People & Business

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Janice Selig of Allen & Selig Realty in Freeport recently announced that Beth Bell has been awarded Top Honors for Individual Sales Production in number of buyer units sold for 2011.

Anne-Marie McKenzie of McKenzie and Associates has been awarded Top Honors for sales production in volume of buyer sales in 2011.

RE/MAX By the Bay recently announced that Elizabeth Dubois was awarded the RE/MAX 100% Club Award for 2011 for the seventh consecutive year. This award was based on individual gross commissions from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2011.

New Hires

Local Thunder recently announced they have hired Gretchen Kruysman and Chantal Young. Kruysman has been hired as the president and will manage the company’s rapid growth and the expansion of its service offering in major markets throughout the country. She brings with her 25-plus years of experience in marketing, strategy and entrepreneurial business leadership. Young will serve as the web marketing manager and will oversee the implementation of all marketing programs and work closely with Local Thunder’s sales team. She has 15-plus years of experience in retail marketing and digital and social media strategy.

Bath Savings Bank recently opened a new branch in South Portland and has hired Anne Marie McCoubrey, Miranda Stein, Michael Lapham, Julie Chew, Shawn Darling and Abby Perkins. McCoubrey will serve as the vice president and branch manager, a position she has held at the Portland branch since 2006. Stein has worked as a teller at the bank’s Freeport branch since 2009 and has been promoted to customer service representative at the South Portland Branch. Lapham will be the senior teller working closely with tellers Chew, Darling and Perkins.

Megan DePoint recently joined the practice of Lynch Chiropractic Arts Center in South Portland. DePoint is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College. She also has a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and fitness development from SUNY Cortland. Her internship included training at the White House Athletic Center. In addition to providing chiropractic care, she will specialize in rehabilitative exercises, nutrition, weight loss and wellness programs.

People’s United Bank recently hired Dale Doughty as mortgage account officer to support the greater Portland and Sebago Lakes region. He has an extensive background in mortgage lending, beginning in 1989 with Primerica.

Good Deeds

Oakhurst Dairy recently donated $19,456.20 to the Salvation Army of Northern New England during its 12th annual Egg Nog Campaign. Each year the family-owned diary donates 5 cents for every container of Oakhurst Egg Nog and Lite Egg Nog sold. To date, Oakhurst has donated more than $200,000 to the Salvation Army of Northern New England.


Tom Wilbur and Catherine Carty-Wilbur, owners of Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections, were recently awarded the prestigious Gowell Award by the New England Retail Confectioners Association. This award, considered the highest honor that can be bestowed on a member of the association, is given every three years to a member in recognition of their contributions to the association and the retail confectioners’ field.

Verrill Dana attorney Nora Healy was recently presented with the Maine Bar Foundation Fellows New Lawyer Award. The award is given to attorneys who have been licensed for less than 10 years and have made outstanding contributions to the legal community through pro bono service or other contributions. Also honored was Verrill Dana alum, the Honorable Beth Dobson, who was presented with the Glassman Award. The award is presented to a woman who is a member of the Maine Bar and has helped women advance in the legal profession, been a role model for women lawyers and educated the legal community on the status of women in the profession.

Scarborough small business owner Peter Violette was recently awarded the 2011 Quest for Excellence Award by Comfort Keepers Franchising Inc. The award identifies the top performing Comfort Keepers franchise owners in the U.S. who achieved top revenues, top growth and maintained excellent operational standards in 2011. This is the second year in a row that Violette has been recognized for stellar business performance in the area of non-medical in-home care for seniors.


Ryan Nadeau recently announced the merger of his Scarborough Chiropractic office, Nadeau Active-Family Chiropractic Care with Robert Lynch’s practice at the Lynch Chiropractic Arts Center in South Portland.

New Business

The Sage Organizer recently opened its doors to provide organizational advice and assistance for individuals and small businesses in southern and mid-coast Maine. Owner and professional organizer Emily Eschner helps clients reclaim what’s important in their lives by eliminating clutter and creating systems that help manage their time and spaces more efficiently and effectively. Learn more about The Sage Organizer’s offerings at or call 272-2168.

Sidebar Elements

The Friends of Portland Public Library recently received a $3,000 grant from the Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to support the hiring of a volunteer coordinator to increase the use of volunteers that serve the Portland Public Library. The volunteer coordinator will play an important role with the new City of Readers Store located on the lower level of the main library. The City of Readers Store sells high quality books and CDs, all of which have been donated to the library; all proceeds support the library.