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Chelsea Locke of Upscale Real Estate Brokerage Group in Portland was recently awarded the REALTOR spirit award. The award is given annually to an active, enthusiastic, and supportive member of the Portland Board of REALTORS who exudes great leadership, and displays a positive attitude toward the REALTOR organization.

The Consumer Electronics Association recently announced that Custom Home Theater of Brunswick won two top 2011 Mark of Excellence Awards. These awards recognize outstanding achievement and innovation in trend setting custom home electronics for design and installation technologies.

Goodwill Industries of Northern New England recently announced that Charlie Kennedy of Cape Elizabeth is a recipient of the Spirit of Goodwill Award. Kennedy is the vice president of Community Development Banking at KeyBank and he works in partnership with Goodwill on the Good Wheels program which offers low interest auto loans for working TANF recipients in Maine. He also works with Goodwill and other community organizations to enhance the financial literacy of working families through the CA$H Coalition (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope).

Freeport Village Station was recently named by the Associated Builders and Contractors Massachusetts Chapter as the recipient of the Merit Award for Excellence in Construction, an award recognizing outstanding quality and craftsmanship in construction in the United States.

Christopher Pezzulo, pediatrician, chief medical officer at University Health Care and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been awarded a 2012 Community Access to Child Heath (CATCH) planning grant to explore ways to improve access to immunizations and health screenings for children in Cumberland Country. Funded by the American Academy of Pediatrics, CATCH grants aim to engage physicians in working on community health projects focused on rural and/or low-income, medically under-served children in their local areas.

Maine Medical Center Research Institute’s Vector-borne Disease Laboratory was recognized for its dedication to the control of emerging tick-born disease by understanding the environmental interactions of ticks, hosts and habitats. The team increases public awareness of the threat of Lyme disease through continued monitoring of the risk statewide. Since 1988, the MMCRI team has maintained a tick identification service, the data from which shows the expansion of the deer tick throughout Maine. Maine CDC has long collaborated with MMCRI’s team for routine mosquito collection to monitor for Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus as well.

The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, recently announced that it has awarded at $2,500 grant to Community Financial Literacy. The grant will help Community Financial Literacy support their expansion and growth as they serve refugees and immigrants with targeted culturally-appropriate financial literacy courses.

Macauley “Mac” Lord, a fly fishing instructor at L.L. Bean, has been given the highest distinction in the fly casting world, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Federation of Fly Fishers. The award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the world of fly casting instruction. Throughout his career, Lord has had an acute interest in developing and teaching techniques that simplify the sport, making it as easy as possible for people to get involved with fly fishing. He has been instrumental in teaching not only beginner and expert anglers the techniques and tips that enable them to expand their fly fishing horizons, but he helped to build a program that has trained and tested fly casting instructors in more than 36 countries.


Hobbs Funeral Home, in South Portland, recently celebrated their 70th anniversary; Hobbs held its first funeral on Dec. 7, 1941. To this day, Hobbs remains an independent, family-owned and locally operated funeral home serving southern Maine.


Maine Home Realty recently announced that Jon Leaver has successfully completed the educational requirements to obtain his broker license and has been appointed designated broker of the company. Leaver has been a REALTOR in Bath for 7 years and currently serves on the Merrymeeting Board of REALTORS, of which he is a past president.

New Location

InspireME, Bath’s personalized fitness studio, recently opened a new downtown Bath location on the 2nd floor of the historic Customs House Building located at 1 Front St. In its new location, InspireME is also offering expanded services. In addition to providing personalized fitness coaching, InspireME’s staff now offers private yoga instruction, health and fitness classes and programs, and personalized nutrition coaching.


Maine Youth Leadership recently appointed new officers for its board of directors and elected several new members. Yarmouth resident Tom Renehan, sales manager of New England for Swedish Match US Sales, joined as the groups president. Laura Beckmann, of Yarmouth, has been on the board for over three years, serving as treasurer and now vice president. Barb McGuan, of Brunswick, has been appointed treasurer. Maine Youth Leadership also welcomes Ben Sprague, Tracy Laverriere and Gary Tempe to its board of directors.

Verrill Dana, an attorney at Kurt Klebe, will serve as chair of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust Board of Trustees. He assumes this position after previously serving as a member of the board. The Maine Coast Heritage Trust has worked for more than 40 years to promote conservation and stewardship of Maine land and has succeeded in protecting more than 130,000 acres, including more than 275 entire coastal islands.

Maine Angels recently anounced the election of their new officers and executive committee. Sandra Stone, principal at Sea Cove Solutions, is the new chair of Maine Angels; Don Gooding, executive director of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, is now the vice chair; Samuel A. Ladd III, president of People’s United Bank in southern Maine is treasurer; and Richard E. Curran Jr., founder and president of Spinnaker Trust is secretary. Maine Angels was founded in 2003 to enhance regional economic development by providing a cooperative mechanism for qualified investors to collaboratively locate, investigate and make investments in promising early-stage companies.