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Maine Aviation Corporation recently announced that they have added the Cessna Skycatcher to its light sport category. Maine Aviation is the first flight school in Maine to offer this aircraft in its flight line and the third in New England. The aircraft will also be available to rent with the proper credentials and check ride.


Belle Fete Events & Catering has been selected as a 2012 winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, a special section in The Knot Maine magazine, and on Maine Weddings from The Knot. The Knot Best of Weddings 2012 provides a “by brides, for brides” guide to top wedding professionals across the country.

Authors Don Carrigan, Jeff Foltz and Kathleen Fox were recently honored by the New England Book Festival. Awards at the festival honor books that show general excellence and the author’s passion for telling a good story, and that have the potential to reach a wide audience. The three books received Honorable Mentions in their respective categories.

George Royle V recently became a shareholder at Drummond Woodsum. He joined the company after seven years of commercial litigation, arbitration and bankruptcy practice at Latham & Watkins LLP in New York City.

Maria Morris, the JMG specialist at Morse High School, was recently named to Unum’s 7th Annual Maine Educators’ Hall of Fame Starting 6. The Maine Educators’ Hall of Fame Starting 6 is a partnership between Unum and the Portland Pirates. The goal of the program is to “recognize, honor and celebrate the exceptional work of our Maine educators.”

Martin’s Point Health Care doctor Peter Shaw recently completed the examination of special competence in adult echocardiography. Shaw, who practices at Martin’s Point in Portland, is Board certified in both internal medicine and cardiology. He joined Martin’s Point in 2010 and established a dedicated echocardiography laboratory at the Portland Health Center facility in early 2011.


Senator Olympia Snowe recently received a new award from the Center for Grieving Children. The Resilience Award was created by the Center to draw attention to the possibility and power of discovering personal resilience, particularly as a young person in the wake of experiencing loss and grief. Both of the Senator’s parents died of illnesses when she was a child, and her first husband was killed in a car accident when she was 26. Tragedy struck again in 1991 when stepson Peter McKernan died from a heart condition at the age of 20.

Cornerstones of Science recently received a $5,000 grant to recognize the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.

Art All Around recently won the William Johnson Award for outstanding achievement in demonstrating aesthetic merit in industrial or commercial coatings work. The award comes from the Steel Structures Painting Council and was created to give recognition to teams of contractors, designers, end users and coating manufacturers for excellence on particular coatings projects.

Jaime Schwartz, chair of the real estate practice group and shareholder at Bernstein Shur, was recently honored by the Maine Real Estate & Development Association with the Robert B. Patterson Jr. Founder’s Award. The award recognizes members who have made significant long term contributions to the real estate industry or to MEREDA.

Good Deeds

The 5th grade class at North Yarmouth Academy recently raised $600 sponsoring a dress down day to benefit Service Dog for Seth. Students, faculty and staff donated $3 or more to the organization so that they could dress in casual attire.

Verril Dana was recently honored as having the “most hours on completed volunteer lawyers project cases” by a law firm in Maine.


The Office of Research and Scholarship at the University of New England recently announced that Dr. Dan Brazeau has been appointed as the founding director of UNE’s Genomics, Analytics and Proteomics core.

BerryDunn recently announced that Tammy Michaud has been appointed to the American Health Care Association Not-for-Profit Council. At BerryDunn, Michaud coordinates the firm’s Not-For-Profit Group and provides audit and consulting services to the firm’s health care clients.

DeLorme recently announced the appointment of Patrick Shay to the newly created position of vice president and general manager of Connected Solutions. In his new role, Shay will spearhead DeLorme’s global strategy for the department of new customer, enterprise and government markets for the company’s award-winning inReach family of two-way personal satellite communication projects.

Kelly McDonald, an attorney at Murray, Plumb & Murray, was recently elected chairman of the board of directors of MaineShare. McDonald has served on the board since 2007.

New Hires

Putney Inc. recently hired Dr. Simon McGurk as director of product development. McGurk brings over 13 years of experience in pharmaceutical product development from his career at Elan Drug Technologies Inc. where he successfully led global initiatives focused on the development and approval of new chemical entities, life cycle management and generic product opportunities. In his new role at Putney, McGurk will drive the scientific aspects of product development, working closely with external partners to ensure scientific rigor, product quality and manufacturing reliability for new products.

Anna K. Strange has recently joined the rehabilitation services staff at Mid Coast Hospital. Strange is a clinical and dispensing audiologist. She received her clinical doctorate from Bloomsburg University.


Norway Savings Bank recently announced the promotions of Robert Harville and Barry Towle. Harville is the new assistant vice president, commercial lender. Towle is the new vice president, security officer.

New Business

Karma Fair Trade recently opened at 570 Brighton Ave. in Portland. The shop features items created by artisans from around the world. Store hours are Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun. 12-4 p.m.

A new strategic consulting firm, Baldacci Communications, has opened in Portland. The firm offers consulting in public affairs, community relations, fundraising and campaign management. For more information on company services visit