People and Business: Sept. 15

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UNE honors four women
at award ceremony

PORTLAND — The University of New England will present awards to four women at the 49th Annual Deborah Morton Convocation and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

The Deborah Morton Awards are presented each year by the trustees of UNE to outstanding women who have made exceptional achievements in their careers or public service, or whose leadership in civic, cultural or social causes has been exceptional.

This year’s award recipients include Ruth Foster, former legislator and Mayor of Ellsworth; Deborah Carey Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Eastern Maine Medical Center; Dr. Katherine Pope, anesthesiologist and champion of hospice care; and Jean Wilkinson, a retired finance industry executive, who served as the first woman chair of UNE’s Board of Trustees.  

The public is invited to attend the ceremony which begins at 11 a.m. at the Eleanor DeWolfe Ludcke ’26 Auditorium on the UNE Portland Campus at 716 Stevens Ave. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis.

Mid-Coast homes sought
for free weatherization

BATH — Habitat for Humanity / 7 Rivers Maine is seeking 150 qualifying households in Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties, and in the towns of Brunswick and Harpswell, for free Step One home weatherization and for free home weatherization training.

Homeowners making 80% of the area median income – approximately $52,720 for a family of four or $36,960 for an individual – can qualify to register.

The first 150 households to successfully register for the program will received six two-layer storm window inserts, sealing of air leaks and drafts, and up to six compact fluorescent bulbs. All materials are free and work is performed by trained weatherization volunteers.

Registration for the free program is available until Oct. 25 on a first-come basis.

Habitat is also seeking volunteers to receive free weatherization training and to help weatherize eligible homes. No past experience is necessary.

Please call Ryan Collins at 386-5081 or visit for more information.

EPA-mandated renovator
training in Freeport

FREEPORT – The Institute for Environmental Education will be offering the EPA-mandated Renovation, Repair, and Painting course in Freeport beginning in September.

The EPA now requires that all home improvement and renovation contractors working in pre-1978 homes take the RRP course to learn about protecting individuals from lead poisoning.

Contractors who must take this course include rental property managers, owners, carpenters, painters, plumbers, electricians, maintenance personnel, and workers removing or modifying painted surfaces.

Training sessions will be offered on Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 or Dec. 10 at the Freeport Comfort Suites in Freeport. The cost for the eight-hour training is $190 per person.

The deadline for enrolling in an EPA-approved RRP course is Sept. 30, 2010. Companies must certify their firm has completed an accredited EPA Certified Renovator Course by Oct, 1, 2010, with all trainings completed by Dec. 31, 2010, or be subject to fines of up to $37,500, per violation, per day.

To register for an upcoming training, call 978-658-5272 or sign up online at

New Ventures

Venue Music Bar and Grille has opened at 865 Forest Ave. in Portland. The restaurant is open for lunch, happy hour, dinner and late night, seven days a week and will feature live musical performances. Venue’s Freeport location at 5 Depot St. has introduced a new chef, Whitney Huse and manager John Jacobs, as well as an expanded menu, longer hours and more live music. For more information, including upcoming shows and to purchase tickets, please visit

A new Portland company has launched a website at enabling consumers to search for the best local deals in Maine and New Hampshire. features coupons from locally-owned and area businesses. Each interactive coupon can be printed, emailed, texted, or shared on Twitter or Facebook. A Google Maps icon also links directly to each business location for directions.

Christopher Tyll has become the newest owner and operator in the Pat’s Pizza franchise. Pat’s Pizza Old Port has opened its doors at 30 Market St., Portland and offers a full menu and full service bar. The restaurant spans three levels, with the top floor available for rent for private functions of up to 85 people. For more information, please call 699-4455 or visit

A new partnership has been established between Hallowell-based National Worksite Benefit Group, Inc., or NWBG, and Freeport-based Employee Benefit Management, Inc., or EBM, to offer combined services to existing clients of each firm and to attract new customers with expanded offerings. The businesses provide full-service group insurance brokerage, third-party administration and enrollment of traditional and voluntary employee benefits.

Time Warner Cable
has launched a new Spanish-language version of its Northeast customer-service website. The new site provides a full range of detail on Time Warner Cable products and services in Spanish at

Fisher & Phillips LLP,
a labor and employment law firm with offices in Portland, has recently opened a new office in Washington, D.C. led by Dennis C. Cuneo, former senior vice president of Toyota Motor North America.

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