garden angel.”

Participants must be residents of Cumberland County and are selected through an application process.

Applications are available by calling 1-800-287-1471 or online at and must be submitted by Friday, Dec. 18.

‘Operation Christmas
Child’ gets underway

SOUTH PORTLAND — A South Portland church is giving Operation Christmas Child an added boost by holding a Holiday Fun Day event to encourage the community to support the charity event.

Operation Christmas Child, also known as “Operation Shoebox,” sends shoeboxes filled with small toys, gifts and necessities to children ages 2 to 14 in war-torn regions throughout the world.

The Rock Church at 7 Braeburn Ave., in South Portland is offering a free family Holiday Fun Day for community members who bring a gift for the shoeboxes.

The Fun Day goes from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 21, with crafts, cookie decorating, family photos, face painting and treats. Immediately following, participants are invited to watch a short video of previous year’s children opening the shoeboxes and then pack pre-wrapped shoeboxes with gifts.

Boys & Girls Clubs of
Southern ME turns 100

PORTLAND — Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine hosted its 100th Annual Meeting to honor its history, celebrate the present, and embrace the future of the organization.

At the meeting, six staff members were presented with the National Service to Youth Award for their commitment and service to the BGCSM. They are John “Slim” Lee, unit director of South Portland Clubhouse, Dennis Gratto, athletics director of South Portland Clubhouse, Donna Cox, membership clerk of Portland Clubhouse, Anne Galyean, arts and crafts director of South Portland Clubhouse and Steve Muslawski, unit director of Portland Clubhouse and Susan Dana, who was awarded as an honorary life director for her long-standing support of BGCSM.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine offers after-school programs for children ages 6-18 year-round. There are six club locations in southern Maine, including three in Portland, and one in South Portland, Lewiston and Auburn. Annual membership costs $5 for children to join.

New Hires, Promotions

Garrand, a Portland-based marketing and communications firm, has hired Lola Sizemore as assistant art director.

Macdonald Page & Co LLC, a certified public accounting firm, has hired Alyssa Yohman of South Portland as a staff accountant,  Laurie Brochu of Arundel as a manager, and Michele Giggey of Portland, audit and accounting manager, at its South Portland office. 

Engineering firm Woodard & Curran has named four new senior vice presidents: Jim Ekedahl of Cape Elizabeth, Bill Luksha of Cumberland, Tracy Planinsek of Cape Elizabeth and Lloyd Snyder of Scarborough.

Kristin Klein of Pownal was named director of development for the Frannie Peabody Center.

Brian Cliffe of Cape Elizabeth was promoted to general sales manager for WCSH 6 (Portland) and WLBZ 2 (Bangor).

Keller Williams Realty Greater Portland has added John Hatcher as the president of the Luxury Homes division of its realty business in Portland.

Baker Newman and Noyes has promoted Vinal Doody to the position of director of healthcare consulting division, and Eric Maynard to the position of help desk analyst II; and has made several additions to its Portland office: Madeline Tipton, information technology consulting division manager; and new staff accountants, Lorie Albert, Adam Berger, Nate Ellis, Jesse Ferreira, Griffin Hardy, Keith Jones, Brendan Kerneza, Stephanie Wuenscher, Karen Brunette, David Cloutier, and Janelle Crump.

Todd Molloy of Cumberland has joined Systems Engineering, an IT provider, as director of sales and marketing.

Julie Bresette of Saco is the new assistant branch manager of the Scarborough branch of Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution.

Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker has hired David Robertson of Yarmouth as a staff accountant for its Portland office.

Investment advisory firm Charter Oak Capital Management has promoted of Todd Cesca of Kennebunk to vice president and director of client services. 


The Maine Women’s Policy Center has recognized a Portland printing company founded by Andy Graham, Portland Color, with its 2009 Action Award for its commitment to women workers and employment practices that advance women in the workplace, demonstrated by benefits such as paid sick time, paid well time, and flexible scheduling for employees with children. 

The Associated General Contractors of Maine presented James “Jim” Langford of Langford & Low Construction with the Major Achievements in Construction Award.  

State Rep. Cynthia Dill, D-Cape Elizabeth, received the Lawyer of the Year Award from the Disability Rights Center for her efforts in advancing the rights of Maine citizens with disabilities. 

Research Magazine named Edward Simmons and Gibson Wilkes of the Simmons Wilkes Group in Portland office of Merrill as Maine’s “Top-Ranked Advisor Teams in America.” 

Jessie Grearson of Falmouth was the grand prize winner in the Olive Pizza Recipe Challenge and was awarded a $250 pizza party at her favorite pizzeria, 12 cases of contest-sponsor Lindsay Olives, and other items. 

Marie Bridges of Falmouth was recognized by Delta Dental Plans Association for high subscriber sales in 2008.  

Dr. Barbara Chilmonczyk, asthma and allergy specialist and clinical advisor for the MaineHealth AH! Asthma Health Program, received the 2009 Roselle Huddilston Award from the American Lung Association in Maine in recognition of her volunteer efforts and development of the curriculum for the Maine Asthma Educators Institute. 

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hopeawards1118.JPGAt its annual Hope Awards reception, Shalom House Inc. presented the Johnson & Korda Innovation Award to its recently retired executive director of 34 years, state Sen. Joseph Brannigan, pictured left, for his efforts in promoting the rights of people with serious mental illness in Maine. Mark R. Swann, executive director of Preble Street for the past 18 years, received the Community Excellence Award for his programs and services for homeless adults and youth.