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Good Deeds

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation recently donated $10,000 to Camp Sunshine, a one-of-a-kind national retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Harvard Pilgrim selected Camp Sunshine as a result of a survey of its Maine employees who were asked which local charity meant the most to them.

The Center for Grieving Children recently announced that Wright Express made a $50,000 contribution to the center. The money will help fund the Center for Grieving Children’s peer support programs for bereaved children and families through early 2013.

Bernstein Shur recently announced that in 2011 it contributed more than 2,400 hours of pro bono legal services valued at more than $600,000. This figure represents a significant 33% increase in pro bono hours from 2010.


Soft Trac LLC, a Sage North America business partner specializing in sales, implementation and support of Sage Fund Accounting and Sage Fundraising 50, has been named to the Sage America President’s Circle for the 2011 business year. President’s Circle winners are the top performing business partners for Sage Products.

A French University recently awarded an honorary doctorate to Professor Martin Rogoff of the University of Maine School of Law for his 20 years of work in building greater understanding of the differences between French and American legal and political thought. Rogoff, a Portland resident, received the honorary degree at a ceremony held at The Universite du Maine in Le Mans, France.

Chris Neagle, an attorney with Troubh Heisler, was recently selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America for real estate law. Neagle has practiced law in Maine since 1977 and joined Troubh Heisler in 2004.

The Maine Historical Society was recently awarded a $3,000 grant in support of its “Local History, Local Schools” program from the Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. This unique school partnership program offers local third, fourth and fifth graders an extended opportunity to study and interact with themes explored in the Maine Historical Society museum exhibits.

Norway Savings Bank was recently recognized as a Superior 5-Star bank by BauerFinancial Inc. A 5-Star rating denotes Norway as one of the best in the nation in terms of overall financial performance. Norway has earned this distinction for the past 88 consecutive quarters, raising it to the rank of “Sustained Superiority Banks.” Only 5% of the nation’s banks can claim this distinction.

Vic Labreque, fiance director for Cumberland County, recently received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 11th consecutive year. This award is given to government units and public employee retirement systems whose comprehensive annual financial reports achieve the highest standards in government accounting and financial reporting.


Pierce Atwood LLP announced that Rebecca West Greenfield, Marianna Putnam Liddell, Gavin McCarthy and Katharine Rand have joined the partnership as of Jan. 1. All four new partners were part of the same summer associate program in 2002.

The Maine National Guard
recently announced the following promotions: Joshua Shannon, Portland, Specialist; and Patrick Brennan, South Portland, Private 2.

Preti Flaherty recently announced that the firm’s partnership has named Jeffrey D. Talbert and Todd J. Griset as partners. Talbert previously practiced as Of Council with the environmental, climate strategy and litigation groups in Portland. Griset previously practiced as an associate with the energy and climate strategy groups in Augusta.


DeLorme recently appointed Chris Preus as Director of Consumer Sales. In his new position, Preus will be in charge of developing and managing all retail and consumer sales for DeLorme. He brings 28 years of experience in sales and marketing, working with companies such as Koss, Lite-On, Lucas Arts, Mintek, Qualcomm, Sony Entertainment and TomTom.

Ivy Frignoca was recently named staff attorney of Conservation Law Foundation. She joins the foundation after an extensive career as a trial attorney preceded by years of work for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. In her new role, Frignoca will use her trial experience to bolster the foundation’s efforts to ensure clean air and water for Maine and New England communities, and to foster solutions to Maine’s transportation challenges.

The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland recently appointed several people to its Board of Directors. Joining the Animal Refuge League board is Elaine Tselikis, Dr. Stephen Kinney, and Susan Burnham Hall.


Parkview Adventist Medical Center recently went live with a new patient monitoring system solution for their cardiac patients. Parkview is the first hospital in Maine to utilize the state of the art patient monitoring system.

New Hires

BerryDunn recently hired Alina Richard as a tax specialist in the firm’s tax consulting and compliance group. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine and was previously employed by Atlantic Fund Services.

Jeff Ball recently joined Keeping Kids Safe as vice president of operations. Ball is noted for founding teen centers and a skate park in Virginia and exceeding annual fundraising goals with the local YMCAs in Pennsylvania and Missouri. He most recently set fundraising records in southern Maine with the American Cancer Society and helped develop the largest indoor skate park and teen center in Maine in the town of Bath.

Fluid Imaging Technologies Inc. recently hired Robert Chatfield as its chief financial officer. Prior to joining the firm, Chatfield was self-employed as a financial consultant and mergers and acquisitions advisor to private companies in New England.


A legislative sentiment has honored Hobbs Funeral Homes and the Hobbs family for serving their state and local communities for the past 70 years.

Sidebar Elements

James Howard, CEO/president of Priority Group, along with Kevin Kelley, president of Kelley and Kelley recently presented a $2,500 check to Stephanie Slocum, executive director of the Brunswick Downtown Association.