People and Business: Oct. 12

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Casco Baykeeper Joe Payne received a Hero award from Robert F. Kennedy Jr., president of the international environmental advocacy organization Waterkeeper Alliance, at the annual gathering of Waterkeepers. Kennedy recognized Payne’s 20 years of service as Casco Baykeeper working on behalf of Maine’s coastal waters. Payne is the second-longest-serving Waterkeeper.

Main Street Bath was recognized by the Main Downtown Center with an award for an Outstanding Image Campaign for downtown Bath. The award was presented at the Vital Maine Communities Conference to Main Street Bath for excellence in marketing Bath’s downtown through a 32-page supplement in DownEast Magazine. Carolyn Ouellette, Director of the Maine Office of Tourism, accepted the award on behalf of Main Street Bath, whose mission is to preserve and promote downtown Bath by working with every segment of the community.

Maine McDonald’s owner/operator Gary L. Eckmann of Hampden, was recently honored by the Portland Ronald McDonald House with its prestigious Heart of Gold award. Eckmann was recognized for more than 20 years of service to the Maine Ronald McDonald Houses at the 19th annual Portland Ronald McDonald House Golf Tournament. Over the years Eckmann has served as a member of the Bangor Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors, was a founding member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine and has served for many years as president of its Board of Trustees and as the Charities Grant Administrator.

“The Fish House Door,”
a picture book written by Robert F. Baldwin, illustrated by Astrid Sheckels and published by Islandport Press of Yarmouth, received the Children’s Book Award for the 2011 Maine Literary Awards from the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance at a recent ceremony.

Steve Levesque,
  executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, was awarded the 2011 Base Redevelopment Leadership Award by the Association of Defense Communities. The award is given in recognition of an individual from a closed or realigned base whose leadership efforts were essential to the success of a base redevelopment project. The award was presented at a special ceremony held during the ADC 2011 Annual Conference in Norfolk, Va. Levesque has led the redevelopment of the Brunswick Naval Air Station into Brunswick Landing, a high-tech business campus focusing on aviation, renewable energy, advanced composites and education.

Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. of Cundy’s Harbor and Topsham received three gold SOFI Awards for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation. The company picked up the Best in Show award with a Gold award for Best Product Line. The Orr’s Island Oyster Stew won a Gold award in the Outstanding Soup, Stew, Bean or Chili category. And the Lobster Risotto on the Half Shell won a Gold award in the Outstanding Perishable Foodservice Product category. Award-winners were selected from more than 2,200 gourmet product entries in 33 categories by a national panel of specialty food buyers.

Residential Resources of Maine, a provider of support services for individuals with disabilities, named Michael White of Portland as its employee of the year. White, a direct support professional who has served in the same group home for 14 years, also received an Honorable Mention award as DSP of The Year by the American Network of Community Options and Resources.

Phil Dube of South Portland, a member of the South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club, was recently presented with the Unsung Hero Award by District Governor Gary Spears at a recent Club meeting. The award is given in recognition of individuals who always go the extra mile behind the scenes and volunteering whenever the Club needs a helping hand. Dube has been an active member of the Club since 1970 and has also been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow.

The Brunswick Downtown Association  hosted the 5th Annual Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival and featured over 90 artists’ works in a juried fine art and craft exhibit. Judges awarded over $1,250 in cash prizes for Best in Show, BDA People’s Choice and first place ribbons in several categories. Award-winners were as follows: Best in Show, Diana Boyle; BDA’s Choice, Joseph Cousins; Recipients of First Place Ribbons were: Edgar Reims, painting; Consuelo Bailey, mixed media; Scott Perry, photograpy; Rose Samson, graphics and drawing; and Robin Gardella, all other category. Non-monetary award winners in the Brunswick High School booth were Corinne Zinni, first place; and Lauren Kennedy, second place. Non-monetary award winners in the Merrymeeting Adult Education booth are Carol Seward, first place; and Judith Long, second place.

DeLorme, a Yarmouth-based provider of mapping, GPS, and satellite communication technologies, received an Outside Magazine Gear of the Show award and GearJunkie.com Best of Show honors for its inReach two-way satellite communicator. The inReach uses the Iridium satellite network, which enables inReach to deliver two-way text messaging with full “pole-to-pole” global coverage, message delivery confirmation, and provides remote tracking. The inReach can be pre-ordered via the DeLorme website.

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