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The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine, a non-profit interfaith wisdom school and seminary, recognized the achievements of Jeffrey Wood, founder of eHope, with the 2011 Planetary Chaplain Award. Each year the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine presents this award to an individual who brings spiritual sustenance to their work and service to others; Wood received this year’s award based on his commitment to community and his service to alleviate the suffering of individuals with life-threatening illnesses.

Insurance Professionals of Greater Portland members Susan Nason, Christine Logan and Adele Nichols were recently recognized for their achievements. Nason, who works for Clark Insurance, was voted the Maine Council Director Elect for 2012. Logan, of Patriot Insurance, was awarded the Maine Council – Claims Professional of the Year Award. Nichols, of Turner Barker Insurance, won a $250 education scholarship from the Insurance Professionals of Greater Portland.

Renys was recently honored by the Maine Development Foundation’s Maine Employers’ Initiative, a program which acknowledges Maine employers who promote both educational and career advancement opportunities for their employees. The initiative provides Maine’s public and private employers with technical assistance and training, which supports employee retention and job skills.

Jessica Wallace, web and social marketing manager at Vreeland Marketing & Design, has been named vice president of the Maine Public Relations Council. During her tenure Wallace hopes to attract new members to the Maine Public Relations Council and help seasoned professionals incorporate new media trends into their public relations strategies.

Wright-Pierce, a New England provider of water, waste water and civil engineering services, with offices in Portland and Topsham, recently set new standards for sustainable, energy-efficient municipal infrastructure design with a new water treatment facility located in Rochester, N.H. The Cocheco well facility, built in the Cocheco River watershed, is the first water treatment facility in New England to be LEED Certified. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is a standard set by the United States Green Building Council that rewards environmentally conscious building design. There are currently over 40,000 LEED certified projects, with very few municipal facilities qualifying for the certification.

New Website

MaineHealth is embarking on a system-wide initiative to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes by making an electronic health record accessible to providers and patients in its communities. To complete their new user-friendly site, MaineHealth has partnered with Winxnet, a software development solutions and systems management provider, to develop a role-based Microsoft SharePoint site. The new site will be designed to deliver tailored information based on various roles within the organization, with a homepage that is relevant to all stakeholders.

Good Deeds

The team at Opus Consulting Group, a management consulting firm in Portland, participated in Movember, a moustache growing charity event held during November each year to raise funds and awareness for men’s health. Team members and friends donated their faces to raise awareness about cancers affecting men. In total the team at Opus Consulting Group raised $1,200 for the cause.

The Edward Jones office in Portland recently held a toy drive for Toys for Tots at their office. They were able to collect several toys for the local U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Project FEED, an emergency food pantry in Portland, recently received an early holiday gift from Martin’s Point Health Care. Martin’s Point donated a laptop to the food pantry, which provides food for individuals and families in crisis in the greater Portland area. Although not designed to provide a steady food supply to its clients, the food from Project FEED is often the bridge that gets families through until they can get their next food source. Project FEED will use the new laptop to check in clients, track food donations and build a client data base.

Following a successful golf tournament, Servpro was able to donate almost $12,000 to the Red Cross to assist disaster victims around the state. This gift, a result of Servpro’s 4th annual golf tournament, will help to ensure the work of the Red Cross continues without interruption during the busy winter fire season.

Since 2004, members of the Elizabeth Wadsworth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution have sent homemade care packages to Maine soldiers serving in Afghanistan. This year they sent 229 pounds of cookies, hot cocoa mix, Chex mix, and 76 handmade helmet liners. In addition to the women of the Daughters of the American Revolution, several local restaurants got involved, including the Regency Hotel, Standard Baking Company, Nosh Restaurant, Fore Street, Saltwater Grille and Taco Escobar, donating nearly 1,200 cookies, for a grand total of 2,574 cookies headed overseas.

New Location

Burgess Computer recently completed its move to 6 Oak Grove Ave. in Bath. Renovations have been in the works since the summer, and the owners feel that the new space is one that will best fit the needs of both the customers and the company’s growth.

Now Open

GoBerry, Portland’s first fresh, tart frozen yogurt business, opened its doors in early October at 399 Fore St. GoBerry is a local, family owned and operated business striving to supply Portland and the surrounding community with a fresh Maine-made product while supporting local farms and businesses; they have already formed a partnership with Smiling Hill Farm, who will provide their milk and yogurt. For the winter months, GoBerry has partnered with Kamasouptra to bring in soup and fresh bread. For more information on GoBerry, visit GoBerry’s Facebook page or call 671-9764. The store is open Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.- 9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.